G. L. Pease - Westminster 16oz
Can compete with ANY English out there
I've smoked plenty of English blends, from Gawith to Esoterica etc and let me tell you this can stand up right next to any of them. It's THAT good. It's so good I bought a 16oz can and I plan to buy more to cellar when on sale.
G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 8oz
Great stuff but afraid to cellar it
Great stuff but C&D made and still always has some white stuff mold. They still haven't conquered this problem!!!
Drucquer & Sons - Blairgowrie 200g
If it were discontinued it'd be unicorn tears
This stuff is sublime, smooth, and better with even some age. If they god forbid stopped making it, it would become like other unicorn blends where people would be selling it for many times the face value. I'm hoping that with all of my other purchases I can acquire some stock for proper aging to keep me company in my old age ...
Missouri Meerschaum - The Shire Cobbit
Good pipe but the bowl is way deeper than the height of the draw hole so it can present a problem with dottle, at least for me. I still like it and use it but not too frequently.
Missouri Meerschaum - Dagner Poker
I have one of these and it's a great little smoker. The acrylic stem is a big plus as well. It's great that it sits on its own. No tipping over. For a short pipe I really enjoy it. Seems very sturdy and well made.
G. L. Pease - Westminster 16oz
This is IT
This stuff is superb. It's smokey, spicy, incense, creamy, leathery, a bit musty... I had a tin for sinister a year which I smoked occasionally whilst I tried everything I could get my hands on, from other pease blends to Esoterica and Gawith... The ribbon cut is almost shaggy and the flavors, oh boy! Once I had all those I smoked the rest of that tin and it hit me. This stuff is better than them all. I bought a 16oz tin on sale. What a steal. Doesn't bite the way the others do and handles relights better. Perfect moisture. I bet with age you'll say, what penzance?
Cornell & Diehl - Sun Bear Black Locust 2oz
Yup it's Virginia
All that Va goodness and I tasted the elderflower. Unlike Bijou, which is sour oriental forward, I get more of the Va in this one, which I am thankful for. I do also taste the orientals, but they are not overpowering as they seem to be in Bijou. Again, you may have a different take. The tin note is intoxicating. I saw out there someone describing it as meade like from Odin's mouth. That about sums it up. Glad I got 7 tins wish I could have gotten the 15 tin limit and this is all for me and my cellar.
Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 16oz
This stuff rocks! The latakia is smooth, even at 75%. It is aromatic in a campfire smoked meats kind of way, a little spicy, and just enjoyable. I was mainly a cigar smoker for a number of years, with pipes as a sometimes thing. Now that I am a majority of the time pipe smoker, I enjoy a piratey blend like this. I smoke all kinds of English/Balkan stuff. This one is permanently in my rotation. So much so that I just ordered a 16ox bag of it. The cake is loose and breaks into a ribbon cut easy for packing. You can even just pack the kake bits. Easy peasy Mister Pirate. Very smokey and rich, but smooooth.
War Horse - Bar 1.75oz
Brings me back
As I posted in a pipe group, while I know that my grandfather never smoked this, the aroma of the tobacco is so close to whatever he smoked, that it brought me back to when I was a kid poking around his stuff and enjoying the aroma of his pipe tobacco. I have several of his pipes and I will smoke it in them. It's a rich full smoke. No bite. You get that taste on the retro. It's almost vanilla cherry like, with a tin note close to playdough, although no play dough in the smoking. I don't know what it smells like to others, but I imagine it similar to what most people may think about when they think of pipe smoke. My wife says that the tin note reminds her of stuff her grandfather smoked, but I smoke outside and I have no feedback on what it smells like to others when it's actually being smoked. This is STRONG stuff. If I smoke more than a half bowl I get dizzy. That is the only downside. So, the several tins that I initially bought in a frenzy will probably last me the rest of my life.