Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular 3.5oz
Smooth and trouble-free
I'm not an all-day smoker, but if I were, I would want a blend like this. Easy to light, trouble-free to the bottom of the bowl, delicious, and passes the wife test when she gets up close and personal with my beard. I took away half a star because it seems to burn a bit quicker than most of the blends in my usual rotation. Still, if you catch it on sale, you get your money's worth. I'll keep some of this around.
G. L. Pease - Windjammer 2oz
Rough seas? Try Windjammer
This is my go-to blend for when I've had a tough day and need to relax. I fill my pipe and after the last puff I feel like I'm back in a safe harbor. Superb, comforting smoke.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
The Game is Afoot
I've read a lot of reviews describing certain blends as a journey. I don't have a sophisticated palate it seems because this is the first blend I've experienced where that actually happened to me. After my first couple bowls I went out and bought a big tin because this stuff is magic. A slightly different experience as you proceed through each bowl. I even went so far as to order a pipe that I'm devoting to this blend (a luxury I thought pointless before Gaslight) because I smoke a lot of cavendish blends and I don't want my experience muddled. This makes me think of the strong Turkish blends Holmes would store in his Persian slipper for when he needed to mull over a challenging case in depth. I find it smokes best packed loosely. Deep, rich, and perfect for a good think.
Sillem's - Black 100g
20 years of outstanding service
Okay, maybe eighteen. I landed on Sillem's Black early in my pipe explorations and it became my go-to smoke. Unlike most aromatics I've tried, this one is consistent from the first puff to the end. My wife doesn't mind the smell and my gothy daughter is always doing stuff with the empty tins. I've no idea what and intend to keep it that way. I hope this blend never retires, I've no idea how I'd replace it. Or give it the gold watch it deserves.