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huffelpuff

huffelpuff

Age : 50
Location : Laramie, WY
Registration date : 2011-12-10

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PostSubject: Re: In Search of the Perfect English   In Search of the Perfect English - Page 2 EmptyFri May 22, 2020 9:47 am

I thoroughly enjoyed Arango Balkan Supreme. C&D Safe Harbor flake is pretty good as well. A favorite though was Aston Artisans Blend. Haven't tried the current iteration of it though so I can't say how well it did after the loss of the Syrian. Smoke a few Scottish and Balkans that I can't think of off the top of my head. C&D Star of the East was my intro to English blends. It wasn't bad but sure was on the overpowering side of things.

Jim
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Brunello

Brunello

Age : 61
Location : Fauquier County, Virginia
Registration date : 2020-01-01

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PostSubject: Re: In Search of the Perfect English   In Search of the Perfect English - Page 2 EmptyFri May 22, 2020 11:25 am

huffelpuff wrote:
I thoroughly enjoyed Arango Balkan Supreme. C&D Safe Harbor flake is pretty good as well. A favorite though was Aston Artisans Blend. Haven't tried the current iteration of it though so I can't say how well it did after the loss of the Syrian. Smoke a few Scottish and Balkans that I can't think of off the top of my head. C&D Star of the East was my intro to English blends. It wasn't bad but sure was on the overpowering side of things.

Jim

If I ever find an older tin of Ashton Artisan sitting in a dusty corner of a B&M (hey, I sometimes get lucky!) I definitely want to try it. But the reviews for the newer version scare me off: "like a stronger, deeper Nightcap" - well, Nightcap is already on the overpowering side for my tastes.

By the way, my brother lives in Casper, though like many snowbirds he has seven acres near Prescott Arid-zona where he plans to retire.
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huffelpuff

huffelpuff

Age : 50
Location : Laramie, WY
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PostSubject: Re: In Search of the Perfect English   In Search of the Perfect English - Page 2 EmptyFri May 22, 2020 1:44 pm

Casper. Wow that's a good 3 hour drive from here. Nice town though. I lived in Mesa, AZ for a year and couldn't take the heat. Everyone says "Oh but it's a dry heat". Well so is my oven and I'm not about to crank it up and sit in it either. Summers here are brutal enough for me when it hits the upper 80s or low 90s. Winter on the other hand sucks! Occasionally it hits -30 to as low as-50 here.

Artisans Blend was a very rich smoke for sure but I don't recall it being anything close to Star of the East. It was a very well rounded out flavor profile like 965 but I wouldn't put it in that heavy class myself. I'd put it more as an upper medium. Still have 2 tins of it kicking around here somewhere from 2014 I believe. I'll see if I can find them. PM me your address and I'll send you a sample sometime next week.

Jim
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RSteve

RSteve

Age : 76
Location : Hiding under the argyle sox
Registration date : 2008-02-09

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PostSubject: F & K - Black Bayou Mist   In Search of the Perfect English - Page 2 EmptySat Jun 13, 2020 11:40 am

F & K - Black Bayou Mist is a wonderful very traditional English blend.
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A full bodied latakia blend made the traditional way. With the best Virginia, the finest Oriental leaves, dark fired Kentucky, a good pinch of Louisiana perique and of course a good amount of smoky latakia.
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