There were a few years when I smoked a ton of Captain Black original. Yes, I know some of you will boo that choice, but I liked it pretty well until that fateful day in 2015. It was either February or March. I had just opened a huge 12 ounce tin of the stuff. I was halfway through a bowl. Without warning, I decided I didn't like it anymore. For the longest time, I couldn't figure out the abrupt change. Sure, my tastes have changed over the years, but most changes came about gradually. I pondered the mystery of my sudden displeasure with Captain Black for a long time. Then it hit me. I've studied a lot on spiritual warfare and how material items associated with a bad or immoral relationship can act as conductors for bad spiritual mojo. I had primarily smoked Captain Black when I was with an ex and in the months following that terrible breakup. I had been dating the woman that became my wife for a few weeks when I stopped liking Captain Black. Does anyone have a similar experience?
Carolina Home Blend - Aromatic
The Blend. A mixture of burley, virginias, and cavendish, this blend is the best I have ever tried and everything a pipe blend should be. I remember the smell of pipes when I was younger, and this is the only blend that gives off that exact “pipe smell.” The casings are there, but what they are I can not guess. I would say that maple, chocolate, and hazelnut with perhaps a a hint of cappuccino. Stranded on a remote island, this would be a “must” and I could sing it’s praises for ever. Meerschaum pipes make it sing even louder.
Swiss Chocolate - Aromatic
Probably a companion blend to Carolina, but definitely sweeter. It used to contain a little banana, which I assume, had only one admirer—me. Now that element is gone, and much more appreciated by those around me than originally. Probably my second most favorite blend, and two cap fulls of banana extract for every ounce and a half will restore it to it’s former glory.
Old Timer, – Aromatic
I'm a sucker for names. It also smelled great at the store. The first few bowls were kind of bland. Then the blend started tasting more like mint.
Old ’97 – Aromatic, Bruce’s Pipe Shop
I met a 25 year old man at Bruce’s pipe shop who created this blend. It was apparently named after a wreck near the NC/VA border. He told me it contains 60 percent Carolina Home Blend. It burns easily and cool. It produces thick clouds of smoke that I like. I can barely discern any Carolina Home taste. Instead, I detect hints of vanilla and cherry that gives off one of the best aromas I have smelled in a while. A slight chocolate taste also comes through from time to time. It works great in a corn cob and probably the only blend I’ve smoke in one without tasting the cob. It is fairly bland in a briar.
Beck’s Ol’ Limey Bastard – Scottish, B & B Tobacconist
Supposedly a recreation of 965. Good on its own merit and fantastic as a possible replacement as rumors are swirling that Dunhill will cease production after being bought by BAT.