Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

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Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

Post by DepartedLight » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:08 pm

TR.com wrote: A firmly-pressed crumble cake blend of Bright and Red Virginias, it comes as a solid cake which can be broken or sliced and rubbed-out, and the flavor changes depending upon how you prepare it. Knowledgeable Virginia fans often compare it to Hamborger Veermaster as a smooth, but tasty Virginia blend.
I was gifted 2 oz of this from CPS' own very generous soul, das. I would had never purchased this for myself.

Blend presents in a very compact blocks of small chips of light to dark tan VA leaf. Scent is a very light form of the mown hay VA variety. The Kake breaks up and rubs out fairly easily. The amount I received was very dry and needed some slight rehydration after about a week. It was better after rehydration, not that it was bad dry.

This blend is good and fun. The taste is all natural solid VA, no additives, no toppings, just solid VAs. I have not tried Veermaster, but I find the TR description spot on. I rubbed it out so that it resembled small corn flakes and I had some more chunky. It is a blend that has just a bit of sour VA and you can gauge the smoke to just be on the edge of bite and then ease up a hair. It's like red lining an engine that screams to be treated like that. It really responds well to it. Narrow tall chambers is the way to best enjoy this blend. I enjoyed it in several VA dedicated pipes and it did the very best in Meerschaum and in my cob. It does well in an apple and cutty's too; but in poker shapes, that's the money smoke.

I do think this is a blend for a slightly more advanced piper. And if you have not tried VAs, this is probably not the one you want to cut your teeth on. It does burn a little hot, as in the bowl heats up. But when you're playing the red-line game what do you expect?

My only complaint is that it does burn fast, red-lining notwithstanding. I am looking forward to keeping a brick or two in jar on hand. Thanks, Mr. Hilton! Ya know, it really is too bad that you suck.

This gets a very well deserved DL Rating of 4.25 out of 5 stars.
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Post by gravel » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:26 pm

Hey DL, how does this compare to your perenial bunker blend, PA? I imagine that is your 5 star blend.

I have some PA I can offer you in a trade. I hear you really like that stuff. PM sent brother!

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Post by dasmokeryaget » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:12 pm

gravel wrote:Hey DL, how does this compare to your perenial bunker blend, PA? I imagine that is your 5 star blend.

I have some PA I can offer you in a trade. I hear you really like that stuff. PM sent brother!

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Post by DepartedLight » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:14 am

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Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:53 pm

I may pick up some of this marble cake with my next order.
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Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:22 pm

JohnnyMcPiperson wrote:I may pick up some of this marble cake with my next order.
And so I did, smoking the new Pease blend right now, I'll try the Marble Kake tomorrow!
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Re: Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

Post by DepartedLight » Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:01 pm

I was searching on "Marble" to see if any HH Marble Kake threads were around. Search brought this up.

I smiled. I shared.

You?

Well, you get to shut it.
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Re: Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

Post by DepartedLight » Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:45 pm

This is quite nice. Light, mild, slow burning. I like it.

I'd smoke this with Del, no problem.
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Re: Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

Post by A_Morley » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:12 pm

This is one that I've been meaning to smoke. It sounds like just the Virginia for me. I'm only going to be smoking Burley blends of matured Virginias for the foreseeable future. I just don't seem to like Latakia or Orientals anymore.
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Re: Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

Post by DepartedLight » Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:38 pm

A_Morley wrote:This is one that I've been meaning to smoke. It sounds like just the Virginia for me. I'm only going to be smoking Burley blends of matured Virginias for the foreseeable future. I just don't seem to like Latakia or Orientals anymore.
I was just telling a mate earlier today that I'd hadn't had an English in quite a while.

I'm glad I stumbled upon this one again. If I wasn't 3 bourbons in, I'd do a price compare to Carter Hall and report. However, no.
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Re: Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

Post by DepartedLight » Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:56 pm

Ordered this in 4 ounces bulk. They sent me a large chunk of brick pressed baccy. I like it that way.

Please make a note of this. Not saying it will be on the quiz. But, you never know.
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Re: Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

Post by Gabriel » Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:23 am

I tried my first ever bowl of this stuff last night. The Tobacco Fairy sent me a fantastic miniature bail top jar packed full of the stuff. Opening the jar got me a wiff of "musty" VA smell. I mean that in the best possible way, of course. It somewhat reminded me of SG Best Brown, which I enjoyed greatly.

I broke up the larger "flakes" and chunks and packed it into my somewhat narrow bowled meer. First bowl was very enjoyable and I didn't get any complaints from Mrs. Gabriel like I did with Best Brown. Slow sipping is rewarded. Will continue to explore a few different pipes with this, but so far so good. Thanks, TF!
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Re: Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

Post by DepartedLight » Thu May 04, 2017 3:27 pm

The Teipen Prince is now my go to pipe for this blend.
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Re: Russ Ouellette's Marble Kake

Post by A_Morley » Fri May 05, 2017 12:18 am

I'm truly torn between either this or simply ordering more Classic Burley Kake.
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