Samuel Gawith - Golden Glow 50g
Slow and Easy🤚
This has to be one of SG's most underrated tobaccos. You've got to take your time with this one and smoke it slow and easy in order to pick up on the nuanced flavors. Yummy!
Esoterica - Stonehaven 8oz
This stuff is exceptionally good but, as the title suggests, almost impossible to find unless you just happen to get lucky and walk into a B & M that has some stashed on a back shelf. I won an 8 oz. bag in a drawing conducted by a popular pipe tobacco website over five years ago. I've smoked about half of it; the remainder has been aging in small Bell jars ever since. I occasionally fire up a bowl when the mood strikes me, knowing in the back of my mind I'll probably never snag another bag of this elusive weed.
Cornell & Diehl - Night Train 16oz
Ticket Please! 🚂
I LOVE pressed cake tobaccos. I love all the tobacco components that make up this blend. I love everything about Night Train........ except the price. I remember when you could buy this as a "bulk" tobacco offering on this site for a more reasonable price. I guess C & D caught on and "encouraged" SP to list it as a tinned tobacco. Oh, the good ole days...
Granger - Granger 12oz
Sit Boy, Sit🐕
Granger and Half & Half are by far my favorite codger blends. Also, this and the old Holiday Excursion ship logo are the two best tin designs in pipe tobacco history! 👍
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Louisiana Flake
One smell of this stuff will make your mouth water!
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Rum Twist
Hide the Rum! 💀
If you like flavorful, stout tobacco, you can't go wrong with G & Hogwarts' flavored ropes. I've had rum, maple, and coconut, and they are ALL excellent! For those who think these aren't sweet enough, cut off a chunk of this stuff and chew it like the sailors used to do.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Glengarry Flake
My Runner Up
Near perfection. I just happen to like Ennerdale a tad better.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake
I Can See Why!
I think Brown Flake Unscented is G & Hogwarts' best flake, but I can certainly understand why this is their best seller. This, along with Coniston Cut Plug, are incredible in both aroma and taste! 😋
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Bird's Eye
5 Brothers on Steroids💪!
DB'sE is what happens when 5 Bros. gets a higher education and job promotion and moves to the nice side of town! Excellent!
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Coniston Cut Plug
This may be the best smelling/tasting tobacco in the G & Hogwarts line! Smooth, dark, sweet, ... sublime!
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Irish X
Hammer🔨 of the Gods!
This one tells you "Get in, sit down, shut up, hold on, and smoke!" WOW!!!
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Bosun Cut Plug
This is GOOD stuff. I just happen to prefer the darker and sweeter Coniston Cut Plug a little better. Still, G & Hogwarts sure know what they are doing with these Lakeland flavored cut plugs!
Grand Croupier - Jack Pot
$7 Price Hike Overnight!!! 🤦
Update 10/6/22 - Well, I guess nothing good lasts forever. This stuff jumped $7 a pound overnight in price. Thanks SP! Dropping 3 full stars for that, and it should be more. $7!!! Really? Unbelievable! 🤦
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Black Irish X
Fire Up the Grill!
Sure, it taste like a charbroiled Porterhouse steak, but I love them bad boys, too! For everyone who ordered this stuff only to be disgusted by it, SEND them to ME!
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Flake Unscented
Should be named "Slightly Scented."
Yep, the name says unscented, but I do pick up a faint Lakeland aroma, and that's a GOOD thing! I've never had a better flake tobacco. This stuff is nothing short of perfection. I just wish it wasn't so damn expensive, lol.
Peter Stokkebye - PS41 Cube Cut
Picasso would be proud! Great tasting, good vitamin N strength, and so easy to pack. What's not to like?
Sutliff - Holiday Mixture
Take a Holiday!
This is one of my favorite smokes. I just wish it had a tad more vitamin N, so I usually add a little dark burley or 5 Bros. in order to kick it up a notch. I think the old Holiday Excursion tin with the ship logo was one of the coolest designs in pipe tobacco manufacturing, along with the Granger "pointer" dog.
Filters & Adaptors - Medico Filters
Half & Half? 😂
I smoke MM cobs, exclusively, and use Medico filters most of the time since I tend to be a "wet" smoker. But I'm also CHEAP and cut each filter in half, thereby turning a box of 10 into a box of 20! Still does the job, lol. 👍
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Bogie
Powder Keg Fuse!
Love it! I just wish it was in stock more often. A fantastic smoke, but when I'm riding my Harley, I love cutting off a chunk of rope and chewing it while putting the miles behind me!
Sutliff - 523 Voodoo Queen
Gris Gris For the Soul!
This is one tobacco I can smoke "as is." No tweaking required. Perfect vitamin N strength for my taste with enough Lat. and Perique to make it interesting. The next time I'm in the Big Easy I'll be leaving "offering pennies" at her gravesite in honor of this voodoo herb!
Velvet - Velvet 1.5oz
Appreciate It's Longevity
This is not a bad OTC. It's just not as good as Half and Half in my opinion. The two are very similar in cut and taste, but Velvet is missing the extra anise flavor I love. It also has more of a bite. It's very mild, so I always mix in a little Five Brothers to kick the vitamin N up a notch. Definitely worth a try!
Sutliff - #600 Mixture 79
Diary of a Mad Man!
Ok, brace yourself: I LOVE this sh*t! Due to a sales promotion by SP, I did something I have never done before. I ordered an entire pound of this without ever having smoked it. Normally that would be crazy enough, but to do that with the most polarizing blend on the planet? What's wrong with me? Let me explain: I love British Lakelands, black liquorice, blends with anisette like H & H, Grousemoor, nostalgia, history, Frank Sinatra, Hugh Hefner, the Playboy Bunnies, sarsaparilla, root beer, bourbon old fashions, drug store blends, my Granny's closet, old lady's perfume, stirring up snakes, and buying tobacco in bulk. Make sense now? No? Oh well, I can understand your hesitancy to accept my reasoning. I'm doubting myself. Still, I can't stop smoking this stuff and find the only impediment is getting my aroma-sniffing nose out of the bag long enough to take a puff. And I FIRMLY believe that, besides Vitamin N, Sutliff has added a potent, addictive ingredient (crack?) to this Devil's weed from hell! Pray for me! 🙏
Smoker's Pride - Vanilla Cavendish 12oz
Quite a Letdown
I was surprised with this one, and not in a good way. After tasting SP Black Cavendish and Cherry Cavendish blends, both very good, I was expecting a lot more from this one. The vanilla is barely noticeable. As far as a run of the mill Virginia/Cavendish it's ok, but if vanilla is what you crave, you better look elsewhere.
Smoker's Pride - Cherry Cavendish 12oz
Best Discount Cherry Blend
As far as "discount" cherry blends go, this one tops the list. Much better than the other drug store blends, Super Value, or even Low Country's offering. It has a natural cherry smell and taste, not the artificial "cough drop" essence you get from the other pouch and bag cherry blends.
Low Country - Rum
Not too bad when fresh, but it must be kept in an airtight container or bag to prevent it from losing its flavor over time. Spend your money on LC Hazelnut, by far the best of the LC aromatic family.
Super Value - Chocolate 12oz
Super Value Chocolate can hold its own against many of the so-called high-end chocolate blends out there. I dare say this would beat many of them in a blind test. I wish it had a tad bit more dark cocoa flavor, but that's just me. For the money, I can't complain too much. I have yet to find a better chocolate blend value out there!
Smoker's Pride - Black Cavendish 12oz
Best Black Cav for the Money!
This is the best Black Cav value on the market. Great straight or as a mixer. As opposed to some other BC's out there, this has a healthy dose of chocolate/cocoa flavor to go along with the vanilla. Outstanding and much better than many other expensive, high-end blends out there. Five full stars!
Grand Croupier - Double Down
A Mainstay in My Tobacco Cellar!
I probably purchase more of this blend than any other on the Smoking Pipes' website. Similar to Low Country's Virginia and Burley, but smoother and a tad lighter on the Vitamin N. I've smoked pounds of this stuff over the years, and it's always consistently top notch. In short, this is the best VaBur value on the market. Of course it's great smoked straight, but I love mixing equal parts this, Boneyard, and any preferred aromatic for a truly world class smoke! Update 11/7/21 - I suppose the popularity of this blend has resulted in the unannounced price hike. It now cost the same as Low Country's Virginia/Burley blend, and with that blend you know EXACTLY what you're getting. I'll probably be ordering it instead from here on out. Shame. 🤷 (One star reduction for the price increase.)
Grand Croupier - Boneyard
Best English Tobacco Bargain Out There!
Always consistently great. I've smoked pounds of this stuff and will continue to order more whenever it's available. Of course it's great on it's own, but I love mixing equal parts this, Double Down, and any preferred aromatic for a truly world class smoke! Update 11/7/21 - Well, I guess it was bound to happen. The popularity of this blend and the fact that it's often "out of stock" has led to an unannounced price hike. That's a shame. Still, there are no good similarly priced substitutes for it, even at the new price. So I guess I'll have to bite the bullet and pony up the extra four bucks the next time I order it. Damn. (One star reduction for the price increase.)
Low Country - Natural Virginia & Burley
Best Vitamin N Bargain Out There!
Deep and rich. This is great smoked straight, but I also love to use it to boost depth and Vitamin N on lighter, weaker blends. This utilitarian blend will always have a place in my tobacco arsenal. Update 11/7/21 - This is now the same price as Grand Croupier's Double Down with it's unannounced price hike, and with this Low Country blend you know EXACTLY what you're getting from one pound to the next. I guess this is now my go-to Virginia/Burley blend. 🤷
Low Country - Hazelnut
Smooth and Creamy Goodness!
Probably the best of the Low Country aromatics, by a long shot. The white burley provides more Vitamin N than the LC Virginia based aromatic blends. I mix equal parts this, Grand Croupier's Double Down, and GC's Boneyard for a truly world class smoke.
Low Country - Cherry
Not Bad as a Mixer
A little too light and airy for me to smoke straight. I mix 2 parts this and 1 part LC Virginia and Burley for a rather decent, medium-bodied smoke. Update: When I first smoked this fresh it had a bit of a bite. Now, after aging a few months, it has smoothed out considerably.
Sutliff - Creme Brulee
Should I Eat It or Smoke It?
Probably the best aromatic out there. Very wet and sticky smoked straight, and a little light on vitamin N. So I mainly use this to sweeten and tone down harsher and stronger blends. I haven't tried adding it to cake batter..... yet.
The Art of Tamping
- ► I'm more like you, Truett, and view tampers as a utilitarian tool, but I can certainly understand Chuck's interest in collecting the more artistic ones. I've used a plain old one dollar pipe nail for years, but I've also been known to use a wide-headed lumber nail from the hardware store in a pinch. Like you, I could never understand why anyone would choose a square-footed tamper for a circular pipe bowl, but also like you, I suffer from severe OCD and can't spend time worrying about that since it would cut into my floor rug tassle straightening time. As a former English/grammar teacher I thoroughly enjoyed your excellent writing style and entertaining thoughts. Chuck should be very pleased with the result! Good smoking!