Alex W.

Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1931 Flake 1.4oz
Perfect and sweet
I love how it tastes. I know I should be more descriptive but it’s delicious and I don’t care.

Wessex - Burley Slice 50g
Paul Bunyons Ox
Trying a 9 year old vacuum sealed version of this. Yes, be jealous because it's delicious. It's bolder than some burleys I've had and fun bodied. It's grassy and earthy. No tongue bite here and smooth.

Cornell & Diehl - Kajun Kake 2oz
Cajun Boil - Overdone
I'd like to say I wanted to try this but a buddy was giving away an open tin of this and I thought I should try it before passing it along. So I did. I believe the name is apt but the tobacco is...extra. it's extra extra. The tin is musty and that plume around the tobacco did not encourage me much. It tasted like the mouth feel you'd get from Jessie Pinkman's (Breaking Bad) salty chili powder. Chili powder yo, it's my signature blend b$#ch! If you like Virginia periques, it's really good but that perique is hefty. Perhaps with 4-5 yr age on it I could see the blend mixing a bit better. Fresh tin though, dude. It took to the light really well and I could see if burning to the bottom without relight but I couldn't handle it that long. Room note was very pleasant in the Charleston Low Country broil sort of way. It's definitely not my jam and that could be because I've yet to appreciate the unique aspects of perique. But I'll be passing this along to the next victim. Sorry not sorry.

Sutliff - Pipe Force Episode V 1.75oz
Unique Mesquite
Resmoked a bowl of the Pipe Force episode V in my Halloween themed sandblasted bent Peterson. Here's a few things I noticed. Since it was in a sample bag that's had a week or more open air to it I can't speak for fresh tin notes or moisture levels. They seemed relatively moist and easy to manipulate. The crumble cake is really dark, a testament to the stoved rustica and virginia. While I'd like to say it has a campfire note to it, I imagined more of a bbq terriyaki smell profile. Taste lingering is that Hibachi flavor you might get after a well prepared Japanese stirfry. While smoking that Katerini is like an indescribable umami. You know it's there but it tastes nothing like you have the terms to describe. That stoved rustica is very prominent and seems to permeat the virginia and mellow out the orientals. I found there to be a little throat spiciness you'd expect from initially eating a Cajun peanut but no lingering heat. It takes a little work to light properly but once it's going I didn't have any trouble keeping it lit down to the bottom. I over tamped it once and relit and it took well to the end of the bowl. I'd say it smoked very cool compared to many others I've had recently and you sort of forget you're smoking it after a while. The smell from my buddy's pipe (he was smoking the same thing) was bold and mesquite but without the sweetness from smoking a piece of meat. The nicotine hit came out of nowhere towards the end of the bowl and it lingered longer than I'd like. I wouldn't overload this bowl unless you like a good kick in the pants. Grab yourself a tin of this and write an opinion piece of some ancient maritime battle in the Mediterranean or something. It's an extremely contemplative mixture IMO. I wouldn't smoke it but once or twice in the same day and definitely not an all day smoker. If I had to critique this mixture, I'd get critical that they didn't lead with it and call this one episode IV. Also, the artwork, while well done doesn't make me want to open a tin at all. Would have preferred art that made me feel more like I was embarking on an epic quest rather than watching reruns of the original Star Trek.

Capstan - Flake Blue 1.75oz
Solid and dependable
Can't imagine there's a Virginia that's more 💪🏻 than this one. It's got the taste, the balance, the smoothness, no bite and enjoyable. Not quite an all day smoke but pretty darn close.

Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - Small Batch Resolution 2oz
Sneakily intense
It's a very smooth smoke even in a freshly opened tin. The hazelnut isn't overpowering and more of a flavor profile than something tangible. It's also sneakily more potent than I was expecting.

Robert Lewis - Tree Mixture 50g
Deceptively perfect
Can’t say but what this might be one of the best English blends I’ve come across. Pure pleasure

Cobblestone - Chess Knight 1.75oz
Sweet and gray grassy
Can’t complain with this Virginia based blend

Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany 2oz
Kicked my butt
I don’t know if this was just because it came after a bowl of something else but this lingered for quite a while and had some bad tobacco spins for a minute

Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1 3.5oz
Sip or don’t, don’t let me tell you what to do
You might get a bite that lingers for a while but grab some scotch and you’ll be fine

Sutliff - Anomalous 50g
Subtly strong
It’s a blend for some contemplation

Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Ignore the play dough smell it’s really really good
Bowls of this stuff are always a great choice

Cornell & Diehl - Morning Drive 2oz
My favorite daily smoke
Can’t ask for a better on your way to with blend than this

The Danish Pipe Shop - Brown Sugar Flake 50g
Almost perfect
Maybe I got a dryer tin than most people did but it still is one of the best flavor profiles out there. Smokes forever!

Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - Small Batch Resolution 2oz
Wonderful smoke, be careful
This one was pleasant with only the faintest hint of hazelnut. The nic hit is sneaky and a bit delayed but this tobacco is delicious.

Fribourg & Treyer - Vanners Mixture 50g
Daily Smoker
If you’re looking for a satisfying easy smoke the doesn’t leave you with the tobacco spins but satisfies your desire to some something, this is your pick.

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