Sutliff - 515 RC-1
Close, good, but no cigar
Like so many others I have bemoaned the loss of 5100. This straight Virginia ribbon does a reasonable job of filling that gap, but it's not up to the quality of 5100. The taste and flavor are just a bit off. I’m curious to see what aging will do to it. However, despite not being a substitute for 5100, it’s mild, fruity, and sweet with a decent room note. It's a good straight Virginia ribbon, and I would recommend it to those who like that blend of tobacco.It’s just not 5100. But nothing will ever be. Sigh.
Tampers & Tools - Brigham Tamper
Simple, inexpensive, and does the trick quite handily. I own some fancy tampers, but I seem to use this one the most. I bought two.
McClelland - Collector: Tudor Castle 50g
Cellar If You Can
I was lucky to stumble on two (!) ten year old tins of Tudor Castle. I must say that a decade of aging the Virginias makes for a sublimely, sweet, smoke. If you have the patience, buy several of these tins and cellar them for as long as your patience allows!
McClelland - Craftsbury: Frog Morton's Cellar 50g
My preferences have always been for aromatics (Lanes Ltd BCA is my favorite), but as I sought to expand my range of tobaccos, I tried this blend. It is wonderful! If you like aromatics, you'll find that this one is delightful, smooth, and quite complex. If you are looking for a pipe tobacco outside of your traditional "aromatic comfort zone" I highly recommend trying this blend. I look forward to exploring the other Frog Morton blends.
Lane Limited - BCA
I thought Lane 1-Q would be my favorite aromatic, but this blend has surpassed 1-Q. Mild and with a wonderful room odor, I highly recommend this blend if your taste in tobacco leans towards aromatics.
Dan Tobacco - Salty Dogs 50g
I am partial to aromatics, and I found this plug tobacco to be a wonderful treat. It is my first plug tobacco, and I prepared it by cutting a few "flakes" off of the plug and rubbing them out for smoking. I was pleasantly surprised by this tobacco, which I considered both mild and very aromatic. It was also kind of fun working with the plug.
Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 50g
This was my first experience with flake tobacco, and it was delightful. A gentle, aromatic smoke! I found that rubbing the flake (instead of various other methods described for prepping flake tobacco for smoking) worked the best. Highly recommended.
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