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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptySun Jun 21, 2020 9:26 am

arkansaspiper wrote:
Hey fellas what's up to answer the question it can be extremely difficult but then again depends what you like I've thrown some blens together that were halfway decent and I made a halfway decent Navy flake I'm growing about a hundred plants this year and I'm going to see what I can come up with

A hundred plants ... that's an awful lot of baccy to process. I hope you have help or a lot of time on your hands! Navy flake is always good, I like mine with a dash of rum! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyWed Jun 24, 2020 1:37 am

Brunello wrote:
Timbo wrote:
G’day mate, letting you know I didn’t case anything in that recipe but I did let it sit and meld in the jar for a month or so. Smoking the last of it right now and thinking I’ll need to make another batch as it is yum.

Let me know when your after more info on the ingredients.

Okay, I'm ready for the big reveal!   bounce

Now on my third variation I'm probably getting further away from the HH Acadian match idea, and since I don't have any more of that I'm relying on memory, and none seem that close to what I remember. On my third trial I adjusted ratios slightly because I though 10% Perique was a bit much. Also, went with my weakest Latakia because the others were too strong.
 
Perique               10%      (5% C&D Perique + 5% Russ Ouellette Acadian Gold fermented Virginia)
Lemon Virginia    25%       (10% Sutliff 707, 15% Ashton Gold)
Red Virginia        40%       (20% Sutliff 517, 10% McClelland, 10% McConnell)
Orientals             20%       (Krumovgrad Basma)
Latakia                  5%       (Aylesbury Latakia Blend)

I used every thing from the range of C&D blending tobaccos except the yellow is PS long cut Virginia.

I did say it was an attempt at a match. I think I got close but it was no match. It was however, delicious.

Cheers

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyWed Jun 24, 2020 3:26 pm

Timbo wrote:


I used every thing from the range of C&D blending tobaccos except the yellow is PS long cut Virginia.

I did say it was an attempt at a match. I think I got close but it was no match. It was however, delicious.



Thanks. I have everything except the Stokkebye, but it's time to resupply anyway. Having most ingredients from one house also means they will probably play well together. My results were good and interesting but just shy of the "delicious" goal, so when I have the PS VA I'll try again exactly as you posted and report back. sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptySun Jun 28, 2020 12:51 pm

I do 5 blends now. I don't try to match any particular blend. Blends include

  • Virginia
  • Virginia/Perique
  • Virginia/Perique/Oriental
  • Virginia/Oriental
  • Virginia/Burley/
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptySun Jun 28, 2020 8:01 pm

Why?  Too expensive to waste specialized tobaccos. Results unpredictable, or disappointing. I think.


In the past, I've tried making my own customized blends, but instead of starting with individual tobaccos (too expensive), I started with commercially available, bulk mixtures that were formulated and balanced by the professionals.  Why should I reinvent the wheel?  I let the professionals do all the hard work, and do all the sourcing of tobaccos.  I just customize their efforts to suit my own tastes.  Results, were surprisingly good.

Commercial mixtures, like Prince Albert, Carter Hall, and others, are much more consistent from year to year, and available from many sources.  Individual, specially prepared and processed tobaccos, exotic Latakia, rare Periques, might not be available if the growers/processors go out of business, like e.g...McClelland.  Let's say you experimented and formulated a special mixture using McClelland's unique Virginia tobaccos...you're now out of luck!  MC is now out-of-business.

So, my best successes at hybrid-blending were based on using available mixtures as my main base component, and then I just tweaked these mixtures by adding small amounts of additional tobaccos.  Adding some cigar-leaf to many of the common, bulk blends that have been around for years can lead to a happy ending.  

The fun is in the trying and smoking the experiments.  Be bold!  Do it and then, smoke it.

Who could have predicted that 1 part: PS Luxury Bullseye Flake, and 1 part: Wilke's "High Hat" ....would ever lead to a great-smoking mixture?  I called it: "BENEDICTION"
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptySun Jun 28, 2020 9:37 pm

GeoffC wrote:
I do 5 blends now.  I don't try to match any particular blend.  Blends include


  • Virginia
  • Virginia/Perique
  • Virginia/Perique/Oriental
  • Virginia/Oriental
  • Virginia/Burley/


I agree on the essential fruitlessness of attempting match blends. Of the categories you list I have a special fondness for Virginia-Orientals. On the one hand I'm curious as to what you've come up with, on the other hand, I've already got my hands full trying some of the recipes that have already been posted here. But this brings up a point: would it be worthwhile to start another thread or sticky called "BoB's Best Home Blends" where we can post our favorite recipes to be accessed in one convenient place? I have a feeling that once this thread dies down some of these great ideas will be forever lost in the archival labyrinth. Any thoughts on that?

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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptySun Jun 28, 2020 9:44 pm

The virginia / oriental blend was easy and has been growing on me pretty hard. I have another press going of it. The test press use shredded whole leaf bright Virginia and stacked Basma in a noodle press. Love it, so now I'm trying a whole leaf press of roughly the same ratio of 2/3 brightleaf and 1/3 basma. I'll let you know how the whole leaf press comes out.
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptySun Jun 28, 2020 9:56 pm

BriarPipeNYC wrote:
Why?  Too expensive to waste specialized tobaccos. Results unpredictable, or disappointing.  I think.


In the past, I've tried making my own customized blends, but instead of starting with individual tobaccos (too expensive), I started with commercially available, bulk mixtures that were formulated and balanced by the professionals.  Why should I reinvent the wheel?  I let the professionals do all the hard work, and do all the sourcing of tobaccos.  I just customize their efforts to suit my own tastes.  Results, were surprisingly good.

Commercial mixtures, like Prince Albert, Carter Hall, and others, are much more consistent from year to year, and available from many sources.  Individual, specially prepared and processed tobaccos, exotic Latakia, rare Periques, might not be available if the growers/processors go out of business, like e.g...McClelland.  Let's say you experimented and formulated a special mixture using McClelland's unique Virginia tobaccos...you're now out of luck!  MC is now out-of-business.

So, my best successes at hybrid-blending were based on using available mixtures as my main base component, and then I just tweaked these mixtures by adding small amounts of additional tobaccos.  Adding some cigar-leaf to many of the common, bulk blends that have been around for years can lead to a happy ending.  

The fun is in the trying and smoking the experiments.  Be bold!  Do it and then, smoke it.

Who could have predicted that 1 part: PS Luxury Bullseye Flake, and 1 part: Wilke's "High Hat" ....would ever lead to a great-smoking mixture?  I called it: "BENEDICTION"

Yes, you bring up some valid points. There are many definitions of what constitutes home blending, from simple tweaks (or what you call customizing), to mixing bulk blending tobaccos in different proportions to suit one's own taste, to really obsessive tinkering like shredding or chopping unprocessed leaf and applying your own casing. Each will follow his own path depending on whether they find it fun or educational, or simply a way to salvage a commercial blend that just didn't hit the spot.

For me, trying all various unprocessed Turkish varietals like Basma, Izmir, Samsun, and Yenidje has been a real education that helps me understand exactly what these leafs contribute to a blend. That may be a bridge too far for many, but for me, I don't want to leave it to the professionals, because as I said at the start, nobody knows my palate better than I do. As for McClelland or other discontinued tobaccos, if they are sitting in a jar gathering dust I'm going to use them. When they are gone they are gone. But so is the bottle of 1990 Latour which I'm glad I got to try.

In terms of sharing ideas I'm glad RSteve posted his full-English recipe because it's the best I've tried in that category, possibly my "discovery" of the year! And now I have your "Benediction" to try. Looks good! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyMon Jun 29, 2020 11:11 am

Anyone have a blend that incorporates Daughters & Ryan Picayune? I like it more than fine by itself, but I have a hunch it could be a nice taste note in another blend.
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyMon Jun 29, 2020 9:18 pm

Zeno Marx wrote:
Anyone have a blend that incorporates Daughters & Ryan Picayune?  I like it more than fine by itself, but I have a hunch it could be a nice taste note in another blend.

Can't help you out on that since I've never had it, and frankly it looks a bit scary - but I would be most interested to see anybody's tweaks involving D&R blends.

A couple years back I bought five of their blends to try - Don Giovanni, London Dock, Ramback, Ryback, and Vengeur -  and didn't care for any of them. I was never a cigarette smoker so I never developed a nostalgia for that kind of RYO taste. Ryback was probably the worst tasting tobacco I've ever tried. Shocked

I did experiment with London Dock, trying to tone down the really sweet spiced rum topping. I came up with half London Dock, and a quarter each Lane cubed white Burley, and coarse chopped Basma leaf (uncased). I figured the raw, uncased Basma might counterbalance the sweetness of the London Dock. In small doses, in my smallest meer, it wasn't a bad summer smoke.

I guess the lesson I learned from my D&R experience is that sometimes a challenge can be an education, and sometimes it's just beating your head against the wall! Neutral  

Whenever we get our Trading Post back and going after this Covid business (if ever) my jarred supply of D&R will be looking for a new home!
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyTue Jun 30, 2020 2:31 pm

Just a further note on what BriarPipeNYC said. My first response was more of a reaction than a proper response to the main points he was making. I'm not beating myself up about it because we all do it: picking and choosing what we want to respond to, ignoring things that don't resonate with us.

But he is not the first in this thread to mention expense, and there are probably a lot of folks where this would also be a concern. I've allocated almost my entire hobby money in the last few years trying to catch up on years of fun stuff that I missed out on over the years. So, yeah, I complain about having to put limits on my TAD, but my threshold may be different than somebody else. Sometimes it not even a matter of money, because there are those who will buy hi-end artisan pipes who out of sense of propriety would recoil at the thought of tobacco going to waste if forays into home blending produce unpredictable or disappointing results.

His approach may serve as good advice for those just starting out: don't feel obligated to buy expensive specialty tobaccos for the purpose of making blends from scratch. Start with simply combining two blends that you already have on hand and enjoy, that you think might work together to create something new and different to enjoy. It doesn't have to be any more difficult than that (unlike my explanation!). Laughing


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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyTue Jun 30, 2020 2:48 pm

Brunello wrote:
Zeno Marx wrote:
Anyone have a blend that incorporates Daughters & Ryan Picayune?  I like it more than fine by itself, but I have a hunch it could be a nice taste note in another blend.

Can't help you out on that since I've never had it, and frankly it looks a bit scary - but I would be most interested to see anybody's tweaks involving D&R blends.

A couple years back I bought five of their blends to try - Don Giovanni, London Dock, Ramback, Ryback, and Vengeur -  and didn't care for any of them. I was never a cigarette smoker so I never developed a nostalgia for that kind of RYO taste. Ryback was probably the worst tasting tobacco I've ever tried. :shock:

I did experiment with London Dock, trying to tone down the really sweet spiced rum topping. I came up with half London Dock, and a quarter each Lane cubed white Burley, and coarse chopped Basma leaf (uncased). I figured the raw, uncased Basma might counterbalance the sweetness of the London Dock. In small doses, in my smallest meer, it wasn't a bad summer smoke.

I guess the lesson I learned from my D&R experience is that sometimes a challenge can be an education, and sometimes it's just beating your head against the wall! :|  

Whenever we get our Trading Post back and going after this Covid business (if ever) my jarred supply of D&R will be looking for a new home!
Picayune is unique in the D&R roster, or at least from the many I've tried. If you search the forum, I started a thread about it. Some use it to roll little cigars. Some roll it into cigarette form, but don't inhale it, which I guess is the same as a little cigar, but I don't know what people are using for wrapper leaf when they say they make little cigars with it. It's a very robust tobacco that has a very olde tyme feel to the experience. This isn't accurate, but when I see articles written on how they make perique and you see the barrels under pressure and getting squished juicy, I think of how Picayune tastes. For me, it tastes how that looks. It smokes wonderfully in a cob. It's not a spicey or sweet perique sensation. I don't want to try to sell it. I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it.
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptySun Jul 05, 2020 1:22 pm

Brunello wrote:
As for McClelland or other discontinued tobaccos, if they are sitting in a jar gathering dust I'm going to use them. When they are gone they are gone.
I wish that I had the intestinal fortitude to do that. About two years ago, I put together a blend, after much experimentation in small quantity, that resonates perfectly with my sense of an ideal Balkan blend. The Virginia component was exclusively McClelland. The blend is 55% Gawith Hoggarth Latakia. I am totally content with the fact that I can't find the blending notes, because without the McClelland Virginia, the blend would not be the same. I made up eight pounds and am, somewhat, rationing it to myself, hoping that I can make it last a few years.
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PostSubject: Maybe Another Blend   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptySun Jul 05, 2020 4:11 pm

I'm mentally putting together another blend, but debating whether to purchase the components:

Sutliff TS20 Louisiana Perique  2 oz.

Sutliff TS24 Blended Turkish   2 oz.

Sutliff 507-S Stoved Virginia  2 oz.

Sutliff 515 RC-1 Red Virginia  2 oz.

Peter Stokkebye PS 310 Black latakia 6 oz.

Sutliff B20 Black Cavendish 3 oz.


$42.00 experiment.

The Sutliff B20 is steamed Green River burley. One vendor says it's top dressed, another just steamed? I've never used it and am not an aromatic smoker, but at 17% of the blend, it may just be enough aromatic to calm the room note.


added 7/6/2020...More than $42.00 with shipping and multiple taxes Subtotal $41.91
Shipping $6.99
MN STATE TAX - MINNESOTA $3.37
MN COUNTY TAX - RAMSEY $0.23
MN CITY TAX - SAINT PAUL $0.23

But I pulled the trigger and will report when the blend is completed. I should add that I have a few ounces of Sutliff 515 RC-1 Red Virginia on hand, if needed to "finish" the blend.
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PostSubject: Peter Stokkebye Blending Tobaccos   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyMon Jul 06, 2020 4:30 pm

For whatever reasons, the majority of P.S. blending tobaccos, I've used previously, are, for the most part, no longer available at smokingpipes.com, 4noggins.com, pipesandcigars.com, or tobaccopipes.com. On the recent blend, I've moved, with some trepidation to primarily Sutliff. Trepidation, because I've rarely used Sutliff component tobaccos.
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyMon Jul 06, 2020 7:47 pm

I'm just catching up to this thread now. Interesting discussion. I've debated trying my hand at growing some tobacco plants and processing a home blend, but when it gets right down to it, I have enough baccy in my cellar to last longer than I will.... Very Happy
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ontariopiper wrote:
I'm just catching up to this thread now. Interesting discussion. I've debated trying my hand at growing some tobacco plants and processing a home blend, but when it gets right down to it, I have enough baccy in my cellar to last longer than I will.... Very Happy


Wait until you're my age and you know there's 100 tins of Dunhill hiding in the basement. LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyWed Jul 08, 2020 2:15 pm

I was bombed in September. Someone sent blending tobaccos: smyrna, yellow Virginia, and Perique. So, I'm ready to blend! I'm a big perique fan, so this will be fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyWed Jul 08, 2020 10:21 pm

Totally off topic.

I noticed some comments were written using a much larger font. How does one choose the size font? I find it difficult to see comments when they are posted in tiny print.

So how can I control the font size when I write comments, etc? Thanks.
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BriarPipeNYC wrote:
Totally off topic.

I noticed some comments were written using a much larger font.  How does one choose the size font?  I find it difficult to see comments when they are posted in tiny print.  

So how can I control the font size when I write comments, etc?  Thanks.

In the icon boxes above where you write, look for the capital A with an arrow pointing up and down. This is located in the bottom row, second box from the left. If you hover your cursor over it it will display font size. Click on it, choose your size, then write your post in between the boxes. FYI it won't appear larger when you write it.

Alternatively you can first write your post, then highlight it, and finally click on the font size icon and choose your size.

You can always preview your post before sending to double check.


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Brewdude wrote:
BriarPipeNYC wrote:
Totally off topic.

I noticed some comments were written using a much larger font.  How does one choose the size font?  I find it difficult to see comments when they are posted in tiny print.  

So how can I control the font size when I write comments, etc?  Thanks.

In the icon boxes above where you write, look for the capital A with an arrow pointing up and down. This is located in the bottom row, second box from the left. If you hover your cursor over it it will display font size. Click on it, choose your size, then write your post in between the boxes. FYI it won't appear larger when you write it.

Alternatively you can first write your post, then highlight it, and finally click on the font size icon and choose your size.

You can always preview your post before sending to double check.


HTH


Cheers,

RR

This will work to make your own comments larger but everybody else's will still appear small and difficult to read. I don't know about this on a phone but on a computer all you have to do is hit Control "Ctrl" and the plus sign "+" and it will make everything larger. Just keep clicking until you get a size you like. On my computer I can go as large as 250% without cutting off any material. It works the other way too: Control and minus sign. This works on any website or PDF document. study

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PostSubject: Re: Why isn't home blending more popular?   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptyThu Jul 09, 2020 11:03 am

thedeep wrote:
I was bombed in September. Someone sent blending tobaccos: smyrna, yellow Virginia, and Perique. So, I'm ready to blend! I'm a big perique fan, so this will be fun.

Let us know what you come up with. If I were just starting to tinker with these components, knowing that you are a big fan of Perique I'd start with
4 parts (66%) yellow Virginia
1 part (16%) Turksih
1 part (16%) Perique.

I enjoy a blend by C&D called Orion's Arrow that uses similar components: 2/4 Virginia, 1/4 Turkish, and 1/4 Perique (that's 25%) and I love it. But for most tastes 25% or even 16% will be a bit high in Perique. Just do it small batches to trial instead of committing your whole supply.

These components should work well together but if you find they have differing moisture content one trick that I learned from Glynn Quelch to speed up the melding of flavors is to put your trial batch in a baggie, squeeze out the air, and put it your pocket for a day as you do all your normal activities. The body heat will help everything marry nicely.

Have fun! sunny
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RSteve wrote:
For whatever reasons, the majority of P.S. blending tobaccos, I've used previously, are, for the most part, no longer available at smokingpipes.com, 4noggins.com, pipesandcigars.com, or tobaccopipes.com. On the recent blend, I've moved, with some trepidation to primarily Sutliff. Trepidation, because I've rarely used Sutliff component tobaccos.

Cup O' Joes is also out of some selections ... hopefully the importer/distributor will have a new shipment soon.

I know all of these components except the Sutliff B20. I've had good use for some of the Sutliff Virginias like the large cut 575 (I call them "Corn Flakes"), 515 Matured, 507 Stoved, and 707 ready rubbed. Their TS-3 natural brown Cavendish is also very versatile.

I'm not dedicated to one blending supplier as I prefer C&D for Burley, Perique and dark-fired. I do like PS 310 BC because it melds more unobtrusively to any blend than Lane BCA, and whatever you do avoid Lane MV-1000 Golden Virginia as it burns hotter than a firecracker!

Anyhow, let us know how it all comes together! Smile
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PostSubject: Early thoughts on the blend   Why isn't home blending more popular? - Page 2 EmptySat Jul 11, 2020 10:32 pm

Quote :
Sutliff TS20 Louisiana Perique  2 oz.

Sutliff TS24 Blended Turkish   2 oz.

Sutliff 507-S Stoved Virginia  2 oz.

Sutliff 515 RC-1 Red Virginia  2 oz.

Peter Stokkebye PS 310 Black latakia 6 oz.

Sutliff B20 Black Cavendish 3 oz.
I've only smoked two bowls and that was very soon after delivery and mixing. I like it as it is, but I am very acclimated to English blends with 50+% latakia. This blend currently has 6/17=35.3% latakia. I've ordered 4 oz. additional latakia. When I add that to the current mixture, latakia will total 10 of 21 oz., about 48%.
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RSteve wrote:
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Sutliff TS20 Louisiana Perique  2 oz.

Sutliff TS24 Blended Turkish   2 oz.

Sutliff 507-S Stoved Virginia  2 oz.

Sutliff 515 RC-1 Red Virginia  2 oz.

Peter Stokkebye PS 310 Black latakia 6 oz.

Sutliff B20 Black Cavendish 3 oz.
I've only smoked two bowls and that was very soon after delivery and mixing. I like it as it is, but I am very acclimated to English blends with 50+% latakia. This blend currently has 6/17=35.3% latakia. I've ordered 4 oz. additional latakia. When I add that to the current mixture, latakia will total 10 of 21 oz., about 48%.

Well, the Old Lion still roars! Happy Birthday!

I'm on a temporary hiatus from smoking but looking forward to continued explorations of your blending suggestions.

I keep one jar of your original posting "Lion's Mantle" and another I call "Excalibur" where I bumped up the Latakia to 56.25% and replaced one portion of the 515 with the stoved 507 as follows:

9/16 Lat
2/16 Sutliff 515
1/16 Sutliff 507
1/16 Perique
1/16 dark fired
1/16 Turkish (C&D Izmir)
1/16 Oriental (Bulgarian Basma)

It's not as potent as it sounds. Good stuff! Laughing

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