John F.

War Horse - Bar 1.75oz
Surprisingly good
I'm not going to lie - the name and tin art on this sucked me in. Tin note to me is just amazing with deep tobacco scent but also that not-so-mild but not-so-strong, exotic, baking-spice-but-not-cinnamon, floral-but-not-perfume topping. It's like nothing I've ever smelled, but it works! The plug peels apart easily to be rubbed out. Could use some drying time once rubbed, but smokes perfectly from fresh. It is full flavored but not at all overpowering or offensive (like some of the Gawith plugs, say). The flavor of the topping does not come through very much in the smoke but, to me, serves to even and smooth things out without being noticed too much. Needs few (if any) re-lights, and if so is probably down more to my imperfect packing than anything else. I've so far only been smoking it in a new meerschaum. I'm new to meerschaum and can't say if it's affecting the experience one way or the other. If you're at all curious about this, I would say to definitely give it a try.

Newminster - No.17 English Luxus
Not really an English IMO
It's a nice enough smoke, but you've got to know what you're getting, which is not a real English in my opinion. It's very, very mellow and has some sweetnes and not enough latakia. I even added latakia and it still doesn't have enough. Again, sometimes I'm in the mood for something like this, but it's much milder and sweeter than I expected.

Drucquer & Sons - First Amendment 100g
Oh, NO!
I'm obviously in the minority here, but this is awful. I've had it open for 6 months or more so that I come back to it from time to time and see if it changes for me, as many tobaccos taste different at different times - even tobaccos I love taste not so great sometimes. This one does nothing but burn, burn, burn my tongue. Tin note is nice, but the smoke is a big NO.

G. L. Pease - Maltese Falcon 2oz
Just so-so
I have to agree with the others here who question the hype behind this blend. I have to say it does smell great in the tin, but something is missing in the smoke. Not sure if it's the "special spice" that softens the hit but lacks the "bite" of some of my other favorite english blends. For a better smoke for less money try some bulk blends such as PS52 Proper English, Father Dempsey, Engine 99, Super Balkan and Balkan Supreme to name a few.

Solani - White and Black - 763 50g
High quality, nicely balanced
It's interesting how your tastes in tobacco change over time. Used to be if something wasn't a lat bomb I wasn't interested. When I first opened this, maybe this sounds stange, but it just looked like really high quality tobacco. The scent was also high quality. But was disappointed that I wasn't bowled over by heavy latakia. Fast forward a few months, I've come back to this and have a new appreciation for it. Tastes very high quality and also very, very well balanced between the virginia and much more laid back lat, all smoothed out by the BC. Who knows...some day maybe my taste will even change to where I can enjoy a straight Virginia.

Solani - White and Black - 763 50g
High quality, nicely balanced
It's interesting how your tastes in tobacco change over time. Used to be if something wasn't a lat bomb I wasn't interested. When I first opened this, maybe this sounds stange, but it just looked like really high quality tobacco. The scent was also high quality. But was disappointed that I wasn't bowled over by heavy latakia. Fast forward a few months, I've come back to this and have a new appreciation for it. Tastes very high quality and also very, very well balanced between the virginia and much more laid back lat, all smoothed out by the BC. Who knows...some day maybe my taste will even change to where I can enjoy a straight Virginia.

Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
Nice for a change of pace
I typically don't care for aromatics much - and this is definitely an aromatic. I didn't like the tin/pouch not the first time I smelled it. But something about it kept enticing me back. I really like the note now. As for the smoke, not a ton of flavor but enough to satisfy, like a mildly sweet dessert. I now know what people mean when they say that this or that tobacco is best when sipped, and that is true of this one. Easy, slow smoking gets the best out of this one.

Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
Nice for a change of pace
I typically don't care for aromatics much - and this is definitely an aromatic. I didn't like the tin/pouch not the first time I smelled it. But something about it kept enticing me back. I really like the note now. As for the smoke, not a ton of flavor but enough to satisfy, like a mildly sweet dessert. I now know what people mean when they say that this or that tobacco is best when sipped, and that is true of this one. Easy, slow smoking gets the best out of this one.

Ashton - Artisan's Blend 50g
Just another positive review
There are certainly enough glowing reviews of this here, so mine will certainly not add anything new. And I don't have the experience, nose, pallet or prose to match some of the excellent and clever things you'll read here. Suffice it to say that this is just a damned good smoke. Full, rich, flavorful, consistent, complex and very, very satisfying. I find myself reaching for it again and again and again.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Flake Unscented
S T R O N G!!
This is gorgeous flake tobacco. The tin note is dark, decadent, smoky bbq delicious. I found it tough to light but once going it burned well. Initially I found it very strong and somewhat acrid, as it burned my nose quite a bit. It settled down quickly with quite strong flavor. Be warned however, this has a big Nic hit. It was too much for me..it brought me to my knees and sent me to bed early, sweating. I will continue to try it from time to time in smaller doses to hopefully slowly acclimate myself to it.

Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop Cake 2oz
A dissenting view
Have to say I just really don't like this. For me it doesn't really have any flavor - or at least none that I find pleasing. I find the smoke a bit acrid - especially if it gets in my nose. It reminds me a bit of Druquer's First Amendment in that sense - that tobacco smells so good in the tin I was sure I'd love it, but no go. I wish I was able to taste and enjoy this tobacco like so many others do, but this one just isn't meant for me. I do enjoy what I consider some other 'unflavored' tobaccos such as Stokkebye bullseye flake, Virginia and Burley (and tons of latakia blends). Hopefully something I've said here helps you decide whether or not this is for you.

Peter Stokkebye - PS17 English Luxury
Nice English with a bit of creamy sweetness
Every time I smoke this it really hits the spot. I'm a fairly new piper and my taste in tobacco seems to be evolving quickly. My first "English" was Lane HGL and I considered that an 'entry' English because of its heavy aromatic component with some Latakia, and I liked it. Now, HGL tastes rather bland to me, and English Luxury now tastes to me how I remember HGL first tasting - creamy, literally luxurious with a nice smokey Latakia presence. I've also been enjoying some less aromatic English blends such as PS 52 Proper English and Arango Balkan Supreme and Kramer's Father Dempsey, but this English Luxury is still very nice indeed when I want something with a bit of sweetness. I hope this helps someone decide whether or not they will like this blend.

Peter Stokkebye - PS17 English Luxury
Nice English with a bit of creamy sweetness
Every time I smoke this it really hits the spot. I'm a fairly new piper and my taste in tobacco seems to be evolving quickly. My first "English" was Lane HGL and I considered that an 'entry' English because of its heavy aromatic component with some Latakia, and I liked it. Now, HGL tastes rather bland to me, and English Luxury now tastes to me how I remember HGL first tasting - creamy, literally luxurious with a nice smokey Latakia presence. I've also been enjoying some less aromatic English blends such as PS 52 Proper English and Arango Balkan Supreme and Kramer's Father Dempsey, but this English Luxury is still very nice indeed when I want something with a bit of sweetness. I hope this helps someone decide whether or not they will like this blend.

Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 50g
Not. For. Me.
I know this is rated highly by many smokers. I'm not one of them. I've tried it many times and I just don't see it. I think who likes what in a lot of cases just comes down to body chemistry. This does not suit mine. I get none of the flavors I hear everyone else reviewing. Even just "puffing" and unlit bowl of this has an unpleasant oily taste/scent. For me it's like smoking a bowl full of black pepper. It just burns and tastes acrid. No enjoyment whatsoever. The harshest cigar I've ever had tastes better than this. I know none of these are direct comparisons, but I like English Luxury, Proper English, Arango Balkan Supreme, plum pudding, etc. This I just can't do. I don't feel "bad" giving this a negative review, as so many other people like it, I know my reveiw probably won't dissuade anyone from trying it, but now I'll have to read through other reviews to see if anyone shares my opinion. Happy smoking!

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