Peter Stokkebye - PS306 English Oriental Supreme
A Bridge to the Heavier Side
This blend served as the bridge to heavier/fuller mixtures, at least for me. It starts off sweet, probably too sweet for more "veteran" English blend smokers unless you're specifically looking for that. The sweetness starts to fade after a while, and the smokiness of the Latakia makes more of a presence. The burley helps provide body, and it also seems to add a hint of sourness (in a good way) that comes and goes. I will admit -- the name confuses me. "English Oriental Supreme" Am I the only one expecting Oriental/Turkish to be present here? But according to Stokkebye's description, it's not there. Try this if you think you might like a sweeter, less complex "Balkan Supreme." I could also see this being a breakfast mixture for smokers that enjoy Balkan blends all day long.
Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe 50g
The Blend That Got Me Hooked on English Blends
The pre-Orlik version is the blend that got me hooked on English blends and Latakia. I prefer Balkan blends these days, but I always keep EMP on hand. It is truly great as the first pipe of the day, but it goes well with afternoon coffee/tea too. If you smoke aromatics, VAs, VAPERs, and other blends that don't contain Latakia throughout the day, I could even see this is a good closer. The cut is perfect. I wish the North American brands would offer more blends with this cut. Because the cut is perfect, it packs easily, lights up as it should, and stays burning with minimal effort. Farewell old friend -- I will miss you!
Cornell & Diehl - Nutty Irishman
I had high hopes for this blend, especially after smelling it in the bag. Sometimes, that's the kiss of death. The blend never lived up to my expectations. The first few puffs were great, but like so many aromatics, the flavoring quickly fades and you're left with mid-to-low grade leaf.
Cornell & Diehl - Apricots and Cream
I ordered this because I watched a video from a while back when Chris Tarler was still with C&D. He was asked in this video what some of his favorite C&D blends were, and this was one he listed. I'm not much of an aromatic smoker, so I thought I'd give it a go. Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed this blend and found myself reaching for it more and more. It is great with a cup of coffee or as your final smoke of the day when you're in the mood for a "dessert smoke." This is one I plan to re-order regularly so I can share it with my dad who is a dedicated 1Q & BCA smoker.
Cornell & Diehl - Founding Fathers
Not Your Average Aromatic
I bought this out of sheer curiousity. Pomegranate and tobacco? It couldn't be good, but I had to find out. I was wrong. It is good. Not only is it unique, it's actually a little puzzling just how good it is. I don't smoke aromatics all that often, but when I do, this is one I reach for often. Unlike a lot of aromatics where the flavoring seems to burn off a few minutes into the bowl, the subtle flavor really stays with this one. It burns well, and it's truly a joy to smoke.