Padron - Natural 3000
This cigar burned with incredible precision. I couldn’t stop staring at the burn line. Beautiful! Starts off with sweetness and black pepper, then developed into a deep raisin / fig, and finishes with broiled red pepper and leather. Standout flavors included: Bitter Milk Chocolate Tobacco Big Red Gum Charred Steak Great price, great performance, great flavor, great smoke!
Tatuaje - Havana VI Victorias
What’s Not To Like?
Perfectly enjoyable. Nothing outstanding, but not one thing to complain about. Slightly salty, slightly musty, slightly sweet, —-Warmed boot leather and caramel apple.—- Affordable and enjoyable.
HVC - Pan Caliente Robusto
A fantastic cigar for the price! Lots of flavor but never harsh. There is a sweetness throughout the entire smoke that increases in the second half. Spicy but never irritating. To my tastes, it is similar to a few Olivas, but with its own earthy and unique edge. There is leather in the second third, that is kept smooth by the creaminess and sweetness. Very rich by the end. You really can’t do much better at this price point! I’d recommend this to those who like the stronger flavors in cigars but are looking for something that doesn’t jump out and hold your palate hostage.
Cornell & Diehl - Red Carpet 2oz
Wasn’t What I Was Looking For
I grew to love red Virginias because of the now extinct McCelland tobaccos. I bought this tobacco in hopes of finding a somewhat similar replacement for McCelland. It certainly isn’t that. Beyond that, I must say that it truly is a very nice red Virginia. It is moderately sweet, with a good amount of body. Not much of an exciting smoke, but that isn’t always important. Seekers of a very good red Virginia will not be disappointed, whereas those who are looking to find a McClelland cousin will not be impressed.
Cornell & Diehl - Kajun Kake 2oz
Deep, Rich Flavor
Kajun Kake is a wonderful blend. The smoke is very rich, dark, and sweet. No flavor additives are detected. There is a very strong presence of perique, but it is done in a way that highlights the flavor characteristics, and not in a way that is intrusive or unbalanced. I find it smokes best packed tight, as it crumbles up into pretty small pieces. I find this tobacco to be the perfect strength, both in flavor and nicotine. The tin note is fantastic.
Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus 2oz
This tobacco is what you’d expect. A very straightforward, enjoyable smoke. It is nothing special, but I don’t think it is intended to be. Burley is the main flavor component. If you’d like to have something a little more natural tasting and higher quality than Carter Hall, this is the tobacco for you. It isn’t life-changing, but there certainly isn’t anything at all bad about it.
Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 1.75oz
To put it very plainly, this tobacco is Lane Ready Rubbed in a tuxedo. Top-shelf tobacco, excellent presentation, wonderful burning, and very tasty. I cannot imagine that a burley-lover would find any fault with this stuff. After my first tin, I bought a whole pound. A most enjoyable smoke!
Samuel Gawith - Chocolate Flake 50g
I am mostly a Virginia smoker, enjoying Latakia, just not with regular frequency. To me, the pairing of Latakia and chocolate initially sounded disgusting. After years of consideration, I decided finally to try this tobacco, and I was very pleasantly surprised. This has become a new favorite of mine. The chocolate flavor is excellent and not artificial tasting in any way. The underlying tobacco is very enjoyable as well. I do find this blend hard to keep consistently lit, however relighting does not negatively affect the flavor in any way. The flavor is delicious, without being sweet. I would be happy to always have a supply of this at hand.
G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
I love this tobacco. It is rich and satisfying. There is a very pleasing chocolatiness in the smoke that lasts the entire bowl. There are some who say there is a floral Lakeland note, and I have noticed it only if I've let the tobacco get too dry pre-smoke. Otherwise, I get none of the "floral" scent/taste (and to be clear, I have tried Ennerdale Flake, which is incredibly "Lakeland" style, and I do not like it at all). This is an excellent tobacco, very unique and highly recommended.
Cornell & Diehl - Mad Fiddler Flake 2oz
This blend is very unique. The tin note is sweet, and musty, with a hint of cinnamon. It smells very much to me the way a half-smoked cigar smells a day later. Not off-putting, just very strong and pungent. I have decided to tuck it away for a while and come back to it in a few months, to see what I think of it then.
Lane Limited - Ready Rubbed 1.5oz
A Pleasant Surprise!
I never expect much from a pouch, but I was looking for a nice, cocoa tasting burley. Carter Hall sounded like what I was looking for, but it burns too quickly and has a chemical flavor hiding in it. This Lane has all of what I wanted out of Carter Hall, without the gross background chemical note I hate. I always enjoy bowls of Lane Ready Rubbed. For the price, you can't go wrong!
Cornell & Diehl - Bijou 2oz
Honey and Toast
I love this tobacco. The tin note is like honey on warm toast. It conforms easily to whichever style one prefers to load it into the pipe, and the taste and room note is very enjoyable. Highly recommended for those looking for a tasty, bready Virginia.
Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose 2oz
I am not a frequent aromatic smoker. I do enjoy them as a change from my usual preferences, and this tobacco is top-notch for what it is. Good flavor, nice base leaf, a very easy to pack-and-light cut, and thus, overall a fine choice for those looking for a nice, chocolatey smoke. Pleasant!