Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular
The one and only aromatic, truly
This is the only aromatic pipe tobacco that I smoke for it is the best for my experience smoking a pipe. There is nothing else that I am interested in and feel that is going to remain if this continues to be available for purchase. Hopefully, that is going to be the case, truly love this blend, thank you Mac Baren.
Five Brothers - Five Brothers 1.25oz
5 Brothers, Five Stars
A no fuss, no nonsense burley tobacco that is a plus for all burley lovers. I truly cherish this shag cut blend and will keep around.
Debonaire - Daybreak Sagita
Good, another sleeper
Here is a cigar with a very spot on construction and draw. Those factors are a 4.5, but the grassy taste that is hinted throughout is one element that might turn people off to this cigar if smoked right out of the box. It smokes beautifully and is a true pleasure that really needs additional time to mature, thus the 3 1/2 stars .
Oliva - Connecticut Reserve Petit Corona
It's a sleeper, there really is not anything else to say. Those that understand will already know what that means. As for the others, well, that is there trouble. Overall, the construction was nice and the draw nice and smooth, unplugged.
Romeo y Julieta - Reserva Real Corona
A very pleasant, mild cigar that you, yes, will smoke down to the nub. I completely agree with the other review that stated the same statement for that is what happened while smoking this cigar. It is a true pleasure to be with and highly recommend.
Ashton - Classic Panetela
All Day Choice
Yes, this is a mild cigar but also one that is lively. There were moments throughout smoking that gave punchy, spiced, pleasures that allows the smoker to consider this stick as a long life everyday smoke, all day. I am throughly surprised and amazed by the construction, draw, and pleasure this cigar gave and I would highly recommend this smoke to anyone looking for a truly exciting small ring gauge cigar that gives fully and never disappoints.
Serino - Elenor Rose Lady
Unique, nice draw
I enjoyed this cigar better than the Serino, Elenor Rose Eagle based mainly on the extra length and small ring gauge. Other than those two notes, everything else with this cigar was a true pleasure to sit with and will be ordering more in the future as available, strong 4 star cigar.
San Cristobal - Elegancia Corona
Amazing, Great Mild Cigar
This is cigar that is well balanced, mild, soothing, and one I really did not want to put down. The draw was perfect, the construction spot on, and the burn was even down to the nub. This is a keeper and a cigar I would happily recommend to anyone from novice to a well season veteran connoisseur.
Oliva - Serie V Belicoso
This is a very good, full strength cigar with perfect draw and flavors. I found throughout smoking this cigar, the richness and body just kept getting better and I did not look forward to stop smoking. I am going to buy more of these.
Sutliff - 526 - Old Professor
This is very mild, so much that you will begin to feel irritated with the experience of smoking this blend of tobacco. The flavor is nice, pleasant, and very appealing, that's the plus side. What is present here is a very well complex blend that has a unique balance. You would swear a total failure is about to happen but never does, which is very appealing, but confused at the same time. The words that come to mind is stubborn refusal to fail and appease. That is the beauty of this tobacco and that is the true joy of the blend. I'll have nothing more or less to say about the description or flavor. It is the experience of smoking this tobacco and I will tell anyone this final note. Place this blend packed tight in a very deep bowl and slowly smoke. Any other way, you will have a deep disappointment. A shallow bowl, not tightly packed, will be a horrible experience; a feeling a missing out on its uniqueness. Also, allowing this to age a little, like a couple of months, is also going to bring to life the complexity that is beautiful.
Herrera Esteli - Habano Robusto Grande
Decent, middle of the road, nothing fancy
If you are looking for a really good middle of the road cigar that smokes decent at a great price, then this is a good pick. As far as, looking for something magical to happen on the lines of flavor or something mysterious that brings anything hidden, then look towards something different. Nice draw and somewhat decent burn but I have had better, 3-3 1/2 stars for a rating.
Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd
Tranquil, Cool Burning
Bought this tobacco over a month ago and just got around to smoking this and wow. Upon lighting this tobacco, instantly felt at ease which is amazing and unlike most blends. My only regret is, I did not give this tobacco a chance sooner. It is truly amazing and one that I have enjoyed tremendously. The taste is superb along with the nice, soothing burn that is very mediative and calming. It is strong and well balanced latakia tobacco, which is a plus. It could easily be a blend that someone could smoke all day everyday, especially if you are like myself and enjoy an occasional good cigar. I am going to go ahead and state this blend is now, another favorite that I shall keep in stock to enjoy, thank you Cornell & Diehl.
Amphora - Virginia Blend 1.75oz
Solid Virginia, Relaxing
I've never tried anything from this brand before and was surprised on the balance this brought, along with sweetness of the Virginia. This is an easy to load, non bite, even, and cool burning Virginia tobacco that is very good. I will continue to buy here and there for what it offers, nice aftertaste which is soothing. I do recommend allowing to dry 15-20 minutes before smoking, but that is not for everyone. It is perfectly just fine straight from the pouch just a little on the moist side for my taste.
Books - The Peterson Pipe: The Story of Kapp & Peterson
A very nice history into the company of Peterson Pipes and a must have for anyone who loves Peterson pipes as I do. This edition is well written and very captivating in its dictation, and leaves the reader understanding, clearly why this is an award winning piece, thank you.
Books - About Smoke: An Encyclopaedia of Smoking
Dunhill Pipes, nice edition
A nice edition to the library that contains just about everything you could possible want to read. This edition, is well presented and thoughtfully composed to give everyone, regardless of your knowledge about pipes, a very good understanding about the history of Dunhill, then and now. I would truly recommend this edition to anyone, regardless if they are interested in pipes or not. It is a true treasure and fair price for what is offered, thank you
Davidoff - Primeros Classic (6 Pack)
Very Simple, nice taste
I truly love short cigars and my all time favorite from Davidoff comes from their Aniversario line, Entreacto, which of course is not offered from SP but maybe in the future that will change. In the past, I always looked over this line offered in a tin for no other reason as I was looking for something a little better in taste and strength. I was a little surprise what this offered and would recommend for a very quick smoke. These cigars are one that I might order again for that simple low cost pleasure that is very basic and nothing too flashy in taste and/or appearance. There is nothing wrong with these cigars.
Serino - Elenor Rose Eagle
Pleasant and soothing
Really enjoyed sitting with this cigar, the subtle floral accents and the smooth draw made it a true pleasure. This cigar is not too strong and not too mild, just right and will be ordering more in the near future. This is a strong 3 3/4 to 4 star cigar.
Stands & Pouches - Woodmere 6 Pipe Stand Teak
Small footprint, Ideal
I truly love the small footprint this stand provides over all the other stands that I own which are quite large. This stand is well made and fits the needs that I was looking for to display my pipes for its intended uses, thank you. I am probably going to be buying more in the future, as I have other plans in mind for these stands.
Granger - Granger 7oz
If there was one blend where a choice was made for life tobacco, than I would choose this or SWR and feel happy in the choice. I have always felt good sitting with this tobacco and that is the most important thing that anyone or anything can offer. This is a blend that is comforting to me no matter the season and leaves me with a feeling of contentment.
Books - In Search of Pipe Dreams - Rick Newcombe
Throughly enjoyed the book and this is coming from someone that is not into pipe collecting, or knows anyone that is into pipe collecting. This is not just a book that is focused on this topic and forgets about everything else associated with pipe smoking. It covers the entire arena and is a very friendly, opinionated work that is not judgmental on any level. I also, enjoyed learning more about the high end pipe craftsman that are still very strong to this day. This book is a good beginning into that subject and one that I truly lean towards in this life. A nice easy read and one that I love recommend to any interested in pipes in general, thank you.
Books - Pipes and Tobacco - J. W. Cundall
Pipes & Tobacco
A highly recommended read and one that I am glad to have partaken in for the moments that I did. Though, I cannot fathom the time and means of research the author went through to arrive at such a book, based on the current measures we have available today. That thought alone , makes this quite an impressive feat accomplished and a rare one.
Missouri Meerschaum - The Elf Cobbit
One of the best cob pipes ever own and would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a mid length churchwarden that smokes well and easy on the wallet. I cannot see why I would not own several of this version and nothing more for a cob, personally. It is truly a pleasure and a delight.
Stands & Pouches - Woodmere 2 Pipe Stand Teak
Churchwarden Pipe Stand
This stand is the perfect solution for churchwardens pipes, and/or, any pipes with a tall bowl. The overall size of the stand is idea, small footprint, which allows for ease of placement just about anywhere in the home, which is huge for me. This item is highly recommended and will gladly purchase again.
Peter Stokkebye - PS17 English Luxury
A true personal gem, favorite
A true well rounded blend that mixed with other variants of Virginia's and Burley makes a bold, yet savory smoke that is perfect for the fall and winter season. This is the way that I use this blend, not as a go to on its own, but mixed with other flavors for the fall and winter months as a day to day, all day smoke. Yes, this is one particular blend, already made on its own, that is kept on hand in the cellar for the purpose just mentioned. I would highly recommend for everyone to pick some up and have some fun in your own way.
Cornell & Diehl - Bright Virginia Ribbon
Solid, true Virginia
My go to when I just want a good strong, natural Virginia. Truly love and keep on hand.
Cornell & Diehl - Dark Burley
Strong, solid burley at a very low price.
Low Country - Natural Virginia & Burley
Nice, Simple, and Basic
Good solid smoke on its own and nothing else. There is nothing fancy here. Most of the time house blends are just that, simple, nice and basic.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night
This is a blend that I love to grab from time to time and it is truly a pleasure to enjoy. Another one that is kept in the cellar and glad that is it there.
Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany
Heavenly, dry smoke with no bite
This is one blend that I always have on hand in a lb. in the cellar for it has all that is necessary, a dry smoke with no bite. Every time that I sit with this tobacco, a subtle peace enters and all is right for the moment. It is a good all day smoke, but also one that is perfect to start/end the day with if that is only time can allow. This is a must for anyone and would highly recommend regardless of your taste. It will convert even the harshest of critics, give it a chance and see for yourself. Over the years, I have come to notice that allowing this tobacco to cellar for a couple of months in a jar before smoking really brings forth a flavor to cherish even more so than straight buy to pipe.
Cornell & Diehl - White Burley
Being a lover of all burley as a whole, I found this to be very pleasant, bold enough tobacco to start the day with straight, and requiring nothing further.
Low Country - Natural Virginia
Pleasant smoke that is good straight or used as a blender. It smokes evenly and leaves a very pleasant aroma that is common with Virginia. The price that it is offered you cannot beat and it is a cut that is easy to load.
Prince Albert - Prince Albert 14oz
A true pleasure
Grew up with this blend, smoking and being with others who chose nothing else no matter what the name or the experience. It is an old time classic and classics never die.
Peter Stokkebye - PS701 Virginia
Beautiful color, aroma is nice. This is good for a blender and perfectly good straight on its own, burns evenly, nice after taste, and is just a nice soothing, everyday Virginia.
Sir Walter Raleigh - Regular 7oz
Old Trustworthy Pal
One of the brands started out with long time ago and still rely upon to this day as a trusted, favorite smoke. It is a brand that is reliable and savory straight from the can without much attention. Just like an old trustworthy pal, I shall never get tired of this cut or its flavor.
7 Seas Regular
Cornell & Diehl
Five Brothers 1.25oz
Ready Rubbed Yellow 1.75oz
G. L. Pease
Quiet Nights 2oz
Sir Walter Raleigh
Serie V Belicoso
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Best Cigar Cutters
- ► Why no one ever talks about the El Casco cigar cutter is beyond my understanding. I was introduce to this cutter long time ago, and since then, all of the above cutters, punches, and so forth; mentioned in this article, have been replaced. I am guessing the price is the turn off or perhaps not knowing about such item, what a shame.
Popular Stem Materials in Early French Pipe Making
- ► Another article that is worth attention and a read that turns over again and again. I do enjoy the material this young man is producing and hopes he continues to do so with the same vigor and passion that is currently being displayed for all to enjoy. Many thanks, Davin.
- ► Nicely written.
The Tradition and Smoking Comfort of Churchwarden Pipes
- ► Totally agree with the brands mention if looking for a churchwarden. I was very pleased to see Vauen included in that list, old world German construction is very good in that part of the world and one that is rich with heritage and tradition for a modern time. Many thanks for the good read, Davin.
About Barling Pipes: A Pocket Guide
- ► Wonderfully written article and one that I cannot stop reading over and over again. It is truly a pleasure to come across material such as this and hope to continue to see more in the future. Thanks again, Davin
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