G.L. Pease and C&D

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Snake

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My shipment from Smokingpipes arrived and I've already dug in.
Here's what I ordered:

G.L. Pease:

Montgomery
Embarcadero
Laurel Heights
Union Square

Cornell & Diehl:

Mild & Mellow no. 32
Pegasus
Guilfford Courthouse
Autumn Evening
Briar Fox
Manhattan Afternoon
Safe Harbour Flake

Dipped into the Union Square this morning in my Caminetto and really
liked the natural VA flavour and aromas. This comes in a sliced cake
form with no casing that I detect. Just straight VA's! Smoked smooth
and long with no bite. One hour later, I put it down for DG and still
had a third of the bowl left (it's a tall sitter bowl). Oh I did rub this
completely out before packing. Great woodsy aroma with a burnt
pie sort of taste. Delicious!

Looking forward to tapping into all of these with brief reviews here
afterwards.

dp

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Snake

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Thanks, JF.

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Next was C&D Briar Fox:

Came in a crumble cake which is nice, and breaks up well. This smelled darker,
more earthy than the Union Square VA. Loading my Caminetto was easy, but
since the first light, it was harsh, and tasted like ash from to beginning. After
a few minutes, I put it down for DGT, to see if that would help. No. Still tasted
like a cigar (no offense to the lovers of their sticks out there, I just don't prefer
it). So, I found that the taste and aroma of this one didn't please me at all. For
those of you that tend to like a cigar every now and again, this would be a nice
VA for you. I don't know what I'll do with the rest of this plug. Guess I'll sit
on it a while, and see if it changes. Onward.

Next, C&D Autumn Evening:

Huuuuuuge maple aroma from the tin. My best mate loves casing like this and
his eyes rolled back into his head. I thought he went into a coma. The cut is
a short ribbon and the colour is pretty consistant without much variation.
We both packed up 3/4 bowl and started. Big maple aroma with lots of smoke,
but the taste was lacking. 15 minutes later, the same effect as with the Briar
Fox, in BOTH our pipes! Whaaaa? At first we thought this one would give
McClelland's Town Topic a run, but it fell on it's face.

If any of you have had different experiences with C&D, I'd be glad to hear, as
I don't think everyone would have this experience.

BTW, the C&D gave me a little queeziness after.

dp

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Sasquatch

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I haven't hit a CD blend yet that agreed with me. I'm sure there's one out there, and I certainly haven't had half of what they offer, but given what I've tried, I'm not a big fan. You'd have to do a lotta fancy talking to get me to order a C+D blend over a Mac Baren or McClelland offering in the same genre.
 

jpberg

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I haven't hit a CD blend yet that agreed with me. I'm sure there's one out there, and I certainly haven't had half of what they offer, but given what I've tried, I'm not a big fan. You'd have to do a lotta fancy talking to get me to order a C+D blend over a Mac Baren or McClelland offering in the same genre.
I had to work hard and spend alot on samples before I found some C&D blends that work for me. All in all, I prefer McC stuff by a wide margin, but at least I found some cheap bulks from C&D that work for me.

Pease blends are another matter all together. I've never tried one that I couldn't smoke anytime.
 

Snake

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Today's instalment is G.L.Pease Laurel Heights:

Smoked in my most broken in pipe, a Savinelli del luxe bent apple.
This is an all VA blend, yet it seemed as if there was a hint of
Latakia there for some reason. This is a non-stoved blend.
Smokes smooth with no bite to the end of the bowl. Not as
flavourful as the Union Square, yet has a darker aroma.
Not bad, and would do if there wasn't any US lying around.
This one is ribbon cut, so no need for rubbing out. Pack and go.
I'm quite impressed with the Fog City Selection so far.

At this point, I'm afraid (well, not really) to open any other
C&D tins. Too bad I ordered more of them than the G.L. Pease.

Well, it's late gents (I work nights) so it's off to bed for me.

dp

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Falconeer

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Hi All,

Sad you're diappointed with your haul so far but many thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. I'd been reading C&D's stuff and was beginning to feel tempted; will likely continue to cellar the ones I know I like.

Thanks again,

Gerry
 

user0003

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I would suggest that you revisit the ones that you don't care for, at some future point. You can always trade them off, don't throw them away. A lot of weeds benefit from airing out, much like wine.
 

jpberg

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Jesla is spot on. One of the most infuriating things about C&D is the fact that you can try a blend in a couple of different pipes, not get anything from it, and throw it in the back of the shelf, only to revisit it in six months, in a different pipe, and have it absolutely sing. FWIW, I liked 531 right off the bat, but thought it was missing a little depth, so I asked Chris to press a pound for me. After a couple of years sitting pressed it has turned into an anytime blend for me. I'm not their biggest fan, but I will say that those guys will work with you to no end.
 

Snake

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I would suggest that you revisit the ones that you don't care for, at some future point. You can always trade them off, don't throw them away. A lot of weeds benefit from airing out, much like wine.
Thanks, Jesla. I will do just that. I may open a couple more and take one
for the team so I can give the reviews here. :rockon:
 

Bri2k

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I've got a couple of Autumn Evening tins, one put aside to age and another I plan to crack open in the fall. I'm always grateful for any reviews, but I'm glad to hear it's not all bad.

Bri2k
 

Snake

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Bri2k,

YMMV, obviously, as all our tastes are not identical. It is nice, however, to
compare side-by-side. Apparently, others have had an issue with some of
the C&D blends as well.

dp
 

Snake

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Third bloody strike for C&D. Safe Harbour Flake:

Upon opening the tin, was greeted by a smell of Flinstones chewable vitamins!
This cut is a sliced cake. No worries there, but LOTS of stems! After rubbing
out, this packed well in another Savinelli of mine. Midway through the charring
light, the ol' ash monster reared it's ugly head again. I couldn't even spend 5
minutes on this one. Sorry C&D fans, but I'll be benching these players for a
while.

Two more G.L. Pease blends to go!

Thanks for tuning in, cheers.

dp
 

user0003

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There is a good lesson here for everyone:

1) First impressions are not always accurate and subject to change.
2) Reviews and ratings of things like tobacco do not necessarily predict whether you will personally like or dislike it.

This is a hard and expensive lesson to learn and we have all been there. This is also one of the reason that on this forum we have the 2t2m. It is our hope that the 2t2m will help you develop your taste without setting your wallet on fire. Is it a slow process? Yes. In todays world we tend to want everything right now and I am the worlds worst for this. However some things, like growing a beard, just take the time it takes.

I do want to thank dp for sharing his trial and tribulations with the rest of the forum.
 

Dondi

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Hi Snake, sorry to hear about your unfavorable experiences with C&D. My experience was just the opposite - I opened up my first tin from C&D and fell in love with it! The blend is Star of the East Flake (SOFTEF) and it's 50% latakia. It's classified as a Balkan, which is my favorite type of mixture. There's one particular review of SOTEF on TR which I completely agree with, by beaupipe - check out this link to read it - it's the first time I saw the Kama Sutra mentioned in relation to pipe smoking https://pipesmokersforum.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/naughty.gif
 

Snake

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There is a good lesson here for everyone:

1) First impressions are not always accurate and subject to change.
2) Reviews and ratings of things like tobacco do not necessarily predict whether you will personally like or dislike it.

This is a hard and expensive lesson to learn and we have all been there. This is also one of the reason that on this forum we have the 2t2m. It is our hope that the 2t2m will help you develop your taste without setting your wallet on fire. Is it a slow process? Yes. In todays world we tend to want everything right now and I am the worlds worst for this. However some things, like growing a beard, just take the time it takes.

I do want to thank dp for sharing his trial and tribulations with the rest of the forum.
Could not have said it better myself. Thanks, Jesla. The more information and reviews
about this pastime are out there, the more everyone benefits from it. Whether it be
newcomer, or seasoned brother of the briar.

Dondi,

I'm glad you had success with a C&D blend. Hopefully, my reviews won't
prevent others from sampling a tin or two.

dp

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Bri2k

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Definitely +1, dp. I greatly appreciate getting your take on C & D as this gives me an idea what to expect. Thanks again for sharing your first-hand experience!

Bri2k
 
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