Pipe Night Part 4
After no shortage of technological fiascos and forays into new territory, we’re about to get all caught up. The next few episodes to publish are very late, but finally are arriving…and we’re working out the broadcast troubles we’ve experienced the past couple months to hopefully be back to regularly scheduled programming very soon! Here’s the quick and dirty for Episode 197:
What We’re Smoking
Kip – MacBaren Burley London Blend – comprised of Burley (& some tiny amount of Virginia) tobaccos, with something hinted at anecdotally as a cocoa/chocolate topping (although this is far, far in the background if it’s even real at all). This was a frequent blend that I used to reach for, although I hadn’t in years – and was recently saddened to learn it was discontinued just before I moved out of the country. I pulled a jar upon arrival here in FL yesterday. I haven’t put fire to it yet, but honestly I don’t notice a great deal of difference in the aroma from what I remember. Before even smoking it, I will reminisce about this blend. It was my first love in burley, of which admittedly I’m not the most dedicated fan. It was always a “workhorse” blend for me – nothing fancy; just straightforward, lightly sweetened and nutty. I was happy to focus on it simply sitting in the dark on the patio, or mindlessly enjoying a bowl while tying trout flies. It was always positively plain – which is a compliment in this instance. There’s nothing boldly polarizing about it, yet much to enjoy in it. I’m sad it’s gone, but happy I have a good bit stored up….but I also hear good things about MacB’s Golden Extra as a replacement.
Craig – Dunhill Early Morning Pipe – A sweeter aroma on this tobacco will make anyone remember that quintessential pipe tobacco smell from days gone by. Its classified as an English blend but I smell more of a Virginia core than what I’d typically associate with an oriental laden old school English. Properly dry after only a short while of being rubbed. Truly an “everyday” type of tobacco that seems very far from fussy. We shall see how it smokes.