The Burley Bitters ... Not?

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  1. Pecci

    Pecci Active Member

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    Any opinions on burley blends that won't turn bitter at the bottom? I love burley's, but hate dumping either after the bitterness kicks in. I also hate guessing when the time might come during my enjoyment. That's frustrating!:mad:
     


  2. jeff394

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    There's a fix for that. Quit at 75%.

    I'm not sure I've met a Burley that hasn't turned a little bitter towards the end of the smoke.
     
  3. Pecci

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    Yeah, I know. I just hate thinking about that, when the time comes, especially while enjoying.
     
  4. Gig

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    Some of those burleys are so bitter and sour :confused:
     
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    I don't think Solani's Aged Burley Flake gets bitter.

    Then again, I think the perception that Burley gets bitter is rooted in the individual smoker. I know lots of people who say that Carter Hall never gets bitter. But when I smoke it, I find it bitter. My favorite of the old traditional American blends that's still available is Kentucky Club Continental. It never tastes bitter at the bottom for me. For others that seems not to be the case.
     
  6. fogpipe

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    I smoke alot of pegasus and OJK and i dont really notice that phenomenon unless a pipe goes out and i relight it sometime later.
    I should say tho, that i have a hazy memory of what you are talking about, but have not experienced it often.
     
  7. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Uhle's Blend 00. I've never noticed any bitterness.

    But yes, one of the characteristics of burley is that it turns bitter down the bowl. Very slow smoking sometimes cures this.
     
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    Never noticed that with SWR or CH. Maybe try Boswell's Premium Burley. It has a light vanilla (IMO) topping and stays present throughout the entire smoke.
     
  9. Biggles

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    Sugar Barrel smokes sweet 'n nutty all the way to the heel...for me at least...:rolleyes:
     
  10. cobbsmoker

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    I've always associated the mild bitter taste of a good burley blend with that of a fine cigar, a good thing!:th1:
     
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    Brigadier Black Waterloo and 7 Seas Red have never developed a bitter taste for me (both are lightly flavored blends however), nor has SWRA or Carter Hall, in the short time I've been smoking those.
     
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    Uhle's #00 & P&W Nut Brown Burley do not get bitter for me, but I do smoke very slow so that might be the answer. Slow smoking cures alot of poor characteristics in many blends.
     
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    From my own experience, I noticed BUs can become bitter when relighting after putting the pipe aside for a while. But this happens only in certain tobaccos; while I did not encounter this with PA or CH, nor in Wessex Burley Slice - a must try tobacco for BU fans - I did notice bitterness in Solani's Aged Burley Flake.
     
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    I think that SWR has a wisp of a sour and bitter note to it, but I like it.
     
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    I like MB Golden Extra cause it doesn't crap out unless I really spazz on it ... like when I'm doing an eight mile run uphill , I might huff it a bit much .
     
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    I agree, it's what I also enjoy about this blend:th1:
     
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  17. Yankee Bill

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    I'm smoking some GE now and the last 20% or so is getting a little bitter for me. I'm still enjoying it though. As Ruff said it depends on how you puff it. It tastes so good it's tough to go easy.
     
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  18. Pecci

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    Thanks, guys! I think for me it's the bad habit of going too fast.

    On another note, I got more GE to try. For the life of me I just can't find much flavor in it. LBL, most likely related to it in some way, is a different story.
     
  19. cobbsmoker

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    Don't feel bad, I have never been able to find any flavor in it either, it's a dull, boring blend for me too!
     
  20. SouthBound

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    We all have our own tastes. I guess that's why there are so many successful blends out there. GE was very tasty to me at one time. Then, I found Kendal Kentucky. I traded all of my GE away soon after. No regrets.

    P.S. Those first two sentences are there just to appease our beloved mayor.
     
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