Preparing for a typical cold UK winter...

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by HenryEnglander, Sep 25, 2010.

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  1. HenryEnglander

    HenryEnglander Member

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    It's happening...

    The days are getting shorter and colder. The AC has been replaced by radiators. Warmer clothes are being worn - even the most stubborn Brits are beginning to admit that it is time to lock away their shorts, tanning oils and cheery dispositions until next summer. If this winter is anything like the last, then we're going to need all we can get to keep us perky!

    I couldn't think of anything better than curling up in front of a fire with a good pipe. As a novice smoker, I wanted to know which tobaccos are best suited to winter. There is a lot on here about summer and spring time but not too much on the colder months. I've heard that stronger blends are better. Is this true?

    Any advice would be really appreciated from anyone the world over!

    Thank you :thankyou:

    HE
     


  2. Pschoppy48

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    I prefer medium English Blends during the colder months.
     
  3. Burner

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    I've had shorts on all day I'll have you know - Shivered a bit admittedly. SG Navy flake is nice in any weather but particularly nice in the cold.
     
  4. Glenn

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    Winter? What is that?

    It is 94 degrees here in South Texas today and I am sweating my arse off just piddling around the yard. We are all giddy because the first cool front of the year is set to blow thru tomorrow afternoon and it is going to drop the highs down to a chilly 88 degrees.

    If and when this strange thing you call winter ever gets here I'll be smoking lots of medium to full English blends. You are right about full blends going well with cold weather. But don't give up on your favorites just because it is cold. I still enjoy Virginias, vapers and burleys in the winter. To me it is all good in the winter but some is a bit much when it is 100 degrees

    I am looking forward to burning some good tobacco in the duck blind and around the fire at deer camp.
     
  5. Falconeer

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    Hi,

    as with everything it depends on the kind of tastes you personally enjoy - I do like a sweeter tobacco and for outdoors a stronger tobacco for the winter for me it always used to be Condor, St. Bruno or Erinmore Fllake for outdoors - now it tends to be Carey's No 7 Dark Flake; for indoors, out with the wife socialising its Benson and Hedges Mellow Virginia or Craven Aromatic - but that's just me.

    You really do have to build up your own repertore of tastes and preferences and go from there...as my friend Chuck once posted "pipe smoking's a voyage of discovery!"

    Happy experimenting!

    Gerry
     
  6. fruktflugan

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    Muahah hah hah!

    We've already had down to 37 degrees fahrenheit here one day and most days are really windy so it feels a lot colder.
    As you said, if this winter is anything like the last one we're up sheet creek! :whistle:


    Anyone wants to trade with me?
    I've got a tattoo studio and an apartment with 7 minutes walk to the centre of this 90000 inhabitant town. Looking to trade for some warmth! :roflmao:
     
  7. Mister Moo

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    The GL Pease Charing Cross now being smoked/reviewed in the 2t2m thread might be an excellent cool weather blend.
     
  8. jmiket91

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    Irish Flake. :eek:hyeah:
     
  9. ruffinogold

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    I really dont like latakia when its hot . Winter is another story ... it used to be dunhill std. med . and then some boner quite making it . now I dig IRC royal for cold temps. P.S. English Oriental Supreme is tops ! Dondi sent me a bag of IRC Kings oriental [aromatic w/ oriental ] which I can see being good in the winter or anytime . I dont know if ya got SWR Aromatic over there but I like it in the cold or anytime as well
     
  10. Jay

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    It's not happening here, 105 today and hotter tomorrow with 110 on Monday predicted. But cooler weather will come soon. Like 65 c'mon it is southern California and no, you shouldn't come here except for a visit. But I do remember one cool day the English blends go down really well with something warm to drink and a sweater.

    J
     
  11. rusty

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    Its starting to be noticeable the cooling here now. But I can happily recommend Condor.
     
  12. morleysson

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    Walnut flake, or Bulwark's from Barber. These are the quintessential flakes for cold weather.
     
  13. Pschoppy48

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    Thanks Mister Moo. I just read a description of Charing Cross and it sounds like a perfect Fall/Winter blend. I am working on Westminster now, but will grab a tin of CC. Phil.
     
  14. Mister Moo

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    It has a very nice, rich latakia that meets an extremely sweet virginia... if you buy it and hate it I'll take it off your hands with a swap for something else.
     
  15. Pschoppy48

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    Sounds good Mister Moo! I have had a TAD attack coming on lately.
     
  16. Mister Moo

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    Please to remember that taste in these matters is an individual thing - I can't say any one suggestion here is better than another. But you have a lot of good suggestions to explore; they'll all keep you busy til next Spring. :)
     
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