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Harmonious Combinations

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by SouthBound, Dec 14, 2012.

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  1. SouthBound

    SouthBound Active Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Over a year and a half ago, I first started lurking on this site. A few months later, I joined. In that time I've read many posts about some lucky fool finding a pipe that just makes a favorite blend "sing". All the while, I've tried quite a few pipes and an uncountable number of blends in an fruitless quest for that consistent harmony. I was ready to dismiss the phenomena as a fluke or even a myth until a recent recent purchase brought it to my doorstep.

    Many of you have been able to infer that Gawith Hoggarth is my favorite blending house. Within that line, Dark Flake has become a dominant fixture in my lineup. I love the stuff, and I thought that I had unlocked all of it's secrets. However, last week a surprise eBay purchase (I didn't expect my bid to stand) was delivered by the friendly postman, a Brebbia First bent billiard. I bought it for flakes, so after a trial run with Kendal Kentucky, I loaded my friend Dark Flake scented into it. The result was magical.

    I've smoked that combination three times now, and those have been three of the best smokes I've ever had. Three times in a row is enough to rule out a fluke, so I'm calling this a harmonious combination. It sings.

    Therefore, I want to pose the question again. If you have found your harmonious combination, what is it? What is the pipe, and what is the blend?

    Doug, I'll go ahead and post yours: a cob and Carter Hall.

  2. GlassEye

    GlassEye Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    Classic Burley Kake in my MM bent egg Great Dane. Neither may be my favorite at this time, but this is a combination I can rely on to be good.

    I need to try that Dark Flake scented that I got in my last order.
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  3. Monkey

    Monkey Active Member

    Mar 16, 2012
    Penzance in my Digby Bulldog...I didn't like Penzance till I had it in this pipe.

    DFU in the Savinelli KS Dublin. DFU is my most smoked tobacco and this pipe brings out nuance and the floral note really sings in this pipe...and it is one of my least expensive pipes...like 45 bucks new.

    Those are the two I reach for most...and that is all that gets smoked in them.

    My other pipes are all great smokers...but these two and I could almost give the rest away.
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  4. dbt13

    dbt13 Active Member

    Sep 22, 2012
    I've got a Stanwell Billiard stamped Tivoli that smokes english blends better than my other pipes smoke anything....especially Penzance and Margate.

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  5. Stonewall

    Stonewall Active Member

    Aug 23, 2011
    SG Firedance Flake in a Dunhill London Made second. Penzance in a Gouda Clay. Shortcut to Mushrooms in an MM Cob left to marry for 24 hours.

    McClellands Blackwoods Flake in an F. Can Meer. GL Pease Sextant in a BST Custom Horn.

    ...and of course, Carter Hall in a Cob.
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  6. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

    Jul 15, 2011
    Ah, the mystery is gone.
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  7. el guero

    el guero Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    I can relate on that one, I had a tin of Penzance that I was rather underwealmed by and when I transfered it to a jar it ended up sitting there for about a year, but I tried it in a Georg Jensen freehand I got off of the bay and I finally understood why everyone liked it so much, it made it truly sing!
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  8. Goat

    Goat Active Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    I don't know what it is about this combination but the sweetness of the VA really comes through beautifully. I can actually taste it on my lips.

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  9. fordy

    fordy Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    St Bruno RR in a Falcon Bent / Rustic Plymouth bowl never fails me. Sometimes FVF reaches the heights in the same pipe/bowl combo - but not always.
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  10. krusty

    krusty Active Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    Predictable, consistent perfection in smoking experience. For me it's Peterson's Perfect Plug in my DrG "Belvedere".
    Thinnish flake, rubbed out and loaded up while still on the moist side of things. Oh yeah, harmony is found here!
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  11. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

    Feb 7, 2011
    I have a few:

    Two Friends English Chocolate in a Bekler CAO. The pipe smokes other blends just fine but this blend only works in this pipe. In every other pipe,it's confused, murky, dusty.

    Rattrays Red Rapparee in a Baglan. Probably because the pipe only smokes this blend and hasn't been ghosted with other mixes that would tend to dilute the flavor.

    C&D Oriental Silk in a Baki. Not just any Baki but a Baki with a very large dublin shaped bowl.

    Classic Burley Kake in a no name briar. Neither the pipe nor the tobacco is satisfied unless they are together.
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  12. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

    Sep 25, 2009
    SG Firedance in the Spillproof Masterful Billiard

    SWRA in the really big Kaywoodie #39 " Dads " billiard

    Middletons Cherry in my no name French Apple Canadian

    SWR in a cob w/ filter

    MB GE in the Dunhill Innertube Billiard/Wiley Prince/ Wiley ball / Kaywoodie 04 billiard/ Kaywoodie 13b and about 15 other pipes

    MB Latakia in the Hilson Mondial Meer lined Chimney

    Ogdens Walnut in the Kaywoodie #28 small octagon Dublin & The little Grabow Grand Duke Dublin

    PS LTF in my Whitehall Pot and all the other Pots to a point

    Whew ! That was like pipe porn
  13. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

    Apr 5, 2012
    McClelland/McCranie's VA in a BST Bent-rhodesian.

    London Mixture in a BST Calabash

    P&W #10 in a Castello Sea Rock

    Penzance in a Dunhill dublin

    Squadron Leader in an Upshall dublin

    Absolutely anything in a Radice Bark (twin bore)

    PSPE/965 in a Wiley Ovation

    Astleys #44 in a Wiley galleon

    Escudo and Telegraph Hill in a couple of Caminetto's

    Burley/Va in my Hatfield pipe

    CH/MCB/Uhle's in a DGE

    That'll do for now.
  14. SmokeyJoe

    SmokeyJoe Active Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    Nightcap in a Ben Wade Prominence, 3 Oaks Syrian in a Michael Kabik
  15. WeCamps24

    WeCamps24 Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Well to be honest, I have had several near Nirvana smokes with several of the pipes and tobaccos in my collection but only one combination that had reached the full 'pipe bliss' experience.
    I bought an Adam Remington pipe at last years ChicagoLand Pipe Show and a tin of Bells Three Nuns (at the show) that has me now looking for all smokes to be at that level.

    From the charring lite to the last puff, it was as if those two were meant for each other! I am sitting on two additional tins in the cellar and have reserved that Remington to BTN! (it is going to be expensive! LOL)
    I am sure to be looking for another pipe/tobak combo to meet that Remington/BTN combo! As a matter of fact, once you have pipe bliss like that happen it does make it hard to not keep comparing it with every other combo I have tried to match it. They all have their own characteristics and I try to enjoy them for what they can produce...........

    Here is the Remington pipe (link) I purchased:
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  16. WrightwoodJohn

    WrightwoodJohn Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    CPCC Rich Virginia in a Dunhill Canadian...
    SL in a BST Billiard.
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  17. craig

    craig Active Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    gawith and hoggarth louisiana flake in m curved falcon with dover bowl, absolute magical combo.

    p.s kudos on the gawith and hoggarth being your fave :th1:
  18. PipeSimmo

    PipeSimmo Active Member

    Nov 11, 2012
    Orlik Golden Sliced in my new Moretti Custom Rhodesian - Big Win!
  19. muddler

    muddler Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    FVF in this GBD New Era billiard. I swear I can hear angelic choirs.

  20. BradNTX

    BradNTX Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2010
    The most dramatic example of a harmonious combination is my MM Country Gent with Foreverstem. It's not just that I'm attached to the pipe. It really makes Burley sing like no other pipe I've tried, including other cobs. It's never had anything else, but Burley burned in it. It is well broken in now, and is my most reached for cob. After a few days smoking, and a week of rest, the bowl just has this Burley essence you can smell that is wonderful when you pick it up. Solani ABF is especially incredible in this pipe.

    All of my pipes are dedicated to either a type of leaf or a specific one. This Neerup is my Virginia burner. While all Virginias I've smoked in it taste great, one really stands out. Additionally, my favorite of Virginias tastes great in other briars, but has a bit of an edge in the Neerup. Yep, Hamborger Veermaster has an extra edge of sweetness and smoothness in this Neerup.

    I've smoked SG Best Brown Flake and Germain's Brown Flake both in my contest Nate King nosewarmer poker. This little briar has really taken to the Germain's, though, really making that flavor shine.

    Last of my harmonious combinations was a real relief. I bought a Rad Davis hickory nut last May. My intent was to dedicate it to Burley, to see if Burley could ever match my cob experience. It wasn't to be, as even after 4 ounces of Burley blends had been burned through it, the flavor was still just so so. I tried several Virginias, and to my dismay, the same. I was wondering if I got one of those pipes people talk about- Great looks, engineering, and from a great maker, but just gives an off flavor. By whim, I gave C&D Briar Fox a shot, and was not just surprised, but tickled to find that it tasted best in the RD than in any of my other pipes.

    When I first started smoking, I didn't get the subtle nuances people talked about in pipe tobacco. I also didn't understand how a certain pipe could take to a certain tobacco. I still can't explain it, but have definitely experienced those harmonious combinations that defy logical explanation.

    Great thread SouthBound! :bing:
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