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Cornell & Diehl - Opening Night 8oz
A knock out champ
With the demise of McClelland Tobacco Company, I have been wondering what I might find to replace their fine Virginia smokes. After reading many online reviews, and after a lot of head scratching and chin rubbing, I ordered some "Opening Night" tobacco produced by Cornel and Diehl. "Opening Night" is advertised as a blend of pure Red and Bright Lemon Virginia flake tobaccos. It comes from the tin ready to rub out or stuff in the old burner - I smoked a first bowl in an English Tilshead Freehand briar, taking the weed straight from the tin, and it was one fine puffing experience. After a lunch of vegetarian pizza (give us this day our daily pizza) I rubbed out and dried a bowlful for 20 (twenty minutes) before smoking. It wasn't wet out of the tin, but sometimes I think letting certain tobaccos breathe a bit helps bring out the flavors. Anyway and anyhow, after the 20 (twenty) minutes had elapsed, I gently stuffed the stuff in the old Wilmer 3 (three) star flame grain briar - a pipe that loves those Virginny tobacs. This second bowl was smoking nirvana! The smoke started out subtly sweet and spicy, at mid bowl it developed a yeasty oaty flavor and finished with a nutty and lemonade flavor burst. And it all comes with absolutely no bite, no matter how you sip it or puff it. This is one of the finest Virginias I ever smoked! It has the spice of a gentle Oriental (without any Oriental tobacco - all Virginia), it has the tang of the best McClelland Virginia Red Tobacco (just not as pronounced as the McClellands' were), it has the yeasty oats of Rattray's Hal o the Wynd, and it has as much nuttiness as Gawith's Skiff Mixture. THIS OPENING NIGHT WEED IS ONE OF THE BEST VIRGINIA TOBACCOS EVER, EVER, EVER!!! And it has a good amount of nicotine - after smoking the second bowl, I had to eat a spoonful of sugar and lay down for a bit - it snuck up on me, I never saw the nic hit coming; like a left hook from Mike Tyson. GOOD STUFF, this stuff.

Lighters - IM Corona Laurel Silver Plate Barley
nothing can hold a torch to it
I like this sleek gadget even better than my old Old Boy. The bottom section is the same as the Old Boy, with the filler spout hidden under the big screw, and the same flame adjust and serviceable built-in tamper/pic tool. The top of the Laurel is completely different and I think the engineering is a great improvement. Opening the top turns on the flow of gas. The little post that shoots out the flame is stationary, unlike the Old Boy that moved up to emit gas upon lifting the cap and down when flipping the cap downward wise. The flint in this baby is changed by lifting a small cap and sliding back a sleeve. Then out with the old bit and place a new flint horizontally in the gap. All you need to do is let the sleeve slide back and it is ready for business. The Laurel works outside in the breeze and/or wind as well as any other butane lighter. Finally, this thing is freakin' flamin' Beautiful.

Lighters - IM Corona Laurel Silver Plate Barley
nothing can hold a torch to it
I like this sleek gadget even better than my old Old Boy. The bottom section is the same as the Old Boy, with the filler spout hidden under the big screw, and the same flame adjust and serviceable built-in tamper/pic tool. The top of the Laurel is completely different and I think the engineering is a great improvement. Opening the top turns on the flow of gas. The little post that shoots out the flame is stationary, unlike the Old Boy that moved up to emit gas upon lifting the cap and down when flipping the cap downward wise. The flint in this baby is changed by lifting a small cap and sliding back a sleeve. Then out with the old bit and place a new flint horizontally in the gap. All you need to do is let the sleeve slide back and it is ready for business. The Laurel works outside in the breeze and/or wind as well as any other butane lighter. Finally, this thing is freakin' flamin' Beautiful.

Samuel Gawith - Scottish Autumn Flake 50g
fantastic smoke
Rubs out perfectly. Tastes of honey, citrus, and oats. It's belter shneeb!

G. L. Pease - Westminster 16oz
ghosts
Upon offering a friend a bowlful of Westminster, he responded, "Whoa, this tastes like an old red wine that's been in some musty cellar for decades, and it's really, really gamey! Aren't you afraid this will ghost your pipes?" Me: "Hey, I hadn't thought that! But I sure do hope it does put the ghost in the woods!"

Rattray's - Red Rapparee 100g
just heavenly
RRR pipes magic notes as it burns down the bowl. Sometimes sweet, sometimes salty, sometimes smoky; sometimes it all melds together and tastes like salty smoked fruit. The present incarnation of Red Rap is a milder version of what it was years ago; but, it is still one of the best tobaccos on planet Earth. I bet if the angels smoke, many a pipe up there reeks of the Red Rapparee. Just heavenly.

Dunhill - London Mixture 50g
perfect balance
This weed tastes wonderfully delicious. It contains just the right amounts of Virginny and Orientals for that perfect balance. The latakia doesn't overpower everything else, and so the other Orientals sing right along with the Virginias. It has plenty of nicotine to satisfy; as Noah B.in his review said, "sock-pow"!

G. L. Pease
Odyssey 8oz

$44.50 $37.83
003-029-0016

G. L. Pease
Westminster 16oz

$75.00 $63.75
003-029-0056

Dunhill
London Mixture 50g

$14.79 $10.95
003-021-0002