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Some moderate success with a rope tobacco

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by dmkerr, Dec 10, 2012.

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  1. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Those that know me know that I consider rope tobaccos to be suspect... suspect in the sense that I'm not sure they are tobacco at all, but perhaps some cruel joke, perhaps made of a combination of pencil shavings, manure, soil and charred mice guts, with a half-carafe of nicotine added. My comparison was to duct tape ones lips to the exhaust hose of a city bus. The video that was recently posted where the guy was smoking some and puking up half a lung seemed to tell my own story with these monstrosities. Strong tobaccos? Sure, I smoke a lot of them. The strength of these ropes doesn't come close to some of my favorites. But none of the ones I enjoy are 1/100th as harsh as the smoothest rope I've tried.

    So why oh why did I sample a bowl of Coconut Twist that was gifted to me? I LIKE coconut! Mixing it into the above concoction should have yielded the same mice guts after the mice got into the fruit cellar. However, I was cautioned to try it without clenching. Puff the pipe while holding it like a cigar. A short breath inhale, remove pipe from mouth, taste the smoke and quickly expel. This worked, to a degree. It was less harsh. Perhaps the exhaust hose of a Honda Civic now. Some actual flavor could be discerned. It wasn't good, but it didn't threaten to make me vomit. I can almost see how someone could smoke a small bowl of this on a $100 bet, if not how anyone could do it and truly enjoy it. It almost made me believe it was actually pipe tobacco, albeit a grade such as what goes into Paladin and M79. And that's a REAL improvement!

    Any of you rope aficionados smoke this way, or are you all iron-lunged, tastebud-burnt macho hombres who eat trees whole and crap out splinters?
     
  2. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

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    I don't sissy puff my Black XX. I smoke it like other tobaccos, and clench a little. The key to it being a smooth, flavorful smoke is to let it dry out a lot. That's saying a lot, coming from someone that likes to smoke tobacco a bit moist. Black XX is harsh and funky if overly moist. If it's dried out properly, but not excessively...

    Black XX RULES!! :banana::hbang:
     
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  3. Imrandy

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    I like you Dmkerr have had nothing but bad luck with ropes. But i have been having some luck with cutting 2, 1/8 disks off end and rubbing out till its fine, then i let it dry out some and then i smoke it the next day. Wasnt to bad i can taste the coconut in it at least My first 3 attempts were complete failures.
     
  4. Johnny

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    I smoke a bit of GH Black Twist and have never found it harsh. Always really smooth and flavorful. The brown ropes I find a bit like a cigar but not harsh. Might just be your body chemistry
     
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  5. Capt

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    Dan, am I the one that sent you that coconut rope? I sent it to a few people. I LOVE that rope!
     
  6. Monkey

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    Gawith Hoggarth black Irish X is the smoothest rope I have had and a great smoke in a smaller bowl.

    SG rope is rough compared to GH IMO.

    The cherry rope stinks as a smoking rope but does pretty good as a chew.
     
  7. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    No. You wouldn't do that to me.
     
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  8. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Must be. I found that one as smooth as rollerblading on gravel.

    Oh well, I'll leave them for the folks that enjoy them.
     
  9. 5H4N3

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    My rope experience is limited to G&H Sweet Rum Twist.
    Suffice to say, the experience was less than stellar. :thdn:
     
  10. Tony Malerich

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    SWT is the only one I've tried, but I had a positive experience. The comparison was made to a cigar which I definitely understood, but for me the Twist in my pipe gave me the rich flavor I wish I would get from my cigars but never QUITE get right. I admittedly had a very tiny bowl, but I enjoyed all... 20 or so minutes of it.
     
  11. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    I was reading up on
    this one, and may add
    it to the TAD list.
    I'm actually getting on
    with Brown Rope no.4
    after several failed attempts.
    I dry it out to crispness,
    Then slice bits off the end
    (Not full discs) with a cigar
    cutter. Seems to work well
    enough. YMMV greatly.
     
  12. 5H4N3

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    I suppose that's why there are so many different blends. Different strokes for different folks, one saddle wont fit every ass.
     
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  13. whitebriar

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    haven't tried any of the contemporary ropes or twists--my only actual experience is one called Mickey Twist back in the '50s--it was right stout as i recall, but i remember the geezer i got it from had mixed it with an OTC burley and some homegrown/cured weed of his own--
     
  14. gahdzila

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    Hold the phone a sec....did I understand correctly? Did you try INHALING rope pipe tobacco?!? :beyes:

    I smoke my share of rope, but I never inhale.

    I haven't delved into the SG ropes, but I've had quite a few GH ropes. Sweet Rum Twist is my favorite. As mentioned, it must be dried, or it simply won't burn. Though it looks like a dried up turd when intact, as soon as you start prepping it, it just oozes moisture and oil. I store the intact rope in a jar. To prep, I slice off thin slices with a cigar cutter...as thin as I can make them. Rub out the "coins" completely, and leave it out on a paper plate to dry until it is no longer "sticky" and is bordering on becoming "crunchy."
     
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