Larsen - Signature: Vintage Mixture 100g
Best of these types of blends
I’m not very good at describing the flavors in pipe tobacco but I do make comparisons. If you’re familiar with the German and Scandinavian made tobaccos you know that they have a distinct flavor compared to other tobaccos. In my experience the Larsen Signature Vintage tobacco is one of the best of these blends. It has a topping of some kind, could it be honey? I would hope it is something natural and not some artificial ingredient. Don’t let the royal blue tin, the price, and the gold foil inner package make you think that it is all about marketing. This is very good tobacco if you like German/Scandinavian blends. I should say that I smoke this in a pipe dedicated to aromatics that is filtered which I find cuts down a lot on tongue bite.
Captain Earle's - Mystic Blend 2oz
A Trip to the Seaport
When I was young and lived in Connecticut my family visited Mystic Seaport in Mystic CT on the Mystic River frequently. We even had a family membership and I attended some of the summer programs. It’s hard to describe if you haven’t been there but they support and maintain old wooden sailing ships and buildings and the Seaport is meant to evoke a bygone era where whaling and the sea was the lifeblood of the area. There are fragrances of tar on the cobblestone streets and old sail canvas and wooden boat hulls maintained with traditional methods. Blacksmith and wood working buildings. Maybe it’s changed since I was last there but those are my memories of a good time in my life. I saw this tobacco blend here in the shop and accepted that I was a sucker for the name and the label artwork and ordered it anyway. I’ll be damned if it doesn’t do a great job of recreating the ambiance of the Seaport in a pipe tobacco! I don’t know how they did it, probably just the name and the artwork, but it’s a great smoke in any event. Stays lit and burns slowly, smooth with little to no tongue bite. 5 stars for me easily.
Peterson - Old Dublin 50g
Easy and flavorful
When I was in my 20’s I smoked a pipe and then stopped for a few decades. Recently I started up again so I’m really a newbie pipe smoker. But I found the Old Dublin seems a better smoke than the My Mixture 965, I think because of the added Virginia in this blend. I may find something better but for now it’s my favorite blend.
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Classic Pipe Tobaccos: St. Bruno First Impressions
- ► I'm enjoying these OTC tobacco posts, they provide a sense of history for pipe smoking. Maybe this is a dumb question but I didn't see any info on the source of the name "St Bruno".