Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 50g
Fine English Blend
A finely blended English with just the righ amounts of Latakia and Orientals to provide the wonderful flavors for English tobacco. A hint of sweet from the Virginia with a slight nutty flavor, and tastes of orientals. The ribbon cut on this is excellent and the tin is pack tight. A great intorduction to English. I call this a Gentleman's tobacco with the refinements in flavors from strength to room note ot flavor. Great for all day smoking.
G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning 2oz
Pleasant Mild English
A pleasant blend for first thing in the morning, hot cup of coffee or Englsih tea. The combination of Latakia and Perique jsut give a wisp of nice spice and flavor. A sublte fruitiness is noted, and the smoke is smooth and creamy. A second to Meridian, this is a great blend in my rotation.
Davidoff - English Mixture 50g
Good English Blend
Having smoked the other Davidoff Blends and this si the last of the 8 available on Smoking Pipes, It is a solid English with nice spice and smokey flavor. It is pleasant with the Latakia being well blended with the touch of Perique. Not harsh or with any bite. Packs well, good moisture out of the tin. There is a sweetnes (very sbutle) to this blend.
Ashton - Artisan's Blend 50g
Excellent English Blend
A balanced English blend with a natural sweetness and hints of spice. It has plenty of flavor and a pleasant to tolerable room note. The presenation was excellent in the tin, the moisture level was spot on. You can tell this was blended with great care and attention to detail to get such a great flavor. Highly recommend this Ashton English Blend.
Davidoff - Royalty 50g
Fine English Blend
The blend is unique amongst the Davidoff series. it is a medium English blend focusing on the Virginia and Orientals with truely a pinch of Latakia. The Orientals add a nice simple spice that is well accented by the sublte sweetness of the Virginias. The Latakia plays nicely giving it a nice overall flavor with a hint of smokey flavor. Smooth and cool smoking, balanced blend that is good for everyone interested in experiencng a refine English style tobacco As a balanced blend I do not get a blast of anyone tobacco but a complimentary flavor.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - Morning Blend
Good Basic Blend
This one is a straight foward aromatic. Flavors of brown sugar, and even smoke. This to me is a burley forward blend as I note the dry burley flavors. It is ok, I prefer the 1954 blend more. Glad I only bought 1 oz.
Sutliff - Z92 Vanilla Custard
Pleasant Aromatic - Sweet Vanilla
The Vanilla Cream is just as described. A sweet vanilla flavor, creamy, and nice. A good amount of burley, and cool smoke. no bite. Not much tobacco flavor. A definite dessert tobacco. Good for a biginner or someone whole enjoys a straightforard aromatic. Just a little too sweet for me. Nice to try.
Davidoff - Green Mixture 50g
High Quality Aromatic
This is a wonderful aromatic to add to your rotation. Mild yet flavorful. Well tinned, right moisture level, and just a high quality tobacco. It nicely rounds out the Red an Blue versions as well. Davidoff maintains the high quality standard they have set for themseleves.
G. L. Pease - Meridian 2oz
Favorite Daily Balkan Style
My impressions as I smoke it. Very good flavor, touch of citrus, touch of smokeyness, touch of sweetness, and the flavors seem to enhance the overall flavor. I look for good balance between tobaccos and this doesn't favor one over the other. I really enjoy this as the Latakia and orientals are very well blended with the Virginia. One reviewer noted this as a Gentleman's Balkan/English and I could not agree more. My new daily blend.
Sutliff - Buttered Rum
Flavorful - Balance
A mild tobacco with a nice balance. No bite, a buttery smoothness with a hint of rum. Burns well, not hot, and just hit the right balance for a rum arromatic.
Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus 2oz
The title sums it up. Burley forward. Not much after that and the bitter aftertaste. I am finding that the hipe does not meet the flavor. Disappointing to say the least.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Bourbon Barrel Aged 2oz
Ok for a US English
Tin note was setting high expecations of this English style blend. Reality for me was a dissapointment. There are much better balanced and well rounded blends and the marketing gimic of wood stave is not usefull. Will not be purchasing again.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Burley and Bright
Plain and bland
Burley and Bright is a fairly bland tobacco. Vanilla maybe, chocolate not at all. I really struggled with this blend. Saying average at best is kind. Very disappointed from Gawith Hoggarth as I usually find the blends good to great. This is just lacking in flavor. I agree with other reviews in that it is too cigarette like and that is definitely the Burley type used.
Missouri Meerschaum - Country Gentleman 1.5oz
It has very little favor, dry, and unimprsessive. Go with Orlik, Sutliff or Mac Barens.
Missouri Meerschaum - American Patriot 1.5oz
OK for a pouch
A fair English style, but lacking in flavor. A bit of bite, and very dry. It was sealed well. There are better English Aromatics.
Sutliff - Crumble Kake Barrel Aged Series No.4 Limited Edition 50g
Excellent Limited Edition
Tin note is delightful and enticing. The cut is very good and loads easily in my pipe. The flavor and well rounded balance is one of the best. Smokes easily. Got 2 extra tins to let age, see how it develops. Hope to see it in revision No. 5 in 2023
Orlik - Golden Sliced 50g
A very nice flake with good Virginia natural flavors. His a nice touch of citrus and sweetness representative of the Virginia. A definite try for your pipe smoking pleasure.
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular
No 1 Aromatic
An excellent Burly Cavendish blend with just the right amount of flavors of chocolate and vanilla. It is a smooth cream smoke, no bite, and an excellent ribbon cut. Packs well, not sticky, right amount of moisture. I will be buying this in bulk. A true daily smoke. UPDATE: On my 2nd order and the consistancy is what you come to expect from a premium tobacconist - Mac Baren. This is a daily smoke and I highly recommend this blend for new and old pipers.
St. Bruno - Flake 1.75oz
Wonderful Virginia Flake
Nice Virginia flake with a sweet note, citrus, and a little floral. Some grassy field notes as well. Smooth smoking, very good an enjoyable. After opening the tin, let it breath for a bit, close and let sit so the vinigar oder disappears. It is very nice after that to smoke. Something I recommend to new pipers looking to expand their experience.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - American Delite 50g
Well Done Blend
Right from the start, the tin notes are very pleasant and well rounded. Vanilla, Nuts, and fruit. Not too dry - Not too moist, Slightly sweet, vanilla, and nutty flavor, with a hint of fruit. Definitely no bite, and a afternoon delight. Or any time. The balance of cavendish and burley is just right. Reminds me of days gone by. Enjoy
Sutliff - Dark and Silky 1.5oz
A very nice chocolatey Cavendish with a finish of cocoa. It is well blended tobacco, and silky it is. I enjoy with coffee in the morning. cool smoking if you let it dry out a bit before smoking. Fairly moist out of the tin, but not sticky.
Sutliff - Buttered Rum
Mild tobacco, with a rum and nut note. Smooth and creamy flavors and a smoke pleasant retohale. Burns on the hot side. I recommend this for first time pipe smokers looking for a mild aromatic.
Davidoff - Danish Mixture 50g
Davidoff's Best - Smooth and creamy
What a fantastic blend. Favorite of all aromatics. Wonderful flavor, fruit, nut, and a nice balanced flavor. Excellent retrohale as well. Highly recommended for the experienced and beginning piper. Moisture level was excellent out of the tin. Update - moved it to a mason jar I noticed the tobacco opened up more. It is compressed in the tin and the moisture level is very good and the flavor is excellent.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Rum Flake 50g
WOW - Flavor Fine Tobacco
What a great blend, and the broken flake is excellent. Not wet or sticky, nice to rub out or fold. Flavor of rum and vanilla, nutty, and slighlty sweet. Sip it like a fine wine or fine bourbon. Very high quality and consistant.
Mac Baren - Vanilla Flake 1.75oz
Great Flake Aromatic
This is a wonderful full flavor and balanced blend in flake form. Cool smoke, and slow burning, with a rich taste. Highly Recommend.
Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - StillWell Star Holiday Y2022
If You like Sweetend Tips
If you like ‘em with sweet tips this is for you. Average taste and for the money get a Padron or Ashton VSG or ESG.
Tampers & Tools - 8deco Legend Tamper Midnight Blue
Best Tamper available
This tamper is outstanding. A large concave tamper with holes, fits perfectly and gives the best tamp I have seen. A long pick (which helps with my deeper bowls, and a rounded tip makes for a better pick. The spoon at the top helps remove ash easily. This is now my daily tamper. Far superior to a Czech tool.
Padron - Maduro 2000
Good flavor - Reasonable Price
A very well constructed cigar, even burn, smooth and easy draw, balanced flavor of coffee, oak, and mild sweetness from the Maduro wrapper. Balnced from beginning to end. Not as good as the 1926 or 1964, however, the price is right for a great cigar.
Padron - 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro Torpedo
This was an excellent cigar. Starting off with construction, even burn, and best of all, balanced flavor from start to finish. Chocolate, oak, leather and coffee. Giving a nice mocha flavor, very refine. Worth the price.
Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - StillWell Star Aromatic No. 1
Fair to poor
Sweet - I am not a fan of sweetened tips, nor of this cigar. The tip ruined it and any flavor was at best boring. Draw was tight and got worse through the 2nd 1/3. The idea would seem to be good, but execution is lacking. $15 there are better cigars.
Davidoff - Scottish Mixture 50g
Great Scottish Blend
Not a true English Style due to the dash of Scotch, it is a wonderful blend nice balance of Virginia, Burley, Dark Fired, and Oritentals make for a delightful smoke, cool and with a hint of spice. UPDATE: I appreciate the cool smoke and how well it smokes. The Savinelli Dry System is ideal as is the Peterson System pipes (P-Lip) for a wonderful smoke. Overall this is a top 10 blend and my hats off to Davidoff for such a great blend. The Dark Fired offers a different flavor from the Latakia in most English blends.
Davidoff - Blue Mixture 50g
Aroma is excellent, Flavor is a medium with vanilla and chocolate for me. Medium sweetness as expected. Will order again. A cool smoke with nice room aroma. Smokes well in my Savinelli Dry System and Rattray’s Goblin, Butcher Boy pipes.
Tampers & Tools - Tsuge Briar Tamper
A very nice tamper that is beautiful and light. The briar is excellent and easy to use. The pick is longer and works on many of my deeper bowls very well. I nice tamper for your pipe.
McConnell - Red Virginia 50g
Fine Virginia Red
A great represeentation of a Virginia Red with a touch of Perique flavor is excellent. Casing is pleasant. Smooth flavor, no bite, and works well in my large bowls. Smoking in a Rattray's Butcher Boy. UPDATE: In several bowls over the past week, Letting breath after opening is a good trick to even it out. Not too long. Now it is even better. The balance is very good in this light VaPer.
Sutliff - Cringle Flake 2022 1.5oz
What a great release for 2022.. Great flavor, excellent smoke, and good packaging. A very nice blend and excellent flake.
Davidoff - Red Mixture 50g
A very nice flavorful tobacco great room smell, and a real pleasure to smoke in my Savinelli Dry System Bent Dublin. A good Virginia and cavendish blend.UPDATE: - No bite. You read right. No bite from this blend..
Lighters - Peterson Pipe Lighter Brown
This is not my first lighter. I have a rather poorly made IM Corona. This one however is far superior in many ways. Overall better construction, flint is well done, as is the cover. Easy to adjust flame, and refill is simple. Easy to use works every time.
Aladino - Connecticut Queens Perfecto
A very mild and nice cigar. Mild, good flavor, and good constrcution leading to a nice draw, even burn, and good finish.
Debonaire - Daybreak Robusto
OK cigar, fair construction
For the price, I expect better quality control. The cap was improperly applied. The wrapper was fairly coarse, and overall appearance was average, On the other hand the flavor is excellent. Creamy with a sweet nutty flavor. For the price however, I would choose a different cigar.
Davidoff - Flake Medallions 50g
A elegant tobacco
This is such a pleasant smoking tobaco, Plenty of flavor and very well balanced. I like to keep a tin our two and it is my special day go to tobacco for my Peterson, and Chacom pipes with a deep and wide bowl. slow burning and cool. Update Dec 21 - Still fantastic blend. Put it in a nose warmer style billiard by Rattray's and what a long, cool, and flavorful smoke. a 5+
Debonaire - Daybreak First Degree
ok - Inconsistant Little Stick
Wonderful cigar, Medium strength, smooth, creamy, nut and cedar notes. A nice 45 minute+ smoke, just right for break. It's flavor is excellent, burn is very even, draw is easy, and what a great shape. If you are looking for a unique cigar shape and smoke, give this one a try. I really like. It will be a humidor favorite. UPDATE - After a few more, they are inconsistant. Very Sad. NO LONGER RECOMMENDING
AJ Fernandez - Last Call Habano Genial
A nice flavorful cigar, medium strength, easy draw, mild spiceyness, and a fairly even burn. Wonderful from start to finish.
AJ Fernandez - Last Call Habano Flaquita
Nice Cigar and Flavor
I good cigar for the price. Well constructed, fairly even burn, flavors even throughout. Constant cigar.
AJ Fernandez - New World Connecticut Robusto
Well constructed, good draw, even burn,and pleasant flavor. Very pleasant cigar, long lasting.
Oliva - Connecticut Reserve Robusto
Excellent Value Cigar
A medium strength cigar , great from beginning to end. A slight sweetness throughout, and a fine overall flavor. Creamy with a slight coffee and nut flavor for me. A definite keeper.
Oliva - Serie O Habano Robusto
2nd one is better
It is a smooth cigar, good flavor. As with most Oiva - well constructed - mild to medium cigar. Some uneven burn 1st 1/3 but quickly evened out. A nice cigar for the morning.
Aladino - Classic Corona
Fine Cigar - A Gentleman’s Cigar
An excellent smoke, medium body, sweetness, coffee, and a little chocolate on my palette. I nice afternoon delight. Slight issues with tunneling on a few cigars, and uneven burn. Consistency is a key point to me in cigars. Good value overall
Acid - Blondie Maduro
Well, it was not so good. too Sweet, no real flavor. I think they over due the sweetness for me.
Lighters - Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation IM Corona Old Boy Platinum
UPDATE - Disappointed after 3 monts
Managed to pick this one up on sale here and it is fantasitc at first. Feels great in the hand, excellent soft flame, perfect for lighting a pipe. -- NOW - 3 months later - poor spark, trouble lighting, been properly cleaned new flints, very poor performance for $100 lighter. It lights with external flame (i.e. another lighter) and flame is clean and strong. STAY AWAY FROM THIS LIGHTER. IM Corona should be ashamed of such poor performance.
Davidoff - Flake Medallions 50g
Excellent flavor - cool smoke
What a delightful coin blend,. Packs well. The hint of Perique is just right. definitely in my top 5 blends. A rich flavor and finely made coin. Highly recommend this blend.
Oliva - Serie V Melanio No. 4
The Serie V Melanio is a smooth, even smoking cigar with great flavor. A slight sweetness at the start with chocolate and malt flavor. A slight peppery taste towards the end is what I detected. Wonderful flavor and smell from beginning to end. A excellent example of a medium to full cigar.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1957 1.4oz
Antyime Favorite Smoke
A vanilla tin note with a hint of berry. I like the subtle sweetness and vanilla. Well done and well blended. It is a very mild cool smoking blend.UPDATE: It also improves with age. It is a good daily blend.
Padron - Maduro Corticos
A wonderful light sweetness right from the start, followed by a nice spice, a little pepper towards the end for me. A mild pleasant smoke lasting 45 minutes or more. Construction varied to a degree from cigar to cigar.
Captain Black - Original 1.5oz
Ye' Ole Cogder Blend
It is ok. I would smoke it in a pinch. It is consistant, fairly cool burn, and decent flavor. There are better aromatics out there.
Cornell & Diehl - Blockade Runner 2oz
Dry cake with odd flavor
Had a few bowls of this over the past week. Very dry for a cake and a very odd flavor and room oder. Almost chemical in taste. It may need to be rehydrated some. Can was well sealed but tobacco almost turns to saw dust when you break a piece of the cake off. Not a fan of this one.
Amphora - Full Aroma 1.75oz
Dad’s Codger Blend
My dad loved his pipes, and was a huge fan of Amphora in the 60-80’s. Full Aroma was his favorite blend. He also like plan cavendish. I had to get a pouch in honor of my dad. I am sure it is not 100% the same but very close. A good beginner tobacco to try.
Borkum Riff - Bourbon Whiskey 7oz
Fair Codger Blend
A fairly decent blend, a little on the dry side, smokes faster, so sip gently. Flavor is good, however, you can get a bit of tongue bit if you smoke too fast. Personally, I like and occasional blend like this to remind me of how things used to be. Reminds me of my father, Grandfather, and uncle.
Vauen - No. 14 Virginia Flake 50g
A fine Virginai Flake
Easy smoke, fine Virginia flavor. Nice easy smoke. Let it dry a little before you pack. no bite. light vanilla. very easy smoke. A good introduction to Virginias. Nice Room note.
Acid - Blondie Gold
Mild and Different, too sweet
It is a very nice change up and mild yet flavorful but way too sweet. Constuction is good to very good, however burn is a little uneven for such a small cigar.
Drew Estate - Kentucky Fire Cured Ponies
A nice change for a cigar. Good little smoke, well made, and truly a good cigarillo. I'll definitely choose something else.
CAO - Eileen's Dream Cigarillos
Nice Mild flavorful Smoke
High marks for CAO flavor infused cigar. Construction excellent, even burn, nice ash hold, good from first 1/3 to last. For me a definite sipper to enjoy the flavors. I get vanilla cream, nuttiness, coaco, and well rounded flavor. Value for cigar is excellent.
Arturo Fuente - Cubanitos
Less than Average Cubanitos
This is an acceptable Cubanitos. They are good, but not 5 star. There are bertter cigarillo types out there from Davidoff, CAO, and more. The burn has been uneven in the middle, and draw tight. Off flavors at the end. Construction is good.
Acid - Krush Classic Morado Maduro
This is an ok cigarillo. A too sweet, with a spiced peppery note, and burns evenly and very will. Pass
Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus 2oz
A fine Burley blend, that is nutty, simple, and very smooth. Room is nice, strength is medium. Stays consistant through the whole bowl. If you like Burley this is good.
Mac Baren - HH Pure Virginia 1.75oz
Love pure Virginia
Do you like pure Virginias in near pure as it gets? I find this flake to be the perfect Virginia. Naturally sweet, mild and a very pleasant smoke for the morning or late day. A great addition to any rotation and I really like Virginias and this is my favorite.
Peter Stokkebye - PS24 Nougat
Nougat - Update
What a unique aromatic blend. Chocolate, vanilla and Carmel flavors, are part of a wonderful flavor. A definite favorite amongst the aromatic tobaccos. Worth the try. It is very light and somewhat dry. I keep my tobaccos well jared and at the right humidity. I thought is was dry day 1, but now have confimed.
Peter Stokkebye - PS303 Peaches & Creme
Another mild blend with a hint of peach and sweetness. Not overpowering, mild and pleasant. Room is good, however, this one seems a little on the very mild side. Sadly it has not improved in flavor. Off my list.
Peter Stokkebye - PS6 Sweet Vanilla
Fair to good Sweet Stokkebye
PS-6 is a fair aromatic, with a hint of vanilla and smooth flavor. It is an old fashioned blend. Fairly dry.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
Smooth however, Average-Fair
This is a wonderful mild tobacco with a vanilla flavor and caramel. It has a touch of cocoa and honey. inconsistant from order to order. Rather bland. It is so-so. Once done, did not order again. There are so many better aromatic blends from Sutliff, Mac Baren, Davidoff, etc. Move to those.
Filters & Adaptors - Vauen Filters (10 pack)
Top 9mm Filter
After using this and other brands, the Vauen filters are the nicest for flow and flavor. Recommend Vauen filters for your pipes.
Stands & Pouches - Rattray's Pipe Stand Gunmetal
Great travel stand
Perfect fit for the Pipe pouch, great stand for travel or just around the home and yard. Nicely finished.
Peterson - My Mixture 965 50g
It is an ok English Blend. Nothing special.
Missouri Meerschaum - The Emerald Bent
Beautiful Cobb - Average overall
I really enjoy this pipe. Missouri Meerschaum as a hit in my book for a great pipe. This is my second Cobb, I have several briars, however, it now spends more time on the shelf than a real smoker.
Ashtrays - Savinelli Ceramic 1 Pipe Brown Ashtray
Elegance yet funcational
I like things that have a touch of elegance, add to the decor, and yet are very functional. Well made and high quality we expect from the name. I really like this ashtray.
Vauen - Auenland 50g
Suprised and nice flavor
Average lavor for a mild tobacco, a hint of fruit, and very refreshing. Nothing really exotic. Didn't work for me.
Missouri Meerschaum - The Shire Cobbit
Average Missouri Meerschaums Best
It's is an average corn cobb. Comfortable and fair smoke. Medium sized bowl. Again, nothing special and for the price I expect a little more. Update - Quality control is an issue. Not impressed with the quality of this pipe - if it were a $10 pipe maybe. Do not recommend. UPDATE: FInally gave up on this pipe. There are cheaper MM's available like the Country Gentleman, etc. If you want a corn cobb get those. Also Check the stem, often they are fough and bits of wood fiber are present. QC is lacking however, they are cheap pipes.
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Cigars for Pipe Smokers
- ► For pipe smokers I also recommend - Oliva Serie V and G (start with G), Aladino Classic is also a nice cigar for pipe smokers. Oliva is one of my favories and compliments many tobaccos.
Doting On Dottle: Advice On Smoking To The Bottom Of The Bowl
- ► My dad and grandfather were avid pipe smokers and enjoyed the hobby very much. They always advised me and others to leave the bottom of the bowl with a little unburnt tobacco (usually wet) and ash, as the sign of an accomplished pipe smoker. The reason being is the off-flavor and damage to the pipe by trying to get every last bit. They said that you treat your pipe well it will give you a life time of smoking pleasure. Slow smoke with a few re-lights as necessary. Keep it cool, clean it well after cooling, and enjoy all parts. My dad used to say he loved cleaning a well maintained pipe, as it takes less effort to keep it that way.
How to Break In a Briar Tobacco Pipe
- ► Great article Chuck. My dad always taught us to be patient and enjoy the smoke. Take your time to break in and enjoy the first smoke to the last. Good method and there are several. We always fill the bowl and take a slow leisurely smoke.
How to Select Your First Pipe
- ► What a great article. Some of what is here, my dad and grandfather told me. While they are gone now, it is nice to see such a fine article and good advise.
Top 15 Budget-Friendly Pipes
- ► Rattray's has many good budget pipes and are excellent first pipes and smoking pipes. Dark Ale is also a good starter pipe series. They are easy to smoke, breakin, and air flow is outstanding. Butcher Boy also gives you two stems which allows you to try two different lenghts and switch back and forth. Great Article and should be on everyone's list to read.