Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Burley and Bright
Pretty darn good
This is a pretty darn good smoke. My first impression upon opening the bag was, "This smells almost like Mac Baren Burley London Blend". It reminds me of Mac Baren, but it also has a hint of Lakeland and a cross between GLP's The Virginia Cream or C&D's John Marr. Any way the bag note is awesome. The smoke is mostly full on tobacco with hints of chocolate and vanilla playing back and forth. The room note is mostly chocolate and very pleasant. Smokes cool, clean and bite free. Glad I gave this a try as I can see it in my rotation.
Tabac De La Semois - Le Petit Robin 100g
Really good tobacco!
This is my first tobacco from Tabac Manil and I'm glad I gave it a try. This is a very toned down Burley, meaning it's not harsh or bitey like Burley can tend to be. It didn't come as dry as everyone makes it out to be, it's the cut that makes it seem dry. but you do get quite a lot for your money and it's well worth it. Not much on the tin note, but the room note is that of leather, tea, a bit of floral and some type of spice like clove, a bit of chocolate at times and cedar. The flavor is full on tobacco, a little nutty and slightly bittersweet. I would like to make a polite correction to Paul C's review, the cut is actually Kizami. Kiseru is the type of pipe used to smoke Kizami in. It's really, really fine cut, almost like a cotton ball when you pull it out of the package. Pack firm and lite it up. It took me a couple of bowls to get it right, too loose and it literally goes up in smoke, too tight and the draw is restricted. Take your time, test the draw and enjoy this smoth bite free tobacco, you'll love it!
Filters & Adaptors - White Elephant 9mm Filters (40 Count)
These filters are just average at best. They do have better airflow than Vauen but not as absorbent as Peterson filters. I'll save a few cents and stick with the Petersons.
Three Nuns - Three Nuns 1.75oz
Dry and Bites
The tin I received came fairly dry, almost too dry. I packed a bowl and lit it up. It has very forward coffee taste with hints of toast. Room note is cigarettes. Not much on the dark fired or burley and the virginias aren't that sweet. Strength is middle ground. Tends to burn hot and bite, supposedly due to how dry it came? Maybe I received a bad tin as I'm not getting the flavors and room note everyone else seems to be getting. I let it set a couple of days and rehydrated it a bit, seemed to help some, but still bites some if pushed a little. Gonna jar it up and cellar it a few months and see what happens. As it stands right now, it's hard to smoke or even like this blend.
F & K - Lancer Ready Rubbed
I bought an ounce of this just to see what all the hype was about. Now I wished I had bought more because as of now it's out of stock. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about this wonderful blend other than when it's in stock, better jump on it before it's gone again. This is a smokey sweet treat!
F & K - Black Bayou Mist
Really nice blend
This is my first English blend with Dark Fired Kentucky. It really adds another dimension to an otherwise traditional English. It's spicy, smokey, sweet and earthy with an incense like aroma. A very nice blend that could very easily become an everyday all day blend.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning
This actually surprised me
This C&D blend caught me by surprise. I was expecting spicy tongue tingle and what I got was a sweet earthy smoke. Room note is pretty great too, almost a cross between grandpa's pipe and a really great cigar. This blend has just the right amount of strength and taste. It's not too strong and the tobacco flavor really shines in this blend as does the sweetness from the Virginias. I bought an ounce to try and now I'm going to have to get some more and cellar some for later and have some for now.
Filters & Adaptors - Peterson 9mm Pipe Filters (40 Pack)
Better than most
These are a better filter than most. Better draw and last longer. I was using Vauen, but they seem to restrict the draw after two smokes and don't seem to absorb as much moisture as these. I end up changing filters after three smokes with the Vauen, five to six smokes with the Peterson and probably could squeeze seven or eight if I smoke a drier tobacco. I also bought some White Elephant filters, I'll leave a review on those and let you guys know how they compare side by side, but so far, Peterson looks to be my go to in the future.
Filters & Adaptors - Savinelli 6mm Charcoal Filters (35 Count)
These work just like the 9mm charcoal filters but are made specifically for Savinelli or Rossi pipes that accomodate 6mm filters. For me, these work better than the balsa filters. They do however restrict the draw by a very small amount and haven't been an issue. I used to be able to buy a similar filter years ago, but haven't been able to find them until Smoking Pipes started selling these little beauties. I'll still use balsa for some blends I smoke, but for those blends that tend to bite in an otherwise unfiltered pipe, I'll use these so I can enjoy my pipes and tobacco without the struggle.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Mixed
A nice bold Va/Bur mix. Smokes cool, no bite smooth as silk and quite strong. Has a pleasant room note to boot.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
This IS the English blend to buy!
This is by far the smoothest, tastiest English blend I have tried to date. Little to no drying time needed. Packed a bowl, lit it up, and my mouth had drool laden orgasms. It's that mouth watering good! It's a little sweet, smokey, a hint of incense and burns cool with no bite even when pushed hard. I bought an once to try and now I'm gonna have to stock up on this gem!
Cornell & Diehl - Dreams of Kadath 2oz
Smokey sweet and almost cigar like in a good way. Strong but smooth and the topping? Wine maybe? It adds some dimension to the tobaccos at play. The more I smoke it, the more I reach for it despite the work involved in cutting the plug into either cubes or flakes to be rubbed out. Either way it's pretty good stuff. try it, you may like it.
Samuel Gawith - Chocolate Flake 50g
Almost, but not quite
This is almost the same as GH Bob's chocolate flake as far as the tin note, but this is much milder and the room note carries more of the chocolate cocoa. Tin came quite moist, had to let a bowl full dry for an hour or so. Burns a little hot and can get harsh towards the end but on the plus side, no tongue bite. Could be a backup when Bob's is out of stock.
Captain Earle's - Honor Blend 2oz
Needs some age
This was to me a little green and not as strong as I hoped. It does however burn good with no bite, just lacking some flavor and strength in which I think aging it would help.
Samuel Gawith - Kendal Cream Flake 50g
This is different for a change of pace. Lightly scented/flavored. Has two tobaccos I look for in a blend, it's and easy to rub out flake, smokes cool with no bite and has a decent room note. This checks all the marks in an easy no fuss blend with a subtle yet not overbearing essence that compliment the tobacco nicely.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Mixture 50g
I've had better
I bought this based on the positive reviews alone. I've had my share of Balkan blends and medium to heavy English blends. This is as weak as a popcorn fart in a whirlwind. Strength rated 4? Nope, more like a 2. Room note is pleasant, taste is typical Lakeland/English. Burns great and no bite. Just like so may overrated blends out there, it really lacks in the strength department. I guess all those strong blends I've been smoking have me expecting more from these so called top notch blends. Bob's Square cut and Chocolate flake are outstanding tobaccos, but this one didn't quite check all the marks. But I will give it 4 stars for being different.
Tampers & Tools - 8deco Legend Tamper Black with Smoke Swirl
Nice weight and love the vented foot. The spoon works a lot better than the aluminum pipe nails I've been using for years. Well worth the price paid
Cornell & Diehl - Stovepipe 2oz
Not an aro, but it has that room note that would suggest otherwise. I get true tobacco flavor with just enough topping to make things interesting. The room note reflects the toppings used and is really pleasant, even to nonsmokers. It's pretty sweet too. I don't know if that's from the toppings or the combo of toppings and tobaccos used, but I love it. This is going into my rotation for sure!
Cornell & Diehl - Gentleman Caller 2oz
I've tried a few blends that has Deertongue in it and liked them a lot. So I jumped the gun and decided to try this despite some of the negative reviews. It kinda blew me away with the flavor and room note. Pretty awesome stuff. I get so many flavors from this it's hard to pick out just one, but vanilla caramel latte with a dash of cinnamon comes to mind. It came at the right moisture as I didn't dry it out before lighting up my first bowl. Smoked it to the bottom without any relights, just a few tamps here and there. Nice strength, more of a 3 out of a 5 and the Va/per combo just adds the body most aros lack. Not goopy, no bite, but I would probably dedicate a pipe to this, it may or may not ghost your pipe as some of the other blends like Crooner has ghosted a couple of my pipes, but not in a bad way.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Square Cut
That's right, I said it. It's weirdly nice. The bag note is floral with a hint of incense, the indian kind of incense. I was thrown off at first because the description says chocolate, coco and vanilla. I do get hints of the toppings in the room note while smoking, but what I taste is lakeland essence in all its glory along with true tobacco and a hint of vanilla. Like what's been said before, don't go into this with the mindset that this is in any way shape or form like Bob's Chocolate Flake, because you will be disappointed. This is a fine tobacco crafted in the English tradition and the flakes reflect this as well as the smoking experience. Glad I picked up 8ozs before it was all gone!!
Rattray's - Buckingham 100g
The Olden Days
This has that room note and flavor from times long gone. Imagine an old book store, the smell a lot of them have, it's not an unpleasant smell, but an inviting one. This is what Buckingham reminds me of. Nice flavor, pretty decent strength and a really nice room note. It seems and tastes like quality tobacco and has enough casing/topping to complement the tobacco nicely. The one thing I like about this is that it doesn't smoke like a lot of aromatics, meaning it has very little bite, and doesn't gunk up your pipe. Everything really works well together and it's great to have some on hand for a change of pace from time to time.
Peterson - Royal Yacht 50g
Another one that I hadn't tried and wished I had a long time ago. I never got around to trying the original Dunhill, but if this is the same recipe then bravo Peterson, bravo! Fairly strong, they way I like it and the secret flavor just puts the icing on the cake! It's sweet in a good way and has a smokey almost savory bbq sauce taste at times. Room note is fairly pleasant and is ready to smoke straight from the tin. May have to buy a few tins to cellar. Aged I bet this would be a stellar smoke.
Peterson - Hyde Park 50g
I couldn't wait to try this once it arrived in the mail. It's everything I was hoping for and more. Great taste, room note, body and strength. The tobacco and toppings just work very well together. I was so blown away with my first bowl that a few days later I ordered a few more tins to cellar!
James J. Fox - Hibernia 50g
Not bad for an aro
Not a bad smoke. Not quite my cup of tea in the strength department, but everything as described. Good taste, wonderful room note, just lacking in the strength department. More on a 2 out of a 5, but would be great for someone looking for a milder aromatic that smokes well with little drying time and for me, no re-lights.
St. Bruno - Ready Rubbed 1.75oz
All I can say is everything works in this tobacco. The DFK and Virginia + toppings = one helluva good smoke!
Cornell & Diehl - Gillingham Mixture
Thin and flavorless
No flavor whatsoever. Smoked three bowls in a meerschaum pipe on different occasions with same results. This is the first C&D blend I have been truly disappointed in. ☹
Kramer's - Blend for Danny Kaye 50g
OK for what it is
Ok tobacco for what it is, just lacks in the strength department. I didn't really taste or smell any Irish aromatic, just good ole smoky Latakia and a bit of spicy Perique. Other than that, this smokes well when dried for a bit and has a decent flavor. Room note was like any other english I've smoked. Kind of incense like and floral with a bit of campfire smokiness.
Lane Limited - Hoyo de Monterrey 1.75oz
Like puffing vanilla flavored cardboard. No body or strength. I suppose aromatics aren't my thing, just lightly flavored blends like John Marr and Crooner. Those deliver some punch. This tobacco delivers about as much strength and body as a popcorn fart in a whirlwind.
Sutliff - Field & Stream Match
This is rated as a 3 out of 5 stars in strength, it's more of a solid 1.5 or 2. It has somewhat a pleasant flavor (Not much going on there) and really nice room note, but no strength. I guess smoking the likes of Haunted Bookshop and Haddo's Delight have me craving something with more body and strength. This is ok for those who like very mild tobacco's with a pleasant room note, this just doesn't fit the bill for me.
Sutliff - Flying Dutchman Match
Nice in MM Cob
When I first received this I kinda disappointed in both the strength and lack of flavor. It was like puffing warm air. I was smoking it in a Stanwell with a 9mm filter. Then I decided to smoke it a MM Cob, Country Gentleman to be exact, Things really changed. Still very low in my book strength wise, but the flavor developed quite a bit. It has that old fashioned toasted oats with a hint of vanilla flavor here and there. Very nice room note and no bite. Probably not something I would smoke on a regular basis, but good for a change of pace.
Cornell & Diehl - Cross-Eyed Cricket 2oz
More Aro than English
This is more an aromatic than an English blend, at least the tin I received is any way. The tin and room note is that of a smokey buttered rum with a hint of caramel cream. Not bad at all, just not what I was expecting based on the reviews. The topping/casing works well with the tobaccos. It's sweet, smokey, a little briney and delicious as hell. The more I smoke it, the more I like it!
G. L. Pease - The Virginia Cream 2oz
Same topping as John Marr???
Bumping this up to 5 stars. After letting it breath and age for a bit it's an outstanding smoke. It's slightly sweet with hints of vanilla and a wonderful room note. This will more than likely replace C&D's John Marr in my rotation!
G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
First off, I don't know where everyone's getting the Lakeland from, but this in no way has the classic English Lakeland essence. It is however prepared in the English tradition by steaming, hot pressing and maturing to coax out the flavors hidden in the tobaccos. With that being said, what I do get from this blend is a very refreshing crisp smoke with a great mouth feel and and some hints of sweetness and some spice from the tobaccos used. The flakes are what I'm used to seeing in G.H. & Co.'s blends. They're stringy, look like they've been half tumbled and crammed into a tin, just ugly compared to other flake style tobaccos where they're thinly sliced and carefully packaged in neat little stacks. But once you rub some out, let it dry for a few, it's a very, very tasty blend indeed. It's different, I'll give it that, but I detect no Lakeland essence in this, and I've had my fair share over the years and even if it did, I love that stuff!
Sutliff - 523 Voodoo Queen
I didn't get any aromatic from this blend from the bag nor the smoke. What I did get is tongue bite. One thing I have learned over the years is that a few brands have only one thing in common, and that's a topping or casing that doesn't contribute anything other than tongue bite. What the hell are they using, cheap liquor with corn syrup?? When I received this in the mail I couldn't wait to try it. Once I got the bag open I was greeted buy the smell of just another english blend. No notes of rum, vanilla, chocolate or anything else that's been described in the reviews, just a straight up english. So ok, maybe once I let some dry a bit, maybe it's in the smoke. The charring light bit me like no other tobacco has bit me and only got worse as I struggled through it half bowl and I bowed out, couldn't finish it and I was smoking it in a Peterson Dublin filter with the filter in it!! I can't imagine how bad it would bite in a non-filtered pipe and I don't want to know. I'm gonna cellar it, forget it for a few years and see if there's any improvement, if not, into the trash it goes!
Nat Sherman - Tabac Sherman Blend #536 2oz
I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about this blend. It's a well balanced tobacco that's very well behaved. No bite, came at just the right moisture level to be smoked straight from the tin and an overall pleasant experience. This is a hidden jewel and will come back for more ;)
Captain Earle's - Mystic Blend 2oz
What is this voodoo magic?
Where to start? This is a very intriguing smoke to say the least. It's different every time I light up a bowl. This is voodoo magic that Captain Earle brought back from somewhere during his travels. As the description states this has been touched by a mystic, a wicked good one at that! It's a rich medium bodied smoke with hints of floral and BBQ at times. At other times it's grandpa's pipe. It's smokey sweet in flavor, smokes cool and slow and has a creamy mouth feel like velvet on the tongue. Never been bitten, never had to relight, although it does need a few minutes of drying time as it came quite moist out of the tin. I don't know what all types of tobacco were used in this blend, but I like it!
G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug 2oz
Get a sharp knife ready
A really dense plug that takes a little elbow grease to prepare but well worth it. Similar in flavor as Peterson's Irish Flake but a little milder. It's strong but smooth. smokey and sweet, like a good BBQ brisket. It's a meal of a smoke and I'm going to get the ready rubbed next go around, I thought I was going to have to use a chainsaw to get this plug cut up LOL!
Bengal Slices - Bengal Slices 1.75oz
Similar to SPC Plum Pudding
This has a similar tin note and flavor profile as Seattle Pipe Clubs Plum Pudding but without the Perique. The tin I received came at the perfect moisture ready to smoke right out of the tin. It's slightly sweet, smokey a bit of floral here and there and smokes on the slow side. The cake in my tin at least, came is several slices, I guess that's where the name comes from?? Any way when one's out of stock, I have a fallback to go to, that is unless both are out of stock, then I'll just cry in the corner.
Cornell & Diehl - Sansepolcro 2oz
Exceptional when aged a little
This is an exceptional blend. I bought a tin last year and just put it away as it was fairly fresh (Tin 3484/8000 of the first production run) and I'm glad I did. It's slightly sweet, smokey from the dark fired and just an overall great smoke. Sip it slow and enjoy the flavors. I'm surprised of how few reviews there are of this hidden jewel.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1931 Flake 3.5oz
Ages well if it's a little green
I bought a tin a few years back and didn't like it. I cellared it and it really developed a great flavor. I recently bought a tin here at SPC, something has changed, and for the good. It's a nice mellow smoke with a tin note of ripe plums or some sort of dark fruit. The room note is that pleasing old fashioned grandpa's pipe smell. The smoke is smooth not much of a bite, but to me, can get a little harsh towards the end if it's a little green. Put it in a mason jar, cellar it a few weeks to a few months and it only gets better and smoother.
Cornell & Diehl - Exhausted Rooster 2oz
Not the worst I've had
I think my tin was a little green. Wasn't what I was expecting based on the reviews. Wasn't sweet, bit like a SOB and was pretty harsh despite my sipping to the point I needed multiple relights. This blend reminds me of the entire line of MacBaren, has that topping that's not noticeable until your taste buds are burned off. Gonna cellar it and see if it mellows out and develops some flavor other than harsh ash.
Cornell & Diehl - Innsmouth 2oz
Nice straight up tobacco
This is a nice straight up tobacco with little to no casing/topping that I can detect. Just quality tobaccos blended in perfect harmony. It's a little sweet, bitter, smokey and can get a little harsh if puffed to fast or hard. This is a good old fashioned style tobacco that's good for sittin' on the porch and sippin' while enjoying the outdoors.
Two Friends - English Chocolate 2oz
Like a candy bar in my pipe!
This blend's chocolate alright. It's like having an artisan style candy bar in my pipe. The Latakia works very well with the flavor and the Virginia just adds to the sweetness. Gawith Hoggarth & Co Bob's Chocolate Flake is always out of stock, so I took a chance and got a tin of this to try. It's not the same in any way, but it's pretty damn good on it's own. Smokes cool, dry and all the way to the bottom of the bowl. No goop as it's not overly cased or topped with a sugary mess like some tobaccos are. This is one I'll come back to just for the flavor and awesome room note.
Cornell & Diehl - Mad Fiddler Flake 2oz
Everyone's a little mad
There's so many flavors in this blend, it's hard to pick out just one. It's kind of like a craft IPA beer, a little bitter, but packs a punch. After trying this blend straight from the tin upon arrival, I was put off by the taste. After letting it sit for a few weeks I returned and the flavor was so much better. It's one of those tobaccos that needs to breathe and rest a while before smoking. The flavors are bold, maddening if you will, and packs helluva puch if you puff hard and fast. Not much of a tongue bite, smokes to the bottom with one relight, if that, depends on how it's packed. I rub mine out and let it dry a bit before packing. Not my favorite C&D blend, but one I would buy again when I'm in the mood for something different.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake 50g
This is different for a change. Nice tin note of cocoa and a bit of smokiness from the Latakia. I should have let it dry a bit before my first bowl, my pipe started to gurgle a bit about half way through. I get hints of chocolate and sweetness from the Virginia and nutty Burley. The room note is incense like and fairly pleasant. All in all this is a pretty darned good smoke. No wonder it's always selling out!
Daughters & Ryan - English Hoopla 50g
Not the Lat bomb I thought it would be
When I first opened the tin, all I could smell was the Latakia. I thought to myself oh God, it's gonna taste and smell like a ham was smoked. Once I lit it up I was pleasantly surprised in the flavor. Slightly sweet with a bit of smokey flavor from the Latakia and some spice from the orientals. Came at just the right moisture ready to be smoked. The topping is very light and can't really taste it, but it compliments the tobacco perfectly. This will be one I will return to.
Cornell & Diehl - After Hours Flake 2oz
Love this stuff
The caramel and dark rum really works well with this flake. Nice and sweet, great room note and a very mellow and relaxing smoke. Like the namesake, great after hours smoke at the end of a busy day.
Cornell & Diehl - John Marr
Not a bad blend
This is ok for a change of pace. Not much vanilla in either the tin note or the room note, mostly a bourbon forward taste with some subtle sweetness from the virginias and black cavendish. The burley gives it some body and the orientals and perique give it a nice earthy flavor. Over all not a bad blend, just that I'm not getting much on the bourbon vanilla flavor profile that everyone else seems to be getting, but then again, this isn't an aromatic tobacco, so there ya go. Either like it or not. I like it and will smoke it from time to time just for that "something different" factor.
Sir Walter Raleigh - Aromatic 1.5oz
Middle of the road
I'm in the middle of the road on this one. It tastes great, has a very pleasant room note and smokes really well, it just doesn't leave me satisfied. I guess all the other heavy stout blends have me craving nicotine and a more natural sweetness from the tobacco. This would be a great introduction to new pipe smokers who was to delve into Burley blends and not overwhelm their senses, but it's not something I would smoke on a daily basis, but it's good for a change of pace.
G. L. Pease - Haddo's Delight 2oz
Another nice blend
I can't say anything that already hasn't been said about this blend. Tin notes of fig and dark fruit and a taste that matches the tin. Easy to smoke and quite a kick from the nicotine. Another one that will be in my rotation (I get easily bored smoking the same thing every day lol)
Cornell & Diehl - Miskatonic Mixture 2oz
My oh my
Flavors of a caramel mocha latte in my bowl. Sweet Virginias, flavorful Orientals and that spicey Perique with just a dash of Cavendish make this the ultimate morning blend with a nice cup of coffee. This could easily be an all day every day blend for me. Another winner from C&D
Cornell & Diehl - Engine #382
Really good stuff
This has almost the same tin note and flavor profile as Crooner, but with the added body of the Virginias and Perique. It's smoother, a bit more flavorful and best of all, no bite. My first bowl I was like "Well, it's the same as Crooner." By my third bowl I was like "There it is!" The Perique is not dominant but it's there, that characteristic tongue tingle and the sweetness from the Virginias make this blend shine. Also the room note is fantastic. Another winner from C&D.
Cornell & Diehl - Crooner 2oz
I couldn't wait to try this once it arrived. Opening the tin I was greeted by what I can only describe as fresh baked cinnamon raisin bread. The charring light was semi sweet nutty Burley with a slight vanilla taste in the background. As the bowl progressed it developed into what I can only describe as pure bliss. Semi sweet, vanilla like and good old nutty Burley. The room note is almost that of a flavored cigar, but very pleasant and light. I'm on my 6th bowl and the more I smoke it, the more I love it. This one's going to be in my rotation for sure.
Daughters & Ryan - Ryback 3.5oz
Straight up tobacco
This is straight up tobacco. No topping, no casing, just tobacco. It's pretty good, smokey tasting and room note, but kinda boring. I like the shag cut, takes the flame really quick, but it's one dimensional. Would be a good blending tobacco to raise the nicotine in some milder blends.
Peterson - Irish Flake 50g
Nice Nic Hit
Ok so I love dark fired Kentucky as I live in Kentucky, so it's a given. Mix in some Virgina's and some nuttly Burley and you have perfection. This stuff is just plain old good. Takes a little drying time, but it's short, 20 minutes at the most and it's good to go. Smokey, sweet nutty bliss. For those who smoke milder blends, the nic hit may be too much, but it's perfect for me. Love it!!
Solani - Aged Burley Flake - 656 50g
This is a very smooth earthy blend. It's very moist out of the tin, so forty five minutes to an hour drying time recommended. Once rubbed out and dried, it takes the flame really well and smokes clean to the bottom. I didn't have to relight once. This would be a great morning smoke with a cup of strong coffee. Not a strong nic hit, but it's there. No bite, but I was smoking it in a Stanwell with a 9mm filter. Adding this one to my buy again list.
Mac Baren - Burley: London Blend 3.5oz
I was fortunate enough to get a tin of this before it sold out. The tin note is pure bliss with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Upon lighting up it has a nice nutty toast flavor. the room note reflects pretty much the tin note. It can bite a bit if you don't let it dry for a few minutes and as another reviewer stated, the bowl of my pipe got really hot. Over all a good all day smoke, that is if it ever comes back into permanent production again.
Cornell & Diehl - Briar Fox 2oz
I'm in Heaven
This is a really good smoke. Rich full bodied, slightly sweet, nutty and very rich in nicotine. No tongue bite. packs well, lights easily, burns all the way down. Perfect right out of the tin.
Filters & Adaptors - Vauen Filters (100 pack)
I just recently purchased my first 9mm Vauen Pipe from here on Smokingpipes. I got these filters to go with the pipe. All I can say is that they work wonders on some of the tobaccos I have. I have some harsh tobacco I cellared in hopes they would age well and mellow out. They didn't, they got worse. So rather than throw them out I opted for a 9mm filter pipe because 6mm pipes and cobs made little to difference in the smoke. These filters made the tobacco smooth, mellow and absolutely no tongue bite whatsoever! Get the 100 pack, you won't regret it, I promise!!!
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop 2oz
Go for the cob pipe!!!
Ok so I'm updating my review to 4 stars. After trying to like this tobacco and smoking it in 4 different briars, I opted for my old trusty MM Country Gentleman cobb with a Medico filter. Boy did that really change the flavor profile in a very good way. I now can get the nutty Burly with the slightly sweet Virginia's and a little tang at the end from the Perique. This is definitely a tobacco for a cob or meerschaum pipe!
Seattle Pipe Club - Deception Pass 2oz
Good Old Fashioned
As the title states, this has that good old fashioned taste and aroma straight from the tin with a hint of vinegar. Burns well with little to no drying time and is cool and flavorful when you pace yourself. It can burn hot towards the end if you're not careful. Over all this is a great blend with a cup of coffee after dinner or as an early morning smoke.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
My Tastebuds Are Alive!
This plug takes some time to prepare (cutting, drying, packing) but the end result is a pipe tobacco that will bring your tastebuds alive. Gaslight is packed with flavor and reminds me of something from the past, antique if you will. Tangy, fruity, smokey leathery all in one. A truly great tobacco for those nights you just want to stay home and unwind.
Cornell & Diehl - Awakened Elder 2oz
H. P. Lovecraft Would Approve
This is a close match to Seattle Pipe Club's Plum Pudding, but without the casing. Smoothe smoke with a creamy mouth feel. Tons of flavor and very little drying time needed. Pairs well with a good Irish whiskey.
G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
I haven't been much of a fan of English blends in the past, but over the years my tastes have changed. Rub this out, let it dry for a while and you have a deep, flavorful dry smoke with little to no bite. The tin note is dark fruit with a dash of smoke and leather. The taste is about the same but with the tang of the Perique peeking through. A true enjoyable way to unwind at the end of the day.
Mac Baren - Original Choice 3.5oz
Pleasant room note
This has a very pleasant room note. Like one reviewer stated, it does tend to taste like ash halfway through. Like all Mac Baren tobaccos, it isn't overly goopy, burns well and is quality tobacco. But this one didn't hit the spot for me. It has a great taste at the start, but then goes south after that. Tends to burn hot and will bite if you puff a little too fast. I'll more than likely not purchase this one again and stick to 7 Seas Original for my Aromatic of choice.
Mac Baren - Plumcake 3.5oz
Let it dry a little
As the title states, let it dry a little and it's not a bad blend. I get a lot of hay and some sweetness from the Virginia's and Cavendish and a little smokiness from the Latakia. Just let it dry, smoke it slow and enjoy!
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 2oz
I bought a tin on a whim based on all the rave reviews and I'm glad I did! I'm not a huge fan of English blends as some are Lat bombs or taste like ham and bite like a mother! Plum Pudding has a great mouth feel, almost like velvet. The tin note is a light smokiness with hints of hay and citrus. First light I get the Latakia followed by a floral bouquet and some spice from the Perique. Smokes nice and slow and hardly any bite if you're a fast puffer. Definitely full of vitamin N. Now I'm gonna have to buy a tin of the Special Reserve to see which I like best!!
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
Actually really good
I don't know why I have waited so long to try this tobacco. I guess because every cherry flavored tobacco I have tried tastes like cough syrup and has a bite you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. But this tobacco.....it's pretty awesome. Smooth cherry flavor, great room note and very little bite if any. Burns really well and smokes clean. On a side note, it will ghost your pipe after a few bowls, so keep that in mind and dedicate a pipe to this blend.
F & K - Bat with a Hat 1.5oz
I would almost swear that this is the same tobacco as SPS Molto Dolce with a bit of a coconut taste, but the tin note is identical. Burns ok with few relights. For the price, I'll pass on reordering as SPS is cheaper.
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Red 3.5oz
Sweet cherry room note, but not so much in the area of flavor but still good nonetheless. No bite and burns fairly evenly with few relights. I would think this would cellar well. Great price and service as always.
Stands & Pouches - Woodmere Long 6 Pipe Stand Teak
Great for bent stem pipes
This works great for bent stem pipes, not so good for straight pipes, especially if they're a larger pipe, they tend to lean forward. Other than that it's a really nice piece of pipe furniture at a great price.
Ashtrays - Glass Round 2 Pipe Ashtray
Nice sized ashtray with two pipe rests and generous sized knocker. Looks great anywhere I put it.
Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Obsidian Pipe Stem Oil 18ml
Makes my dull stems shine again. Buff out oxidation, apply this after you're done smoking and it will keep those vulcanite stems looking like new.
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Royal 3.5oz
Another winner from Mac Baren. A really pleasant smoke, no bite, great taste and room note with hints of vanilla, creme and a touch of honey. This along with Mac Baren Seven seas Original is what keeps me interested in pipe smoking. This is also a great introductory tobacco for new pipe smokers or those interested in aromatics.
Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose 2oz
This isn't bad, but not great. It's like S'mores in my pipe which is good, but there's a peppery bite if puffed too fast. Tin note is awesome, room note is totally different. I get hints of cocoa, vanilla, marshmallow and some nuttiness from the burley and a hint of bourbon. Pack well, stays lit and there's tons of smoke. Great Holiday blend, but not one I would want every day.
Newminster - No.23 Blackberry Brandy
I received a sample of this around a year ago and never thought much about it. I just put baggy and all in a mason jar and put it with the rest. A week or so ago I rediscover it and gave it a try. Very, very aromatic. Not so much that it's unpleasant, but rather just the opposite. Room note is unbelievable and the taste is fairly pleasant, but it will bite some if puffed too fast. It's now available in a tin so I bought one to have around for when I want something different other than my usual navy flakes. If you haven't tried this, give it a go. Great berry tin/room note and slight berry taste with a hint of brandy. BTW this is wife approved ;)
Stands & Pouches - Woodmere 6 Pipe Stand Teak
Don't think, just do it!
Very nice piece of pipe furniture. High gloss, nice color, holds my pipes. What else could you ask for? Don't think about it. At this price and quality. just buy it, your pipes will thank you ;)
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular 3.5oz
I'm blown away with this blend. I'm not much of an aromatic smoker as most blends tend to be too goopy or burn hot, don't taste the way they smell and bite like an SOB. This is the most pleasant smoking experience I've had in a while. Great tin note. The room note is very pleasant and puffing hard NO BITE. this is a great tobacco for anyone just starting out or wanting, like me, a change of pace.
Erinmore - Erinmore Flake 50g
This is fairly decent. Not to harsh, slightly sweet, nice tin and room note. Not much bite if you're a fast puffer. It's my back up when I can't find or get Orlik Golden Sliced.
Lighters - Kiribi Kabuto Black Nickel
Worth every penny!
This is a really nice lighter. Has a good heft to it, solid build, holds plenty of butane and lights every time. Only complaint is it's really built for a left handed person, but I have figured out how to light it without burning all the hair off my thumb ;)
Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
I love this stuff. Naturally sweet, nice room note, no bite and smokes cool. This is going to be my regular pipe tobacco from now on!
Sutliff - R-Blend 1.5oz
I don't often smoke English blends due to the fact some are like putting a country ham in your pipe. Too much Latakia in some of those out there, but this one is a perfect balance of the tobaccos used in this blend. It's smooth, a little smokey, sweet and spicy all in one. It reminds me of times past when people read by oil lamp, sit by the fireplace and life was a lot more simple than it is now. This is one I'll come back to again and again.
Filters & Adaptors - Savinelli 6mm Adapter (5 pack)
Was looking for these
Sometimes I like certain blends without a filter to get the most flavor, and these are a must have for any Savinelli or Rossi pipe owner. Plus they come in handy in case you run out of filters. P.S. A lot of Savinelli estate pipes do not come with the adapter.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Update: 3-2-2021 Almost six years of aging this tobacco in mason jars has transformed it into an almost black, sweet, topshelf smoke. This just gets better with age. When I first got it, it was a shade lighter that the picture shown. It's sticky, gummy and oh so good! I've read pack it this way and that way. I just rub it out and stuff my bowl and smoke away. Great taste, room note is pleasant and no bite. Another great tobacco added to my rotation.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
The best there is...
This is by far the best navy flake I have tried, and I've tried just about every one out there. There's a reason this ranks number one. Top quality tobacco with that classic VaPer taste and no bite. Love it!!
Stands & Pouches - Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation Roll Up Kenzo Black
Best Bang for the Buck
This is a really nice pouch for the money. You'd be hard pressed to find a better deal. Retains tobacco moisture really well, great stitching, soft leather. Very please with this purchase.
Filters & Adaptors - Savinelli 6mm Balsa Filters (20 Count)
Cheap And Effective
I used these in all my 6mm filtered pipes. They do not restrict the draw in any way, remove excess moisture and keep unwanted debris from getting in your mouth. Stock up on them while they're on the cheap ;)
Stands & Pouches - Tobacco Pouch Humidifier
A must have while on the go
I bought four of these to put in my zippered pouches while on the go. Keeps my tobacco at just the right moisture.
McClelland - 2010 - Classic Virginia
I don't get it.
I love Va's, but this one didn't hit the spot for me. I went based on the description and reviews and both let me down on this one. It's an ok smoke, but not sweet in any way. This one's going in the cellar to get some age on it. It can only get better as all Va's age exceptionally well.
Ashtrays - Peterson Pipe Ashtray
It's freaking huge
This is a huge ashtray and at 9" in diameter, you'll need not empty it any time soon. I like the fact that it has protective feet to keep from scratching your desk or table. This is a must have for any pipe smoker. It's wide, it's deep, it's green and mean lol.
McClelland - Matured Virginia: Navy Cavendish 50g
Mouth watering good
This is some good stuff. Easily rubbed out, lights well and smokes to the bottom with few relights. Nice flavor and room note. What's not to like? This is gonna be in my regular rotation for sure.
CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
It's ok but could be better
This is an ok tobacco but not much flavor but tons of room note. One of those tobaccos that you can smoke around non-smokers and they'll thank you for the pleasant aroma. Other brands of similar tobacco are much better in my opinion. This one tends to bite no matter how slow I smoke or what pipe I use. I probably wouldn't buy again because of this.
Carter Hall - Carter Hall 14oz
Very good old fashioned tobacco. Great for breaking in new pipes. It's forgiving if you're a fast puffer and has a great flavor and decent room note that most people will tolerate.
Borkum Riff - Bourbon Whiskey 1.5oz
Either hate or love it!
This is one of those tobaccos that you'll either hate or love. Being from Kentucky I happen to love bourbon and this is one of those OTC tobaccos that I happen to like very well. It tends to burn hot and bite hard, but if sipped slowly, it's one of those few tobaccos that will reward you greatly with flavor and an overall relaxing experience. The pouch note it that of chewing tobacco (crazy huh?) but the room note is that of an old fashioned aromatic with hint of vanilla and creme that people tend to complement. One of my top ten OTC's.
Stands & Pouches - Economy Folding Pipe Stand
Cheap And Effective
These are handy to have around and are by far cheaper here than any other place I have looked. They not only serve their purpose for a rest when you need to sit your pipe down, but also look nice in a display case for those collector pipes as well. Bravo SPC!!!
Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Gotta love those straight up Va's. Smooth, naturally sweet and no bite. An overall everyday, all day smoke.
Replacement Stems - Amber Straight Filtered Stem (for Missouri Meerschaum)
A perfect replacement for those old, but still smokable cob pipes. Makes them look brand new!
Tampers & Tools - Rubber Pipe Bits (2 pack)
A Must Have
These are a must have for any pipe smoker not only for a better feel, but also to save the stem from tooth marks.
Tom Eltang - Mixture 2oz
High in vitamin N, strong almost cigar like room note, not much in the area of taste. Like one reviewer asked, where's the Perique?
Pipe Accessories - 6 Pipe Stand
It's hard to tell from the pictures online, but this is solid teak made in India. It's not a bad piece of pipe furniture but there will be flaws if you're nit-picky. It does have to be assembled. but it's as simple as screwing in the posts to the base and a light tap to the top on the dowels until all the way down. Looks good sitting on my desk. Now to buy more pipes to fill it up lol.