Three Friars on trial.

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  1. Old Ted

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    The other day I posted about receiving - among other things, a pound of 3Friars, a sample kindly given by friend Snake a while ago lead me to order a pound - my regular 'transatlantic' order ( every two or three months ) had hitherto been solely 'Night Train', of which I've become quite fond. I never pass complete judgement on any tobacco until I've smoked it for a day or two, usually exclusively, so today, not venturing far from house and shop as the rain has been pouring down all day, I have given the blend a good workout - in fact I've been smoking it all day, since driving Mrs. OT to her nursing duties at 7-00am!.
    As some of you will know I've never bothered much about the 'different pipes for different blends' thing, but decided to to experiment a little and take this route with this trial of the friars. First off was a bowl in the straight Falcon with Dublin bowl - very nice with my after breakfast coffee, although this pipe is well used to strong British flakes, and their presence was noticeable!, so next I loaded one of my own make billiards that had only seen two or three bowls of straight VA and then sat on the rack for a couple of weeks, bingo! that bowl was great - the subtleties and sweetness really came through, and intensified as the bowl came to an end.
    Well, a similar result - albeit slightly different came with a couple of smokes in smallish meerschaums - very agreeable indeed. I'm going to cut this long story short, as it's now 12-45am here, and time I was climbing the wooden hill to bedfordshire LOL.....but as I type these 'ramblings' - I'm finishing the last of two bowls of the friars in a little MM legend, and have to say they are the best smokes I've had all day, in fact - for a few days!, the cob with the Three Friars wins 'hands down' for me, and this blend is going to be a regular around here!
    Good night everyone!
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  2. ruffinogold

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    What are you doing . Youre supposed to be the stick in the mud codger ... back , back I say .. who are you and what have you done w/ OT :beck:
     
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    Do you know how easy it is for those of us on this side of the pond to get our hands on the likes of Three Friars and Night Train? I feel sorry for you Brits and your meager selection of grocery store blends.

    (I've wanted to do that to OT for so long.)
     
  4. Old Ted

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    Well, you know what happened to Ebenezer S. at Christmas time! :ohyh:.....God bless us all! :old:
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    :ohyh:....touche!.

    (vengence is mine sayeth....OT!)
     
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    Three Friars is a good blend. I find that it's in a similar league to Night Train. I can't imagine liking one but not the other.
     
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    It is indeed similar, and that's what attracted me - but the three Friars has less Burley and Cavendish (if any), and IMO a little more Perique, and that makes it preferable for me, being a VA fan.
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    Ypu smoked something else besides Condor?:msty:
    It must be the end of the world.
     
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    Afraid so Ming!.....but a lot of the time it all comes down to £££$$$! - see my comment in Craig's thread about Brit OTC's :(
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    Dang....another to the TAD list. Was just reading about it on TR.
    If Snake and OT like it....it must be good. :buds:
     
  11. Skiballa

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    Plus, American pipe tobacco is much safer, judging from the warning labels. ;)
     
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    Get some Old Joe Krantz and you'll fall in love with Cornell & Diehl burley ;) Mixing OJK and Three Friars is pretty good as well, even though that discovery was by accident.
     
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    Don't know that Snake actually likes it - but being a great and obliging guy got a couple of ounces for me to sample before I parted with the price of a pound!....my thanks to DP!
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    mmm, more food for thought!, another one is :- I can buy blending Perique, any day of the week and often add a bit to blends - if I think they are slightly lacking in that department!.
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    Yes, our pouch and tin illustrations are (intentionally) horrific!, I once suggested they just put pictures of some of us venerable, senior pipesmokers on the packet, but was told this would be counter productive - as sales would rocket, instead of declining.
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    I've seen them, scary stuff, I hate that pipe tobacco and cigarettes get lumped into the same category. Most studies I've seen put pipe smokers in about the same risk category as non-smokers for likelihood of lung cancer.
     
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    On topic- I'm going to have to try some Three Friars now, sounds like it would suit my tastes.

    Off topic (this is it, I promise)- At least your head won't explode, some Brazilian tobacco causes that.

    Check it out.
     
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    Yes, it's a different topic, but I think I can digress a little on my own thread ;)....I have great memories of Grandpa (an ex cop) climbing his home made ladder to clean the bedroom window, aged 86 and clenching a pipeful of Erinmore that he'd smoked all his life! :)
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    I recently finished a 4 oz. bag of Three Friars and greatly enjoyed it. I'd buy more but I have a bunch of stuff to go through now. I will revisit it at some point though. Btw, I'm smoking C&D Big and Burley at this moment and enjoy that, too. But I like Three Friars a little better.
     
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    Never thought I'd say it Jim! but to me it does go a lot better in a little cob.
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