Cobblestone - Indulge Vanilla Custard 1.5oz
Really Good. Loses flavor too quickly
Let me start off with pro's. OMG AMAZING ROOM NOTE!!! I get compliments on this everywhere I go. It may be the best smelling aromatic ever made. Period. I really like the Walnut Maple Pie too. 100% worth picking up a can of each. You can smell the vanilla and custard through the can. Once its opened you need to smoke it reasonably quickly, as it loses flavor rapidly. This is not one you want to try and age, this is one you want to smoke often. Really any of the aromatics need to be smoked reasonably soon as the flavor seems to evaporate rather quickly once opened. However, Virginia's tend to be the most shelf stable. In up-opened tins they can properly age at about 3-10 years. This loses flavor almost immediately but the room note remains strong. You can detect vanilla custard creme, caramel with a light wood and leather follow up. Overall, first impressions, it's one of the best notes, maybe the best currently produced.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
Like Smoking Yoda's inner thigh
If you took big foot's boxer briefs he'd been wearing for 6 months straight and lent them to Yoda to run a marathon in followed by shredding them and blending them with tobacco. You would this blend nailed down to a fair comparison. Not sure how everyone is rating this so high... must never have had McClelland's Frog Morton. Which in my opinion is best pipe tobacco ever made. The only thing Kansas City has ever produced worth being proud of. Yes, Frog Morton is better. Wayyyyyyy better. No, I will not stop comparing everything to Frog Morton. Smoking Frog Morton saves lives. Can't smoke a pipe with a mask on. #pipelife.
Peter Stokkebye - PS27 Pistachio
Upon first light, I noticed the flavor to be a little bit weak. The room note is excellent, a light airy pistachio with hints of vanilla. The draw is smooth, flavorful and distinct. It's not an overpowering blend, it finishes light and is cool from top to bottom. Overall, not a bad smoke. Leaves more to be desired.
Sutliff - TS-20 Louisiana Perique
Bold. Intense. Perfection.
If you are new to pipe smoking, I would not recommend filling your bowl with this, rather blend it 50/50 into your regular tobacco. This is for a more experienced, discerning smoker who appreciates Perique. For those who aren't familiar with this style of tobacco, it is not cured and processed the same way as traditional tobacco. Perique is a uniquely processed style. It is not completely dried when it is washed, allowing any remaining to be removed and re-moistening the tobacco. It is then stemmed by hand, compressed, heated and then fermented. Due to the amount of moisture present and the amount of time it is cured, it allows the leaf to properly age like a fine bourbon. This gives the leaf a bold peppery spice. As far of Perique's go, Sutliff, has done a phenomenal job knocking this out of the park. I enjoy this straight with 12 year bourbon on my back patio several times a week. I quite enjoy a bold blend like this from time to time, however, I change up my blends every so often as to keep myself interested in finding that unicorn that will replace my dear friend Frog Morton RIP.
Tampers & Tools - Rubber Pipe Bits (2 pack)
These are a must have for anyone to tends to use their teeth to hold the pipe. It serves two purposes. One for those with sensitive teeth, it makes the bit much more comfortable to hold whilst also adding a tremendous amount of grip. The second benefit is it protects the stem from tooth marks making it easier to polish, in turn keeping your pipe like new.
Filters & Adaptors - White Elephant 9mm Filters (40 Count)
This was my go to filter for many years. The Blitz System is noticeably better for air flow. But this is a good filter overall. It does the job as far as activated charcoal filters go. One of the better on the market.
Drucquer & Sons - Trafalgar 200g
This is an exceptionally smooth, lightly spiced Turkish blend. Upon first light, I enjoyed a rich, dry and exotic complexity that kept me engaged throughout the entire bowl. Theres a crisp, dry Virginia balanced equally into the Latakia and Perique as to not overwhelm the other flavors as many blends tend to do. The aroma has unique notes of oak, spice and barley. The finish ends with a bold flavor of Latakia. I did not experience any tongue bite over dryness of this blend. The moisture was perfectly balanced for a delightfully pecan smoke.
Filters & Adaptors - Single Blitz 9mm Filter
My primary go-to-brand is White Elephant. I find them to be consistent, they flow a moderate amount of air and almost eliminate tongue bite. However, the Blitz System is better. It flows even more air and it seems to have slightly more activated charcoal. The ingenious design of the Blitz System is in the end caps which have deeper cuts in the intakes which allow more air to flow through the canister virtually eliminating all tongue bite. White Elephant is still a great brand, but if you want the ultimate in activated charcoal filtration. This is the top of the food chain. Nothing really compares to the Blitz System, its in a league of its own.
Drucquer & Sons - Blairgowrie 200g
Masterful Blend, Frog Morton finally has a rival!
Old world revival of history's best blend. Absolute perfection. I can't believe I'm about to say this. I opened a 10 year old can of Frog Morton just to be sure. I won't go as far as to say Blairgowrie is better, they're totally different blends, however, the quality is on par. After 10 years of searching for a replacement to my beloved Frog Morton, this is an equal competitor. I'm not sure if I could pick one over the other if I had to.
Cobblestone - Chess Queen 1.75oz
Toughest Critic = 5 Star
As many of you know, I do not leave positive reviews often. I feel, McClellen's Frog Morton, is and always will remain the standard I hold every blend to. There is no exception for quality and the devil is in the details. I felt as many others did and still do for those of us who have and still smoke Frog Morton with our surpluses that McClellen nailed that down forever. RIP. However, I have to say, as far a Virginias this blend is very good, I found Perique and Burley to be perfectly blended for a dry, spicy and interesting smoke. The room note is pleasant as is the flavor consistency. It's a medium body that isn't overpowering or too weak. It's a top drawer blend. Not my all time favorite, but one of the better.
Cobblestone - High Spirits Amaretto 1.5oz
Let it be said, although I love the smell of amaretto I did find this to have a slightly weak room note. I would like to see the blend carry a bit more amaretto punch. The flavor was not present on the initial draw, I did notice a bitters of sorts. This is an extremely mild blend and as it is extremely difficult to blend the right amount of flavor with the right amount to tobacco strength and moisture. I'd give this blend a solid rating. I am however, extremely particular as I am a perfectionist. Overall, as far as amaretto goes, this is very good. You'll always be able to find better blends at pipe shows and in tobacco shops, but for a general production tin. It is quite good. Not perfect. But really quite good.
Cobblestone - Indulge Walnut Maple Pie 1.5oz
As I enjoy all blends from all the families. Every. so often I find it necessary to change up my routine and add something new. I find that most flavored blends, such as the Creme Brûlée, Pistachio, Vanilla Custard etc, tend to be a sticky mess, lose flavor rapidly or just don't meet my standard of what tobacco should be. This was no less than a total shock. I was expecting a candy shop flavor and room note consistent with all other Baskin and Robbin imposters. However, I stand corrected. Initially the opening of the can, there is a distinct aroma of old world bakery. Gentle notes of walnut, pie crust, vanilla, maple and almond are present. The first few puffs, the vanilla is creamy smooth, followed by a delicate and moist crust. The draw includes a strong flavor of maple and ends with a subtle hint of roasted walnut, creamy almond and a slight hint of salted butter. This blend is not overpowering, not too sweet, not rich by any means. It burns cool, with a slight minty flavor if drawn to rapidly. This is not for an amateur smoker, as it will take some experience to draw out the flavors equally and effectively. There is an art to getting the most out of a blend. The room note is pleasant and is reminiscent of an old world bakery in the late fall. Overall, one of the best. I wouldn't put it up there with Frog Morton as that is my go to blend, stockpiled enough for 20 years so until that reserve is depleted, it will always be my favorite. But, this is a great aromatic as aromatics go. I do not leave 5 star reviews unless I'm impressed as there is always room for improvement in every blend, with the exception of the late McLellen.
Stands & Pouches - 1790 English Tobacco Box Copper w/Eagle
Nothing short of authentic, old world craftsmanship. This piece really compliments my leather case, I love the look and feel of pieces that are still masterfully constructed that embody a time period long ago where craftsman's creations stood the test of time.