J.C.
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Pappy Van Winkle, Esoterica, McClelland Frog Morton, Dracquer & Sons. Dogs, Ardor, Ser Jacapo, Dr. Bob.
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Seattle Pipe Club - Hogshead 4oz
The Holy Grail
It's the Pappy Van Winkle 15 year of the tobacco world. Period. If you're leaving a poor review for this. You clearly didn't smoke it or get any. To those of you who were able to get it, congratulations gentlemen, you're in the Hogshead club.

Drucquer & Sons - Loch Ness 100g
The Best of the line
If you can find it in stock, its worth the wait.

Drucquer & Sons - Prince's Blend 200g
Good!
Very Good, one of the better of the line. Huge fan of the D&C. This is a must try. Easy all day smoke.

Drucquer & Sons - Red Lion 200g
5 Star English!
I love the entire line, this in in my top 5 favorites. I'm stocking up on this and Loch Ness

Cornell & Diehl - Palmetto Balkan 8oz
Tobacco goddess!!
Wasn't sure quite what to expect with C&D's small batch Palmetto Balkan, since the small batch is usually sold out before you can get any. As English goes, this is the most flavorful, complex and interesting I've had in a while. I think the Latakia is just right and mellows out the smoke at times. Theres a mixture of notes from leather, caramel, spice and dark chocolate. Cellar this for 5 years and this will be of the top 10 blends, in tobacco history. Yes, it's that good. Do not buy this based off the reviews, as I read through most of them, it's clear many of the reviewers haven't smoked it yet. Mine arrived this morning, I'm on my third bowl. It's absolutely delightful. It's disgusting how the hipsters and wannabe's who are leaving poor reviews because they haven't got any or failed to check back when it was restocked. An absolute travesty. For you new to the hobby, these reviews are important to you for you to find the right blend, for us old timers that appreciate the time an effort that goes into creating these blends we should be leaving accurate and fair reviews. After all your word is your bond. But I digress, this is a smoke for an experienced smoker, English blends are different. Balkan is a stronger, bolder and more complex blend. The tin note is surprising, it's interesting, it's different, hard to describe as it'snot like typical balkan blends. There's more going on than I can put into words. The first couple puffs, you get a lot of different flavors, the retrohale, you tasted the orientals spice going to work and the dark chocolate. Very pleasant somewhat in the medium range of strength. Balkan blends are not for everyone. It's an acquired taste. As far as Balkans go, I'm a huge fan of this one though... I mean, this has to be one of my all time favorite Balkan blends.

Cornell & Diehl - Apricots and Cream 2oz
Delicious
It has to be one of the best smelling, best tasting aromatics out there. beautiful smoke, no bite, smooth, creamy, burns to a white ash with no doddle.

Ashton - Guilty Pleasure 50g
Meh
Just okay. Nothing special.

Drucquer & Sons - First Amendment 100g
Very Very Good.
I 100% agree with all the other reviews. It's all been said before. G.L. Pease nailed it.

Cobblestone - Chess King 1.75oz
Up there with Folklore
If you were bummed that you couldn't get your hands on some limited edition Folklore. This little Virginia blend is very good. It's on par with Folklore as far as smoothness, complexity and overall quality.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - White Elephant Tapered Pipe Cleaners (100 Pack)
Excellent
It's a pipe cleaner. It cleans your pipe. It's not cheap, it won't leave cotton particles everywhere like the cheepos.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - White Elephant Bristle Pipe Cleaners (80 Pack)
Just Great
These are just an absolutely great product and a must have for your briar.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Savinelli Magic Cloth
Meh
Not sure how it's so magical. It's average at best.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Pipemaster Clean and Cure 2oz
Not bad
Not the best I've ever used. Not bad though. I'll probably buy again if I can't find something a little better.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Obsidian Pipe Stem Oil 18ml
Decent
It does the job. Nothing special.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Paragon Wax 1oz
DO NOT USE
This stuff left a residue like film on several of my pipes that I cannot get off. I am beyond furious. Not sure why people are leaving 5 star reviews. Do not ruin your beautiful briar by putting this stuff on it. I will have to send my pipes off to be restored now.

Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Halcyon II Wax 1oz
DO NOT USE
This stuff left a residue like film on several of my pipes that I cannot get off. I am beyond furious. Not sure why people are leaving 5 star reviews. Do not ruin your beautiful briar by putting this stuff on it. I will have to send my pipes off to be restored now.

Drucquer & Sons - Inns of Court 200g
Superior English Blend
Fantastic tobacco, above repraoch! Sitting in my enclosed patio on these cold winters evenings with my loyal hound dog. A wooden fire gently rolling over red embers, my briar perfectly packed to the brim. Few things bring me such peace as the quiet woods that surround me and my briar full of a good English blend. Dracquer and Sons is my preferred brand. That being said, Inns of Court is my favorite of the line. Especially on cold evenings. It's an English that has been perfectly blended with the right amount of Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Perique and Red Virginia. None of the mentioned are overpowering or overtake the other. They are all equally detachable and compliment the other with a smooth draw and nutty, complex finish. Each draws feels as soothing as a warm blanket and proper bourbon. Such a nostalgic smoke, it transports me back to a simpler time. The aroma takes me to my grandfathers farm, working with him in the 150 year old barn. After the work was done, walking with him around the lake with his briar churchwarden in one hand and walking stick in the other. His Dalmatian close by his side. The smell of the pipe and the woods. I would ask him questions and he would have the most profound answers in return. Pointing at me with the stem of pipe as he answered each question, with a slight smile upon face his and a glimmer in his eyes. Inns of Court takes me back to that place of quiet contemplation and fond memories of yore. Not a hint of tongue bite in the entire tin. It burns down to a fine white ash. I've cellared mine for a few months as I do with many of the line. Truly a top shelf, nostalgic blend for the discerning smoker.

Drucquer & Sons - Levant Mixture 200g
Balkan Elite
I go through different kicks, as the seasons change. Right now I'm on a aromatic kick. However, that being said, I really love a top shelf Balkan from time to time. D&S is my favorite brand, so my review will be bias. I really enjoy G.L. Pease blends. He never disappoints. Now this blend, is very very good. If you've never tried a Balkan, which is heavy on Latakia and Orientals. If you don't know what those are, this may not be for you. This is a stronger blend, not heavy on sweetness. Two words to describe it; Bold and Interesting. It starts with a generous breath of Latakia, followed by a smoky spice. and ends with a bold and creamy finish with a hint of sweetness. I can't say it's the best I've ever had, but as far as Balkans go, I don't think many can beat it. Another home run for G.L. Pease. If you like a strong Latakia blend, this is one of a kind. The king of Balkans.

Sillem's - Linea Epoque Antique 3.5oz
Europes Best
I've been smoking pipe tobacco for about 20 years. I've tried so many different blends over the years. My father was fan of the old codger blends like PA, H&H, Granger ect. I remember his favorite being Drucquer & Sons in the 1980's. He was really disappointed when they went under. I have to say, it whenever I find a brand I really like they seem to go under. This may be my new favorite blend. I'm bran new to Sillem's. This is my first tin. I've gone through about 4 bowls. I'm not sure it needs to be cellar'd, it's fantastic. I can only imagine how much better it would be after 6-36 months. It's very hard for me to compare it to anything, as it has it's own unique complexity. As aromatics go, it's worth every penny. I'm sure this will sell out before I can get another tin. I would recommend getting a couple. The flavors really come out right away, the Cavendish is perfectly balanced. The notes of vanilla, cream, nuts and dark chocolate come out beautifully throughout the entire smoke. I'm fairly impressed overall. I still have to try a few more to determine if it makes my top 5 aromatics, but for now, it's a top contender.

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
Interesting blend.
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)
BUY IT
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)
Decent
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
Proper English
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
Apex 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
Amaretto
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
Pleasant Surprise
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 with Eagle
Quality
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.

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