Granger - Granger 12oz
A Great Burley for the Price
I’ll start out by saying that I purchased this blend on nostalgia. This is the blend my grandfather smoked and for that reason alone, I had to try it out. I’m typically not a burley smoker but this stuff is good. It smokes cool and dry, burns well, and being a ribbon cut, is easy to pack. It can burn a little hot if you get overzealous, but unless you’re really puffing it won’t bite. The flavor is mild, nutty, and very slightly sweet. For the price, you can’t beat it. I enjoy this tobacco in a Peterson Deluxe 8s.
Sutliff - Crumble Kake Virginia Perique 1.5oz
Awesome Red Va-Per
I purchased this tobacco with high expectations and was rewarded for my decision. Flavor is rich and sweet with just a little spice from the Perique. The cake is easy to crumble and pack, burns well and doesn’t bite as long as you sip it. I enjoy this blend out of a dedicated Peterson Deluxe 12.5. My only complaint is the tin note. On opening, there is a strong smell of vinegar that I don’t care for. Setting the tobacco out to dry for around 20 minutes solves the problem, however that vinegar note is keeping this from 5 stars. Aside from that, this is an outstanding smoke and will remain in my rotation.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
Great Everyday Virginia
I really like Orlik. I find it has a much brighter flavor than some other Virginia’s I enjoy, such as MacBaren HH Virginia Flake for example. There is a distinct sweetness that I really like about it too. It’s just right, not too sweet and not too bland. I usually set a few pinches aside for about 15 to 30 minutes before smoking to get it to the dryness I like. It always burns well, almost no relights right down to the heel with no tongue bite. The flake roll is a little unique and took me some getting used to, being a fold and stuff kind of guy but it works. I enjoy this one out of a dedicated Peterson Deluxe 12.5 and it never disappoints.
Sutliff - 707 Sweet Virginia
A Little Too Sweet
I bought 2 lbs into this one, mostly because it was inexpensive. The “sweet” in the title caught my eye. It turned out to be a bit too sweet for my taste unfortunately and I ended up giving it away to a buddy who liked it. As a Virginia it hits the boxes with the usual grass and hay notes one would expect, but those flavors were overshadowed by an overwhelming sweetness that I did not much care for. I’m not sure how this was cured, but it tasted like it was cased in honey. The tobacco was moderately dry out of the bag, burned well right to the bottom of the bowl and did not bite, it was just too sweet for me. I tried it out of both a Peterson 315xl and a Peterson Deluxe 12.5 and it didn’t float my boat. That’s said, if you like sweet tobaccos, this might be for you.
John Cotton's - Double Pressed Virginia 1.75oz
My Favorite Virginia Out of the Tin
I’ll start out by saying that this stuff is rather on the pricy side, especially for a Sutliff product, however I haven’t found a better tasting Virginia right out of the tin. This tobacco is rich and sweet, like a snickers bar. It’s not as bright as most golden Virginia blends, specifically Orlik, and though I do get some flavors of grass and hay, they are mellowed, perhaps from the double pressing process. This tobacco tastes a lot like an aged MacBaren HH Virginia, which I also enjoy. It’s easy to pack, though it is a little moist on opening, burns well right down to the bottom of the bowl with few delights and does not bite. I enjoy it out of a Peterson Deluxe 12.5, my favorite pipe for Virginias.