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Thread: A Guide to American OTCs Based Solely On My Personal Opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by ludwig View Post
    My apology for the ignorance.. what do you mean with the term OTC (over the counter).. ?
    No apologies necessary, ludwig. It simply means that the tobacco is available from retail stores, like drugstores, grocery stores, etc., instead of requiring a trip to the tobacconist or an online order. The phrase originates from medicines that are available from the pharmacy. If the medicine requires a physician's prescription, it is said to be "behind the counter" (meaning the pharmacist's counter). Whereas, if you can get it without a prescription, it's "over the counter". The drugstores here used to carry a lot of tobacco products (some still do). So, I suppose that's how the relationship was made.
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    Brightening explanation .. thank you ! .. in old Italy we don't have this opportunity... tobacco is sold only by tobacconist,.. anyother sells is black marker.. punishable with 100 slashes..

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    Hello,

    I liked Carter Hall when I first had it, not so much when I had it later. SWR mixes very well with Latakia blends, worth giving it a try if you haven't yet. Finally, Prince Albert strongly reminds me of peppermint and chocolate, a flavour I know from thin square shaped chocolates called After Eight here in Germany. I wonder if anyone else gets this from PA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus1970 View Post
    Hello,

    I liked Carter Hall when I first had it, not so much when I had it later. SWR mixes very well with Latakia blends, worth giving it a try if you haven't yet. Finally, Prince Albert strongly reminds me of peppermint and chocolate, a flavour I know from thin square shaped chocolates called After Eight here in Germany. I wonder if anyone else gets this from PA.

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    I haven't tried SWR and Lat. I'll have to give that a shot. I do like a healthy dose (about 20% or so) of Perique added to some Half and Half though.

    As for the PA, I definitely get the chocolate, but no peppermint at all. That's how it goes though. Taste is a completely subjective thing. Genetics and your own tasting experiences have a lot to do with it. For example, whenever I smoke C&D's Autumn Evening, I always get a faint but noticeable note of cucumber peel. It turns me off at times, but I've never heard anyone else mention it. So, I assume that it's just me.
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    Just catching up with this thread....very informative Anthony.
    Not had the opportunity to try any of those mentioned. Although being used to the UK OTC blends like St Bruno/Condor/B&H I'm not so sure they'd be to my taste anyway.
    I don't recall ever seeing any N American OTC blends for sale here which surprises me....mind you, neither are the UK OTC ones.

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    Great thread Anthony lots of good comments Princ Albert is the the base for my Homebrew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottishgaucho View Post
    Not had the opportunity to try any of those mentioned. Although being used to the UK OTC blends like St Bruno/Condor/B&H I'm not so sure they'd be to my taste anyway.
    I also doubt that they would have much appeal, Crawford. The OTC blends from the states just don't have the same "oomph". If the UK blends were readily available to me, I'd never look at another American OTC. ... Well, maybe SWRA. I think you would maybe enjoy that one as an aromatic departure. I know you're wife would.
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    Back in the day when it was considered manly to pick one tobacco and have that be your "blend," my father smoked Half and Half. My grandfather smoked Granger.

    When my father could not get Half and Half, he would get Prince Albert or SRW, but the next can/pouch was always Half and Half.

    Of the things listed here, I probably smoke more SWRA and CH than anything else. I really enjoyed a pouch of Granger every now and then back when you could still find it in pouches. I will pick up a pouch of PA from time to time. I have an open tub of SWR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piffyr View Post
    I also doubt that they would have much appeal, Crawford. The OTC blends from the states just don't have the same "oomph". If the UK blends were readily available to me, I'd never look at another American OTC. ... Well, maybe SWRA. I think you would maybe enjoy that one as an aromatic departure. I know you're wife would.
    When I started smoking the pipe back in the early 70's I bought a pouch of Clan Aromatic and got laughed at by the old timers. Well over 40 years later and unlike certain other popular non aromatic OTC blends that have disappeared throughout the years I see Clan is still for sale in the UK!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottishgaucho View Post
    When I started smoking the pipe back in the early 70's I bought a pouch of Clan Aromatic and got laughed at by the old timers. Well over 40 years later and unlike certain other popular non aromatic OTC blends that have disappeared throughout the years I see Clan is still for sale in the UK!!
    It is indeed, Crawford. Still in its attractive tartan packaging to entrap unwary young hipsters! LOL. Appalling stuff!!

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