E. Hoffman Company - Spilman Mixture 2.5oz
Spicy and Rich
Wow. I bought this out of curiosity due to the packaging and the write up about it being an old-school type blend of years gone by; unadulterated without fake flavouring - just pure tobacco. It is a "classically complex English blend of Virginia, Latakia, Turkish and cubed Burley..." I wouldn't call myself an expert with regards to pipe smoking and tobacco, but I'm pretty good. I find that, for me, this tobacco has a very pronounced and sharp spiciness to it - either they snuck in some Perique and never told anyone (which I doubt) or the Virginias they chose are so zesty that the underlying spiciness I pick up is consistent throughout the whole bowl of tobacco from top to bottom. Now, having said this, it's not all bad. The spiciness is there but then swimming around that spice thread are notes and essences of earthy Burley - the kind of leaf that really has the 'back in the day' kind of taste and smell. It's intoxicating and curiously addictive. I find that I'm chasing that scent and taste throughout the bowl and it's not unlike playing hide-and-seek. Add to this interplay of spice and earth the lofty movement of the Latakia and Turkish leaf. Mmmmm. These leaves encompass the interplay of spice and earth very well. They all dance together around the whole insides of your mouth begging you on to guess which flavour it going to pop up where exactly....! If you ever get the chance to smoke this; try it in several different pipes and bowl sizes. Smoke slow and contemplatively. Try to pick out each exact leaf with each puff and you will be suitably rewarded with an exquisite period of bonding time with this complex and straight forward blend by E. Hoffman and Co.

Peter Stokkebye - PS315 Black Coffee
Beautiful aroma...
I like a coffee flavoured tobacco as much as the next fella. That being said, this one (for me) fell a bit flat in the flavour department. It lacked 'oomph' if that makes sense. Purely from a burning standpoint it was fine. The aroma for those around you is very pleasant. I would blend this one with other tobaccos to find out what works best.

Cornell & Diehl - Crooner
This will have you crooning' for sure! This tobacco (as I smoke it) requires a smallish bowl packed very loosely. I love the deer tongue flavour and combined with the slightly nutty burley this burns very evenly and is very satisfying. Recommended for sure. Flavour is enhanced when listening to Bing Crosby!

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