Too Rich for My Body Chemistry?

Christopher Morley

Here’s my dilemma: I love the taste of a tobacco blend, but it’s so rich — I could say powerful — that by the end of even a small bowl, I’m overwhelmed. I might even need a wee lie-down to regain my bearings.

By rich, I mean two things: rich in sheer flavor and rich in nicotine content. Some blends can make my head so woozy, my stomach so queasy, and my legs so wobbly that I wouldn’t want to drive in that condition. Have you experienced that from pipe tobacco?

Several blends in this category come to mind: G. L. Pease Embarcadero, C&D Mad Fiddler Flake, Peterson Irish Flake, and Mac Baren Bold Kentucky. C&D Haunted Bookshop and Pegasus can also have that effect.

What to do? I could chalk it up to my permanent body chemistry and quit the blends once and for all. After all, if that’s how I am, then that’s how I am. Biochemistry is destiny. I should face it and turn to blander products.

But I like a challenge, so I have not quit the blends. I keep coming back to them — and suffering the consequences. Note: the severity of the consequences do vary depending, I believe, on my state of rest/fatigue, how long ago I ate, and possibly other factors.

Recently, however, I’ve hit on a possible solution short of quitting the blends, which I will discuss tomorrow.

Meanwhile, let me know in the comments if you are plagued by this problem and how you deal with it.

4 thoughts on “Too Rich for My Body Chemistry?

  1. I staggered and almost fell over on getting up off my seat after my first bowlful of Peterson’s Irish Flake !
    Since then I’ve been smoking it in a gourd calabash – problem solved !

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