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Cobblestone - Chess Rook 1.75oz
Toasty and Sweet
Like a buttered toast in the morning, while a little stronger than Rook, it isn't quite as sweet but a little more toasty. Very good, and really worth a try.

Cobblestone - Chess Knight 1.75oz
Very, Very Nice
Both Knight and Rook are excellent, sweet and a little grassy as a good virginia should be. Looks like I'l be buying more when it's on sale.

Cobblestone - Outdoors Fishing 1.75oz
Rather pleasant
Nothing outstanding, but it is a very nice blend, The Latakia is forward, the orientals are quite noticeable and accent the Latakia very well, and the Black Cavendish adds a creamy and full feel to the blend.

Sutliff - Balkan S 957 Match
This is familiar.
Familiar but not the same, and I'm not referring to the original BS either, it's closer to White Knight than BS, tin note seems a bit different though.

Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Quite sweet
Cant really find anything to say other than Iv'e yet to have a bad Peter Stokkebye blend, they are all really good. And this one is quite nice, a little sweeter than I'd prefer, but still very good.

Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1
One of the best
Pretty much my go to virginia if i'm out of Yorktown.

Mac Baren - Symphony
A good solid burley blend, but there are better out there.

Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
I don't really deviate from English blends much. But this is just hits the spot. A nice earthy and nutty blend with just the right amount of sweetness shining through. Well done, I need more of this.

Cornell & Diehl - Blockade Runner 2oz
Yet again, they over topped it.
What is there fascination with over topping these blends in rum. It's almost like they found a way of solidifying rum without freezing it.

Cornell & Diehl - Sea Dog 2oz
Solid, but not the best.
IT's a pretty solid english blend, not really much to say about it. It's pretty much the definition of an English blend. But nothing really stands out.

Cornell & Diehl - Privateer 2oz
It's alright, nice that the burley is very present, but it's just kinda boring.

Cornell & Diehl - Black Frigate 2oz
Had to let it off gas for a bit.
There is a copious amount of rum on this, had to let it off gas for several hours before the first smoke. Still mostly a rum flavour but the Latakia and orientals do shine through after about half a bowl, and the virginias nearing the end. Just have the patience for the rum to burn off.

Peter Stokkebye - PS52 Proper English
Well done Peter
Though I prefer English Luxury, this blend is of very high quality. Very rich flavour profile that just works beautifully well together.

Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - Afternoon Melange
Quite lovely.
Very enjoyable as an all day smoke, it is rather mild, very well cut, packs well, burn is excellent. But nothing really stands out at me to nudge it to a 5star ranking.

Mac Baren - HH Balkan Blend 1.75oz
Curious Tin Note.
First cracked the tin, and had to grab another whiff just to be sure, yup, it smells like a black forest ham. Very odd, but no it does not taste of it. In fast I find the virginias play a decent role in this blend, for a Balkan anyway. The latakia is kinda taking the back seat while letting the Virginia and Orientals do most of the work. Lightly sweet, kinda fruity, but there is still a noticeable dash of burley nuttiness in there if you really start digging. A different Balkan that is really worth a try.

Peter Stokkebye - PS17 English Luxury
Yes please.
Very tasty, slightly floral and a hint of dark chocolate. All while leaving a pleasant smoky and leathery taste. A must try.

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - #20 Latakia Mixture
I get bored smoking this. needs more latakia. Always seem to be reaching but never quite getting any.

Kramer's - English Blend
Not as good as Father Dempsey.
solid, but lacking compared to what we know they are capable of.

Hearth & Home - WhiteKnight 1.75oz
Solid, but has some room for improvement
This is a good solid blend for sure, but there it leaves much to be desired.

Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
In My Top 3
Picked up a tin during a recent sale, and my only regret is not buying more of this stuff. This is everything an English blend should aspire to be.

G. L. Pease - Abingdon 2oz
Very Enjoyable
I find that the orientals play a much more dominant role in this than in many other balkans. The latakia is there and is mildly smokey and silky smooth. The Virginias are doing there thing adding a slight sweetness to the blend working well with the orientals on this task.

G. L. Pease - Maltese Falcon 2oz
very subtle, I find myself reaching for flavour, but when I get there it is very plain english, nothing outstanding, but it's still a good solid english. Just nothing memorable.

G. L. Pease - Spark Plug 2oz
A must try for every Latakia fan, and although Latakia is the main event, the orientals play a good supporting role, while the virginias are a background character. I would have given this a 5 star, but the work that goes into prepping a plug is usually at least a 2 point deduction to me, so the 4.5 I gave it shows that I can overlook the prep to enjoy this fantastic blend.

G. L. Pease - Charing Cross 2oz
Not quite a Balkan
Although they call it a Balkan, I don't think that it's quite there. Not quite enough spice. But a Very Good English, why yes it most certainly is.

G. L. Pease - Lagonda 2oz
Yes Pease
Smoky, lightly sweet, full, and a touch creamy. There is a lot going on flavour wise with this gem of a blend, find new flavours with each bowl.

Cornell & Diehl - Crowley's Best
Not normally a big burley fan as I tend to find them to be a bit rough, but this one surprised me. It is a little sweet, but still earthy, and the touch of latakia gives it just a hint of something extra, but you gotta go reaching for it, it's definitely in the background. I couldn't detect the perique at all, which is nice since i'm not much on perique. Very nice for a Burley.

Drucquer & Sons - The Devil's Own 100g
More of a Virginia blend.
It seems to be more of a Virginia blend with a dash of Latakia. It is sweet and Citrusy, a little tangy but also a little earthy as you progress through the bowl. Yes the Latakia is still present, but is not in a prominent role. I'm kinda torn between calling it an English or a Virginia, but whatever you want to call it, it is simply fantastic.

G. L. Pease - Navigator 2oz
A bit of a challenge for me
I found it really difficult to pick up much of the natural tobacco flavours until i'm almost done. There is a heavy dose of a Navy Rum on this blend that kinda makes me need to think while smoking to really pick up on the nuances. Although I do quite enjoy the blend, and am a massive rum fan, I think this one could stand to lose a bit of the rum. But still another good Pease blend.

Cornell & Diehl - London Squire
Caught off guard.
I wasn't expecting a Citrus sweetness in a blend hugging the line between an English and a Balkan. I didn't find the Latakia to be quite prevalent enough plus the lack of Orientals for it to be a Balkan, but a good English is truly what it is. It is sweet and Smoky, with a heavy mouth feel, likely thanks to the addition of Cavendish. Worth a try for sure.

Cornell & Diehl - Constellation
Good daily, not to strong
Very flavourful without a huge heavy hit, it's actually a nice combination. It's almost light, The emphasis on this is definitely centred around the Latakia, but the burley is also very present. I didn't really notice the virginia much, and the cavendish failed to give heft to the blend. But a very solid English that i personally could enjoy any time.

Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning
Not for me
perique is very much in the foreground leaving a very subtle hint of Virginia in the background.

Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
Quite enjoyable
Very pleasant, no nonsense, straight up Virginia awesomeness. Nice and sweet, Hay is heavily present on the retrohale, and a lingering hint of citrus on the tongue. Well done C&D, well done indeed.

Cornell & Diehl - Poplar Camp
Too much perique for my liking
I'm not the biggest fan of perique, if there are small amounts of it in a blend i can normally appreciate it, but if it's overdone, even by a little, that's all i seem to be able to focus on. And this is one of those blends, where it is just overdone enough to kill any sweetness that the virginias have too offer.

Cornell & Diehl - Bailey's Front Porch
Quite mellow
it is a very mellow smoke to me. I did not pick up on the perique at all, there is a slight presence of the virginias, but the burley and latakia are right there the whole time. It is a mild smoke though, so don't expect much if any nic hit.

Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night
a bit rough around the edges.
might benefit from some aging, i find it a bit jagged. It's not that it's a bad blend, on the contrary. It has nice nuttiness and light smokiness as well as a dash of spice. But it does bite back a little if your a quick smoker.

Cornell & Diehl - Atlas Balkan
My first Balkan
First time trying a balkan blend, and have to say it is quite nice. Smokey, lightly spiced and a bit earthy. time to try more balkans.

Cornell & Diehl - The Beast 2oz
I snagged a tin immediately as i was looking to try a Perique heavy blend, and i was very, very disappointed. It tastes awful, yes there is a spiciness to it, and a little sweetness, but overall it just kinda ended up tasting like a fart.

Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop
Aptly named boring burley
Dull and boring, not much to smell or taste besides that kinda old paper sensation that one gets from an old library or bookshop, like a dusty old room. Not for me.

Cornell & Diehl - Winchester
Misfire from a Winchester?
not really anything going on here, it is plain and boring. Not really any taste to it. Bit of a nic hit if on an empty stomach.

G. L. Pease - JackKnife Ready Rubbed 2oz
nice and simple
very nice mellow burley blend, little nutty, and a bit tangy. Me likey.

Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1
One of the Best Virginias on the Market
subtle, discreet, not overbearing, pleasant room note. A very nice grassy and slightly sweet blend. No bite, which is quite surprising for a Virginia. A winner for sure. A must try for Beginners and Virginia lovers alike.

Cornell & Diehl - Black Duck 2oz
This is a very nice english blend, just loaded with flavour, but not obnoxious. The Cavendish really helps this fill out nicely, gives a solid body to it. This could be enjoyed any time of day, or all day. The Duck does in fact fly, and fly well.

Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 2oz
Pure Excellence.
Loving every minute of it, waste not, this Lat bomb if beautiful. Nice taste of mesquite, oak, cedar and some pine with a nice bitter dark chocolate after taste that lingers on the palate. Room note reminds me of a wood stove. Cake breaks up very easily. Very nice, i gotta get me some more of this.

Cornell & Diehl - Winchester
kinda bland
not much going on with this, not a lot of flavour, medium on the nicotine. room note is the best part.

Captain Black - Royal 1.5oz
I prefer Gold
this smoke to me is a little darker, a little richer and a little heavier than the Gold, but in a good way. It adds a little extra to the experience by introducing some of the more natural tobacco flavours, by that i mean that it's not as heavily topped.

Captain Black - Gold 1.5oz
The tobacco that got me back into pipes
After a long hiatus from smoking pipes due to a very awful experience with a terrible english blend, friend had bought me a pouch of this for my birthday, and now i'm back into full swing as if nothing had happened. It is light, it is sweet, and it is super tasty. This cut burns well, is very forgiving, i got no tongue bite either. Most pipe smokers like to poo poo on Captain Black, but that's fine, just leaves more for me to enjoy. It's not the best aromatic, but it is still a nice smooth mellow vanilla light aromatic.

Cornell & Diehl - Apricots and Cream 2oz
Just peachy
but not really. it's more creamy than anything else. Yes there is a slight tart like taste to it, that is reminiscent of apricots or peach or similar fruit, but it comes and goes through out the bowl. It is Creamy more than anything else. What arrived was way too wet to smoke, i've never had a C&D blend this wet, it was just soaked, to the point that it needed to dry over night.

Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening 2oz
Great cool night smoke.
the flavours are bold and really enjoyable on a cool day or night with a coffee. The maple is a bit more subtle than the brown sugar, but still very much present. Room note leaves a hint of mocha and maple lingering for quite some time, reminding me of that time of year when the wood stoves come on and people are starting to tap their maple trees.

Lane Limited - 1-Q
Just right.
Not complicated, not over flavoured, not strong but not weak. It's just right, no matter how long you have been smoking, or even if you are new, you will appreciate this blend, even if you aren't a big fan of aromatics, you will like this one

Davidoff - Danish Mixture 50g
Yup, Davidoff knows tobacco.
Great aromatic, it is only lightly cased, allowing the natural flavours of the tobacco to shine through. Hints of currant or fig are quite prominent in the foreground, but the citrus of the virginias and the nuttiness of the burleys are present, working their magic in the background

Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1897 3.5oz
Quite alright.
It's an alright mild aromatic, Mostly vanilla but hints of another sweetness linger in the background, but it doesn't taste like a typical virginia sweetness, it's definitely an introduced sweetness.

Cult - Anonymous 50g
Kinda pleasant, i guess
Not really anything outstanding about it, subtle hints of vanilla, lightly grassy on the retro, but not much of anything. It's a kinda smoke you can have while you are doing something else and just forget about it, and it does burn quite well, i have had a few bowls now and haven't had to relight any of them.

Kramer's - Father Dempsey
I found the replacement iv'e bee looking for
Yes, i have finally found the replacement that iv'e been searching for. This perfect blend scratches all the itches that Frog Morton original did. If that is what you are after, than try Father Dempsey, you won't regret it. I gotta order piles of this stuff just in case it goes outta production.

G. L. Pease - Windjammer 2oz
Very nice, but the tin note is all wrong
Another winner from Pease, a fine semi sweet and slightly grassy blend, Touch of nuttiness and maybe a touch of currant or raisin in the background. The tin note really through me off, it smells like apple juice, really cheap, overly sweet apple juice, Good thing that is doesn't come into the taste at all.

G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
Very nice taste, but!
This is a fantastic blend, arrived at a perfect moisture, great tin note which is to my nose a bit earthy and slightly floral. Flavour is nice and smooth, not overwhelming to newer smokers. It is slightly fruity, rich dark chocolate, and just a subtle hint of spice from the perique. And here is the but, I am not a fan of Plugs, Cakes, or flakes, I have never found them to burn well for me, an this one is no exception, I rubbed it out until it was very fine but it was still a little broad of a cut. The cut is the only thing preventing me from giving this blend a full 5 star.

Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus
good, solid burley blend
its a very nice, simple burley. Not a blend that will wow you or anything, it is a nice simple nutty and slightly leathery smoke. Arrived a touch dry but smoked well as is.

Sutliff - Spiced Rum
You could drink this stuff
It is just soaking wet, had to dry it for an hour before even putting it in a jar. Besides being soggy, it reminds me of the Kraken, it has the aroma of a nice dark spiced rum. There is a bit of bite if you really hog on it. But still a nice change, Queen Anne's Revenge is better IMO.

Sutliff - Creme Brulee
reminds me of christmas
Yup it does, plenty of different flavours going on with this, depending on how i pack it and what pipe it's in I pick up cinnamon, nutmeg, mocha, cloves, ginger bread, vanilla, and cranberry. I only smoke it out of cobs or meerschaum pipes

Sutliff - D64 Queen Anne's Revenge
Love it
Rum is my go to summer drink, i consume way more than i oughta during the warmer months, usually not spiced rum though, and this definitely has a prominent taste of a spiced rum. I spent the last couple bowls trying to figure out if it tastes more like Wray and Nephew or more like Captain Organ spiced. It is assuredly a fruity rum. This will make a fine addition to a summer line up. Be warned though, this will ghost the hell out of a pipe.

Mac Baren - Mixture Scottish Blend
Can't quite figure it out.
There is a lot going on with this one, cant quite tell what all the flavours are. I detect the nuttiness of the burley, and some of the grassy tones and citrus notes of the virginias, but there is also some sweetness to it, but cant figure out exactly what that flavour is, i keep thinking brown sugar, but then i take another puff and it's different. It really keeps me interested. I dont know if i will ever figure it out, and I'm totally fine with that if it means that i can keep smoking.

Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular
very pleasant
definitely a good blend, the tin note is more or less the same as the flavour profile. Cocoa and Vanilla are very prominent, as well as a hint of burley on the retro hale. Although this is a great simple aromatic, i dont think this is the one to knock off Lane 1Q as my gold standard for a simple aromatic.

Sutliff - Z92 Vanilla Custard
Tastes like a Snack-Pak
like my title says, it tastes like the vanilla snack-pack. as in a cheap vanilla pudding flavour. The room note is very strong of vanilla pudding, as is the tin note. However the smoke itself is very mellow and quite enjoyable, it's not an overbearing flavour, what it is, is a very nice cool smoke that tastes like vanilla pudding. Probably not an every day smoke, but maybe a nice dessert smoke. I did notice it smoke wet on the first bowl, however i did not let it dry out very long before packing and smoking, and it is sopping wet in the bag.

Davidoff - Green Mixture 50g
I found this smoke to be quite interesting, has a very mild profile, only flavour i got out of it was a hint of grapefruit. Almost has a tropical punch like aftertaste. Definitely interesting. Likely wouldn't buy it again but that's not saying it's bad, it's just not quite my style.

Peterson - Irish Dew 40g
interesting, kinda
I dont really notice the chocolate, the vanilla or the Blossom fruit. I do notice a hint of irish whiskey and smoked walnut as the main profile. It's a very smooth, good quality smoke, just not what i was expecting.

BriarWorks - Pete's Beard's Blend 2oz
soggy smoker, tastes like a gym sock
as the title says, i've gone through half a jar so far, in several different styles of pipes, and this smokes really wet for me. Pallet reminds me of a meat smoker, kind of a hickory and oak smokiness to it, but the tin note reeks of bourbon, yet no taste of it. Just tastes like an old gym sock. Love the packaging though.

CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
holy hell this is good stuff. I find a nice smooth milk chocolate taste, only notice the Irish Cream on the retrohale, and it's pretty faint but still present. Room note is of a definite chocolate cream and touch of liquorice. It is soaking wet in the tin, but still smokes well after letting sit for a couple minutes. This is by far the best aromatic i've ever had.

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    History of International Pipe Smoking Day
  • ► I had no idea about IPSD until this year, i have smoked cigars about a decade and have smoked pipes on and off for a few years now.Looks like i can look forward to IPSD next year
    Proper Pipe Tobacco Humidification
  • ► Love the Boveda packs, they work great, just avoid using with aromatics, the toppings tend to absorb into the pack. it doesn't ruin it, but makes it only useable with that blend from then on.
    Tobacco Curing Methods
  • ► very insightful, gonna try sun drying some leaf myself this year, see how that goes
    Top 11 Best-Selling English Blends
  • ► Father Dempsey for the win, it is the ultimate replacement for my favourite english blend that was Frog Morton original.I do have a tin of Pirate Cake that i have yet to open, it might be better but, i'm not expecting it to be.