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So you talked me into it

Nice briar my friend! Pandora is winking at you...although if you are able to kick your cig habit with the pipe you could just about go on a pipe spending spree and still save money (food for thought) ;)

Your tobacconist is right, Haunted Bookshop is a great smoke. Enjoy!
Oh, it is good stuff. Tastes very nice and mellow. However, my problem is it's dry enough to burn hot and fast. But even still, I enjoy it and look forward to trying as it's meant to be.

It's funny you mention using the money from when I quit smoking. When I stopped drinking, I dumped that money into a savings account. I kept abreast of the prices and how fast I went through it. In 8 short years, sobriety has gotten me two motorcycles, a nice jonboat for fishing and crabbing, I used it for the difference between my latest car being a Charger instead of a used Camery, and still a nice little account for, well, stupid purchases. I think 2 packs a day at $8/ pack, or $53 a carton when I go out of state, might buy me 5 years of early retirement. 🤔
 
I tried Burley Light W/O Bite last night. It was actually pretty close to CH in the way it tastes and burned in my MM Legend. Not in a bad way at all. I only had one real gripe, which I'll get to in a second. It packed up beautifully. In fact, I think that was my best packing of a pipe yet. Fill, tamp with my thumbs, fill, tamp with my thumbs, char, light, enjoy. It intuitively packed and smoked, almost voice activated. Went to a very light grey ash.

My only complaint was that it really didn't hold my attention for a >1 hour smoke. A superb 45 minute smoke, but after an hour and 15 minutes I was, while I don't want to say bored with it, ah! I found myself looking for more. More complexity, more nuances, something. And I still had about a third of the bowl left. I ended up dumping it out. A real shame too. Decently thick smoke, pleasant taste (except for it got ashy tasting when I went a little hard on it, but I'm not going to hold the blend accountable for my mistakes). A great 45 minute smoke that, for me, went a half hour longer than it needed to. However, I think I found what I'll be "watering down" other blends with. Or a good breaking in a pipe with half bowls.

So I think I'm at a place where I have a few very good examples of the major families of tobacco. A have a few good burleys, couple vapers, English, and even the sweeter aros. I think I'm at a place where I should start saving money on new blends and start enjoying what I have. I think if I get the desire to spend more money right now, it should probably go to pipes. While maybe not trying to get to the same level as our illustrious Aimless Wanderer, still leave good enough as is for the time being. That's going to be tough!
 
It's as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. Me being fully stocked on pipe tobacco, might equate to a few months supply for someone else, and some people may have individual pipes which cost multiple times what all mine cost together.

There's essentially several hobbies to pick from, all under the same umbrella, smoking, tobacco collecting, pipe collecting, tobacco producing/blending, pipe making, restorations, etc. I only enjoy the first one, and not in huge quantities, but others may run the full gamut. So long as you try not to measure yourself, or what you own, against other people, all is good.
 
There's also the physical space the hobby takes up. I'm one of 6 who lives in my house, so the amount of space I can devote to pint and quart mason jars is finite.

I'm not there yet, but I've been playing around with the idea of getting a pound of a good Virginia. I can really taste the potential in the very young va blends I've tried. It's like tasting a fresh wine and knowing it'll shine with a few years in oak. I just haven't had the years to age yet nor the [whatever it takes] to open my wallet for already aged. My first internet order i think. Right now, being a rookie and all, I'm having too much fun visiting local places.
 

steveclarkus

Goose Poop Connoisseur
There's also the physical space the hobby takes up. I'm one of 6 who lives in my house, so the amount of space I can devote to pint and quart mason jars is finite.

I'm not there yet, but I've been playing around with the idea of getting a pound of a good Virginia. I can really taste the potential in the very young va blends I've tried. It's like tasting a fresh wine and knowing it'll shine with a few years in oak. I just haven't had the years to age yet nor the [whatever it takes] to open my wallet for already aged. My first internet order i think. Right now, being a rookie and all, I'm having too much fun visiting local places.
I expect a Va will have aged quite nicely in a year Keep in mind that your tastes are going to go through some changes as you progress.
 

steveclarkus

Goose Poop Connoisseur
It's as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. Me being fully stocked on pipe tobacco, might equate to a few months supply for someone else, and some people may have individual pipes which cost multiple times what all mine cost together.

There's essentially several hobbies to pick from, all under the same umbrella, smoking, tobacco collecting, pipe collecting, tobacco producing/blending, pipe making, restorations, etc. I only enjoy the first one, and not in huge quantities, but others may run the full gamut. So long as you try not to measure yourself, or what you own, against other people, all is good.
I’m confident I have at least a years worth - three tubs of my favorite OTC’s and several other blends in one and two ounce sample sizes plus a pound of Victoria. My days of chasing tobacco fairies are long over. I know what satisfies me now. As far as pipes go, I’ve got plenty and more than I actually need and have no expectations of becoming a collector - made that mistake with straight razors already. I simply enjoy pipe smoking a lot and now that I’m retired, I smoke them a lot. Brings me bliss and keeps my mind off things I might have done differently so I can just enjoy where I’ve ended up. Breaking in a brand new $5 MM Missouri Pride - my favorite model cob - at the moment. I’ll likely end up with a seven day set - cobs don’t count Al 😂.
 
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