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Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - DVC
Too mild
The flavor is fine but uninteresting. The strength is far too mild for my taste. It would make a good first tobacco.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Mixture 50g
My latest favorite.
As I experience more tobaccos, my tastes change. I have developed a list of favorites, as you would expect, and this is a strong contender for top spot. I've tried this in bulk as well. It has an aromatic kick without the aromatics, leaving a pure tobacco and no artificial taste while providing an almost perfumed experience. The flavor was offputting to me the first time I tried it, but I quickly came to crave it. This is the tobacco I switch to when I've grown tired of other tobaccos.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Black Irish X
Excellent and unique rope
This is a unique flavor I've not experienced before. It reminds me of backyard barbecues and fine steak, for some reason. I can't quite place my finger on why. It's great on its own, and its mild flavor belies its less-than-mild potency. It's a bit of a slower onset, but it can be the effects are quite pungent. I like to blend this with my main staple, the Newminster 403 (the more tobaccos I try the more I have decided the 403 is my favorite, and I often use it as a mixin when blending.) I wouldn't call this an everyday smoke, as the flavor is so different to non-dark fired tobaccos. It doesn't always hit that tobacco flavor spot on its own, if that's what you're craving, but it is a pleasant and unique experience nonetheless.

My Father - Flor de las Antillas Tubos Toros 3-Pack
Enjoyed them as a first cigar
This was my very first cigar since my teenage years and I am not really equipped to judge their quality. I quite enjoyed them, though I did learn I prefer a smaller gauge. These were a bit "jaw breaker-y" for my taste, but the flavor was nice, the nicotine kick was solid, and they were beautifully crafted. Overall an excellent smoking experience.

Lighters - S.T. Dupont Hooked Lighter Monr-O
Large Capacity, Windproof Jet Lighter of my dreams
This model is an even more stunning pink than it appears in the photo, which was just perfect as it was a gift for my wife. The fuel lasts a long time for a jet lighter of this size. It can be a little finicky to adjust, but once it's adjusted correctly it lights consistently and ignites smoke quickly. I thought it might be a little awkward to use with a briar pipe, but it is easy to use without charring the rims. It ignites so quickly and thoroughly that you barely have to run it when lighting a pipe. I'll definitely be getting one of these for myself soon.

Newminster - No.403 Superior Round Slices
My Gold Standard
This is the tobacco against which I compare all other tobaccos. Nothing else satisfies me quite like the NewMinster No. 403 superior round slices. This is a perfect tobacco. No Notes!

Ashtrays - Savinelli Ceramic 1 Pipe Sidecar Green Ashtray
Stunning and functional.
I got this for my desk and it is just a treat. It has more capacity than it appears to. I was worried it might spill or have its contents blown around easily, because it looks shallow in the photos, but I haven't had any trouble with this. The stand is sizeable and appears to be capable of accomodating pipes larger than my largest pipe (Savinelli Eleganza 315KS) with ease. My smaller pipe (Peterson Silver Army Mount 406) looks a bit silly in it, though. I almost got the blue to match the Eleganza stem, but green is one of my favorite colors and I am glad I went with it because it is a stunning, dark green that looks great on my desk without standing out too much. It has a larger capacity than I expected, but be careful not to overfill it. An overfilled ashtray, in general, can cause small fires, and in a full ashtray this can spread to the cork. It came with an extra cork. They are sturdy and easy to install and replace. The box it came in is beautiful and worth re-using. Worth every penny.

Lighters - IM Corona Pipe Master Black Matte
Fantastic "permanent" lighter at a good price point.
1-year update: We've been running these lighters for a year and they're going strong. Some notes: - I used my tamp heavily and it's slightly bent and doesn't fit inside the lighter anymore. I still use it, but it's about ready for the trash. I won't replace it as the slot the tamp goes into is also gunky, difficult to clean even with the right tools, and is basically useless. - My fiance does not use her tamp. It works like new, and is largely just used to adjust the flame. - The matte black finish scrapes and scratches off, revealing a golden-yellow brass underneath. This can be a good thing, if you want to repaint your lighter. Or a bad thing if it bugs you. Prefer a different finish if it bugs you. - There's a pretty dramatic difference in reliability between my unit and my fiance's unit. The number of activations needed to light the flame can be aggrevating on hers, even freshly filled; while mine lights within one to three activations as long as the flame is adjusted well to the amount of fuel left. Both lighters still work well, though. - I have had some success improving the above problem by adjusting the sparker-unit (I don't know what it's called.) The unit has proven easy to self-service. - Given their performance so far, I expect these to last another five-to-ten years, even with less-than-gentle handling. - I may get another in a different color.

Filters & Adaptors - Savinelli 6mm Charcoal Filters (35 Count)
Good, but the balsa is better
These are pretty good. I prefer the balsa as they cool the smoke more and give a smoother smoking experience. I don't use tobacco; preferring a common herbal blend if ya know what I'm sayin' and these things let the full flavor through. Even the balsa doesn't do that. The ceramic screens on the end are worth reusing in glass pipes as screens, though they are a bit chonky for the job. The Balsa last for two bowls before I need to change it but these only last for one, and can get stuck if you push beyond one.