Sutliff - VIP Match
Someday i will probably finish these trial 2 oz that i got, but won't be ordering anymore. It's not a bad smoke, but really, there is nothing to draw attention or remember.
Sutliff - SPS-21 Black Vanilla
Very savory and delightfully tasty, not a typical aromatic. The room note is superb.
Cornell & Diehl - Mad Fiddler Flake 2oz
From many blends that i tried - i don't even remember many of them, but this draw my attention on the first smoke, from cracking the tin till bottom of the bowl. The smell of farm silage and dried fruits - very pleasant, the really reach and complex taste that intensifies as i keep on puffing. Strong, statement tobacco, a great experience. So glad i found it. My new favorite.
Arturo Fuente - Exquisitos Maduro
Tiny toy cigars in microscopic size, read the dimensions and realize before you buy, because i didn't. Burns a bit rough and uneven. The taste is ok, though, and overall quite satisfying.
Sutliff - Crumble Kake Barrel Aged Series No.5 Rustica Limited Edition 50g
I am almost sorry it's so high on nicotine, i would like to smoke a bigger bowl and enjoy it for longer. It has that very special savory note that i have been looking for. It's a pity it is a limited edition, means won't be available soon.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Flake Aromatic
So, if you smoke it pure, you probably reached the point when you should be institutionalized. Otherwise, pleasant taste and aroma. Just treat it with due respect
Sutliff - Duke Albert
Maybe i just got a bad batch, but this is somewhat bitter and not very pleasant smoke. I might be able to finish my 2 oz, but won't be ordering again
Cornell & Diehl - Habana Daydream
Not a typical English
Loved it. Won't make an everyday smoke, but just for a change - it makes a great smoke. It's like a combination of Balkan Sobranie with a Cuban cigar. Very savory and pleasant. And a very complex smoke.
Sutliff - TS-12 Dark Fire Cured
Sort of simple
Soft, smooth, and nutty taste... Nic is ok. Probably will make a great component in a mix. It's somewhat boring to smoke it as is, though, not a lot of nuances in there
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Bird's Eye
A way too strong
I know it's not a fair way to review, but this is just my humble opinion. As an one-pipe-a-day smoker, i did not enjoy this one. Two puffs and my head is spinning, my heart is pounding, the idea of keep puffing is unthinkable, so we are pretty much done. The rest of tobacco in the pipe is waisted.
Sutliff - Rum & Maple
Sometimes you HAVE to smoke an aromatic, not to piss off surrounding people. But if you want to enjoy the smoke, too, go with this one. It smells great, it's really tasty on your tongue, and nic level is reasonably high. No tongue bite, either. A perfect aromatic, if you have to.
Cornell & Diehl - Super Balkan 2oz
More spicy and heavy than an average Balkan
As it's been said, this is more muscular clone of Arango. Quite spicy, pleasant bite, wonderful smell and taste in the mouth. Nic is not as strong as the description suggests - maybe 3 or 4, but not 5. Not going to smoke it every day, but it's certainly a great mix
Cornell & Diehl - Byzantium
Although indeed very smooth and absolutely no tongue bite, it was somewhat bland and boring experience smoking it. Like, if would eat a steak without salt and pepper. A bit of tang is definitely missing. This mix might be ok for Virginia haters, but there are definitely better Balkan mixes on the market
Sutliff - Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match
All times favorite
In my opinion, the best remake of the original, and the best smoke ever and ever and ever. Tastier than well renown Arango Balkan, with slightly stronger taste and nic hit. The fact it is so inexpensive adds to it, but honestly, i would still buy it for triple price from what it costs now. I like to try numerous new blanks, sometimes great and mostly disappointing, but when i just want a comforting pleasant smoke - i come back to this one.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
Pleasant smoke, perfectly balanced, if you just want to have a good ordinary smoke. So many English mixes, and this is another one, not distinguishable from the others, not the best probably. But might be pretty close. I like Balkan Sobranie remake by Sutliff for it's more pronounced taste, but this one is next to it.
Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
Somebody said it's creamy!?
One of these that i smoked one time and never came back again. Burns hot and bites the tongue a lot. Maybe ok for seasoned pipe smokers with numb tongues, so they can taste at least something. I am used to Balkan mixes and smoke less than pipe a day, so this mix feels like sulfuric acid on the tongue for me.
Sutliff - 507C Virginia Slices
What is the fuss about?
Nah... hot burning, tongue biting stuff. One hot mess to smoke. I better stick to my Balkan mixes. There is some bready aroma in the mix, but the tongue torture will not let you enjoy that.