Cornell & Diehl - Oak Alley 2oz
It took me a while to get to this blend in the cellar series. I smoked Bourbon Bleu and Bijou when they came out and I loved them, especially Bijou; but Oak Alley is even better, and I think it has to do with the harmony Reeves achieved blending the components. This is the kind of blend you can smoke without paying much attention to it and still enjoy; but you can also sit down and smoke it slowly to appreciate the dark fruit notes of the perique and red Virginias, which are also satisfyingly bready. The Virginias play off the nutty flavors of the burley. The burley provides the blend with a nice body and depth. Every now and then the Katerini pops with floral notes that complement the rest of the tobaccos very well. I like to smoke a variety of blends, especially of VA/pers, but if I had to only smoke one tobacco, I would be glad to smoke this one for the rest of my pipe-smoking life. It pairs well with coffee, lagers and lighter IPAs.
Tampers & Tools - Rubber Pipe Bits (2 pack)
They are comfortable and easy to fit. If you have teeth like Dracula's and you keep damaging your pipe stems, you won't regret buying these bits.
Cornell & Diehl - Bijou 2oz
I prefer it fresh
Since this blend already comes with some age (some of the Virginias are from 2003), and since the honey contrasts the sour and tangy notes from the Katerini very nicely, I prefer to smoke this one fresh or with no more than 6 months in the tin. With age, the note of honey fades and that balance between sweet and sour goes away. Of course, I cannot speak to its quality with 10 to 15 years of age yet.
Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - B. J. Long Regular Pipe Cleaners (100 pack)
The quality of these cleaners declined in recent years. They leave lint everywhere. However, I have found that pressing the cleaner between your thumb and index fingers, running your fingers down, and repeating in the opposite directions helps reduce the lint problem.
Cornell & Diehl - Chenet's Cake 2oz
More than the peppery spice common in blends with lower amounts of perique, in this blend, the high amount of the component produces notes of fig and other dark fruits, like plum. Age it for at least a year. If you are a devout vaper smoker, you will not be disappointed.
Solani - Virginia Flake - 633 100g
This is a marvelous vaper. Complex notes of dried fruits from the perique playing off the sweetness of the Virginia. If you can, let it age for three years. You will find a tobacco with a very satisfying mouth feel/body.
Cornell & Diehl - Kajun Kake 2oz
Do your future self a favor
If you have the option, age it for at least a year. You will find a blend with flavors across the spectrum: mustiness, dry red wine, mushroom, but also natural sweetness and orange rind. Smoke it slowly; it's a Va/per.
G. L. Pease - Penny Farthing 2oz
Worth trying if you like Pease’s VaPers
If smoked in a smaller and narrower bowl, this blend is worth trying. It demands the smoking technique of any Virginia, or VaPer mixture. My first smoke opened with sweet and bread-like notes. The sweetness comes as a hint of molasses. You also get the grassiness you would expect from bright VAs. What interested me the most is that during the final third of the bowl, I picked up pleasant nutty and salty notes that contrasted nicely with the sweetness.
Drucquer & Sons - Blairgowrie 200g
Nuanced, Dried Fruit
I let a tin age for two years and it resulted in a profoundly satisfying smoke. The perique and Virginia complemented each other in a way that produced rich notes of figs, apricots, and plum, with a mild and subtle sweetness proper of high grade Virginias.
Sutliff - 515 RC-1
People have compared this to McClelland’s 5100, also known as red cake, because of a supposed similar profile that combines a tangy flavor with sweetness. I have only smoked this once, but the taste of artificially produced acidity overpowered all the flavors and subtle notes this tobacco may have. I will leave this in the cellar for a year then revisit and reevaluate. For now, I agree with Cosmic’s review below. There is something wrong with this blend’s acidity.