GORDON J.
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Enthusiastic dabbler in all things.
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Seattle Pipe Club - Hogshead 4oz
First!
Just doing what one reviewer suggested over on the Palmetto Balkan reviews.

Drucquer & Sons - Loch Ness 100g
Stop worrying and love Latakia
I have gone around and around with blends that contain Latakia and never found one that really landed in a sweet spot … until I got to know Nessie here. I feel the Latakia in this blend perfectly supports and complements the other components, making a rich and nuanced smoke that has body, sweetness, spice, and cool pepper in perfect balance. The cake runs out to ideal fine ribbon and burns effortlessly. I cannot recommend this blend strongly enough for anyone seeking a subtle and satisfying Scottish mixture. I’ve smoked it with best results in a Group 5 Dunhill, but I’m sure it would be great in any pipe.

Low Country - Edisto 2oz
Cook It
I ordered several tins based on the rapturous reception, but was quite disappointed with my initial encounters with the real thing. The tobacco is moist and the flakes are medium-fine, and the tin aroma is as you’d expect for a Virginia. The smoking was another matter: I found it quite harsh and thin tasting, with good texture to the smoke but little depth. I decided to “stove” it for 3 hours at 190 (F) and left it in the jar a few weeks. That made a world of difference. The flakes are rather darker now and the flavor much deeper and richer. I now get the malty, bready flavors that are to my taste. I may not order again, but if I do, I will certainly plan to age and/or stove this.

Cornell & Diehl - Eight State Burley 2oz
Still available at 0015
Haven’t you ordered it yet? It’s so good!!!!!

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Rum Flake
More, please!
I don’t get Lakeland in this flake, just a full-bodied sweet smoke that lasts ages in the bowl. If you enjoy a mildly-flavored but still lush smoke, give this a try.

Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
Alphabet
If this were called “Albemarle” or “Chesapeake,” everyone would smoke it and love it. Cursed to the end of a long list by virtue of its name, I think it may be a secret for those who scroll and scroll to the end. I’m happy I found it. It smokes wonderfully, with a cool, creamy texture, and a flavor of warm crusty bread. No bite, no nonsense. A favorite.

Mac Baren - Vanilla Roll Cake 3.5oz
Magical
Get 3 or 4 coins, prep them however you like, and enjoy a wonderful smoke. A pipe full of this never fails to put me at ease with a smile on my face.

Cornell & Diehl - Yale Mixture 2oz
Continuum
Really nice smoke for times when Latakia is desired but not craved. I’d put this at the light end of a spectrum with Red Odessa in the middle and Pirate Kake at the other end. Boola boola!

Peter Stokkebye - PS41 Cube Cut
Very Pleasant
This is an easy smoke in every sense — loads easy, burns easy, and is easy on the mouth. I know the concept of room note is meant to refer to how non-smokers in the room perceive the aroma of a smoke, but I have to say that, as the smoker, I really enjoy how this tobacco smells around me as I smoke. To say nothing of its smooth, creamy flavor. Part of my rotation and I’m glad for it to be there.

Comoy's - Cask No.4
Lovely
Enjoyed this flake very much, folded and popped right in. Good grassy/leafy flavor, and a dry, peppery taste left behind. Burned beautifully and one flake lasted a good long time.