Brian D.

Newminster - No.403 Superior Round Slices
A slow pleasure treasure
This is something to be sipped. If not, it can smoke hot, and bite. The flavour is natural. A bit hay/grass and brown sugar. It produces variable amounts of smoke. Smell in the bag? Not quite sure, sharpish, bbq sauce and shoe leather. Moisture content perfect. I will age it and see what develops.

Peterson - University Flake 50g
I smoked this in a Peterson 317 System Standard estate. I used some Nording keystones. I let the 1.5 flakes of tobacco dry, before folding and stuffing. The pipe pipe required many relights, but the flavour. It was stewed fruit, sugar, yeasty bread, walnuts, nutmeg, and a bit of citrus. The smoke was dry and creamy. I would recommend this flake, and it could be an all day pleasure. I am nicotine sensitive and it had a mild kick. Probably the burley. Still a great flake for slow puffing

Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Smokey Spicy Goodness
Do you like smoke teas? If so, I believe you will like this blend. The tin has a note of citrus and smoke blended with hay and something. It smokes like it’s tin note. I smoked it on a walk, in the wind - no tongue bite. I used a Stanwell 9 mm bent heavy briar pipe. Quite pleasant it is. I may wish to add more thoughts another time when I smoke this in less of a breeze. The tin presentation btw is very attractive.

Mac Baren - Plumcake 3.5oz
A very fine tobacco
I bought this for the rum flavour. It was interesting in opening the tin yes there was a pleasing smell of rum, and oddly ripe bananas. The tobacco is a ribbon cut. I dried the tobacco for a time. It maintained the smell of rum but lost the ripe banana smell. I smoked it in my filter Vauen, and it was and it was an easy to light tobacco. The rum flavour was pronounced, with no tongue bite. Altogether just what I wanted. There was also a more subtle plum flavour.

Arango - Balkan Supreme
Full and spicy
I smoked this in a Stanwell filtered military bent briar. It was a truly lovely smoke. The smoke was creamy and lots of it. It was a cool fall day, and no tongue bite. The taste was a bit peppery at times, but mostly citrus and I thought a distinct milk chocolate flavour. Good to the last puff; highly recommended for a fall tobacco. Consumed with a nice cup of coffee a real pleasure. And in bulk a bargain.

Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular
Chocolate and Raisins
Well that’s mostly the bag note and smoking flavour. Perhaps a touch of vanilla. I smoked this in a Peterson shamrock bent and had a touch of pipe gurgle - it may have been slightly damp. It’s an aromatic and an occasional tobacco for me. A very danish blend?

Mac Baren - Mixture Scottish Blend
A pleasant interlude
I smoked the Scottish Mixture in my Peterson 314 estate pipe, whilst doing some gardening. I noted a sweet flavour maple? Brown sugar? Vanilla and toasty notes. Hint of cinnamon. The bag note (bulk and perfect dryness) was of raisins, yeast and Virginia tobacco. Molasses perhaps. Others note a tendency to bite, but if you take time, one is rewarded with a mild pleasant meditative smoke. Nicotine is very low. Make sure you have time for this sojourn. I am adding it to my rotation.

Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Fascinating flake
I smoked this in a p-lip Peterson 106. Nice and dry. A bit of citrus flavour, walnuts and rum. It’s best smoked slow. Yes very enjoyable. I did suffer some tongue bite; not sure why. Perhaps the number of relights I did. After 70 minutes of smoking there was still a fair amount of unburnt tobacco. I used 2 pieces, fold and stuff. Perhaps my loading technique was less than perfect. About a year later my PS Navy flake has aged. I smoked it in a Peterson bent filter to which I added some Nording filter stones. Between aging and the filter pipe, tongue bite was vanquished. The flavour is now hay, caramel/graham cracker, pepper, and a hint of rum raisin. This tobacco is a slow smoker, as 2 flakes stuffed and folded lasted nearly 2 hours, despite a few relights. No pipe gurgle. Great flake. A bargain.

Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed
Dark, rich, and slow take care
Out of the bag the moisture level could be a bit drier perhaps. It smells a bit smoky and hints of vinegar? Packing the pipe is fine. Lighting it a bit fussy. It smokes slow, no tongue bite, but sipping seems best. It does have a vitamin N hit so pace yourself. The flavour is full cocoa, almond, and smoke, but it is smooth. It takes a bit of time to enjoy, not a quick pipe. Keep a bit of sugar water handy if your nicotine sensitivity is high, like me. A special occasion smoke for me.

Lane Limited - HGL
Mild and Charming
I found this easy to keep lit. In the bag it smells of dark? Chocolate and vanilla. It burns dry and leaves little tar and goop in the pipe. I detected notes of brown sugar, baked bread, and vanilla. Occasionally hints of pepper but oh so mild. Surprise to me how long a small pipe full lasts. So as a mild smoke I’d recommend it. Perhaps not for smokers looking for heavy flavours and big hits of vitamin N.

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