McConnell - Shakespeare 50g
Nothing to write home about
I've never had Dunhill Ye Ole Signe, the blend that this is suppose to mimic, but I highly doubt this is anything close to it. It has a stewed fruit tin note but I can tell it's an obvious topping like plum. It starts of okay with a mild virginia sweetness but quickly fades out into nothing but air. You can't hot box it or it will bite you. The moisture is pretty wet. Even with drying time it's pretty flavorless. K and K generally produce good blends but honestly this one doesnt show their best capabilities
Cornell & Diehl - Dark Burley
Great for cigar smokers
This is the first straight burley I've had. It compares well with a good quality cigar. Dark burley is cured and fermented like cigar leaf. It's earthy, slightly sweet and creamy, nutty, spicy like black pepper, dark and very bold. I enjoy it straight. The nicotine is there. But to experience it with all its glory, it needs to be smoked slowly or it will turn harsh. A little hydration would help. Being a pipe and cigar guy, this definitely fits the bill.