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misterlowercase
01-06-2017, 00:30
This is one of my favorite tobacco viddies, I'm ashamed to admit how many times I've watched it LOL

The soundtrack is lovely too, a nice mellow surfy instrumental, there's been so many times where a perfectly good viddy is ruined by a godawful soundtrack, the most annoying is when they put crappy techno music over rallycar footage because I want to hear that glorious motor noise!

Irish Cake seemed to be only available in Australia/Oceania,
maybe Shaun knows something?
That'd be cool.

It's been off the market for a while though, JTI decided to discontinue it, although Irish Cake tobacco is a traditional thing amongst many islanders and about more which will be posted below.

The glorious video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw6drO87nHk

misterlowercase
01-06-2017, 00:31
These blogposts about gallaher's Irish Cake are excellent too:

http://hobopipes.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-last-ever-irish-cake.html

http://hobopipes.blogspot.com/2013/03/tonights-main-smoke_19.html


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cJYUe85revg/US9KFINekNI/AAAAAAAAAWA/nCnmVbddqFc/s1600/2013-02-28+22.04.52.jpg

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There's even a very old looking example held at a museum!
https://victoriancollections.net.au/items/521602f719403a17c4b9fba1

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misterlowercase
01-06-2017, 00:31
The people of the Kiribati islands use Irish Cake tobacco as a gift to the island spirits;
they make it themselves nowadays, but I reckon at some point it was Gallaher's Irish Cake,
perhaps brought over by Irish missionaries?

"...they are rock statues dedicated to these female ghosts, the caretakers and protectors of the island and it's people. Kristy, Junior (Belrina's son) & I were the three that needed to pay homage as Meei and Balrina had already done so years ago.

You 'pay' your respects by leaving a stick of Irish Cake Tobacco...luckily we took loads as this is the currency of these islands!!!"

http://williamsinkiribati.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-girls-weekend.html

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see also:

"What is a trip to an Outer Island Likely to Have In Store for You:

Tour the island on the back of the truck visiting the local shrines, leaving Irish Cake (tobacco) as your gift to the island spirits"

http://www.kiribatitourism.gov.ki/thingstodo/visitingouterislands

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/upload.screenshot.co/d23bd32ade

Hawky454
01-06-2017, 02:13
Man how I wish some of these old tobacco's were still available, I'm sure they were excellent.

Piffyr
01-06-2017, 05:54
Thanks for the info, Troy, but... DAMMIT! :shout: These tobacco posts of yours make me hungry for things that are long gone.

coalsmoke
01-06-2017, 15:46
I really like the stamping on the tobacco! It gives it an "industrial" look.

BillyPM
01-06-2017, 16:51
... sigh...

Shaunc
01-06-2017, 18:25
I used to keep a bit about the place for a now and again smoke but alas it's gone the way of many other great tobaccos and has left the market.

misterlowercase
01-07-2017, 10:54
I used to keep a bit about the place for a now and again smoke but alas it's gone the way of many other great tobaccos and has left the market.

Shaun,
that is friggin' killer!

Was it at one time fairly easy to find there?

Did they sell pipe baccy such as Gallaher's Irish Cake at grocery stores or cornershops, or did you have to go to a specialist tobacconist?

The stuff must have had good sales because it seems like your part of the world was the only place it was available,
unless it was still available on the Irish home market, and that I don't know because info is hard to find on the topic of Irish pipe tobacco in general.

I'd love to hear anything else you may have to say about it as I am fascinated by such stuff!

misterlowercase
01-07-2017, 11:40
I really like the stamping on the tobacco! It gives it an "industrial" look.

Yeah,
sadly that's a thing of the past too.

I love the look as well.

In the early days in America with plug tobacco there was quite a bit of counterfeit stuff being passed off because it was all sold loose and basically unbranded, then they started using "tin tags" to identify themselves --- a look on the bay for "tobacco tin tags" will find you an incredibly vast assortment of many different old brands...

...then that got too expensive to continue of course as it always seems to be and they started using the simpler method of impressing the baccy itself with their brand name.

A look on the bay also finds quite a many old "press impression plates" that they used to use,
most common are Days Work and Brown's Mule.

Here's an example linked for clicking as it is a larger image:
http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/vuwAAOSwrklVMVyy/s-l1600.jpg

Off tangent I'll go ahead and mention the rather grotesque case of a decomposed human toe being found in a plug of Brown's Mule when some guy was chewing it,
yuck!

It is considered a seminal case of products liability in American law and reading it is both hilarious and sickening:

https://books.google.com/books?id=I0sLAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA366&lpg=PA366&dq=fingernail.chewing+tobacco+products+liability&source=bl&ots=0-EgqThvxt&sig=Z6XDyHBIn0XaKlka2IoOlT4qzsI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiL8K7KoPnOAhWLrB4KHX0eBmAQ6AEIJDAA#v=on epage&q=fingernail.chewing%20tobacco%20products%20liabil ity&f=false


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http://i.imgur.com/Yl9ppCS.jpg

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http://i.imgur.com/U7vk8VA.png

Shaunc
01-07-2017, 22:30
Shaun,
that is friggin' killer!

Was it at one time fairly easy to find there?

Did they sell pipe baccy such as Gallaher's Irish Cake at grocery stores or cornershops, or did you have to go to a specialist tobacconist?

The stuff must have had good sales because it seems like your part of the world was the only place it was available,
unless it was still available on the Irish home market, and that I don't know because info is hard to find on the topic of Irish pipe tobacco in general.

I'd love to hear anything else you may have to say about it as I am fascinated by such stuff!

I had to get it from a tobacconist, but it wasn't too hard to find. It's a very strong tobacco and the block was extremely hard. You had to be Hercules to cut it with a knife.
I don't know if I'm right or not but I have a feeling that it was the same tobacco or similar to war horse, just stamped differently.

misterlowercase
01-07-2017, 23:48
I had to get it from a tobacconist, but it wasn't too hard to find. It's a very strong tobacco and the block was extremely hard. You had to be Hercules to cut it with a knife.
I don't know if I'm right or not but I have a feeling that it was the same tobacco or similar to war horse, just stamped differently.

Many thanks Shaun!

Good stuff.

Simon G
01-10-2017, 21:45
Hello there MLC, great to see you posting your good stuff again. Heard you was on here so joined up, to drool over the wonderful stuff you find. As soon as I find this site, there's a marvellous video of yet another gallahers gem. The commentator left a lot to be desired I thought. My old gran could of done a better job. And she's been dead 20 years, God bless her. Oh well, that's the Aussies for you. Best regards, Simon.