Old German Clay - Markus Fohr Aluminum Band
(raised price 10$) Not as good a value
Have it any way you want it but I like it this way… If you like simplicity affordability and style it doesn’t get much better then this! A perfect little pipe you don’t have to worry about breaking or loosing. As I smoke it right now probably 45+ minutes in slowly sipping away on some Gawith Lakeland I am pleasantly surprised. This is a fantastic pipe if you want to do some contemplative work perhaps right a novel or carve away on your back porch it doesn’t get much better then this! Don’t let it’s size fool you this thing is a pleasure to smoke. Perhaps not for beginners though if your going wastefully chooch away on large quantity’s of tobacco this isn’t for you…
Dan Tobacco - Bill Bailey's Balkan Blend 50g
THE ORANGE MALTESE FALCON
This is a very interesting blend and much like the title might lead you to believe. This blend is a lot like GL Pease Maltese Falcon given yes they are both Balkan blends. But that said they are almost like bothers or sisters and could’ve easily been made by the same person if I didn’t know better. The only differences being the Falcon tends to lean more towards a berry flavor maybe black berries? When Bill Bailey’s tends to lean more towards a hint of orange…No they’re not Aromatic’s the Vergina‘s / Oriental‘s just have a particular way about them in the blends structure. Bills blend however can hit hard with the Nicotine if you chooch hard enough something that I do suggest as this won’t burn or bite your tongue only start to develop an extremely pleasant sweet sherbet flavor. However as good as this blend it’s nothing revolutionary just a solid Balkan blend if given the choice though I would take this over the Falcon just because I prefer Oranges over black Berries and Bill’s if provoked enough with heavy puffing can really light your eyes up!
Samuel Gawith - Brown No. 4 50g
If you like savory cigars with a pinch of high quality virginia‘s…
Well I do and I love this stuff! However I will say it does require a bit of prep work but that only builds the anticipation so don’t let it detract from the excellence of this blend. Cut with a steak knife into rounds don’t worry about jarring immediately it’s not necessary or recommend it can and should sit out for at least a week or 2 and be perfectly fine. Prior to smoking however you are going to want to further cut your pre made rounds into smokable shreds with your trusty steak knife microwave for 45 seconds in a coffee mug (it’s strange I know but trust me). Pull that sucker out of the microwave give that steaming mug a big wiff! and pack into preferably in a small briar pipe then have at it!
Solani - Aged Burley Flake - 656 50g
I’m not much one for 5 star reviews but this tobacco sets out to accomplish a goal (Be an excellent burley based tobacco) and it executes this flawlessly. There is nothing bad I have to say about this tobacco except that it’s deep, rich, sweet, flavor can be a little overpowering sometimes. But that’s like saying its too good at being a tasty, flavorful, burley when the common problem I find with other blends is 1 they either lack flavor or 2 they execute that flavor poorly this does neither! However to get the most out of this tobacco I think it’s best when paired with something salty or savory. In my case specifically I think cigar leaf is the answer I mix ABF with Briar Works Country Lawyer almost every time I smoke it and it just adds another layer to this already amazing flavor profile but also provides a little toast to slather this butter in!
Cornell & Diehl - From Beyond 2oz
A real review 🙄
Yes I’m actually reviewing this tobacco on its merits not pure hype and speculation surprise surprise... (I think these other reviews are a joke if you haven’t noticed many appeared before the tins where ever shipped.) But regardless I had a chance to buy on opening night and held off then bought it from a handful of other online retailers a few days later. So now after many weeks with sufficient time to get a grasp on and get to know this Tobacco. I can give you my HONEST opinion it’s not all bad either. This is interesting stuff I could almost compaire it to the faint taste of both blue berries & salt in a perfect 50/50 harmony one never overpowering the other. It’s a delicate and interesting blend but for me it lacks depth and flavor it seems a bit superficial. It’s not full bodied nor would I consider it rich either. It’s not bad but does it live up to the hype idk does a school bus with a flame paint job live up to the hype? Idk wtf where you expecting from Connell & Diehl? 😂 Its a good attempt at something close to the sophistication of the Skiff or Squadron leader or one of these other classic type English’s. But for a Halloween themed blend it seems to lack some soul keeps a light well though yeah mindless zombies! 🤪🧟♂️
Cobblestone - Outdoors Hiking 1.75oz
Not as good as Solani 656 ABF but worth your money
It’s a decent blend for the price they offer it at a good 3-5 bucks cheaper then Solani 656 aged burley flake the Tin note is amazing like fig Newtons. But the flavor of the smoke just isn’t as rich and full bodied as I would hope or other reviewers would have you believe. It also has a tendency to be rather inconsistent alternating between bitter chocolate, another note that I can only describe as maybe chocolate that has spoiled? Then an outrageously good note that far surpasses 656 in every way (Figs,Carmel,Chocolate). However if you plan on cellaring this the sky is the limit it is a none aromatic tobacco after all I’m unsure what a few years would do to this no doubt it would improve? I have a sneaking suspicion however that ABF might perhaps beat it out in the end. Although it does have a nice nicotine hit it’s just too inconsistent to deliver that same level of satisfaction throughout. Only being truly extraordinary maybe 10% of the time and down right horrible 45% of the time and then mediocre for the other 45% of the time. So with all that said “HIKING” is just a very odd duck and could perhaps use some perfecting.
G. L. Pease - Maltese Falcon 8oz
You can’t go wrong with it…
A hair above great but not exceptional. It’s definitely an all day smoke creamy smooth with hints of berry and lite spice. Not a unicorn but definitely not trash either. Mixes well with Gas Light and a glass Welches grape juice. An odd combo I know but if you want to push the flavor profile over the edge I this is the way!
McConnell - Piccadilly Circus 50g
A unique adventure! 🙃
I didn’t know what to expect with this blend but I really enjoy it! This may sound a bit odd but there is nothing it reminds me of more then peas and saffron rice! It’s very Starchy, salty, savory, and yes it does somehow you heard me right convey green pea flavor notes! It’s A very well behaved blend as good as anyone could hope to receive lights well, stays lit, tastes clean of any chemicals or added toppings, zero bite. It also mixes extremely well with the cigar leaf blend “Country Lawyer” by Briar Works if anyone was ever curious enough to pose that question? But for the unusual and stand out flavor profile alone it’s definitely a solid buy in my book!