Tobacco, but I enjoy many Rattray blends. Bagpipers Dream is my favorite from the time I first open the tin/can. This wonderfully ribbon cut tobacco has just a touch of Cognac, not over powering these fine tobacco's. Very enjoyable smoke with absolut... Read Moreely no bite!! Easy to keep lit and very little moisture at the bottom of the bowl. Might need to air dry some in a tray for 30 to 60 minutes before packing your pipe, but well worth the wait. I highly recommend this fine blend!!! Read Less
This Blend is absolutely fantastic. Rattray's uses high quality tobacco and a good, but subtle, aromatic taste and smell is infused. It works quite well. It is very different from the other aromatics I've tried but it is perhaps my favorite, though. ... Read MoreDefinitely worth trying. Read Less
This a good example of a Scottish Blend, the cognac is pronounced and is really good. It's a very solid aromatic. The only thing worth mentioning is that I think this will ghost a pipe easily, so save this for a pipe you use for this type of blend.
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This was a blind buy and I will be buying more of it, it's an excellent smoke. Read Less
My first impression of this is the tin note. There is a strong smell of Cognac in the tin note. When I loaded my pipe (a Rattray's Meerschaum lined 9mm filter pipe), I notice there are little Cavendish filled coins mixed in the tobacco. When smoked t... Read Morehe topping is at the front with a little citrus sweetness in the background. The Cognac topping is very pleasant and leaves a nice smelling room note. Although somewhat heavily topped the tobacco was not too wet for me. I did have it in a mason jar about a year before smoking. If you are one of those folks that likes your tobacco really dry, you may want to dry it a bit. I detected no harshness or bite at all right down to the bottom of the bowl. This is a nice, mild and relaxing smoke with a pleasant topping. Read Less
The tin note is almost Delicious with a mild Cognac aroma. The grassy note from the Virginias comes through. The room note is very pleasant and inviting. Rattray's has done it again! NOTE: it needs a lot of drying time.
Not Bad For An Aromatic But Must Be Sipped To Avoid Bite
After sniffing the tin of Bagpiper's Dream, I immediately started salivating. I loved the combination of Vanilla & Cognac & how it interplayed with the tobaccos which developed a delicious, sweet flavor that hangs on the palate. It's a bit harsh howe... Read Morever & causes a bit of chemical burn. As with any tobacco that may tend to bite initially, employing the DGT method will negate that issue somewhat but will still bite a little if not sipped. It is fairly moist but can be smoked from the opening or dried to the smoker's preference. The tasty flavoring is there at the beginning & remains throughout but after some has burned off it improves a little... the point where all the varietals & flavoring meld together & form a unique flavor with a pleasing aroma. Drying it out doesn't seem to diminish the flavor or aroma which is my preferred method for preparation. My thoughts: Bagpiper's dream would be better with less cognac which would most likely negate much of the chemical burn & harshness. The Vanilla flavoring is overwhelmed by the Cognac. Read Less
I've been going back to aromatics lately because of the heat here in Sacramento. I'm an outdoor smoker, and the mercury has been pushing over 100F lately. Latakias and Oriental are out. I've been getting tired of VA Flakes and VaPers as that's all th... Read Moreat's been on my rotation these past 3 months. Thus the return to aromatics. Today it's time for the Bagpiper's Delight. On opening the tin, the nose is greeted with Cognac and Vanilla scents, slightly sweet. The appearance is a jumble of different flakes, rubbed flakes, broken flakes, and broken slices from pale to dark. There is a lot going on. The moisture is spot on; the tobacco packs easily, and burns perfectly. Also, there was no goop in my bowl and the end. The initial burst of flavor matches the tin note, only with wonderful tobacco flavor shining through. All told the intensity of flavor is between mild and medium. Because of the various bits of tobacco, the flavor is shifting constantly. I experienced no bite, but I am a cautious smoker. The aroma is a go with everyone. The nicotine level is low, which suits me fine when it's hot. This is a wonderful blend on first impression. Read Less
I was drawn to this one by the tin and partly by all the great reviews. This is what all aromatics should be like. great tin note, great room note and I little to no tongue bite.
5 stars.. cant wait to try more Rattrays
I'm blown away by this blend ! The mild flavoring is perfect against the tobacco blend . It smokes cool and wonderful and never gets funky . One of the best Aromatics , though mildly flavored , that there is ... period . An aromatic that even non aro... Read More smokers can enjoy and aromatic smokers would flip over Read Less
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