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    Father Dempsey

    This is a real sleeper of an "English-type" tobacco that's rarely mentioned on pipe smoking forums and I bought it based on good reviews. While returning to my Latakia roots, I'm smoking some old favorites and also giving some new blends a try as well. My taste in this genre leans towards blends like MM965 and PS Proper English, but have smoked and liked others that I need to revisit in order to redefine my taste. That brings us to Father Dempsey. It's made by Kramer's Pipe and Tobacco Shop that was quite a fixture in Beverly Hills, California. Although the B&M has been closed, the various blends are still being produced. Here's a link to their website and the reviews from TR:

    https://www.kramerstobaccoshop.com

    http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/...father-dempsey

    My 100g bag from SP arrived moist, but ready to smoke. The cut is a chopped ribbon of dark brown tobacco and with a tin note of noticeable Latakia; the blend is made up of Latakia, Oriental/Turkish and Virginia. Upon first light, I found the flavor and aroma to be more on the Oriental side with the Latakia being the foundation. The VA helps to add smoothness to the blend as it burns down the bowl. Father Dempsey is a cool smoke with no harsh spots if smoked slowly and that is the key to understanding it. If rushed, I'm sure that it will bite, but when sipped the up-front flavor of the Orientals fades enough to allow the different tobaccos to be tasted and enjoyed. This isn't a lat bomb, nor are the VAs aged enough to add a deeper dimension, and has somewhat common dry flavor of Latakia. I found that it burns with no wetness, although a bit quickly, and a larger bowled pipe is recommended. This is one that I like and is a nice journey in English tobacco via the Orientals. I rate it three out of four stars on my Lat-blend scale, one star lower because of the more dominant role of the Orientals/Turkish. A very different but tasty, good smoke all the same!
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    Sounds a good one Russ, thanks for the review! Very professional.
    How come we never hear of peases 'Westminster'? I had a tin of that a few years ago, I thought it was great & knocks 'white knight' for six!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon G View Post
    Sounds a good one Russ, thanks for the review! Very professional.
    How come we never hear of peases 'Westminster'? I had a tin of that a few years ago, I thought it was great & knocks 'white knight' for six!
    Thank you, Simon. I'm almost sure that I've smoked Westminster once before. I may have to place it on "The List".
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    Aye Russ, I found the Fr Dempsey blend several years ago whilst lookin fer something new to try. I called Kramerís and spoke to the Marsha about the Blend. At that time you had to call in an order as their website was not set up for ordering. She tried to talk me out o gettin the blend, saying it was very strong fer those not used to the large amount o Latakia in it. But, I did place the order and eagerly awaited itís arrival. Then came the day! Woohoo! I Love It!! Aye, but, the wench do nae, so I gets banished to the bilges to njoy me new baccy. When I ran out o the blend I called to place an other order and heard they were closing down operations I had to to thank them. I will be buying the SP version soon...


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    My daughter got me a tin of this for my birthday. It has a distinctive Oriaental signature I like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fr_Tom View Post
    My daughter got me a tin of this for my birthday. It has a distinctive Oriaental signature I like.
    I like it too, Father Tom, and at first I found it very different and surprising. The Orientals, being up-front as they are, is something new to me and is on the edge of my "Oriental/Turkish" spectrum. I do, however, prefer a Lat-blend that's more towards the middle of the road. I don't regret buying it at all and have found it to be a good smoke for relaxing and reading.
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    Great review, Russ. FD sure sounds like a good one, especially for those of us who are into the Oriental complexity that makes some English style blends so compelling.

    I smoked a few tins of Westminster in my Latakia phase and found it to be a sunny pleasant version of a style that can get pretty dark and brooding if it's not careful. A blend that should get more mention if you ask me.
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    Thank you, Billy.
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