Sir Walter Raleigh - Regular 1.5oz
Got one of these locally and was very pleased, good strength, good flavor, stays lit the whole time, was very dry out of the pouch but didn't burn as quick as I thought it would. The cut is also something I had only seen once before, small grains that packed really nicely and easily. This wold certainly be a go-to Drug Store brand.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Gold
Have had a few shag cuts and this was one of my favorites
The cut is a challenge to pack, too tight and it won't stay lit or you get uneven burn which effect the flavor, too light and it's gone before you know it and you've hardly had a chance to experience what it's all about. If you get it right, you get a nice sweet easy on the palette flavor many recall as tasting of hay. The finicky nature of having to get the packing right to get a consistent result loses a few points with me but when it's right it rings every bell for me.
Cornell & Diehl - Odessa
A pretty well rounded smoke, should please a general range of tastes
its a nice smooth smoke with a bit of spiciness and a smooth nicotine hit. Slightly above a mid-range in strength. burns evenly and completely, where a lot of blends overdo it with the dark spicy tobacco this one gives just enough to make it interesting and gives a nice touch of the exotic. Most similar blends I've tried put the darker tobacco forward and they overwhelm the rest of the tobacco this one really gets it right, where others give you potpourri this one gives you smooth tobacco with something to contemplate over. If you feel let down by other similar blends, this one should give you an indication of what a good blend should be like. I believe it would blend well with some sweet natural virginia, because I think the only thing missing is a bit of sweetness.
Lane Limited - Dark Red
Top rating on my Lane Limited list
My list of Lane Limited I've tried. Lane Limited: TK-6 Lane Limited: Medal of Valor 1.75oz Lane Limited: 125th Anniversary Lane Limited: BS-005 Lane Limited: Dark Red Most I was either unimpressed or I simply didn't like them, the dark red was the best of the lot that I've tried. But I found it didn't stay lit for very long and the crackle I hear in the bowl while lighting makes me feel there's too much sugar or moisture in there. Even had embers pop out of the bowl, which can be distressing if you can't find out where they've landed. This one gets a solid 3 for the flavor profile they put together, it's up-front chocolaty taste with a sour cherry flavor being the lingering component. It's pleasant, but I don't think I'd smoke it very often. I'm more a purist when it comes to tobacco and like the flavor of the tobacco to come through more than anything, so I just naturally wouldn't rate a flavored tobacco very high, so I understand the high ratings from aromatic fans. They left enough tobacco flavor underneath to give me a hint of what I like.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Mixed
Too strong for me
Gets 3 stars cause its good quality tobacco but its got too much of a cigar taste and an overwhelming hit to the back of the throat, it burns the nostrils and dries the mouth. This stuff will get my tongue feeling like leather in no time. But aside from all the negatives it can be used in small doses to give a weak blend some umph. This would blend in nicely with Kendal Gold shag, but I'd use it so sparingly the 1oz I got would last ages. Plus I think kendal gold is just fine as it is so I don't know if I'd even bother. This isn't a negaive review, just a no-for-me review. Final notes. So far I have only had one other tobacco that was stronger and that was "Brown Bogie" uncut rope tobacco also by Hoggarth. You can really feel like a puritan smoking this stuff and you're a better man/woman than me if you can handle it.
BriarWorks - Back Down South 2oz
I like it, the aroma is nice, but doesn't really follow through to tasting what it smells like, but an easy smoke, mild in flavor, bit of a hit on the back end. I expected more sweetness but the result is pleasing. It's a nice change-up from my usual favorites and every experience with it has been positive. Burns a bit steamy and hotter than my usual selections but its to be expected from the rather bold choice of packaging. the mason jar is a welcome novelty and will function for storage for another tobacco when its empty. But I don't like gimmicks and this is boarder-line gimmicky, fun yes, but you're way over paying on a product. 2oz for $11 is a bit much, I'm just glad this turned out to be a good smoke, but will I buy it again? Maybe if it's in bulk, and on a whim I'll pick up another jar, but it's not on my shopping list. I was very tempted to pick up the Bacon Old Fashioned flavor, but glad I didn't, too many negative reviews on it. I'll look at the rest of the selection and consider another flavor, but only if it's got glowing reviews.
McClelland - 2025 - English Cavendish
Gets a solid 4 from me
I usually avoid anything that says Cavendish in the mix, but this is a good well rounded smoke with just below a medium strength hit, and a nice mixture of flavors to help out when I might get tired of my usual tastes. Seam to get a bit of some turkish spicyness from it and as another commented, kind of a "tangy" note, nothing overwhelms the palette, and really smooth. I expected it to burn hotter due to the moisture content, but wasnt a problem. Stays pretty consistent throughout, found it gets a bit harsh at the end but tollerable. I'm pleased with it. I do get some steamyness from the extra moisture, but debating if it really needs to be dried out any as it lit fine with just a bit more effort than most others I smoke.
Peter Heinrichs - Golden Sliced 200g
A substitute for Orlik, I'm convinced after trying orlik goldenden sliced prior to this they are the same product. Although this has an ever so slightly darker appearance prior to rubbing out, the smell is the same and I really can hardly spot the difference if there is any. I had thought in the past that this was slightly lighter and maybe a touch sweeter, but I'd surely fail a blind comparison test. I rubbed out equal amounts of orlik and this and cannot easily discerne one from another. If they are different products, hats off to Peter Heinrichs for pulling it off.
Cornell & Diehl - Bourbon Bleu 2oz
A pleasant surprise
will likely add this to my next order, first time I've had a "crumble cake" it was a bit of a challenge for me to rub out, but that's just part of the learning curve. Good strength an smooth, subtle flavor but doesn't leave me wanting, would recommend to the virginia fan. I'm a bit of a purist and don't care for added-flavor blends but this one does it right.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Scotch Flake
Has a nice bit of sweetness to it, good amount of strength, flavor is pleasing and mild, I think it can use a bit drying and rubbed out really well, but it burns good enough if left a bit chunky right out of the bag. Would definitely buy again.
Cornell & Diehl - Izmir Turkish
Fantastic smooth spciy "exoctic"
Exotic is a great word to describe this. I've been a fan of turkish blend cigarettes when I smoked them and this stuff here is beyond anything I could have imagined a turkish could be. Has nice bit of strength to it, it has a flavor like it came from a far away land where they know what they are doing and have been doing it for eons. would make a nice blender or is fine on it's own. Close to the top of my list of all the different ones I've tried. I tried a 50/50 blend of this and Mac Baren: Virginia No. 1 and they compliment each other nicely, I like the added sweetness of the Virginia and plan to experiment with percentages. They have a similar cut so they look like they were made for each other.
Balkan Sobranie - Balkan Sobranie 50g
that only after a few hrs of being available it's again sold out Supply < Demand
McClelland - 221-B Series: Black Shag 50g
A truly contemplative mixture.
Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe 50g
I'd probably order it again. Well rounded, not too much of anything and not lacking in any department.