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    What tobacco’s are you acquiring for your cellar atm

    I’m always interested in what people are cellaring and pay attention to brands that seem to cellar well. My current focus is on Virginia’s with one exception and that is Latakia Flake from Mac Baren. My list

    Union Square GLP
    Virginia Flake C&D
    Full Virginia Plug Samuel Gawith
    Scottish Autumn Flake Samuel Gawith
    Flake Peterson/Dunhill
    Latakia Flake Mac Baren

    These are my primary focus at the moment with a view to stash them deep in a cellar and retrieve no earlier than 5 years. I should add that Latakia Flake is in my regular rotation so I purchase enough to do both.

    So what are you hoarding, Virginia’s, Va/Per, Va/Bur, Orientals, English, Balkans and what brands are you having great success with?

    I tried to do a poll on this but I don’t seem to be able. Maybe some one can share the magic on how to make that happen.
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    I've cellared my favorites, Paul...

    ...HH Pure VA Flake
    ...Wessex Brown VA Flake
    ...DTM Limerick VA Flake
    ...Former's Straight Grain Flake
    ...Original Dunhill Flake and Dark Flake
    ...C&D Haunted Bookshop
    ...and I just added a 50g tin of Solani 633.
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    I've substantially laid off cellaring the past few months as I was laying it on thick 2020-2022.

    Most recently I got 4 tins of the C&D Small Batch Anthology 1992-2022, which is a VaPer but I have too many blends I wish to crack open and try first so I don't have plans to get to this any time soon.

    Most cellared are my favorite Cornell & Diehl bulks. Next for bulks most cellared are my favorite Sam and Gawith Hoggarth tobaccos; Broken Scotch Cake, Full Virginia Flake, St. James Flake, Best Brown #2, Ennerdale Flake, Rum Twist, Happy Brown Bogie, and smaller amounts of Rum Flake, Kendal Flake, and the others.

    At least a few tins of most Sam Gawith. An old stash of some McClelland's. A growing fondness and stash of G.L. Pease. I didn't get into Pease blends until just a few years ago, almost entirely avoiding them my first seven years pipe smoking.

    I stuck down 2-3 of each of the Mac Baren limited release (US) tins from the past couple years. Most all the C&D Small Batch releases. Clearly, it's very broad. In the long term I wish to cellar much deeper of my favorite C&D, Pease & Gawith blends and then anything else will be to sample a tin or two or some bulk of something outside of that. I've gotta admit that it's become fatiguing in ways from having too many choices and probably 100 blends in jars and 30 or so blends in tins that I've never even tried yet(that's not including all my favorites cellared in tins). I just convince myself to not worry about it because I will get around to everything, and some of the tins I've never tried yet are already approaching 2-3 years of age. It's simultaneously very rewarding to reach a point where I could reach in the cellar and pop something new I've never tried once a month for the next few years and it's a robust cellar, much better than my B&M ever has stocked.

    Time is going way too fast. Haven't had a ton of time to smoke this summer season but the fall always roars in with lots of smoking.
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    Thanks Zach and Russ, interesting thoughts from both of you. I’m building a deep cellar, it’s expensive to do so in Oz but I know I’m going to wake up one morning and tobacco in Oz is going to be over and I suspect it will happen in the next 2/5 years. If one wants to keep enjoying this hobby then there is only one option, cellar and make it big enough to last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VDL_PIPER View Post
    Thanks Zach and Russ, interesting thoughts from both of you. I’m building a deep cellar, it’s expensive to do so in Oz but I know I’m going to wake up one morning and tobacco in Oz is going to be over and I suspect it will happen in the next 2/5 years. If one wants to keep enjoying this hobby then there is only one option, cellar and make it big enough to last.

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    Aye, now fer an honest answer to yer inquiry... I discovered the online sales too late t be hoarding much. Wit that being said the cellar ‘as been dwindling these past couple years since were forced into retirement afore I were able to get much set aside. Now when I gets the bility t be placin an order it will be in the vein o bulk baccies that can be jarred. Also me habits needs t be adjusted t stem the consumption t be lastin til I goes t Davey Jones Locked... Life’s a hard mistress t master...

    Paul, I am curious about how much it runs Ye fer a 50 gram tin or bulk price wit all the added Vat, imports, wholesalers add on, dealer mark up n the sort... And wot be available too. Most o the Samuel Gawith's n Gawith’s & Hogarth are non existent here but if a blend from them do come available it be gone afore I can loot the reserves...
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    Hello,

    Brexit and the pandemic have had a big effect on my cellaring. Due to Brexit, Samuel Gawith tobaccos are no longer delivered to Germany, and when I travel to the UK, I can only bring home 250g duty-free. I used to bring around three pounds of tobacco home from each trip, mostly Gawith & Hoggarth. But duty seems to be reasonably low, so next time I might buy the usual amount and pay at the customs the less than 40 Euros it seems to cost per kilogram.

    I've only been to pipe shops very recently again. Most of my purchases have been online from Danpipe, and I concentrated on 250g packages of tobaccos I use in my mixes: Kriswill blue, Bill Bailey's Balkan Blend, St. Bruno (temporarily the Ready Rubbed has been available, otherwise the Flake as been sold here for several years), unflavoured black cavendish and blending perique. Apart from that I've bought new (e.g. Bentley) and familiar brands (e.g. Rattrays), fitting in the categories of VAs, VaPers, Latakia blends, just as I need for my mixes. My recipes are rather based on types of tobacco than specific brands (except St. Bruno), and I like switching brands for a change of pace.

    EDIT: The St. Bruno is not in bulk, but in the familiar 50g pouches.

    Best wishes
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    John we have access to bulk Samuel Gawith tobaccos , Peterson Tins and C & D bulk and tins now. If I want tins outside the mentioned blender I order through a specialist tin importer who basically gets me what I want and sorts out the tax and import duty and just sends me the bill.

    Now for the painful bit. Currently I can buy bulk Gawith for about $130.00/50gms 🥴 and have just ordered St James Plug, Firedance Plug and Cabbies mix to throw into the cellar with a bit left out for my daily rotation. It’s not even funny and like you have suggested we have to moderate consumption to match the costs now. I do have a good cellar though so for me it’s a game now of cost averaging rather than looking at the physical cost of todays purchase.

    Tins range from $147.00 down to $135.00 depending on what you’re after.
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