Robert R.
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Ashton - Aged Maduro #40
Exquisite Maduro
Ashton Maduro is a marvelous smoking experience. A flawless draw, nice even burning construction. The wrapper is initially fairly sweet, and remains that way, but the sweetness soon yields to a very complexity of Cedar/Oak, Earth, pepper, mild leather and a silky cocoa creamy pleasure. The first half is mdeium bodied, slowly building to a medium full flavored stick, without a HINT of harshness. Laying some of these aside for a few years aging in a humidor would be a prudent move, as they only improve with age. A truly masterful cigar while also a great value which won't break the bank

Stolen Throne - Crook of the Crown Toro
Sit down when smoking these!
WOW! What a marvelous smoking experience! These are stout immediately upon lighting, and build throughout. Deep deep earthy tones, leather, cedar and darker woods, spice for days and a mild sweetness from the Mexican wrapper. I'm NOT a novice cigar smoker, and these are pretty strong for me. Completely satisfying in every way imaginable. If Partagus Maduros aren't strong enough for you, try these, but please sit down, before you FALL down! Absolutely OUNTSTANDING Full Bodied Cigar. The Draw and burn are perfection! A Stolen Thrown works for me!

Hoyo de Monterrey - Excalibur No. 1 English Claro
Nice Mind Cigar
I used to smoke these frequently before my taste changed to fuller tastes especially Maduro, Corojo, Cameroon etc. I still smoke them from time to time when I want something mild yet satisfying. Creamy, mild spice, many pepper. A nice oak/cedar flavor throughout. The wrapper is very mild but tasty and just very slightly sweet. I like to keep enough on hand to share with friends who prefer something mild

Oliva - Serie G Maduro Churchill
Masterful Stick
Very nice construction, nice even draw, nearly flawless burn, very few mending lights for me. Flavor profile is nice and complex, Cedar, Leather, Coffee, Licorice, and pepper notes. The wrapper is mildly sweet adding layer of pleasure. The first half of the cogar is medium bodied, the second half is worth the wait, building in strength and intesity, all the way down to the nub. All around a very pleasant cigar, and I would imagine if you have the time and space, these would only improve with long term aging. Pairs extremely well with Whiskey, be it Scotch, Irish or Bourbon

Perdomo - Habano Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maduro Churchill
Rich and Powerful
I like a whole lot about this cigar in many ways. Very rich from the light onward. Cedar, leather, spicy note for the whole stick. The wrapper is very nice, flavorful and not in the slightest bit sweet. The volume of smoke is more like a 60 ring gauge. There is an underlying harshness that pokes it's head in a little too frequently for me. The retrohale is very sharp, and somewhat numbing. I LOVE full bodied cigars, but mellower somehow. The construction is flawless, the right balance of tightly constructed, yet a supreme draw. perfectly even burning. I'm sure there are others who will enjoy everything about these, but for me, while it's a fine product, it just really isn't quite for me

CAO - Pilon Churchill
Outstanding Value
The CAO: Pilon Churchill is a beautiful cigar for the price point. Many of the pleasures of a more pricy entrant, Rich, Creamy, Round Refined flavors of Cedar, Leather, Pepper, Coffee, Cocao in abundance. Very nice construction, cool even burning and a nice mottled dense ash, nearly perfect draw. YES I will be stocking these for aging and frequent smoking. CAO is kind of hit and miss for me with many of their products, this is simply outstanding!

Romeo y Julieta - 1875 Magnum
Very Nice Lighter Medium Bodied Cigar
The Indonesian Shade Grown wrapper is very nice, mildly spicy. The construction is fairly close to top notch, a few of my first 5 of these were a but fussy, requiring melding lites. The flavors are mild to medium bodied. strong Cedar and Leather, mild pepper from time to time. These are a very nice cigar, but not the level of complexity or strength that will be a regular for me. Do NOT let my opinion shy you away from them, I'm mainly a Maduro, Corojo or Cameroon fan.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kentucky Nougat
Pleasant Mild Aromatic
Kentucky Nougat is a nice mild, sweet, cool burning Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia mixture. Very pleasant room note that won't offend many, This is a perfect blend for mornings with strong coffee or tea, or a light after diner smoke. Cocoa and toffee flavors abound, without completely disguising the mild tobacco components. I also note some occasional cherry and nutty flavors ringing in from time to time. I'm not terribly big on aromatic blends, especially those that taste of smell of scented candles. No risk of that here, Gawith Hoggarth do a fine job as they have for a couple hundred years.

G. L. Pease - Windjammer 2oz
Wonderful Navy Flakish
I've been smoking pipes since 1979, many a Virginia "Navy Flake" has passed through my pipes in those years. While this may not pass the purist of definitions, it is certainly worthy of your attention, A marvelous mixture of Virginia, Burley and Perique, with just the perfect touch of Rum to round things out. The Black Cavedsih rounds out the courners without being distracting. Rich, cool burning, you will have to be dedicated to get this mixture to bite. For 20 plus years Mr Gregory Pease has delighted me with his mixtures, this is just the latest in an incredible journey. 5 SOLID STARS!

Black Label Trading Company - Last Rites Robusto
Dear Lord
This is a powerful and rewarding cigar! Maduro in the Adult, seasoned cigar smoker category. WOW! Everything you've ever desired in a Maduro all at once from the light to the end. Cocoa/Coffee flavors in spades, black pepper, leather, There are subtle notes of exotic spices here and there, Cardamom and curry. Cedar and spice are constantly present, more subtle flavors for days (ok about 1 1/2 to 2 hours) This stick is worth every penny of whatever you paid! These are new to me, and I've learned about another MUST HAVE cigar in my humidors

Camacho - Corojo Churchill
Oh Man!
Wow! These are nice! Spicy, lots of pepper, cedar and cocoa moderate leather hints of citrus here and there in a steadily building slowly toward fuller profile. These remind me of the many different Cuban sticks I tried while stationed in England. These will be in my humidor long term. What a nice Cigar!

Joya de Nicaragua - Antano 1970 Robusto Grande
Pleasant Woody Smoke
These cigars are immediately dark and woody, Cedar and Oak flavors dominate a nice mixture of slowly developing spice. A silky oily mouthfeel, perfect burn, easy draw and cool. The richness and strength builds slowly, starting out medium bodied and ending full and rich. Produces a white flakey ash. While it does not have the complexity I crave they are certainly a rich satisfying smoke

CAO - Gold Maduro Robusto
Nice Twist on a Maduro
Very rich, creamy, silky mouthfeel, nice and spicy , deep Cedar, cocoa/coffee flavors, black pepper, occasional notes of bergamot. A worthy everyday Maduro

Punch - Gran Puro Sesenta
Exceptional Pleasures
I have enjoyed Punch's Gran Puro line for nearly 2 decades, every cigar has been a joy, start to finish. Sesenta is the Granddaddy of them all, bold powerful, spicy, rich and creamy in the volume you'd expect from a 60 ring gauge, everything a large ring gauge should be, with a moderate oiliness and cool even burn. I can't keep them on hand to age past 6 months.

La Aroma de Cuba - Churchill
Wonderful Churhill
Others have noted the solid construction, even burn and perfect draw. I noted rich cocoa, coffee flavors. A very spicy rich core, notes of cedar, leather with a very nice non-sweet wrapper. These will have a spot in my humidor for an occasional change of pace.

G. L. Pease - Barbary Coast 2oz
Wonderful Mixture
Barbary Coast is a nearly perfect mixture, the Burley is pure and even burning as a foundation, the Virginias mix in marvelous harmony, adding depth and character to the blend, the Perique adds mid fruits and deeper flavors and the Brandy topping adds just the right notes, The room note is pleasant, I'm not sure it's a crowd pleaser, but it's pleasant enough not to offend. I do not smoke this often, but I've usually got some around as a change of pace smoke. If I were more of a Burley fancier I'd smoke this all day! It's an OLD Pease classic mixture, very worthy of your attention

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Gold
Gorgeous and Simple Virginia Shag
Don't look for a great deal of complexity here, this is pure Golden Virginia in a fine shag cut. That does not mean this isn't fine tobacco, it is! When I'm in the mood for something simple, mild and satisfying I reach for it. When I want to enjoy a cigarette, I grab a paper and roll one. In the nose it is typical pure Virginia, grassy, straw like, with some nutty undertones. In the pipe if you keep your smoking pace slow, barely burning it deepens slightly during a bowl and the nuttiness becomes more noticeable. Very smooth and mild, the nicotine is there just enough to satisfy. This is a very subtle tobacco, give it time and you may find it very rewarding, expect big flavors immediately you may be disappointed. I do not think you can make this bite, even if you are trying.

Partagas - Black Label Classico
Brilliant Oily Full on Maduro
I absolutely LOVE everything about this cigar! I reach for these when a La Gloria Cubana Maduro isn't strong enough. This is Full ON in your face Rich Maduro Pleasure, in Spades. Rich Cocoa, Coffee, Earth, Leather and Licorice flavors abound, subtler spices and pepper round out the profile. This stick gives you all it has when lightning and develops as it goes. I would caution that this is not a novice stick, this is a serious cigar, very pleasurable for those who enjoy full on flavor and strength. Perfect even burn, beautiful dense ash, pairs extremely well with a good Bourbon or Aged Single Malt Absolutely perfect for easing the pains and burdens of life ...

Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
Extreme Value in bulk
Being a solid and experienced all things VA smoker I thought I'd give Cornell & Diehl:Yorktown a 4 ounce try. I'm VERY glad I did! The science of this mixture is a bit above my head, the doubled stoved Red together with stoved Brite VA, then additional Red VA marks for a remarkable smoking mixture. The results for me are as others have noted a decidedly "bready tasting" mixture! A real surprize! I see this as a welcome edition to my staple mixtures. I have plans to purchase and "tin up" some jars for aging. If you are looking for an unusual mixture to add to your rotation, or looking for something to celar and age, give this a try.

Punch - Clasico Maduro Pita
I think I've found my everyday Maduro!
I absolutely LOVE Maduro cigars, but they are often about 50% than I want to spend on anything more than a special occasion. Punch: Clasico Maduro Pita in a 50 ring gauge trips my trigger. A nice well balanced cigar, huge on typical Maduro Bold Full flavors, leather, earth lots of spice there is almost no sweetness at all. These sort of miss the refinement of pricier sticks, but they are a VERY nice everyday smoke and very share worthy, a perfect "Poker Night" stick which won't break your pocket

Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Enduring Favorite
I've smoked Peter Stokkebye: PS402 Luxury Twist Flake for about 18 years now. It remains a standy daily driver for many reasons. I LIVE in VA mixture land 99% of the time and and wander into Burley or English/Balkan lands occasionally. Luxury Twist Flake is like no other, both in presentation or in the "is is natural or aromatic" department. My suspicion is that it IS an aromatic although a subtle one. I sense honey and a mild fruit essence, the fruit reminding me exactly of tinned mandarin oranges. These essences are quite sharp in the "tin note" and are fairly evident to me upon lighting, but fade during the smoke. The VA's are some of the finest anywhere, with all the grassy straw like qualities any VA smoker would expect. You REALLY have to try hard to make this one bite, and when the stars are all in line and smoke goes perfect I wind up with a silly grin on my face. HIGHLY recommended!

Solani - Aged Burley Flake - 656 50g
Reminiscent of a discontinued favorite
This RICH Burley mixture reminds me absolutely of the sadly long discontinued Edgeworth Sliced. Utterly and deeply satisfying smoke, a little on the full side of things. NEVER hints at a bite, smooth and even burning. I do notice subtle differences in preparation and taste. Fully rubbed out the flavors are more immediate, when I simply "fold, ball up and insert" the flavors seem more concentrated and take a bit more time to open up. Either way the deep natural flavors of Burley, honey, molasses, figs, raisins dominate with very subtle spices and sweetness abound in perfect harmony

Cornell & Diehl - Founding Fathers
Pleasing often reached for Change of Pace
Pleasing often reached for Change of Pace smoke for me. The Pomegranate flavor as others have noted is immediate in the tin, and through the entire smoke. It never dominates completely, but it's always there. The Burley, VA and Cavendish work together in a very gentle and pleasing way. This NEVER bites and is perfectly even burning, just don't rush it. I have noticed that it will "color" a bowl, not quite a "ghost" and the pipe should return to neutral in a bowl or two, so if that's a problem just use in a pipe you smoke aromatics in.

H. Upmann - Vintage Cameroon Toro
Wonderful Medium Bodied
Vintage Cameroon Toro Is a wonderful medium bodied stick. Subtle flavors and the Cameroon Wrapper is divine. Moderate spices and white pepper dominate the remaining flavors of vanilla, cinnamon round out the corners nicely. An absolutely solid cigar in every way

La Gloria Cubana - Serie R #6 Maduro
Outstanding Value
Very similar to the Serie R # 5 It remains one of my favorites. If you are new to cigars, you might want to work your way up to this. This powerhouse coats the palate with bold, yet refined flavors of black pepper, molasses, earth, cedar,... honey, and an assortment of various sweet and zesty spices. I enjoy them with Bourbon or Dark Rum

La Gloria Cubana - Serie R #5 Maduro
Not the first choice for a novice
I friend introduced me to these years ago. It remains one of my favorites. If you are new to cigars, you might want to work your way up to this. This powerhouse coats the palate with bold, yet refined flavors of black pepper, molasses, earth, cedar, honey, and an assortment of various sweet and zesty spices. I enjoy them with Bourbon or Dark Rum

G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
Lakeland Lite
This is a wonderful product, make no mistake. Is it Lakeland Flake? Maybe. I have smoked GW and SG products for decades, and many a bowl of St Bruno and Condor have escaped my bowl. This is a very fine Virginia based mixture, can I say "Lakeland" flake, it's doubtful. IF there is a Lakeland essence, it only barely perceptible, and i've got very seasoned and perceptible tongue. That said, this is a marvelous smoking mixture, but probably NOT a candidate for me to purchase again, there are just too many Virginia based products to choose from, and the Lakeland essence is if it even exists too weak to purchase again ...

Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning Flake 8oz
New All Time Favorite
I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls. The burn is even and cool no matter whether you fold and stuff, rub it out, ball it up and insert. Lighting is a one match affair, yielding a wonderful, smooth, complex and stronger smoke that just satisfies me as nothing else. HIGHLI have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.YI have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.I have finally concluded I have a new all time favorite tobacco mixture. GLP Haddos Delight has occupied that special place for me for nearly two decades. I still LOVE it, but Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake has ecplised that spot! My rotation consisted of mostly Virginia or Vaper with a few exceptions, but typically if you find me with a pipe, it will most often be of these types of mixtures. I've been a pipe smoker since 1979, and 1000's of blends have been commited to the atmosphere by me. Through the gereousty of a friend in the Atlanta Pipe Smokers Club, I've even sampled Percy Martin Perique, several ounces of it. He had ordered a pound and didn't really know what to do other than offer it up for those interested. I've chewed it, I've smoked it in pure form and mixed it with Virginias in various ratios. I'm what you might call a Perique Freak, I just love the stuff! Cornell & Diehl: Bayou Morning Flake pairs very fine Old Belt Red Virginia in a staggering ratio of 25% Perique. The room note is incredible, complex, warm and smells of rum cake (the Jamaican Holiday cake) and cinnamon rolls.

Cornell & Diehl - Gentleman Caller 2oz
Aromatic? Pleasures
Gentleman Caller evokes another age in pipe tobacco perfectly. I’ve smoked many tins of Crooner, and loved every bowl. Crooner is more Burley forward, in Gentleman Caller Burley plays a more minor role. Te Virginia and Deertongue play center stage. While Deertongue smells similar to vanilla, for me at least it really doesn’t taste like vanilla. Most Vanilla topped/Cased blends to me at least taste like someone shaved a cheap vanilla candle into the blend … nothing like that even remotely happens with Gentleman Caller, just well behaved, wonderful Virginia and a light hand of Burley. The room note is wonderful, compliment evoking completely absent of anything artificial or cloying. This is a wonderful blend, cool/clean burning, leaving little to no dottle. This performs extremely well in a Corn cob or dedicated briar pipe. When you are looking for a nice semi-aromatic smoke that everyone around you will enjoy, reach for it!

G. L. Pease - Haddo's Delight 2oz
Perfection
What can I say about this blend which hasn't already been said? It's my deserted island blend, and has been since about 2003! Haddo's is simply everything I could ever want or desire in a blend, fairly high in nicotine, HUGE on flavor and complexity, a Vaper symphony, with twists and turns that while familiar having smoked it for nearly two decades, it always satisfying, every changing as the bowl progresses. The very slight Rum topping/casing is very pleasing, the Cavendish Burley and Perique are in perfect balance and harmony. If I had to choose only 1 mixture for the rest of my days, Haddo's Delight is my absolute Top billing

G. L. Pease - Navigator 2oz
Excellence
Not since smoking Vintage tins of McClelland's offerings have I tasted such rich, bold, satisfying Virginia Flake. I'm smoking this presently in a Premium Peterson 1/2 bent Author, and loving every puff. The Virginias are absolutely astonishing, the mixture and pressing are perfection, the slight addition of Dark Fired Kentucky and Rum add deep, mystifying layers to a gorgeous broken flake. This flake is well behaved, cool smoking and enough to satisfy any sailor or land lubber.

Solani - Virginia Flake - 633 100g
Astonishing Flake
Aroma/Tin notes: Fresh unsullied Virginia with a touch of raisins from Perique, notes of fresh mowed hay, a slight citrus and ginger In The Pipe: This flake is the perfect humidity right from the tin, Absolutely gorgeous and rubs out or crumbles to perfection, easy loading and packing into the chamber. Lighting is easy, and gives hints of Caramel with a building sweetness of superior quality Virginia, the Perique stays mostly in the background until the whole chamber is up to temperature and maintaining a steady burn rate, I find myself wanting to rush, because it tastes so amazing ... must slow down. If you can hold to a very slow puffing cadence you will be rewarded with a sweet, complex, spicy and perfectly balanced smoke you will wish could go on forever, The best pace for this tobacco it puffing just enough to maintain a perfect burn, just on the verge of going out. Generally speaking I prefer higher Perique content, but this product is perfection. This flake is easily in my top 10 tobaccos of all time