Hey there. This is my first post on Briarpatch. If I do this wrong, forgive my presumption please.
I desire to take up pipe and tobacco once again. Was an avid pipe smoker in an earlier life. Tended towards the milder cavendish blends. Alsbo Black was my favorite, but I ventured out to the Orientals and Turkish content ones occasionally. The relaxing nature of the pipe, with delicious taste, were the most satisfying aspects of it all. I look forward to resuming my smoking.
The problem I'm having: beginning about 15 years ago, I realized I had lost practically all of my sense of smell. The cause of the loss: use of nasal swabs containing zinc gluconate to control the onset of the common cold. I must say, the swabs helped control colds. They really did. But they destroyed my smell sense. As a result, I can no longer appreciate the delicacy of flavors and bouquets found in pipe smoke, cigars, bourbons...you name it. I still taste the basics of sweet, bitter, sour and salt. But I can't parse bouquets of (for example) oak, vanilla, coffee, leather, clove, etc. that one may encounter in a good blend of pipe tobacco.
I'm asking the forum whether any of you have heard of such a problem and what, if any, recommendations you might make for a good tobacco blend I might choose. Perhaps it might be something you regular "smellers" would consider over-the-top in flavor, that I might find enjoyable. Any advice is most welcome! Thanks in advance.
First, Welcome to the Patch! Sense of smell is shot...I guess smoking some of the heavier blends might give you some taste...maybe something like Bengal Slices or Plum Pudding Special Reserve...Penzance if you can find it. In my limited knowledge I would say you are not gonna get anything from smoking Va's and light tasting blends...just my suggestion.
Post by Cramptholomew on Jun 12, 2019 21:59:18 GMT -5
My dad has almost no sense of smell anymore. He enjoys HEAVY aromatics, because they're the only ones he can taste/smell. His favorite is Sutliff Molto Dolce, followed by Sutliff Aromatic English. He also likes Sutliff Creme Brulee, which is 95% the same as Molto Dolce, just a tad less topped. It's topped with the same flavor, and it's available in bulk, much cheaper than the Molto Dolce. C&D Autumn Evening is also a good in-your-face aromatic.
If you want something NOT sweet, Plum Pudding Special Reserve is bold. Any of the Gawith and Hogarth Lakeland blends might trip your trigger: Ennerdale, Dark Flake Scented, anything scented, really. They're more floral, and may not be your cup of tea.
Many thanks, Jason. About the time I perceived my sense of smell leaving me, I read somewhere that such a phenomenon was an early sign of developing Alzheimers. (!!) Well, like I said above, it has been 15 years and I still seem to have most of my brain function. My wife might argue that point, though. Heheh.
Welcome from the Mile High City, Skip! Glad to have you with us.
In regard to tobacco recommendations, you may like Rattray's Black Mallory. It is a full English with a lot of flavor. Another I recommend is Gawith Hoggarth's Dark Bird's Eye. It is a Virgina/Kentucky burley blend with a lot of flaver. It is med to strong in the N department though, so if that's a problem, best stay clear. Hope you find some blends that work for you.
Last Edit: Jun 12, 2019 23:11:33 GMT -5 by Walkman
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Post by unknownpipesmoker on Jun 14, 2019 8:05:24 GMT -5
Latakia man. Develop a taste for it. Latakia is where the flavour is. Lat and like really good VaPers.
Maybe you should consider a tin of Presbyterian and a few ounces of Luxury Bullseye Flake to see if that does anything for your taste buds?
I can't smell ANYTHING EVER either. I go for flavour town.
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Welcome. I'd recommend English Oriental Supreme for it's mouth feel & lots of smoke with every puff. Very smooth. Mild to medium. Mild nic. (Not sure why it's called Oriental when the latakia is more noticeable)