Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night
C&D hit a home run, again. I am finishing my first bowl and already know it is going to be a favorite. The flavor profile is to complex for me to describe, but it is truly delicious. Masterfully blended.
Peter Heinrichs - Dark Strong Flake 200g
It is everything I have ever wanted in a pipe tobacco. No overbearing casing, just a subtle brown sugar like taste in the background with wonderful aged tobacco flavors at the front. The Dark Fired Kentucky adds its own level of sweetness as well. No bite whatsoever and easy to pack. A+++
Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
This is my #1 Virginia Flake, hands down. As others have mentioned, aging is a huge factor to this tobacco. As little as 30-40 days will make a huge difference in taste and smell. Wait a year or more, and you have flakes of pure joy. This flake rivals ANY of the other high end flakes, for a fraction of the cost. Best kept secret for Virginia lovers.
Mac Baren - Modern Virginia Loose Cut 100g
I am impressed. I received a small pouch of this with my last order. I threw it in my cellar and almost forgot about it. Pulled it out tonight and gave it a smoke. This is some fine baccy! Visually it looks like cheap cigarette tobacco. As soon you light up that similarity disappears. A very cool, smooth, pure Virginia flavor. I love Virginias, but don't smoke them often due to the bite. Not with this one. It has definitely earned a place in the rotation.
Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening
I have smoked probably 6-8 different "maple" aromatics. Non have even come close to the level of flavor in this blend. It is almost too rich for me. Almost. I really enjoy it but I can see it pairing amazingly well with maybe 1/3 portion of straight Virginia to bring down the sweetness a tad. The moisture level surprised me as well. I've hear C&D blends are know for this, but it is really quite dry. This is great, as most companies soak their tobacco to bring up the weight. Less moisture = more tobacco per $. Great blend.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Sweet Maple Twist
I am a firm believer in trying all things once. This was my first rope style tobacco. These are just my first impressions. Let it dry a bit! If not, it is a bugger to keep lit. I immediately detect a subtle flavor I have never tasted in any other tobacco. This may sound odd, or bad, but it reminds me of a old man. Like a old mans home. A smoky, almost musty smell/taste. It sounds off-putting but is actually quite nice. Makes me think of an old library or hunting cabin. Delightful.
G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug 2oz
Good old time Flavor
This is what your great, great, granddads plug tasted like. Very natural and rich with lots of straight up unadulterated tobacco flavors. It tastes very similar to my homegrown Brightleaf Virginia. This is a slow smoking tobacco. Don't rush it. I believe it will age beautifully. Nicotine level is relatively high. I am unsure why they label this as being in the Burley family. It is clearly made primarily of Virginias, and is even described as such on the tin.