BERNIE
About Me:
Occasional pipe smoker who recently decided to dive fully into exploring various pipe tobaccos.
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G. L. Pease - Meridian 8oz
Top Notch
G.L Pease is growing on me fast. Quiet Evening is a chart topping favorite. I ordered some Meridian, and boy am I glad I did. Perfect amount of smoky Latakia, with the Virginia making its presence known every so often, and the orientals tying the two together nicely. I simply can’t stop picking it up. Great smoke all around. Definitely adding to the starting lineup.

Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning Flake 2oz
Adventure Awaits
I consistently try to break out of my comfort zone and try new blends. Bayou Morning Flake is a consistent tobacco, and provided an enjoyable smoke with a mild buzz, however, I just cannot seem to make the leap into Virginia/Perique blends. If you area a Va/Per enthusiast, it is probably worth a try.

Cornell & Diehl - Apricots and Cream 2oz
Excellent Summertime "Desert Smoke"
The tin note is sweet, almost overwhelmingly sickly sweet. For those who have tried flavored dips Like peach Skoal, the scent is very similar. Taking it in more gently made the tin note more enjoyable than the deep whiffs that accompany my initial opening of other blends. I allowed the tobacco to air dry for 10-15 minutes before lighting. The sweetness was consistent, and the aroma just as advertised. I enjoyed Apricots & Cream and will likely buy and cellar some for a refreshing summer evening change of pace. If you haven't tried it, and are on the fence like I was, take the risk. It may surprise you.

Cornell & Diehl - Canal Boat 2oz
Welcomed Edition
The combo of burly and black cavendish with Latakia prompted me to give this blend a try. Most of the blends that top my list incorporate Latakia, Orientals, and Perique. This is a good smoke. Somewhat milder in flavor profile, yet enjoyable. The room note too was enjoyable - to the point of non-pipe smokers around me commenting on the pleasant aroma. I smoked this in the early morning with a cup of black coffee. It was a good combination to start my day. I like the lighter profile of this blend, and think it is well suited for anytime smoking.

Cornell & Diehl - Sea Dog 2oz
This Dog can bite ya
My tin of Sea Dog arrived rather new and moist, so take this review in light of the fact this tobacco has not aged much. Not a bad smoke, but it didn't contain enough Latakia for me. Left me with a pretty strong buzz, coming to the line of "man this has my head swimming" but not crossing it. While I am not sure I got what I expected from this blend, I am glad I tried it. I will likely re-review after it has had some time to age and settle down a bit.

G. L. Pease - The Virginia Cream 2oz
This Cream didn't rise to the Top
3rd tin from G. L. Pease. All quality tobacco. While I perceived occasional subtle tinges of sweetness, I could not discern the vanilla. The bourbon was easier to latch onto, perhaps when I caught some of the fired Kentucky. I am glad I tried it, but do not see this being a repeat purchase. Not a reflection of the quality of the tobacco, just not a blend I found particularly noteworthy above so many other great blends, particularly by G.L. Pease.

Cornell & Diehl - Mississippi Mud 2oz
Mississippi Magic
My tin of Mississippi Mudd arrived, and I immediately opened it. The tin note evoked notes of leather, earth/wood, and a subtle sweetness. I did not detect any latakia in the initial tin note. The tobacco itself is dark as the hinges of hell. No surprise given the tobacco blends that comprise this sublime mixture. This is the first tobacco that I could actually pick up individual flavors throughout. The sweet, almost chocolate/cocoa hints were easily present, and an occasional pepper/spice passed my palate several times. The latakia was mild as almost being imperceptible. This blend was an overall earthy, fragrant smoke. I like this one a lot. It is unlike any other blend that I have smoked to date. A great, unique tobacco blend that does not easily compare to other blends I have tried. I do not intend to smoke this one every day, as it would cheat me out of a special blend variant which shakes things up a bit. Well worth the price of admission, and I will be buying more.

Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 50g
As Described
Peterson has a well earned reputation for its current lineup, and I thought I would give early morning pipe a go. I have smoked it several times now with my morning coffee (I prefer black) and It is an excellent compliment to my morning cup. My palate is not as refined as more experienced smokers, but I would summarize it as consistent. The addition of Latakia is just enough to add some subtle smokiness without overtaking the blend. Great blend throughout the day or to compliment a morning cup of coffee on the back porch. A word of caution: I filled my deepest bowl with this blend and did not anticipate the head buzz it brought on. Don't let the flavor profile of this smoke lull you into complacency.

G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
The Sweetness
On opening the tin, the note alone is worthy of three stars. Excellent mix of my three favorite components: Perique, Latakia and Orientals. Just enough Virginia to make things interesting. This is a sublime blend. The only thing that could make this better would be a full bowl on a crisp fall day and a good college football game. This will certainly be added to my 'go to' lineup.

G. L. Pease - Spark Plug 2oz
Spark Plug Adjustments
After my 1st review (2 star) and reading some other reviews, including instruction on how to best prepare this tobacco I gave it another go. I am glad I did. I really enjoyed spark plug. It is a pungent, earthy smoke. Strong like bull! Proper preparation is indeed key on this one. For those seeking guidance, I gained a lot from Adam's review of this tin regarding proper prep work. I may cellar a tin or two of this little gem for a rainy day in the future.

Peterson - My Mixture 965 50g
Odd Man Out
This being a top 5 tin tobacco on smokingpipes, and as a result of other Peterson blends I have enjoyed (with nightcap topping the list) I decided I needed to give Mixture 965 a try. I have smoked it several times before reviewing, and every time I find it to have a bit of bite on my palate, and leaving me with an almost heartburn effect after smoking. Not sure why. It has all the right ingredients, smells delicious, smokes well and has a very enjoyable flavor. For whatever reason, this one just doesn't work for me. I may give it another go down the road in a few months and see if different results emerge.

G. L. Pease - Spark Plug 2oz
Steep Learning Curve
Wow. Just read Adam's review. I fall into the category of "those needing more experience in prepping". I loved the tin note of this blend, as well as what I could smoke of it. I just couldn't keep it lit. I attributed this to it being too moist and me not waiting a sufficient amount of time in my haste to try it. I will ensure I have properly prepared it next time, and look forward to an enjoyable smoke. Adam's review gets a 5 for those still getting their feet wet on plug preparation.

Cornell & Diehl - Da Vinci 2oz
Getcha Some
My tin of Da Vinci arrived with a tin of C&D's Engine #99. The tin note of #99 was, to me, a more remarkable aroma. I was a bit surprised Da Vinci didn't have a more robust presence. I lit my first bowl this afternoon. The Latakia was definitely present, but I didn't find it overpowering. I think the addition of burley and Virginia leaf added some subtle, pleasant softness which married well in the mix. I really like this blend. If you like latakia heavy blends, give this one a try.

Cornell & Diehl - Engine #99 2oz
All Aboard
Two ounces of this baby goes a long way! Big fan of Latakia. This blend was tinned in March, so it is still extremely new. I didn't pick up on the subtleties that were noted in other reviews, however, it was a cool and tasty blend. I expect big things from engine #99 as it ages, based on other reviews. Regards.

Cornell & Diehl - Black Frigate 2oz
Adventure Awaits
I grabbed a deep bowl of black frigate, adjourned to the back deck and set sail. The mix of cavendish, Latakia, and rum soaked Virginia's imparted excellent taste and enjoyable aromas. I continued the journey. It was pleasant throughout, however, by the end of the smoke I was riding full sail with a notable buzz. The black frigate is not for the faint of heart, nor for the new adventurer. I think this blend would be a great smoke after a full, heavy meal; perhaps a steak and potatoes. Not a harsh, room spinning buzz, but a solid one for sure.

Drucquer & Sons - Loch Ness 100g
Worthy of Praise
I bought a tin of Loch Ness after reading the description of the blend and finding the name/packaging intriguing. This blend is excellent. Very good marriage of Latakia, yet leaves some subtle sweetness on the palate. Loch Ness is now a solid "go-to" choice in my pipe tobacco lineup. I find this to be a very consistent smoke, and is a welcomed addition to my collection.

Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany 2oz
E=MC2??
I read that this blend is similar to a blend that the late genius Albert Einstein preferred. That alone piqued my curiosity enough to purchase a tin. It was a good smoke, but after reading the prior reviews and the comparison to Einstein's preferred blend, I may have set the expectation too high. It is a solid 3. I am going to let it set in a jar for several months then try again. No "epiphany" moment this time.

Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice 50g
Very Enjoyable
I picked up a tin of Connoisseurs blend from my local cigar shop. I thought I should try something new. This was a very flavorful and enjoyable smoke. It was on the milder side, and had a somewhat sweet finish. I am far from an expert in discerning more subtle flavors, however the vanilla and maple were easy to discern. I think this would be an excellent choice for a day on the water. This blend may pair well with a cup of coffee on a summer morning.

Cornell & Diehl - Privateer 2oz
Consistent
Privateer is a good blend, pleasant and consistent, yet not exceptional. I may let it sit a bit and revisit it after it has aged a bit longer and see how it matures.

Cornell & Diehl - White Lightning 2oz
Something different
This blend intrigued me. Perhaps it was the description of raspberry and vanilla notes. The tin note, to me gave a slightly sweet aroma. I am drawn to English blends, but lighting up a bowl of white lightening was a pleasant surprise. While I did not pick up raspberry or vanilla per se, I did detect a mild sweetness in the finish, and a very pleasant aroma. It was a consistently good smoke throughout. While I don't think I found a staple addition, white lightening is one of those pleasant surprises when venturing from the comforts of familiar blends. Give it a try.

Cornell & Diehl - Bridge Mixture 2oz
Pleasantly Surprised
I consider Cornell & Deihl my "go to" brand of pipe tobaccos. I enjoy their unique selections and blends immensely. In reading the description of their Bridge Mixture, I thought it would be worth picking up a tin, and I am glad I did. This is a great smoke. I am a Latakia enthusiast, however, I like that this blend has just enough to provide the smokiness I enjoy, but also saving some room for the other tobaccos to come through. This is the first blend I have purchased that had the addition of dark fired kentucky, so I would like to sample another to see to what extent this tobacco may be part of what makes smoking this blend so enjoyable. Bridge Mixture is a great smoke, and I fully anticipate it will join me on my next fishing trip this summer.

Cornell & Diehl - Strathspey 2oz
One toke over the line...
I rank Peterson's Nightcap as one of my all time favorites, and I love Latakia blends. I had high hopes for Strathspey after reading a review that indicated it was similar to NightCap. While I don't dislike Strathspey (far from it) I did find it to be a bit less refined than NightCap, somehow "rougher" in flavor profile. I wonder if perhaps the NightCap comparison set expectations incorrectly. I will re-examine this after it ages a little to see if it settles down a bit, and will re-review.

Cornell & Diehl - Mountain Camp 2oz
Perfection
This is my favorite blend from Cornell & Diehl so far. Like others have mentioned, it has an enjoyable Latakia smokiness, but not overbearing. One of the things that makes this blend so enjoyable is the fact that other flavors and aromas come to the surface and are not drowned out by the Latakia. a great smoke that is very enjoyable and flavorful. My first 5 star review, and a welcomed addition to the collection.

Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening 2oz
Excellent campfire smoke
I purchased this and brought it with me on a weekend camping excursion. The first night I enjoyed a bowl after my evening meal at dusk while sitting by the campfire. This blend was so enjoyable, I smoked it again throughout the next day. The burn was consistent - no bite noted. One of my go to blends for fall evenings outdoors.

Cascadia - Campsite 1.76oz
Remarkably Unremarkable
This was my first purchase of a plug type of tobacco. I smoked it shortly after purchase, without giving it much time to mature. I also acknowledge that I may need to refine how it was smoked to maximize my enjoyment. It wasn't bad, but I didn't find it remarkable. My current preference leans toward Latakia blends. May give this another run in a few months after it settles.

Peterson - Nightcap 50g
Night Moves
Years ago, I really enjoyed very smoky, peaty, single malt scotches. I am new to pipe smoking, having been a cigar smoker for years. This was my first blind purchase of a tin, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The smell upon opening the tin harkened back to memories of Lagavulin. I really enjoyed this tobacco. The flavor, aroma, and consistency were a great surprise. If anyone has any good Latakia blend recommendations, I would welcome them. Regards.

G. L. Pease
Meridian 2oz

$16.00 $13.60
003-029-0071

G. L. Pease
Quiet Nights 2oz

$16.00 $13.60
003-029-0069

Peterson
Nightcap 50g

$24.60 $16.69
003-050-0070

G. L. Pease
Spark Plug 2oz

$16.00 $13.60
003-029-0096