Esoterica - Margate 2oz
Not as good as I had expected
I love english and lat heavy tobaccos, this one really doesn't do it for me. Picked up 2 tins while it was in stock, I've smoked the first one and really tried to like it, unfortunately it just falls flat for me. Perhaps I had expected more due to the good reviews everywhere, leads me to believe its just overhyped due to short supply. I've tried it in a whole lot of different pipes, packed tight and loose as well as somewhere in between. No matter how I've tried it, it seems to be a bland boring smoke although it does smoke cool and dry. Not unsmoke-able but hoping this one gets better with some age.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
Nice addition for G.L. Pease
This is a tobacco that doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not. Smokey, earthy and strong, while maintaining some sweetness. The room note on this one is not going to win any friends, although its not acrid. This is one that will definitely stay in rotation for me.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Passable, but not great.
I really wanted to love this one, but I find its just not as good as the other two in the luxury flake line. I found it just doesn't let the virginias shine enough, well, nothing really shines for me with this flake. I've tried it rubbed gently, completely, folded and stuffed (a bunch of different ways) and I still cant get the kind of flavor I would expect from a stokkebye blend. It is by all means a quality tobacco, just falls a bit short for me.
McClelland - Matured Virginia: No. 27 50g
Velvety and well rounded, classic McClelland virginia. Smells like ketchup in the can and tastes like heaven while burning. I was surprised by the lack of bite, although as with most virginia the slower you smoke the more flavor you're treated to. The room note is pleasant, haven't had any complaints. Not all that strong either, a good all day smoke. The flakes are very broken (classic McClelland), they didn't need any rubbing before going into the pipe. Couldn't suggest this more strongly.
Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
A new slot in my rotation
I really like this one. The virginias are sweet, smooth and well rounded. It does have a casing or topping of some sort, smells like butterscotch in the jar, but doesn't come through except for a sweet flavor in the smoke (which is nice). Not overpowering in any way. Due to the type of flake, the ribbons are extremely long if rubbed out, and consequently burns really well. While it is good rubbed out, I find it has a better flavor when folded and stuffed. This one has definitely won a spot in my rotation and will always be on hand.
Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 3.5oz
Very dark, very nice
Deep dark and rich, earthy and creamy. Flavor is very consistent all the way down. I'm not usually a fan of dark fired tobaccos, but this one is special. Not really a room note that will win friends, although its not acrid. As another review said, there was what I think is residue from tobacco, but could well have been rust around the rubber seal...the tin was still sealed and at the perfect moisture level. This is definitely one I'd order again.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Nice navy flake
Came so dry that it fell apart as i got it into a jar, after I rehydrated it, it was a good smoke. What's not to love with a good VaPer, (other than the moisture level)? Smokes right down to a fine ash, and plays nice with no bite and consistent flavor.
McClelland - Club Blends: CPCC Scottish Woods 50g
What Linwood said...dont buy it...
My first impression was that someone must have burned down the Scottish Woods, after smoking it I think this may be my favorite latakia blend. The sweetness of the oriental and virginia really comes through and compliments the smokiness.