Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
Good VA blend
Good overall blend....but for me it seemed to burn a little hot. If you slow the cadance down you'll get a clean VA smoke tho. Sweet w/ occasional notes of Grass/Hay that VA's are known for. I'm not 100% sure whats in the topping but after the first 1/3 of the bowl it's burned off and you get pretty much a straight VA smoke, not that the topping is bad (it isn't by any stretch),
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Good Vaper blend.
This is a very good vaper blend...and if you fold and stuff the black cav will give you a couiple of puffs of sweetness once they come into play, but not so much if you rub them out. The perique is a little lacking in this imho tho.
F & K - Lancer Slices
A littel heavy...
This stuff was a little heavy for my tastes....pretty much straight Lat...in fact it's what I'd call a lat bomb. However that being said...It's a very smooth and cool some as well. It's very one diemsional, but there are times for that. This would be a good blend for those winter days after a heavy meal....but for me at least it's not an all day smoke.
Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Sweet and Mild smoke
These are mesmerizing to look at....but once you stuff em in a pipe it's even better! I rubbed mine out so your mileage may vary a little, but for me this was a sweet and smooth smoke. There is some sort of topping here but it's overpowering and compliments the tobacco nicely. The room note is also good.
Kramer's - Blend for Cary Grant
This one suppprised me. The first smoke was ok...but not exceptional....However on my subsequent smokes I slowed down a bit and this one opened up! It bounced between sweet and smokey, along w/ the Irish Mist playing along as well. These cross over blends can be a mixed bag, but this one is exceptional!
Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed
Holy Smokes this stuff is good!
I wasn't sure what to expect of this stuff. When I opened the bag I was greeted by the ketchup smell you'd associate w/ a McCllend VA blend.....but this is another beast entirely. Highly recomended. Smooth and cool smoking.
Planta - Anno MMX (After Dinner Mixture)
I usually don't do Arro blends but made an exception after reading the description on this one. When it arrived I loaded up a cob and promptly got bit....my fault for not letting it dry a little first I guess, so if you decide to try it you will want to let it dry for at least 15mins before loading your pipe. The second attempt went a little better...no bite. However the description says there's chocolate in this blend but I can't find it...all I get is alcohol, and the medicinal variety at that. The one area where most arros shine is the room note...but this one doesn't have any redeeming quality there either....it leaves the room smelling like a cheap flavored cigar....I won't be buying this again.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning
One of my favorite blends
This stuff is great! After reading about the perique content I was expecting it to bash me over the head but it didn't. Instead I got a blend I can smoke all day that is well behaved and tasty from start to finish
Sutliff - Sutliff 1849 1.5oz
Had to double check the label....
Ordered this stuff for the hell of it after hearing an ad for it. After the first bowl I had to check the label again to make sure it was sutliff product. I usually associate the brand with bulk or tinned arros of (sometimes at least) dubious quality. Thus stuff surprised me. A solid vaper offering is what this is. The perique spice is a little heavy at first but it mellows out after bit and you're left with a quality smoke.
Cornell & Diehl - Jamaican Rum
Not great but not bad either
Ordered this after reading the description and having my curiosity piqued. Overall not a bad blend. The note from the bag (I ordered the bulk version) is delicious. And that flavor is present for the first quarter of the bowl or so. But like many arro blends it burns off after a time. However unlike many other aero blends once the flavoring is gone you're left with a decent tobacco flavor. C&D must use a decent leaf as the basis for this blend. It's nothing special but it anint bad either.
Sutliff - Barbados Plantation 1.5oz
Didn't know an arro could be this good.....
This is hands down one of the tastiest blends I've ever had. I happen this like rum so I'm probably a little biased there however. The taste is a combination of rum qkr vanilla and that translates to Tue room note as well. A word of caution tho, this one will bite if rushed so take your time!
Cornell & Diehl - Three Friars
This blend piqued my curiosity based on the description so I ordered a couple of ounces to try. Over all not bad. A well balanced and well behaved blend, tho the spice of the perique did bleed thru heavily here and there.
Grand Croupier - Jack Pot
Good baccy at a great price!
This baccy has become a staple for me. There is some variance from batch to batch, but for the most part its a mild aromatic blend that I can smoke all day.
Dunhill - Ye Olde Signe 50g
Good but not great
This is a solid tobacco. It starts off with rich, almost cigar like notes and as bowl progress those tone down into a mild sweet smoke. This is billed as a Virginia blend and while sweet it doesn't have much in the way of the grassy or citrius notes I associate with other VA blends. I can't detect any topping either. If you're looking for a good mild VA blend this might be your thing. It's worth noting that this is a re release of an older Dunhill blend and I've never sampled the original. Taking this as it sits, it a decent blend imho, but nothing stellar.