Lane Limited - LL-7
Mild Notes of Toasted Cocoa
Like most Lane tobaccos LL-7 is not something you smoke for the nicotine. This is a very mild aromatic comprised mostly of Virginias and then topped with a mild chocolate flavoring. The chocolate is present but it doesn't stand out either in the jar or while it's smoking. If I want chocolate this probably isn't the one I'd go back to regularly, I save that for 7 Seas. But this is a nice cheap tobacco that can be used to tone down stronger blends.

Stands & Pouches - Smokingpipes Leather 2 Pipe Bag with Tobacco Pouch Black & Red
The Perfect Pipe Pouch
I was looking around at a few different stores for a pipe pouch but this one ticks all the boxes! You've got plenty of room for two full sized bent pipes, a roomy rubber lined tobacco pouch with a sewn in magnet to hold it inside the pouch, and room in the back for a spare lighter along with filters and pipe cleaners. SmokingPipes if you make this in Tan I'll buy another one right away, a solid product that is a must for pipe smokers!

Lane Limited - Buttered Rum
Great for Blending
So on it's own, Buttered Rum is a tasty enough Aromatic even if it is quite light on the tobacco. But when used in a blend this mix can add a lot of smooth creamy flavor to whatever you're mixing it with, making it perfect for doing home dessert blends.

Sutliff - Maple Street 1.5oz
Give it Time to Dry
Once you pop the can you'll get a hefty waft of real maple syrup smell over a smooth tobacco scent. When I first tried this blend I had some issues with the bite, but that's because it comes out of the can quite moist. Smoking it does give you a hint of maple but the overall flavor is still a light and uninvolved tobacco, the maple and rum topping is present but not dominant. I wouldn't call it one of my favorite aromatic smokes but might pick it up again once I get another taste for maple tobacco. Then again, there's always other maple flavors to try and see if they stand out a bit more. If you give it a little time to dry Maple Street is a solid Aromatic with a mild tobacco flavor matched with hints of sweet maple. Decent for mixing with stronger blends, like rubbed Irish Flake, to add a hint of Canadian sweetness.

Cornell & Diehl - Espresso
Not Worth Trying!!
There was a funky smell that came along with this bag, I'm not sure what it was but it definitely wasn't espresso. As Aromatics go it's one of the lighter smokes I've ever had and I found the topping to be nonexistent with only light tobacco flavor noticeable. I might press this into a plug and let it sit for a few years to see if it becomes anything worthwhile, but for now I only needed one bowl to know this one is not for me.

Peterson - Irish Flake 50g
A Perfect Starter Flake
If you're looking to discover what Flake tobaccos are all about I'd have to say the Irish Flake is a great start. The tin is rustic but the packaging inside with gold wrap looks fantastic and really serves to set the stage for what you're about to enjoy. Upon opening the tin the scent is POWERFUL I'm reminded of a very well spiced hickory jerky, both in smell and appearance! It doesn't take much to dry it out, maybe 10-30 min with your preference, and if you fold and stuff it smokes like a dream hardly ever needing a relight. Not to mention the strength of the nicotine in each flake is enough to make you want to take a break halfway through! It's a solid tin that's worth stocking up on!

Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular 3.5oz
One of the BEST Chocolate Aromatics on the Market
What can one say about 7 Seas Regular that hasn't been said? With all the reviews online you have to know it's worth a try, so I did and figured I'd add my two cents as well! When you first open a tin of 7 Seas Regular the smell of rich chocolate wafts from the package and teases your nose with hints of the fantastic flavor you're about to enjoy. I'm reminded of a dark chocolate truffle covered with cacao powder in the aroma, so decadent I'm tempted to taste it. Upon lighting I found this to be one of the smoothest and tastiest tobaccos in the Aromatic category that I've tried thus far. With strong notes of rich dark chocolate dominating the palate and subtle vanilla undertones soothing forth within each puff of the smooth tobacco profile. I have a few tobaccos in my rotation but this one has been my go to for smoking out and about, not only for the tasty and reliable flavor, but also for the complements I get on the room note! The nicotine is quite mild as well so you can load bowl after bowl no problem. I give each pinch from the tin a little time to dry out, maybe 0.5-1hr under a ceiling fan, then smoke it slow and steady. She plays well with both filter and non filter pipes, not to mention you'll be hard pressed to get a bite as long as you let it dry a bit. This is such a good smoke, and blends so well with other tobaccos, I've decided it will be the first blend I bulk up on to stock my cellar with!

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