Cornell & Diehl - Miskatonic Mixture 2oz
Last year I started smoking 'Innsmouth' in a darkly misshapen pipe at the Halloween season. But this year I became involved in the celebration of Lovecraft's Birthday in August, so I smoked Innsmouth and then moved on to Miskatonic Mixture, I found them both to be curiously enticing and just right for the occasion. There is a feeling of something strange just out of sight as the flavor of the smoke makes dark suggestions on the palate. I really like them both tremendously and one could be forgiven for giving in to the desire to go ever deeper into darkness with these tobaccos were there not such a wide range to continue to sample in the daylight. Both are perfect for those nights when a gibbous moon hangs in the sky.
G. L. Pease - Key Largo 2oz
Being a fan of the film by the same name, as well as a fan of Pease tobaccos, I bought a tin of this the minute I saw it advertised. When I started to smoke it I was delighted by the flavor but it frankly knocked me on my ass! I figured that was because I had only recently got back into smoking my pipe, and perhaps I needed a little more build up before I could appreciate it: so I put the tin away for a year and recently decided it was time to try it again. This time I smoked it in a Peterson system pipe with the P lip, and indeed the channeling of the smoke upward in my mouth revealed more of the wonderful flavor. But it still knocked me for a loop. A single bowl full of it took me a whole day to smoke, and each time I lit up I could manage barely a few puffs before I had to stop and recover. That is why I headed this review 'conflicted.' I love the flavor, I think it is a wonderful blend, but I am just too much a lightweight to handle it. Other tobaccos listed as stronger don't seem to phase me, but this one really sends me reeling.
Cornell & Diehl - Innsmouth 2oz
I felt compelled...
Being from an Old Lovecraftian Family, I felt compelled, from the outset, to explore these tobaccos, so I ordered them all. I also went through all the pipes available to find one special one to smoke them in (at a price a writer could afford), then I settled in during October to see what was going to happen. Innsmouth was my first outing, because in Cyberspace I discovered somebody had built the village of Innsmouth, so... I was very pleased, discovering the flavors to be beyond my comprehension or descriptive powers. A gibbous moon hanging in the sky helped... But I thought of these as October blends, and now it turns out that Lovecraft's Birthday is in August, and there is a festival, so I have haunted them out again, and re-ordering Innsmouth, and have begun to descend to Miskatonic blend... Wait... What was that sound in my tobacco celler....
Cornell & Diehl - Gentleman Caller 2oz
I wondered about deer tongue, even after reading up on it. When I got the tin I opened it and, almost to my surprise, there was the primal scene of the kinikinik the I used to smoke in my teens! The Native American 'other stuff' to smoke' that was making the rounds way back then. I lit up and was delighted. To my complete surprise, I didn't get tired of it at all, and my friends with whom I shared it were also delighted. The can went faster than anything I have smoked in the last couple of years.
Newminster - No.23 Blackberry Brandy
Blackberry Brandy has always been my winter time tipple, so I decided to try this. I liked it right off, but then, with friends around, I naturally shared some. Every single person with whom I shared it liked it as well. One day I was smoking an English mixture and my buddy and his wife were smoking this, I he said: "Try this next to what you are smoking." I was suddenly aware of what 'sweet' could really mean in tobacco. Really a first class delight, particularly in winter when I need a little warming up.