Recent TAD attack appeased at Iwan Ries

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  1. mongo

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    Howdy all,
    Back from my recent continuing education trip with side visit to Iwan Ries. I had a good time checking out all they had to offer, and got some helpful advice from their employees. I wanted to buy about a dozen different choices, but settled on three:

    Peterson's Irish Flake
    Peterson's Perfect Plug
    Peter Heinrich Dark Strong Flake

    I have since gotten the chance to try all three, and like 2&1/2 of them.

    I absolutely love the Peterson's Irish Flake. It has a nice strong flavor and makes for a mostly great smoke. The only thing I do not like about it is that it is an absolute BUGGER to initially get lit. I've tried it whole and folded and rubbed out. Once I finally get it lit, it burns quite nicely.

    Peterson's Perfect Plug is a very interesting tobacco. It comes in this super dense block that was smaller than expected. It is a very nice and flavorful smoke that I will reserve for special occasions. The totally cool thing about it is that I need another of one of my favorite vices... a sharp knife to prepare it for smoking. The whole prep thing adds to the enjoyment of this tobacco.

    Peter Heinrich's Dark Strong Flake is one that I am still deciding on. The either good or bad news is that I have a ton of it. It comes in small flakes that are a mixture of tan and dark brown tobacco stripes. Maybe because it is different from anything else I have is why I cannot decide how well I like it yet.

    The Iwan Ries visit was quite the experience for me. Unfortunately, I went on a day that I wasn't planning on going, so I didn't have my pipe bag with me. I did get to visit their smoking lounge, and it was very impressive. I also got a list of about a half dozen or so tobaccos to try based upon the IR employee trying to figure out what I do like, and what I may like. The only negative was the HORRENDOUS State of Illinois and City of Chicago TAXES on the tobacco. They ended up being almost 50% the original cost of the tobacco!
     
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  2. ruffinogold

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    Man , IRC is such a great shop !!! I could almost cry at the thought of shopping there ... and I'm sure I'd cry at the taxes involved . Those three blends you bagged are great example of their types .. PH DSF being in my top five blends ! Those are all " dense " blends and need a touch of doing , being rubbed or sat out . You'll get the hang of it by just experimenting and smoking ! Next time youre there , buy a pouch of Old Colonial [ If you like Carter Hall ] . It's better than Carter Hall , imo , and burns and lights right out of the pouch / jar ..... it's a fantastic Old School American smoke , like many of the IRC Traditional blends
     
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    Seen many pics of the Iwan Ries shop, would love to visit myself someday. You did indeed walk out with three great tobaccos Mongo!
    FWIW, I do smoke most flake tobacco fold/stuff but I enjoy Irish Flake most when fully rubbed out to an almost shag consistency.
     
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    Smoked a bowl of Peter Heinrich's and PPP tonight...... the PH gave me a mild case of tongue bite and the PPP is simply divine. I definitely see getting more of that.
     
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    I'm keen to try PPP, even more so after reading this.
     
  6. mongo

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    There is even MORE ritual to smoking this.... you need a knife, something to cut it on, then cube it up. Can't just Codger scoop this stuff. I really like it though. It burns down to a really fine ash too.
     
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    "The only negative was the HORRENDOUS State of Illinois and City of Chicago TAXES on the tobacco. They ended up being almost 50% the original cost of the tobacco! "...Yikes, makes one wonder how these places can stay in business!
    Thank you for the reviews. I've wondered about PPP. Why special occasions.....$$ to amt. ratio?
    Thanks,
    Dave
     
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    I never miss a chance to stop at Iwan Ries when I'm in Chicago. When I was in college about a hundred years ago I first sampled some of their Three Star Blends and have been hooked ever since.
     
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    FYI Heinrich's dark strong flake is the same as Orlik's Dark Strong Kentucky. It's also awesome
     
  10. mongo

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    Dave... I like to reserve the really good tobaccos for occasions where I know I will appreciate it more....
     
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    Iwan Ries is one of the best shops to visit, their selection is second to none. Unfortunately their prices are high due to the taxes. It is a must visit for any pipe smoker.

    The PH also bitees me due to the high content of red virginia's. Years ago it did not have that much in it and I could smoke it with no bite. I would recommend cube cutting the Irish flake and 3 p's, I get a nice cool and flavorful burn that way.
     
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    The interesting thing about 3P is that it's always a good smoke but there are times, like the bowl full I had this evening, that are truly exceptional. Cube cut, shaved thin flake, dime thickness flake broken up, every variation lets something different come through.
     
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    I tried PPP for the first time last night. It kicked my happy butt! I followed all previous posts' warnings about being enjoyed on a full stomach and that the vitamin N content was high. Well, I found it to be one to be enjoyed while sitting down and preferably on level ground. I cut the flakes (which next time that will be singular), rubbed them out, and filled what I thought was a small bowl. Next time the bowl won't be filled more than 2/3 way. That being said I can understand why this is an enjoyable smoke. The flavor was wonderful, rich, and full. I look forward to trying it again after my next big dinner.
     
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    PPP is sublime. Simple, but refined. I enjoy the ritual of preparing it.
     
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    Only THREE??!!
     
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    I enjoyed revisiting this thread!
    I still enjoy IF and 3P, not likely to buy the PS DSF again.... It's ok, but didn't knock my socks off.
    Smokey Joe.... I couldn't afford more!
    Ruff... Thanks for the recc on Old Colonial, I do like CH so I will have to look into that.
     
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