Smoking long-aged tobacco

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  1. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Last night, I popped open a jar of Best Brown Flake from 2003. Couldn't wait to fill my bowl and puff contentedly away. However, everytime I do this without allowing the tobacco some time to "breathe", the blend reminds me that I forgot. The tobacco was dusty tasting and kind of nasty. Harsh. Took it half a bowl to smooth out.

    I can't stress enough the need to open long-stored jars and let the tobacco absorb a few minutes of outside air before smoking. You cellarers take note. It only takes a few minutes to change a blend from "WTF is this crap" to "ahhhh, bliss". Treat it like a fine wine and it'll treat you like a fine woman. Even if you are a woman.
     


  2. jpberg

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    How about that. Early last week I opened a small jar of FVF from '00, and did the same damned thing. While smoking that first bowl, I emptied the jar into a bowl and gave it a little toss. All subsequent bowls have been much better.

    And here I thought that you were a lot smarter than me.:D
     
  3. muddler

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    I find the same is very true for McClelland flakes - they need some air time to really blossom. And the further down the jar I go the better they get.
     
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  4. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    I merely aspire to Bergdom. :nwor:
     
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  5. FlatbushPaul

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    I usually jar it straight out of the tin and the next time I go into the jar, it is ready. Whenever I am impatient, I pay for it with a dusty, almost moldy flavor as well. I just did that with some Kingfisher from '99. The fist smoke was so-so but every one since has been fabulous.
     
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    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Yep! The last time I pulled this stunt, it was with a jar of St James Woods from 1995.
     
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    Kerr, I am really hoping you are able to make a trip up here soon. I have about 1.4oz of Mc2015 from 1990. I smoke it on rare occasions, I would be curious to see what your take is on it.
     
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    You poor, misguided soul.
     
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    Excellent information and good to know. The only thing I've come across so far that I want to age is McB Va No. 1
    I have put some away and am looking forward to see what 6 months, a year and so on does to it 'cause it's so damn good right off the bat.
     
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    :snork:"Speaking words of wisdom, let it breath".:snork:
     
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    Good advice there. I have found the old standby of packing a bowl and then blowing through the top a couple of times rehydrates and aerates the baccy just enough for good smoking. In fact just did it now with some 1941 GW Cut Plug and it tastes great!
     
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    Good advice , Dmkerr :th1: When ya pop an old tin , at least pretend it's one of those pain in the ass blends that you have to wait on . Maybe that's why SG Fire Dance is so damn good , it thinks it's aged :xd:
     
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    If I ever manage to rally the patience to "age" a blend, I'll bare this in mind ;)
     
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    Very interesting!
    I wonder if the same is true of tobacco aged for a much shorter time?
    I decided to have a bowl of 2012 Christmas cheer last evening, which has been jarred for 10 months. I opened the jar packed the bowl and fired it up. MEH it was just Ok not great, but then 1/3 to 1/2 way down the bowl it opened up and became wonderful. I don't have much experience with this tobacco, so I just thought it was a slow starter.
    Now you've got me wondering.
     
  15. sonarman

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    Sounds like all tobacco benefits from a little air time.
     
  16. dmkerr

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    Probably. Two years is the shortest time I've experienced for a blend to exhibit this. It may be shorter still.
     
  17. dmkerr

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    I have some as well! I'll bring some to restock your jar. I actually have about half a pound left.

    My take on my batch is that at some point (I don't know where exactly) it smokes almost precisely like aged St James Woods. It's excellent.
     
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