Cornell & Diehl - Engine #99
Hate to say it
This is a well known tobacco. I am a balkan sasieni and nightcap fan, and I was hoping that this blend would fit in well with those. I came out of this realizing that I don't like burley in my English blends, because in this blend the burley just took over completely, burning harsh and completely covering up any balkan/English flavor. So even though this may be a good tobacco that many enjoy, it didn't do it for me.
Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz
I didn't get it
Whatever it is that people love about this one, I didn't experience it. I went into this one with high hopes due to many great reviews. I am usually an English/balkan guy, sometimes VA/Pers. Got this hoping to get into VA/bur/pers. I tried it multiple times. And only got hot, harsh, tasteless air each time. Maybe It was just me..either way this didnt do it for me.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
I highly enjoy this blend. It had a bulk price, but a premium tin taste. It has an excellent floral taste that goes along with the latakia/oriental interplay, almost like a lakeland taste. I am assuming this distinct note comes to me from the Samsun. Anyways, I filled up 2 jars with this blend to age, I love it.
Cornell & Diehl - Super Balkan
Ok, but not super
I personally prefer a heavy English/ balkan blend most of the time. In this blend i did not quite get the heavier flavor I seek in a balkan blend. I mostly tasted the burley and Virginia's, and only tasted the orientals and latakia in the background. Not necessarily a bad blend, just not a flavor bomb to me. I would say a 2 to 2.5 blend for me.
Balkan Sasieni - Balkan Sasieni 50g
Great flavorful medium English blend
I recently came back to this blend after 2 years away from pipe smoking. I remembered loving this blend as an anytime English blend, one of, my old standbys. Well all I can say is good old STG does not disappoint. At first puff I realized that the flavor I enjoyed had not changed a bit. It had a little more punch than most other "medium" or "all day" english blends, but as someone who tends towards heavier blends like Nightcap, I sought out this exact type of tobacco for me days when I want something a bit lighter than a nightcap, but just as flavorful. Great orientals paired with the right amount of latakia and virginias to round things off