Kurt F.

Arango - Balkan Supreme
Something missing
I’m not sure what’s missing from this blend. It is very flavorful but just not as satisfying as the flavor suggests. Sort of like eating a veggie burger. It tastes right but just not as satisfying as the real thing. Try Hearth and Home Blackhouse instead for a great and satisfying Balkan.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Rum Flake 50g
Not my cup of tea
In fact tea to a coffee drinker is a great way to describe this tobacco. There is nothing wrong with it having the grassy and yeast bread flavors of the Virginia in the background but it’s bland to someone who prefers more flavorful choices. The nicotine is there just not much flavor if you prefer English or aromatics this one won’t sway you to Virginia’s. For more flavor stick to G&H Bobs Chocolate Flake or American Delight.

Hearth & Home - Blackhouse 1.75oz
True Balken
Wow. This is everything you expect a balken to be at a reasonable price and easy to find at smokingpipes. Lots of nuanced flavors some spicy some rich just a great smoke that keeps me interested and craving the next bowl.

Davidoff - English Mixture 50g
Pleasant all day English
I often smoke at my local Davidoff store but have never purchased their pipe tobacco before. Last Saturday I showed up with a bowl full of tobacco that just wasn’t working for me. So I broke down and tried the Davidoff English. It turns out to be a nice medium English that saved my evening. It happens to be an aromatic English with tin notes of raisin and fig which made a true English with the usual Latakia much more enjoyable for my wife sitting next to me. I got none of the aromatic flavor which was just fine with me because it is an excellent quality tobacco blend. Nice to know I can always grab a tin of this at my favorite smoke spot.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Black Twist Sliced
This stuff is strong and strangely appealing but it is not an everyday flavor I want but every one in a while on a Saturday Night when I am going to have more than one strong drink this is the strong tobacco I want to go with it. I am always keeping some on hand for those moments.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Mixture 50g
Latakia but not very Balken
I’m a big fan of almost everything G&H does but this one does not work for me. The Latakia is overpowering and one dimensional. I have to blend it with something else to get a balanced smoke. I do like several other balkans so it’s not that I don’t like Latakia. Your mileage may vary because it is a high quality tobacco like all G&H.

Cornell & Diehl - Blockade Runner 2oz
Ages well
So I am not a big Virginia smoker but I cellared a can of this for more than 10 years and the result was amazing. Great on its own or to sweeten any English blends or Balkan blends that need more dimension. About one pinch of this to two pinches of the other has turned some other blends into perfection for me. I’m using up the last bit all on its own

Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Special Reserve 4oz
Even Better then the Best
What’s better than the best tobacco blend ever? This stuff is. I thought PP couldn’t get any better until this came along. It’s not so different that I am ever disappointed with the original but I will order several of these if they ever come available again.

Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 2oz
Doesn’t get any better!
If I had the ability to blend tobaccos this would be my goal. The only thing better is the special reserve version or possibly if this improves with age. We shall see!

Cornell & Diehl - Mississippi Mud 2oz
Flavorfull and easy going
I am relatively new to enjoying non-aromatic English blends with latakia.I do enjoy a strong tobacco which this is, but it is not so complex or nuanced that you have to be an expert to appreciate it. If you are a wine drinker, it reminds me of the new style of red blends from California. Bold flavors without fancy pedigree. I have some fancier choices that can wait in the cellar until my pallet is more sophisticated. In the meantime this is a definite re-buy.

Sutliff - Pumpkin Spice
What's not to Love
So often pipe smokers look down on aromatics that are more about the topping than the tobacco, but this is one smoke that makes me say so what? Who would have guessed that the nation would go crazy for pumpkin spice coffee doughnuts and everything else? Well I am here to say that pumpkin spice does the same for tobacco as it does for coffee. I can't wait for fall to enjoy them together. I even have a corn cob pipe dedicated to it. And by the way as with most Sutliff flavors you are still getting a premium blend of tobaccos far better than drug store brands.

Mixture No. 79 - Mixture No. 79 1.5oz
Love it.
A great every day tobacco with anise and lakeland? There is a mystery flavor /scent that I just love to get lost in. To be fair some can't stand it. This one is a love it or hate it smoke for most people. I am on the love it side. I figure I am in good company as it was also a favorite of both Hugh Heffner and Frank Sinatra.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake 50g
Don't Be Afraid of Lakeland
Most smokers either love or hate lakeland. If you can relax and enjoy the mystery in the flavors of a bit of lakeland, this one is most enjoyable! It' like the difference between gin and vodka. But the real center stage of Ennerdale is a premium tobacco blend that is just so enjoyable.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - American Delight 50g
A Delight
Does tobacco get any better than this? If I was stranded on an island with only one tobacco, this would be the one I would want. When you open the tin you get this odd smell of yeast roles with some sweet apples and golden raisins baked in, but when you smoke it all I can thing about is the quality of the tobacco. The next time I opened the tin that smell that seemed odd to me the first time was now strangely appealing.

Sutliff - 500 African Queen
A Premium Aromatic
Most of the Sutliff Aromatics are decent, certainly better than the drugstore brands, but this one is far superior. The exotic African tobaccos in this make for one of the best smokes you will ever have. While it does have a pleasant aromatic flavor I hardly notice it because my taste buds focus on one the best tobacco smoke flavors out there. If you started with aromatics but are ready to move on to other things this is a great choice. You will be smoking it for the high quality tobacco not the topping.

Sutliff - Aged Maduro Cavendish
Great Tobacco
Aged Maduro Cav by Sutliff is a great aromatic that would not be offensive to many non-aromatic smokers. If you are just starting out in pipe smoking, try this one. A smooth stronger smoke makes it behave well and stays consistent throughout the bowl. It has the sweetness of an aromatic without being overpowering. And you can't go wrong with sutliff's pricing.

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