Suggest A Blend

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  1. nesta

    nesta Well-Known Member

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    So, I'm thinking about what I like to smoke, and it's a very diverse profile. But one of my favorite types of blends is relatively unrepresented in my "cellar."

    I really like natural blends with minimal noticeable casing which are chiefly composed of Virginia and burley, but in good balance. I have a good bit of Night Train and a good bit of Exhausted Rooster....but honestly that's about it. And ER is so VA-forward that I really would consider it more of a VA flake than anything else - the burley and perique are just backup as far as I'm concerned.

    I'm smoking Robert McConnel Scottish Cake right now, and I'm very happy with it. I'll need to get a bit of it for later, because this is the last full bowl of a sample. It, too, has some perique, but not too much of it.

    I'd like suggestions of good blends of VA and burley, where neither steals the show. I'd like a blend where they sing together side by side, not where one is simply backing up the other. It's okay if there's a little perique, or just a hint of topping, or even a negligible quantity of latakia or orientals or whatever in there. I'm not opposed to any of these things in a tobacco blend - I'm simply not looking for the next University Flake, BB#2, Steamroller or Kicken Chicken. I'm looking more for something along the lines of Scottish Cake, Night Train, or even Davidoff English Mixture (which, despite the name, is practically a straight VA/bur, with perique and latakia only used very, very sparingly)

    I prefer easy smoking blends, something that is forgiving if you push it but prefers to be savored. Something that is rewarding when smoked with care, but still enjoyable when not. I prefer a fine ribbon cut, European style, to the coarse C&D type cut. RR and thin flakes are also great.

    So lay it on me - easy smoking VA/burs, not too strong, not too mild, nonaromatic and without much perique. Most importantly, with the VA and burley behaving together, not a VA with a touch of burley or a burley with just a hint of VA. Not looking for a Brown Flake Unscented or a Carter Hall :snork:
     
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    Have you tried Escudo?
     
  3. nesta

    nesta Well-Known Member

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    no....but I'm looking for VA/burley blends, not VA/perique blends. Isn't Escudo a VA/per, and if I'm not mistaken rather heavy on the perique?
     
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    Yes, Escudo is a VaPer.
     
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    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Stonehaven. (Shudders due to personal biases...)
     
  6. Mington

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    I am smoking some Mac B Golden Extra now. A very good VA\BUR.
    It's gotten some good reviews lately here in PSF too.
    I recommend it!
     
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    It's been on the to-smoke list for a while, but it's gone from the B&M and obviously gone from the etailers...if I come across some, I'll give it a go.
     
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    Have you tried P&C Sunza Bitches?
     
  9. nesta

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    Nope! But I like the Steamroller pretty well and the Lakeland Brickles, and also Classic Burley Kake, so I trust Russ to put a blend together...
     
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    I have some Lakeland Brickle to try. Maybe tomorrow night.
    (The Lakeland essence thing concerns me. heh)
     
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    I wanted to like the Lakeland Brickle but I just could not tolerate how it seemed to leave an almost oily feeling in my mouth that tasted like roses.:puke:
     
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  12. nesta

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    I'm going to have to try the Golden Extra. I've been meaning to try a little more MacBaren - I really like the Club Blend and Navy Flake so far. Haven't had one I hated yet, as long as I smoke nice and slow. Even when I don't I haven't noticed anything of theirs I've tried being particularly prone to the biting people speak about...I think it might be anti-hype :puffy:
     
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    I like the Fortissimo well enough, and the regular isn't too bad. But I like really floral GH blends as well as Condor and St Bruno. Admittedly Lakeland Brickle IS different from those...but I don't think it's bad. Still, until GH goes through supply issues like SG has, I'm happy enough to pay a little extra for their tobacco.
     
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    I found that if you eat ice cream right after smoking Mac Baren's; you get tongue bite. heh

    Seriously, I never got TB either and have smoked tons of Mac B.s
    Like you said, nice and slow. Easy does it.
     
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  15. Hawkwood

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    How about Boswell's Magnum blend or McClelland Black Shag?
     
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    JackKnife Plug.
     
  17. RTOdhner

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    Just about any MacB blend. Solid Virginia and Burley base tobaccos, condimental tobaccos applied with a conservative hand (less Vintage Syrian), and toppings kept to bare minimums. Just good and solid, straight forward blends.
     
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