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Post by addamsruspipe on Aug 3, 2020 14:39:40 GMT -5
So I have only tried a few of GL Pease's offerings and they have been ok. I have heard good things about Jack Knife Plug and it has gotten good reviews. So figured I would give it a try especially when I found a two year old tin at the local B&M. So opened it up, very nice aroma on opening. Then pulled out the block and I'm like what is this. So tried rubbing some out, then cutting some and rubbing some out. This is what I am getting out of every attempt. So tried smoking it and no flavor at all. So assuming I just got the one bad tin out of their production, but am not impressed.
The JKP that I got back in 2014 had more "body" and after cutting a slice off and rubbing it out...rubbed out like a crumble kake, but I found it had no real flavor that I could discern...still have the rest of the block sitting in a jar for the future...maybe it will be better with more age on it.
I guess I'm in the minority, but I like it. I cut thin flakes, then stuff them in with lots of space and smoke. I generally prefer strong flavored tobaccos, so I thought I'd try this as representing a strong tobacco where the tobacco itself is responsible for most of the flavor. It didn't disappoint me at all.
But on the other hand, perhaps I smoked it in a perfect physical and emotional situation, as I've only smoked it twice. I'll give it another try considering the comments in this thread, and report back.
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If you read through the reviews at tobacco reviews, a common theme is that with age this blend gets better. 3- 5 years is commonly mentioned.
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Last night I cut off a couple of thin flakes, stuffed and smoked a bowl - very enjoyable. In my experience different plugs have to be handled differently in order to smoke well. For instance, I also smoked a bowl of Plum Pudding Special Reserve last night - for that one I can just hold the plug in my hand, slice off enough bits to fill a bowl, and it's good to go. For a dense plug like PPP I have to hold it very carefully and use a very sharp knife to get perfect thin flakes.
I think Jackknife has to be very carefully cut because it's very loosely packed into the plug;otherwise, pieces of leaf tend to just fall off and give the result shown in the first photo, and that result isn't going to rub out well. If that happened I would cut up the results smaller before smoking.
Of course, those are just my opinions and could differ drastically from that of others. But it's certainly fun to think about all these wonderful plugs (the three mentioned are currently my favorites).