Hearth & Home - Fusilier's Ration 1.75oz
a landmark tobacco on all levels
Top note; hay bales, vanilla, chocolate brownie hues. Tonka bean topping? Middle notes; mahogany, peat, subtle licorice under tones. The burn is exceptional-compare in quality to 3Ps. From start to finish a linear bliss, with no dramatic change as we pass the half way mark. Visually, construction, cut and aroma is only superseded when you crumble the slice, let it rest and you could just stare and smell without charring. Exhale; a rich, smooth smoke that burns to a very fine white ash. No bite, smooth on the palate. Thanks Russ for educating me.
Dobie's Four Square - Circles 1.75oz
strong and good
OK the SP Bullseye is more economical. But there are large inconsistencies in the batches. Here we have a round which you will savour. And look forward to the next time. Try it and compare.
Former - Straight Grain Flake 50g
good medium body Va/Per
Enjoyable, morning or night. I love to sample Va/Pers and this is a 6/10
Former - Private Flake 50g
Second review. This is a blend which may divide. If you love to smell your baccy, this is for you. Slow burning, economical, once/twice a week at night. The smaller round tins and labels are a bonus.
G. L. Pease - Blackpoint 2oz
I would agree with Joe, although the bite of Perique and Orientals would be best with a cultivated palette. Maturation would soften the flavours. Would I purchase again or recommend to try; no.
G. L. Pease - Triple Play 2oz
plug to tinker with
Found this intense and a bit strong for my liking. However, once I stored in wooden container and humidified, this added a mellowness to the blend. The leaves can be flattened out or cut and the flavour profile changes. Now smooth and nice, esp. in a Meerschaum.
Peterson - 3 P's - Peterson's Perfect Plug 50g
Up there with the best
I have had about 5/6 tins over 5 years. The consistency and presentation is fantastic. A very special plug tobacco-highly recommended to those who have not savoured this very rich, mellow and textured smoke. Last tin was only 42 Grams!!! Be more generous to your regular customers Peterson!
G. L. Pease - Regents Flake 2oz
blow me away
WoW, the smell from those tactile chunky flakes is the start of the journey. One of those blends I will have to contemplate more. to even begin and describe the consistent smoking bowl to bowl.
G. L. Pease - Cumberland 2oz
a joy at night
This blend made me learn more-and enjoy. Deep, complex, rich but never over the top. Thank you GL Pease.
Murray's - 1810 Belfast 1.75oz
2nd time round
I love English blends and this one grows. Balanced would be a word. Smooth and appreciated with each bowl.
McClelland - Blenders: Latakia 50g
Lovely introduction to what I love to taste in a blend most. Smokey, interesting gravelly feel. By itself is pleasant. The art of blending is for the experts and I appreciate pipe tradition more.
McConnell - Pure Perique 50g
The heavily oil stained packaging, wet, heavy consistency deserves humidification. Then, the smell, wow. Some say this not Perique, but a pinch here and there is like a dessert wine. Will try other Perique in my future pipe plans.
McConnell - Pure Virginia 50g
An education in blending
This made me realise how difficult it is to perfect a blend. A smooth Virginia, quite pleasant on its own. Recommended.
Capstan - Flake Blue 1.75oz
From the first taste, a subtle complexity linear on the palate. I find different qualities from pipe to the next. The smoke forms well and deep. Will put this on my Virginia to buy list.
John Cotton's - Smyrna 1.75oz
The tobacco has settled well in my wooden seal, the aroma is amazing, balanced. Char-soft smoke blows, leaving a consistent ash. Flavors are subtle all the way through. A learning positive smoking experience.
Murray's - 1810 Belfast 1.75oz
First light a roasted flavor surrounda the palate followed by the symphony of the core flavors. it is not a light smoke. It is balanced to the last Charles.
Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 2oz
I love laktakia, oriental bases, but the excess of Laktakia made this blend somewhat bland after a 50 gram tin. It is true to its word, but C&D could tinker the blend and do better.
Balkan Sobranie - Balkan Sobranie 50g
1979-1985 vintage tin
I had the good luck to come across a previously opened but sealed tin, half full, stored in a consistent temperature. I feel I need more time to deliberate upon the subtley. Primarily floral notes upon the nose, delicate once humified. Flavour strangely was strong in what seemed nicotine?, not harsh and upon exhale a taste, I assume of the "mountain blue Laktakia" and "macedonian orientals". I am no expert, but this stash is an education for the senses.
Stanwell - Melange 50g
if u like an aromatic...
this is well put together- it educated me- and lead me to the simplicity of burleys and va/pers, unadulterated.
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
everyone should buy this, just to try a well designed traditional blend. Tin design timeless
Wessex - Brigade Balkan Supreme 50g
it is not a "full" balkan mix. Its OK, passable with what SP has on offer.
Three Nuns - Three Nuns 1.75oz
This is not what my dad used to smoke. I was dissappointed, ugly spindly messy coins, bland smell. Flavour from beginning to end dull and lifeless. Burn poor, to fast.
Lane Limited - Crown Achievement
you must try
Continuously in my rotation. Spicy, countered by mellow Latakia and orientals. This is just amazing and a tribute to the blender.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
I keep on ordering this. A special suppliment to a days smoking routine. I just crunch it up and gently stoke. Needs to be kept moist, just pretend it is escudo...Thank you Stokkebye!!!
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning
at first this was to much for my taste, dry and perique over-powering. Then I emptied from a sealed glass jar to my Siglo 6 cohiba box, added humidifying stones and allowed to moisten. the flavours are softer. A moning pick me up blend. It is interesting that so many like this blend.
James J. Fox - Banker's 50g
Not the original blend, I could not place this blend, I came out neutral to it. Maybe I need to develop my appreciation more.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
sell in bulk!!!
my all time favourite. Buy in round 100grm, the flake rolls out like liquorice. All day smoke, smooth, with a touch of spice, the citris flavours compliment well.
G. L. Pease - Odyssey 2oz
bit to much smokiness
linear, some may like the journey, others may require more sophistication in flavour profile.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
everything is true
wow, if you like a latakia hit this it. The slow smoke fills the room and your tastebuds suck up the flavours
G. L. Pease - Fillmore 2oz
smooth, so smooth, order a larger tin
Robert Lewis - Orcilla Mixture 50g
this was a subtle blend that only an experienced smoker would appreciate.
Tabac Manil - La Brumeuse 3.5oz
had to try it
this is so different that you have to reallign your ideas about tobacco. I have found that letting it settle after breaking the brick and leaving for weeks mellows the intensity. The dryness is appealing. Go gentle with this one; will I purchase another brick???
Larsen - Signature: Vintage Mixture 100g
fantastic aroma, you can just sit with the tin and breath. However the burn proves to much is going on, massive bite. You get hints of what they are trying to do, but the complexity fades with the ash.
Peterson - Sunset Breeze 50g
tongue bite special!
I quite liked this one, but my pallete paid the price.
Peterson - University Flake 50g
compared to irish flake with similar tobaccos this is bland. Initial impressions I squirmed at the taste.
Peterson - Irish Flake 50g
strong, but pure tobacco. Let the flake dry and mature to take away the intensity. Got an older tin once and the flavours were mellow, the smoke curls through your mouth and nose.
Peterson - Irish Oak 16oz
where do all those tobaccos go? To harsh with no development in flavour profile
Peterson - 3 P's - Peterson's Perfect Plug 50g
one of my favourites
have had this time again, so smooth, deep smoke trails float above you. Cut from the block, then with an extremely sharp knife cut like garlic, the flavour bouquest really comes out. A long satisfying burley.
Leo - Leo 50g
smooth, satisfying, toasty...
Arango - Balkan Supreme
its a nice blend., plenty of spice, smooth in the end.. Worth trying.
McClelland - Collector: Wilderness 50g
Bought a few of these mellow tins. Complex blend of 12? tobaccos, smoke it very slowly, good in a churchwarden. It is a blend that keeps you thinking about the subtleties and how the flavours progress. A must try!
Erinmore - Erinmore Flake 50g
lovely tin note
this a last option, you are left somewhat dissapointed, but it suffices. Technically a good tobacco; not to be compared to the mixture.
Erinmore - Erinmore Mixture 100g
everyone has tried it few do again except by default.
Davidoff - Royalty 50g
it is OK when you spend $10 on this, but in my country it cost $100 atin and onced opened what a dissapointment! You tend to smoke more of a lesser grade tobacco, so health wise this is also a bad bet.
Davidoff - English Mixture 50g
an artificial taste comes through, bearable. Does not live up to its name.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
OK, everyone loves this one, so many comments in forums. 17 wheels of delight per tin? It is weight I guess, but lasts forever in the bowl. The gold standard, but luxury bullseye wins on quantity, price and everyday use.
Lane Limited - Crown Achievement 1.75oz
buy in bulk
suberb, one of my favourites. Spicy, yet mellow, full of satisfying flavour. I like everything about this suberb blend. Highly recommended.
Former - Private Flake 50g
I thought I would move to a cased tobacco, as I tend to like simple blends. Let this one dry in the tin with lid off. It does case your mouth, I would not call it tounge bite. The toppings are rich, but something goes a miss. Once in a while it is a pleasant rotation to a pipe habit, better late at night.
Peter Stokkebye - PS306 English Oriental Supreme
I was surprised and will order more. Lots of flavour, not overbearing and smooth. You do not get tired of this one
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Louisiana Perique Flake
worth a try, cheap, but if you appreciate your var/pers this is a bit sharp on the pallate.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Scotch Flake
One of those tobaccos I order more of. A simple virginia but satisfying, full and slow to smoke.
McClelland - 2020 - Matured Cake Mixture
at first in its flake form I found this "sharp" on the pallete. I left it for two weeks and thoroughly blended it and let it dry for some weeks.Completly different flavours developed and now the smooth latakia and orientals are predominant. Slow smoker and gratifying.
Hearth & Home - Blackhouse 1.75oz
I have never had sobranie, always sold out. This was smooth to the mouth at first and subtle throughout the bowl. I use on special occasions and will order more. Highly recommended.
James J. Fox - Hibernia 50g
A light vanilla topping ensures a pleasant room note. Gentle and appealing with a rounded taste. using a Loewe and Co 004 'D' pipe. worth the price.