Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
Not bad fresh by any means, but I'll probably try and stick some in a jar for a while. Seems like the flavor needs to marry and improve a bit, as I'm sure it will. The subtleties really start to come out half way through the bowl. I'm enjoying it. Scurvy Dog has a pretty accurate review.
Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus
Exactly what I hoped for
I was looking for a no nonsense burley that was codger-esque but that had a little more quality, no obvious casing, up a notch in strength but not too strong and in the form of ribbon cut. This one checks all the boxes. Its nothing mind blowing but enough to aid a contemplative morning with a cup-o-joe or any time of the day. I will be buying this by the pound next go around.
Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #4 2oz
Delicious, Clean & Strong
Something about this blend just seemed super clean tasting, definitely a higher quality than the C&D Burley's i'm used to. Most burley's I've tried have a ashy undertone, not this one. Very nutty and the subtle latakia makes it super unique. I have a high nic tolerance but this stuff I can't smoke on an empty stomach. Mine sat in a jar for about a year and is definitely a fine treat.
Mac Baren - HH Acadian Perique 3.5oz
If you find it, buy it.
I found this stuff in bulk at a B&M while on vacation and bought an ounce to try. Now I wish I could go back and buy what's left because apparently it's been discontinued and sold out everywhere. I am hoping to pip back in that B&M while visiting this month and fingers crossed there's some left. This blend is perfect and unlike anything I've had. It somehow checks every box. Rich Virginia's, poignant Perique, smoky DFK, and Orientals to tie together the cocktail of my dreams. I smoke mainly English and Va/pers but also love DFK. This and a solid English would keep me happy for some time.