Hi everyone, I have been told and I also read here and there that a pipe should be smoked always with the same tobacco in order to not alter the taste. Do you follow this kind of rule? I feel it quite limiting no? For example, I have three pipes, this means I can smoke only three different tobaccos?
Post by Legend Lover on Oct 28, 2020 7:13:19 GMT -5
If you're smoking a lakeland blend (like Ennerdale or something like that), there is a danger that the lakeland scent can ghost the pipe and you'll get a bit of that no matter what is smoked after. If you're smoking a corn cob pipe this ins't so much the case.
You might get the odd flavour of a previous tobacco in a briar pipe, but I reckon, unless you've the taste buds of Jim Amash (Jiminks), then you'll be hard pushed to detect any change in taste.
Load them up with whatever you have and enjoy them. Even if you do get some of the previous taste, it might make the next tobacco even more interesting.
I think that's a story that pushed by pipe carvers and pipe retailers - much like the one about wedding rings have to cost the equivalent of two months salary or you don't love her. There is also the myth that you should only smoke a single bowl in a pipe per day and then let the pipe rest for 24 hours. The truth is that you only need to let the pipe cool down and dry out for an hour or so before smoking it again. My grandfather would smoke the same pipe all day and that meant eight to ten bowls a day for him.
Paddy is right about the danger of some blends ghosting a pipe. I've had that happen but it wasn't an aromatic but a blend that was heavy in latakia.
I have very few pipes myself. one pipe is designated. All the rest are open game. I don't build cake and I clean my pipe in general after each smoke. As a result I have never experienced ghosting. If every tobacco had one pipe designated I would have no room and no money for more tobacco's. My suggestion is seven 4 cobs, 2 briar, and one meerschaum. Keep it simple right!
LL is right about the Lakelands. One other blend to watch out for is M79. That stuff will ghost your house! I smoke all kinds of tobacco in all my pipes. Some taste better in some pipes than others. I have one pipe that I dedicated to Frog Morton Cellar, but that is a self limited exception. I have never had a ghost problem in my pipes with the blends I smoke. I have bought a couple of ghosted estates.
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The short answer is no. The longer answer is, it depends. As others have said, some tobaccos are known for ghosting pipes, most don't. I tend to smoke certain types of tobaccos in certain pipes. I have several pipes that "like" Virginia's and Virginia blends, VaPers, VaBurs, VaOrs, etc. I have other pipes that like Burly blends. I tend to smoke aros in my cobs. But, most of my pipes are fair game for any tobacco as the mood strikes. Some of all this has to do with bowl shape and size and the type/cut of the tobacco. Some of it is just how the situation strikes me when I'm staring at the pipe cabinet with a blend in mind.
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I've started doing something like you described. I'm smoking aromatics and most of the time I couldn't taste the flavor much at all. Other times I'd have a good flavorful smoke of a favorite tobacco and other times I wouldn't - in a different pipe. I was smoking different pipes with different tobaccos and sometimes the flavor was there and sometimes it wasn't. These were manly used pipes except for a couple I bought new.
I noticed that when I smoked a new pipe for the first time the flavor was great. I also found that cobs did a better job flavor-wise too.
So I got a new pipe and now only smoke my favorite tobacco in it and it's always good and flavorful.
So I've started doing that with other tobaccos. I have a new pipe dedicated to Molto Dolce and Sweet Kilarney. Another for Sutliff Vanilla Cream and Sutliff Creme Brulee. Another for different chocolate blends.
So, I'm not dedicating a single pipe for every tobacco. I'm usually dedicating a pipe to a group of similar flavored tobaccos. (This doesn't always work. An all black cavendish vanilla blend fouled up my "vanilla" pipe - until I gave it a thorough cleaning.) But I am dedicating a single pipe to each of 3 or 4 favorite tobaccos.
Last Edit: Oct 28, 2020 15:46:56 GMT -5 by Gandalf
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