R_HATFIELD
About Me:
Pipe tobacco fanatic, musician, Gen Xer with a boomer’s taste in music
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Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Irish X
The Heavyweight Champ
Gawith Hoggarth Brown Irish X, I think I love you. I’m halfway through my first ever bowl of this, and it’s glorious. Bold, earthy, leathery... with a little natural sweetness in there to keep it pleasant. This is definitely the strongest pipe tobacco I’ve ever tried. Basically every other blend I smoke barely registers with me, nic-wise. And that includes such supposed heavyweights as Irish Flake and HH Bold Kentucky. This is like distilled spirits compared to wine, in my book. For hearty smokers only.

Old German Clay - Markus Fohr German Tavern Black
Great value
These OGC pipes are a great, inexpensive way to experience blends in a pure way. Plus you’re smoking the way your ancestors did. I’m getting more.

Old German Clay - Markus Fohr Eagle's Talons Black
My first clay
These Old German Clay Pipes are certainly a great value. This is my first experience with clay pipes, but I can definitely see myself adding more to my collection. My only real concern is the fact that they’re more fragile than briar, and I’m a huge klutz. But it IS wonderful getting untainted the flavor of a blend.

Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
A Sleeper Hit!!!
Yorktown didn’t exactly wow me, as a first impression. I’d been smoking Virginias that were sweeter. I’d been smoking Virginias that were richer and zestier. But it took me a little time to recognize that Yorktown kind of puts all that together in an understated yet appealing way. I’ve currently got two pounds in jars, and I look to add to that in the near future. Maybe I’m frugal, but why spend more for tinned blends that aren’t really any better than bulk Yorktown. I’m looking at you, Opening Night and especially Union Square.

Sutliff - 515 RC-1
Savory and sweet
This bulk matured red Virginia from Sutliff has fast become one of my staples. Smoked by itself, it’s a great, mouth-wateringly tangy change of pace between bowls of sweeter fare. But, more often, I’ve found that this product, combined with Sutliff’s bulk stoved Virginia, makes a Virginia blend superior to many of the more popular tinned offerings I’ve had lately. I’m aging a BUNCH of this, which isn’t hard considering a pound costs the same as three tins of anything else.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - White Elephant Bristle Pipe Cleaners (80 Pack)
The best by far
Before I tried the White Elephant, I thought all pipe cleaners were pretty much the same. But I kept seeing people online praising them, so I decided to give them one chance. I went in skeptical. I didn’t want to like “fancy” pipe cleaners that were probably just marketing hype. Well... these Elephants (and a little cleaner fluid and elbow grease) got stuff out of my pipes that my other pipe cleaners—and brushes—just left in there. That’s it. I’m a convert for life. I’m a cheapskate, but these are worth the premium.

Sutliff - 515 RC-1
Savory and sweet
This bulk matured red Virginia from Sutliff has fast become one of my staples. Smoked by itself, it’s a great, mouth-wateringly tangy change of pace between bowls of sweeter fare. But, more often, I’ve found that this product, combined with Sutliff’s bulk stoved Virginia, makes a Virginia blend superior to many of the more popular tinned offerings I’ve had lately. I’m aging a BUNCH of this, which isn’t hard considering a pound costs the same as three tins of anything else.

Sutliff - 515 RC-1
Savory and sweet
This bulk matured red Virginia from Sutliff has fast become one of my staples. Smoked by itself, it’s a great, mouth-wateringly tangy change of pace between bowls of sweeter fare. But, more often, I’ve found that this product, combined with Sutliff’s bulk stoved Virginia, makes a Virginia blend superior to many of the more popular tinned offerings I’ve had lately. I’m aging a BUNCH of this, which isn’t hard considering a pound costs the same as three tins of anything else.

Sutliff - 515 RC-1
Savory and sweet
This bulk matured red Virginia from Sutliff has fast become one of my staples. Smoked by itself, it’s a great, mouth-wateringly tangy change of pace between bowls of sweeter fare. But, more often, I’ve found that this product, combined with Sutliff’s bulk stoved Virginia, makes a Virginia blend superior to many of the more popular tinned offerings I’ve had lately. I’m aging a BUNCH of this, which isn’t hard considering a pound costs the same as three tins of anything else.

Mac Baren - Navy Flake 3.5oz
Standing the test of time
I’m almost exclusively a Virginia smoker. I throw in a little Kendal Dark and some Five Brothers here and there, but I tend to gravitate primarily towards the naturally sweeter blends. Thanks to its casing/topping, Mac Baren Navy Flake definitely falls into the sweeter side of things. When I think Navy Flake, I tend to think Stokkebye Luxury Navy Flake, because it’s the first non aromatic I ever smoked, and Newminster Superior Navy Flake in all its Virginia goodness. This Navy Flake doesn’t really have a lot in common with those two bulk offerings, but it’s still a very agreeable experience. I picked up the tin I’m working on now in mid 2019, so it’s got nearly two years of age on it. That has to help. I picked it up i in person at smokingpipes’ B&M location in Little River on a whim. A lot of the blends I was seeking that day were out of stock. So I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. It’s a pleasant change of pace for me. And, while it’s not something I’m going to be in a hurry to replace once this tin is done, but I’m likely to buy more again at some point. Again it’s just a very pleasant, inoffensive, cool smoking (compared to my usual straight Virginias) blend. The one knock for me is that it’s maybe a little too sweet for me. I prefer my burleys a little more savory and less sweet. But it’s obviously got a devoted following to have been around as long as it has. So just because it’s not my idea of a perfect navy flake doesn’t mean it won’t be for you. There’s certainly plenty to like about it.

Five Brothers - Five Brothers 1.25oz
My drugstore mainstay
Five Brothers is straightforward, strong, bold and unrefined. But it’s darn good. I love it as a change-up right after smoking something light and sweet, especially early and late in the day. I also find the pouch is a handy grab-and-go option when I’m heading out the door without enough time to grab a few portions of whatever else I’m smoking. Five brothers: always good in a pinch. I find it stands alone and above the other drugstore blends I’ve sampled.

G. L. Pease - Fillmore 2oz
Good, but not for me
I’m one of the relatively few smokers who just doesn’t get the GL Pease hype. I’ve tried several of his blends and, while they’re all perfectly fine, none knocked my socks off. Such is the case with Fillmore. I sampled a tin of this in January, early on in a quest for the best VaPer for me. And, while it’s not listed as an ingredient, this contains a little latakia. And I, for one, am not a fan of latakia. So, while this is purportedly a small amount, it was enough to ruin the blend for me.

Esoterica
Stonehaven 8oz

Currently Out of Stock
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Newminster
No.400 Superior Navy Flake

Based on Qty Ordered
005-528-0021

Sutliff
515 RC-1

Currently Out of Stock
005-443-0241

Sutliff
507-S Stoved Virginia

Based on Qty Ordered
005-443-0177

Samuel Gawith
Full Virginia Flake 50g

Currently Out of Stock
003-059-0007

Samuel Gawith
Golden Glow 50g

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Samuel Gawith
Best Brown Flake 50g

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003-059-0008