Cornell & Diehl - Old Grove 2oz
Not your grandpa's aromatic
This is a very interesting tobacco. The base is not like a typical aromatic. It has much more body and flavor. Very oriental forward. Lots of spice with steady sweetness from the Virginia's. The pomegranate topping is pretty strong. You definitely smell it in the tin the flavor stays just in the background through the entire smoke but doesnt steal the show. Being a non aromatic smoker I wish there was a little less of the topping but it's not enough to make me not want to smoke it. I actually really like this tobacco every now and then when I want something a little different. If you have ever had Mac Baren HH Acadian Perique this tastes very similar to that but with a pomegranate topping. If you like oriental blends without latakia and want something with some sweetness or a better room note definitely give this a try. If you are an aromatic smoker and want to branch out to non aromatic blends give this a try but be mindful of the spiciness. My tin had about a year and a half of age on it. It was a little moist but smokeable. 5 to 10 minuets of dry time is perfect. I would be very curious to see how this ages since it is in the cellar series. This has easily made it into my rotation as one of the few aromatics I ever reach for on occasion.
Sutliff - 507C Virginia Slices
Wait for best results
This is a decent Virginia when fresh but definitely needs some age to really shine. When its fresh it just tastes a little green and immature. Has some decent sweetness and hay flavors. Very earthy for a bright straight Virginia. I usually let mine sit for a few months before i am really able to fully enjoy it. Very excited to see how this is after a few years.
Hearth & Home - Blackhouse 1.75oz
To much cavendish
Somewhat disappointed with this blend. The component tobaccos are very good but there is to much cavendish in this blend for my personal taste. Can burn to hot if you are not careful and left that bad mouth coat that comes from heavy cavendish blends. If you do not mind heavy cavendish blends then you will probably love this tobacco. The virg and orientals are very flavorful and the latakia is bold but not overpowering.
Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
This is a must try if you are a Virginia smoker. Falls somewhere between FVF and OGS. Bag note is very sweet with toasted cereal and honey notes. Has some hay and citrus notes as well. The bag note is exactly what you get during the smoke. There is something about this that gives it a slightly unique taste that i havn't found in any other straight Virginia but I cant put my finger on it. I am very excited to see how this ages but it is excellent fresh and has found its way very quickly into my normal rotation. Definitely a must try for any Virginia smoker and especially if you like Orlik Golden Sliced.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Almost but not yet
Very good blend. Maybe a touch too much Cavendish but still very good. Tastes a bit immature when fresh but will definitely improve with age. I can't wait to try this in a couple years and I'm guessing it will up my opinion another star.
Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Personally I don't see what all the hype is about. Don't get me wrong these are quality tobaccos and def worth buying but i didn't find it that great. It was far more aromatic than I was expecting and while the topping is pleasant don't fool yourself into thinking that this is a straight virginia blend. It is not a typical aromatic and will not ghost a pipe but it is also not a straight virginia. That all being said my biggest problem is the fact that it tastes a little green or immature. I feel like this will be very good after a couple of years of age once the virginas have time to age and the topping has faded a bit. This is would be a perfect choice for an aro smoking looking to branch out or for someone who likes virginia and doesn't mind a bit of flavor. Personally it was just a bit too much topping for me. I look forward to trying it in a few years.
Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
Fantastic virginia blend. Should be talked about more often. Especially since it is available in bulk. Can't wait to try this after it has some age on it. This is a perfect mix of bright and red Virginia's. Plenty of grass and hay and just a touch of that ketchupy red virginia flavor you get from Mcclelland but not nearly as strong. Definitely worth a try for any virginia smoker. Quickly found a spot in my rotation.