Re-evaluating Old Write Offs.

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  1. BernardLerring

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    A couple of months ago, in a fit of poverty and desperation for some, any, pipe tobacco, I ventured to purchase an ounce of Mellow Virginia, a tobacco I tried when I first took up pipe smoking and couldn't stand. I wrote a review online at the time that positively kicked it to death vowed never to touch it again. Two years on and a lot more pipe tobacco under the bridge, I was pleasantly surprised by this and ventured further to try another two ounces and a couple of other baccies I had written off - most notably Bosun Plug Cut (the first pipe tobacco I ever tried) - and have become a new found fan of them.

    I'm just wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences of tobaccos that you originally couldn't stand but tried again after a bit of experience and enjoyed. Extra marks while be given for style and presentation.
     
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    I have some Orlik Golden Sliced on the way for this same type of experiment. I'll keep ya updated ;)
     
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    Thanks, I hope it goes well.
     
  4. bubbagump

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    I hated anything with burley in it early on (it left a nasty after taste for me). Fastforward two months...I tried SWRA. I really like that now (it's burley). I guess my tobacco palate has changed. I'll have to go back and give CH another try.
     
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    I hated burley too, based on some strong C&D blends- but Carter Hall does not bother me at all.
     
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    I'm forever doing this. If you look in the EU trading section you will see that not long into my pipe smoking journey I was trying to trade off Bosun Cut Plug, but now I love the stuff. Most of the C&D blends I have tried have grown on me since the first try.
     
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    When I first started (not that long ago) I ordered a sampler from P&C that included Larry's Blend. I think it was a Latakia blend. Could not stand it. I think I compared it to old gym socks. Now I love Lat blends. Go figure. Definitely was a case of acquired taste.
     
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    My experience with this tells me that if I hated a blend years ago, I probably still hate it now. But if my feelings aren't quite so strong, I can sometimes be persuaded to upgrade the blend.
     
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    Reminds me of the first time I tried Squadron Leader, never had a Lat before and couldn't stand my first two or three bowls of them but then it grew on me and now it's my fave.
     
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    I've never hated something then come back and been okay with it. I have some "meh" blends that occasionally I'll retry to see if something was off when I last tried it. Taste can change, variables in production, variables in the place you're smoking, the pipe, etc. I try to give each tobacco at least a couple of shots. But when I >hate< something, I've never tried it a second time and been okay with it.
     
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    I didnt like PA the first few pouches I had. Six months later, I bought another pouch...followed shortly by a tub. My tobacco philosophy is "burn tobacco, not bridges." Just because you dont like something at the moment doesnt mean you wont like it in the future...
     
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    This is pretty much how I feel too.
     
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    Oh wow, BPG is a heckuva first! In that line of thought, that was the first Lakeland I ever tried and it just... wow. I made the mistake of smoking it in my favorite pipe of the time, too. Ghosted bad on a single bowl, and going back to that pipe was torturous for months! I was certain I got a very strong floral flavor, but the kind gentleman who sent the sample was quite sure it was "unscented" meaning just clove, no rose geranium. I wasn't buying that, waaaaay too floral. If he was correct, I can only imagine the whole nine yards! I haven't revisited Boson yet, but I have tried some other Lakelands recently. Ennerdale responded favorably at first. We'll see where that goes.

    More generally, I did not get along with my first flake - LNF. I figured it was inexperience with flakes and I just ignored them for years (as a far-too-occasional smoker to really learn how to manage them). I adore flakes now, but I still don't care for LNF! Maybe it was just the blend and I missed out on seven years of flake smoking!
     
  14. BernardLerring

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    I think you're right about BPG, I think with hindsight I would have left the florals till much later. Still, I had no idea about pipe smoking so just picked one at random. I'm just glad I didn't try Grasmere flake as I think that is just too heavily scented for it's own good.

    As for flakes I think they can be a bit tricky, as they can be quite a heavy smoke, can't help thinking that getting your first flake wrong is a bit like taking a pint of whisky as your first drink - one thinks of Full Virginia Flake. I got lucky and stumbled upon Kendal Cream Flake, a great introduction, I think Royal Navy Flake is probably another good one to start off with. Ennerdale is a good choice, probably one of my favourite florals.
     
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    I'm never going to try M79 again !!!
     
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