Captain Black.. What's the story on this brand?

TheMadMan

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#1
I went searching around the past few days looking for different places i thought would sell pipe tobacco. If the place did sell pipe tobacco it was only the Captain Black brand. Why is this? Are they getting a better price then the other OTC brands they could sell? Or is it that this brand of tobacco sells and moves quicker?
 

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Sasquatch

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#2
It does sell a lot. And it's been around for 50 thousand years. So whatever bozo is doing the ordering at the local Pack'n'Sack looks at the available stuff, and brings in Captain Black because he's never heard of London Mixture. And the fact is, if he brought in London Mixture, a bunch of old codgers would ask him where the Captain Black was.
 

TheMadMan

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#3
Also today i was blown away from all the cigar types these quickie marts sell. But when it comes to the pipe they only have two bags and it's only Captain Black.

I even hit Waly*World since i remember when i was a kid i would buy apple & cherry tobacco. Now they don't even sell pipes or pipe cleaners. What's up with that? I thought they sold everything. Guess I still need to find the ones that sell guns & ammo and maybe they will still sell pipe tobacco?

Sorry for the rant.. As i cant get over how this stuff isn't sold like when i was a kid.
 

Old Ted

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#4
Last year, on holiday in Turkey I ran out of tobacco - a couple of days before flying home. Looking around I saw the same as you - a few pouches of Captain Cack, I'd been smoking G&H stuff, that I had taken along, so there was no way that I would resort to mediocre stuff like this!. I just smoked one or two small cigars, while I got home. Each to his own of course, and no doubt there will be howls of righteous indignation, but for me - if stuff like this was all there was, I would not smoke a pipe!.
Obviously it's popular in America, and gets foisted onto many other parts of the world, and if you love it - fine!, just twopennorth from a part of the world that...mercifully..hardly sees it!
OT
 

dmkerr

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#5
If memory serves, it was the last brand of pipe tobacco to see TV commercial time in the U.S. NY Yankee manager Billy Martin smoked it and was one the commercial. Marketing is a big reason a lot of things sell well. Distribution comes next. It appears Lane Ltd did their homework at business school.

Aromatics outsell non-aros in this country about 3-1, last I heard. The various CB's are definitely geared toward the middle of the road U.S market. I tip my hat to Lane, even though I don't smoke this stuff.
 

cobbsmoker

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#6
Captain Black is a Lane Limited premium brand aromatic tobacco which you can find anywhere, very popular, there are also the bulk blends at a much better price. The bulk blend 1-Q according to Lane Limited is the #1 selling tobacco in the USA.

Captain Black (white pouch) is the bulk blend RLP-6
Captain Black Royal (blue pouch) is the bulk blend 1-Q
Captain Black Gold (gold pouch) is the bulk blend MV-1000

I have smoked both the Captain Black blends and the bulk equivalents, they are similar but not the same, they are more like cousins to each other than twins.
 

SouthBound

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#7
Old Ted said:
Obviously it's popular in America, and gets foisted onto many other parts of the world, and if you love it - fine!, just twopennorth from a part of the world that...mercifully..hardly sees it!
OT
Since I have no B&M anywhere near my little world, I'm stuck making online purchases. My sentiment matches yours. Mercifully, I never see this stuff.

I have tried it, but if it were the last tobacco blend remaining for the pipe, I would quit.

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sorringowl

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#11
Captain Black is what I remember my dad smoking (when he took up the pipe for a few years, after smoking two packs a day for years--he's been a non-smoker now for about 30 years). So, even though I've never smoked it personally, I guess it has a special place in my heart as it was one of the reasons I always had a curiosity (and a positive association) about pipes and pipe smoking.

It is for that reason that I probably will never try it though (not to mention I mostly like English blends now). It seems we're blessed now to have such great tobaccos and blenders available to us now and since I don't smoke everyday, it seems a waste to smoke what many consider a run of the mill blend. More importantly, to me, I wouldn't want to ruin such a good memory by actually trying it and possibly not liking it. It's kind of like how they say you should never meet your idols.

Then again, maybe I would like it? and that would make the memory all the more sweeter...?
 

#14
Do any of the other beginners here have trouble having CB stay lit? I have to pack it very loosely in order for it to stay lit, otherwise I'm relighting it way too often to actually enjoy smoking.

As for the taste, my tobacconist recommended it to me along with a house blend called "Commodore," which is a vanilla aromatic based on Cavendish that is similar to the CB Regular/white.

Can't say I particularly like either of them, but I also don't dislike them. They just smell much better than they taste IMO, since I like very sweet flavors. :(
 

Mington

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#19
Captain Black is a Lane Limited premium brand aromatic tobacco which you can find anywhere, very popular, there are also the bulk blends at a much better price. The bulk blend 1-Q according to Lane Limited is the #1 selling tobacco in the USA.

Captain Black (white pouch) is the bulk blend RLP-6
Captain Black Royal (blue pouch) is the bulk blend 1-Q
Captain Black Gold (gold pouch) is the bulk blend MV-1000

I have smoked both the Captain Black blends and the bulk equivalents, they are similar but not the same, they are more like cousins to each other than twins.
Why does TR say that MV-1000 is VA and CB Gold is Cav? :cfsd: