Cornell & Diehl - Bijou 2oz
Very good, well aged red virginias with just a hint of katerini. I could smoke this all day long. Have been for a few days in fact. Excellent.
Cornell & Diehl - Straight Up English 2oz
Excellent all day english
Unlike seemingly most modern englishes, this one uses latakia as a condiment, instead of a base. The bright and red virginias show through as a result even when fresh. I have high hopes for a truly excellent taste when age works its magic on this blend. Well done.
Samuel Gawith - Cabbie's Mixture 50g
An immediate favorite.
The presentation on this blend reeks of a handmade touch, not some whirring machine. The smell from the tin is nothing but good, good Virginia leaf, and a bit of moisture, similar to FVF. None of the usual enticing plum smell. The char gives a punch of spice that will mislead you as to the sweet but earthy smoothness to follow, all the more impressive given the blend of virginias making up the background. This blows the cookie cutter sameness of Escudo, DNR, and the like right out of the water for me. Just enough perique that its flavor is in the forefront, but not enough to displease. In fact, unlike more perique heavy blends, this one is fantastic after a char and a day's wait. All of these would get it to four stars, no doubt. That fifth star is for the amazing way I suspect this blend will age, and age, and age. I am quite pleased the recent SG/GH merger has apparently not affected blend quality in any way.
G. L. Pease - The Virginia Cream 2oz
This is not your father's aromatic.
This is a rare treat for tobacco lovers. It's not the first natural aromatic tobacco that prioritizes the taste of the leaf over the topping, but it's the only one I can think of that you can get without searching for a small boutique blender. This is not the goopy, mostly black cavendish, never dry nonsense so often sold as an aromatic. It has a delicious sweetness, but the taste of the leaf is never obscured for a moment. In fact, after a DGT, you have to strain to find the topping and there's a nice spicy kick. That said, it's low on the Dark Fired compared to other Pease blends and one of few I can smoke without a raw throat. A wonderful blend to start at dessert and finish with coffee in the morning. I for one wholeheartedly recommend the new smoker exploring tobacco families choose this one for the ideal example of an aromatic.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - 8deco Bamboo Tamper
This is the best tamper in the price range available. Domes the tobacco instead of flattening it, fits any pipe bowl, well made and attractive and cheap.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Brigham Regular Pipe Cleaners (75 pack)
While I tend to use the BJ Long because I can get them in bulk, these are the best pipe cleaners i've found for lack of fluff and thickness. Definitely a noticeable improvement in quality over the other brands you can buy.
Butera - Pelican 2oz
Excellent mild english.
Way too hard to find, but the only one of the hard to find blends I've tried that actually is worth trying for. Fills a void for a nice mild all day english with noticeable oriental notes.
Balkan Sobranie - Balkan Sobranie 50g
Tasty enough, but.
Exceptionally over-hyped based on the name alone. Nice english, occasionally a hint of soap on the lat. Perfectly worth buying here, and wildly overpriced on the secondary market everywhere else.
Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 50g
A unique blend.
It requires more drying than anything I've ever smoked. I live in a humid area, so I just open a tin and leave it out for a few days. At a level best called crispy, though, it's a delicious mix of grassy with a bit of sweet.
G. L. Pease - Union Square 8oz
Sweet virginia with a nice kick and nothing else getting in the way. Delicious! My only complaint is the lack of a 16 ounce tin, as I can't possibly cellar enough of it.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Ages beautifully, in my opinion until reaching perfection at around 9 years. Exceptional presentation in the tin, and always a delicious treat.
G. L. Pease - Sixpence 2oz
Excellent as always.
I've yet to have a bad Pease blend or anything close. I'm not personally a great fan of Dark Fired, but this is my favorite of the ones I've tried.
Samuel Gawith - Winter Time Flake 50g
Best of the four seasons blends by far, and an excellent, sweet English. I smoke a great deal of this.
McClelland - Balkan Blue 50g
If you want creamy latakia.
Perfect balance of smokey and sweet. There's the vinegar scent to the virginias but its very mild and goes away with a little air. Excellent any time smoke.
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- ► Thanks, Andrew, it's certainly a help even if its not completely universal. Definitely keep the discussion going!