Missouri Meerschaum - American Patriot 1.5oz
Memphis Pipe Club Review
From Rich: This tobacco is like sipping whisky by a campfire. I knew I was in for a treat when I opened my package from Smoking Pipes; the contents all smelled of smoky Latakia. Definitely not your average pouch blend. With a light balance and well rounded taste, American Patriot has dethroned Frog Morton as my everyday smoke. My only (very minor) complaint is the pouch: the tobacco was a bit on the dry side. I look forward to Missouri Meerschaum offering their blends in bulk. In the meantime, a quick cellaring of the tobacco works just fine. Enjoy!
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Royal 100g
Memphis Pipe Club Review
From Phil C: Sporting the regular 7 Seas motif, the Royal Blend arrives in an attractive tin with a navy blue lid. I broke the vacuum seal with a dime and unscrewed the top. Inside, the packing was simple and trim with a fan fold tissue holding the trademarked paper disk above the tobacco. Pleasant initial impression: black and gold, ribbon cut, moist and slightly aromatic with the slightest hint of fruit (peach, apricot, perhaps?) and a suggestion of rum. I found it easy to load into the bowl of my squat bulldog and in short order I packed, lit, and began the first bowl. The bowl lit fast, easy, and burned well. With just a bit of tamp and draw, I had no problem keeping the blend lit and never needed to relight. It was a cool burn. My bulldog has a smooth finish and the bowl warmed comfortably in my hand. Some of the aromatics I’ve smoked burn hot enough to warrant the choice of a bowl with a rougher finish in order to dissipate more heat. Not the case here at all. Cool burn, no residue travelling up the bit and little to no bite on the tongue. The aroma was pleasant enough to draw attention and favorable comments from some non-smokers around us. I made a careful note that this is one I can smoke in the house. Flavor was delicate and consistent, all the way to the bottom of the bowl which, at the end, yielded clean ash and a tiny black plug. There was no unpleasant aftertaste as I slid a pipe cleaner into my trusty bulldog. My club-mates thought the mixture a bit too moist out of the can and each had to relight a few times to keep their bowls going, but we all agreed the MacBaren 7 Seas Royal Blend was a fine smoke. 8 out of 10. Don't sit on your pipe.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Great Navy Flake
Count me in as an admirer of this flake--and it does have a great price, so win-win!
Sutliff - Maple Street 1.5oz
Aromatic and Mild
This stuff smells awesome in the tin--and almost as good when it's burning. Has a mild, almost cigarette-like, flavor but fine for smoking casually.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
My New Fave
Add me to the list of those hooked on this blend. This is one of those tins that you open, take one smell, and fall in love with what's inside. I actually lean towards aromatics in the winter (with the occasional VaPer), but now count this Latakia gem as one in the regular rotation.
Hearth & Home - WhiteKnight 1.75oz
Medium Strength, Great Flavor
Got a tin of this along with BlackHouse. Not quite as strong as the BH, but full of flavor that seems to get better as the pipe burns. I'm betting this would be a great one after a few months of storing.