There seems to be a differing of opinion on whether a stockpile of tobacco is a hoard or a cellar. Purists might say that a cellar is only for aging tobaccos that one finds to be exquisite, otherwise it's just a hoard. Others might take a more pragmatic approach and consider any act of laying away pipe tobacco to be cellaring, and that a cellar includes both exquisite blends that they want to age as-well-as a good supply of their favorite blends that they want to be sure they will always have on hand. (I'm in the latter camp). With rumors of excessive taxation, the end of internet tobacco sales, and the outright (but I think unlikely) possibility that it will be banned completely, what role does the humble American OTC play in your "cellaring" strategy? Do you give them any thought, or are you stocking up? Do you think that they age at all, or do you think they simply remain static? I'd say that probably half of my pipe tobacco consumption is in the form of OTC. Walnut, SWR, Granger, and CH are my four favorites. Middleton Cherry Blend and SWRA both get honorable mentions. I can get them locally for $5 to $6 per pouch, or about $50 per tub. Mail order would shave about $10 of the price (and this factors in S&H). Regardless of whether I buy locally or via the internet, OTC's are going to play a huge role in my "cellar." For some reason, if I buy locally then buying by the pouch comes out cheaper than buying by the tub, but if I buy it by the tub then I don't need to invest in canning jars and I don't have the need to store in a dark place. Thus, paying extra for the tub has certain logistical advantages because I can press any cheap bookcase into service as a "cellar." Whether they "age" is not a pirmary concern for me when it comes to OTC's because by all accounts they don't, but they do smooth out some. Their strong point is that they have a great shelf life, and they can remain unopened for fifty years and still be as fresh if you opened one today as it was when it was tubbed in 1962. However, having them readily available is a huge concern for me. These are my workhorse smokes, and preferred morning blends. They are certainly not in the same class as "luxury" smokes, but they still serve an important function and they really are not bad smokes if accepted on their own terms. Thus, it makes perfect sense for me to build a hoard of these - especially SWR and CH, since I really like both and both are easy to find here in Johnson County, TX. Thus, I plan on buying a tub per month and will probably not order any "luxury" blends (which I have a pretty good supply of) for quite some time. How about the rest of you here at PSF? Do OTC's play a role in your "cellaring" strategy, and if so how big a role?