Capstan - Ready Rubbed Blue 1.75oz
I can see why he liked it
I can see why this was a favorite of Tolkien. Grassy, tangy, sweet, a perfect Virginia blend that smokes easy.
Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Brigham Regular Pipe Cleaners (75 pack)
Gets the job done
These get the job done, but I would prefer something a little lengthier.
Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
Really tasty stuff
Can't wait to see how this stuff ages, but fresh it's hay-forward and tangy with some subtle citrus. An easy all-day kind of smoke
Arango - Balkan Supreme
Where’d my legs go?
Tastier that Nightcap. Certainly stronger than Nightcap. I smoked 3-5 cigars a week and a few bowls a day. This stuff knocked me on my butt. I’m totally buying more.
Cornell & Diehl - Speakeasy Navy Blend 2oz
Pleasant after a year and a half
The tin I have has been aged for roughly a year and a half. The rum topping is mild and pleasant and does not overstay its welcome. The rest of the bowl offers flavors of sweet, complex Virginia tobacco with a little pepper from the Perique. The DFK is here, but it’s mellow and complements the other tobaccos well. I couldn’t note a ton of Oriental tobacco, but maybe I just didn’t know what I was looking for. Overall, I would buy more of this to see how it ages.
Cornell & Diehl - Briar Fox 2oz
Hints of fruit and bread
Overall a very nutty, bready, slightly fruity (dried apples and raisins) flavor profile. Not bitey at all. Definitely pick this one up if you’re a fan of VaBur
Sir Walter Raleigh - Regular 1.5oz
This is my go-to at-work pipe. Smoke it on my lunch break and smoke 1/2 bowls on my smoke breaks. Great codger blend with a pleasant taste and room note. Will be buying again in the big tin.
Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening 2oz
Tastes great in small doses
Probably won't buy again, but I did enjoy it. Will likely keep this to 1/2 bowl smokes in my MM Ozark as an occasional nightcap.
Missouri Meerschaum - Maple Hardwood Apple Diplomat Straight (6mm)
Not bad, not great
I've smoked out of it a few times now. 4 or so bowls. It's an easy smoker, but the shank was a little loose.
Peterson - Nightcap 50g
Great stuff for reading out on the back porch on a summer evening. Just enough nuance to get a smile out of you when you pick up on something new, but reserved enough to let you focus on other things too.
Missouri Meerschaum - Boone Straight (6mm)
Great, sturdy cob
well constructed, doesn't get too hot, clenches real nice. Bowl size is decent and this is becoming my go-to cob for English blends. Nightcap smokes great out of it.
Amphora - Special Reserve Black Cavendish 1.75oz
This is a mild cavendish with a pleasant room note and some mild, fruity flavors. Smokes well and is not too wet. Solid smoke for the price and brand.
Amphora - Burley 1.75oz
Solid codger blend
This is the archetypal burley. It's pleasant, a little nutty, not in your face. It doesn't demand your attention and sticks around like an old friend.
Missouri Meerschaum - Ozark Mountain Straight (6mm)
Solid pipe for the price
Great beginner pipe, smokes for 20-30 minutes. Better than some briars I've tried. Definitely a workhorse pipe and you can afford to keep a few in your rotation at this pricepoint.
Tampers & Tools - Czech Pipe Tool
I don't care if you're smoking out of a Z$100+ estate pipe or a $4 cob, you're probably using this tool.
Amphora - Amphora Sampler
Good overall sampler
I'm definitely a fan of this sampler as a good entry into smoking pipes. These are good archetypal blends that will give you a general idea of what each type of blend has to offer. My only complaint is that the Virginia could be a little stronger, but that's neither here nor there. My girlfriend's a big fan of the room note on the Black Cavendish too.