Sutliff - Holiday Mixture
I loved Edgeworth, it's the tobacco I smoked when I first started smoking a pipe, but lane had another tobacco that came from the old larus bros sale, holiday mixture. Lane renamed it holiday excursion but it was the same tobacco, a base of edgeworth flavored with a hint of latakia, perique and bit of black cavendish for sweetness. The tin note to me gives the impression of s'mores or marshmallows. Sutliff recreated this blend using their edgeworth ready rubbed match as a base and did a superb job. Easily an all day smoke it takes minimal relights to keep this going. The room note has an old codger smell, or an old library with leather chairs.
Cornell & Diehl - Morley's Best
I used to like English blends exclusively but then as I got older I just couldn't palate latakia in large amounts so I switched to American English blends to satisfy my evening smoke. My dad smoked Blue Boar when I was a kid and when I saw that this was a copy of that old blend i had to try it. Now i never smoked blue boar as it was long gone before i picked up a pipe, but the first time i lit this up was at dad's and he said it smelled just like he remembered blue boar. The latakia is a condiment, backing up the earthiness of the burley. This is a solid blend and one i reach for when i don't want any casing as is usual in american English blends.
Newminster - No.47 Danish Black
After being a pretentious snob for years and avoiding aromatics like the plague I have come to find out I quite like them and so I've been on a mission to try a large variety. This one has a tin aroma of caramel sweetness with a hint of fruit compote. Lights well, needs average relights if dried properly before loading the pipe. Room note is pleasing for my girlfriend. Smokes particularly well out of a larger bowl meerschaum.
Samuel Gawith - Skiff Mixture 250g
People say this is identical to Squadron leader and between the 2, the devil is in the details. This is primarily an oriental blend while Squadron Leader is a proper English. The Orientals are slightly spicy and take front stage with support from the latakia and nice va sweetness. Easily the best tobacco in my rotation and a great price for the 250g box. I divided mine up into 5 half pint mason jars as 50g each.
Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #2 2oz
Give This Some Time
Out of the tin this is really nondescript, smelled like leaves in the fall and the first smoke was bland and ashy. Decanted the tin to a half pint mason jar and let it sit 2 weeks and what a change. Tin note now reveals a nice burley cocoa with a vinegar back note from the va. Smokes very well rubbed out or stuffed in a pipe with a flavor reminiscent of the old Edgeworth Slices. While not an everyday smoker for me, I do like it as a diversion from my normal rotation.