Nick B.

Brebbia - Balkan 50g
Refined Balkan to ease your woes
I enjoy English / Balkan blends a fair deal, they are the go to for much of my escapes into contemplation. This one, Latakia is smooth and it's herbalness is subdued, some spice from the Orientals, to me like a nutmegness to it, depth from the dark fired leaf and a nice "funk" notes every now and then from the Perique. I have never had a Balkan this refined. Definitely now in the rotation

Brebbia - Opera #32 50g
Very refined aromatic
upon opening the tin, the strong vanilla smell made me concerned that it would be too sweet and artificial. The tobacco was wrapped in plastic versus paper like i was used to which made me concerned as well, and the tobacco was more on the dry side as there is no way to tell how old it is. The tobacco itself lit easily, the vanilla isn't artificial, and is a nice back note. The order listed on the components i would say is exactly the mix; Black Cavendish that is flavored with vanilla, burley which adds some nutty/ creamy notes, and a pinch of Virginia which adds some brightness and rounds out the blend. Pretty decent just a few things that bothered me like dryness and the wrapped in plastic

Cornell & Diehl - Privateer 8oz
decent blend....just bit lack luster
So let's first start with the elephant in the room; It tries to envoke the Jolly Roger on it. To me, that would be bold, spicy and smoky. This blend, to me, should have a picture of a fireplace inside, with a window showing snow. It is almost a smoother GL Pease Quiet nights, very smooth and almost nutmeg notes with the Burley. the Virginias add a tang which almost makes me think there is a pinch of Perique, and the Latakia is hidden, sometimes popping up. Its not a bad blend, very consistent and smooth, almost sleepy. Just to put a pirate theme to it seems to be a complete miss. FYI my tin date is 3 years old.

Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1882 Founders Blend 1.4oz
Smoking jacket, fireplace, in a library wanted
I have tried Stokkebye's aromatics before. For English blends i have prefered two styles; GL Pease Quiet Nights smooth and refined and then there is C&D Big N Burley or Bayou Nights, where sometimes i add more Latakia for some OOMPH. This to me, is a bit of both worlds. It has some complexity smoothness, with some spice from the Orientals, but some oomph with the burley and Dark Fired Kentucky. It is almost sweet in tin note, almost smelled like an aromatic Cavendish. Taste was nutty/ carmelly notes from burley, got some spice, and at times had a Virginia moment where it had the leafy flavor which then went into the bitter note that for me was a bit of Latakia. The Dark Fired Kentucky lent a smoky note that was subtle. This blend is now a favorite for sure. FYI the Tin had 14 month's of age on it

Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 3.5oz
great flake that is well balanced
This flake is what started my exploration into burleys. The tin note is sweet and almost smells like a latakia bland with that essence note. Smoking it is a relaxing experience, slightly sweet from the Virginias, nutty almost buttery notes of the Burley, the Dark Fired Kentucky lends a slight smoky back note with some spice which makes it lively. Definitely have to have a tin on hand at all times. Very enjoyable

Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Black Irish X
an experience where i wish i had a smoking jacket, a library and a dram of scotch
have never had a rope spun blend before, and was a deer in a headlights when i first put it out to prepare. After some floundering, i took the lead of the end of the rope which was freyed, and cut some thicker coins and tore off larger ribbons. I used a meerschaum pipe with Nording Keystones as a filter. The tin note was of leather, almost plumb, very meaty like bbq with some spice. The smoke was luxurious, the taste was tobacco, very meaty and a little sweet. After pondering the mild Smokey sweet flavor of which what meat it reminded of, added another thick coin and while wondering what the warnings were about, a lightbulb went off in the charring process which told me i had reached a stopping point. After having HH Burley flake in the morning i was not disappointed. What i had was great and satisfying. I am looking forward to having this experience again, one where i need to make a reservation for.

Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 1.75oz
a true standard
Through my adventures and exploration of this hobby of the leaf, i have often dabbled in mixing and often found myself adding a bit of body (Burley) and some smoke/ strength (Latakia). This style is what i was aiming for and MacBaren did it right.; nutty Burley, bright tang Virginia nd a bit of the Dark Fired Kentucky that just adds a tiny smoke and enhances the nutty/creaminess and bright notes. Absolutely can be a daily blend

Edward G. Robinson - Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend 1.5oz
an interesting old style blend
Caveat is that i opened the tin 20 days later after i received it. Upon opening the tin, i am reminded of Danish aromatics, which i like. after getting it going, i got the plumb / fruit flavor, by half a bowl it got a little toasty zest of the burley, and by the end, after i was wondering if there was latakia at all, i got the trademark smoky campfire flavor. In a sense i would put it next to Sir Walter Raleigh as an old school blend and similar though this blend is more nuanced. Definitely worth a try

Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 1.75oz
not your average burley mix
So i have tried other burleys and enjoyed their nuttiness and body. This when i opened the tin smelled like a navy flake very bright, some citrus and hay. Smoking it was very bright, slight body and very pleasant. The dark fired kentucky is hiding in the back which is a new one for me usually it is more pronounced. This is just a tasty blend that is takes you to a summer mindset. Worthwhile to try no matter what. In writing this it hit me that it reminds me alot of their navy flake without the rum notes and more burley. Still, very tasty

Mac Baren - Navy Flake 3.5oz
Decent Navy Flake
Navy flake is absolutely my favorite style. That being said, this is decent. Tin note is absolutely honey and its floral / citrus notes, and almost hay. The flavor is light, the honey is more pronounced to me, don't get so much of the rum, with hay notes of the virginia. Very light, tongue bite can happen with the amount of virginia if smoked too fast. Absolutely a decent blend for summer

Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1957 3.5oz
Summer delight
This blend's tin note is lovely; vanilla and some berries. Overall it is a light blend, i was originally shocked there was burley in there, not like other blends with it in there in terms of lacking body. The flavor is vanilla bean and almost blackberry to me. Very Danish styled. It also should be said it has aged 2 years plus. Does need a bit drying out, but absolutely a relaxing blend that is as refreshing as an iced tea

Cornell & Diehl - Crooner 2oz
like meeting a legend
So i read the story, have no way to validate it and i am good with that. Opening the blend, it almost has a nutmeg, warm smell. The different cuts i had never seen before was fascinating. As soon as i lit the blend in my NOS Ropp, i was greeted as if by an old friend. It drew well the room note was nice, nutmeg and other spice, the nuttiness of the burley. To me, i would consider some blends as complete like Peterson's Royal yacht. This is the first mix of different leafs that i would say is absolutely complete. This to me is as legendary as the Crooner and his songs. "Wrap your troubles in dreams" of this tobacco

Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1931 Flake 3.5oz
Contemporary as scandinavian modernism
Throw out your ideas about navy flake. This puts it on its ear. Honey is the tin note with floral hints. The flavor is warm, bright with earthiness that completes it for me. The sweetness is mild with honey notes that presents minor floral notes without being botanical. This blend is light, but complex in a sense. Definitely encouraged me to comptenplate all the nuances with it. Definitely wants to be slow affair as it can bite back. It is a favorite for sure that shows that rum doesn't make a navy flake

Capstan - Ready Rubbed Blue 1.75oz
Pure simplicity
Based on Navy cut i wanted to try not sure what to expect. It was slightly sweet hay, summer vibes even in 50 degree weather. And that continued through the whole bowl. It is simple smoke, but a pure one

G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
solid blend
I bet the original was amazing. This is a solid blend that is bright, lemony, slight nutty note. I had to read the label to double check the perique, it has a zest but not spicy. The back note to the lemon for me has the Lakeland essence, and i now get what people are talking about and in this blend its a mild nuance. definitely an easy smoke, room note is subtle and pleasant.

Peterson - Royal Yacht 50g
This yacht is worth the sail
This one caught me off guard. The combination of the sweet upfront which was super bright, and then the strength is a great combo. Flavor went from plum notes to almost a sparkling grapefruit. I liked it more than i thought i would. Reputation proceeds it for sure

Cornell & Diehl - Snug Harbor
mildly complex, daily smoke
This a charming mix. Mellow, has spicy notes, latakia helps out every now and then but doesn't dominate, there is a brightness and nutty note, the liquor top note just rounds things out. It is snug for sure, i would give it a shot

Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
As described, but not for me
Yup there is a true cherry taste that doesn't feel like a jelly bean flavor, with chocolate notes. ....thats it. no tongue bite, but was expecting a bit more from in, almost feels incomplete.

Peterson - Sherlock Holmes 50g
brilliantly simple
Mouthfeel is bright, semi sweet, with a hint of nuttiness. Smells gentle. i lost track of time when i tried this lost in thought of how this minimalistic blend works.

Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus 2oz
warm, simple smoke
Straight forward simple blend. Mouth feel is nutty, slightly sweet the cavendish adds an element that makes it feel well rounded. happily simple

Cornell & Diehl - Awakened Elder 2oz
The stuff colossal squid would have in the Mariana Trench
This is something from the depths; It is smoky and sharp, very latakia forward, pungent , spicy. I would almost describe the flavors as raw. Definitely agree with the description of something awoke from the depths.

Sutliff - Sutliff 1849 1.5oz
A great summery blend
The Art Nouveau label caught my eye. I had tried VaPers before and found them charming in simplicity and flavor. This surprised me; the sweetness upfront was strong but not off putting. Hay notes transitioned to almost tart citrus and the pepper note became spicier as the bowl came to the end. This is definitely a favorite for sure

Peterson - Sherlock Holmes 50g
Bright, sweet and simple
Out of the tin, there are fruit notes that are pleasant. The tobacco only had to relit once, with silky plumes. It is a bright and semi sweet mouthfeel, with good room notes that easily can be an all day smoke as long as you pace yourself. Very pleasing, simple done right

Cornell & Diehl - Gray Ghost 2oz
simple straight forward as an old friend
So, full disclosure, i can be a sucker for marketing. The Art Deco label, the description that feels like Humphry Bogart should be reading, i was curious. I have smoked cigars before and the mix sounded right. And it was, it is straight forward; the cigar leaf is not quite medium, and is the primary note. The Virginia adds sweetness that comes in and out. Strait out the tin, lit beautifully, only to be re lit once. The plumes were good. It is as described and i enjoyed it as something simple but with slight nuance, at points had hits of clove. Definitely adding to the rotation and cellar

Savinelli - Doblone d'Oro 100g
First time with coins, and this is lovely
First time with coin tobacco, just peeled some off and folded it in my Savinelli churchwarden and magic happened. Lit well, and instantly had lemon notes, followed by some spice, nutty notes, smoky from the Dark Fired Kentucky. The plumes of smoke were luscious and danced around like the flavors that would alternate in my mouth. NO tongue bite, this is the first blend that is above an 8 of 10 for me, and may be an absolute 10. absolutely worth a peek

Chacom - #3 50g
Chicken smoking a pipe didn't know what to expect
the smell from the tine almost smells like sweet candy. Not my thing, everything on paper is up my alley when i want an aromatic. The bourbon vanilla is slightly sweet, slightly detectable, it almost has a nutty flavor and the dark fired Kentucky adds a bit of smokiness. It is comes to mind a whisky cask; slightly sweet bourbon, smoky wood. I was surprised

Cornell & Diehl - Snug Harbor
snug is the key word
Its snug; slight spice in between latakia, some nutty elements, Orientals adds a well rounded note. The topping solidifies the blend without adding confusion to the flavor of the blend

Cornell & Diehl - Byzantium
hidden gem
Once you get past the fermented smell, it is almost a Balkan. Its smoky, lightly spicy, woodsy. I get silky chocolate notes, it was a mellow English that was very smooth and inviting

Mac Baren - The Solent Mixture 3.5oz
fun, deep flavor smoke
For me, its not heavy at all, get hints of vanilla, rum/ liquor, slight smokiness. Some days when i want the rum smooth notes but more bite, i add more latakia to it. Definitely worth a try

Peter Stokkebye - PS301 Natural Dutch Cavendish
simple but pleasing
Straight forward blend, warm, slight nutty notes. At the end i get a little clove esque note. very easy going blend

Peter Stokkebye - PS24 Nougat
warm aromatic
notes of vanilla and cocoa, great plumes, burns hot but if you take your time is warm and inviting.

Daughters & Ryan - Vengeur 16oz
straight forward blend
This reminds me a bit of when i would smoke American Spirits. The burley is nutty, the virgina adds a warm note, the orientals adds some nuance to the mix. It is interesting for sure, flavor doesn't fall flat. It is essentially a complex cigarette blend, to me.

Samuel Gawith - Navy Flake 50g
A Navy on another level
Definitely breaks up the classic navy with latakia smokiness. The rum has a molasses flavor to me that gives a sweet kiss in between the spice that keeps dancing in you mouth the more you smoke it. Creates awesome smoke that is mesmerizing. This complex navy blend will definitely be in rotation

Samuel Gawith - Navy Flake 50g
a complex navy flake that you need to try
I like Navy flakes, but sometimes i find them too sweet, and wish there was something to break up the single flavor note. Here it is. This has a subtle latakia smokiness, followed by a kiss of sweet, molasses flavor hints which dart in and out of the smokiness. Very pleasing, and will be in permanent rotation in my cellar

Samuel Gawith - Navy Flake 50g
a complex navy flake that you need to try
I like Navy flakes, but sometimes i find them too sweet, and wish there was something to break up the single flavor note. Here it is. This has a subtle latakia smokiness, followed by a kiss of sweet, molasses flavor hints which dart in and out of the smokiness. Very pleasing, and will be in permanent rotation in my cellar

Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning Flake 2oz
This is what they guy in the picture smokes in the swamp
OH, mornings in the bayou for sure. It is a powerhouse for sure. It has a strong nose to it, but that shouldn't scare you off. I recommend this for sure. It has dark fruit notes that is surrounded in a bayou fog of smokiness. It is a thick smoke, tasty but almost a meal in itself. It definitely is on the stronger strength scale for sure

CAO - Moontrance 50g
Makes more sense as a cigar
I thought the bourbon vanilla fruit combo would be interesting. I was right, but in the wrong way. The notes off the tobacco were current, blackberry esque that had a sharp note at the end like bourbon does as a drink. The taste was more cigar ish- almost spicy in that cigar style without being harsh but with vanilla bean / bourbon being the focal point it felt flat in the mouth. Was not sweet as with other liquor tobaccos, which wasn't bad. All in all wasn't a bad smoke just not what i thought. Note that this purchased in 2019 so it sat awhile, may have something to do with it.

Comoy's - Cask No.4 3.5oz
A Savory Navy
I like Navy flake a lot. Though i don't like too much sweetness. This did it for me, as a more savory. I mean that in the sense that it isn't too sweet, mild hay and nice smoke plumes makes this a good candidate for a Navy flake tobacco

Mac Baren - 7 Seas Black 3.5oz
Cavendish that you can have alone but like liquor needs freinds
This is very straightforward cavendish. It has slight sweetness, liquor notes for sure. Personally i like to add latakia to it (50/50) mix or adding to an English mixture to make a English Aromatic.

Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop 8oz
Haunted bookshop is one that you want to haunt you
Lovely warm haunting. Peppery, leather, good amount of smoke without being overpowering. It is one of my go to selections

Captain Earle's - Nightwatch 2oz
Thinking time at seas with Captain
This one i was hesitant of with the heavy hitter combos of tobaccos. When i tried this cake, it is smoky, deep and bit of spice. It is very meditative smoke

War Horse - Bar 1.75oz
War horse is true to its name
I am about 3 years now into this hobby. Had smoked cigars previously and with, more maduro. Started with classics like 7 seas. I saw War Horse, and that majestic horse on the front, and i had to try. It was a complex, robust bright punch that was very satisfying. I recommend this highly for when you need a bright punch that gets you through, with help with War Horse

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