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ChefRuss

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Age : 37
Location : Tampa, FL, USA
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PostSubject: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:14 pm

New smoker here (pipes). I am an avid cigar smoker and enjoy the likes of Naturals wrappers and Ligera! What got me into pipe smoking has always been the amazing smell of them and the elegance and class that came along with pipes. I finally took the leap last week and got my first pipe and have been hooked ever since. I really love the pipe smoking community and can't wait to be a part of it!

I will have tons of questions about different pipes and blends, so I apologize in advance.

I'm a 32 year old chef and culinary teacher and enjoy various things.

Thanks all!!
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Buckshot

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Age : 70
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:21 pm

Welcome to the Brotherhood. Stop by as often as you can.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:51 pm

Hi, Chef Russ! Welcome to BoB; I hope you enjoy your new pipes!

"T"
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Hermit

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:01 pm

Welcome to BoB.
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Harbinger

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:24 pm

Welcome to BoB Russ!!!
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lifeon2



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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:31 pm

welcome Russ
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ChefRuss

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Age : 37
Location : Tampa, FL, USA
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:39 pm

Thank you all!! I look forward to getting to know you all here.

Any recommendations on some nice earthy smooth blends that I should try out? I am enjoying the aromatics that I have started with, but I just got my first tin of Blue Mountain from McClelland... I haven't gotten to smoke it yet because I am sick with the flu, but I look forward to it!! Any other Floridians here?
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Harlock999

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:40 pm

Welcome!
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ChefRuss

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Age : 37
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:05 pm

Harlock999 wrote:
Welcome!
Thank you!!!!
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tgwilt



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Location : Kissimmee, Florida
Registration date : 2011-12-25

PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:18 pm

Good to see you Chef!

Sorry about the flu. This too shall pass.

I'll give you some tobacco recommendations under the caveat that these are among my favorites and work well with my body chemistry:

Old Dog (superb English blend)
Olde Virginia Tobacco Company's Checkmate (good VA blend)
Hearth and Home Blackhouse (Russ Oulette's award winning tribute to Balkan Sobraine)
GL Pease Haddo's Delight

Hope that helps somewhat. Come back and post often.

Tom
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ChefRuss

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Location : Tampa, FL, USA
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:23 pm

tgwilt wrote:
Good to see you Chef!

Sorry about the flu. This too shall pass.

I'll give you some tobacco recommendations under the caveat that these are among my favorites and work well with my body chemistry:

Old Dog (superb English blend)
Olde Virginia Tobacco Company's Checkmate (good VA blend)
Hearth and Home Blackhouse (Russ Oulette's award winning tribute to Balkan Sobraine)
GL Pease Haddo's Delight

Hope that helps somewhat. Come back and post often.

Tom

Thanks Tom!!! I have heard of the Va company and I will be sure to give all of these a try. I will be placing a cigar order next weekend and I will add these to the ticket. I really appreciate it. Yes, I will be here everyday. I'm a forum junkie with my hobbies. lol
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tgwilt



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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:35 pm

Just sent you a PM.
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:39 am

Welcome aboard, Chef. At the top of The Tobacco Jar column you'll find a thread entitled "Suggested Blends for the New Smoker", or something like that. Good place to start.
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Hawker

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Location : Alberta
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:44 am

Welcome to BOB Russ.
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BigCasino

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Location : North of Pittsburgh pa
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:07 am

Welcome to BoB, Get well soon!
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Slide



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Location : Benton, Louisiana
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:37 am

Welcome Russ!
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lifeon2



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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:16 am

welcome aboard
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the rev

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Age : 50
Location : Oak View CA
Registration date : 2012-10-08

PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:01 pm

welcome to the brotherhood

rev
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the rev

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:04 pm

what kind of food is your main focus? My daughter is a pastry Chef, and I dabble in Indian cooking, but just at home. Would love to hear what a refined palette says about different blends

rev
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ChefRuss

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Location : Tampa, FL, USA
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:29 pm

Hey Rev,

Thanks for the welcome...

I mainly enjoy classical French technique and I love Mediterranean cuisine along with Avant Garde cuisine. My families are both from Jamaica and Barbados, so naturally, I fuse Caribbean flavors with that... and also, who doesn't like comfort food? lol Pastries are tough. I can do them quite well, but at times, I lack patience, so it's alwasy good to know a good patisserie chef! I look forward to pairing different blends with desserts and drinks for you guys... I am pretty well rounded in that arena with cigars, I think the transition to pipe tobaccos will be easy and in a sense, better... I think there is a lot more potential for pipes.
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the rev

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:42 pm

ahhhhh brother, making me hungry. Love Caribbean food.

look forward to your future pairing posts

rev
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Briar Spirit

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Location : England UK
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:28 pm

Hello Russ, welcome to BoB. Smile

A few blends I would recommend are:

G.L.Pease Jack Knife Plug
G.L.Pease Triple Play
G.L.Pease Haddos Delight
G.L.Pease Fillmore
Rattrays Hal O'The Wynd
Rattrays Old Gowrie
Rattrays Marlin Flake

I could recommend more but these are the ones I recommend the most of those I have tried myself. Wink

Welcome to the Pipe Smokers fold. enjoy your journey, you are in for one hell of a ride. Smile
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ChefRuss

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Age : 37
Location : Tampa, FL, USA
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:26 pm

Kirk, I couldn't agree with you more about one hell of a ride. Thank you so much for your recommendations. I will be sure to let you know which ones I get and will take pics and share my experiences with them.
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Location : Northern, CA
Registration date : 2012-04-04

PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:00 pm

welcome aboard Chef. Good to have you here. Very Happy
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soylentgreen

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Age : 46
Location : Florida, USA
Registration date : 2012-03-06

PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Tampa Bay!   Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:15 pm

Welcome to BoB!

I was born and raised in Tampa. I'm in Orlando now by way of San Francisco...
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