A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Yes, it is that good
Pretty much THE standard for VA-Pers. The undisputed champion. Escudo is what I measure every VA-Per against, and so far they've all come up lacking.
Kramer's - Blend for Cary Grant 50g
This was a very pleasant surprise. Kramer's excellent English Blend with a slight - very slight - added sweetness. It's called an "English Aromatic" here, but it's a lot more English than Aromatic. Moisture level almost perfect right out of the tin, and the smoke was very cool and dry. I'm more of a VA/VaPer/VaBur guy, and only an occasional English smoker, but this stuff is definitely going to find its way into my rotation. I'll be re-stocking this for sure.
Peter Heinrichs - Dark Strong Flake 200g
Everything you want in a tobacco. Strong, but not overly so. Very full flavored, but the Kentucky smoothes out the VA perfectly so there is no sharp edge - just a rich, satisfying taste. Thick, rich room note that will draw approving glances and comments, too. Until the day I can get Stonehaven whenever I want, this is my "go to" blend.
Esoterica - Stonehaven 8oz
The Gold Standard
My absolute favorite tobacco. That familiar delicious "jar" note of a fine aged VA flake only gives you a hint of what's to come. Don't get too hasty with it - smoke it too fast and you might wonder what all the fuss is about. Smoke this stuff S-L-O-W-L-Y and it's positively magical.
Dan Tobacco - The Mellow Mallard 50g
Solid VA smoke
Yes, the tin says "aromatic", but this is a straight ready-rubbed VA/Bur flake tobacco, and a pretty good one at that. Not as full a smoke as most of my other VA stash (FVF & HOTW, mostly), it is very mellow and smooth, with a pleasant "room note" that gets approving nods from smokers & non-smokers alike. Does require a bit of drying upon opening, but it's an easy smoke, and I've yet to experience any tongue bite. Overall, a rather pleasant "change of pace" tobacco, and one that I'll be stocking up on for sure.