Cornell & Diehl - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas 2oz
Best C&D Xmas blend so far
I accidentally ordered two tins of this and I’m glad I did. Perique and ginger, what a fabulous combination. I’m very picky about aromatic blends but this is beautifully put together with just the right amount of topping, it lets the tobacco shine, accentuating the various leaf with the subtle flavours of the season. I’ll be getting more and won’t stop smoking it when the seasons change.
Sutliff - Whimsical
I’m kicking myself for only buying one tin of this, like Uno it’s a beautifully put together blend and imo these two are the best things that Sutliff have produced to date. They’re really missing out on a trick by making these blends in a limited run, I’m actually quite angry about it, when you can make something this good why on earth would you limit it in this manner. I’m going to have to ration this Whimsical and my last tin of Uno because of this ridiculous trend in limited runs, I want to be smoking these every day with the knowledge that I can easily order more, not sit here smoking a delicious blend and being depressed that I might never see another tin. 4 1/2 stars for the blend, one star for Sutliff making it in limited quantity.
Presbyterian - Reformation 50g
Save your money,
I can’t actually believe that whoever put this foul concoction together actually thought it fit for a pipe! The tin says‘Danish flavourings are added to…’, if by that they mean a tin note like a two day old diaper and a taste like said diaper in a chemical fire they were spot on but any claim to cocoa and mocha is a downright lie. I can’t even finish my first bowl, it’s going in the trash where it belongs.
Cornell & Diehl - Tuggle Hall
He’s right, American English
I gotta agree with Dave Keny here that this isn’t a 965 clone, not even close and I just finished a tin of 80’s 965 so I’m pretty sure. A Burley forward English… who’d a thunk it? And it works too. I wasn’t looking for a 965 substitute so I’m a little more satisfied with it than Dave was but if you’re a Burley fan and a Latakiafan then you owe it to yourself to give it a try.
Drucquer & Sons - Loch Ness 100g
A masterpiece of the art of blending
It arrived in the mail about two hours ago and I’m starting my second bowl now. It might be a bit presumptuous to give a blend five stars after just one bowl but I’m struggling to think of another blend that was this good straight out of a freshly opened tin. It’s perfectly balanced and beautifully complex with the orientals, Latakia and different Va’s vying for attention and the Perique popping it’s head up to remind you it’s there. Sweet, sour, smoky and a little spicy, everything in this blend comes through as it should.
Cornell & Diehl - Palmetto Balkan 8oz
I think if this has proved anything it’s that you can’t just replicate Syrian Latakia at will, I only received my tin this morning and just finished my second bowl so this review might change later down the road. My first impression is that it’s a little too sour and astringent, it improves through the bowl but that’s not saying much at the moment. Personally I’d have liked it a little sweeter, I think if Cypriot Latakia had been used it would have been an improvement, perhaps a little more Va too. These are just my first impressions though and I might just need to find the right pipe. That said I’m a bit pissed that I have eight ounces of a blend I’m not particularly keen on so far. Update: It’s a month later and I’ve found this blend is better in a cob, particularly my MM Legend. Much less astringent and sour but still not the best Balkan I’ve had by a long shot. I’ve also found that a little more Latakia, a splash of brandy and a week to meld does wonders for it. Upgraded to 3.5 stars.
Cornell & Diehl - Folklore 16oz
Only a one bowl opinion
I was bit worried about a whole pound arriving to the uk without a hitch but it got here this morning safe and sound. I love the fact that it’s minimally packaged and I wasn’t really sure whether to open it or stick it at the back of the shelf. I opened it! I sliced off enough to fill a fairly small bowled Dr Grabow Commodore and went at it. My first impression was that it had a much stronger flavour than I expected, the Kentucky came through more than the Perique initially closely followed by the Kasturi, a leaf I was only familiar with in clove cigarettes. I wasn’t overly keen on that particular flavour if I’m honest but taken as a whole it did work, sort of. Anyway one bowl out of a freshly opened bag is no basis for judgement so it is going to the back of the shelf for a little while and I’ll revise this after I revisit it. Not very helpful I know but it’s full of promise so hopefully I’ll be smitten when I try my next bowl.
Peterson - Standard Mixture 50g
Not for me
I love Latakia, I love orientals, I love coffee and chocolate but I don’t know why I can’t get into this blend. I’ve tried it in my best Briars, clays and two different Meerschaums but all I get is bitterness. I wouldn’t mind if it was the beautiful bitter flavour that comes with hops in a good IPA but this is unpleasant for me in every way. I’m at the last quarter in a small meer poker of what will be my last ever bowl of this blend, I meant to leave 1 1/2 stars but in all honesty it’s a zero from me. I don’t like to be negative and wish I could get the flavour so many of the other reviewers do but even more I’d like to know the reason I dislike a blend, that on paper at least, should be a favourite.
Cornell & Diehl - Folklore 16oz
Stop the blubbering
I haven’t even received it yet but I live in the UK and set my alarm for 4:50 am to make sure I got a look in. As Paul M said SP give us plenty of time to figure it out and if I can get it anyone can. It was in my cart and at checkout in seconds because I knew it would be gone quickly. I’ve missed out before but handled it like an adult, how about you whining smokers do the same.