Cornell & Diehl - Nutty Irishman
Not what I expected
The description of this blend sounded pretty awesome and the pouch / tin note smelled fantastic. However, the flavor while smoking left much to be desired in my opinion. I really didn't get any flavor at all from this tobacco except a very slight sweetness at the beginning of the bowl. Based on the look of the leaf in the pouch and what I researched on Tobacco Reviews online, it seems this blend is mostly burley. Burley's always knock me for a loop with nicotine and at the end of the bowl my head was swimming. As usual I will always try a tobacco in a couple different pipes, so perhaps I just need to try it in a different pipe. I wouldn't say this blend is bad, I was just hoping for something different. I imagine if you like burley's, you may like this blend.
Sutliff - D64 Queen Anne's Revenge
For the pirate in ye!
Compared to some of the other aromatics I've tried, this blend is not quite as heavily cased and does not bite, though I puffed away a little more vigorously than I should have. I did not get any funky after taste in my mouth either. It was easy to light and keep lit once past the charring light. As others have stated, I also find that it is smooth and sweet but not overly sweet. I taste vanilla and rum notes when I smoke it. I have received compliments on the room note. I think it could be compared to 1Q, but I think Queen Anne's is a little bit better.
Peterson - Balkan Mixture 50g
A tasty Balkan
I've tried Peter Stokkebye's Balkan Supreme and like it so I thought I'd give Balkan Delight a go. I would say Balkan Delight is dominated by the latakia in the blend, but the perique adds a nice little bit of spice to the smokey flavor. For me the nicotine was kind of strong. I tried it in a Nording Giant Freehand and it mostly smoked down to gray ash. The tin note reminds me of a campfire.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Sweet Maple Twist
Packs a punch
As Bill B.'s review said this stuff is strong and I got a strong nicotine hit from it. That said, it is pretty smooth compared to the Black Irish X twist that I have also tried. I enjoy the preparation process with twist tobaccos and I just dig the old school style. I would recommend slicing off a few coins from the rope and then allowing the coins to dry a bit or even rub them out and let the tobacco dry before smoking. I was able to keep my pipe lit even without drying the tobacco but I think drying it would have made it better. I didn't detect any aromatic hits with this tobacco. The smell of the tobacco in the ziploc bag is appealing but the room note I would say is woodsy and smokey. I wouldn't choose to smoke this stuff every day, but it's not bad at all.
Peterson - Irish Cream Cigarillos
Not as good as Peterson pipe tobacco
I got a pack of these to try since I enjoy many… if not all of the Peterson pipe tobacco blends. While these cigarillos aren't bad, they just aren't and flavorful as I would have expected. I really didn't taste much Irish Cream, but they do taste kind of sweet. As far as the aroma in the room, they smell like a cigar more than an aromatic tobacco. I might be missing the boat by comparing these to pipe tobacco, but I'll stick with my pipes and the Peterson blends I like.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Black Irish X
I like English blends and I wanted to branch out and try a twist tobacco, so I got an ounce of this Black Irish X. I cut a few slices off the rope, rubbed it out, and let it dry for about an hour before smoking it in a corn cob. I didn't have too much trouble lighting it or keeping it lit. It has a strong nicotine kick as other reviews have said. It sort of reminded me of Copenhagen chewing tobacco as far as flavor. I probably wouldn't buy more, but it was interesting to try. Maybe mixed in with other milder blends it might be good.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake
No chocolate flavor for me
I tried this in my meerschaum bowl calabash pipe. I've tried other "chocolate" flavored tobaccos and haven't really found anything that tasted right. To my palate this flake tasted sort of like roasted coffee but not chocolate. It wasn't an unpleasant flavor by any means, and it seems to be very good quality tobacco. Even after rubbing out half a flake and drying it for about half and hour it still was a little moist. It's not too bad though.
Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River
My current favorite!
I so glad to see that this blend is being offered by Smoking Pipes! To me this blend is smooth and flavorful. It's my go to smoke and my favorite when I'm out fishing. One of the things I love is that the tobacco is not too moist and does not bite even when smoked a little hot. I can puff away at it with no concerns or I can smoke it slowly and appreciate all the flavor. If you haven't tried it... you really should!
Dunhill - Navy Rolls 50g
My favorite of all the Dunhill blends
I enjoy most Virginia blends but I believe this one stands out to me specifically because of the Perique. I have been finding that I like blends that include Perique, like Frog Morton On the Bayou and Seattle Pipe Club's Mississippi River (my all time favorite). I do find Navy Rolls very strong in the nicotine category, but then all the the Dunhill blends knock me for a loop if I smoke them a lot. I always rub the coins out and I find that when it is prepared that way the tobacco lights easily and stays lit. I would say this blend is mild as far as flavor, but still satisfying.
McClelland - Craftsbury: Frog Morton's Cellar 50g
Bridges the aromatic to English gap
I like the flavor of this tobacco. I've been smoking it out of a Missouri Meerschaum Pony Express pipe. I definitely taste a hint of whiskey and / or vanilla, but those flavors are very subtle. It is a mellow smooth smoke and doesn't get too hot. The room note is fantastic! I still like FM Across the Pond best out of the FM line up.
Dan Tobacco - Treasures of Ireland: Galway 50g
Nothing too special
I tried this tobacco in my Peterson Outdoor series #124 pipe, a short nose warmer style pipe. Out of the tin the tobacco was not too moist and not too dry. I thought the taste of tobacco was decent but nothing really stood out to me. I could taste the hint of sweetness, but overall I would say the taste was bland. As with most aromatics, it did smoke a little wet but not enough to cause any gurgling to develop. The smoke was cool, even in a short stem pipe, and I puffed slowly to keep the heat down. It certainly wasn't an unpleasant smoke, but I wouldn't buy another tin.
Dan Tobacco - Midnight Ride 50g
I don't necessarily dislike this blend, but I don't think it's one I would buy again. I've tried it in two different pipes, a Missouri Meerschaum Country Gentleman and a Savinelli Trevi 320. I get a strong nicotine hit while smoking it. It is sort of spicy to my taste, which is the sensation I get with most latakia and perique blends. It isn't particularly flavorful in my opinion. It is a long ribbon cut, which is fairly dry, and stays lit easily. It has a mild aftertaste which is not unpleasant. There is just nothing about the blend that stands out to me. To me, a blend like Night Cap or Mississippi River is more flavorful and smooth.
Dunhill - Royal Yacht 50g
Not my favorite
I have tried all the Dunhill blends with the exception of Standard Mixture Mellow and Early Morning Pipe, and I find Royal Yacht to be very harsh / strong compared with the other Dunhills I have tried. I enjoyed all the other Dunhill blends when I tried them but this one was just not pleasant. I get a hard nicotine hit from this stuff, and it seems way heavier than even Nightcap. I don't smoke pipes for the nicotine hit. I also don't get much flavor from the tobacco either, even though I tried to smoke it slowly. Maybe it's just too much Virginia for me, but I like blends like Peterson Sherlock Holmes and Orlik Golden Sliced which have a lot of Virginia in them. I won't be writing Royal Yacht off for good. I'll give it a few more trys in other pipes, but compared to the other Dunhill blends I have tried it's not one I would buy again.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 50g
A very sweet & mellow smoke
To my palate this tobacco tastes very sweet, not overly sweet but very pleasant. I usually rub the flake out only slightly to leave larger chunks of tobacco. I find it makes the tobacco burn slower and the flavor pops out more. Using the method I described makes the tobacco a tad harder to light initially, but it takes off eventually. I don't get any tongue bite while smoking this. Also, I don't really notice any citrus flavor either, but still it's a really nice tobacco that I would buy more of.
Samuel Gawith - Chocolate Flake 50g
Where is the chocolate flavor?
For me this tobacco did not taste even a little bit like chocolate. The tin note also did not have any chocolate smell to me. The tin note was very strong and reminiscent of good English blends I have smelled. On the positive side of things, this tobacco burned well and the tobacco was very smooth tasting. It sort of reminded me of a milder version of Dunhill's Nightcap. This wasn't unpleasant to smoke by any means, it was just a big let down to not experience any of the flavor that is advertised in the name of the tobacco. So to sum up, no chocolate taste / flavor but at least it's a good quality tobacco. Three stars for not living up to the tin label.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
A good o'l stand by
This was the first tobacco I ever smoked when I bought my first pipe and I still enjoy it. The room note is pleasant and I don't experience any tongue bite when the tobacco is kept fresh. The overall flavor (vanilla to my palate) is nice and never disappoints me. I find it is easy to light and keep lit. Just a great basic aromatic blend.
McClelland - Craftsbury: Frog Morton on the Bayou 50g
I bought this tin on a recommendation from a fellow pipe smoker. I usually like aromatic tobaccos and wanted to try something a bit different. This blend burned cool and very evenly. All the flavors coming out during the smoke were mellow and not to harsh. To my palate, I noticed a very light pepper like flavor but it was pleasant. I enjoyed On the Bayou and will probably try other blends in the Frog Morton line based on my experience with this blend.
McClelland - Ashton Revival: Oldchurch 50g
I bought a tin of this to try and wasn't sure if I would like it. However, I was pleasantly surprised after smoking one bowl. I find this tobacco blend to be very smooth and flavorful, with a nice vanilla flavor. The tin note isn't that impressive. I did not experience any tongue bite with this blend.
Peterson - Sweet Killarney 50g
This tobacco was a bit more harsh than I expected, but I still like it. I seem to get a pretty good nicotine hit from it too, which I don't really look for in the tobaccos I buy but this one seems to have it. I have experienced this blend burning a little hot and I often get tongue bite with it. The tin note is very nice and I have been told the room note is pleasant. Be sure to smoke it slowly and pack your bowl properly.
CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
A very pleasant smoke
I like this tobacco a lot. I was looking for something with a Irish creme taste and this tobacco is pretty good. Very cool burning and tasty. I experienced no tongue bite. The room note is fantastic!