Peterson - University Flake 50g
Can't Get into it
The flavours are dark and subdued. This flake bit my tongue like hell. I'm not too big on burley, that may be why.
Dobie's Four Square - Cut Plug 1.75 oz
Unlike the previous reviewer, I have not tried Stokkebye Twist Flake, which is what I presume he has compared this to. Until then, I'll say that this is a very pleasant blend in the Virginia Cavendish realm with a good bit of Coconut casing. A very sweet, creamy tobacco. I enjoyed it. If this is indeed a rebranded Luxury Twist Flake, then I spent a little more than I needed to. As a Canadian however, anything a purchase on this site is an absolute steal as it is not unusual to pay $40+ for a 2 oz. tin. I'll try the LTF, and edit this review when I can.
St. Bruno - Flake 1.75oz
From first light to the bottom of the bowl, this flake maintains its initial flavour well. For a VA flake, the smoke is surprisingly thick and creamy. It has a little fruitiness, but is otherwise fairly mild and kind to the tongue. This flake handles relights quite well, as the flavour seems almost unaffected afterwards. I will be ordering more in the future. Be aware the tin moisture level is not so smokable, and a broken flake should be ready with about an hour of drying.
Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 50g
Best VA flake
This is a great virginia flake. Not much more to it than that. For all the whiners complaining about the moisture level: after i transfer a freshly opened tin to a mason jar, I keep the tin to use as a drying container. I rub a flake into the empty tin in the morning, by my evening bowl, its at a perfect moisture level. Since the tin no longer has its seal, moisture can escape quickly. Once you've packed your bowl with enough room for the tobacco to expand, take slow paced sips, and you can enjoy the best VA flake there is.
Samuel Gawith - Cabbies Mixture 50g
Only one complaint: the cut is awful. It requires extra time to pull apart larger clustered pieces of the flake/roll. It does require at least an hour of drying time. Great va/per.
G. L. Pease - Triple Play 2oz
I love plugs. Not this one. Preparation is a bit more difficult, as the plug is more loose than im used to. It kinda falls apart as you cut it (yes my knife is sharp). I found the flavour to be bland and boring, fitting for the sport its title implies. Tongue bite is easy with this one. Overated. People who liked this prefer their steaks well done.
Dunhill - Elizabethan Mixture 50g
I had a hard time not getting this to bite. I smoked this in my dunhill shell briar which i use exclusivley for va/pers. It packs and takes light well and stays lit. Just doesnt like my tongue.
Dan Tobacco - Devil's Holiday 50g
This pairs well with a hard cider. Fruity and floral, although it gets a little bitter towards the end.
Dan Tobacco - Salty Dogs 50g
A nice plug that cuts and rubs easily. It can burn a little hot. A little rum flavour is good! If you like plugs, try this. A little pricey compared to similar plugs. Peterson plug is more worth the price and similar. Still, great stuff.
Peterson - Aran Mixture 40g
The vanilla flavouring is quite mild. This has the flavour of virginias most prominently. For the price it is worth the try. It can burn hot, so enjoy slowly. There wasnt any goopy dottle at the end of the bowl. Nothing special here, a mild, no fuss smoke.
Peterson - Connemara Black 40g
The cherry flavour is more present in the aroma, in my opinion. The tobacco flavours are still present. The room note is pleasant and not overpowering. Quite surprising for a pouch tobacco at a good price. This probably one of the better cherry blends I have smoked as it doesnt taste like a cherry cough drop. There is also a good bit of chocolate in there as well. This blend is almost like a more mildly flavoured Da Vinci. I will buy again. Also: 50/50 mix with 1Q is awesome!
Dan Tobacco - Da Vinci 50g
This blend burns nice and slowly, and doesnt bite. To my fellow Canadians, the chocolate and fruit notes can be reminscent of a Big Turk Candy Bar.
Sutliff - Molto Dolce 1.5oz
Why so wet?
This blend is just too wet. The tin note is interesting, but i wouldn't say amazing. Honestly, the vanilla room note this gives off is similar to that of 1Q, however this requires a few hours of drying time to satisfactorily smoke. The best of this tobacco is the price.
Vauen - # 14 Virginia 50g
A straight up VA. Mild strength, sweet flavours, only a little darker towards the bottom of the bowl. Requires about an hour drying time from the tin moisture level. Its quite similar to Orlik Golden Sliced (which I don't think has any Perique as claimed) only more expensive. I might not buy again for that reason. However I'm enjoying what I've got quite a bit. I gave Orlik a lower rating because of it crappy packaging in the 100g tins.
Three Nuns - Three Nuns 1.75oz
Nothing Special, though I have no reference to the original Bell's blend. It burns hot. Tin note is great, like figs. Presentation wise, this has got to be the ugliest looking tobacco I've opened. The coins don't really maintain there shape, and half the tin rubs itself out. Mild flavour, strong nicotine dose.
Capstan - Ready Rubbed Blue 1.75oz
This Virginia blend is great. It not overly sweet as I find Dunhill Flake to be, but its has the sweet Virginia top note. Its bold compared to similar blends. It does require a couple more relights than other VA blends, but its worth its. Decent nicotine dose.
Dunhill - Navy Rolls 50g
Best Tin Note ever
The tin note is just fantastic, though I had a four year old tin as opposed to a fresh one. This is a great smoke for VaPer lovers, but still not as good as Escudo.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
My Favourite VaPer
This is the tobacco blend that secured my interest in smoking pipes. This flavours are fantastic. Some describe the perique as peppery, but I find this blend to be quite sweet overall. It burns evenly through to the bottom of the bowl. This is better than Dunhill Navy Rolls though they are similar.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 50g
Good, but overrated
I do like this tobacco blend. However, I don't think its as great as everyone claims it is. Its a simple blend, I can see why people rely on it. The flavours aren't complex and there is some sweetness. For whatever reason, it only tastes good for half the bowl. Just my opinion. Its good, but there are better VaPer blends.
Erinmore - Erinmore Mixture 100g
Great Blend, Underrated
I'm surprised by the general dislike of this blend. I've been smoking it for two years now and enjoy every bowl. I will say that this blend has a tendency to burn quickly, so more frequent tamping is needed. I do not get a pineapple flavour at all. However, I get the sweetness of the Virginias and there is, to me, a note of grapefruit somewhere in the middle of the bowl. It can burn wet, but overall a go to.
Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose 2oz
Great Blend! Easy to Pack
The cube cut is simple to pack. I just gravity fill, tamp, and add a bit to finish the top. My only complaint is that it is easy to get this blend hot. The flavour is great and reminiscent of the tin note, which is exactly like smelling a hot chocolate. Keep it burning cool and you have a great winter smoke.
Peter Stokkebye - Nougat
A Must for Beginners
If you are a beginner, or new to aromatics I would recommend this blend. I find it to have similar vanilla or caramel flavours to 1Q, but it doesn't burn as wet. This is a blend that is mild in flavour, but can bite if it gets hot. I would recommend this to beginners because its one of those blends that teaches you how to develop pace and cadence, plus its encouraging to find an aromatic that can actually be smoked to the bottom of the bowl. I would also add that among aromatics, this blend helps develops cake quickly in a new pipe.