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Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - #7 Broken Flake
Nag Champa
Sometimes people say English blends have an incense aroma, and it does sometimes, but this one actually smells like an incense stick, like what wafts about at Venice Beach or a new age book store. I like the smell there, and I like it here too. It's the smell of tie-dye.

Solani - Silver Label - 660 100g
Sweetly citrus
If Vaburs are Coca-Cola, and Vapers are Dr. Pepper, this would be 7-Up. It has a cool clean taste with a mild tang and sweetness in the background, otherwise smooth yet flavorful. "Silver" is a good name, if one could smoke metal, this would be silver. I can't think of anything like it.

Grand Croupier - Boneyard
The house wins
So I got an 8 oz. Package and finished my first bowl. Billed as an English blend, I was expecting a Latakia hit, or a complex interplay of Virginias and Orientals, but this isn't that. It was hard to say what it is, maybe a codger blend? No, its robust flakes (reminding me of wood chips) are much too deep. So I sat back to think of what I might blend with it to bring out some distinction. Most blends have some experience they are trying to craft, but Boneyard is a single bass strumming loudly in the distant background. It kept hammering away with its deafening white noise of tobacco flavor. I've had nothing like it. What message is it trying to send?!? I decided it doesn't need to be mixed with anything, it has it all, sublimated to perfection. I know what I like in tobaccos, but this teaches me what I should like. Well played Boneyard, well played.

Sutliff - Creme Brulee
Molto Dolce
If I still had my tin of Molto Dolce, I would smoke the two side by side. I wonder if this is the same thing in bulk. If they are the same, it would be better to give them the same name, so if one really likes one they know they like the other... or the reverse. In any case, they are very similar.

War Horse - Green 1.75oz
Red and Green
I bought this because the description says the green tin has a stronger top note. I've smelled the tins and smoked the two side by side, but find the strength of each to be about the same. Red has more tonquin, that is definite. Maybe green has more anise. I prefer red but YMMV.

Brebbia - Latakia Flake 50g
It's a Latakia Flake
...I felt the need to say that, in case one were hoping for something else. It is an excellent presentation of Latakia, more nuanced than more popular lat bombs. Smooth and deep from a new tin, and I could order 25 today if I want. The flakes do stick together so I rub broken flakes off the side.

G. L. Pease - Windjammer 2oz
Captain Morgan
What Navy Flake, the Navy Deluxes, and Speakeasy are to the age of sail, this one is to a tiki bar. I mean it is good and I like it, but the heavy use of toppings keep it from being a transcendent experience. But if I were smoking in a tiki bar, this is EXACTLY what I would want.

Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 2oz
The Death of Latakia
One day they will stop producing Cyprian Latakia. I don't know when, hopefully not soon, but the doctrine of impermanence states one day it must be so. Until then, I will be buying this one by the pound, just in case. Alone it is pretty good, but basic, I give it 4/5, but it blends so well. Smoke cool and creates wonderful silky billowing clouds, and delivers everything asked of a good Latakia.

Sutliff - 523 Voodoo Queen
All the right buttons
It is deep and rich, burns easy and cool, creamy and mellow, like a smooth burley perique with hints of latakia. For me it was totally amazing. If you are expecting an aromatic, it is not that, just a smooth mellow blend of the consituent elements.

G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
That smell
I have one thing to add to the nursing home comment. I was surprised to see it, and surprised to see so many approvals, since I didn't notice it at all. Then one day I had to set down my pipe, and couldn't return until hours later, and then... that smell! I'm not sure it was exactly nursing home but it was a cloying sickly aroma of a kind that one might use to cover unpleasant odors. So, don't dry it out I guess? Maybe it needs more age. Otherwise I really like it, but it leaves me unsure how many more tins I want to get. Actually, I am sure... once tasted, now I can't un-taste it. I'll just get Penny Farthing when I want a Pease vaper.

Vauen - Auenland 50g
Weathertop
Wow this ghosts my pipe something fierce with sour notes, and leaves a very distasteful, acrid bitterness. It took me a little while to place it, since it is nothing like the Fruity Pebbles flavored topping. I will not be finishing this.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - American Delite 50g
9/11
Like 7 Seas but with less flavor and burns hot. I might say the C-word but that might offend some people.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake 50g
Smooth Sipping
I will often get an aromatic out of curiosity, but then after I've tried it, it is usually a chore to finish the tin. Not this one, it is smooth and rich and I look forward to each bowl, and it will be gone pretty soon. The aroma is not strong but does ghost the pipe. I don't mind.

Cornell & Diehl Tinned Tobacco - St. Patrick's Day Reserve 2022 2oz
Chocolate mint
You know those after-dinner mints from restaurants that have been around forever that you go to with your parents--the ones with a thin sandwich of mint between two layers of chocolate? The aroma in the tin and while smoking is like that. The tobacco base resembles Autumn Evening. It is kind of oily and goopy but is a nice smoke. Only thing is, the topping fades quickly, after a month it is nearly gone, versus Autumn Evening which lasts for months.

Cornell & Diehl - Speakeasy Navy Blend 2oz
No need to wait
Works great with no aging. If you like navy flakes, this is right up there with some of the best and maybe even better.

Mac Baren - Plumcake 3.5oz
No.
I love Navy Flake and Old Dark Fired, and 7 Seas is one of my favorites as well, so if you take all that and add some plum and Latakia, well, you have a candidate for the most perfect tobacco I could imagine. But that is not what I got. Tin note to final puff was 90% cavendish with occasional hints of Virginia and Burley, and NO Latakia at all or anything else. There was no tongue bite at all so maybe they changed the recipe? Tin was from June of 2021. Okay it is May now, and I smoked it a second time. I taste something lemony like izmir? I detect no latakia and no burley, no aromatic or topping, and not really anything about the Virginia stands out. Maybe it is slightly better but it still falls flat, and still no tongue bite, at all. Did I get the same tobacco as everyone else?

Sail - Aromatic (Green) 1.5oz
Anise... kind of
When I did a search for anise, this is what came up. So I lit it up and started laughing... this is the codger version of Plum Pudding!! It is nice to know such a thing exists I guess. Wish the anise flavor were stronger, since it claims to be an aromatic.

Sir Walter Raleigh - Aromatic 1.5oz
Paper Bag
This has almost no flavor, like smoking a paper bag. It would be good for breaking in a new pipe, but that should be a positive experience. I think it even ghosted my pipe with paper bag!

Cornell & Diehl - Visions of Celephaïs 2oz
Eldritch Abomination
What Autumn Evening is to pancakes, Visions of Celephais is to grape flavored bubble gum. If you are curious what that would be like, hit the order button. If you would rather smoke grape gum than chew it, here you go. I don't hate it, but I am not going back to it either.

Sutliff - Molto Dolce 1.5oz
Goopy?
If I pick it up in my fingers and gently rub it, the individual flakes will fall back into the tin without sticking, but it does leave sticky residue on my pipe. It lit easy, smoked well and stayed cool. Aroma was light and easy, like cinnamon buns baking three houses down.

Ashton - Smooth Sailing 50g
3 knots
Maybe 3 knots of wind has its place in sailing, like when taking out friends who get seasick easily, but even then you wish it were closer to 10 knots, at least 7. The tin note resembles 7 Seas without chocolate, but in the pipe the sails luff. Tobacco is nothing special and burns hot.

Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
Cherry Dream
If you buy just one cherry aromatic, and this will probably be the only one for me, it's a good choice. The strong syrup tin note had me worried, but in the pipe the flavors are mild, rich, and smooth, and it is a lot like Eileen's Dream, which I really like. Maybe I should get another.

Warped - The Red Hunt 2oz
Smooth Vaper
If, like me, you think Vapers are ok, but they need something more, then this tobacco is that. It burns cool and smokes like a dream. With time the orientals came forward more.

Captain Earle's - Mystic Blend 2oz
Combo Pizza
It is blended like I try to season a recipe, where the flavorings are present, but not strong enough to easily recognize. The sweetness of Virginia did come to the fore. It has a rich full-flavor to stay warm late at night in thick fog and light drizzle, after a slice of pizza.

CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
Aromatic Time
The aroma is warm and pleasant, like hot chocolate, with a soft silky smoke. My only criticism is that it burns hot, everything else is good.

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