Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 50g
I like it alot
It is very good. Its a little more interesting than BB#2 by G&H. Its a tad sweeter and a tad mellower.
Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 50g
This is a very satisfying smoke. It does really well, rubbed out in a tiny bowl. I've smoked it a tad wet and properly dried. The result is the same, fantastic smoke. I will purchase more for the cellar. I'm confident this one will mellow and sweeten well with some age. Thanks again Samuel Gawith.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Exceptional Smoke for the Price
Great smoke. Wouldn't be a chart topper for me were it not for the price... but I can satiate my nicotine appetite with this one without breaking the seal on pricier blends. It is really good and well worth the price. It is soo cheap I feel guilty taking it from them.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake 50g
You really get the brown va in this one... you get the latakia as well.. point is you get rich tobacco flavor married to an exceptional aromatic. really nice and the flavor develops throughout the bowl. this one is really set apart in my book as far as aromatic's go. Hint of cocoa and muted lakeland with rich round va.
Cornell & Diehl - Briar Fox 16oz
This one is great. Doesn't require much attention. Its earthy and sweet. The moisture content is ideal directly from the package. The Burley's show up very early on if that is your thing and announce themselves increasingly through to the heel of the bowl. I am after the Virginia experience and the Burley compliment and do not hinder this pursuit. The Burleys provide a nice muted framework for the Virginia's to shine. It took several bowls for the palette to attenuate to some of the nuance.. the patience is well worth it. Gravity fill. char. lightly tamp.. smoke.
Cornell & Diehl - Bourbon Bleu 2oz
I really enjoyed this one.
This one just has it. Perique and Kentucky are added with a light hand and those sweet brights stay with you all the way to the heel of the bowl. Briar Fox occupies the number one slot in my rotation if that's any indicator of where my palette is at. the bourbon undergirds the brights with an added sweetness.. augmenting and not diminishing their flavor. I love this. That sample is going to be gone like now. Interested to see how it smokes when I'm off of work this evening.
Cornell & Diehl - Briar Fox 8oz
Just a great smoke. It is superb with a book and a good cup of coffee. I am guessing this one will only improve with age.
Esoterica - Penzance 8oz
There is a tobacconist here in the Houston area that gets this stuff a few months out of the year.. its sporadic and so I'll call periodically to check in; in a sporadic fashion. I became an avid hobby smoker about 3 1/2 years ago and admit that this blend was a waste on my then virginal tasters. Not the case. Though I am firstly a VA smoker I will always reserve a spot in my bosoms for Penzance. In its case the hype is justified. The mouthfeel, creamy.. oily even. Sweet Virginias/Orientals announce themselves often and evenly throughout the bowl with the latakia countering them in such a way as to prepare the palette anew for another exchange of those quality VA/Oriental leaves. This blend was the first to pique my curiosity concerning Oriental leaf. Believe the hype. I've tried several other English/Balkan mixtures that don't hold a candle to Penzance. It is sought after with good reason
Rattray's - Macbeth 100g
Count me out of this review
Rattray's - Buckingham 100g
Rattray is doing Peterson now.
Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 50g
I tried to love it but could never get there. SG has a very inconsistent cut. Some thick and others thin. Their flakes are also very wet. I think i'll come back to this one at some point, though. I've smoked through 250g and was never really pleased.