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VaPer Showdown

AussieTX

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#62
This is going to take me a while to read, but thanks for the thread!
I've recently become very fond of VaPers (Anni Kake got me addicted) so i'm sure i'll be adding a few more onto the TAD.
 

Slow Tri

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#66
Just received in James Fox's Dorisco Mixture over the holiday weekend.

I know that a few people have asked for it to be included here but I feel that there is a bit of a snag.

To me......there is quite a bit of Latakia in this blend. So much so that I cannot classify it as being close to being in the VaPer Showdown. A few other blends have other types of tobacco in them and I have included them but since Latakia is so overpowering I cannot include it in the listing.

I will however give a separate review of it in the Tobacco Reviews section.
 

Slow Tri

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#69
Scott, one really wicked Va/Per that you'd probably like that I don't see on your list is Tudor Castle from McClelland. Sweet, punchy, and really a solid contender.
I'll have to look into that one Todd. I kind of shied away from McC blends because their "Broken Flake" makes me mad when I try and smoke it. I cannot figure out how to dry it out enough to my liking.
 

SouthBound

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#70
Slow Tri said:
I'll have to look into that one Todd. I kind of shied away from McC blends because their "Broken Flake" makes me mad when I try and smoke it. I cannot figure out how to dry it out enough to my liking.
Is that the only reason you shy away from them?
 

Slow Tri

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#71
Pretty much.

I've tried most of them in the past that I was interested in (Dark Star, St. James Woods, Xmas Cheer). They were all frustrating.

The Frog Morton ones are about the only McC's that I smoke. Although I do sacrafice every once in a while for Xmas Cheer.
 

Slow Tri

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#73
Nah.....I don't mind that.

I just feel that life is too short and there are plenty of other blends out there that don't frustrate me so I smoke those.

Although the blend that Todd proposed (Tudor Castle) looks pretty darn good.
 

Sasquatch

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#75
I'll have to look into that one Todd. I kind of shied away from McC blends because their "Broken Flake" makes me mad when I try and smoke it. I cannot figure out how to dry it out enough to my liking.
I hear ya. This one smokes pretty easy. I've been put off of other blends of theirs that I "should" like, like Blackwoods, just because like you, I find it too much trouble to try and get to work right, when so many other blends I can just shove in and light up and have a good time with.
 
#76
I began a quest to smoke and rate as many VaPers as I could get my hands on. I believe that I started this back in 2008 and since then I have reviewed and ranked 29 blends ...

Enjoy and please feel free to add comments, argue, or make suggestions for other blends for me to try and review.
You have the sincere gratitude of the pipe smoking community for all the fine work you've done on this thread. Even your interim final list is an impressive look into this important category. Our individual tastes may vary, of course, but there's a ton of knowledge here that can enrich all of us.

In short, a very valuable contribution to the pipe literature which should live on for years to come.
 

Marker

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#78
Very interested in this thread. I am trying to like OGS but I can't get into it. Just not my thing yet, if ever. I have a half tin I broke up and have tried at various dry stages. Last night I fought it for 10 minutes before I caught a solid light. After that it burned fine but still not enjoyable to distraction from my book. Meanwhile I can put some Becks Ol Limey Bastard in the pipe, char, tamp, light, go. Not worth the fight for me.

Going to repost your list Slow Tri and check off what I have. See if there is something else I can work with.

1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake - Got it in a trade. I hate flakes. Why God does this have to be a flake?
3) GL Pease Tribute
4) Escudo - Comes in a round tin. Not a flake I hope. Might crack the tin or look for a sample first.
5)GL Pease Triple Play
6) GL Pease Filmore
7) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
8) H & H AJ’s VaPer
9) Low Country’s Waccamaw
10) Peretti’s Park Square
11) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
12) H & H Rolando’s Own
13) H & H Anniversary Kake - Got an 8oz tin in trade. Will open it when I figure out if I like VaPers.
14) G & H Louisiana Flake
15) C & D Poplar Camp
16) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture - Going to be used in a 1965 Dunhill that Russ sent me. (pictures when I sign up for a hosting site. Snapfish cuts you off after a year now unless you buy something.)
17) C & D Night Train
18) H & H Louisiana Red
19) C & D Bayou Morning Flake
20) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake - Really, really love this stuff. Didn't know there was perique in it. Thought it was a classic VaBur. If anyone wants to trade me some... let me know.
21) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
22) Dorchester
23) Solani #633
24) Luxury Bullseye Flake
25) McClelland Bulk 2015
26) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
27) Kajun Kake
28) Luxury Navy Flake
29) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

Marker

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#80
Just rub the St. James Flake out thoroughly and enjoy. It's amazing stuff.
Been there, tried that with OGS. Still makes me want to kick a kitten. I got too comfortable with EMP/Nightcap where you just stuff it almost any way you want and the pipe works.