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PostSubject: Dedication   Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:09 pm

Less is More here.

Having settled into the (YMMV) optimum groove, nearly every smoke is in a pipe that's been dedicated to what's in it for -- literally -- years. In consequence, Embarcadero really tastes like Embarcadero, since the pipes involved have smoked nothing else for six years. Ditto FVF (even longer) and Union Square (albeit only one year -- that having been a late discovery). (It goes without saying that the pipe and the tobacco have to really like each other to begin with. Repeating what doesn't work accomplishes nothing worthwhile).

That being the case, it came as a shock today to decide, on a whim, to try some Embarcadero in an old (1950s) Comoy apple that gets along well with everything -- FVF especially, but equally, also stuff people have sent me to try.

No two ways about it : those old guys knew how to make a pipe when they put their minds to it. Not only is the (un-modified) airway ideal (it easily takes a cleaner held at the opposite end) but, (as LL noted several times in years past was one hallmark of a great pipe), it has an uncanny ability to stay lit. It breathes perfectly.

The shock ? I could hardly tell what I was smoking. While it will get decidedly b*tchy if not handled properly, Embarcadero, properly packed and smoked, is a mild-flavoured, subtle-tasting tobacco. (Diaphanous !). But in the Comoy this afternoon . . . meh. No

Thinking back through its recent history, the reason dawned. Being the utility pipe, it's had FVF, Union Square, and everything else that either people have wanted me to try or I've opened out of curiosity (Robusto, Virginia Memories, Kyle's Burley-Virginia stuff, etc.). As a result, it's one of the few pipes here in which the whole is less than the sum of its (previous) parts. With Embarcadero in it, they're actually canceling each other out.

Why bother pointing this out ?

Because how many times do people fall into this unwittingly ? My guess would be, more often than they perhaps suspect.

Great Pipe + Great Tobacco = < Wow !

Not exactly operator error, but easy to draw unfounded conclusions from.

GLP maintains that it takes a minimum of three or four different pipes to form an accurate appraisal of any tobacco. (Compound this by the "New Kid on the Block" syndrome, in which just-released tobaccos that have had next to no tin time are getting judged on the basis of where they're starting from). (Ever notice how many people here over the years have smoked FVF with less than two years' aging time and wondered what the fuss was about ?).

FWIW

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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:31 pm

Yak, taking all these variables into consideration, as well as the fact that one piece of briar can provide a magical expreience, all other aspects of engineering being equal, while another will only deliver a substandard smoke with the same tobacco.

Most likely with all these variables, most of the tobacco reviews online only serve to point a pipesmoker in the right direction, but can rarely give an accurate analysis of a particular blend.

As I have stated before, it is the best excuse I can think of to continue to increase the number of pipes in my collection, regardless of how many I already have. Laughing

Also, I am more hesitant than ever to sell any pipe, unless it has major construction issues that affect it's smoking characteristics. The pipe I consider selling, could provide the elusive "transcendental experience," if paired with the right tobacco at some point down the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:38 pm

As to that specific pipe, it's probably confused. You should ream it down to nothing, give it whatever cleansing treatment you prefer (salt & alchohol, etc) and, knowing what you know about it, make a decision and dedicate it. After a dozen smokes you'll know whether you guessed right or not.

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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:44 pm

All I'd likely have to do is just keep smoking Embarcadero in it for a while, seeing as there's no Perique or eau de Lakeland Men's Room Deodorizer in it.

Not being used to that result, when I got it, it struck me.

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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:53 pm

You mentioned previously smoking Robusto and other things in it. I just figured, if it's a great pipe and you're thinking Embarcadero, it probably deserves a fresh start. Might waste a lot of Embarcadero trying to get the pipe to forget it's past.

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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:57 pm

Right you are, Diddy. With FVF, I never noticed it though. Or even with Union Square, which is pretty ephemeral stuff.

Just a FWIW. Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:59 pm

Bitchy pipe. I get that once in a while. lol!

If you've used it as an everything pipe for a while, taking it down to the wood and starting over might just be the best move like PD sez.

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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:15 am

It just struck me how something I "knew" really was true. Embarassed

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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:57 pm

*nods*

I tell ya what, not being in this game nearly as long as you fellas, and wading through the dynamics involved (some self-imposed, such as figuring out what and why a pipe will smoke good, what tobacco will smoke best in two entirely different [yet well-smoking] pipes, and then estate pipes, which while a deal, have the added drawback of sussing out whatever the previous owner had runnin' through it) I am finding more and more a dwindling list of "to try" based on related themes, blenders and even trends. With that, gaining more appreciation for an individual pipe that does something well...even if it is the "briar slut" of the bunch and anything I'm unsure of goes through her maw first.

Fortunately, still on a personal thought-level regarding the original Yakpost, I'm much more apt to pair up a pipe with certain parameters with certain tobacco, because of notes and thoughts I had on previous tries. It's making for some interesting conclusions, and quite naturally, I find myself repeating certain tobacco in certain pipes, a few are exclusive--one pipe, one tobacco.

Briar-Bacca monogamy is definitely a good thing, when it needs to be predictable, with all the pesky variables a relative newbie to this (me) has to contend. However, it takes a while to sort it out at times. Fortunately, if the theory of a pair is sound, it seems not to take long for a tobacco to chase out the ghost of another to make a long-term home.

This is why I have to make sure I have the right poise for something like FVF, which I only have one aged tin, because I have two pipes in mind that should work great, but they've been used for other things. Break-in or ghost-out, it does take a little time. Even stuff I try and ramble on about requires knowing what the pipe might be contributing, but once you have her individual attitude, you can work through it or try another. When it works, they'll both let ya know.

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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:20 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
*nods*

I tell ya what, not being in this game nearly as long as you fellas, and wading through the dynamics involved (some self-imposed, such as figuring out what and why a pipe will smoke good, what tobacco will smoke best in two entirely different [yet well-smoking] pipes, and then estate pipes, which while a deal, have the added drawback of sussing out whatever the previous owner had runnin' through it) I am finding more and more a dwindling list of "to try" based on related themes, blenders and even trends. With that, gaining more appreciation for an individual pipe that does something well...even if it is the "briar slut" of the bunch and anything I'm unsure of goes through her maw first.

Fortunately, still on a personal thought-level regarding the original Yakpost, I'm much more apt to pair up a pipe with certain parameters with certain tobacco, because of notes and thoughts I had on previous tries. It's making for some interesting conclusions, and quite naturally, I find myself repeating certain tobacco in certain pipes, a few are exclusive--one pipe, one tobacco.

Briar-Bacca monogamy is definitely a good thing, when it needs to be predictable, with all the pesky variables a relative newbie to this (me) has to contend. However, it takes a while to sort it out at times. Fortunately, if the theory of a pair is sound, it seems not to take long for a tobacco to chase out the ghost of another to make a long-term home.

This is why I have to make sure I have the right poise for something like FVF, which I only have one aged tin, because I have two pipes in mind that should work great, but they've been used for other things. Break-in or ghost-out, it does take a little time. Even stuff I try and ramble on about requires knowing what the pipe might be contributing, but once you have her individual attitude, you can work through it or try another. When it works, they'll both let ya know.

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Kyle, I agree. I believe for me, the single biggest fascination in pipe smoking, is pairing pipe to tobacco. Briar, meer, olive wood, morta, strawberry wood, in addition to cobs. With various woods and internal engineering variables in the mix, before tobacco is ever paired, it makes pipe smoking so much more rewarding, than I ever thought it would be when I first started smoking a pipe.
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PostSubject: Re: Dedication   Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:26 pm

I've always been a "tinkerer." Cooking, electronics, music, people, psychology, hell, life itself. All kind of the same "spirit" of it all, and much like the "preferring cigar vs pipe" thread going on right now, I seriously dig the success/failure part of the pipe. Pretty honest stuff, for the willing and patient.
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