Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Black Irish X
Backyard BBQ Chicken
I got this due to negligence on my part, after really enjoying Brown Irish X. This proved to be a happy accident, as I enjoy this one, though not in the same way. The taste of this tobacco is reminiscent of licking one's fingers after eating a piece of nicely-charred chicken straight off of the charcoal. Preparation is fun, in a ritualistic sense. I love slicing coins off of the rope with my knife, breaking it up, and drying it...and you will need to dry it some to keep it lit.
G. L. Pease - Haddo's Delight 2oz
Always a treat
This is a Va/Per with an aromatic touch. Some cocoa, some fig, and sweet on the tongue. I try to keep a tin or two around, but once I crack one open it's pretty much all I smoke until it's gone.
Samuel Gawith - Cabbie's Mixture 50g
Simple but incredibly tasty
I have to say, I think I like to smell this one slightly more than I like to smoke it, but that would understate how much I like to smoke it. This blend is rich in flavor, and, once dried for an hour or more, painless to smoke. Out of the tin the moisture is quite high, as many of SG's tobaccos are. If there is any Lakeland essence here I don't detect it. I'm hoping those of us in the USA will have access to the uncut version soon.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Bosun Cut Plug
Complex and flavorful
I'm a fan of the Lakeland essence, and a fan of clove. The two complement each other quite well. The clove is subtle here, and I find it mostly in the aftertaste, almost as if I had recently sucked on a dried clove. On the whole this is a spicy, complex, and very satisfying tobacco.
McClelland - GKCPC: Beacon Extra 50g
Perique good, old ketchup bad
I really wanted to like this, and I was prepared for the McClelland "ketchup" smell, in theory, but not in practice. While the tobacco tastes great, if not a bit one-dimensional, I can't get past the aroma of McDonald's burger wrappers left in a hot car . Maybe McClelland is just not for me.
G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
When I heard about this blend with its Lakeland touches and high perique content I was excited, but not as excited as I was after my first bowl. Being a fan of both I have to say that this scratches nearly every itch I have in the realm of tobacco. Smooth and flavorful with just a touch of Lakeland (significantly less than most G&H or Gawith blends). I'll be ordering more.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning
Wonderful all-day smoke
Having consumed over four pounds of this stuff, and repeatedly coming back for more, I think it's safe to say that I like Bayou Morning quite a bit. It's not punishing when smoked distractedly, and absolutely shines when one takes their time. Moisture is perfect out of the tin/bag. I like this version a bit better than the flake, but both have their merits.