Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
The Spice Melange
All Dune references aside, this tobacco deserves a serious review, and I think we can all agree that is not true of every offering. This mixture lives up to its namesake with all the grace of the burning bush itself. This is truly a heavenly smoke. I find it as wholesome as a smoke can be with a distinct lack of acrimony, so to speak. It is a somewhat enigmatic, but delicious and scintillating experience: shape shifting, but also somehow consistent. It’s creamy, smooth and mild with complex subtly, while equally forward with fruity, spicy and astringent characteristics. This contrapuntal relationship works and adds to the interest and enjoyment. Tin note: Floral, Heather, Dried fruit, Figs, Leather. Cut and feel: Coarse cut, large strands of bright and golden leaf, smaller roughly cut Orientals with some small stems, and specked with small chunks of latakia. Acceptable moisture level out of the tin. Could be smoked immediately, but thirty minutes to an hour of drying time is probably preferable to avoid excessive relights. Loading and Burning characteristics: Loads easily in twisted clumps and can be moderately to heavily packed if desired with no adverse effect. Burns easily and somewhat evenly to specked white ash with no harshness or bite. Requires few relights. Leaves little to minor moisture in the bowl depending on drying time and smoking cadence. Smoke is of average density verging on thin and wispy, but consistent and enjoyable. Flavor: Freshly baked and buttered bread is predominant, mild sweetness with pronounced spice that comes and goes in intensity, but does linger on lips and tongue. (I think newbie’s have confused this for tongue bite in other reviews). Scent/Retrohale: Apricots, Fresh Linens, Baked Goods, slight astringent undertone that is not unpleasant. Mouth feel: Light and uplifting, lingering spice and fruit. Room note: Baked Goods. Nic hit: Low but noticeable and smooth around 3/4 through the bowl.
Peter Stokkebye - PS41 Cube Cut
Breakfast of Champions
PS never disappoints. If you like Burley, or VaBur, just order some of this. It's not trying to be anything other than what it is...a simple, clean and tasty smoke.
Seattle Pipe Club - Galloping Gertie 2oz
Joe Lankford is a wizard
Thoroughly enjoyable...glad to be alive in this age of innovation. Any pipe smoking ailments I may suffer are a small price to pay for the sheer joy of smoking the masterpiece craft tobaccos such as this that are available nowadays.
G. L. Pease - Blackpoint 2oz
Hats off...Blackpoint is on point
I hadn't tried this one before. It's a delicious medium to full or heavy English, verging on Balkan, but not quite there. I think it outshines many of the other standard medium English blends due to its well blended complexity and lack of rough edges. No one componant jumps out or is overwhelming, which I appreciate. It's not creamy like PS EOS, but has the same subtlety of flavors and incense like characteristics. I would say it's very similar, but more robust and not quite as sweet. If you like English blends, I'd say go for it.
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop
Hope you like Burley and Perique, and high quality cigarettes
Tin Note: Whore house on Sunday morning (the Perique) Flavor: Good Cigarette - reminds me of the Dunhills I smoked in Europe in the 90's... Room Note: Unpleasant, good to keep those pesky humans away. Retrohale: Slightly sweet, classic Burley with Perique overtones. Vitamin N: Present and accounted for, but smooth. Behavior: Smokes down to nice white ash, negligible moisture, requires some relights straight out of the bag, no bite. Conclusion: Not an all day smoke, but pretty good every once and again, especially if you are a smoker and not a hobbyist.
War Horse - Bar 1.75oz
This one isn't horsing around, so grab hold of the reins tight. This one will have you chomping at the bit. But don't look a gift horse in the mouth. It might kick, or even throw you. 😉 But seriously, I recommend rubbing out a few grams and letting that jar for a few days. This brought out much more flavor for me. The anisette topping is a also bonus for me because I love licorice. This tobacco is full of flavor and has a good nic hit. I would smoke this stuff if I were preparing for battle (which thankfully I've never had to do), but it's a good Sunday evening smoke if you have a real job on Monday morning.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Shut up and take my money.
Apparently anything with Peter Stokkebey on the label is a safe bet. This tobacco is outstanding.
Bengal Slices - Bengal Slices 1.75oz
This offering has all the components of an English, but strikes me as a straight up Balkan. It's very smokey, but also subtly complex and flavorful. It also has a nice, not too strong nic hit. I wouldn't characterize it as a typical English at all, but anyone who likes a heavy English will probably like this tobacco. I disagree with the comments that say it needs a lot of drying time. Just pack it more like you would an aro straight out of tin and expect a few relights. This will help bring out the flavors.
Prince Albert - Prince Albert 14oz
I don't understand all of the bad reviews. I find this tobacco delightful. Nutty, smooth, no bite, lights right up. I also don't get any of the purported negative aspects of the casing that others have noted here. It's a perfectly solid burley. No problems here.
Sir Walter Raleigh - Regular 14oz
Good if you like Burley
I like the "granola cut" a lot. I would smoke it just for that reason alone, actually. Field and Stream is similar and, I think, better, but as a straight burley, SWR is a very enjoyable, cool, smooth and clean smoke. No stench or nic hit to speak of, if you need to get on with your day afterward.
Cobblestone - Brick Kentucky Plug 1.75oz
nice cool smoke
Using it to break in three pipes I just finished. A section of my cherry tree died last winter. The silver lining is that it gave me a bunch of material for homemade pipes. This tobacco smokes nice and cool with lots of mellow smoke. Not a ton flavor, but it's perfect for seasoning these pipes.
Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River 2oz
Tastes like Plum Pudding without the black Cavendish added, and probably is. Still good. I'm sure Mark Twain would approve.
Seattle Pipe Club - Deception Pass 2oz
Like smoking a cigar, but good.
This blend immediately reminded me of what smoking a cigar should taste like. If cigars could ever taste as good as this, I would smoke them more often. It also has the same plum pudding tart from the aged Virginia, I'm guessing. Superb.
Mac Baren - Stockton 100g
Try it with coffee and donuts.
Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 3.5oz
It's pretty good. I added some 1Q to help it stay lit and bring out the flavors. I'm sure it will improve with age.
Mac Baren - HH Acadian Perique 3.5oz
Smooth morning smoke
Better with a bit of time in a jar. I'm smoking it in a very long churchwarden providing an extremely cool pleasant smoke. It's very mild, slightly spicy and buttery. It could only be better if I were smoking it in LA (Lower Alabama).😉
Mac Baren - Latakia Rolls 3.5oz
Sorry I only got one tin
Smooth, balanced, flavorful and tart. Somewhere between Late Evening and Plum Pudding. Very enjoyable slow smoke. Look up coin packing technique. It's imperative with this one for full enjoyment.
Sutliff - Match Late Evening
Something to write home about
It's basically Plum Pudding light and that's not a criticism. If you like Plum Pudding but don't want such an intense experience everytime, this may be the one for you.
Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 50g
Muy bueno when you're up with the chickens. Smokes like a dream with my coffee and cream.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
This is the bomb.
Sutliff - Burma Road
Walkin' on a Burma road...yeah.
I'd tailgate on the west end of that road anytime with a pipe full of the Burnme. It burns us if we puff too vigorously, but that's a small price to pay to experience this savory gem. Update: 11/23/21 After about nine months of celaring, this one has settled down a bit. It bites less and has a more refined incense like character that's very enjoyable....I recommend buying on sale and leaving it in a dark corner for a while before partaking.
Dan Tobacco - Blue Note 50g
More like fusion jazz, but okay.
Exotic is a good term. It doesn't make you blue, green maybe, but you could definitely smoke it when you're feeling blue. It's zesty and moody. I think you need to be in a mood, some kind of mood to smoke this stuff. It's a fleeting whimsy, not a baked potato. Robert Johnson did not smoke this sh...
Sutliff - Field & Stream Match
Good after lunch when you still have go back to work
What can I say? I like it. It must be the palette cleansing effect of the anise or licorice or whatever they threw in there. It's not strong or overwhelming, so I can return to work unscathed and continue the good work till quittin' time.
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Royal 3.5oz
Good on the way home after a hard day in the salt mines
I am a bit reluctant to admit that I like this one. It's light, mild and fruity with a good aroma, room note and flavor. My wife thinks it stinks, but she's not big on air fresheners. So I smoke it in the truck on the way home with the windows rolled all the way down, even in the winter. I find this smoke light and refreshing, like an aperitif before I dig into a more hearty Latakia blend later in the evening.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
Probably good for a beginner or your mom
I have an old friend that often says "getting old is not for sissies." I agree, but some things are. This tobacco has a sweet, lasting honey flavor, stays lit, good smoke and no bite, but it also kind of reminds me of the state fair...You know, cotton candy, caramel apples and those sickly sweet tiny donuts. There's a bit of a hollowness to it that leaves you wondering what it could have been. Full disclosure, I did buy more because I think it will be a good blender, maybe at some point.
Sutliff - D64 Queen Anne's Revenge
Her revenge is that I payed good coin for this drivel. Revenge isn't sweet and neither is this tobacco. Greasy and flavorless, but decent room note, thus the 3/4 star rating. No pirate's booty here. Maybe it could plug a bullet hole in the starboard bow or something.
Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Montego Bay
Aight... It has a very faint coconut flavor that burns off after a few puffs. Not much Irey to speak of here.
Sutliff - TS-12 Dark Fire Cured
Smooth smoking sneaky bugger that will steal your socks when you're not paying attention. I was minding my own business blowing smoke rings into the rising sun and next thing I knew I was in an interdimensional space warp. Look out, or maybe just eat breakfast first.
Mac Baren - Burley: London Blend 3.5oz
chocoholic's choo choo choice
Damn good while it lasted.
Davidoff - Scottish Mixture 50g
Buy a pipe just for this one.
Very smooth and flavorful. Don't let it burn too hot. You may live to regret it. Show some respect and it's a top notch smoke.
Mac Baren - Mixture Scottish Blend 3.5oz
Davidoff is better
Close second. I just mix in some Davidoff and it's fine.
Peterson - Sweet Killarney 50g
Have some fruity pebbles instead.
Balkan Sasieni - Balkan Sasieni 50g
Keep a blow torch handy
This is a very enticing smoke of you can keep it lit. Subtle and complex yet robust. Lots of flavors happening, even when the ember dies as it inevitably will, over and over again. Three thumbs up.
Cornell & Diehl - Izmir Turkish
Sweet and sour...probably going to be good for blending. I think Emperor Constantine would approve.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Special Reserve 4oz
Tart and savory throughout. Great while doing plumbing work. My wife directed me to the shower after smoking it though. Can't wait to take this one camping.
Peter Stokkebye - PS306 English Oriental Supreme
I wish this came in 55 gallon drum size. PS don't play.
Cornell & Diehl - Yale Mixture
Ivy league or Bush league? Who knows?
Reminds me of Field and Stream but with a touch of coffee and cream. As I sit in my yacht and peer across the water to Long Island, I imagine that I could be president one day.
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East
No soap here
Smooth with a hint of honey now and then. Plenty of Latakia flavor minus the soapy overtone one might expect at 50%. Me likey.
Cornell & Diehl - Orient Express 2oz
Did I get a bad batch?
If you like a bitter, flavorless smoke that won't stay lit, this is the one for you. I have to say I'm usually impressed by C&D. Their Oriental Silk is very pleasant, but the Oriental Express is a train wreck. I will amend this review with a gracious whole star to say that it's not bad, it's just mostly nothing. I got a hint of chocolate off of the first hit in a different pipe...may have been the hemp and beeswax twine I used to light it. It has a bit if an acrid room note that's not horrible and was less bitter in this pipe. It's smokable, but why bother.