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Rediscovered M79 - An initial Impression

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RTOdhner

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Friends don't let friends smoke Mix #79. Admit it RTO, you tried to yank our chain.
Just checking in on this thread to see if RTO is starting an online magazine and keeping more nekkid wimmin around than he knows what to do with.
Not trying to yank your chain - I really do like it. However, Hugh said he'd give me Susan Anton if I started smoking M79 so of course I had to give it a go. :ngty:
 

RTOdhner

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RTO, how would you compare Mix 79 to Condor?
Condor is an outstanding UK OTC blend, and it has that "unique" flavor/scent to it. M79 is a decent US OTC blend that has a similar flavor/scent when I first light it up. However, where as the Condor Lakelandesque flavor stays for the duration of the smoke, the Lakelandesque flavor in M79 quickly fades into the background and a medium-strength anise/vanilla flavor comes to the forefront and stays for the duration of the smoke. I think the flavoring used in M79 does a nice job of complimenting the underlying Burley tobacco, just as the Lakeland-type flavoring used in Condor does a nice job of complimenting the underlying Virginia tobacco. However, I've now smoked enough of the M79 to question whether there is any floral flavor/scent added to it at all. It might just be the interaction of the anise, vanilla, and flavor of the Burley tobacco that happens to mimic a floral Lakeland essence to a certain degree.

I hope my OP wasn't taken to mean that I think M79 is an awesome blend. I don't think it is. I think that it's a nice enough American OTC that has been unfairly maligned over the years - and I am guilty of doing my fair share of that maligning. It's a pleasant smoke that harkens back to a time when American pipe smokers had a different understanding of what makes a good blend. I like it, and I'd buy more of it... even a tub or two. However, it's not on the same level as Condor.

M79 is comprised of good old codger Burley, and is a decent Yank OTC blend. Condor is a good old codger Virginia, and is a pretty damn good Brit OTC blend. In this case, I think that the Brits have trounced us Yanks in the OTC department. I think Condor is clearly a better blend than M79. (However, I think our SWR trounces their Condor so the score is even).
 
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craig

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Condor is an outstanding UK OTC blend, and it has that "unique" flavor/scent to it. M79 is a decent US OTC blend that has a similar flavor/scent when I first light it up. However, where as the Condor Lakelandesque flavor stays for the duration of the smoke, the Lakelandesque flavor in M79 quickly fades into the background and a medium-strength anise/vanilla flavor comes to the forefront and stays for the duration of the smoke. I think the flavoring used in M79 does a nice job of complimenting the underlying Burley tobacco, just as the Lakeland-type flavoring used in Condor does a nice job of complimenting the underlying Virginia tobacco. However, I've now smoked enough of the M79 to question whether there is any floral flavor/scent added to it at all. It might just be the interaction of the anise, vanilla, and flavor of the Burley tobacco that happens to mimic a floral Lakeland essence to a certain degree.

I hope my OP wasn't taken to mean that I think M79 is an awesome blend. I don't think it is. I think that it's a nice enough American OTC that has been unfairly maligned over the years - and I am guilty of doing my fair share of that maligning. It's a pleasant smoke that harkens back to a time when American pipe smokers had a different understanding of what makes a good blend. I like it, and I'd buy more of it... even a tub or two. However, it's not on the same level as Condor.

M79 is comprised of good old codger Burley, and is a decent Yank OTC blend. Condor is a good old codger Virginia, and is a pretty damn good Brit OTC blend. In this case, I think that the Brits have trounced us Yanks in the OTC department. I think Condor is clearly a better blend than M79. (However, I think our SWR trounces their Condor so the score is even).
Sorry thread jack roy but how m79 is maligned the same goes for borkum riff bourbon.
Ive heard numerous insults thrown its way about how it burns hotter than hell.
But i find it a good qaulity dependable nice tasting smoke.
Like m79 it has been around for years sure both are an aquired taste but if borkum bourbon went off the market i would nourn its passing
 

RTOdhner

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Sorry thread jack roy but how m79 is maligned the same goes for borkum riff bourbon.
Ive heard numerous insults thrown its way about how it burns hotter than hell.
But i find it a good qaulity dependable nice tasting smoke.
Like m79 it has been around for years sure both are an aquired taste but if borkum bourbon went off the market i would nourn its passing
Borkum Riff is another blend that I once maligned, but recently gave it a proper hearing and came to the conclusion that it's an enjoyable line of tobacco. I recently revisited their Original and Bourbon offerings, and found both to be very enjoyable. The trick, I found, is to sip them. Puff on them like a freight train, and they earn their reputation as tongue scorchers. Ah, but sipped they are both quite nice.

I think I'll revisit Paladin at some point. M79, Borkum Riff, and Paladin have oft been the focus of my scorn. However, I've changed my tune on both M79 and BR. This being the case, maybe Paladin isn't as bad as I remember.
 

craig

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Borkum Riff is another blend that I once maligned, but recently gave it a proper hearing and came to the conclusion that it's an enjoyable line of tobacco. I recently revisited their Original and Bourbon offerings, and found both to be very enjoyable. The trick, I found, is to sip them. Puff on them like a freight train, and they earn their reputation as tongue scorchers. Ah, but sipped they are both quite nice.

I think I'll revisit Paladin at some point. M79, Borkum Riff, and Paladin have oft been the focus of my scorn. However, I've changed my tune on both M79 and BR. This being the case, maybe Paladin isn't as bad as I remember.
I tried the original a few weeks into pipe smoking puffed on it and found it a bit of a scorcher but i bought a pack in crete after enjoying the bourbon and ill be opening it soon so hopefully now i have learned to sip itl be a good companion on my trip to scotland in march
 
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