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Cornell & Diehl - Mad Fiddler Flake 2oz
The Best
Tin note Smells of oatmeal apples and cinnamon, which translates subtly into the flavor. There is some spice as well as sweetness. More of a tumbled broken flake. Rubs out and packs perfectly. Smokes cool with a surprisingly natural tobacco taste. Blending perfection.

Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 1.75oz
Simply elegant
Perfect moisture right out of the tin. Flakes break apart easily. Notes of Cocoa powder, nuts and molasses.....all very subdued but easily detected under the very natural earthy base note. No bite. I will be smoking this regularly.

Illusione - Original Documents 88 Robusto
Big flavor
Description is dead on. Flavorful and very full. Perfect construction and burn, even without rotation. Will purchase again and smoke on a full stomach.

Aging Room - Quattro Original Maestro
Very tasty
Construction is a bit on the loose side which lets this cigar burn a little faster. Coffee, cedar and spice with this smoke. I needed to cut off more of the cap than I usually do but it paid off as it smoked even all the way down to the nub. Very enjoyable.

Liga Privada - Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig
Unbelievable
Perfect construction every time. Rolled firm with only bit of give in the middle. Excellent draw with a world of flavor with each pull. Description of tastes is accurate and easily detectable. Worth the price. Best smoked fresh without age as it will mellow.

Vauen - Auenland The Shire Morning Mixture 50g
Pretty good
Tin note delivers on the mirabelle and vanilla. Taste is of dark and sweet cherries, nutty burley, and of course black cavendish. Can’t pick up any vanilla or coffee. Every so often some bright Virginia peeks through but not often. Needs a little dry time. Not goopy at all.

G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
Special
Tin note is Latakia with aromatic orientals. The plug looks like a series of different large leaf flakes pressed and sewn together meticulously. It requires a good chop as it cannot be simply pulled apart and rubbed out due to the size of the leaves. The taste is Smokey, sweet and somewhat floral. Difficult to describe but it is very good and is especially smooth and comforting.

Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East Flake 8oz
More stars please!
I would give this ten stars. As everyone says it’s better in the flake. It breaks apart very easily and burns wonderfully. Latakia and orientals are mostly what you’ll taste but there’s still a very nice, slightly sweet, bready base. It tastes more balanced than I expected. Excellent after taste as well and I rather enjoyed the room note. I think the flake helps it maintain some flavor continuity as the ribbon seemed to dance around abruptly on the palate.

Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin 100g
Elegant
The extremely fine shag cut is very conducive to an excellent burn with little to no relights. The taste is quite grassy with undertones of that nutty, sweet and earthy Semois flavor. Not too strong but full flavor. Makes for a good quick and delicious smoke. The flavors mentioned above are discernible however, for me, required concentration and appreciation as the tasting notes are quite subtle.

Ashton - Smooth Sailing 50g
Decadent
Excellent tobacco. Needs to be dried out for at least half an hour. Smells and tastes just like German chocolate cake. If the smoking pace is slow and steady there is no bite. Truly an enjoyable dessert blend.

My Father - #1 Robusto
Wonderful
Even burn. Great draw. Well wrapped. Smooth with a light hand on the spice. Velvety feel in he mouth.

Ashton - Symmetry Belicoso
Extravagant
Perfect draw. Even burn. Coffee smooth with notes of cedar, leather, cinnamon and just the right amount of pepper.

H. Upmann - By AJ Fernandez Robusto
Nice
Nice even draw. Perfect burn aside from the wrapper which is very thin and unravels a bit easily. Smooth and creamy with a good amount of spice. Excellent flavor all the way through.

Tabac Manil - La Brumeuse 3.5oz
Woah
"Tin note" is not particularly pleasant however that does not translate into the flavor. This is definitely a nutty burley with subtle, natural chocolate hints along with a strong mineral accompaniment. When I use the term mineral Im referring to super rich soil. I love this tobacco. As a cigar smoker it's not too strong but will keep you reading a late night book. One of the best

Peterson - Gold Blend 50g
Tasty
Hickory nut is the most prevalent flavor here complimented by the vanilla. Burned well. Good cut. Gotta be in the mood for Hickory nut. Pairs well with hazelnut coffee........for obvious reasons.

Capstan - Flake Blue 1.75oz
Bready
Tin aroma is hay and bread. Packs well when rubbed out. At first I only liked the first quarter of the bowl. Tasting like a fresh croissant, but turning sour for the rest of the bowl. I decided to slow way way down and it totally fixed the problem. I very much enjoy this blend but can see why some may not. This was my experience.

Hearth & Home - Cerberus 1.75oz
Smokey
Very Latakia and oriental forward. Thick plumes of smoke with this blend creating an incense like aroma and taste. Not overwhelming. Delicious and perfectly blended.

Roberto Duran - Azan White Premium Campana
Excellent
Great construction. Nice draw with an even burn. The flavor profile is exactly as described. Not overly peppery. Excellent cigar.

Cornell & Diehl - John Marr 2oz
Great blend
Very interesting. Oriental based aromatic. Tin note is fantastic. Have received many compliments on the room note. The taste is orientals with a sweet topping. The bourbon and vanilla is very subtle but melds perfectly. The flavor stays through the whole bowl.

Rattray's - Wallace Flake 50g
Nice
Excellent tin note but mostly from the Virginia. If there is a plum topping it's not very noticeable. Rubs out easily. The Virginia is not particularly grassy. There's an almost cigarette note that must be the Indian leaf. Not a very complex Virginia flake but still quite nice.

McClelland - Stave-Aged 35 50g
Pleasure
Walking the line between Virginia and aromatic. Excellent tin note. Sweet red Virginia taste in the front with the whiskey adding a very pleasant accompaniment. Great room note. requires no dry time. will purchase again.

My Father - Flor de las Antillas Belicoso
Wow
One of the best put together cigars. Perfect burn and draw. Not too complex but delicious. I would like to compare with the maduro wrapped one.

Leaf - Leaf by Oscar Maduro Toro
Pretty good
Great construction leading to an even burn and good draw. Well packaged. A little lacking in the flavor department. Very little if any spice. Chocolaty smooth and creamy but not much else.

Rattray's - Bagpiper's Dream 100g
Delicious
Excellent tin note. Smells great while smoking. The Cognac is very prevalent. Dry out time is necessary. Nice assortment of various cuts. great aromatic.

Caldwell Cigar Company - The King is Dead Premier
Good
Very good cigar. Even burn, solid draw. Slightly milder but spicier than "long live the king".

Liga Privada - T52 Robusto
Black Coffee
Nice even burn, perfect draw. Thick plumes of smoke and a journey of flavors with each pull. The enjoyment develops as it burns coalescing into the perfect balance of cedar and spice.

Cornell & Diehl - Black Frigate 2oz
Good
It delivers exactly what it promises. The tin note is strong and boozy. The mixture of Rum and Latakia is somewhat leathery. Took a chunk off and rubbed it out easily. Let it dry for at least 20 minutes. Latakia heavy with a hint of Turkish. Can definitely taste the complimentary booze. I would have expected a sweeter taste, which I feel it could use, but still very good.

Kramer's - New Mix 50g
Wonderful
This is a wonderful blend. Very excited to find it available here. Excellent aroma and an almost sweet aftertaste. The flavors meld together flawlessly and the smell reminds me of why I got into pipe smoking. I would describe this as an aromatic for Oriental lovers. Only complaint is an uneven cut.

Samuel Gawith - St. James Flake 50g
Superb
There isn't much more to say about this blend that hasn't been said here already. Great right out of the tin. One of the best tin notes for a Va/Per. These flakes age better than any other blend I've ever purchased. By which I mean that the color, tin note (jar note), and flavors become dramatically different with age. More so than any other blend.

Drew Estate - Kentucky Fire Cured MUWAT Just A Friend
Campfire good
This is a phenomenal cigar for anyone that enjoys both pipe tobacco and cigars alike. Excellent construction, easy draw. Full flavor wrapper and a noticeable delicious amount of KFC tobacco.

McClelland - Collector: Legends 50g
Beautiful
Delicious tobaccos. The dark and red virginias are definitely in the forefront (sweet and tangy). The Latakia adds a nice smokey addition. The orientals used here pair with the Virginia and Latakia like fine wine and an elegant meal. The flavors remain loyal throughout the entire bowl. Six stars!

Captain Earle's - Stimulus Package 2oz
Gravy
The cake breaks apart easily. Latakia and orientals are the main room note and taste here. Very smokey and full. The Virginia must be where the slightly sweet component comes from but it's barely there. If you like Latakia and Orientals you'll like this. Similar to SPC plum pudding.

Samuel Gawith - Bothy Flake 50g
Very nice
Strong, somewhat unpleasant (nail polish remover) scent upon opening the tin. I did not not try a bowl at first. I put it in a jar for a few months and came back to it. The scent mellowed and transformed into a more boozy note. When smoking the grassy virginias came to life as the main flavor. The top note melding with the mild addition of Latakia became a welcomed side note. I can taste a subtle scotch flavor but it's very light despite the strong tin note. It's actually a very enjoyable tobacco. Similar to navy flake in the way it smokes with less Latakia and obviously a different flavor component.

Cornell & Diehl - Mississippi Mud 2oz
Heavy
This blend tastes similar to Frog Morton on the Bayou. It is however much heavier which is noticible in the large amount of smoke it produces as well as a full flavor and a luxuriously smokey room note. The black cavendish is very necessary and appreciated as it adds a much needed sweetness to balance the spiciness of the perique and the smokiness of the Latakia. I love this blend but can only smoke it on a full stomach.

Caldwell Cigar Company - Long Live The King Belicoso Lock Stock
Smooth
Well rolled. Even burn with a solid draw. Smells great and tastes amazing. Smokes like white velvet over the tongue; not overly peppery or earthy. Like smoking a warm cup of coffee. Just right.

G. L. Pease - Cairo 2oz
Fragrant
One of the best tin notes ever. It smells like a very good Oriental blend that was stored in a spice cabinet. Tastes good all the way through the bowl. Oriental heavy (not Latakia) with a solid Virginia (main flavor) base and a delicious after taste. Wasn't sure at first but I really appreciate this blend more and more each day. The room note isn't the greatest though.

Kramer's - Blend for Danny Kaye
Delicious
Tastes just like “New Mixture" with a little pleasant flavoring. After a few months in the jar the aromatic component is almost unnoticeable but comes to life slightly when smoked. Burns cool and tastes delicious.

Kramer's - New Mix
Nostalgic
This is a wonderful blend. I first tried it at the Chicago pipe show last year and fell in love. Very excited to find it available here. The flavors meld together flawlessly and the smell reminds me of why I got into pipe smoking. I would describe this as an aromatic for Oriental lovers. Only complaint is the uneven cut.

Cornell & Diehl - Vieux Carré 2oz
Excellent
This is a good blend. The Virginia is grassy. The Latakia is present but not strong. The tin note is alcohol and hay. The flavor is very natural,blended and smokes cool. Tastes great right out of the tin. Ironically I prefer this blend without age as I recently tried some two year old and it was all Booze soaked Virginia with almost no discernible Latakia.

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