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Just wanted to let you know I’ve just finished my first tin of Old Town Vanilla Flake and wow, what a wonderful experience. I love flake tobacco and really enjoy your Dark Flake No.7 and Rum Flake. I had been looking to add a slightly milder tobacco to compliment these two. Then ‘out of the blue’ Carey’s answer my conundrum with Old Town Vanilla Flake.
I’ve posted a review, but just wanted to say thanks for yet again coming up with a truly wonderful flake tobacco. Well done Carey’s I shall be adding this to my Tobacco Club order.
I thought that I would mention that I have very recently (yesterday, in fact) joined the Pipe Club of London as an Associate Member.
A member of the Club had given me an invitation to attend their meeting yesterday near Northampton and I made the long journey down. A great day, meeting with like-minded folk, enjoying pipes and tobaccos and chat. An invitation arose to join and I snapped it up. I’m looking forward to receiving my membership details soon and the reason that I am writing to you is that I noted in the club’s Journal that you have a special association with them.
It is good to belong and would heartily recommend to any pipe smoker to link up with a group if they can. It makes enjoying a pipe that much more special and you get to relax in pleasant company and surroundings.
Thanks for your comments Steve – I’m delighted to hear you’ve joined this most venerable of clubs! We do have an affiliation as we are now Honorary Members on account of the support we have given them over the last through years. Sadly, as we’re based in Guernsey, I’ve not yet made it to a single meeting but I intend to at some point in the near future. Maybe see you there!
The bite on the tongue decreases as I go through the dark flake, and the intensity of the flavour increases.
From the small amount I managed to taste from the old town, I could tell it wasn’t to my taste. Not a problem as I’ve passed it on. I yearned for my dark flake also, which has quickly become my favourite tobacco mixture. My father’s friend, who is a rollie smoker, caught a whiff of the initial light and said “CCWWOORR, that smells strong!.” I offered a draw to him later on outside and he quickly refused. Ha.
So happy to have my dark flake back in the bowl. I had a terrifically good smoke this morning; sprinkled the last of it, that I had crunched and rubbed small between finger and thumb, atop the tapped down thicker pieces, pressed lightly down, and managed to keep one flame going all the way to the bottom. Charring light doesn’t seem to work with this tobacco, as it keeps rising. So I use the weight of the tamper only to keep it down in the first minute or so of the smoke. The weight of your chosen tamper matters a lot I think. I use a mixture of twisting my tamper, stirring the top of the ash (usually starting about halfway through the smoke) and light tapping of the outside of the bowl.
There seems to be a ridiculous amount of moisture in this old town. Even on a kitchen tissue on top of my fire for half an hour wasn’t enough to dry it. Lighting the surface is impossible.
Hi Joe – it is an oily tobacco but I’m surprised to hear that you are requiring that much drying. One good charring light is all it took for me last night, and then smoked it down to the bottom without a break. Maybe a different packing technique for this one?
Rained-off today, and my old town has just arrived. It must be my birthday. Straight on the stove with the flake for drying.
The cool smoking quality of the dark flake is a big plus for me. I keep a thin layer of ash in my bowl as everyone else does, but I’m quite conscious usually of the temperature of my bowls when smoking. When the dark flake is going well, I don’t need to worry about that.
Well the first comments about our new Vanilla Flake are in and we’re delighted! This via Twitter…
“Well the Vanilla Flake! It’s bloody marvelous! If someone asked me why #pipesmoking, this baccy sums it up perfectly! Thanks”
IN STOCK. I’ve got too much tobacco to get through. Added to wish list.
Yep – we are LIVE!
Thanks, Marcus. The first couple of times I squeezed the last out of it, being rewarded with just a couple puffs of smoke before finishing. That’s obviously not worth it, so I don’t bother anymore. It can’t be good for the bowl trying to relight over and over.
No you’re right, it’s not great for the bowl and definitely creates hot spots and ultimately burn throughs. Best avoided!
Ah, I thought that might be the case, Marcus; not that there being a line of customers as long as Glastonburys’ seemed any less likely. A question about broad-cut tobacco in general: I come to the end of my smokes with what seems unburnt tobacco; do you ever get fine ash when finishing your bowlfuls?. I can’t remember when that last happened to me. Maybe when I was on wild cherry. I have since gone on to soft aromatic, broad-cut english, and now dark flake.
Hi Joe – if I’m being honest I usually end up with unburnt tobacco in the bottom of the bowl. I don’t know if it’s because I simply get to the point where I’ve had enough and the effort/return calculation swings in favour of laziness, or the way I’m smoking, but I just roll with it. Maybe you are smoking slightly differently now? Certainly broad cuts will be less likely to burn completely due to volume vs surface area… But I wouldn’t see it as a problem.
I’m getting to grips with this dark flake. Couldn’t taste a thing tonight because of my cold. Review coming soon. NEW FLAKE OUT OF STOCK!?. It sounds nice.
Hi Joe – looking forward to reading your review once the cold’s cleared up! And have no fear… the New Flake just hasn’t arrived at our despatch facility yet but is ready to go once stock is checked in. Cheers for now.
I thought I would update you on my smoking experiences of late. Having received regular tobacco supplies from the Tobacco Club for some time now, I can confidently state that I have thoroughly enjoyed the blends on offer. In particular, the Bruno Special, Ready Rubbed No. 7 and Dark Flake No. 7 continue to give fantastic smokes every time. The pouch aroma is one thing, great smells coming out every time I pop one open. The taste is another, with wonderful flavours and excellent smoking experiences. Perfect in cut and moistness, with a lovely feel to them in the hand, they are cinch to pack and light. With the flake I rub out finely for ease of lighting. All in all, they have provided many pipefuls of pleasure and I can heartily recommend them.
With a fair number of pipes now in my collection, I am spoilt for choice each time, I feel, but I’ve recently been streamlining down to a favoured few for regular smokes.
Thought you might like to hear that your blends have a favourite place in my tobacco repertoire these days and I even keep a couple of pouches in my ‘smoking bag’ in the car, with two pipes to keep them company. Had a great smoke of the Old English last night returning home from a meeting. Please continue your great work on behalf of pipe smokers. It is appreciated.
Thanks Steve – these are great comments and we really appreciate them. Not having a traditional bricks and mortar outlet means that this kind of feedback is even more valued and appreciated since we don’t have face to face contact with customers on a daily basis. We’re delighted that you’re enjoying our blends – we know how good they are and it’s great that other people do too – and you’ll be pleased to know we’re about to release another in our next catalogue, so keep your eyes peeled! Thanks again from all the team – happy puffing!
This just in from a new customer…
“I just wanted firstly thank you for your help and advice with the tobaccos. I’ve now had a chance to try all three blends and they are with no exaggeration divine!
The Black Twist Sliced quite honestly blew my head off with a real Nicotine punch. Smoking it slower now and it’s lovely.
The Rum Flake is delicious too, starts off sweet and then surprised me halfway down the bowl with a thick smokey yet mellow flavour that just keeps giving.
But the major success is the Dark Flake, I tried the “Fold and Stuff” method again after trying and spectacularly failing for 3 days. Tonight instead of watching YouTube vids I used commonsense and it lit first time and stayed lit until end of bowl. Thank you very much for your recommendations I wish I’d found you sooner! In my opinion these three blends leave Dunhill stuck in the blocks .
The other reason I’m emailing is to ask about the Tobacco Club. Please could I join? How does it work?
It has been a privilege talking to you albeit by email but still, it’s refreshing to find a company with great customer service and people who know the customer and the business! Thank You
Very Best Wishes
I took the safer option: not always a good thing
Now I wish I ordered that flake instead of broad cut English again. It’ll have to wait until my next order. I just hope I like it.
I have yet to sample a flake tobacco. I gave my five-gram Carey’s sampler away, at the time not being interested in flake tobacco because I heard that it can be difficult to pack properly; but now I’m reversed in mind, having watched guides on the Internet on various packing techniques, and having more interest in pipe smoking in general. I look forward to the new mixture.
Hi Joe. Gave it away?! It’s a fun tobacco – very tactile as you rub it out and gives you a real multi sensory experience, preparing your taste buds for the flavours picked up as you break it down and feeling the oil in the tobacco through your finger tips. I love it!
Oh dear… Will I ever learn? Instead of sticking to my regular Carey tobaccos, I was tempted by a tin of Punchbowle in a local tobacconist. I am slightly disappointed… I was hoping for a bit more of the Latakia aromas I have have come to love in other tobaccos, but it was not to be. Altogether a bit too heavy, overpowering and lacking in finesse. Having spent £13 on the tin I am unwilling to simply throw it away. Would you recommend mixing it with something else (if so what would you recommend? How about Balkan Special?) or shold I just battle on to the end of the tin as it is? I have never tried mixing different tobaccos so it would be an intresting experiment. Many thanks. Dan
Well Dan, as I wipe the shock from my face that you would even consider other tobaccos (ahem!), my advice would be to try a little blending. As you aren’t enjoying the alien blend (he said with a hint of good natured sarcasm), mix it with something of genuine quality and I would heartily agree that Balkan Special would give it the spicy Latakia kick that you are looking for. Initially mix it for a single bowl, making note of the ratio of expensive, over rated branded tobacco with the higher quality, Carey own brand blend and if it works apply to the rest of the Punchbowle in the same ratio. It may open up a whole new world of tobacco experimentation for you and a valuable lesson has indeed been learned! Enjoy!
Can’t wait to get my hands on my first pipe and tobacco I’ve ordered… will be ideal on those dusky evenings fishing to keep those pesky midges at bay.
Did someone say: new tobacco mixture?.
On the ball as always Joe! Yep – just gave the go ahead for a rather pleasant flake with a hint of vanilla topping. A few customers have mentioned that we were lacking on that front so we decided to trial one. It’ll be tinned initially and if popular we’ll bring it into the Tobacco Club…
To Mike- I loosen the ash in the bowl at the end of my smoke with the prodder end of my tamper, leave it for half an hour or so, then cover the top of the bowl with my hand (the part below the thumb to be exact, as it leaves no gaps), turn the bowl upside down and shake the ash around in all directions. When you return it to upright position you should be left with a layer of ash around the inside (if there are gaps, repeat). Tip the remains out before rotating your finger around the inside of the bowl a full circle; You may need to do this a couple of times before you have a thick enough layer of ash. Sometimes it looks like a lot, but of course half of it ends up on your finger. I also find pulling upwards with your finger is good(bringing more ash to the top of the bowl), because with most new pipes, I find anyway, one ends up purposely killing the flame (by leaving the pipe) in the first minute or so of the smoke, because the bowl, at least in one area near or at the top, gets too hot; this helps to prevent that. It may not get too hot; it depends on the tobacco and pipe. I have been on the pipe for a year or so now. I hope that helps. It’s past my bed-time and I still have to do my weekly saw maintenance: no rest for the wicked.
Many thanks for the advice Joe, I’ll definitely give that a try.
My pleasure, Mike. I would scrape any lumpy pieces off before your next smoke also. That keeps the layer of ash relatively even.
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