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    Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    First, I'm about to start smoking my pipe again after a year and two month lay-off. I've been smoking a pipe for 35 years.

    While I like Dunhill Light Flake the best with coffee, the BEST bourbon pipe tobacco is Bengel Slices! Buy the non-aromatic/non-flavored brand. You won't believe how delicious it is with Wild Turkey Rare Breed. My wife doesn't like the smell of it since it is not an aromatic tobacco. It is VERY strong. V-E-R-Y!! It is an 'outside on the porch' tobacco and a little amount burns steady for a long time. It comes in a small tin--about 9 bucks for that small chunk of tobacco. But what a treat.

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    Re: Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    I was curious enough to do a search for "bengal slices". Note variation in spelling.

    The first three relevant results follow here, here and here.

    The upshot seems to be that this blend has changed dramatically over time, having started out as the heir to the Balkan Sobranie formula.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield
    Yours truly,
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    Re: Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    Quote Originally Posted by bluesbassdad View Post
    I was curious enough to do a search for "bengal slices". Note variation in spelling.

    The first three relevant results follow here, here and here.

    The upshot seems to be that this blend has changed dramatically over time, having started out as the heir to the Balkan Sobranie formula.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield
    Thanks for the info on Bengal slices. That's the first tobacco I'm going to smoke when I resume.
    By the way, I too am a dog lover, as millions are, but I also wrote a book on dogs, "The Well Adjusted Dog." It's about how to perform chiropractic adjustments on dogs. I wrote one for cats and horses as well.

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    Re: Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    Ok,

    I have taken a liking to something called "Calypso Black" which is a black cavendish tobacco with a wonderful flavor and a great room note. It pairs nicely with ORVW 10yo, and I'll soon know how it pairs with WT Russell's Reserve 90 the next time I smoke.

    I read a few of the links that Dave pointed out, and was confused a bit. The bengal slices sounded like something you have to break up a bit with your hands before you put it in your pipe. I was wondering if this might be part of the problem I had with the "Old Lodge" that I bought that seems to burn too hot. Is there a procedure for prepping tobacco before I put it in my pipe?

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    Re: Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    Joel,

    I wish I could see and handle the tobacco in question.

    I was about to refer you to the Wikipedia article on cavendish. I found it so disjointed, I decided to edit it first. (Yes, it is just that easy for anyone to revise such an article.)

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    Bengal Slices is not unique in being packaged for sale with the slices still intact. I used to smoke an oriental blend that was packaged that way. It came in a metal box with a hinged lid, and a single, baby, smyrna leaf was carefully placed on top of the slices. The name escapes me.

    Any tobacco that is pressed into cake form needs to be broken up to allow even packing and burning. Usually this is done as part of the manufacturing process. However, there is something appealing about the appearance of tobacco in sliced cake form. There is also the practical matter of having the freedom to rub it out to whatever degree of flakiness the smoker prefers.

    In general, the more it is rubbed out, the faster and hotter it will burn. However, that may not always be the case. If it's left a little bit clumpy, then the packing is likely to be more uneven. Air pockets within the tobacco can lead to hot spots.

    I always preferred completely rubbed out tobacco, so that almost every piece was a single leaf. That way I could pack it more evenly, and I could easily control the draw by varying how hard I pressed.

    Too loose, it will burn hot; too tight, it will go out because there won't be enough air flow. Then when you get it just right, be prepared to tamp lightly throughout the smoke to maintain the right resistance as you draw.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield
    Last edited by bluesbassdad; 06-03-2007 at 16:48.
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    Re: Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    I'm 51 years old and have been smoking a pipe since I was 15. I haven't smoked anything for over a year and half. But (not that anyone cares--just posting this as therapy for me) I'm returing to pipe smoking! I can't wait. I figured I waited long enough to clear myself out (like Clinton, never inhaled). But I miss my pipe and the expensive gourmet tobaccos more than I ever missed a woman! There is nothing--NOTHING--better than a bowl of great pipe tobacco (Dunhill Flake and Bengal Slices are my favorite) and a glass of bourbon--sitting outside on a wooden rocking chair, feet up, and looking into the dark woods. Pinch me, but that will be reality soon. My new years resolution is to start smoking again.
    Sloooooooooooooowwww Eddddddddddyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
    Last edited by SlowEddy; 12-24-2007 at 22:00.

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    Re: Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    I have also seen guys take the flake and kind of fold it up and stuff it in the pipe. I have not a clue how to do this.
    Joel

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    Re: Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    I should put my first few puffs on YouTube. I know I said I was going to start smoking my pipe again after a year and 6 month layoff. But it will be exactly two years April 30th, at which time I will have four fingers of Jim Beam (aged 8 years) and my new $300.00 Dunhill Pipe in my hand with Dunhill Flake Tobacco. I've been miserable ever since I quit smoking my pipe and haven't smoked anything for two years. I miss it more than anything. I can't wait. But May 1st at midnight I will be out on my porch--weather pemitting in Chicago, and have at it. I should sell tickets.
    Oh, and I'll have The Hustler playing in the background. JTS Brown--No Ice, No Glass.
    Sloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow Edddddddddddddddddddddddddy

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    Re: Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    The best pipe tobacco and bourbon match that I have experienced is your favorite pour and GL Pease Haddo's Delight.

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    Re: Pipe Smoking (best bourbon tobacco)

    That's a blend I don't recall from my long-ago pipe-smoking days (which ended in 1983). It sounds delicious.

    Do you happen to know when it was introduced? I'd be surprised to learn that new, quality blends have entered the market during a period of general decline of pipe-smoking.

    Never mind. I found an approximate answer here.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield
    Last edited by bluesbassdad; 04-08-2008 at 00:36. Reason: Further research.
    Yours truly,
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