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Last Tin Opened

Post by fisherofpipes » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:29 pm

We have three threads on what we are smoking, four really with the new "smoking now" thread. We have a thread on last tobacco purchased.

There is nothing quite like opening a fresh (or aged!) tin, and being greeted with that aroma, appreciating the presentation (or not); I try to work through my jarred tobaccos, and opening a tin is usually a special occasion. It's either a new blend I want to try, or an older blend I have in my collection but have never tried.

What made you open your last tin? What were your initial impressions? Was the tin new or aged? Did you smoke it fast, or preserve most of it in a jar to return to occasionally?

My last opened was Aylesbury Sir John's Flake Virginia. I wanted to see that one long curled flake (that was a cool presentation!) and also to try a new Virginia. I have enjoyed it, find that it is good by itself and for blending, have about half of it in a jar now, but will still probably get through it fairly fast.

Is opening a tin as mundane as lighting your pipe, or is it akin to a religious experience? Somewhere in between?

Somewhere in between for me, but there is still something to breaking that seal that goes beyond the pipe smoking experience in itself. I would be interested in the way others think of popping a new one.
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Post by N8 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:46 pm

Last opened for me was an 8oz. tin of Two Friends English Chocolate. New tin, jarred immediately. DepartedLight had been smoking it on many of our recent G+ hangouts, so I thought I'd pop my tin as well. It is a new blend to me and I'm enjoying it, and opening tins is always an awesome experience!

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Re: Last Tin Opened

Post by FredS » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:53 pm

fisherofpipes wrote:. . .Is opening a tin as mundane as lighting your pipe, or is it akin to a religious experience? Somewhere in between?. . .
Somewhere between. Opening a tin of new-to-me tobacco does tend to be an exciting time, especially if I've built up anticipation through reading reviews. A new tin almost always sets for a few weeks or months or even a year before I decide which pipe I'm going to smoke it in and when is the right time to open it. Sometimes I wait 'till I'm with a pipe smoking buddy. Sometimes I wait 'till I finish a big project. Every once in a while, I'll just decide I need a special treat after an especially tough day.
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Post by parson » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:57 pm

Popped open a tin of Haddo's Delight from April 2010 last week. Not the oldest in the cellar, but it was handy and I hadn't smoked HD since the Fall.

I absolutely love the tin aroma of HD and it just gets richer with age. Two bowls so far and it's been delightful. I sometimes wonder why i bother to buy or smoke anything else.

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Post by parson » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:57 pm

Popped open a tin of Haddo's Delight from April 2010 last week. Not the oldest in the cellar, but it was handy and I hadn't smoked HD since the Fall.

I absolutely love the tin aroma of HD and it just gets richer with age. Two bowls so far and it's been delightful. I sometimes wonder why i bother to buy or smoke anything else.

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Post by SlowToke » Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:40 pm

Popped open a 50g tin of McCranie's Red Ribbon and jarred it. I've been trying to smoke through some of my jars before opening another but nothing in my current rotation sounded good. I usually immediately jar opened tins with the exception of really moist blends which I leave in the tin until they dry a bit. If there's a considerable amount left by the time it dries I'll go ahead and transfer it to a jar. I do enjoy opening new tins of blends I've not tried before or haven't had in a while. I've gotten a lot better at not having a gazillion tins open all at the same time. I have a quite a few tobaccos in my cellar that I've yet to try but there aren't any that I'm dying to open. I think I'm settling into a handful of blends that I really enjoy and keep in rotation.
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Post by JimVH » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:22 pm

McClellands Wilderness

Not old, but darned good.

It has only taken half the tin to earn its way to the top of my English favorites list.
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Post by sweetandsour » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:42 pm

JimVH wrote:McClellands Wilderness

Not old, but darned good.

It has only taken half the tin to earn its way to the top of my English favorites list.
Wilderness is good, but I like Deep Hollow better.

But the last tin I opened was Tudor Castle, and down to about 1 bowl left now. In fact, I smoked a bowl of it on the way home from work, and the spiciness of the perique seemed to be much more noticeable this evening.
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Post by Steverino » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:47 pm

I hadn't really thought about it until now, but I guess there is a certain anticipation to the experience of opening a new tin. Any new tins I buy are typically opened within a day or three unless they were bought for cellaring. I have been fortunate recently to pick up a few vintage tins for reasonable prices, so the last tin I opened was a tin of 1792 from 2000 and before that, a tin of Durbar from 2004. The anticipation was justified.
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Post by Rusty » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:03 pm

Last tin? An '02 McClelland Dominican Glory. I think I opened it over Xmas. It's empty now. But the first thing I did was empty the tin onto a few sheets of paper and then shake Perique all over it. One of these days I'm going to have to measure the amount of Perique! I add enough so that the blend turns to something more spicy-fruity. I sometimes have to add more. So far I've never added too much.
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Post by jruegg » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:05 pm

Do jars count? If so I just popped a jar of Squadron Leader a couple days ago that was nearly a year old.


If this is only tins, then the last tin I popped was a Treasures of Ireland Shannon tin over Christmas with my dad in Florida.
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Post by fisherofpipes » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:34 pm

jruegg wrote:Do jars count? If so I just popped a jar of Squadron Leader a couple days ago that was nearly a year old.


If this is only tins, then the last tin I popped was a Treasures of Ireland Shannon tin over Christmas with my dad in Florida.
Yes, I suppose jars count when they've been sealed for a while. I once opened up a jar of PSLNF after more than a year, and the top almost blew off in my hand! It tasted very much different than when I put it in the jar as well.
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Post by Hovannes » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:15 am

The last tin was Former's Cross Grain Flake, originally opened to celebrate JRR Tokien's birthday a couple of years ago The tobacco's long gone but I still have the tin. The closest I've come to a tin in recent times is a Luxury Pouch of PA, "unrolled" for breaking in last years Peterson 303.

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Post by DepartedLight » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:27 am

Two Friends English Chocolate
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Post by Hovannes » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:19 pm

DepartedLight wrote:Two Friends English Chocolate
How'd you like it, DL?

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Post by TwoXseveN » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:04 pm

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Post by fisherofpipes » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:07 pm

TwoXseveN wrote:GLP Triple Play.
That will be opened when I finish my Jackknife, but it is taking me a while to get through it. I like it, but too strong and elemental for an everyday smoke.
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Post by Gabriel » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:08 pm

I'm nearly embarrassed to say that still get all kinds of excited about opening a tin.

I believe my last one was McClelland's Holiday Spirit.
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Post by gravel » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:00 pm

Gabriel wrote:I'm nearly embarrassed to say that still get all kinds of excited about opening a tin.

I believe my last one was McClelland's Holiday Spirit.
I get excited about opening tins. My last was McCranies Red Ribbon. Goodness.

At this point I have a heap of jars I rather work through before opening another.

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Post by fisherofpipes » Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:27 pm

I freed up a couple jars tonight sending samples, and am seriously considering (yes, pretty much a sure thing) cracking this Hermit Tobacco Antique Pressed Syrian Cake with the written date 4-2-04! Would be nice to try a blend I know for sure contains Syrian Latakia!

Hmmmm-checking TR, looks like Donkeymule has tried it!
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