Sam H.

Dan Tobacco - Salty Dogs 50g
What a treat!!
Well, finally bit the bullet and bought a couple pouches/plugs of the old Salty Dog. Excited to work with and smoke this VaPer, I shaved off the needed amount, rubbed it out to a near shag consistency, and filled the newly acquired Old German clay pipe. I must say this blend is quite the treat as it hit the spot for me. The smoke was powerful, yet creamy and smooth, and it made its presence known in the gut (good for me). I’m terrible at describing different flavor characteristics in blends, so I won’t even lie about what I tasted. I will tell you this though, Salty Dogs is a damn fine VaPer that I fully intend to have on hand at all times! It is far above what I prefer to pay per ounce, but it is well worth the splurge. Take a chance, buy a plug, and reap the rewards.

Peterson - Irish Flake 50g
Flake done right
This may be my all time favorite flake. As one who gravitates towards stronger blends, this one right here sits near the top for me. There’s not much more gratifying than packing a pipe full of delicious flake, kicking back in the recliner, and letting said flake take you to another world. Well done Peterson!!

Cornell & Diehl - Exclusive
C&Ds Mike Tyson
BAM! SMACK! POW! Finally picked up some Exclusive and I have to say it has not disappointed. I love some perique, and this blend has plenty of it! If you’re looking for something to take you past the nic fix and send you to buzzphoria, look no further.

Sutliff - Maple Shadows 8oz
Interesting smoke
I’m no expert on identifying flavors-casings, top notes, etc.-and that’s because I typically shy away from aromatics like liberals shy away from the unmasked. As an almost exclusive VaPer snob, I will say this blend is a nice change of pace. It’s not very complex, and it’s rather smooth and quite smoky. I can see this blend as a nice chill in the air, throw on the boggin’ and flannel shirt smoke. I dig it!

Cornell & Diehl - Folklore 16oz
Folklore galore!!
I wasn’t real sure buying 1 lb of a blend I’ve never tried was a good idea, but I threw caution to the wind with hopes of capturing a unicorn fart. Folklore is not quite that unicorn fart, but it’s pretty damn good. It’s mellow, it’s smoky, it has a delightful floral note, and the moisture level is right. My suspicion is that this will age nicely, but only time will tell. If you’re still on the fence, and there’s a brick or two still available, don’t hesitate to enter the world of Folklore.

Filters & Adaptors - White Elephant 9mm Charcoal Filters (40 Count)
Works great!!
I recently bought a Rattrays pipe and it came with one of these filters. The first time I smoked the pipe I didn’t use the filter, which resulted in some gurgle and ingestion of hot tobacco, bleh! I used the filter the next time and it eliminated both issues without compromising the flavor of the tobacco. These things work great and I highly recommend them!

Rattray's - Marlin Flake 100g
Waited a long time for this one, but I finally got my hands on a few tins. First impressions are the tobacco tastes young, but still very good. My suspicion is that this will be a phenomenal blend once it’s aged a bit. I’ve got two tins cellared and I look forward to its maturity a fer piece down the road.

Cornell & Diehl - Palmetto Balkan 8oz
No Regrets
This will be my first go with a Balkan blend, so I don’t know what to expect, nor do I have anything to compare it to. I do know that C&D has produced quite a few fantastic small batch blends, nearly all of which released in the past year I have purchased. Here’s the thing about these blends, if you what to try them, and you know there’s only a few to go around, then make the effort to get them! Otherwise, quit giving bad reviews just because you’re butthurt you didn’t snag a tin or three. As for the 8 oz offering on this one, I wasn’t crazy about that as I prefer multiple 2 oz tins. That’s a problem easily remedied with a jar. That preference didn’t stop me simply because I wanted to try this blend. No need to criticize the tobacco or producer just because your personal preferences aren’t met. I look forward to this blend and many others offered by C&D in the future!!! Brennan C, why you mad bro?

Sutliff - Uno 50g
Why not?
I must admit that I’m a “limited run” junky, so when I saw this I had to pull the trigger. Tin art is fantastic and the tobacco is not too bad either. It reminded a lot of Crumble Kake #3, which is not a bad thing. I bought two tins, one to smoke and one to age. I think in time this will be a fantastic smoke. I look forward to the other releases in this series.

Low Country - Waccamaw 2oz
Waccyourmaw, waccamole, waccadoodledandy… Pronunciation varies, but presentation and delivery are steady and outstanding!! The tin note is that of a barnyard, which I like, and the taste is very earthy with a touch of pepper, also glorious. Do yourself a solid and grab a tin or three, you won’t be disappointed. Update: After smoking nearly a whole tin, this blend is unequivocally my #1 tobacco!!

G. L. Pease - Windjammer 2oz
Pretty Jam Good!
As a seasoned full-bodied cigar connoisseur, but new to pipe smoking, I've been looking for blends that offer a nice nicotine kick. Pease's Windjammer definitely did not let me down! This is a blend that I think about constantly when contemplating what the next bowl of smoke will be. Don't hesitate on buying this one, it's well worth your hard earned dollar.

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