Mac Baren - Latakia Rolls 3.5oz
Late in Life
Smoking this for the first time last night I was reminded of the moniker for the state of West Virginia: "Almost Heaven." This tobacco in a 25 year old Cooke billiard, supports the previously positive reactions. Too bad this wasn't available before I reached the age of 81, allowing me to smoke it for a lifetime.

Mac Baren - Burley: London Blend 3.5oz
While I have been a pipe smoker for a very long time, this is the first tobacco of this type that I have smoked and that has to be taken into account in terms of my comment. While I have enjoyed smoking this and agree with the reviews, I was surprised with how hot my bowl became with the smoking of this tobacco. My first experience was with a Castello billiard with substantial walls and the next with a Dunhill shilling with conical walls measuring a half inch. Actually the bowls were too hot to hold and so I held the pipe by the stem. I smoked this tobacco in the same fashion as my traditional English blends. The mouth feel was not particularly hot, though I was somewhat surprised as well at the rapid burn of the tobacco. The best thing about this experience was that it brought me back to my grandfather, who I blame for making pipes a big part of my life. Smelling his pipes and tobacco (kept moist with an apple slice) was an ever-present part of my childhood.

Lane Limited - La Gloria Cubana 1.75oz
While there is nothing out of the ordinary regarding the noted ingredients of this English mixture, the aroma is fully captivating. While it sounds weird to say this, the aroma is completely captivating. On top of this, the room note is modest, the tobacco burns dry out of the tin--no need to let it dissipate moisture, and it burns well to ash. I don't know what the topping is, but I think it should be an food additive so that I can have more!

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