Blending Thread

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  1. Jim D

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    I haven't had much success in predicting how the wrapper will impact the final outcome. Sometimes, I wind up looking for an acceptable filler leaf to use as a wrapper...
    Who knows, maybe a PA broadleaf could add to the chocolate flavors...I have some WLT American CT I haven't used much yet, maybe that'd be thin enough to not mask the coffee.
    In due time, I'll come back to this and see what I can get from it. In the mean time, I'm rolling some T-13 and Piloto Seco sticks to try to repeat that 7/9/18 comment about anissette flavors...:cigar:
    I may be able to venture back into this coffee stick but without a wrapper already selected, I'm probably going to wait until I can experiment more with that one. I did like a blend of Honduran seco, CVVAH seco, corojo viso, and Nicaraguan ligero with the Ecuador seco wrapper...
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    Here's one bound and wrapped in T-13 viso
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    Today's blend was my mellowest ever.
    1 Piloto Cubano Volado
    1 T-13 Viso
    .5 Nic Condega Ligero
    Bound with half leaf WLT Dominican binder
    Wrapped in Ecuadorian Seco.
    This was smooth and mellow right off the table. Plenty of smoke production, just mellow.
     
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    I like all three of those leaves a lot.
     
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    Hopduro PhDStogies donor3

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    Random test blend:

    2 nica habano seco
    2 CV viso
    1 criollo 98 ligero

    Some pepper, but nothing else really notable or enjoyable here.

    Dud. [​IMG]

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    Bummer, but thanks for sharing the results.
     
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    This thread has the funniest name: blending thread. Like it's about stitchery, embroidery, that kind of thing. Blending thread.

    Anyway, I've been doing this shit (blending tobacco into cigars) for five years now, and keeping very explicit blend notes in a massive Excel spreadsheet the whole time. Last night I studied it from beginning to end, and realized there is only one leaf out of all the WLT and LO leaves that consistently shows up in my highly-rated blends, over the entire span of that five years. That means that it's not only been a good leaf but a consistently good leaf for a long time, which is a whole nother thing. It tastes good, burns well, plays well with others. That leaf is LO PC Volado.
     
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    Tried a quickie for the ride to work this morning. 1 Mata fina, 2 T-13. Used half of one of the T-13s for binder and a piece of Ecuadorian Seco for wrapper.
    Pretty good for a short smoke.
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    Ooooo good combo!
    WLT Mata Fina binder?

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    Actually, the Mata Fina filler...still have a little left. :happy:
     
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    Awesome!! The binder grade is still good, just not deveined and hole-y

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    Today's whimsical blend is dom ligero, t13, mf, and corojo seco.
    One was bound with the Mata fina, one was bound with t13. They'll be wrapped in Ecuadorian seco.
     
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    Ordered some leaf from LO. Seeing as I'm absolutely new to the concept of blending, can anyone offer a blend that I could start with based on what I've ordered?

    Not looking for anyone's secret blend, just a starting point for my first few times rolling. Id hate to roll a real ugly cigar just to have it taste awful as well lol.

    Braz mata fina
    Braz cubra habano
    Nic viso jalapa
    Dom seco piloto
    Dom volado piloto

    And shit...just realized I ordered no ligero. Typical.

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    You can probably roll those in any combo and it won't suck too bad. Is the "Braz mata fina" their wrapper SKU, or something else? What are you binding with? (This is the kinda info that's needed to suggest blends with what you have). One thing I could suggest is rolling each of those as it's own unique filler, 2 or 3 leaves worth. So you can start getting some clues of what each leaf tastes like with the binder and wrapper you're using at the moment.
     
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    Yeah I went back and added ec binder and some ligeros. Thought I had that covered but totally left it out

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    I'm not familiar with the Brazilian cubra habano nor the Nic viso jalapa but do enjoy everything else you ordered. One combo I really liked with a bourbon on ice is Mata Fina, piloto seco, Dominican ligero with Ec seco wrapper...
    I think it had a piloto seco binder.
    The volado you have goes well with about anything as far as I can tell.
     
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    Ordered ligero and binder, disaster averyed. Thanks for the input fellas

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    My latest blend is:
    1 Nic seco long filler
    1 Polito Cubano viso
    1 Dominican ligero
    1/4 nic habano ligero
    1/4 CT1 LS ( or some number like that ) from LO (it's a pretty wide leaf)
    Dominican binder
    Ecudorian (seco I believe) wrapper

    Right off the table it's really nice
     
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    Gonna give a blend a shot - we'll see how it goes - thoughts?

    Wrapper : Probably Ecuadorian Shade
    Binder : Dominican
    Cameroon Seco: 2.5
    Dominican Volado: 1.5

    Gonna roll it into something just short of a robusto-ish.

    I might tweak it and toss a Nic Ligero in there (.5 leaf - replace a bit of the Seco)
     
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    Thoughts? It's gonna be hella mild. Probably very good with the ligero and a more robust wrapper, tho. Time's gonna tell!
     
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