Drucquer & Sons - The Devil's Own 100g
I found this one to be a nice mild English. Nothing really jumped out at me, but nothing struck me as awful either. A little more latakia would be nice but is not a deal breaker.
Peterson - Sherlock Holmes 50g
I wasnt sure what to expect going into this, and had my reservations about it. Those quickly were brushed aside with each puff of smoke. A wonderfully smooth and flavorful blend.
Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 1.75oz
I was worried about this blend at first, thinking it might be too strong for my taste. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it and found a wonderfull mellow smoke. The product description is extremely accurate and I will be getting more Vintage Syrian.
Dunhill - Navy Rolls 50g
This is a fantastic "Navy" blend that due to the coin cut, I found easy to control how much I loaded in varying size bowls. Highly recommended.
Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe 50g
My morning go-to
If I cant decide what I want to smoke in the morning, in my stupor before the coffee kicks in, Ill reach for EMP. It strikes me as exactly as advertised on the tin ..."A Mellow Delicately flavored smoking mixture"
Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe
A little dryer than the tin
Out of the tin, EMP is one of my favorites. I knew there might e a difference buying in bulk, and there was. It was just a tad dry. Not awfulby any means, just dryer than Id like. Burns a little faster and hotter than tinned EMP, but nothing I wouldnt buy again.
Comoy's - Cask No.1 3.5oz
There is nothing I did not like about this one. Larger than average tin, easy to pack, latakia is present but not overpowering, all around excellent smoke. If you like a mild English, this is for you.
McClelland - Special: Holiday Spirit 2017 50g
Im not much for aromatic blends, but Holiday Spirit hit the spot just right. Mellow and flavorful with a bit of a nutmeg flavor. It took me a while to figure it out, until I had a glass of eggnog. If nothing else, Its worth a try!
Cornell & Diehl - We Three Kings 2oz
Quite the surprise!
Im typically not one for aromatics, but I couldnt put this down. I can not think of any other way to describe it- It tastes like Christmas. The Tobaccos shined alongside the flavoring for a bowl of holiday cheer.
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East 2oz
Full flavored but not overpowering. Burned evenly and all the way down. Im looking forward to the next time I get some.
Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 2oz
A bit much
I really enjoy Latakia, dont get me wrong, but holy cow this was a bit strong for my taste. It was good at first, then it started to wear on me. When rotated with other blends (I smoked Virginias around this) it was really good, but trying to go bowl after bowl until the tin was empty was just too much for me.
Cornell & Diehl - Mountain Camp
Bulk vs Tinned
I am usually kind of skiddish about bulk tobacco instead of tinned. Despite the obvious advantage of price, bulk i have found is often plauged by dryness and lower quality with things like stems and less uniform cut. In this case I took a gamble and got a whole pound of Mountain Camp since I liked the tinned offering so much. The gamble paid off, in a blind test I would not be able to tell the difference between the bulk and a fresh tin. I will definetly be ordering Mountain Camp in bulk from now on.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - B. J. Long Extra Fluffy Pipe Cleaners (32 pack)
When preparing a pipe, I absentmindedly reach for a pipe cleaner. Long's extra fluffy are what is staged and ready to go when I start reaching for a cleaner. they get do a better job than any other cleaner I've tried and it takes fewer to get the job done. A must for any pipe smoker!
Pipe Tools & Supplies - B. J. Long Bristle Pipe Cleaners (40 pack)
I've come to trust Long's pipe cleaners over any other, as they are always up to the task. when they are not, enter Long's bristle cleaners. These have handled grime that I thought only a professional could. A must have for any pipe smoker.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 2oz
Quite the surprise
This wonderful English blend tickled me in all the right places. Wonderful flavor, a rich and creamy smoke, burned well, is easy to prepare, Plum Pudding has it all. However, this comes at a price. Don't smoke it if you're in a rush, it'll leave you with tounge bite as bad as any fast smoked aromatic.
Dunhill - Elizabethan Mixture 50g
This was a very smooth and rich blend. It smoked wonderfully in most of my pipes and was just the thing for around lunch time. While It wont be in my regular lineup, it is a fantastic one to crack open as a mid or end of summer treat.
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop 2oz
I've tried this both tinned and bulk. I assumed some quality would be lost in bulk, but I didnt realize there would be such a stark difference. Out of the tin this is a stout burly blend with a decent nicotine hit. Bulk is dry and almost has a dusty taste to it. Ill finish the bulk I have, however Ill probably stick to tins in the future.
Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening 2oz
I love the room note of this blend. It shouts autumn. but it shouts autumn breakfast, not evening. The maple topping is quite strong and I honestly preffered this as a morning smoke to an evening smoke. It tasted good, but left me with some bite and was a bit drier than I typically enjoy.
Cornell & Diehl - Mountain Camp 2oz
While my Dad did not often smoke a pipe, and when he did it was a drugstore blend, this blend took me right back to my childhood, camping in the Allegheny or Adirondack mountains. i couldn't ask for a better smoke.
Cornell & Diehl - Professor 2oz
This blend induces a near meditative state, and honestly has helped me think through some problems more than once. Smooth and satisfying, this is my favorite all day tobacco.
Dunhill - Nightcap 50g
This tobacco is everything I hoped it would be. Wonderfully relaxing and the perfect thing for just before bed. This one truly lives up to its name!