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Yeah, I just found the thought neat, if an interested 420channer could pick up pipe smoking without referring elsewhere except a tobacco shop for the materials.
Tobacco stuff coming up, and also some critical pieces I forgot to mention before.
One important thing I forgot to mention is bite.
If you're lucky you'll smoke a while before encountering it, if not you might bump into it with your first blend.
In short it just feels like.. It's hard to, maybe like a chemical burn or something. Some tobacco just don't agree with us, might be some type of tobacco you're not compatible with, or it might just be that one blend for some reason, might be PH of it not agreeing with that of your mouth, but it's uncomfortable and it'll happen sooner or later.
Sometimes it can be mended by drying it a bit more or less, or sipping very carefully, using a smaller pipe, but sometimes it'll occur whatever you do. If the tobacco still tastes good, save it. It might get better if it gets to sit in a jar some months, and if not you can still mix it with something else in small batches until you find something that combats it. This is also true for tobacco that you don't like so much, maybe it's monotone or harsh. Won't work if the tobacco tastes like ass, then you'll just ruin more tobacco, but if it's just flawed somehow you should save it.
Example, I have one tobacco that's really good, but it's bity whatever I do and it's weak (nic wise), and another that tastes mostly like salty tar and blasts my face off (if that sounds interesting, Old Joe Krantz by Cornell&Diehl). Mixed the two up, now I no longer get bite, the nicotine levels are there but comfortable, and it tastes great. Two tobaccos can be be saved by one mix. Mind you tobaccos don't have to be bad to benefit from mixing, rum rope and a burley flake mixes fantastically, makes packing/smoking easier and makes for a more stout smoke.
Only thing to have in mind is to only mix small volumes, so you don't waste on borked attempts. Mix maybe two bowlfuls at most and write down the ratio, if it was good, mix more then.
Now, to the tobacco itself.
The two main tobaccos are burley and virginia, and make up most of most blends and mixtures.
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