Sutliff - 507C Virginia Slices
Has remained reasonably priced and is quite a value in terms of quality. 2nd surprise is that the smoke seems to gear up a notch at mid bowl, with a very satisfying finish.
Super Value - English Mixture 1.5oz
Composed & Mellow
Flavorful & smooth. Not the medium nic hit shown, but nic not absent either. Sort of a Carter Hall blending approach to a light English.
Sutliff - 515 RC-1
Bought it as a blender but it is too good on its' own and have chosen it as a worthy stand alone blend. Hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with this fine offering.
Sutliff - 245 ZBC
Echoes of Aged Maduro Cavendish and Black Cordial. If you like those, your likely to like this. A near Dessert level, unabashed Aromatic with a non temperamental burn rate and a moderate underlying nic presence.
Amphora - Virginia 1.75oz
It's Good, Real Good!
Balanced flavor profile with citrus highlights. A lingering subtle sweetness and despite the looks of the cut, easy to load and a non-fussy burn rate. MB hit a Home run here.
Peter Heinrichs - Reserve Crue No. 2 100g
My review of #4 is similar to Cru #2, with a tad more nicotine and shades of sweetness, less forward than #4.
Peter Heinrichs - Reserve Crue No. 4 100g
Blended with a nod to Aro smokers. It is sweet but not overbearing. Easy to handle and prepare with VG burn rate. Some nic, but not in the spin zone.
Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 16oz
There is a burley satisfaction here that many find in OTC's, taken up a notch. Smooth & burley don't always go together, but their a winning combo here. Tried in Briar, Meer & Cob and it was VG in all 3. Nic is present, but not overpowering. If you heard the Podcast you'll know why Mac Baren is proud of this one.
Ashton - Smooth Sailing 50g
Glad I tried again. Skillfull K&K blending, yields a smooth, satisfying smoke, with a bit of nicotine in the background. Special mention for the Maple handling, which approaches superb without beating you over the head.
Sutliff - Flying Dutchman Match
One of Sutliff's most successful matches. Moderate palate adjustment with herbal components in the background. Good burn rate, very satisfying, with a near dry finish.
Paladin - Black Cherry 1.5oz
Don't Forget PA
I found a70/30 PA forward mix necessary to deliver an acceptable smoke. Intense cherry flavor (not black cherry), finishes wet with dottle. Virtually no nic without doing the Prince Albert rescue.
Holger Danske - Daily Mixture 50g
Sounds plain Jane compared to it's HD stablemates, but this is a rewarding blend. Same high quality blending standards with some nicotine accompanied by a subtle sweet back note. Especially tasty at mid bowl, it is in a sense a mild VA/BUR worth trying.
Prince Albert - Prince Albert 1.5oz
No change noted in formulation. Its predictability is a strength. A change up smoke for me after CH & SWR.
Prince Albert - Cherry Vanilla 1.5oz
Not overdone on flavorings. Has an OTC backbone. Cherry presentation is back handed like Middleton, but no tendency to bite. In the past, I found it to be a good base mixer ( in the 9 oz bag).
Prince Albert - Soft Vanilla 1.5oz
Have smoked this for quite awhile. What I especially like is its (non-Lat) campfire smokiness. Short chop ribbon a bit fluffy, so pack a little tighter and it delivers a slow burning, non fussy smoke. Hoping 9 oz bags are added soon.
Vauen - Bavarian Blend 50g
Sweet on the front end, semi-sour in the background. Unconventional condiments I've not seen elsewhere. Vauen tobac's are a singular take that do not mimic trends or fashion. Beginning to believe they should all be tried.
Sutliff - 504C Aromatic English
A Good Sub
In X-Over's, I like EGR, Black Sea & Zeppelin, but when the budget is tight, this fills the bill with little to no compromise.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Pipe Nail
Review a tamper . . .yes. In addition to the obvious, that mini-scoop is very effective in removing ridge lines of ash when they start interfering with the quality of the smoke.
Sutliff - Mulled Wine
It bites . . . . .repeatedly!
Sutliff - Ready Rubbed Match
Has the outstanding characteristic of getting better, bowl after bowl. A gratifying smoke that has never failed to please.
Sutliff - J4 - Burley
A fine, smooth and mellow smoke on its own. As a blender, I have yet to find any tobac, it won't meld with. Deserves wider use & recognition.
Sir Walter Raleigh - Regular 14oz
So easy to take for granted, the more I smoke, the better it gets. Cellared some for 12 years and it is off the charts good and the contemporary blending is fine too.
Holger Danske - Original Orange 50g
Top quality leaf blended with care & skill. If E/O is too much for you, this presents a subtlety in formulation, while scratching that orange fix.
Holger Danske - Black and Bourbon 50g
A Different Take
Here's a dark horse in the Whisky genre. Smooth & flavorful. Ready to go from the tin, hydration was perfect. Very harmonious and rather unique. Well behaved burn rate, with no bite & a dry finish.
Super Value - Vanilla 12oz
Somewhat nondescript, but OK stuff & forget chore smoke. Proved to be a good base tobac for mixing.
Super Value - Buttered Rum 12oz
Bag & room note are pleasing. Real taste here with light nic in background. Damp but not wet, so careful packing helps. This is a respectable smoke, given its budget parameters.
Super Value - Peach 12oz
Mix it With
Peach topping seems hard to capture. No exception here. The contrived taste can be toned down & greatly improved by mixing SV Vanilla Cav @ 50/50. Results in Peach enhanced (not forward) blend that is greater than its individual tobac's.
Peter Stokkebye - PS38 Highland Whiskey
A smooth PowerGlide blend. Bulk sales ranking belies the mostly lukewarm reviews so far. Subtle whisky presentation is not forward like a Bourbon blend. Try an ounce and you should have no problem finishing it.
Peterson - Aran Mixture 40g
Too esoteric for its own good. Strength level listed here is wrong. Pouch says 2. As light and insincere as a Leprechaun's promise.
Super Value - Ultra 1.5oz
Couldn't get a handle on this one. No discernible character. I can finish it, but won't reorder.
Super Value - Chocolate 1.5oz
Flavor is There
Total surprise. Exceeded all expectations. Well realized and the chocolate backbone does not do a runner. Well behaved burn rate and pleasing room note.
Super Value - Bourbon Whiskey 1.5oz
Sour mash pouch note stays on hand through the smoke. My fav Whiskey blend is Dutch Masters, but this is not far behind. Well worth trying.
Heine's - Heine's Blend 14oz
Finally tried it. Decent blend with no negatives. I'd be more enthusiastic were it offered in bulk.
Sutliff - Barbados Plantation 1.5oz
Truth in Reviews
As good as these pipers report. Tin note is intoxicating, flavor is pleasing. Noticeably sweet but not over the top. Smoked back to back bowls with no burn rate issues. Try it.
Peter Stokkebye - PS301 Natural Dutch Cavendish
Initially presents as okay then transitions to very good after smoking a few ounces. A rewarding blend that has a comfort factor to it. Textbook Sleeper blend and recommended unreservedly.
Peter Stokkebye - PS9 Vanilla Creme
Not a substitute to Macbaren VC, but an alternative. Both blends are complimentary to one another. Controlled sweetness does not offend. Some nic lurks in the shadows. Stores very well long time in a humidor, for regular or occasional smoking. Well worth trying and not likely to disappoint with the understanding it is an Aro and a well executed one at that.
Rattray's - Wallace Flake 50g
May not make you abandon OGS, but it's going to try. Superbly balanced formulation that hits all the right notes.
Lane Limited - Burley
Straight ahead, medium strength. Dry to the touch, but may be intentional, as smokes fine. Develops a pleasing taste profile at mid bowl and a no fuss finish.
Sutliff - D61-Vanilla Royale
This is the formerly tinned Archduke Ferdinand at a considerable savings in bulk. Solid, middle of the road Aromatic.
Sutliff - #600 Mixture 79
It is Heine's Blend with flavor enhancement. Current formulation has been mellowed in bulk and is quite smokeable for those who don't relish in cliches.
Sutliff - 10 Natural Cavendish
The Cognac is subtle and this is not a boozy dessert blend. Benefits from open pouch drying for couple of days. Mixed results in briar, really came to life in a cob. Worth sampling if at all curious and in my case, I have reordered it.
Davidoff - Blue Mixture 50g
Well behaved, polite & friendly, a Black Labrador blend. Moderately sweet, has a slight peppery edge that keeps it from becoming cloying. Nothing to dislike here and worth sampling.
Reiner - Professional Blend 100g
Tasty with an occasional pocket of nicotine present. If you liked Peterson's 2016 Christmas blend your likely to get on board with this.
Lane Limited - Vanilla Black Cavendish
Ultra smooth. Rich taste. Near dessert smoke and a bit different than you might expect.
Captain Black - Grape 1.5oz
Horrid! I'm a regular Lane smoker, but couldn't manage a 2nd bowl. Don't like the kiddie tie in with the naming of this atrocity either. What a Colossal Mistake (on Lane's part & mine.
McClelland - Nutty Hazel
Smooth. Flavorful. Hazelnut balance just right. A bit like their Pastry blend, but more full bodied. Worth sampling,
Peter Stokkebye - PS3 Cherry
Under the Radar
Well done and balanced. It does not exhibit any echoes of that tiresome 'cough drop' cliche. Good burn rate and a decent mixer as well.
Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose 8oz
Sleeper Agent OTC
A better smoke than the traditional confines of a Holiday blend. An Uptown take on classic OTC's. Smoked fresh, it can go damp at finish, but a pleasure getting there and the tin note is exceptionally pleasing.
Sillem's - Linea Epoque Antique 3.5oz
Reviews below are 100% correct.Perfectly aged in tin, burns to an ashy white & tastes delicious. Haven't enjoyed an Aro this good since Rattray's Winter Edition 2014.
Sutliff - Pumpkin Spice
Delivers its spice content in a robust volume. Enjoyable with a seasonal fun factor in taste & room aroma. Pouch note is terrific. Mixes naturally with Sutliff J4 Mild Burley (50/50), if you want to tone down the pumpkin a tad.
Sutliff - Christmas Spice
Tis' the Season
Smooth, soft & mellow. Spice is not overdone. Stands on its own & is not a Holiday Spirit wannabe. A well realized blend.
Villiger - Tropical Export 1.5oz
Quite flavorful, but not over the top. Open pouch drying improves all 4 of these Villiger Aro's. Quality is a notch above for a pouch offering. All 4 that I tried are sleepers and could have been tinned.
Villiger - New World Export 1.5oz
Good Quality Leaf
A little sweeter than the Original offering. This & Tropical benefit from open pouch drying. All 4 Aro's are eminently smokeable & worth sampling.
Villiger - Original Export 1.5oz
Will be in my cart again. All 4 are good, I liked this the best. Better than average leaf in these Villiger blends.
Villiger - Jamaican Export 1.5oz
Well balanced. One of the best Rum blends I have tried. All 4 of the Villiger Aro's are decent & worth trying.
Drexel - Drexel VIII 1.5oz
Strength on low side of medium. Well behaved non-fussy burn rate. If SWR was offered in flake form, it would taste similar to this.
Drexel - Drexel II 1.5oz
1 - Q Plus
This is a Lane product & it is very similar to 1-Q with a little more nicotine. Worth trying a pouch if you like STG Aromatic's.
Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
New Era Better
Taste profile is much the same, but toned down a tad and unlike the old Pinkerton formulation, it does not bite.
Sutliff - Whiskey Cavendish
Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Simplicity
Half bowl and straight to the trash bin.
Lane Limited - Buttered Rum
Initial enthusiasm, tempered by a few ounces.It is a servicable Rum blend in a crowded field.
McClelland - Front Runner 50g
Similar to Lucky Day, but richer and full. Noticeably sweet, but not over the top. Both these custom in house blends hold their own with the other Premium offerings. If you like those, your likely to be pleased with these. Add a pinch of either one to a classic O.T.C tobacco for an added dimension.
Sutliff - 150 Mark Twain
This deserves the kudos it is receiving. Pleasing from the get go and doesn't do a runner. Tasty and well behaved, this was a total and welcomed surprise.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - 9mm Filter (each)
A Tad Shorter
They are a bit shorter than the Vauen and useful in a couple of pipes I have that Vauen was a bit too long for.
Sutliff - Archduke Ferdinand 1.5oz
Despite the grandiose name, this was a pleasant discovery. Whatever the 7 tobaccos are, they are well crafted, with good burn rate and flavor. Went through the tin rather quickly and will reorder again.
Tsuge - The Mystery of Autumn 50g
Does not match tin art in quality. A tick above bulk vanilla. Very monotone, it just never develops a distinct character. Had I not bought it on sale, I would be very disappointed. That being said, it is entirely smokeable, albeit, kind of spendy for an essentially stuff it and forget it blend.
Cornell & Diehl - Founding Fathers
Dry & Harsh
Given its lofty name, I had high expectations for this blend. None were met & it required addition of black cav to finish 2 oz. I was left with the impression that pomegranate is a very unsuitable condiment for pipe tobacco.
Peter Stokkebye - PS201 Black Cavendish
A subtle, near opposite of BCA, being drier, far less sticky & not nearly as sweet. It has proven itself as a great blender and in a couple of instances, it has rescued blends, previously objectionable. Teamed with Stokkebye Cherry makes a VG combo that rivals some tinned blends.
McClelland - Lucky Day 50g
While others offer a hint of caramel, this blend delivers. Soft, caramel sweetness that burns in a well behaved manner. In a sense, it is a streamlined variant of Holiday Spirit, with no sacrifice in quality.
Smokingpipes Gear - Smokingpipes Logo Button
Classy little item for lapel or cap. Now, when can we expect a Bumper Sticker?
McClelland - 715 - Raspberries in Cream
Burns hot, thick walled pipe helps. Tasty, the Cream component is smooth and there is some genuine Raspberry flavor. Definitely worth trying.
Captain Black - Premium Edition Red Sky 1.75oz
Taste Bud Friendly
Accommodating and soft smoking. Smells like fresh cherries and convincingly tastes that way too. As good as Blood Red, but a bit more refined in presentation. Burn rate is excellent with minimum fuss and leaves a dry dottle at bowl's end (which can't be said for many Cherry blends).
Pipa - Whiskey
Pride Cob & Best Blend
Of the 3 choices, I found this the most fully realized, being fairly representative of typical Whiskey blends and quite respectable for its price point.
Pipa - Vanilla Cavendish
Mud China Cob
The cut looks like CBW, but comparison ends there. Humidity disc eliminated initial harshness, yielding a serviceable smoke that is ok as is or amenable to mixing. Fortunately the Chinese cob's shank doesn't protrude into the bowl, so it is an easy fix to pipe mud the bowl bottom that was drilled to thin. Once that is done and 24 hour dried, it becomes smokeable and in that it is not as dense as an MM Cob, it smokes somewhat differently.
Pipa - Cherry Cavendish
Pride Cob & Tobac
Mild & Smooth smoking. Nothing exceptional but not objectionable either. Flavoring is light, not amped up like TK-6 or Very Cherry. Hydrated 24 hours with humidifier disc, also helped. Due to the over the top graphics, I always assumed it contained a mini cob, but that is not the case. Assumed it would be a second, but it is no different than other Pride cobs. The math is real simple and there is a bargain here for those to whom it appeals.
Lane Limited - LL-7
Tasty & smooth. Perhaps Lanes most balanced blend. If you are an IQ fan, this is a must try.
Peter Stokkebye - PS316 Sambuca
Despite its florid name, this is a solid smoking and crafted blend. Leaf and cut equal some pricey tins. There is also a moderate nicotine level behind the topping. The licorice component is noticeable in the pouch, less so in the smoke, but still there as an enhancement. A pleasing surprise blend for the curious and/or adventurous pipester.
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
I Walk the Lane
Good & solid. Though a Lane product, this is not a reworking of TK-6 and a dollop of chocolate. Cherry topping balanced (for a change) and the Chocolate component is tasteful and ultra smooth, perhaps better than I have ever experienced. They do not flee at mid bowl and are still there at bowl's end. Nic present enough, but not to a degree to put anyone off. Tin Note is smile inducing. This is a blend you find yourself thinking about and that's always a good sign in my book. Has the potential to become, the I-Q amongst Cherry Blends. I've tried many blends on that elusive Cherry Quest and this succeeds the best
Peter Stokkebye - PS315 Black Coffee
Bowl of Joe
Convincing and flavorful in a formulation that often fails. Not as good as Vauen Espresso, but in the running and a lot more reasonably priced. Mildly sweet is accurate. Pouch & room notes, burn rate and finish, all good.
Cornell & Diehl - Apricots and Cream
Not syrupy. Imparts an un-objectionable dryness that mimics that same quality of apricots. Less sweet than its name implies. Light in perceived Nic., it is quietly satisfying. Deducted 1 star, as goes wet 2/3 through in briar, which was surprising, given how dry it had smoked to that point and in pouch feel.
Larsen - Larsen Limited Edition 150 Year 100g
Can taste all the players listed in contents and in the order shown, plus nicotine is hovering around as well. Burns fast for me too, but that just accentuates the fact that the bowl is empty. Hydration good right from the tin and burns to ash in a dry bowl. Really well done and more importantly, not overdone.
Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Night Cap
Unapologetic Aro. Very rich. It is moist and benefits from drying. Lasts quite awhile both in burn rate and longevity, as I can only smoke it occasionally, but when in the mood, it fits that niche, nicely.
Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Midnight Smoke
Good burn rate, pouch & room notes. Almost an ultra light, it is a good choice for final bowl of the day, especially if you have over smoked.
Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Blue Note
Tried again after 5 years. Different, it is not sweet and sour, it is both at the same time. That elusive flavor component is the 'Blue Note' and you chase it throughout the bowl. Seems to always be on the periphery of your taste buds. Genuinely interesting and enigmatic blend that is hard to define or even categorize, but well worth trying if you are at all curious.
Peter Stokkebye - Cinnamon
Balanced & carefully crafted. A satisfying, dry to the dottle smoke. Done just right & does not wear out its welcome.
McClelland - 700 - Baklava
Similar to its stablemate, Walnut Liqueur, this is less sweet and can deliver a pleasurable creaminess when smoked slowly. When mixed 50/50 with the above mentioned #705, it makes a nice combo that compliments the best of both.
McClelland - 705 - Walnut Liqueur
Fine flavor & character. Walnut present in pouch note, with a taste that is both shell and nut. Not temperamental and burn rate is very good.
Sutliff - 208 Apple
This is not Middleton Apple. The review below is mistaken. It is a a bland and unremarkable blend that shares nothing with the aforementioned product. No improvement in 5 years of cellaring and not recommended to anyone.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Brigham Regular Pipe Cleaners (75 pack)
Sometimes Too Thick
They are absorbent and well made, however, they do not fit a thin bit. Even flattening the end and/or wetting does not help. I'll reserve them for shank duty and buy my reg brand & that is the Long & short of it.
McClelland - 805 - Carolina Deluxe
Smoked this up in no time. Just kept inviting itself into the bowl. Has that same smokeability as a good stuff and forget it, Burley. Well behaved, no fuss blend that is hard not too like.
McClelland - M93 - Topper
Commendable burn rate. Taste is up front, but not over the top. Don't know if it will be a regular, but definitely do not regret trying this tasteful blend.
Comoy's - Cask No.9
VA Controlled Sweetness
Not the confectionery that description sounds like. VA is prominent here and everything else sweetens the mix to a degree. Can get hot if pushed. Some real care has been exercised here in controlling the alcohol component and that can be said for Cask #2 as well. On the strength of these 2, I ordered #5 and will see if it makes a Trifecta.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Exclusive Black Cherry
Call the Babysitter
Tried in briar, cob and meer. 7 to 8 relights really taxes my patience. As noted, there is a good flavor to be had, but you'll have to swim there to get it.
Planta - Anno MMVI (Sweet Pear Mixture)
Captures Pear Essence
Peach blends don't convince me, so I thought Pear would be even more elusive. Not so, to my surprise and enjoyment. At mid-bowl down that essence retreats somewhat with some nicotine hits discernable. Great start and I suspect this is a blend, I'll get more accustomed to, over time.
Cornell & Diehl - Mocha
Dry for a C & D Aro, it is ready to smoke out of the pouch. Well behaved. The flavors are true to its description with no cloying sweetness, that often sabotages this formulation in other brands.
Sutliff - SPS-2003 Strawberry Delight
Full Bore Blend
As noted, Strawberry is prominent, not hinted at or danced around. Unabashedly Aromatic and a great strawberry fix if you have that craving. May also work as a blending highlighter, with a pinch added for accents to other blends.
Comoy's - Cask No.2
Glad I Tried It
That wine component nearly put me off, but it works here. Flavors alternate from moderately sweet to semi-sour in a pleasing way. Not fussy, light up and go with an excellent burn rate, accompanied by a few Nic hits from mid-bowl to finish.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Adapter for reduction from 9mm to 3mm
Works as Advertised
Has worked in several pipes and controls air flow very well. Also handy for filter users, for those times you run out. One of those items your glad you have when needed.Remove when cleaning stem, as crud builds in barrel of the tenon. Any tightness encountered can be resolved with beeswax.
Smokingpipes Gear - Smokingpipes Baseball Cap (with Pockets)
Part Year 'Round
Now that Fall is here I can wear this. Though properly vented, I've found it too warm if temp is above 60. Zippered side was stuck halfway when received, but some bee's wax solved that. Aside from these issues, quality is fairly good and it is comfortable in cooler weather.
McClelland - 402 - Chocolate Cream
Real truth in advertising here. Chocolate taste throughout bowl alternates with mild periodic Nic hits. Nice change up smoke.