Mac Baren - Plumcake 3.5oz
Navy Flake is my #1 favorite tobacco and I alternate that with 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.
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.
Drucquer & Sons - First Amendment 100g
I love Latakia so my first bowl was a disappointment... the Latakia is weak. However, this smokes like a very good, spicy Vaper and the more I come back the more I like it.
Sir Walter Raleigh - Aromatic 1.5oz
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!
Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River Rum Barrel Aged 2oz
It does benefit from drying, but once there, it has a soft, silky character, with each of the components detectable but I need to pay attention--but it is better to simply sit back and enjoy it for the mild but complex blend that it is.
Captain Earle's - Ten Russians 2oz
There is a lata Latakia but a lot else too. I would say it is exactly the right amount of Latakia, which is helming the ship, everything I like about Latakia is up front, but without overpowering a good English blend. This one really struck me as fantastic from first light.
Cornell & Diehl - Visions of Celephaïs 2oz
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. One bowl did ghost my Meershaum pipe for three bowls. Luckily I don't hate it. Who knows maybe it will age better. Still I have to give points for thinking outside the box.
Sutliff - Molto Dolce 1.5oz
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
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
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
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.
Captain Earle's - Mystic Blend 2oz
It's a lot, but it comes together really well. It is spiced 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.
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Coffee and Donuts
I keep coming back to this and it keeps getting better. Given the quality, popularity, and balance, I feel this is the gold standard for English blends.
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular 3.5oz
My dog's favorite
For the first time since I started smoking pipes, my girlfriend asked if I was smoking something new. My dog likes it too, sleeps on my lap with this one, most others he avoids. Strong tin notes of chocolate and coconut, with a fruity taste as I go deeper in. What is great about this, is what you smell in the tin is what you get in the smoke, which is more than can be said for many aromatics.
CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
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.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
This is bulk?
Seems just right, exactly what a good Balkan should be, with enough distinction to be a pleasantly enjoyable surprise. Among my favorites from the start. Not only an amazing value, just a great tobacco at any price. Thanks!