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Just Popped A Tin Of Vintage Pipe Tobacco...

 
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Just Popped A Tin Of Vintage Pipe Tobacco...
Yes, this thread may have limited appeal, but...

I smoked a pipe for many years, but got lazy and reverted to cigarettes. Have quite a few aged tins left, and happened upon a 100g tin of McClelland No.22 Virginia tinned in 1997, tin code 22 03 97. Tinned March 1997, batch 22. McClelland (the last remaining independent, non-corporatized pipe tobacco manufacturer in the US) ages a blend for 3-4 years before they tin it, so the crop year is probably 1993-4.

Before I decided to pop it open, I looked at the prices similar McClelland tins of this age are going for, and I estimate this one could have been sold for $150-200 to an interested pipe tobacco connoisseur, but fuck it. Smoking it now in my best pipe, a Talamona Romana Billiard.

It is heavenly, like a fine aged Bordeaux. Needed no drying right out of the tin, smokes clean, mild, no bite...absolutely incredible. Perhaps should have left it alone; who knows what someone might have paid in another ten years, but somehow, I just wanted to experience top-quality aged pipe tobacco again.

Will be watching the hurricane coverage from the safety of Eastern Virginia, and thoroughly enjoying it.

bonghit
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I have some left over captain black from the eighties my stepdad owned.

He also left some cool carved pipes in animal shapes like elephants and such that start out white then slowly turn color as you smoke out of them. Figured I’d try to get into it when I got a bit older, maybe take the edge of life off.
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Pipe tobacco is great I like the wine flavor ones
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My dad’s English friend gave me an old blend of Latakia three years ago…been smoking the pipe ever since..
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I have some left over captain black from the eighties my stepdad owned.

He also left some cool carved pipes in animal shapes like elephants and such that start out white then slowly turn color as you smoke out of them. Figured I’d try to get into it when I got a bit older, maybe take the edge of life off.
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Captain Black won't age properly in the pouch; only if tinned and unopened. Also, it is an aromatic, and though some pipe smokers like it as an inexpensive go-to blend, it is not really the sort of blend to age a long time anyway. Straight Virginia blends are the best for that.

In my own opinion, 1997 McClelland Virginia No.22 is a fine wine, Captain Black is Manischewitz!
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My dad’s English friend gave me an old blend of Latakia three years ago…been smoking the pipe ever since..
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How old? If is is Syrian Latakia, it must be really good! Syrian Latakia is almost impossible to find these days...
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It smells so good sometimes.
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Pipe tobacco is great I like the wine flavor ones
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Strangely, with cigarettes, I'm a menthol junkie, but I like straight Virginias with no topping when it comes to pipe tobacco.
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My dad’s English friend gave me an old blend of Latakia three years ago…been smoking the pipe ever since..
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77996218


How old? If is is Syrian Latakia, it must be really good! Syrian Latakia is almost impossible to find these days...
 Quoting: Outis 83935765


Yes, it was Syrian Latakia, about 20 years old, from the Owl Pipe Shop in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was amazing. Tried all kinds of flavors (cherry, vanilla, etc) and blends since then. But I’ve settled on the cheap Cherokee for my daily go-to.
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It smells so good sometimes.
Have a great day, sir.
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And you! This is not the kind of pipe tobacco non-smokers generally like the smell of, though it is mild and inoffensive. Non-smokers tend to like the smell of aromatics (blends with added flavors, like cherry or vanilla).
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McClelland (the last remaining independent, non-corporatized pipe tobacco manufacturer in the US) ages a blend for 3-4 years before they tin it, so the crop year is probably 1993-4.


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McClelland is now gone for good unfortunately.
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My dad’s English friend gave me an old blend of Latakia three years ago…been smoking the pipe ever since..
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77996218


How old? If is is Syrian Latakia, it must be really good! Syrian Latakia is almost impossible to find these days...
 Quoting: Outis 83935765


Yes, it was Syrian Latakia, about 20 years old, from the Owl Pipe Shop in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was amazing. Tried all kinds of flavors (cherry, vanilla, etc) and blends since then. But I’ve settled on the cheap Cherokee for my daily go-to.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77996218


Holy crap! A 20 year old SEALED TIN of a Syrian Latakia blend would be worth more than this one I'm smoking for sure...
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McClelland (the last remaining independent, non-corporatized pipe tobacco manufacturer in the US) ages a blend for 3-4 years before they tin it, so the crop year is probably 1993-4.


 Quoting: Outis 83935765


McClelland is now gone for good unfortunately.
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Sad, but does not surprise me. I've been out of the loop on pipe tobacco news for a few years.
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I ordered my first tobacco pipe the other day, made of pear wood, can’t wait to try it out
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Yes, this thread may have limited appeal, but...

I smoked a pipe for many years, but got lazy and reverted to cigarettes. Have quite a few aged tins left, and happened upon a 100g tin of McClelland No.22 Virginia tinned in 1997, tin code 22 03 97. Tinned March 1997, batch 22. McClelland (the last remaining independent, non-corporatized pipe tobacco manufacturer in the US) ages a blend for 3-4 years before they tin it, so the crop year is probably 1993-4.

Before I decided to pop it open, I looked at the prices similar McClelland tins of this age are going for, and I estimate this one could have been sold for $150-200 to an interested pipe tobacco connoisseur, but fuck it. Smoking it now in my best pipe, a Talamona Romana Billiard.

It is heavenly, like a fine aged Bordeaux. Needed no drying right out of the tin, smokes clean, mild, no bite...absolutely incredible. Perhaps should have left it alone; who knows what someone might have paid in another ten years, but somehow, I just wanted to experience top-quality aged pipe tobacco again.

Will be watching the hurricane coverage from the safety of Eastern Virginia, and thoroughly enjoying it.

bonghit
 Quoting: Outis 83935765


It’s the little things in life that keep us going!! U make me wanna toke!! What a treat!! Enjoy every puff!!
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I like smoking pipe. Though I am relatively new to it. My father and grandfather smoked when I was a kid. My son a while back asked me why I didn't smoke pipe, and he could see me do it--so here I am.

There are a lot of nice tobaccos out there...but being fairly new to it, I couldn't tell the difference between what is good and what is awesome.

Suffice it to say, very cool that you are enjoying a fine tobacco!
To remove threads and posts because some mod doesn't agree is small minded. Its so sad that certain people feel like they have the right to remove ones voice.

To you I say, you are small minded, close minded, and quite pathetic. You know who you are because you know what I have written is true.
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I ordered my first tobacco pipe the other day, made of pear wood, can’t wait to try it out
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 84268544


Never smoked a pear wood pipe; have a cherry. Hope it smokes great! Briar isn't the only game in town when it comes to tobacco pipes.
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Re: Just Popped A Tin Of Vintage Pipe Tobacco...
Yes, this thread may have limited appeal, but...

I smoked a pipe for many years, but got lazy and reverted to cigarettes. Have quite a few aged tins left, and happened upon a 100g tin of McClelland No.22 Virginia tinned in 1997, tin code 22 03 97. Tinned March 1997, batch 22. McClelland (the last remaining independent, non-corporatized pipe tobacco manufacturer in the US) ages a blend for 3-4 years before they tin it, so the crop year is probably 1993-4.

Before I decided to pop it open, I looked at the prices similar McClelland tins of this age are going for, and I estimate this one could have been sold for $150-200 to an interested pipe tobacco connoisseur, but fuck it. Smoking it now in my best pipe, a Talamona Romana Billiard.

It is heavenly, like a fine aged Bordeaux. Needed no drying right out of the tin, smokes clean, mild, no bite...absolutely incredible. Perhaps should have left it alone; who knows what someone might have paid in another ten years, but somehow, I just wanted to experience top-quality aged pipe tobacco again.

Will be watching the hurricane coverage from the safety of Eastern Virginia, and thoroughly enjoying it.

bonghit
 Quoting: Outis 83935765


It’s the little things in life that keep us going!! U make me wanna toke!! What a treat!! Enjoy every puff!!
 Quoting: Sister of THE Revolution


Oh, I will! Wish I had some of that other smoking material and some Cognac to go with this...
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Will be watching the hurricane coverage from the safety of Eastern Virginia, and thoroughly enjoying it.
 Quoting: Outis 83935765


you thoroughly enjoy hurricanes? you're a weird dude.
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I've been trying to find a pack of the old 555 State Express cigarettes I used to smoke when the taxes here made imported ones cheaper than domestic for a while. All I can find are the lights. I'm guessing this has something to do with some bs code about fire safety they've instituted since then; they are available in Eastern Europe and Asia, but all the sites online are a scam. Does any of you know how to get some here?
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I like smoking pipe. Though I am relatively new to it. My father and grandfather smoked when I was a kid. My son a while back asked me why I didn't smoke pipe, and he could see me do it--so here I am.

There are a lot of nice tobaccos out there...but being fairly new to it, I couldn't tell the difference between what is good and what is awesome.

Suffice it to say, very cool that you are enjoying a fine tobacco!
 Quoting: drumhead138


I used to buy my aged tins off Ebay, but don't know if they are still able to sell them there. A good first step is to visit a real old-fashioned Brick & Mortar Pipe store/Tobacconist. Several good online dealers as well.
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I have some left over captain black from the eighties my stepdad owned.

He also left some cool carved pipes in animal shapes like elephants and such that start out white then slowly turn color as you smoke out of them. Figured I’d try to get into it when I got a bit older, maybe take the edge of life off.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 84270204


Captain Black won't age properly in the pouch; only if tinned and unopened. Also, it is an aromatic, and though some pipe smokers like it as an inexpensive go-to blend, it is not really the sort of blend to age a long time anyway. Straight Virginia blends are the best for that.

In my own opinion, 1997 McClelland Virginia No.22 is a fine wine, Captain Black is Manischewitz!
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Aged pipe tobacco snob
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Will be watching the hurricane coverage from the safety of Eastern Virginia, and thoroughly enjoying it.
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you thoroughly enjoy hurricanes? you're a weird dude.
 Quoting: Anubis


Yes, I noticed my bad grammar there...no, don't enjoy hurricanes, but will watch the coverage for a while. This tobacco really needs something more like a Mozart string quartet.
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I have some left over captain black from the eighties my stepdad owned.

He also left some cool carved pipes in animal shapes like elephants and such that start out white then slowly turn color as you smoke out of them. Figured I’d try to get into it when I got a bit older, maybe take the edge of life off.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 84270204


Captain Black won't age properly in the pouch; only if tinned and unopened. Also, it is an aromatic, and though some pipe smokers like it as an inexpensive go-to blend, it is not really the sort of blend to age a long time anyway. Straight Virginia blends are the best for that.

In my own opinion, 1997 McClelland Virginia No.22 is a fine wine, Captain Black is Manischewitz!
 Quoting: Outis 83935765




Aged pipe tobacco snob
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Nothing wrong with Captain Black.
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I ordered my first tobacco pipe the other day, made of pear wood, can’t wait to try it out
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 84268544


Never smoked a pear wood pipe; have a cherry. Hope it smokes great! Briar isn't the only game in town when it comes to tobacco pipes.
 Quoting: Outis 83935765


I just got into pipes a few months ago, hopefully it will help me quit cigs. Cob pipes are great for beginners because they're so cheap and smoke really well. And you can get a couple to not "ghost" them with different blends.

Whenever I get some tobacco, I put a few ounces in mason jars and put them away to age (the non-aromatics). I also picked up a noodle press and use it to press homemade blends together, it's kind of like artificial aging as it really melds the flavors together.

For anyone starting, pick up a pack of mason jars with the 2-piece lid for storage and it will store for decades.
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although I am a non smoker. I enjoy the scent of pipe tobacco. my grandpa used to smoke it way back in the old days.
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I like smoking pipe. Though I am relatively new to it. My father and grandfather smoked when I was a kid. My son a while back asked me why I didn't smoke pipe, and he could see me do it--so here I am.

There are a lot of nice tobaccos out there...but being fairly new to it, I couldn't tell the difference between what is good and what is awesome.

Suffice it to say, very cool that you are enjoying a fine tobacco!
 Quoting: drumhead138


I used to buy my aged tins off Ebay, but don't know if they are still able to sell them there. A good first step is to visit a real old-fashioned Brick & Mortar Pipe store/Tobacconist. Several good online dealers as well.
 Quoting: Outis 83935765


Theres actually one I go to in Lexington, KY called Shaubs. They mix their own. I go there every payday and pick up something new. That is solid advice too. I can talk with them and smell the flavors before I buy. Plus, they have really nice pipes and accessories.
To remove threads and posts because some mod doesn't agree is small minded. Its so sad that certain people feel like they have the right to remove ones voice.

To you I say, you are small minded, close minded, and quite pathetic. You know who you are because you know what I have written is true.
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I ordered my first tobacco pipe the other day, made of pear wood, can’t wait to try it out
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 84268544


Never smoked a pear wood pipe; have a cherry. Hope it smokes great! Briar isn't the only game in town when it comes to tobacco pipes.
 Quoting: Outis 83935765


I just got into pipes a few months ago, hopefully it will help me quit cigs. Cob pipes are great for beginners because they're so cheap and smoke really well. And you can get a couple to not "ghost" them with different blends.

Whenever I get some tobacco, I put a few ounces in mason jars and put them away to age (the non-aromatics). I also picked up a noodle press and use it to press homemade blends together, it's kind of like artificial aging as it really melds the flavors together.

For anyone starting, pick up a pack of mason jars with the 2-piece lid for storage and it will store for decades.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 82400992


Sounds like you know what you're doing! I try not to think about how much money all the old tins I bought would be worth now if still sealed or unsmoked.
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I like smoking pipe. Though I am relatively new to it. My father and grandfather smoked when I was a kid. My son a while back asked me why I didn't smoke pipe, and he could see me do it--so here I am.

There are a lot of nice tobaccos out there...but being fairly new to it, I couldn't tell the difference between what is good and what is awesome.

Suffice it to say, very cool that you are enjoying a fine tobacco!
 Quoting: drumhead138


I used to buy my aged tins off Ebay, but don't know if they are still able to sell them there. A good first step is to visit a real old-fashioned Brick & Mortar Pipe store/Tobacconist. Several good online dealers as well.
 Quoting: Outis 83935765


Theres actually one I go to in Lexington, KY called Shaubs. They mix their own. I go there every payday and pick up something new. That is solid advice too. I can talk with them and smell the flavors before I buy. Plus, they have really nice pipes and accessories.
 Quoting: drumhead138


That's the way to do it! I'm in the boonies of the Northern Neck of Virginia (Kilmarnock), and for a good tobacconist, would have to drive to Richmond, 1 1/2 hours...
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Thanks for all the stars and replies. I expected this to drop off the page pretty quickly if I didn't bump it myself.





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