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Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Kentucky Vintage Cut
Good So Far ...
I just had a "first bowl" of this and I can not yet give a pure review. Because I smoked it in a Clay that I've had four bowls of Crooner in. So with the Clay being "ghosted" w/Crooner, it seemed eerily similar to having a bowl of Crooner. But not a bad thing given Crooner is one of my current favorites. So I wasn't disappointed at all. I was actually thinking the blender of Crooner (C&D) should try this w/Deertongue. But then I thought "perhaps the "cube-cut" Burley in Crooner is the same DFK Burley...only cut differently." I will *edit* this review when I get some alone time with this w/o any ghosting by Deertongue in a fresh pipe. So I gave this 4.5 Stars in keeping with the current overall average. Taste = 4 as shown __ Room Note = couldn't say it deserves a 3 as shown or not; I smoked it outside. __ Strength = 2 (for me). 4 is shown for this, but I didn't notice it being this strong. I don't inhale and what is absorbed orally didn't seem as high a level of 'nic' as some others I have.

Cornell & Diehl - Crowley's Best
This one is interesting yet strange.
I just received 8oz of this and just now had a bowl. So yes, this is another one of those "after-one-bowl" review. But I just started piping in mid-Jan. 2024; two months ago. I didn't look at which T's this blend has in it. What I did get was something I am unfamiliar with. Or was until today...and that would be Perique. I was out there thinking is this my first VaPer? I was so confused by this. I couldn't wait to get back inside to see if I was correct. Only to learn; I was wrong. It is: Perique, Latakia, and Burley. The Perique was the most present, the Latakia was hinting with only jabs and I only noticed when smelling it in its jar, and the Burley was pummeled into submission and left the scene. So for me this is a bit spicey. And even more so if you draw with a slightly open mouth. Then it really comes across w/the spice. Once it burned to near the halfway mark it got interesting. I found myself tasting something I would normally want to chew. Only I couldn't recognize what that would be and .... there's nothing there to chew on. Not sure what that was about, but again...interesting. I will likely change today's Star rating in the future, because that's the fair thing to do. But for now, I give it the rating matching the overall average for this; and for it being my first bowl. A 4-Star rating from me means; pretty good and I will keep some on hand to smoke from time to time. For a 5-Star from me, it must be one I want and will light up daily. A 3-Star is one that's OK, but I am on the fence still; to buy again or not.

Old Dominion - The Dutchman Clay Pipe
These are worth trying.
I'm new to piping at age 61 yrs. In the past few weeks I've ordered more than two dozen pipes. Both this "The Dutchman," and their "Williamsburg," are both great pipes. I would, now, always recommend a beginner to start with a Clay pipe. So to first learn pipe smoking before moving up to briars; so to build cake before burning up a new briar. Because if you can learn to smoke, a Clay pipe, cool enough to hold onto its bowl...you are 'then' ready to smoke from a briar. I highly recommend trying at least one; The Dutchman or the Williamsburg. I added near 1.5 inches of 5/16" (8mm) heat-shrink tube to the mouth pieces of each. Cleaning them is as easy as running it through a 2 hour self-clean cycle in your oven but first, and obviously, remove the heat-shrink tubing.

Cornell & Diehl - Izmir Turkish
I used mine to mix my own English Blend.
I haven't smoked this separately, but I mean to (so to learn to identify Turkish tobacco flavor in blends). Because I just started piping mid-Jan. 2024. I did collect 4oz of this and I mixed all but a pinch of the 4oz (15%) of it to 16oz (60%) of Daughters and Ryan's: Windsail Silver, and 6.7oz (25%) of C&D's Latakia for making my own English blend. The three were very dry, perfect for accurate mixing weights, so I used OUZO Metaxa w/water, from a dropper bottle, for adding a bit of licorice flavor and moisture of course. Gently worked it all together, rehydrating as needed, in a Rubbermaid (2.5 gallon) tub w/red-top. And Voila! The mix is yummy. I have a number of blends out currently, that I rotate through daily, and I find my own mix is the one I'm reaching for, or wanting to reach for, the most.

Cornell & Diehl - Latakia
Used this to mix my own English blend.
I haven't smoked this separately, but I mean to (so to learn to identify Latakia's flavor). Because I just started piping mid-Jan. 2024. I did collect 8oz of this and I mixed 6.7oz (25%) of it to 16oz (60%) of Daughters and Ryan's: Windsail Silver, and 4oz (15%) of C&D's Izmir Turkish for making my own English blend. The three were very dry, perfect for accurate mixing weights, so I used OUZO Metaxa w/water, from a dropper bottle, for adding a bit of licorice flavor and moisture of course. Gently worked it all together in a Rubbermaid (2.5 gallon) tub w/red-top. And Voila! The mix is yummy. I have a number of blends out currently, that I rotate through daily, and I find my own mix is the one I'm reaching for, or wanting to reach for the most. I think, other than for mixing, I will gather up more of this to do, as others have said; bump up the Lat-level of other blends. So 4.5 Stars is for in keeping with the current rating you all gave this; given I have mixed mine.

Cornell & Diehl - Morley's Best
I do enjoy this blend....every day.
Four weeks ago I bought an 8oz bulk bag and I transferred it into a latch-lock Ball jar when it arrived; around three weeks ago. When I did so, it had that typical smell of an English blend (nearly). What I am trying to figure out, now, is; over the past few days, when I open its jar, it has a strong, almost, fermenting fruit smell. I removed it all yesterday, spread it out, and allowed it to dry for near three, maybe four, hours. Because it did feel a bit moist. And I worried, just a bit, it needed a bit of drying. It still has that sweet fruity smell, now that it's drier, yet still tastes great. Just not sure what the tobacco is going through at the moment; regarding the smell upon opening the jar. So I give it 4.5 Stars because my Stars are given as such: 1-nope, never again __ 2-was OK, but not going to buy again __ 3-on the fence; buy again or not __ 4-good enough to always have on hand to smoke from time to time __5-yes, daily please. Currently I nearly have this daily, but I don't find myself always tempted to reach for it. So, this is one you may also find to be worthy of having around as well. It's smoke is extremely comfortable. And for me is reminiscent, again, of English blends...but more mellow, so to speak. I enjoy it nearly every morning, w/coffee, in a large diameter bowl such as my Savinelli 320's, or in Savinelli and Rossi 316's. Hardly ever requires tamping or relighting. Oh, and yes, I copied it's bookmark and added its link to my next to order list to buy more.

Villiger - English Export 1.5 oz
Hard to rate this...
First bowl impressions...will update if warranted. Hard to rate this; when comparing it to a limited number of other available "American style (w/Burley): English/Balkan" blends. At first I'm thinking "not a terrible American/English budget-blend; and the price?!?...not bad." But still, at this price of $55/lb, I would always choose C&D's 'Morley's Best' at $43/lb in bulk; for my American-style English. With that said, it isn't horrible. In fact I kind of enjoyed it. It is cut a bit rough and inconsistent. There are some larger bits of leaf mixed in. And when your ember hits a large piece of oriental, or other, that's all you're going to get. It's like a box of tobacco-chocolates. So it may be better to use a large diameter bowl with this blend, as you might for any complex blend, so the ember is burning more of the various components at the same time. Which I will eventually do; my first bowl was in a Billiard. I think anyone would enjoy this at some level. But I give it 2.5 Stars because I am in between my 2 Star (2; is OK but I wouldn't buy it again) and a 3 Star (3; I like it but am on the fence to buy again or not). I wanted to rate it as a 'budget' American/English blend. But at, again, $55/lb...it isn't truly a bargain when compared to other bulk offerings. I would suggest trying it, if you enjoy American style English blends. I mean it does have Perique and Oriental in addition to the: VA, Burley, and Latakia in Morley's Best. Try it in a large diameter bowl and see what you think. *Update* I've bumped this down from 2.5 Stars to 1.0 Stars. I've finished with it and I never really enjoyed it. Smoking it was always a chore because once lit, if you can call it that, it never was happy to just burn. Work, work, work...and never really got to spend a minute of smoking it for the enjoyment of it. So; a 1 Star rating from me is given to one I really wish I had never experienced. And this is one of those blends.

Cornell & Diehl - Gentleman Caller 2oz
This really works for me...
A few days ago, I received one 2oz tin of this (G.C.) and I put it away. A day later I received about 1.5oz of Crooner (another Deer Tongue infused blend), by C&D, from a youtube creator. So I tried Crooner that evening, in an Old Dominion Dutchman, and fell in love with the taste. This morning I just had to open the tin of G.C. and it too is now loved. So save some of this, and Crooner, for me and my next order. I recommend a light packing of the bowl (more so w/Crooner) and resist the urge to tamp; doing so, lightly, only when necessary. I do prefer the two in both my O.D. Dutchman and my Clarin Canadian clays. The two blends also work well in a Cob, but again, with light tamping. I found them more enjoyable when holding the mouthpiece forward, allowing an open seal of the lips for drawing in fresh air during the draw. Using the tip of my tongue to both grab the flavor and monitor the heat on the intake. I will likely revise my 4.5 Star rating (being my initial impression), on both this and Crooner, to 5 Stars soon. Because I am leaning strongly toward wanting both Gent Caller and Crooner on the daily. With "wanting it around daily" being my standard for me to give up a 5 Star rating. With those I really like and only wanting it from time to time; deserving of a 4 Star rating.

Cornell & Diehl - Crooner 2oz
I really like this...a lot!
I just received a tin of Gentleman Caller and I also received about a 1.5oz sample of Crooner today from a youtube creator. I just had a bowl of Crooner, in a new Old Dominion "The Dutchman" pipe. And I really like the stuff (granted, first bowl); both its aroma and its taste. I have added its link to my upcoming list of blends to order...and I will also order more "Gentleman Caller" in hopes the Deer Tongue and its flavor is just as good as that of Crooner. I will likely only burn these blends in my assorted clay pipes; following the warning of Deer Tongue ghosting pipes. But it is worth having more of this and Gent Caller on hand to either burn from time to time or even daily. I recommend trying this one, or the other; Gent Caller. But save some Crooner for me. *Update* I bumped my Star rating today from 4.5 to 5 Stars. I ordered two pounds of Crooner because I gotta have this daily.

Clarin Clay - The Canadian One
Wouldn't buy another.
Granted, it is a nice pipe and it is, at first, seemingly made well. My issue with it is the small airway through the stem to the bowl. It can't be more than 2mm. And the airway doesn't have a smooth transition into the bowl. Every pipe cleaner I try passing through the stem must be carefully fed into it, mm by mm, in order to prevent the cleaner from bending. Because once it bends you cannot even straighten the cleaner and continue using that cleaner. You must try another fresh and straight pipe cleaner. Then, if your pipe cleaner does reach the bowl, the pipe cleaner gets stuck, on the step up to the bowl, just before it can pass through into the bowl. I would choose three Old Dominion pipes, Williamsburg or The Dutchman, over this Clarin; equaling about the same cost. I have three of each of these Old Dominion Clay pipes: (3)Williamsburg and (3)The Dutchman. Neither of the Old Dominions give me any trouble. And they clean completely when placed on a rack for a 2-hour self-clean cycle in the oven; as do all clay pipes.

Daughters & Ryan - Windsail Silver
Good bargain...and good alone or when mixed.
This surprised me because upon first impressions I'm looking at an extremely dry "Bale" of tobacco. I do see many large stem-sized veins mixed in...and I spent many minutes removing as many as I could. However, when one buys 'Bulk tobacco' that is very dry, as this is, there's a bonus; you receive much more than if it were moist. Today I mixed in both C&D Turkish and C&D Latakia...making my own English blend. I did a 25% Latakia (6.7oz) and 15% Izmer Turkish (4oz) blend with this 16oz of Virginia; plus some OUZO (Metaxa), with a tiny bit of distilled water, for a bit of licorice flavor and moisture. I gently worked it all together in a Rubbermaid (2.5 gallon) tub w/red-top; before putting it into jars about twelve hours later. I found myself reaching for my new blend throughout the day today. I did, however, have one or two bowls of the Windsail Silver alone before blending it today. And I rate it at 4.5 Stars. For me this is the rating I give for a tobacco I would keep around to smoke from time to time...and maybe even daily (one I want daily; receiving 5 Stars). But now it's mixed .... so. Anyhow, I now have 27oz of my own English Blend.

Missouri Meerschaum - Party Line 2oz
Just OK, and nothing to celebrate.
Not sure why they call this an Aromatic. It reminds me of C&D's Night Train; both in tin note and taste. Only Night Train is less expensive if bought in bulk. In addition, the absence of Virginia in Party Line doesn't distinguish it far enough apart from Night Train. So I would recommend trying Night Train before Party Line. For me it is, at the moment, 2-Stars. Because this is one I would not keep in stock to partake of from time to time; which would be a 4-Star blend for me (3 Stars I give if "on the fence" to buy again or not). I have three tins of Party Line, with one of those three open. Perhaps some age on the other two tins will put me back up on the fence. But right now I am slightly leaning toward this remaining on the 2-Star side of the 3-Star fence. Party Line, has a funny way, though, of putting me on both sides; as I keep changing my rating from 2 to 3.5 Stars. Sometimes it's disappointing and other times give me that "maybe" feeling and thoughts.

Cornell & Diehl - From Beyond 2oz
Pretty dang good...it's Far Out!
From beyond is Far Out! Smoked in Rossi Antico 8316 and a couple of Savinelli 316 KS's. I love complex blends in those bent pots. Also, I enjoyed "From Beyond" the most when dried to nearly a crisp. All of the great flavors shine then, and sipping a bowl has no ill affects. Just delicately keep the ember atop the fresh tobacco and your good to go. My Stars given is: 4=really good and want some around to smoke from time to time. And 5=so very good, I want to have it daily. So I give it 4.5 for it being a Small Batch run; and for that reason, I know I have to be stingy with it. If I could have unlimited access to it...it would easily be a 5-Star. But know this is all relative to me having many more English Blends left yet to try; and for only having started piping just under two months ago. If any of this is left on the shelves...get some, let it dry, and use a large-bore diameter bowl.

Missouri Meerschaum - Great Dane 1.5oz
Wow...I'm impressed. But you must dry it, and then dry it.
I've just started piping in mid January. Yesterday, after collecting dozens of blends the past 1.5 months, I thought "I may not even like these Cherry Blends." So I began trying them all. Yesterday I got through a bowl of each of these: Paladin: Wild Cherry _ Missouri Meerschaum: Taste of Temptation _ Sillem's: Red _ P.Stokkebye: PS3 Cherry _ Cobblestine Indulge: Cherry Delight. Of those I tried, they rank: number one: Sillem's red ... and number two: PS3 Cherry. But this Great Dane blend leaves those two far far behind. Yes, I do understand it is not a Full-Cherry flavoring; with "vanilla and caramel." But it is so much more pleasing of a smoke. Its taste did dissipate a bit, at about 3/4 down the bowl during my first bowl. But even then it doesn't turn offensive. My first bowl process: Dry it out well, yes; well...took nearly one and a half hour for a decent portion to fill a bowl to dry. I packed it a bit loosely with attention to good airflow ... poked a hole down the center, and checked the flow again. Once lit, I kept the ember touching fresh tobacco by tamping lightly; two or three times only was needed throughout the bowl. And then sipped gently. It burns very well, its taste nearly lasts throughout the bowl, and it gives off no offensive taste nor aftertaste. I rated it 4.5 Stars; in between 4 and 5. For it being between me wanting some on hand to smoke a bowl from time to time (my 4-Star criteria) and 5-Stars for being one I gotta have every day (my 5-Star criteria). *UPDATE* Yesterday I dumped 3 oz (contents of 2 pouches) from its Mason jar; into a glass pie plate for drying. Because I tried a bowl without drying; big mistake! I left it out overnight and it was still too moist this morning. So I laid out some paper towels so to spread out the tobacco even thinner. This stuff is so much better when dried WELL...very WELL. If dried and then dried some more, so it no longer feels tacky and makes that "rustling" sound, your ready for: no bite, generous plumes of clouds, and a sweet smoke. I am using Clay pipes (Old Dominion: Williamsburg and Dutchman) in getting these results.

Peter Stokkebye - PS3 Cherry
I Don't Like Cherry...or do I?
...if this is what Cherry flavored tobaccos are. Today was my "hey, I'll try all of my Cherry Blends" day today. I recently started piping in mid January 2024. I've collected near 100 blends since then. Of those, in the Cherry realm, I have: Cobblestone Indulge: Cherry Delight _ Paladin: Wild Cherry _ Missouri Meerschaum (by Sutliff): Taste of Temptation _ Missouri Meerschaum: Great Dane _ Sillem's: Red _ and this Peter Stokkebye's: PS3 Cherry. And I am awaiting a delivery of Cult: Blood Red Moon. Today I managed to try them all except for Great Dane and, of course, Blood Red Moon for not receiving it yet. *Update:* it's the following day. I've upgraded the rating from 1.5 to 3.5 Stars today. I currently prefer Sillem's: Red over this PS3 Cherry, but it is close. I like the Sillem's taste more, than PS3, but Sillem's: Red's flavor goes away sooner than PS3 Cherry. Also, PS3 Cherry is a bit more harsh than Sillem's; regarding bite...especially w/nasal bite. And this, done the day after, is while packing the bowl, and tamping, more lightly than yesterday. And while slowing down the pace. I do still have Taste of Temptation, Paladin, Great Dane, and Cobblestone Cherry Delight to try a second time.

Sillem's - Red 100g
I Do Not Like Cherry...or do I?
...if this is what Cherry flavored tobaccos are. Today was my "hey, let's try all of my Cherry Blends day." I recently started piping in mid January 2024. I've collected near 100 total blends since then. Of those, in the Cherry realm, I have: Cobblestone Indulge: Cherry Delight _ Paladin: Wild Cherry _ Missouri Meerschaum (by Sutliff): Taste of Temptation _ Missouri Meerschaum: Great Dane _ Sillem's: Red _ Peter Stokkebye: PS3 Cherry. And I am awaiting a delivery of Cult: Blood Red Moon. Today I managed to try them all except for Great Dane, and, of course, Blood Red Moon for not receiving it yet. The only one of these I can tolerate is PS3 Cherry. Mostly because the flavoring is subtle...I suppose. This one, Sillem's: Red, I nearly threw out both tins of it. I did throw out both tins of Cobblestone: Cherry Delight. This, and the others, I will give another try on some other day. It was a brutal day...the worst one of my short piping "era." You guys and your 4.79 Star average, I just reduced to 4.38, got me to try this. And after my taste buds recover from today's onslaught of brutality, I'll try this one and the others again. While trying to properly smoke these cherry aromatic blends correctly. And then edit my review accordingly, if deserved. *Update* it's the following morning. I had my morning 'T' blend with some coffee and a dash of Moonshine in it. I packed the bowl lightly, tamped lightly throughout the burn, and slowed my pace in order to try or appear to be enjoying Sillem's: Red. And....I did slightly enjoy it. Still not sure I would keep some on hand yet. So I did upgrade my Star rating from 1.5 to 3.5. And, so you l know, my Star ratings are: 1=nope, never again _ 2=tolerable, but not likely to order again _ 3=was OK, but I'm on the fence still; the fence being to keep some on hand (4 Star) or not (2 Star) _ 4=good enough to have or want some around for smoking time to time _ 5=gotta have it...daily. So today's 3.5 Star update is for being between "on the fence" and deciding to keep some on hand.

Missouri Meerschaum - Taste of Temptation 1.5oz
I Do Not Like Cherry...or do I?
...if this is what Cherry flavored tobaccos are. Today was my "hey, let's try all of my Cherry Blends day." I recently started piping in mid January 2024. I've collected near 100 blends since then. Of those, in the Cherry realm, I have: Cobblestone Indulge: Cherry Delight _ Paladin: Wild Cherry _ Missouri Meerschaum (by Sutliff): Taste of Temptation _ Missouri Meerschaum: Great Dane _ Sillem's: Red _ Peter Stokkebye: PS3 Cherry. And I am awaiting a delivery of Cult: Blood Red Moon. Today I managed to try them all except for Great Dane and, of course, Blood Red Moon for not receiving it yet. The only one of these I can tolerate is PS3 Cherry. Mostly because the flavoring is subtle...I suppose. This one, Taste of Temptation, I nearly threw out both tins of it. I did throw out one of two tins of Cobblestone: Cherry Delight. This blend, and the others, I will give another try on some other day. While trying to properly smoke these cherry aromatic blends correctly. Today was a brutal day...the worst one of my short piping era. *Update-some other day came today* Today I retried those I tried yesterday. And as of right now my Cherry blends rank as such: #1: Missouri Meerschaum-Great Dane (be leaps and hounds) _ #2: Sillem's: Red _ #3: PS3 Cherry _ #4: Taste of Temptation _ #5: Paladin-Black Cherry _ #6: Cobblestone-Cherry Delight. Cult-Blood Red Moon is yet to arrive. So I upgraded my 1.5 Star rating of yesterday to 3.0 today. Putting it on the fence; to buy or not to buy...again. Would've been a 3.5, but to enjoy it I had to hold my lips as though I was whistling. Place the pipe at 45° near the opening during the intake. Doing so delivered a mild chocolate taste with cherry on the back end. Any other breathe method produced only a tart tangy bite. I'll be trying these all again and again over the next few weeks. So we'll see if my Star rating goes ↑ or ↓ ... but for the price of T of T, I would take two pouches of Great Dane over this one any day.

Cobblestone - Indulge Cherry Delight 1.5oz
I do not like cherry...
...if this is what Cherry flavored tobaccos are. Today was my "hey, let's try all of my Cherry Blends day." I recently started piping in mid January 2024, I've collected near 100 blends since then. Of those, in the Cherry Realm, I have: Cobblestone Indulge: Cherry Delight _ Paladin: Wild Cherry _ Missouri Meerschaum (by Sutliff): Taste of Temptation _ Missouri Meerschaum: Great Dane _ Sillem's: Red _ Peter Stokkebye: PS3 Cherry. And I am awaiting a delivery of Cult: Blood Red Moon. Today I managed to try them all except for Great Dane, and, of course, Blood Red Moon for not receiving it yet. The only one of these I can tolerate is PS3 Cherry. Mostly because the flavoring is subtle...I suppose. This one, Cherry Delight, I've already thrown out one of two tins of it. But I will give the one remaining tin a second chance along with the others, some other day, and report.

Cornell & Diehl - Night Train 16oz
Not sure what everyone else is smoking, but...
Not sure how this blend was, as described, 4 or more years ago when many of these reviews were entered. I do see "citrus" mentioned more in the more recent reviews. I ordered 1 lb in Jan 2024. It was dated Summer or Fall 2023. For me and my Star ratings...3 Stars is for those I found to be OK, but I am on the fence; on whether or not I would buy more of this. And 4 Stars is I will buy more to smoke from time to time. I cut the 1 lb brick into six squares. I put five squares in a 32 oz Mason jar, and applied but 5 inHg of vacuum with the Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer kit for jars. Enough vacuum to seal the Mason lid but still leave some air inside the jar for aging. The other one, square, I put in an 8 oz Mason and let it sit for a month. Today I sliced the single square into plugs; 3/8" to 1/2" thick. Ive had three bowls of it today and all I get is a high level of something of a tart citrus taste; after about the first quarter or third of the bowl. The first 1/4 to 1/3 of the bowl is just straight tobacco taste...and I like it. I have learned, in my short 1.5 months of piping, that I do get turned off when tobacco has an overpowering taste of citrus. As do all of the OTC/Codger blends I got, in 7oz tubs, that S.T.G. has acquired (Granger_Velvet_Paladin_SWR). I do hope S.T.G. never acquires Carter Hall. Right now I only hope the rest of the one square I'm working on, loses the majority of its citrus taste over time. I expect to know, when I do revisit the rest of this, 1 lb., in the years to come. Anyhow, for now, I did give it 3.0 Stars. Only because I do like the first 1/4 to 1/3 of the bowl. Otherwise it would've been a 2.5, or less, Star review from me.

Paladin - Black Cherry 7oz
Not really enjoying this blend...
I purchased five OTC/Codger blends for using up while all of the others I've collected get some age behind them. I have this Paladin _Velvet _ Granger _ Sir Walter Raleigh _ and Carter Hall. All of them are in Latch-Lock Ball jars, except for SWR (explained below). I must say that S.T.G. is not doing any of these OTC/Codger blends, they've acquired, any favors. Only Carter Hall is on my list to purchase again. I still have the majority of Paladin left. But each time it is on deck for filling a pipe, I find myself feeling some hesitation and regret. Velvet and Granger isn't so bad, but I wouldn't re-order them again. SWR got tossed out for tasting and smelling strongly of vinegar. The first partial, and only, bowl of SWR wrecked my taste buds for more than two days. SmokingPipes is aware of the SWR fermentation issue. One can only hope that S.T.G. never acquires Carter Hall.

Sutliff - Molto Dolce 1.5oz
I figured out how to love this...
I couldn't stand this blend at first. It plugged up the airway of one pipe with just one bowl full, and the gooey liquid removed stain from the rim of another. I even sent 6 of my 7 tins to someone who mentioned they enjoy it. But then I let this opened tin, I have, sit for some days and it remained sopping wet. Well, I figured out how to enjoy Molto Dolce. And had to let you know what it took for me to love this blend. I left the one opened tin's lid off for days, as mentioned, and it just wouldn't dry. So yesterday I placed small bowl-sized (or more) pinches of it, thinly and evenly, onto a paper towel; and into the microwave it went. One decent sized pinch at a time. The first attempt failed because I set it for 20 seconds and the microwave lit the tobacco, creating an ember; filling it up with smoke. So I adjusted the time for the next run to 7 to 9 seconds, can't remember exactly, and voila! Once spread onto the paper towel, each pinch requires an estimation for setting the timer. And then if it didn't dry enough, I would hit it again for 4 to 6 seconds...moisture left; depending. Now all this is likely to vary from microwave to microwave. But it is no longer dark brown to black, nor sticky and gooey, and is more of a medium brown with the right amount of springiness. Once dried/nuked, I poured it from the paper towel into a bowl. When I finished putting it all through the microwave, I transferred it from the bowl, back into its tin. I left it in its tin, uncovered, overnight. I just smoked a bowl, this morning, in a Williamsburg Clay pipe. And wow! It smoked perfectly, tasted amazing, and no bite. It was quite tasty, in a yummy way, and was very sweet. Especially when I held the pipe at center mouth position and placed the tip of my tongue near the opening of the airway during the inhale/intake. It's amazing...the difference from the gooey nightmare it was before. Also, it burned very clean...right down to ash. And, the pipe cleaner I used came out nearly spotless afterward. I would've given this less than one star before. But now it gets a four. For me, and my star ratings: one star is for those I wish I hadn't experienced...at all! Four stars, given here, is for those I enjoyed and will definitely keep some on hand for smoking from time to time. And then two stars = is for those OK, but not again. Three stars = OK, but on the fence still. Five stars = want it around always, for daily use. If you have, or do order some, Molto Dolce; evenly spread about a bowl-full's amount onto a paper towel, and then nuke it for 5 to 9 seconds. Do an additional 3 or 4 seconds until it looks and feels right. Remember: *Avoid burning it.*

Carter Hall - Carter Hall 14oz
My favorite OTC-Codger blend...
Favorite of all OTC's I've tried in my 1.5 months of piping; that is. I recently grabbed five qt-size latch-lock jars, by Ball, for my tubs of OTC's; Carter Hall_Velvet_Granger_Paladin BC_and SWR got tossed for being fermented into a "vinegar w/Cream of Tartar" bomb; that ruined my taste buds for nearly two days. I'm probably going to replace SWR w/Captain Black. Anyhow, Carter Hall holds a firm lead over all of the other OTC blends I have. Cannot give it a five because there are so many other blends I find to be much better. If I were reviewing only Codger blends...it would get a five. But for me, with the star rating here, and considering all other blends; One is for "wish I hadn't experienced what I just did." Two is for "it was OK, I can deal with it, but not likely going to selectively re-order it again." Three is for "I'm on the fence; whether or not I will try it again. And whether or not, to add more of it to the collection. I'm 50/50 on this one at the moment." Four is for "definitely going to grab another tub/tin to have on hand." Five is for "most likely going to add this to nearly every order; because I gotta have it daily."

Granger - Granger 7oz
Better when dried a bit.
I am new to piping, at just 1.5 months in. So I've been collecting numerous blends in that time...many I desire to age a good bit. So with that I picked up several 'Ball' qt.-size latch-lock jars for transferring tubs of OTC Codger blends I plan to smoke while giving the others time in a bottle. I have Granger_Carter Hall_ Velvet_Paladin in those latch jars now. Granger is currently my second favorite of those; second to Carter Hall. But I am still learning...and have discovered Granger, as with many other blends, is better when I spread some out to dry. Nearly to being crispy. It changes from having a bit much of a citrus tang to it, and minor 'bite,' to being a warm tasty treat with fantastic plumes and clouds. Carter Hall is one I will add more of to my collection...and if Granger gets added as well, then I will likely edit this to up it to a two or four star recruit. *Update* I am reducing my 3.5 to 3.0 stars and am currently leaning toward reducing 2.0 stars if I find Granger, after 7oz's, not enjoyable enough to consider buying it again. I must say that S.T.G.'s acquisition of all these OTC/Codger blends, are not doing them any favors. The S.T.G. is certainly not concerned enough for maintaining the quality of these blends they now own.

Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
May be better later...after some time.
I have this jarred for now. But I removed a bit to try fresh before putting the rest in a jar. I would likely update my three stars later when I get to work on the rest. Right now I'm on the three-star fence until trying some aged and then deciding if this is one I will reorder or pass on. With what I've tried, for it being fresh and no age on it, all I got was a bit of spice and a tiny bit of bite. With a slight hint of fruit or floral notes...truly cannot detect what it is just yet. So this review is to say "give it some time." As I do not feel I can give it a thorough assessment at this time.

Sir Walter Raleigh - Regular 7oz
Unsmokeable...something wrong.
*Update: I just spoke with SP and they are aware of the problem w/Sir Walter Raleigh. So you might want to contact them before purchasing SWR and ask if they have remedied this(end/update).* Review: I just started piping a bit over 1.5 months ago. I recently picked up five 'Ball' - Latch-lock jars for five Codger blends I plan to use while numerous other blends are collected and aged. So I decided on and ordered: Velvet 7oz_Paladin 7oz_Granger 7oz_Carter Hall 14oz_and Sir Walter Raleigh 7oz. They arrived and I began the transfer process. The first I opened was SWR. I wanted to smell it and when I did, I was smacked in the face with a strong and nasty stench of vinegar. Causing me to pull away instantaneously. I put the tobacco into its jar,and in thinking I need to try and smoke a bowl; I quickly found this to be a big mistake. The taste was just as it smelled, vinegar and tart, but even more so. It was like a slurry of vinegar and cream of tartar in my mouth. I quickly dumped out the pipe. Unfortunately, the taste lasted and lingered in my mouth for more than 24 hrs. I wish I could give this a fair review, this 7oz tub of SWR; with nothing wrong with it. But I cannot do so at this time. In reviews I've heard and read people are detecting notes of: fruity_nutty_cocoa_even licorice. I got none of those....I got an overpowering tart-vinegar blast. Out of all of the blends I've gathered, and those I've opened, this has happened but one other time. It was a tin of SPC's Plum Pudding. But this SWR was even stronger; in both its smell and taste.

G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning 2oz
Good from the first bowl
Just received my 2oz and 8oz tins. Opened up the two ounce tin yesterday and put it into a Mason. This morning I loaded the bowl, grabbed a cup of black coffee, and began. So for the review: the tin note was definitely English. The smoke was completely pleasing and the blend was unobtrusive. In that no leaf bullied the others...they all played well with each other. I can only think to say it is a perfect blend. I do think I'll try rubbing it down just a bit more, next time. It seems the tumbling process gets it close to being ready for the bowl, but not quite. I would recommend leaving a cleaner through the stem and into the bowl when packing. Only because my first bowl got itself plugged immediately from the loading. So after trying to find the hole in the bottom of the full bowl with the poker, and opening it up, I then enjoyed this blend right to the bottom. It made it immediately onto my "Re-order" list.

CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
Pleasantly holds its flavor.
I changed this from 4.0 to 3.5 Stars because it nearly held its flavor throughout the bowl. But sometimes I get nothing from it. Also, so you know, my Star ratings are: 1 = I wish I hadn't experienced that one _ 2 = was tolerable, but never again _ 3 = was OK, but left me on the fence as to whether or not to buy more or not _ 4 = I like it and it is good enough to always have around to smoke from time to time _ 5 = I gotta have this every day. I have nothing to compare this blend to, but I was nearly about to order C&D's Nutty Irishman. But when going through the reviews for it, I saw one reviewer saying they preferred CAO's Eileen's Dream. So I instead got four tins of this. I might have rated this higher, but I tried my first bowl of it in the one pipe of mine I turn to the least. And still the flavor was lasting, and not bad at all. What I tasted was subtle, but I definitely detect mint throughout the bowl. But not overpowering mint...just present. A light but sweet cream came through during the first two thirds of the bowl. Accompanying the sweet cream, for the first two thirds, was something reminding me of dark chocolate. But the chocolate was shy. The Cavendish appears at about the last third or quarter of the bowl. And stands side by side with the mint. Not above or below it, just equal with it. And when the chocolate had left the scene. I detected nutty notes up in the first half, making me think "is there Burley in this?" But it wasn't lasting...only made a drive-by and waved. This was my first bowl; out of a fresh tin, dated May 2023...it is now Feb 2024. It seemed its moisture was just a bit in need of five to ten minutes of drying time, and then off I went. For me, giving 3.5 Stars (instead of four now) is because I am now in between me being on the fence of whether or not I would try it again and I like it and I would try it again. I still have two tins left. So obviously I will be smoking it again. But I do not expect to enjoy this more than what I get from it today. Which isn't much. So it will likely end up at 2 or 3 Stars. Just so many more enjoyable blends that fall well above this one.

Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 2oz
I don't get it?
I don't get it...is the best description I have for it. With a name like 'Plum Pudding' I expected to detect some flavor. Mine was dry and had only a strong vinegar tin note. In trying to be gentle when crumbling it, it still crumbles nearly to dust. When smoking it, I got nothing but the vinegar tin note for the first half of a bowl. Turning into a smokey bitterness. But it was mostly nothing more than a smokey mist of nothingness that I wish were gone. My first order also included the Amphora 5-Sampler pack, and the English Blend in that is even better than this Plum Pudding. I've tried this Plum Pudding in four different pipes now, in hopes one combination shows an improvement; including a Clay pipe. But it repeatedly gives me nothing to write home about. Sadly, before smoking the Plum Pudding for the first time, and based on reviews, I also ordered the SPC - Plum Pudding Special Reserve (awaiting delivery of it still). And I am now fearful it may also make it onto my "Never Again" list. I wouldn't recommend it, nor will I try it again. Did I simply get a bad portion of a batch in my 2 oz tin of slices? Because: "tasty, delicious, the best English, Plum flavor, too wet to stay lit, glorious, amazing, citrusy bouquet, and second to none (not true) is not what's in the tin that I received. If I had the tin I would send it back. Just to rid myself of it. *Edit*; on a hunch I phoned SmokingPipes and they said it shouldn't smell like that and they fixed it for me. So with that I understand what I received was plainly "not right." I do appreciate them at SmokingPipes; for their helpful customer service. One day, not far away, I'll try this blend again. In hopes I get a tin w/o fermentation issues...and reevaluate the star rating given today. *UPDATE* So I bumped my Star rating to near the average; in trusting those of you who didn't get a strong sour-vinegar tin of tobacco like I did. I bumped my rating up because SP took care of my bad tin, and I threw away my tin. But wanted to leave my review just to express my experience with it. I've yet got up the nerve to try another tin. But when I do, I will likely adjust my Star rating as I find necessary.

Amphora - Amphora Sampler
I tried it...and NOPE!
I ordered this along with my first pipe and tobacco order, thinking this might help me discover the path to take to find my personal favorite types of blends. Doing so did not help me at all. Instantly I knew three blends were not for me. But the English, my favorite of the five, and Virginia blends; not so bad, but not great either. So would I buy this 5-Pk Sampler again? Nope! And I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. I give it just 2 Stars; my rating for tobacco that is just OK...but I would never buy it again. For me to give this 3 Stars would be for "me being on the fence; whether or not to buy again." And I am firmly on the side of the fence that prevents me from buying it.

Old Dominion - Williamsburg Clay Pipe
Wow...if I'd only known.
I'm new to piping at age 61 yrs. In the past few weeks I've ordered more than two dozen pipes. This "Williamsburg" and "The Dutchman" are both great pipes. I would, now, always recommend a beginner to start with a Clay pipe. So to first learn pipe smoking before moving up to briars; so to build cake before burning up a new briar. Because if you can learn to smoke, a Clay pipe, cool enough to hold onto its bowl...you are 'then' ready to smoke from a briar. I highly recommend trying at least one; The Dutchman or the Williamsburg. I added near 1.5 inches of 5/16" (8mm) heat-shrink tube to the mouth pieces of each. Cleaning them is as easy as running it through a 2 hour self-clean cycle in your oven but first, and obviously, remove the heat-shrink tubing.

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Morley's Best

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Chelsea Morning 8oz

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