The Smoking Lounge (mainly cigars, but all tobacco welcome!)

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  1. YMO

    YMO it's not drinking alone if you're on Zoom

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    Do moar research.
     
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    YMO it's not drinking alone if you're on Zoom

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    My job's VPN is down, and I'm drinking whiskey while waiting over one hour with my job's help desk. Might as well post another tin tobacco impressions.

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    The Capstan Flake Blue is a famous mild Virginia Flake tin tobacco that been for sale for decades. While there is "Navy Cut" on the tin, this Virginia Flake doesn't have any casting flavoring. It is a pure Virginia Flake tobacco that has some grassy notes and sweetness to the smoke. I love smoking this in the morning with a strong cup of coffee since the tobacco doesn't overwhelm the coffee in the flavor profiles.

    With that being said, this is a very very mild Virginia Flake. A lot of people aren't fans of this tin because it is mild. I love it since it is the perfect mild Virginia Flake to smoke in the morning before you realize that you will be dealing with shit later in the day. They say this is J.R.R. Tolkien's favorite tins. If I remember right, his characters do smoke a lot of pipe tobacco.

    Also while I love the mild flavor of this tin, it is pricey for what it is at around $15-$20 per pop on the online sites for 1.75 oz. That is very pricey, considering Mac Baren's HH Pure Virginia 1.75 oz is around $11 on the online sites and it is a much stronger and flavorful flakes than the Capstan. The funny thing is that Mac Baren also makes the Capstan tins based on the original ingredients like the Flake Blue. So woo......
     
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    So I have been a pipe smoker for years, and recently got a job at a cigar shop, have been smoking cigars almost daily since then, cuz cheap staff price.

    Not experienced by all means but some remarks.
    Vegueros tapados: smooth smoke, great aroma, leathery smoke, good price/performance ratio.
    Kafie 1901 San Andreas Largo: super weird, leading me to stick to cubans.
    Hoyo Epicure De Luxe LCDH: Great draw, tones of creamy buttery texture, would smoke again.
    Partagas D4 D6: Basically same thing, a bit too strong for me, didn't get the pepper spice note that everyone's talking about, nth special but tons of followers.
    Bolivar Belicosos Finos: nothing remarkable, some cream butter note but I prefer Hoyo.
    Romeo petite corona from 2004: taste like drinking wine. A bit expensive due to age but interesting experience nonetheless.
    Vegueros Mananitas: much prefer its bigger brother tapados, the roll is not so good.
    Montecristo Open Eagle: great draw, really chocolaty, becoming a fan tbh.
    Got some more to try out. Cohiba is too expensive so maybe later when I am more experienced.
     
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    YMO it's not drinking alone if you're on Zoom

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    Considering in some places in Europe they will tax you to death on tobacco. Where am I is strange: Pipe Tobacco is heavily taxed by the state but not the cigars (super cheap to get cigars in Florida).

    I haven't tried the ones you smoked. My favorite Montecristo is the Montecristo Espada, but I dunno if you can get those where you are at (not a parody country that is. ;O ).

    In Pipe Smoking news, Mac Baren brought out the classic Royal Twist. Per the tin art below, they are only selling 7500 for the US market. I purchased two for aging (see below image).

    I need to open another tin soon, but I'm still trying to age some other items plus it is too damn hot in the summer to enjoy a pipe.

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    In HK the taxes for both cigars and pipe tobacco are more or less the same, $300 for 1kg of tobacco. However ordering online from overseas will have the risk being fined on top of custom duties, so most tobacco products properly taxed will have 2-3times mark up prices in retail, shit is expensive.

    I think some online vendors ship cuban cigars to USA so maybe worth a try, but I have not seen any US version cigars from cuban brands in HK. Probably getting some with pipe tobacco for next purchase from smokingpipes.com

    I do find a cigar smokes better in humid hot environment compare to pipe, especially after dry boxing it in an ACed area. Perhaps should try smoking a cigar through a pipe next for the lolz.
     
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    Yep, in hot humid areas the cigars are preferred since you don't have to worry about moisture build up in your pipe. Even with a good corn cob pipe it can only do so much if you are outside that is very humid and dealing with moisture. None of those problems with cigars....

    However, I don't want to smoke something so bold all the time like a cigar. At least with pipes I can smoke whatever bowl size that I want and I'll be happy. I care for the nuisances over anything else.

    Fuck....$300 for 1kb. Where I am at in Florida pipe tobacco is taxed at 85% wholesale tax. So if wholesale cost of a tin to a store from a vendor is $10.00, then the store has to pay $8.50 before they would even be able to sell the tin. Since stores needs to make a profit, that $10.00 tin will be closer to $25.00. That's why when they passed that tax over a decade ago tin pipe tobacco was no where to be found. You are much better off buying giant bulk pipe tobacco where it is easier to stomach the wholesale tax and charge a little more by the oz. Still not even bad to what HK is doing....

    I can avoid the wholesale tax by going on smokingpipes.com or pipesandcigars.com. I can get most tins I want for a cheaper cost, no added tax, and free shipping. Smokingpipes.com been hitting the Japanese and Chinese markets hard to the point that they have Japanese and Chinese staff doing these transactions/questions. I think you know this, but Laudisi Enterprises owns smokingpipes.com, + Cornell & Diehl, so ordering from smokingpipes.com is ordering directly from Cornell & Diehl (if you like their tins, the most is from their own website).
     
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