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Peterson - Irish Cask 50g
A very nice and unique blend
I smoked this blend when it was made in Belfast (Murray). It has changed for the better, I think. There is burley in the blend and the perique is done well. It is not sharp and with a filter pipe it med-full bodied with a wine like sweetness. Better than the old Murray version. Although the old tin art was lovely.

Herrera Esteli - Habano Lonsdale
Very good
Very nice quality cigar, in a Havana style. I would buy a box of these at $5-$6 per cigar. But like everything else it is way over priced. I certainly will buy a few occasionally.

La Aroma de Cuba - Corona
Too bad
I wanted to like this but I am always wary of Connecticut Broadleaf used for a wrapper. Uninteresting, but well made.

Punch - Gran Puro Pico Bonito
Over priced
The one I recently tried did not have a red/brown wrapper like the photo shown here. The wrapper was darker and heavily veined. The cigar was a bit sharp and rough tasting. Relatively poor, and over-priced.

G. L. Pease - Telegraph Hill 2oz
Unpleasant
The perique is not sweet or tart, but has an extreme sharpness. The virigiana is very bitter, like a raw burley. There are a few GLP blends which I like but this seems like very poor quality tobacco.

McConnell - Pure Caribe 50g
Quality Cigar Leaf
I believe the Havana leaf mentioned on the back label is most likely Havana seed leaf. This means it's probably Honduran or Nicaraguan havana seed, which is a very good leaf. A shredded good quality cigar life that you use for enhancing other blends. Smoking it straight is not too interesting. I add this to existing blends to add a little body and coolness.

G. L. Pease - Meridian 2oz
Reminds me of old Rattray's, maybe.
This is a virginia/oriental blend with a subtle but noticeable latakia presence. Red virgina and orientals makes this a sweet and savoury blend reminiscent of Red Raparee, although much easier on the palate. As I went through this tin, I tired of the sour orientals.

Rattray's - Accountant's Mixture 100g
It's a classic Scottish Blend
Not sure why any Rattray blend is called "an English". That's not right. Rattray was a legendary Scottish blender and we are lucky to still have these blends, although they are different from the originals tinned in the UK (pre-1990?). This one is very unique. It is a virginia/oriental blend but has dark tobaccos added in good quanity, including a barely perceptable amount of latakia. The blend is very full on the palate with a natural sweetness from the virginas. It does not get sharp or tart like Red Rapparee. The oriental tobaccos are noticeable at the very end and they are the same woody variety found in the other Rattray mixtures, but in smaller quantity it seems. I added a small amount of latakia to this with really nice result. Sweet, rich with faint smokiness, and soft on the palate. A solid medium in strength. I can't think of any other blend like this.

Rattray's - Old Gowrie 100g
A classic old Scottish Virgina Blend
It's misleading to call this a "VA/Per". It's really a straight and matured viginia blend. The perique in this must be very minimal because it is barely noticeable, if at all. This is a really old blend and a very rich classic virginia in the Scottish style.

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Algerian Superior Smooth Bulldog

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    Bertrand Russell: Mathematician, Philosopher, Pipe Smoker
  • ► Your articles on pipe smokers are very well done and this one is no exception. I was just reading one his essays this morning, and saw this by chance. Russell was a great intellectual, a brilliant mathematician, and a great human being. His essays on life, religion, and politics have been read by several generations, because they are timeless subjects, and presented with uncomplicated logic and common sense. I haven't tried F&T Golden mixture.
  • ► Your articles on pipe smokers are very well done and this one is no exception. I was just reading one his essays this morning, and saw this by chance. Russell was a great intellectual, a brilliant mathematician, and a great human being. His essays on life, religion, and politics have been read by several generations, because they are timeless subjects, and presented with uncomplicated logic and common sense. I haven't tried F&T Golden mixture.
    Do You Have Any Cubans ?
  • ► Well, remember that Cuban tobacco tastes different than havana seed grown elsewhere in Latin America. It just does. I bought many boxes of Habanas from the late 80s until early 2000s. Purchasing them in Europe was much less expensive then in Canada Australia, or the UK. Buying them in the duty free shops, I paid less for Habanas the most of the cigars on this website. Yes some brands had quality problems. I had a box of Hoyo De Monterrey Churchills, one of the legends of cuban cigars. Half the cigars were plugged, and not smoke-able. I paid $250 for that box 15 years ago. A real Montecristo Habano, No. 3 is still the best cigar I've ever smoked and I have had hundreds. Partagas, Romeo Julieta , Sancho Panza, Rafael Gonzalez, were all great! The one "domestic" cigar that I love just as much is the La Gloria Cubana (Dominican or Miami). Also, think the Tatjuaje are superb. The problem is not havana cigars, it's the ridiculous prices. I've smoked all the great ones and NEVER paid more than $10. And that was for one of the last Cuban Davidoffs purchased at Harrod's. (Lovely!)