Another hobby will inevitably mean more money anyway...my problem is sticking to just one money sucking distraction.I've had a quick top up of the samples too, and it looks like there's still around 150g of tobacco there too, so the first tins won't be opened until next year. There's more samples of some genres than others though, and I'd expect the first tin of English to be cracked open fairly soon in the year. Probably one of the Chieftain blends.
I'm still quite surprised how moderate my consumption rate has remained. In the past, when I've had more than an ounce here, I've gone at it quite hungrily. Not so this time. More justification for not overshopping, I think. That said, it hasn't diminished my consumption like snuff hoarding seemed to.
I think I will miss the excitement next year. Aside from the myriad of unpleasant things that 2020 brought, I have really had a lot of fun rebuilding the pipe array, exploring different tobaccos, and establishing a "cellar". That's all done though now. Yes, I could keep going, but it would be sheer greed, and just lead to resentment again. I have that t-shirt in several colours already. I'll therefore probably need to find a new "project" in the new year, so that the "hobby" reverts back to smoking, and not shopping.
Not necessarily. My musical instruments that I haven't learned yet, or having another go at writing the novel I stalled on, won't drain cash. I have other such stuff I can indulge in too, which isn't shopping orientated either. Shopping is a hobby all of its own, but not one that fulfills me. Rewards only come from cellaring tobacco, once it's consumed. Therefore the fun bit (for me) will be emptying the bottom drawer, not filling itAnother hobby will inevitably mean more money anyway...my problem is sticking to just one money sucking distraction.
Personally I find that a consumable hobby such as ours (tobacco gets smoked) is more fun then a stagnate one...not to mention that the rewards for cellaring can be great!
And, of course, you can smoke a pipe while engaged in those other hobbies. It is also fun to refill the bottom drawer!Not necessarily. My musical instruments that I haven't learned yet, or having another go at writing the novel I stalled on, won't drain cash. I have other such stuff I can indulge in too, which isn't shopping orientated either. Shopping is a hobby all of its own, but not one that fulfills me. Rewards only come from cellaring tobacco, once it's consumed. Therefore the fun bit (for me) will be emptying the bottom drawer, not filling it
A pipe is excellent for pacing, and taking a break from, the learning and other activities which need plenty of thinking about. As to refilling the the bottom drawer, I'm not even sure I will be yet. It all depends what benefits I discernibly gain from having done it this time.And, of course, you can smoke a pipe while engaged in those other hobbies. It is also fun to refill the bottom drawer!
Well, 5 years in the cellar, so I could try/smoke some tobaccos 5 years old. I do have 5 years worth in the cellar, particularly in English, straight Virginia, Virginia/Perique, and blends with Burley or Kentucky. Not so for Aromatics and Lakelands.So is that 5 years old or 5 years in your cellar you're going for?
Cheers John,In regards to Firedance being an aromatic. I found to be similar to calling Esoterica Pembroke and aro. You can taste the blackberry brandy in the brown flake but I wouldn't call it sugary or goopy of what I think of when I think aromatic. I was curious and added a tin to a recent order. I've smoked it a few times in a morta. Quite enjoyable.
Also to you saying you get less smokes out of a plug versus other flakes, ribbon etc. Cube cutting or cutting your own flakes should be like regular flakes and burning slower than ribbon or shag. Now finding a jar the plug fills without wasting a ton of space is another matter.
Esoterica Pembroke is an English blend tipped with cognac. Not much else to it. Still tastes like an English but has a bit more to it. I never hear it referred to as an aromatic.Cheers John,
So aromatic in the way that Lakelands are aromatic, orr something like University Flake? They're the aromatics I like best, and what I'm hoping for from Firedance. Gawith Hoggarth Red is of the same ilk, and I really like that too. We don't have Esoterica over here. I only have one tin of a Cavendish carrying aromatic, as while I don't mind them occasionally, I wouldn't try to age them, as I've heard they don't fare so well.
I know what you mean about plug wasting space. It is always going to be a square peg in a round hole, in that respect. I have found cube cut plug to be swallowed up more in a pipe, compared with the equivalent in flake. That's with just two samples. It did give longer lasting smokes though, so would probably even out if smoked in smaller bowls.
Thanks John. I have a few like that (on the above list), and have found several others that are only available loose, which I also like. If I think it might ghost, after an initial smoke in a cob, I classify it as an aro, just so I don't smoke it in one of the other dedicated pipes. It'll either get smoked in the two I use for aromatics, or one of the "general use" pipes.Esoterica Pembroke is an English blend tipped with cognac. Not much else to it. Still tastes like an English but has a bit more to it. I never hear it referred to as an aromatic.
Firedance is best brown flake with blackberry brandy. The brandy isn't in your face and the star of the show. I could taste it more at the beginning of the bowls but it dies off and I only get at the end of a draw.
What's everyone's thoughts on these, by the way? Or are they off everyone else's radars?