Best Black Cav?

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Kiowapipe

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So I scored a nice little estate pipe not too long ago, appears to be an old Lorenzo. Anyway, when I got it, it was infused with the unmistakable and wonderful ghost of black cavendish. Smelled just like my dad's old pipe. I'm not usually a black cav smoker but it smelled so good I had to run out to the local smoke shop to pick up a pouch. The stuff I got isn't too bad for an OTC, but it got me wondering, which manufacturer makes the best straight black cavendish? Anybody got a favorite they'd vouch for? Looks like most of the big boys have at least one or two bulk offerings and some even have some unblended black cav in tins.
 

Arkie

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Most local B & M shops have a good black cav "house blend". You should also be able to buy it in bulk form from e-tailers. I would think that everything available would be about the same in quality except the big poly bags of glycol soaked Lane crapola sold in discount smoke shops and drug stores.
 

ichabod

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Butera's Sweet Cavendish is superb.
Yet another to add to my 'to try' list...the scent of black cavendish brings me back and I love it. Any idea about the nicotine content in the butera?

I have some captain black that I don't really like all that much, smells great but doesn't taste all that great (doesn't really have a taste at all).

Anyone have an idea about the smoker's pride black cavendish nicotine content? Might be a contender for me also.
 

Kiowapipe

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I've seen posts speculating that Smoker's Pride and Walgreen's are the same thing in different bags. Can anybody verify whether Walgreen's black cav is different from SP black cav? I've never seen Smoker's Pride on shelves around here but I do have a local Walgreen's. I don't want to buy a half-pound of garbage from WGs though, even if it is twelve bucks.
 

Kiowapipe

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How about the various big-house bulks, like McC's VBC or one of the Stokkebye blacks? Or tins other than Butera's? I'd give Smoker's Pride a shot but I'm wondering if there's any really nice black cav leaf out there that doesn't have the oily/bitter taste some of the OTC stuff.
 

soundlzrd

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A local shop has a Black Cav blend which they call Campfire Blend. It smokes great and has a nice room note which reminds me of smores. I am not certain, but I believe it is a Lane Black Cav.
 

OldSchool

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UH HUH!

I think it was like $16.00 for a 12oz bag. Something like that.

Mix in a little Cherry and PA and you've got one AMAZING blend!

YUM!
Arty
Funny you should mention that! I've become fond of mixing the Smoker's Pride Black and Cherry Cavs, 50/50 ratio. Really brings out the dark chocolate flavor hiding underneath each of them separately. Now I'll have to see what a little PA (or CH?) could do for it.
 
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Funny you should mention that! I've become fond of mixing the Smoker's Pride Black and Cherry Cavs, 50/50 ratio. Really brings out the dark chocolate flavor hiding underneath each of them separately. Now I'll have to see what a little PA (or CH?) could do for it.
I don't add very much of PA. 1 part PA, 3 parts cherry, 4 parts Black Cav. I'll tell ya what though, idk what the PA does to that blend, but it just does something nice. A few of my friends say it's the best thing they've ever smoked, and they've become somewhat versed in Toby. :) It's certainly my favourite blend.

Happy Smoking
YUM
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OldSchool

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I don't add very much of PA. 1 part PA, 3 parts cherry, 4 parts Black Cav. I'll tell ya what though, idk what the PA does to that blend, but it just does something nice. A few of my friends say it's the best thing they've ever smoked, and they've become somewhat versed in Toby. :) It's certainly my favourite blend.

Happy Smoking
YUM
Arty
I tried a three-equal-parts blend right after I posted last night. Good stuff, but I see what you mean about not adding too much PA. The PA is neutral enough to not interfere with the Cav's flavor, but it does help resolve my only complaint with the BC/CC mix: its dampness. In fact, another member and I went back and forth about that in the "Favorite Drugstore Blends" thread in the Budget forum.

Later today I'll try a bowl with your ratios, and possibly with CH. Thanks for the tip!
 
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I tried a three-equal-parts blend right after I posted last night. Good stuff, but I see what you mean about not adding too much PA. The PA is neutral enough to not interfere with the Cav's flavor, but it does help resolve my only complaint with the BC/CC mix: its dampness. In fact, another member and I went back and forth about that in the "Favorite Drugstore Blends" thread in the Budget forum.

Later today I'll try a bowl with your ratios, and possibly with CH. Thanks for the tip!
You're welcome! I use Paladin Black Cherry in my blend, to be specific. Tastes awful on it's own, but Black cherry, and Black cav... sure why not. Anyway. I think you're right. The moisture thing might possibly be what it adds. In all honesty, I stumbled upon the mixture by "chance" one night. I had been fiddling around with mixing, and just said to myself, hey let's try this this and this. And it was amazing.

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I think one of the best Black Cav blends has got to be IRC Buttered Rum . It burns dry and super cool ... and the flavor and aroma to me is just unreal . Argosy was a stellar Black Cav as well . Though I havent had it in some time , Plantas Danish Black Vanilla is really killer and they have a flake version that I'd like to try ... A Burley aromatic flake .. different / cool
 

Marc

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Lane BCA, most tobacco shops that carry the Lane bulks will have this along with 1Q and RLP-6, two other very popular Lane bulk blends.
 

Redone

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I also give big thumbs up to Smokers pride BC. The reviews online speak for themselves as does the product. I bought two diffrent custom shop BC's and put them up against it and SP BC tasted as good if not better than both and I think the others were Lane's BC anyhow. I mixed it with the SP cherry and its a great smoke but went one step further. A B&M had a good grade Latakia and I bought 4 ozs and cut it with SP BC I came up with a blend I call "Blacknight" It is an awsome lat/BC mix, creamy,burns to the bottom of the bowel with no relights, never hot,never bites. A great smoke and almost as good as Bukin Sen a fav of mine and sure as heck better then Presby mix (blah) Want my advice dont waste your money on other BC. Go get Smokers Pride.
 

Rewster66

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Boswell's BlackJack (however it is not on the website but just ask for it), Boswell's Paradise, Pipeworks & Wilke Mettowee, and Fader's Point IV. These are all really nice blends and I use each for blending and to tame down some really strong blends.
God Bless!!! Ray
 
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