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Having received (very quickly) my order for a sample pack of tobacco, I have just smoked my first ever pipe. Started with Old English and was delighted with the whole experience. Having smoked cigars for a while I was keen to try pipe smoking but the seeming complexity of it kept putting me off. Thanks to the great articles on here I took the plunge and am very glad that I did. Thank you for the excellent website, especially its accessibility for a novice, and the swift delivery. I look forward to working through the other samples and improving my technique! Many orders to follow I am sure.
Thanks for you feedback Phil – we’re delighted you’re enjoying the whole experience and long may it last! Happy puffing…
Oh, and the jars are from your site. Many thanks for the reply.
I hear you, Marcus – I will experiment
I keep two jars of 25g each by our back door; a kind of pantry you could say. It is usually cold there. I thought separating the tobacco would keep it fresher, save exposing all of it every time I open. I also found it odd that it gets more moist. Maybe an insulation problem out-back (as we call it)?. Our house in our normal living area isn’t warm all the time. Maybe the tobacco would be better off in the centre area of our house, where it is maybe cool enough to store it. We keep our freezer and second fridge in the back, because of the cool-cold temperature. Maybe it is a bit much for the tobacco, but I wouldn’t think so. Condensation maybe. I could link a photo of the area, if that would help.
Joe, I would suggest that if the jars are glass then you are getting condensation. Also if the area is sunny that may cause issues. Cool, but nor cold, and dark are definitely the best options. Also a relatively constant temperature is a good idea – if the temp fluctuates dramatically that won’t do it much good either… Try a few places and see how it goes because I would suggest it is the method of storage if the tobacco is becoming more moist with age. Cheers for now…
Wild cherry is my regular. I find the tobacco gets too moist after a few openings, but a couple of minutes spread out in the sun does the job for it. I sometimes join in.
Sensible strategy Joe! It’s strange though as usually tobaccos dry out over time rather than becoming more moist – where do you keep your pouches?
Following closure of my local tobacconist I decided to try some of your other tobaccos (my regular smoke is No 7 Dark Flake). I thought the wild cherry was excellent – just a touch of fruitiness and a long cool smoke; the Old English was similarly a pleasant smoke although possibly rather mild in flavour; unfortunately your St Bruno Special had exactly the same effect on me as the standard St Bruno blend: both contain something that triggers a cough and leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Is it possible to know what tobaccos are blended in this product that don’t occur in the others I have tried?
Hi Basil – thanks for your comments and I’m delighted you’ve been enjoying (for the most part) our tobaccos. I’ll even take your comments about our Bruno Special as a compliment as obviously if it has the same effect on you it must be almost identical! Unfortunately I think trying to isolate the ingredient that causes your reaction will be somewhat like looking for a needle in a haystack – I would suggest it’s unlikely to be the tobaccos themselves but more likely the casing/toppings that have been added, and these all tend to be variants of one another. I’ll see if I can shed some light on it though…
Oh, it’s spelt JUCY. That’ll teach me for trying to be clever.
I have turned to long matches for my cigars. I prefer them for my pipe also. Thanks for the big juicy recommendation, Marcus; I found it neither big nor juicy but thought it VERY fine.
Pleased you liked it Joe – and I agree about the naming. Not sure about that one. But there’s no doubting, silly name or not, it’s a tasty cigar!
Thank guys, I have tried the samplers and will give the soft aromatic another go:-))
That’s great John. Hopefully it’ll become a firm favourite!
Can anyone recommend a tobacco that is good to taste when smoked. We all know the ones that smell nice to everyone else
rather than spending a fortune trying different ones it would be great for some feedback about how they taste. My local tobacco shop are very nice ladies but not good for advice, they just let you smell the tobacco and say that smells nice!
I asked if they ever get any feedback and the answer was NO! Any advice please!!
Hi John – thanks for contacting us. You’ve posed a tricky ‘how long is a piece of string’ type question though as taste and smell are so subjective. Also, with so many different styles of tobacco it’s hard to know hoe to advise. Do you prefer Aromatics or Traditionals? My advice, as it’s such a personal experience, would be to buy one of our mini samplers and then you can give each of them a try for yourself…
When I first started smoking my pipe I did a little research and the best advice I found was to go for something you like, and that most beginners start with something sweet, I read into each tobacco to find out a little background knowledge and settled with “Carey’s Soft Aromatic Mixture” which was really good it was sweet it smelt like a freshly baked cake, and tasted very similar to it’s smell. Give it a try http://www.eacarey.co.uk/shop/tobacco/soft-aromatic-mixture.html
Toast, rather. My stomach got the better of me there.
I was trying to slow-roast my cigar but the lighter got hot too soon. It does say in the manual not to use for more than ten seconds at a time. I was going for the 20-30 seconds mark. Any suggestions?.
Thank you, Marcus. For my first cigar I thought I’d try the mildest I could find- a Drew Estate Negra
Good choice. We recently held a cigar tasting evening over here in Guernsey with the Island’s only 5* hotel, and I opted for a Drew Estate Larutan Big Jucy and I can highly recommend them! Went particularly well with a quality medium sherry of all things… Enjoy!
I’m looking for a good cigar lighter. First timer here. Many thanks
Hi Joe. Although most of our lighters are designed for pipe smoking we do have a couple of great cigar lighters. Look for the Wenger Clava and Hydor on our website – they are classed as outdoor lighters as they have a jet style flame but these are perfect for cigars. Just make sure you always keep the cigar away from the actual naked flame as this will singe the tobacco, instead rotating it just above the flame to ensure an even light. It makes a heck of a difference to the flavour…
I’m considering a new pipe and I was wondering, can the Jean Claude Tigrato Full Bent Prince be smoked without the 9mm charcoal filter being in place? Many thanks for your time.
Hi John. The simple answer is that they can (you would simply omit the 9mm filter) but I wouldn’t recommend it as it would alter the flow of smoke and isn’t designed to be smoked unfiltered. You could probably cobble together some sort of minor obstruction to restrict air flow but at that stage it may start getting complicated (and dirty!). I should also add that the latest charcoal filters really are very good and don’t strip the flavour like those of old so you may not even notice it in there…
Marcus. I fancy trying some snuff, what would you recommend for a newbee?
Hi Jeff – my natural instinct would be to recommend Honey Menthol, but Crumbs of Comfort is the only one anyone has reviewed to date and it gets favorable comments. You can be certain that being Wilson’s they are well considered and made so you should be fine with any of the 4 we offer. At £2.10 each it may be worth trying them all?
How long does it take for a delivery to be delivered after dispatch, I have placed my order, however when I check the status after logging in it says the order has been completed, by this I presume it means it is packed up and ready to be dispatched, but I have had no information to tell me of it’s arrival. I have also paid extra for a post haste parcel, please advise me upon this.
Hi Mr Biggart. The simple answer is that expedited delivery should take no more than 24 hours but as it is in the hands of Royal Mail it is dependent upon them ‘keeping their promises’. In your case however I notice that the order was placed after the last postal collection last Friday, which means it will be posted today and will hopefully be with you tomorrow. Hope that helps.
Hello. Last year on holiday on the Adriatic I bought a (cheap) packet of tobacco calling itself Black Cherry. It was sickeningly sweet, overly moist and had a singularly unpleasant taste and aroma. I suppose I was lured by the £3 price tag! Foolishly, instead of discarding it, I smoked the whole packet. I was rather relieved when it was finished so that I could get back to the vastly superior E A Carey tobaccos! However, even a year on, one of my pipes still imparts the same sickly and rather stale taste and aroma. Would pipe sweetener sort this problem? Or do I say goodbye to an old friend? Fortunately I had the good sense only to use an old cheap briar filter pipe with the said baccy, so I did not ruin any of my favourites. Still, I would rather not have to chuck it in the fire just yet if I can avoid it. Your thoughts are always welcome.
Hi Dan – pipe sweetener may do the trick, or the other option would be to use a clear spirit (e.g. vodka) and decant some into the bowl. Leave for a while and then clean as per usual. I assume you already have but if not, change the filter too… Hope that helps.
Just recived my 10 minute full bent magic inch pipe, I’ve only just started with a pipe, and this is the second in my collection. Just want to say that it is a fantastic little pipe, and look forward to adding more to my collection.
I’m pleased you like it John – they are indeed fantastic little pipes and have been part of our collection for decades as a result!
Hi, I’m a regular pipe smoker (2-3 bowls a day) in my 30s. Although I’ve been piping for only a handful of years, I’ve amassed a handsome collection of 14 pipes including 5 EA Careys. Thing is I’m also a full time/ daily cigarette smoker as well. At my local pipe club the rhetoric towards cigarette smoking is worse than a rabid group on non/former smokers. Bit hypocritical I’d say, because if you’re not a non-smoker you’re accepting inheritant life style risks of some kind. Don’t need to be reminded of the differences Wondered how many fellow duel cigarette/pipe smokers there out there?
You may be interested to know that, following the interest generated by your ‘Baccyflap’ article, I’ve found one on a certain site which shall be nameless, as it were. 1950s, made by Parker and in good condition. Look forward to receiving it very soon.
Thanks for opening this particular door (or lid, as the case may be).
Hi Marcus, just like to say what a lovely surprise to win the monthly voucher for my review. Glad you liked it and hope will inspire other gents to try the Milano. Thanks again cheers jeff
It’s a pleasure Jeff! Thanks for taking the time to review it.
I was wondering if samplers could be sold of your most expensive blends. Many thanks.
I know that this ‘review’ might better be intended for the tobacco review section, but I thought it wouldn’t go amiss here. Recently I had another bowl of the English Ready Rubbed. All the elements seemed to combine at the right moment to give just about a perfect smoke. Lovely creamy and smooth smoke, mellow and warm sensation, a great roundedness and depth and with not a single bit of bite, bitterness or battering to assault my tongue. There was a subtle hint of fruitiness without tartness and a fine warm-bread like quality that went a long way to bringing me some much needed comfort and relaxation. The flavour deepened and intensified as I smoked down the bowl, yet maintained its mellowness throughout. This pipeful, enjoyed very late one evening, provided a good thirty minutes of soothing and calm repose. Perfect in moisture and cut, it packs and lights easily and without fuss.
My thanks for and appreciation of this fine blend in providing further ample proof of the high quality of your tobaccos.
Just wanted to say that the more I smoke my Milano the more I am enjoying it, this is a really good pipe and would recommend one to a new bee like me. It took me some time getting used to how light it feels, but now it’s my favourite pipe. Very easy on the teeth I must say, easy to grip and hands free, unlike some of my other pipes which are on the heavy side. Just had a bowlful of your old English mixture, and a lovely smoke, nice smoke volume and very satisfying. Your beginners guides have really helped me, and for someone who only a couple of months ago knew virtually nothing, it has really helped me enjoy the pipe smoking experience even more. Why it took me virtually 40 years to discover the pleasure I will never know, as my father always had a pipe in his mouth! Thanks again Carey’s for your great website with so much to read, and such a wide choice. I would like a step up now from my Milano, what would be the next pipe you have that you could recommend to me. All the best, Jeff.
Thanks for your comments Jeff – I’m pleased you’re getting on so well with the pipe and tobacco. Pipe smoking is one of only a few things that allows me time for reflection and ‘going slow’ and I often think the same as you ‘Why did it take me so long to realise?’. As far as stepping up from the Milano, it really depends on what exactly you mean. Don’t forget that the Milano is genuinely good briar so you are already using a quality pipe. But in terms of style, size, weight, etc I don’t think you can go wrong with our Sheer Genius. Quite simply the best briar. But if that’s too big a jump up the scale then I think the Tacon are an excellent range. Made in France as opposed to Italy these will give you a different perspective possibly. Hope that helps!
Love the look of the baccyflap, and agree this is a must have. What a perfect looking accessory to go with my other pipe smoking items. Why wouldn’t,t these be generally available I wonder, it looks the right size , and much more cool than carrying around a plastic pouch, will have to keep looking for one of these. By the way Marcus have tried your Bruno special, yes I agree I am surprised and is a very nice smoke, just had a bowlful really enjoyed, so will have to get this ordered.
Any number of used baccyflaps available on Ebay, but in perfect condition selling at anything up to £75! Surely this suggests there would be a market for new ones???
Did my broad cut English mixture review not go through?. I was sure it did. It’s not in the My Reviews section of my account anymore.
Hi Joe – doesn’t look like we’ve had anything through on the system I’m afraid. It’s the first time I’ve been made aware of this happening before… Maybe try again?
Have been reading on several (mainly American) websites about ‘cellaring’ tobacco… What are your thoughts on this? In the past I have always tried not to keep tobacco for more than a month or so. Are there any of your tobaccos which might benefit from being set aside for a while? If so, is it better to ‘cellar’ tobacco sealed in the packed or transferring into a sealed jar (or similar) so as to have a bit more air around it, while still trying to keep it from drying out, obviously. Your thoughts are always appreciated.
Hi Dan – an interesting one this. I’ve never quite understood the US obsession with cellaring. As far as we are concerned we try to ensure that our tobaccos are never stored for long as the fresher tobacco is, the better it tastes. It may be that the flavour changes (rather than necessarily improves) and this is what our US cousins enjoy, but we would never recommend cellaring – it simply raises the chance that your tobacco will be ruined! If you like a blend, smoke it fresh. Happy puffing!
Though I feel a bit of a traitor buying a branded tobacco, I must say I am enjoying the Presbyterian I ordered a few days ago… As usual, very prompt delivery (arrived in Scotland the next day!). My regular Balkan Special also arrived yesterday… still the favourite, I think! Thank you for offering such a superb service.
Thanks for your feedback Dan, and of course I’m delighted that Balkan Special continues to be your favourite!
Fast delivery again, Carey. You can’t keep sweeping the blame on Royal Mail. *WINK*
Thanks Joe – we try our best
Love you range of tobaccos, and have ordered two sample packs, which I am working my way through. My favourite tobacco though still is st Bruno, any chance of stocking this, as I would like to place a regular order once I join the tobacco club, soon hopefully, cheers jeff
Hi Jeff – have you tried our Bruno Special yet? I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
No peach brandy or wild cherry up at the moment. Maintenance?. Might just be me.
Sadly not Joe. Let’s just say for the first time in 35 years we’ve had an Out of Stock situation through no fault of our own. But have no fear – disaster relief has swung into action and we should have it available again early next week (w/c 11th August). Rest assured we’ll get it sorted asap as Wild Cherry is my favourite too!
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