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I didn't like the taste either. But mix it in equal parts with Half and Half or Prince Albert and it wasn't ad at all. The same with Sugar Barrel.
 

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I used to buy a brand (captain jack or something) that made cherry and vanilla. Id open both, pour them in a mason jar and give it a shake, nice combination.
 

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I remember Cherry Blend. It smelled good if you were 10-15 feet away from someone smoking it. I tried it myself and found it to be vile tasting. I have never really been a pipe smoker though. Maybe you have to get used to it.
You just need a decent pipe and good tobacco. Most people will start with a cheap pipe and lousy tobacco.
Cheap pipes usually get wet or allow wet wads to shoot into your mouth when drawing. They can be hard to draw. Just like cigars and cigarettes, good pipe tobacco makes a difference.
Now days with the inrerweb it's easy to look up tobacco's and get reviews so you don't have to buy six pouches to find one that you'll like.

One clue to a bad pipe - stingers.
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If a pipe has a stinger, it's going to be sub par. Look for a pipe that uses filters. You'll get much less moisture and a more pleasant taste.
 

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Smoked a pipe for several years to get off Kools. Sheriff from Washington, Missouri had a run of corncob pipes made with his name on them, gave them away at one of our statewide training meetings. Once broken in, they were fine but a bit fragile. Fancy Merschaum (sp) tossed by a suspect during a raid is still my favorite but I always suspected I was the first to burn tobacco in it.
 

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I just ordered a pipe, 2 kinds of tobacco, pipe tool, and cleaners.
A French Pipe 10, smooth, billiard.
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50g of Svenborg Extra. A blend of cavendish and virginia tobacco's
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And 50g Peter Stokkebye 301. Natural Dutch. A blend of virginia, burley, and light cavendish.
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Now I patiently await the big brown truck.
 

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I had a big azzed pipe called a bulldog. I quit smoking pipes because of that pipe.
It was my BEST pipe and smoked "cool".
I was getting on I 94 in St. Paul MN on a winter day and I had the pipe in my mouth. I turned to look to see where to merge onto the freeway and damned near knocked my teeth out. Sparks flying all over. That was the end, went back to my Lucky strikes.
Glad I quit all the crap about 25 years ago now.
Best tobacco I smoked was the Sir Walter Raleigh.
That Borkum Riff Whiskey blend and cherry blend felt like you tongue was on fire.
I wasn't like bill klinton either.... I INHALED!!!
 

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One of the unmentioned side effects of smoking a pipe is hearing loss. Dad smoked a pipe for most of his career. Which means it was clamped between his teeth after it went out while he worked. As his hearing got bad one of the first things the doc asked was did he smoke a pipe. Apparently having his jaw clamped tight for hours at a time damaged his hearing I never would have guessed it was related.

I did smoke a pipe for a short time in the late 80s/early 90s. The flavored tobaccos smelled good but tasted bad. I went back to Camel unfiltereds. Quit in 1991 or 2 can't remember, still smoke a cigar or 2 on a weekend occasionaly. Been about a month since I smoked one I think.
 

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Back when I smoked a pipe, "Troost Slices" was about the best tasting tobacco I ever found.

If I could ever have found a tobacco that tasted as good as Cherry Blend smells, I'd probably still be smnoking a pipe.
 

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My kit just arrived.
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Loaded and lit. First tobacco pipe I've smoked in about 40 years. I wasn't thinking and when lighting it took a deeeep toke.
I'm much better now.
It's quite enjoyable. I was watching "Goldfinger" on hootoob when it was delivered, I think I'll go back and finish the movie and bowl.
 

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Come to think of it I don't think I've ever cleaned my pile properly. I pulled out the filter when it got nasty looking and never bothered getting a new one. I should probably look into that...
 

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I smoked some of the Stokkebye, it smells great in the pouch but was a bit bland while smoking. It's a bulk blend so I wasn't expecting too much.
I'll try the Svendborg later today after I run some errands.

The pipe smoked well and with a balsa wood filter, dry and no tounge bite. I'm out of practice, I had to relight a couple of times.

It appears that I'll have to order all my tobacco online, I can't find a single store that sells any pipe tobacco. Tin, pouch, can, or bulk. The only thing available around here is cigarette tobacco in bulk for those that roll their own, and if you've ever smelled any of that, you know why I don't bother.:D
 

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Thanks for the update. I'm thinking of getting a pipe to smoke occasionally. Always loved the smell of a good pipe tobacco
 

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have you ever seen someone who had had cancer of the mouth and jaw?
It is NOT nice.
I'd say, don't smoke!! I smoked for about 47 years or so, started when I was 5 and quit when I was 52 or so.
Lucky strikes were my favorite poison. If I couldn't get them I'd get pall mall reds or camel straights, or old gold straights.
Interesting thing is in later years when I was trying to quit I switched to filters. Then I COUGHED more... those filters were just fiberglass I believe.
Glad I quit.
 

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Id be a very minimal smoker. Maybe 1 bowl in the evening with a shot or two of Crown Salted Maple.
 
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