Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Special Reserve 4oz
This is one of the worst tobaccos I've purchased. I like Joe Lankford's tobaccos normally; regular Plum Pudding, Galloping Gertie, and Potlach. This missed the mark by a long shot. The texture crumbles to a dust-like material. Don't believe the hype of this one.
Rattray's - Macbeth 100g
Nothing to it.
My apologies, but there's nothing special, or extraordinary about this one. Can bite, even with slow, tamed puffing. Flavor is not even mediocre at best.
Robert Lewis - Orcilla Mixture 50g
This is a quality, fairly mild, and consistent blend by Robert Lewis. It’s use in my tobacco rotation is two-fold; it requires support at times, while with others, it lends support. There’s a difference. This is the first tobacco I have ever blended on a regular basis. In short however, there has never been one I’ve blended it with that was at all disappointing. It will work superbly if you want to tame a strong leaf or flavor.
Seattle Pipe Club - Galloping Gertie 2oz
I was eager to try this and after a few bowls, was ready to give this an unfavorable review. But, like many other tobaccos, they can grow on a person and change even with a few weeks’ time. This one certainly did for me, and I’m glad I let it evolve. The tin note is penetrating; some reported grassy, but I got a vinegar dominance, almost like a stoved ketchup-scented Virginia. The cakes are easy to crumble, darker red and black, and need a little drying out initially. It smokes well without any bite, and I taste refined Virginias and bitter, but delicate orientals. The perique is just right. I sought to try this because I grow tired of the same old Va/Per mixes. This is a welcomed change. I just wish Joe Lankford would create a more non-Latakia forward mixtures (even though I like those), as he certainly has a skill for it.
Dan Tobacco - Tordenskjold Virginia Slices 50g
All the tobaccos I've tried from Dan have been outstanding quality. This is no different. Easily crumbled flake that is of perfect moisture. This isn't a mild tobacco as some reviews suggest. There is a light and pleasant sweet top note but barely noticeable; it meshes harmoniously with the natural sweetness of the Virginias.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - North Star
Glad I ordered this. I like the shag cut to begin with, and secondly, the nutty taste is what I really relish about this newer blend.
Solani - Aged Burley Flake - 656 50g
The burley flakes are dark in color, with notes of molasses and plum. They rub out easily and require some drying after opening. This is a very approachable tobacco that I enjoy, especially for not gravitating to burley's as frequently. Solani is a top-quality producer in general; not surprising this is tough to get!
Dan Tobacco - Old Ironsides 50g
This is the best Latakia flake I’ve ever had. Hands down. I’m only sorry I didn’t order it sooner. Tin is a nice size, and has attractive historical artwork covering it. The flake is a perfect consistency upon opening. Smells typical of Latakia, but the smoke is what puts this blend at the top; very cool smoking with a huge flavor, but not overwhelming. Will treasure it this Christmas and in the future!
Tabac De La Semois - Le Petit Robin 100g
Everything you have read about this tobacco is true; it will surely redefine excellence within your realm of personal tobaccos. It’s perfectly settled in its gold brick, ready to be smoked, but I still opt to dry it for about 10 minutes. The wrapping on the outside itself instills a bit of European nostalgia. It’s the finest cut shag I’ve ever encountered. I pack it tightly. It’s earthy, but the aftertaste is what makes it delicious in a tobacco sense. I would peg the strength of the tobacco at four dots vs. three. Likewise with the taste. No mistaking it. Perhaps the finest secret blend I’ve ever smoked!
McConnell - Scottish Cake 50g
McConnell does a superb job in crafting this blend. For starters, the tin note is refreshing; pure tobacco. I also like the feel of it in the hand; it crumbles nicely, and isn't too moist. I like burley mixed in with other leaf, and feel the geographical gathering of these tobaccos are the key to Scottish Cake's uniqueness. Tough to come by unfortunately. I had to pick my tin up last time I visited Iwan Ries. Highly recommended.
Dan Tobacco - Midnight Ride 50g
The two reviews below mine are likely not the most accurate. I don't normally pass comments on other responses, but they're both very different cases. This is a wonderful and refined English blend. The latakia isn't heavy, but is definitely noticeable. The perique is just peeping out. Of course the orientals are subtle and delicate. What I like about the tobacco, is that it doesn't arrive wet; it's ready to smoke. The burn is enjoyable and doesn't burn hot, even in a large diameter bowl. Overall this is a sophisticated English blend. Highly recommended. And...how can you not admire the cover?
McClelland - Personal Reserve: Blackwoods Flake 50g
When I first tried this, I was a little spalpeen working at a tobacco shop during University. Fifteen years later, I decided to try it again. The ketchup aroma is still there, but isn't at all representative of the taste. Very moist inside the tin; needs time to dry. Good flavor, with perfect strength.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Curly Cut Deluxe
Gawith and Hoggarth have never really disappointed in a blend. They might not all be fore you but please, try them out and you’ll find one you’ll want to marry. Curly Cut is a treat over and over, with a pleasant mild aroma but not fragrant or flowery.
Dunhill - Flake 50g
This was my second time ordering Dunhill Flake; and I’m thrilled that I did. If you just like a pure lemony virginia to be treasured , this is the one for you. I wish they still used the rectangular containers vs the circular; just makes for a more regal appearance. Highly recommended.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 2oz
I have tried Potlach from SPC, and prefer that to this one. Overall, they make wonderful blends, but to me, Potlach tastes more pure. Perhaps it's the cavendish in this blend that throws me off as being slightly synthetic. By comparison, I like Dunhill's London mixture much better than 965. If you're discerning enough and know what you like, there is a difference. I would order Potlach over this blend.
Samuel Gawith - Cabbie's Mixture 50g
First time trying this. It was a nice surprise and also a fine quality tobacco. I'm glad that SG went down the VaPer route because they seem to do virginias just as well as their latakia. I don't usually comment on the tin, but I do like the front of this tin. It has a degree of nostalgia that even a young person can appreciate. I'd definitely get this again.
Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 50g
This is a wonderful Virginia, one I first tried many years back while still being an English only smoker. Apart from the excessive moisture which many other users comment on, this is a superb tobacco that can be enjoyed with some drying time. Plan accordingly.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Gold
Sweet and simple
I’m a huge fan of G&H tobacco. Several of them are my absolute favourites. Kendal Gold is like a fine dessert tobacco without any casing. This is the sweetest tobacco I’ve ever experienced without the addition of any topping. The shag ensures that you receive a decent amount of flavour for your puff. Although it does burn slightly hot compared to other G&H shags, it doesn’t bite. It’s full of flavour; natural sweetness above all else, almost like honey combined with hay, and some cornbread to go along with it. I’m just sorry I didn’t discover this sooner.
Seattle Pipe Club - Potlatch 2oz
One of a kind
Seattle Pipe Club tobaccos have caught my interest since I began reading about them. I was bowled over at how many types of tobacco were employed in each blend. Of course, the reviews are all solid, and thus, mine will be as well! The tin design is attractive, resembling North American heritage. The size of the tin is larger than what normally contains 50 gms of tobacco. Upon opening, the tobacco appears to have some breathing room and not shoved in there. Surprisingly, the tin note wasn’t latakia heavy, but smelled of ketchup and fresh virginias and orientals. It was certainly fresh, but felt ready to smoke. It sure was! I’ve never used the word “creamy” to describe a tobacco as of yet, but will for this one. The components have been blended brilliantly. The latakia is in the background; more so than you would find in a blend such as Dunhill’s London Mixture for example, where the other tobaccos are allowed to shine. As smooth as it is, it is rich in flavour. What I enjoy most is its complexity. I can’t quite discern each tobacco on its own, but rather the marriage of them to create a full and enjoyable mixture.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal #7
I’m really surprised that no one else has rated this tobacco as of yet. Before getting into the taste and aroma, the shag blends from G&H have been a real treat to smoke. I’m still fairly new to them, but have already classified them as favorites due to their uniqueness and rich tastes. Kendal #7 is another unique blend from G&H. I received mine on the dry side, but still fresh. The tobacco burns exceptionally well. I had to tame the puffing because although this is a virginia-based tobacco, I really thought it contained more burley. If you puff too quickly, it will bite. The lakeland essence is very faint here, which make it an pleasant tobacco. It’s also quite rich, so again, puff slowly.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Dark
This was the best surprise upon ordering a new batch of tobaccos to try. G&H is a favourite of mine, but all partiality aside, I love Kendal Dark. After falling for Dark Bird's Eye, I didn't think I'd find another on par, but this certainly did it. The tin aroma is more sweet than smokey. Of course, the tobacco is easy to pack and light. It stays lit with minimal effort. I opt to put finely cut tobaccos in a narrow chamber. For me, it smokes and tastes best that way. This tobacco is bold in flavour, with the dark fired really coming through, but remains incredibly smooth. There is a slight smokiness to it which adds a pleasant dimension. This is one of my most pleasant discoveries from G&H.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Flake
I love Gawith and Hoggarth tobacco, and know they put out quality products laced with deep tradition. This flake crumbles and well and doesn't feel too moist or dry. The tin aroma is enticing with Lakeland notes. Burn is superb; I didn't have to relight it once. I always try to remove my expectation of a tobacco from my objective analysis, otherwise things get cloudy. While I had a different expectation for the flavour of this tobacco, it was nonetheless of good quality, and is one I would smoke again. I just find that in comparison to the other G&H tobaccos, the flavour of Kendal Flake is not as rich. I found it to be monotonous, but still an enjoyable flake to smoke.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake
After all the reviews about this one, I had to try it. I don’t mind an intriguing tobacco whether it be aromatic, famous, or a new one. This tobacco seemed to have quite a reputation, and I decided it was worth a try. The tin aroma itself is that of floral soap and accurately described in reviews. No mistaking that for anything else. The tobacco itself if of obvious quality. That’s never been an issue with G&H. I do like this tobacco, and feel as though it will be most appropriate during spring/summer months, or when the room isn’t as cold to require a fire. If you sometimes seek an adventurous experience with new tobaccos, it’s one that will stimulate your senses.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Coniston Cut Plug
This is another superb offering from G&H. Although this is labelled as unscented it does have an enchanting aroma, which is characteristic of Lakeland. It's not a floral scent as Ennerdale is. It burns well and smokes cool. I didn't have to ever relight it. It is full-bodied despite its pleasant aroma but with many of G&H tobaccos, you just have to smoke them in the element of calm and relaxation. I can appreciate how this is strong for the pipe. These are old-school tobaccos and true masterpieces!
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
I read so much about Peter Stokkebye and finally had a chance to try some blends. The taste of this flake is just remarkable! The virginias are fresh and lemony, the tobacco does not burn hot, and there is no associated bite. There is a slight sweetness associated with the blend, but it doesn't overpower. I am really enjoying this flake and will continue to do so in the future. Good price point as well!
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Bird's Eye
Rich and Flavourful
While many others comment about how strong this tobacco is, it's important to note that if you're a slow or tame puffer, this tobacco will be a real treat. There is a difference between being strong and being rich in flavour. I've always found the so-called "strong" tobaccos can be abused if you puff too quickly. Control yourself. Relax. Light a fire, put your feet up and read about your favourite hobby. I don't inhale, and the pipe I used for this had a small chamber diameter. I don't want to be buzzed or light-headed during my pipesmoking, and never am. It's not an issue of tolerance, but I just like to enjoy the tobacco. The pouch note is like chocolate and plum, and like one of other reviews mentioned; vinegar. Yes I got the same. Being shag cut it stayed lit easily. It is moist when it arrived and I dried it out for about an hour. The taste is like my title description; very rich and smooth. I like virginias, but this put a deeper emphasis on flavour, likely the result of the Kentucky addition. It's very complex, and you'll likely be making sense of it the whole time. I would highly recommend it!
Dunhill - London Mixture 50g
After smoking this, it was as though it was the tobacco I had been longing to find. The reviews I had read prior to ordering this were quite consistent and helpful. The tin aroma is not as smoky as some other Dunhill blends. This is more pungent. The tobacco is in perfect condition right from the tin. I smoked it almost immediately. I love both English and VaPers, but the percentages of the mixture are in perfect equilibrium. Initially, the latakia is evident, but then almost magically the virginias appear and the characters are meshed perfectly. The orientals don't impose any sour notes here, something I also relished in this blend. I had a feeling I would like this one and am glad I finally tried it. An amazing creation!
Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz
I've come to the conclusion that there are certain tobaccos that many pipers enjoy, they get great reviews, and are popular choices. Sometimes, those popular choices aren't always the best for our personal tastes. Of course, there are many popular tobaccos that I indulge in regularly such as Dunhill and SG. The low rating of this tobacco is likely due to the style I gravitate towards, and not so much a poor quality of Old Joe Krantz. I wanted to appreciate it, and tried several methods on separate occasions. My mouth felt as though I had gargled with sawdust. The flavour reminded me of 2nd hand cigarette smoke. Please don't be put off by this review. Many others appear to fancy it, so go ahead and give it a try.
Ashton - Artisan's Blend 50g
This English was recommended to me by an Iwan Ries employee while I was visiting the store. If you take note of the Syrian latakia, it should strike you as a rarity. Personally, I enjoy Cyprian latakia, so I didn't necessarily need a different latakia style. What harmonizes an English blend is the balance amongst the other components, such as Virginias and Orientals. Anyone can shove latakia in their pipe and say "this is smoky...this is English" without having a truly well-crafted blend. The Artisan's Blend is a completely different style of English from the traditional Dunhill, or Sam Gawith; both of which are enjoyable tobaccos. Artisan's Blend is unique in the sense that this latakia has undertones of mint, and even nuts as the bowl progresses. I would reserve this blend for special occasions or on cold nights where a blazing fire is lighting up your room and calming your senses.
Low Country - Waccamaw 2oz
I wrote the review "perfect balance", and now my review is even more balanced simply because I'm on my 2nd tin and the taste is just as I remember it. Something of amazement is how the tobacco, feeling moist and crumbly, smokes so well right out of the tin. To me it feels moist, and perhaps with other blends it might need some drying out. The orientals are in splendid proportion. For those of you who don't like any sour note from orientals, this is a beautiful tobacco to capture that one snippet of the outlandish leaf. In short, this is a tobacco that over-performs for its class.
Samuel Gawith - Skiff Mixture 50g
Quality, but not a winner.
Samuel Gawith produces some of my favourite blends. This is of obvious quality, and I may change my review yet since I've only had a few bowls. I read reviews that this was a mild tobacco, but for regular pipe smokers, this will be "ultralight." Perhaps if you're a tenderfoot, this would be an ideal English to start off with.
Solani - Virginia Flake - 633 50g
I tried this for the first time yesterday evening after reading many positive reviews. I smoked it in a brand new corn cob pipe. I like to do that for a new tobacco; which I view as akin to rolling out a red carpet for a special guest. I usually like to smoke a tobacco a few times prior to sending in a review, but this one is an instant star! The flakes crumble nicely after a gentle rub. The tin aroma is fruity, but not overwhelming. The flavour is loaded with what I found to be the freshest and most pleasantly-tasting Virginias I've encountered. The perique is evident but blended in with perfect harmony. I speculate that this blend can please both the non-Virginia smoker and tenderfoot alike.
Dunhill - My Mixture 965 50g
Dunhill creates obvious quality in each tobacco tin they produce. It was no surprise that when I first tried My Mixture, the quality aspect held true. Perhaps the most unique quality to My Mixture is the balance of tobaccos which its comprised of. I've never taken note of latakia meshed so well with a nut-like flavour. This is a very pleasing tobacco.
Tampers & Tools - Czech Pipe Tool
Like Craig mentioned, there are Chinese tools that look just like this tool, but they're flimsy, bend easily, and won't meet your standards. This is a perfect tool and is sturdy enough to pack, clean, or minimally scrape your bowl.
Peterson - 3 P's Peterson's Perfect Plug 50g
Peterson's Unique Tobacco
It amazes me that regardless of the "tobacco mood" that I'm in, Peterson's Plug seems perfect anytime. The flavours are not of the ordinary and create a complexity that leaves you contemplating each puff. It burns well, slices easily, and the room note is pleasant. While I understand that Peterson has a number of quality items, I am surprised that this one isn't higher on the popularity scale. Highly recommended.
G. L. Pease - Westminster 2oz
Firstly, I really enjoy English blends. I couldn't believe the hype surrounding this particular blend, so I ordered a tin. Secondly, I always give every new tobacco a fair chance by trying it on several different occasions, with different whiskies, and after different meals. I have had many English tobaccos in my experience and this is one I'll forget about and never buy again. The cut is rather coarse; colossal chunks with many stems in the tin. As many others have found to be the case, I too had trouble keeping this tobacco lit. The flavour has potential, but it only came through with extreme rubbing of the blend in order to thin it out. So all three factors combined made this an unfortunate but learning experience. I don't like to criticize any brand at all, but there were too many negatives with this blend, and there are many fine tobaccos on the market to choose from.
Erinmore - Erinmore Flake 50g
An original and favourite!
When I first started smoking a pipe in University, my Dad got out some Erinmore that he had sitting in a tobacco pouch for years. Of course, it could have used some hydration, but I'll never forget that unique taste it brought forth. It was also the first flake I smoked. Nowadays, Erinmore is still a pleasure to smoke as it was a decade ago!
Low Country - Waccamaw 2oz
I have been enjoying a slow transition from many English-style tobaccos to Virginias. After reading up on this company and the blends, I figured it best to order a tin. It smokes well right out of the tin. Smells of honey, lemon, apricot and hay. It has no bite and as the bowl smokes, it continues to provide a full flavour. I find myself turning to this more and more. I am getting worried when I see the levels dwindling. I'll be ordering more for sure.