Dan Tobacco - Choo Choo Train 50g
These aren't the droids you're looking for
Cornell & Diehl - Apricots and Cream 2oz
Apricots kinda suck
The actual fruit is kinda mealy. This tobacco is, too. I don't taste apricots or cream or even tobacco. I am really quite sad about this tobacco. I tried it on the recommendation of Chris Tarler, who said it was in his favorites. Really quite puzzling. Bummer.
Cornell & Diehl - Redburn 2oz
Do you love smoking slowly?
Like super slowly? Like barely smoking even? And, taking a very long time on a bowl? If you have a couple of hours to sit and barely hit, then this is for you. And, if you do take, like, forever on it, then it is delicious. I rarely smoke slowly. I hit burley at a very rigorous pace, like a MATCHES860 pace... If you do that with this tobacco, if you take it quickly, it is hot and acrid and bitter. But, taken at a literal snail's pace... Damn it is good.
Lighters - Corona Lighter Flints (5 pack)
Truly Best for Old Boy
My Old Boy Lighter was giving me problems. Then I read that IM Corona recommends the use of Corona flints with their lighters, expressly to alleviate this problem of "inferior" flints gunking up the gas discharge. I thought, "Well, of course they are going to recommend their own product." And, not thinking it would truly help, yet knowing it couldn't hurt, I ordered some. The difference was instantaneous. It just lights better. Which is difficult to explain. Yet, I know it when I feel it. Please, use Corona flints with your Corona lighters.
Kramer's - Father Dempsey 50g
Hooray for Hollywood
Bought a Merchant Service pipe and wanted to fill it with something Bing may have liked, but not Crooner. So, thinking that he may very well have actually tried this very blend, I packed the bowl with Father Dempsey. This was a great choice. I can taste Old Hollywood in every puff. Love it.
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
Bloody Good Tobacco
I have dedicated a Peterson Dracula to this tobacco. It is delicious. I have read complaints that it tastes like cough drops. Yet, I love cherry cough drops. To me, it does taste like the Royal Ann chocolate covered cherries with syrup that I adored as a child. It's dreadfully delicious. And it has great mechanics: burns like a vampire in the sunlight to a clean and dry white ash.
Peter Heinrichs - Curly Block 275g
Received a fresh rod and had to trim it down a bit to allow it to fit into mason jars for cellaring. So, I've not tried it properly aged. Yet, I smoked the trimmings and they were delicious. I want to say juicy. Not juicy in the bowl. The mechanics were great and it burned all the way to a fine white ash. The mouth feel and flavors, though, I will describe as stone-fruit juicy.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - American Delight 50g
I Pledge Allegiance
Delicious. And, I'm proud to be an American.
Carter Hall - Carter Hall 1.5oz Pouch
Wonderful All-Day Smoke
I keep pouches of this stuff everywhere. Never want to be caught without it. I smoke fancy stuff, too. But, never a day goes by without a few bowls of Carter Hall.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Low Country Reamer
Great for use on my Meerschaums
This is a perfect tool for keeping the walls of my meerschaums cake-free. Works very well.
Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose 2oz
First of all: It's delicious. It truly is reminiscent of a mug of hot cocoa with marshmallows. What makes it wonderful is its mechanics. It's a cube cut, a tiny cube cut, that lends itself well to a gravity feed. Burns cool and dry to the bottom of the bowl. I wish all aromatics could be such a pleasure. No chemical taste. No goop. Just a great smoke.
Daughters & Ryan - Ryback 16oz
Burley, Dark Fired Kentucky, Virginia
Burley, Dark Fired Kentucky, Virginia at $1.31 an ounce. And, folks are writing reviews to complain? What are you? kiddin me? Fuhgedaboudit.
Lighters - Zippo Vintage Brushed Chrome Pipe Lighter
From the trenches of World War to my Easy Chair, and every place in between, this lighter is the classic. "Ka-chink" to "clink" it makes itself known. After the sound of a match being struck, there comes the sounds of a Zippo lighter. Nothing in between is nearly as easily recognizable. The best.
G. L. Pease - The Virginia Cream 8oz
In a Class of Its Own
As far as I know, this is a singular blend. And, a perfect blend, at that. There is nothing with which to compare it. And, it is an aromatic that does exceedingly well with age. I don't know why I wish there were more similar blends to try? When this blend has it all to perfection.
Peterson - My Mixture 965 50g
WAS a Great Smoke - Perhaps, Better with Age and Drying
I opened a tin of the new Peterson 965. And, I was disappointed. Then, a friend argued with me that it is EXACTLY the same as the Dunhill in every way, except in the name. It was then, I realized that he may be correct. And, perhaps, I was making a false comparison. I was judging fresh new Peterson 965 against very well-aged and, actually, rather dry Dunhill. To be sure there was no comparison. The aged and dried Dunhill was, for my taste, exceedingly superior to the fresh batch of Peterson. Did the Dunhill, when fresh, taste the same as the Peterson? And, am I simply judging fresh versus aged tobacco? I'll have to come back to this in a few of years, God willing, in order to know the truth. In the meantime, I hesitate to stock up. Dunhill MM 965 was my first foray into English blends, back in the early 90's in the lobby of the Barclay Rex store across from Grand Central Terminal in NYC. That store is long gone, now. It would be a shame if the pleasure of experiencing delicious MM 965 were now gone, as well.
Newminster - No.403 Superior Round Slices
Solid 4 Stars
I have experienced no issues with mechanics or bite. This tastes like excellent tobacco. And, it satisfies in nicotine, smoke and mouth feel. This is a solid choice in smoking tobacco pleasure.
Hearth & Home - BlackHouse 1.75oz
So, this is Balkan?
So, this is Balkan? Okay. I'm all in. Tin note and flavor is Latakia/Dark Fired forward. Flavor is latakia, dark-fired and Oriental. It can bite me if I'm not careful. It is delicious. I like it a great deal better with a little age and drying.
Solani - Aged Burley Flake - 656 50g
I could smoke this, and only this, forever. Rich chocolatey burley perfection in flake form. It's hard not to eat this stuff, honestly.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Fresh, this is a benchmark VaPer. Aged, it transcends.
G. L. Pease - Haddo's Delight 16oz
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 8oz
If I could give it 6 Stars, I would
Amen! Hallelujah! Just Google how Greg Pease recommends smoking this Heavenly blend. And, do it exactly like he does it. You will be eternally rewarded. This its another Desert Island Blend for me. Perfection in pipe tobacco, actually.
Mac Baren - HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Ketchup Flavored Beef Jerky
TIN NOTE: Vinegary, Ketchupy, Beef Jerky - in a good way. APPEARANCE: Again, beef jerky comes to mind. These "flakes" are more like dense strips of leather. They look like strips of leather or jerky. And, they handle like a belt. It takes a good deal of time and effort to rub them out. Even then, you have to work pretty hard to seperate the strands, which is the only way I have found to be able to smoke this tobacco. I tried fold and stuff in every different way I know how. And, it was disastrous every time. By my second tin, I was spending a good 10 minutes a flake in rub-out. And, then letting the result dry for literal hours. And, it has finally become smokeable in this manner. FLAVOR: Fantastic. Deep. Vinegar and ketchup and leather and soy sauce - totally umami. Love it. Like no other I have ever known. Delicious. SMOKING: It its a job keeping the bowl lit, almost a chore. And, have to be careful with the tamping that you don't turn it back into a leather plug. But, it is worth the effort. Burns all the way to a white powdery ash. Perhaps a little hot. Have to be careful. NICOTINE: Praise the Lord! This gives me the hiccups. Love it. But, back-to-back bowls moves beyond the Nic-hics into full blown heartburn. I keep Rolaids around when I smoke this stuff. SUMMARY: This tobacco is a lot of work. Yet, I keep doing it. Because, I love it. Do I wish it were easier to handle? Yes. Is it too much trouble to be worth the while? A vehement no. It's worth the gargantuan effort.
Mac Baren - Dark Twist 16oz
Desert Island Blend
Like Per Jensen says, if you wake up on a Monday Morning and you are feeling a bit off, just smoke the ones with with the dark center, and you will feel alright again. There are two full Virginia coins to every Dark-fired center coin in each package. So, you can learn their flavors and strength, and self-regulate accordingly, I've never known any one container to contain so many different flavor and strength options. I love changing it up with every bowl. I can choose to pack a Dark Fired centric bowl or a Virginia centric bowl. And, I am constantly experimenting with layering this tobacco to switch things up mid-bowl and even switch them back again. If I were on a Desert Island, this might be the only tobacco I would need. And, it has that unmistakable Mac Baren natural flavor of, to me, brown sugar or whatever they use to case it. It is fantastic. Almost as good as candied bacon. And, better than candied bacon for breakfast, actually. Love this tobacco!
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop 2oz
It is with thanks to John Harden, Matches860, that I picked up my first 2 ounce tin of this heavenly burley blend. I now purchase it by the pound. It checks off all the right boxes for flavor, mechanics and Nic hit. Thanks, John. Although, I certainly miss your presence in the YTPC (Youtube Pipe Community), I think of you every single day when I smoke this fantastic blend.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Brigham Extra Absorbent Pipe Cleaners (42 pack)
"Extra absorbent" just like it says on the package. Will not leave any moisture behind. Get you some.
Cornell & Diehl - Crooner
Just Let Gravity Do Its Job
No hassle here. Just perfect tobacco pipe mechanics when you gravity pack and put it to the torch. Flavor is all Deertongue all the way. I smoke for nicotine, mostly. It has to taste good, though. And, this one does that. Mechanics - check. Flavor - check. Nic-hit - check. Good stuff.
Five Brothers - Five Brothers 1.25oz
All Day Every Day
I am a working class guy with a working class job. I work outdoors, often. And, I am thus enabled to smoke during the day. I often smoke pipes for nicotine. So, this is my go-to, non-fuss tobacco. Mechanics of it are great for working with your hands. Just light it and smoke it - all day, every day. I save my contemplative smokes with fancy tobacco for when I'm at home in the evenings. Also, this tobacco has perfect mechanics for breaking-in new pipes: burns cool, dry and clean to the very bottom. Pack this stuff tightly for best results. It is perfect for what it is - a pocket tobacco.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Bird's Eye
Does the Trick
It's a hat trick in: 1.) mechanics, 2.) flavor, and 3.) N-factor. This tobacco smokes completely to the bottom of the bowl while remaining optimally dry. In that factor, its mechanics are similar to Five Brothers, which makes this a fine candidate for breaking-in new pipes without the worry of scorching around the draft-hole. In a well broken pipe, it is a hassle-free pleasure. I'm not very good at being able to describe flavor profiles. But, I know what I like. It is not as complex as Mac Baren Dark Twist, which I love, but it hits some of the same dark fired flavor receptors for me. And, like MB Dark Twist, it has a nice bit of sweetness to accompany the deep flavor of the dark fired Kentucky. But, unlike MBDT, it does not require a learning curve. Although, it is not the same distinct sweet flavor that I love that the Mac Baren line offers. It is delicious. It is a distinct GH&C flavor which makes it stand head and shoulders above others in its class. Finally, in Nic content it is perfect for me. Which I can only describe as such - one bowl will not give me hiccups. But, two bowls, back-to-back might. I should say that I am one of those who actually does smoke my pipe to get nicotine. And, I smoke as many bowls a day as I can fit, probably around 8 to 10 bowls a day. I would actually like to know how many bowls I smoke per day. But, I can never remember to count. This is a consistent and superior quality tobacco. And, it is one of which I strive to maintain a healthy supply. Even still, I'm afraid I cannot comment as to how it ages. It has the hallmarks to be a good ageing tobacco. I can simply never keep it around long enough.