Keith D.

Peter Heinrichs - Dark Strong Flake 100g
One you may crave!
What can I say. Half way down the bowl you realize this is something special and very satisfying.

Esoterica - And So To Bed 2oz
The long wait is over
Because of the expectation, it's nothing special. Tin note: English. You may be tempted to smoke it right out of the tin. Don’t! If you do it will smoke hot right from the first light and taste like Presbyterian Reformation with a little Latakia added. Let your pinches dry out for at least 30 minutes so that some of their “special process” dissipates. Smoke delicately at an adagio cadence with pauses in between puffs. You should have to relight several times. The taste will then be more savory-sweet. Not worth the very long wait on a one-time email alert list.

BriarWorks - Country Lawyer 2oz
Not bad
Not bad. I wouldn’t kick it out of bed. Unfortunately I have several tins already opened that are richer and several others I haven’t opened yet. I’m afraid I won’t be reaching for this one that often. Hope the air tight jar works. I’ll give it a slight nod toward the full-bodied description above and a yes on the earthy description. The overall taste is rustic and the cigar leaf does show up but not as wrapper leaf in my opinion.

G. L. Pease - Sixpence 2oz
What a sipper
I popped open a two year old tin of this stuff and knew right away that this was going to be special. A dollop of pleasant fermented funkiness and sweet tobacco aroma came out to meet me. Maybe it’s a little unfair to review a two year old tin but, oh well. When it gets good and lit and smoking smoothly it develops into over ripened smoked plum that gets layered with a natural tobacco sweetness that adds a very subtle amount of earthiness.What a sipper!

Drucquer & Sons - Loch Ness 100g
Afternoon sip
I don’t ever sip Jack Daniel’s Black neat from a Glencairn, but I have to say this pairs very well with a dram of the Tennessee whiskey. Save the Lagavulin for the Levant Mixture. The banana note on the JD gets amped a little but works well on the nose and taste from the Loch Ness. I think the perfect dram would be the 12 year old cask strength Sprinkbank. Good luck getting your hands on a bottle of that. Loch Ness is nice. I like it.

Sutliff - Whimsical 50g
It's ok
It's ok

Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River Special Reserve Flake 2oz
Wonderful tin smell
Virginia forward. The light touch with the Latakia and Perique are expertly used to give it what I call a pleasant funk. Smokes hot. Get ready for some tongue bite.