G. L. Pease - Windjammer 2oz
Terrific spiced rum & figs
This might be my favorite tobacco. The tin note is so delicious I have found myself sticking my nose into the jar and breathing deeply more than once. Burns slowly and very well once lit with or without drying time. I enjoy the smell as I’m smoking of rum and Virginia sweetness with the added richness of the burley and Cavendish. Perique adds enough spice to just be noticeable. Highly enjoyable every time I smoke it.
Lane Limited - HGL
The more I have of this the more I like it. Rich bag note of sort of a leathery smoky vanilla. Aromatic and pleasant while smoking. Medium touch of Latakia rounds out the mixture and provides excellent depth and complexity. Burns gorgeously with almost no relights in my experience. Old-school classic.
Cornell & Diehl - John Marr 2oz
I wanted to like this, with bourbon and vanilla, but I just get cigarette flavor and scent when smoking it. Tin note is outstanding though! And it packs and burns very well and doesn’t seem to bite, even on a windy day.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake
I enjoy this flake quite a bit. Slow, nice burn with 20 minutes of drying time. Delicious, rich tin note. Subtly aromatic while smoking, with a nice balance between the Latakia and well-aged Virginias. None of what I find as cigarette notes of young Virginias.
Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 50g
Classic with Coffee
I have to be in the right mood for a classic English blend, because I tend to lean toward Burley and light aromatic blends much of the time. But on a crisp fall morning with a cup of black coffee there is nothing better than EMP. I was blown away by how good it tasted with coffee the first time I tried that pairing. It has a very pleasant light smokiness and burns extremely well.
Cornell & Diehl - Pennington Gap 2oz
Southern Summer Aromatic
This has become one of my favorites over my last few smokes. The nutty burley and the dried fruit of the perique complement each other nicely. There is a hefty dose of the bourbon in the tin note, and just a wisp of that vanilla oaky bourbon flavor on the palate, mostly noticeable in the retrohale. I have really enjoyed mixing it with a bit of 1-Q to amp up that vanilla aroma. My favorite C&D blend I have tried so far. It's been in the jar for about 5 months now, so that may be helping. I found it mediocre and hard to stay lit when I first cracked the tin (though that could be lack of practice, I had only just started pipe smoking.)
Cornell & Diehl - Engine #611
I found this okay when first purchased. Nice room note but a little bland. Revisited it after six months in a jar and really enjoyed it! A bit of nuttiness to the flavor and that pleasant vanilla is still there in the room note and the wisps of scent I pick up as I’m smoking it. Only off note is a touch of sourness I pick up every once in a while on the palate. One of my favorite aromatics now that it has some age on it.
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