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13-3-2016 1:56 pm  #1


Springfields & Montymeyrac try out.

Having not been abroad for a long long while I decided it was about time to book a tunnel, way over due.
I spent a few weeks on here, asking questions about wine, tobacco, just to get my bearings again... lots of time on google maps.

Got to the tunnel, had a bit of time to spare and had a wonder around.  Asked at the money exchange desk "Travelex" what time they closed.  10pm and apparently if you order online at least four hours before you get a better rate.  Well worth remembering if you need some euros and do not have time to get them from your usual place.

The tunnel was very quiet going across, but it bought a lot of memories flooding back.  A few seconds of this clip should give you an idea of what it felt like...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nwUsRa01wE&feature=youtu.be&t=51m40s

Decided that the best place to head for once we touched French soil was Pidou in Dunkirk.  I was surprised how much the Dunkirk shop feels like a shop rather than a warehouse, with lots of proper racking and prices all displayed making it easy to see what it was all going to cost.  Staff were nice too.  Car park is well lit, security in the doorway, felt safe.  Warrior recommended the £5 for 6 Montymeyrac wine,  I was dubious because at 83p a bottle I doubted it would have been very nice.  Got a case of that to go with my other wines.  The Montymeyrac white is a great wine lake, especially when chilled.  Fruity, not too dry, not too sour, quite thin though but that's fine it is a quaffing juice. Thanks to Warrior for that tip because I honestly would not have bought it.

Purchases made, off to get the tobacco.

Went to L'Auberge, because I wanted fuel as well and knew the route there (just about) from memory. Police were set up on the French edge of the car park and wanted to see passports. Ordered a total of 4 packets... one of each of the Springfield.  And went outside to run a good comparison of them.

Now I can smoke a wide range of tobacco, but there is also a good bunch of stuff that I can not smoke, so this was going to be interesting.  First off, as some as you will know, Green is supposed to be bit like GV,  Yellow Amber Leaf.  White Cutters,  Blue Turners.  All of these are somewhat milder and dare I say easier to smoke than the tobaccos they are inspired by.  They all had some of the flavour of the tobaccos they were trying to resemble, and although the flavour might have been a bit weaker, I feel that is a good thing because the last thing anyone wants is to be over powered if the flavour is not likeable to them.

More importantly, there is no off flavours or chemical taste at all. It is not the dampest or the driest of tobaccos.  In the bargain basement there is a few tobaccos that you know will eventually lift themselves into the realms of being pricier.  Cutters achieved this, Drum to a certain extent did this, Domingo Blue should have done this.   I would place all the springfields in this category, which is nice because up to yet all the cheaper virginia tobacco I have tried have suffered from either a straw taste or have been a challenge to smoke due to some weird chemical flavour. 

I had a few coffee breaks in between deciding, and talked to staff outside that were off their shift.  Saw a few French cars, but no British.  Decided on the Green, but to be honest I would have been happy with any of the four.  I would conclude that if you like any of the tobaccos, GV, Amber, Cutters or Turner, then chances are you will be fine with any of the springfields.

Got the fuel which involved handing over my passport so I could fill up. Got some beer as well, some chocs, some papers and off I set.  No incidents at all on the way back, which is a shame really because I had not got much of anything.

A few days later, looking at the case of Montymeyrac and a pouch of springfields, I thought wow!. In the UK that box of 6 and that pouch would have cost me at least £40 together...  where as by making the trip they cost £8.50

And now, can not wait to go again, wonder what I will buy to try next time?

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13-3-2016 3:04 pm  #2


Re: Springfields & Montymeyrac try out.

NoMoTax wrote:

I had a few coffee breaks in between deciding, and talked to staff outside that were off their shift.  Saw a few French cars, but no British.  Decided on the Green, but to be honest I would have been happy with any of the four.  I would conclude that if you like any of the tobaccos, GV, Amber, Cutters or Turner, then chances are you will be fine with any of the springfields.

 D'ya know, I love hearing stories like this because I am one of those "doubting Thomas's" that really struggles to try summat new. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/confused.png
 Most people on here will know that I smoke Turners and I have had Springfield Blue suggested to me by Bobi, SH, Nadger and Warrior to mention a few but I still haven't "took the plunge" so to speak http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/love.png
. I think your idea of buying a packet of each and trying them first is summat I should've done a while ago.
Also, Springfield (at Real anyway) tends to be between 30~50p a pack cheaper, which for me, only travelling once a year and buying 12KG (240 packs) would mean a further saving of £72~£120 which is deffo worth having http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png
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As for the wine, I can't say coz it all tastes like bloody vinegar to me http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/devious.png
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Thanks for the pretty in-depth report NoMoTax, stories like this do help others in their travels.


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13-3-2016 4:19 pm  #3


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WE  also had a trip over by the ferry.

left around 5.30pm on friday,was a bit dubious and expected lots of traffic on the m6 southbound,but had a really clear run.

ONTO the m40  and there was bad crash ,but this only delayed us around 10mins or so luckily.  

Down into folkestone for around 10.30pm and checked into a hotel,very cheap and cheerfull but i can park outside the bedroom window, up at 7.30am sat ,had breakfast and down to ferry port,got the 9.55am p&o and into calais ,picked our wine up from near the 'jungle' or whats left of it.

then headed up to ypres for a tour round some ww1 cemeterys,visited tyne cot,what a fantastic place this is,well worth a visit if you ever get the chance,did notice police on the exit to adinkerke but they didnt bother us,the guys at the warehouse in calais said something had been going on as there was a lot of police in calais in the morning aswell.

called into YPRES and went into the museum,another great place to visit.

back into adinkerke and then down to pidou for some cheap wine i mentioned.

got the 7.45pm ferry back to dover,very quiet it was, the crossing probly only took just over a hour,it was the quickest ferry crossing i ever been on.

No probs in dover.and back in the hotel for 8.15pm uk time.

Drove back today and had a good run,no hold ups at all.

had a great weekend and stocked up now ,we would normally only go end of march from hull,but with easter being early this year we had to go a bit earlier than we normally would.


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13-3-2016 6:49 pm  #4


Re: Springfields & Montymeyrac try out.

Mrs eezy been smoking springfield green for about 4 years.

I've took to buying a sparkling wine from Pidou @£1-30 bottle. Drinks a bit like a dryish cider - great for summer.


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13-3-2016 7:31 pm  #5


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also forgot to mention,£29 day trip ,6 free bottles of wine free, and free on the first available ferry if early ,as we were both ways,also if you buy a pint of stella on the ferry,you get a really nice stella glass free...........well i think it was free ha ha,its got a pint of john smiths in it at the moment as i type this.http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


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19-3-2016 8:16 am  #6


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warrior wrote:

WE  also had a trip over by the ferry.

left around 5.30pm on friday,was a bit dubious and expected lots of traffic on the m6 southbound,but had a really clear run.

ONTO the m40  and there was bad crash ,but this only delayed us around 10mins or so luckily.  

Down into folkestone for around 10.30pm and checked into a hotel,very cheap and cheerfull but i can park outside the bedroom window, up at 7.30am sat ,had breakfast and down to ferry port,got the 9.55am p&o and into calais ,picked our wine up from near the 'jungle' or whats left of it.

then headed up to ypres for a tour round some ww1 cemeterys,visited tyne cot,what a fantastic place this is,well worth a visit if you ever get the chance,did notice police on the exit to adinkerke but they didnt bother us,the guys at the warehouse in calais said something had been going on as there was a lot of police in calais in the morning aswell.

called into YPRES and went into the museum,another great place to visit.

back into adinkerke and then down to pidou for some cheap wine i mentioned.

got the 7.45pm ferry back to dover,very quiet it was, the crossing probly only took just over a hour,it was the quickest ferry crossing i ever been on.

No probs in dover.and back in the hotel for 8.15pm uk time.

Drove back today and had a good run,no hold ups at all.

had a great weekend and stocked up now ,we would normally only go end of march from hull,but with easter being early this year we had to go a bit earlier than we normally would.

We also had a trip over to Adinkerke.  Got the £29 fare with six free bottles of wine.  We chose the Vive la Vie red.  The first couple of glasses are fine, although thereafter I find it can become quite acidic.  Got £1.74 back from Quidco for booking through them, so net £27.26.

Sailed out on the Pride of Burgundy.  The distinguishing feature of the journey was that most of the toilets were closed, leaving just one male toilet close to the customer service desk in front of the onboard shop.  Also, in the bar which was closed, loud music was being played.  It added up to a poor experience and the last time we will travel on this vessel.

Exiting the A16 to Adinkerke the police were stopping cars.  We were waved through so I assume this was concerned with a French/Belgian matter.  I wonder if it may be something to do with chummy here  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3498786/Prime-suspect-Paris-attacks-escaped-police-Brussels-shoot-Salah-Abdeslam-s-fingerprints-raided-flat.html  Once there, visited Stop and Shop and bought our goods.  We also bought some Leonidas chocolates. 

We took a drive into Adinkerke and visited A D Delhaise.  It's a small supermarket similar to a free standing Tesco Express.  They have a small bakery at the rear of the store, with a limited selection of pastries etc.

Thereafter stopped off at Calais Wine Store and bought a good selection of wines to last us for a couple of months.

Interestingly, saw very few migrants on this trip.  None wandering along the A16, nor around CWS or Auchan.

Returned on the Spirit of Britain which was a substantially better experience.

Waved through at customs and a reasonable drive home.

JMK

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23-5-2016 9:02 am  #7


Re: Springfields & Montymeyrac try out.

It has been about 10 weeks now since I started smoking Springfield Green.  It is fine, I have had no problems with coughing or anything like that, have not felt the need to smoke anything else.  I would give this tobacco 10/10 and can not feel that I will want to change brands in the future. 

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23-5-2016 9:47 am  #8


Re: Springfields & Montymeyrac try out.

NoMoTax wrote:

It has been about 10 weeks now since I started smoking Springfield Green.  It is fine, I have had no problems with coughing or anything like that, have not felt the need to smoke anything else.

Mrs eezy has been using Springfield green for about 4 or 5 years when they first stocked it. She came off GV, tried the white and yellow but found green better although I seem to recall her saying it can be rather moist at times.

White she found too mild and yellow was woody, dry and harsh. I think warrior uses yellow, he says it is more ideal for his tubing.

And of course they are all almost half the price of GV. Another bonus is when we have been stopped by customs they don't look at it as a well known commercial brand.
 


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23-5-2016 6:19 pm  #9


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we use the yellow,but its recently gone up to nearly £4,so switched back to the green.


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