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Featured Paper: Blanco y Negro

Postby oliver cramden » Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:54 am

Blanco y Negro
These were once the #1 selling rolling paper in the world.
Handmade in Alcoy, on the Southern coast of Spain,
they even outsold their cross-town rivals, Bambu.
Never heard of 'em?
That's probably due to the fact that world demand far exceeds America's.
From the artisan shop of J. LaPorta Valor, they came in square, or long pack, both 1¼ size.
The pic below also shows an earlier single-wide design with a lone cut corner, on the gummed edge. :huh?:
Your guess is as good as mine.
These medium weight flax/rice, smooth burning papers are quite tasty,
and still easy to find. Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em!
1.0 Early version- 71x44mm. 1¼ square pack- 79x46mm. 1¼ long pack- 79x45mm.
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Square pack watermark.
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Long pack watermark. (Translation: Anvil)
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Re: Featured Paper: Blanco y Negro

Postby JohnnyM » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:09 am

I got a pack of these recently. These are GREAT papers!!! :D The problem is that since they're no longer in production, they are pricey. :cry: Average price on e-pay runs about $2–3 a pack. Is there any paper that is similar that is more readably available and that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
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Re: Featured Paper: Blanco y Negro

Postby kendoa » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:43 am

There is a seller on the website that offers a whole box for $180, or best offer. You can team up with couple of people and get the box for like 100-120 bucks($1.20 per booklet) or buy it and them resell the packs individually or in small bulks to return your money back. You win both ways! The only question is if the seller will agree with your offer. Second condition is whether you are willing to commit some time and effort into obtaining and reselling them. It might be too much havoc though and there is 1 box left.
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Re: Featured Paper: Blanco y Negro

Postby oliver cramden » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:34 am

JohnnyM:
I love these papers, too!
I've got stacks of these that I paid around $2 a pack for, sometimes as low as a buck.
I justified the purchase by reminding myself that the local Mini-Mart sells Zig-Zag for $2 and
I buy those all the time, when I'm out and about. (ZZ only have 32 leaves per pack!)

The manufacturer, J. LaPorta Valor made dozens of brands all of this quality,
and many of those are available at very reasonable prices. (Cheaper than Mini-Mart prices, anyway!)

Have you tried Marfil? They are also from Alcoy, Spain and very similar.
I personally like them even better, and they are almost always under $1.
(Under 50 cents a pack- if purchased by the box.)
Good Hunting!

PS~ I'll post other similar quality papers to keep an eye out for ASAP.
One good clue: If they were made in Alcoy, they were handmade by artisans who passed their secrets from father to son for generations.
Alcoy Rocks!
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Re: Featured Paper: Blanco y Negro

Postby oliver cramden » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:47 am

You'll want to stock up on anything Alcoy, if you like their style of paper.
The last artisan shop (Bambu) went away in 84, and most were gone long before that.
I'm not certain, but I don't think J. LaP. V. even made it to the 70's. (If they did, it wasn't for long.)
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Re: Featured Paper: Blanco y Negro

Postby oliver cramden » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:44 am

Square pack Carabela.
These are some of the best bang-for-buck Alcoy papers around. I love these.
Beautiful looks, killer flavor. This rice blend burns cool, accentuates tobacco flavor, and highlights
sweetness, with just a hint of piquant spice.
(Rolled two- one to smoke, as I was taking pics of the other.)

I’ve tried to indicate all Alcoy manufactured papers in the note cell of the Discontinued Papers List.
(Found in the 1st thread of this Forum Topic Section. Most Alcoy papers are 1¼ size.)

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Re: Featured Paper: Blanco y Negro

Postby JohnnyM » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:40 pm

Thanks for the input! :D
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Re: Featured Paper: Blanco y Negro

Postby oliver cramden » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:18 am

JohnnyM wrote:Thanks for the input! :D


JohnnyM- I hope you're able to find a great price on some Alcoy papers.
If some don't turn up right away -be patient- they will.

Another excellent, under-priced Alcoy wrap to look out for: square-pack La Pajarita.
This region is responsible for so many of the world's great papers, a trip to Alcoy has made my bucket list.
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