Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Don't let the cavendish lead you away from this one. I find the best way to understand this blend is to rip apart the coins and not stuff them whole in order to better mix the components throughout the bowl - the cavendish is not "in your face", but the little pockets of this sweet sweet condiment elevates what could be a simple, straightforward vaper into something very unique indeed.
Samuel Gawith - St. James Flake 250g
Very tart, almost sour
Yes, the spicyness from the perique leaves are there, but maybe a tad in excess as the tartness almost becomes sourness. It's still very sweet and grassy, with a noticeable earthy, musty tone.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Czech Pipe Tool
A timeless classic
Affordable, compact, lightweight and very portable as a keychain. There's really no need for the fancier stuff.
Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 8oz
Not the most complex
I first acquired pirate kake to better understand latakia and I did learn that, too me, there is such a thing as too much of it. Since I've bought it, it did mellow out a little and is now quite a pleasant smoke, but I feel there are a lot of better thought out english/balkan blends to spend my time with.
G. L. Pease - The Virginia Cream 2oz
A satisfying, creamy concoction
I never got into the Pease train. As a primarily english smoker, I had my share of Maltese Falcons, Gaslights and Quiet Nights. They were fine but never really spoke to me. My impression was that Pease was simply an overhyped blender. As I was looking for aros in order to be able to smoke inside the house without turning it into a wasteland for any visitors, I went through classics like Q1, BCA, Molto Dolce, Apricot n cream, Autumn Evening and even a tin of Germain's Plumcake. All of them tasted like candy and desserts, too sugary for me to take seriously as an option. I was filled with hubris and foolishly felt I was too sophisticated of a pipe smoker to be pleased by those lowly aros. I was giving up on my fruitless quest and resigning myself to smoking outside the house when I stumbled upon "the" Virginia Cream. And considering my background as a Pease skeptic and an enemy of aromatics, I must have been guided by fate to give it a go. Or by the marvelous tin art, who knows. In the bowl it looked like nothing. The bourbony tin note simple, almost comic. Just a regular false light. Under tamping and the first relight it behaved like an ordinary gas station baccy. And then, suddenly, high above it, grassy, wheaty virginia. A full mouthful hanging there, unwavering. Until the creamy topping took over and gently sweetened it into a puff of such delight...! This was no concoction by an overhyped blender. This was a tobacco I had never smoked. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing, it had me trembling. It seemed to me that I was smoking the breath of God. Or maybe not. Pretty good though, and very smokable inside the house.
Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 250g
The one Virginia
This stuff is more flavorful than most vapers without the need of condiments. It comes in a plastic bag ready for cellaring and easily sprouts sugar plumes. Its sweetness is unforgettable.