Cornell & Diehl - Sansepolcro 2oz
My favorite of the entire C&D camp. Its tangy, sweet, creamy, with a mid tone smoky herb and spice thing going on. Higher end of medium for body. No negative effects at all. The only unfortunate part is the yearly availability. One of my favorites.
Peterson - Elizabethan Mixture 50g
One of my favorites
For years I hunted through virginias for that special one. While i do enjoy lots of different choices out there, Elizabethan Mixture really hits the spot. Its sweet, bready, earthy, spicy, dark, and has a nice dose of nicotine to keep me happy. It never gets dull, it never bites, it never turns harsh. It's just satisfying overall. It also has very good potential for aging. When I cant decide what I want in my rotation for the time, or just burned out for wanting anything else, or just want to smoke away and not have to think about it, I chose Elizabethan. Let's face it, a lot of Virginias other there arent very user friendly. But you cant go wrong with this one for sure.
Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 50g
Not what it use to be
This use to be a full length flake with a deep semi sweet, nutty characteristic in taste and a nice nicotine punch. Now it's a broken flake with and sour sharpness that bites me. I think the samuel gawith / gawith hoggarth merger has ruined this blend. It was one of my favorites but now has been replaced as one of my top picks. I'm sadly disappointed.
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.