Blind Sample Reviews

tfdickson

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The power of suggestion is amazing. I was just reading @SeanConnery ’s post about perique and I could have sworn, out of nowhere, I was tasting perique in the blend I am smoking. Keep in mind its not blind, I know exactly what I‘m smoking- 50/50 Dark Flake and Brown Bogie, heated and pressed. I moved on to reading something else, and I no longer tasted perique. So yes blind tasting is absolutely hopeless but it’s still a lot of fun.
 

Peacock

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The Capstan was a surprise to me, I've smoked enough of that stuff, and pretty recently, to have a bead on it, and I just couldn't get close, it never even crossed my mind that the product was Capstan medium.
I nearly just dropped a boatload of cash on some Capstan from 2013 due to the sample from Ted blowing my mind. But before I did I sat down to have another "just-in-case" bowl and lo and behold, meh. fiddle sticksing meh. Seriously? Well... Try again I guess
 

Adam Bybee

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The Capstan was a surprise to me, I've smoked enough of that stuff, and pretty recently, to have a bead on it, and I just couldn't get close, it never even crossed my mind that the product was Capstan medium.
I've received Capstan in blind reviews several times now and have totally whiffed every time. It's some kind of crazy Willy Wonka blend that tastes like everything.
 

Mpugh777

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I've received Capstan in blind reviews several times now and have totally whiffed every time. It's some kind of crazy Willy Wonka blend that tastes like everything.
Capstan (Blue) is one of those blends that I have yet to figure out. I bought one tin about a year or two ago and struggle to locate the “it” factor. Plenty of other Virginias I prefer.[/QUOTE]
 

Mpugh777

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I've had bowls where I thought I caught a tiny bit of essense like... lavender or something, ethereal and floral, and against the sweetness of the Capstan it was perfect and interesting. My latest bowls of it have not featured this at all, I find it much flatter than I used to. Age? My taste buds? Different batch? I dunno.
That “ethereal/floral” thing sounds exactly like what I love about D-9575. Maybe I’ll try to find that in Capstan. I think I have a flake or two left in a jar.
 

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Well, I haven't "loved" the last few bowls of Capstan (or Dunhill Flake). I have a Capstan open and it's just... sitting there in a jar because there's a hundred things I'd rather smoke. I really enjoyed the Royal Yacht we tried, I'm a RY newbie because I've been told a) it's weird and b) it's super strong and this was neither weird nor super strong. So I don't feel like I've been cheating myself, in love with the pale blue Capstan packaging or anything like that. Obviously the magic of opening a fresh tin of something and whatever expectations a guy might have for it do change the experience some, but it's not like we smoked that Bufflehead and one guy said "Gee, I think this is turkish" and another said "Gee, I think this is Captain Black grape". We all experienced a deep, sweet tobacco with a little spice - spice that may or may not have been perique. I guessed 96 Red Flake because that's what it reminded me the most of. Was I vastly wrong? No. Smoked head to head would I taste differences? Yeah. But that's why this is so hard - those differences are sort of unquantifiable, we don't have good terminology for taste other than analogy - oranges taste.... like frickin oranges, that's all you can kinda say.

I didn't expect my gang to say "Oh that's Midnight Ride". I wanted them to experience a punchy, in-your-face English with a LOT of orientals. @DannoH mentioned a "baking soda" sort of flavor, and he was quite right, I've never thought about it before, but the mid-tongue expression of that blend is soda-ish. Did he know it was a German produced latakia blend? No. But that's not the point at all. Everyone lit that up, and got punched in the face, and said "Holy crap" and then it settled and they all said "Wow, this is goooood." It's that common experience which is interesting to me.
 

ClickKlick

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I've been smoking VA and VAPER flakes, coins and the like for the last many years and kind of shy'd away from any ribbon cuts. This appears to be a ribbon Virginia with many hues of brown. There is a scoonch of black pieces dazzled throughout but I can't tell if it's perique, or stoved VA. The last ribbon Virginia I had, that I can recall anyway was some 1990s McClelland Virginia Woods. This should be about a guessable as figuring out how far along that lady was at the grocery store the other day and I'm still not exactly convinced she was pregnant.

Starting in the Downie Stingray. First few puffs are meaty mixed with floral. A bit of wet dog coming in from the rain. Floral as in the way VAs can get fragrant with age, not in a soapy way. This is good right off the bat, the wet dog ran away quickly. This is going to be impossible. Truly.

Aroma couldn't get accurate as I left it in the envelope with the other samples too long and it sponged up some lat aroma. Shame, but it's clear there is no actual Latakia in this.

This sample is dry, normally how I like my flakes after cube cutting them. Since this is a ribbon it's gonna end quickly as this pipe is not large. I may have to pick a larger bowled pipe for the second go round, since the Strawberry Alden in the picture isn't exactly large either.
 

ClickKlick

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There is a big punch of sweetness here. If there were more blackness I'd be hard pressed to say there is black cav in this. Back in 2003 I just started exploring into pipes and tobaccos. I was on the SF UK forums and as a naive beginner, was trying to absorb everything I could.

At one point I asked the members what the most naturally sweet blend available was. One guy said the Best Brown Flake from Samuel Gawith was so sweet they even included a toothbrush in the tin. I was so pissed off when my tin arrived and it didn't have the toothbrush!

Yeah, it is sweet like that.
 

ClickKlick

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There is something under the overwhelming sweetness. DFK?! Just kidding, although it probably is just to spite me.

Doing this one my phone, trying to get the laptop up, but it's on the fritz, so sorry about the multiple posts.

Im getting sweet butter and hay. Not in a bad way. It kinda reminds of that time I made the mistake of visiting one of those new age hipster tea houses. You know, the ones that have organic grasses and fresh hand picked herbs, freshly juiced by non gloved fingers and cold pressed three times before being brewed.... Yeah, I went in there by mistake. Tried to decipher the menu for what seemed like an hour, and when the kid with a full beard, flannel shirt with rolled up sleeves, gauges in his ears and one of those bull rings in his nose asked "Hello Friend, I hope you are feeling super dee duper today, how can I service you this morning?!". Instead of ordering the $8 alfalfa sprout and crunchy leaf smoothie, I simply asked him if he had any grass fed butter. He presented me a stick, I grabbed it out of his non gloved hand, I then swiftly proceeded to dip it in the tray of pink Himalayan salt, took a bite, watched the horror on his face and spun around and walked out while chuckling to myself.

yeah, sweet hay like that ^
 

ClickKlick

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Sweet cream continues. I'm a little more than halfway through this bowl and I honestly haven't a clue. It's really good though. I'd buy some of this for the old cellar. Would be a nice break from all the heavy flakes I smoke. This kinda reminds me of Blakeneys Tawny Flake, but it's can't be since it's a ribbon. I'm actually looking forward to putting this in a larger 2nd bowl and having a go.

I don't taste a topping. Not that I'd know. Hell, all the blends I've considered straight tobaccos lately I have found out to be topped. Shame on my inner snobbery. Turns out I really love nuanced topping on my leaf.
 

Peacock

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Instead of ordering the $8 alfalfa sprout and crunchy leaf smoothie, I simply asked him if he had any grass fed butter. He presented me a stick, I grabbed it out of his non gloved hand, I then swiftly proceeded to dip it in the tray of pink Himalayan salt, took a bite, watched the horror on his face and spun around and walked out while chuckling to myself.
I don't know about you but that's just good Keto.
 

tfdickson

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Sweet cream continues. I'm a little more than halfway through this bowl and I honestly haven't a clue. It's really good though. I'd buy some of this for the old cellar. Would be a nice break from all the heavy flakes I smoke. This kinda reminds me of Blakeneys Tawny Flake, but it's can't be since it's a ribbon. I'm actually looking forward to putting this in a larger 2nd bowl and having a go.

I don't taste a topping. Not that I'd know. Hell, all the blends I've considered straight tobaccos lately I have found out to be topped. Shame on my inner snobbery. Turns out I really love nuanced topping on my leaf.
Robert the Bruce’s dad in Braveheart: “All men betray. All lose heart. All blends are topped.”
 

ClickKlick

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2 pipeful has begun!

Immediately hit with creamy sweetness, a little hay, come wet nuttiness. Presentation is very similar to pipe #1. Its pretty fantastic! Since I haven't a clue what this is, just that I am positive I don't have any in my cellar, let me prolong my guess while I get through this bowl a while longer.

God this is good. Creamy goodness!

Like that time, oh, about 10 years ago.... you know, when there were B&M video rentals. Kind of like blockbuster, but the local variety. I was pretty heavy into documentaries and in being born and raised in Minnesota, farming is huge. My wife's uncle was a dairy farmer and every christmas you'd get to hear some really over the top stories about cow life. Anyway, I found myself in the local video store. Scavenging through the small Documentary section. I had seen a lot of them and although every one always had a hidden agenda, they were enjoyable enough to continue scouring that category of film, in my mind anyway. I fumbled upon a few I hadn't seen and set them aside. As I was reading the back of each box, I'd look at the overview and set the ones I had no interest in back in the rack. Politics and music were always the first to go back. I was narrowing it down between the last two, one was a true crime doc covering an alford plea, and the other was a UFO conspiracy doc. As I was reading, something else caught my eye. It was a very generic, all black case. Simply labeled in white letters, "The Creamery". I had never seen a case like this in the store before so I thought, I must have hit some super top secret documentary, this thing didn't even have an overview on the back!

Seeing as my wife's uncle was a milking man, I thought, what better way to cut through all the BS stories he tells and find out how this really goes. I grab it without a second thought and leave the UFOs and Alford plea to collect dust. It was a busy weekend and the store had quite a few customers waiting to checkout. The poor girl across the counter must have been new, she couldn't have been on the north side of 16 years old, and looked pretty flustered and seemed to have to do everything twice. She hurriedly got through the customers in front of me, asked if I found everything ok, and checked me out hastily. I turned around and there were more people waiting to check out behind me. So without a second glance I headed out. Off to discover what milking was all about!

My wife was in the other room, and as I popped the DVD in, also all black label with just white lettering, I asked if she wanted to watch this documentary with me. She's not into documentaries so I knew she'd say no, but a good husband always asks regardless! Let's just say that the volume on the TV was turned up louder than normal, and when the title screen came up... my wife ran into that room with a gusto I thought was only reserved for Speedy Gonzalez and maybe Jackie Joyner Kersey (sp?)! This was NOT a farming documentary..... this was a sort of curious documentary type movie, in the loose definition kinda way, this was an adult movie. A porn if you will. Titled "The Creamery"! Now, feeling embarassed, wife asking what kind of documentary I rented..... I put two and two together and realized why this was in an all black case with no overview on the back. This was an adult video placed in the wrong section of the store!

Needless to say, while my wife doesn't watch documentaries with me, she did partake in joining me to view this one, amongst a few other things.

The Creamery......
yeah........

this blend is kind of like that!