Thomas S.
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Cornell & Diehl - Exclusive
So So
Despite the percentage of Perique this is a simple blend that lacks nuance. There are more interesting VaPers out there — Haddo’s Delight, Windjammer, Escudo, Chenet’s Cake, Doblone d’Oro

Savinelli - 140th Anniversary 100g
Wait for 150
This blend came in a tallish tin and ready to smoke. Sadly the experience was not that pleasant. I always approach pipe tobacco blends with joyful enthusiasm. I have quite a number of personal favs across most categories so why do I keep trying new ones? Hope lives eternal. Notwithstanding the mostly 4 star reviews on 140 so far, this is an odd blend. Sort of a Virginia but not. Some slight topping but not enough to be an Aromatic. Some bits of Orientals to get to very mild spiciness. What throws everything off is (what I believe) to be a high concentration of cigar leaf. I used to smoke cigars. Have some laying around in a humidor. Just don’t really want “that” in pipe tobacco. To be sure the cigar leaf adds tons of structure to this blend. So what do we have? Even with the toppings, even with the Virginias, this can only loosely be called a Virginia. So we say “Virginia Based” when I would have said this is “cigar leaf based” with a bit of Virginia, a bit of Oriental, and a bit of topping. Might well be useful in a new blending at home or with a press with an Aromatic. Maybe.

Savinelli - 140th Anniversary 100g
Wait for 150
This blend came in a tallish tin and ready to smoke. Sadly the experience was not that pleasant. I always approach pipe tobacco blends with joyful enthusiasm. I have quite a number of personal favs across most categories so why do I keep trying new ones? Hope lives eternal. Notwithstanding the mostly 4 star reviews on 140 so far, this is an odd blend. Sort of a Virginia but not. Some slight topping but not enough to be an Aromatic. Some bits of Orientals to get to very mild spiciness. What throws everything off is (what I believe) to be a high concentration of cigar leaf. I used to smoke cigars. Have some laying around in a humidor. Just don’t really want “that” in pipe tobacco. To be sure the cigar leaf adds tons of structure to this blend. So what do we have? Even with the toppings, even with the Virginias, this can only loosely be called a Virginia. So we say “Virginia Based” when I would have said this is “cigar leaf based” with a bit of Virginia, a bit of Oriental, and a bit of topping. Might well be useful in a new blending at home or with a press with an Aromatic. Maybe.

Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose Ready Rubbed 2oz
Really Not Good
Serves me right for wanting to get into the holiday spirit. This is awful. Tastes harsh and bites. Flavoring so mild as to be vague at best. Yuck.

Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose Ready Rubbed 2oz
Really Not Good
Serves me right for wanting to get into the holiday spirit. This is awful. Tastes harsh and bites. Flavoring so mild as to be vague at best. Yuck.

Balkan Sasieni - Balkan Sasieni 50g
Excellent Balkan
Thus is a superb, easy smoking Balkan, that is, an English with orientals in the blend. Really nice flavor. One can get lost in this heady, moody flavor. One of my four go-to Balkans.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake
Not Thst Good
Not clear why people see this as an aromatic. At least my one ounce had zero flavoring. As a Virginia it had an interesting mix with a tiny bit of burley but not enough to call it a Va/Bur.

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