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Old 05-30-2022, 09:30 AM   #1
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So this is the second bowl out of this tin, i opened the tin just about a week ago.

Pipe: 1967 Dunhill Tanshell
Beverage: Community Coffee American Blend black and a glass of water.
Location: outside on a gorgeous morning listening to the birds and watching the squirrels


The first two things that hit me was the ketchup tin note, you could smell it a couple feet away, then again i have a huge nose so your experience may vary, the other thing was how moist the tobacco was. The first bowl i only let dry for about an hour and lesson learned, needed a few relights as i went, which i donít mind because what can i say when smoking a pipe i enjoy playing with it (phrasing!), this time around i let the tobacco dry on a paper towel over night and it was a much better experience overall.

This started off a little lite, some deep dark fruit, something akin to plumb or maybe fig, and some very lite spice, bits of cinnamon and clove but just floating in the background. Itís worth noting Iím really talking my time with this bowl, barley keeping the ember going and enjoying the light sipping to stoke the fire and coax the smoke, there is something so satisfying and wonderful about that, itís the gratification of being rewarded with a nice full puff after gingerly working the tobacco. Completely different compared to smoking even the best Cubatobacco 25th.

about 2/3rds through the bowl now and the fruit is now more of a raisin and there is more of a woody earthy note, very enjoyable and a great multi-dimensional smoke.

Iím live reviewing this, which also helps slow down on the pulls and really think about the experience, same way i review cigars, i highly recommend it.

At this point the bowl is almost done and Iím going to just savor the last few minutes.

My first bowl was not nearly this enjoyable, the tobacco was just too wet and it really ruined the experience. Letting this dry a few hours was absolutely the right choiceÖ at least for my preferences.

Is it worth the going rate, well thatís up to you, to me i think there are a lot of blends out there that i enjoy and would probably rather have a couple of those tins to the one tin of CC, again like everything else itís personal preference, for the record no relights this time, i am glad i popped this tin and gave it a chance as it is a very enjoyable smoke and the Tanshell really handled it superbly.

sorry if the review got a bit long, i tend to ramble
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Old 05-30-2022, 09:43 AM   #2
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I may be priced into the pipe scene if the current CC prices continue to escalate. Thanks for the review Ads.
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I have some pipe tobacco right up your alley it’s Seattle pipe club plum pudding, the name has very little to do with actual taste but this is bourbon barrel aged, it basically smells like you open a bottle of bourbon and snort it up…. Way too strong for me i haven’t even tried it yet … don’t know if i will lol
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I have some pipe tobacco right up your alley itís Seattle pipe club plum pudding, the name has very little to do with actual taste but this is bourbon barrel aged, it basically smells like you open a bottle of bourbon and snort it upÖ. Way too strong for me i havenít even tried it yet Ö donít know if i will lol
You have to try it, I need a review!
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What year is the Christmas Cheer?
I loved the stuff...depending on the year.

So, Tom... You have a pipe so that you can start trying some tobacco?

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What year is the Christmas Cheer?
I loved the stuff...depending on the year.

So, Tom... You have a pipe so that you can start trying some tobacco?

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07 - I hear it wasn't their best year and that the years varied greatly
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I have some pipe tobacco right up your alley itís Seattle pipe club plum pudding, the name has very little to do with actual taste but this is bourbon barrel aged, it basically smells like you open a bottle of bourbon and snort it upÖ. Way too strong for me i havenít even tried it yet Ö donít know if i will lol
I've found that the bourbon smell disappears rather quickly and leaves a slight sweet finish.
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What year is the Christmas Cheer?
I loved the stuff...depending on the year.

So, Tom... You have a pipe so that you can start trying some tobacco?

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I do.

I'm just not sure I'm ready for the transition just yet. But I'm getting closer.
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I do.

I'm just not sure I'm ready for the transition just yet. But I'm getting closer.
Relatively speaking it’s dirt cheap
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Relatively speaking itís dirt cheap
Don't get hooked on McClelland blends. They are the definition of "not cheap"
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Don't get hooked on McClelland blends. They are the definition of "not cheap"
Compared to cuban cigars they are
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