Cornell & Diehl - Sun Bear Tupelo 2oz
Loaded my Becker Blowfish pipe. Letting it air cure for an hour. Smells so awesome already I know it will be five star like the first Sun Bear. Wish I had ordered more just by smell alone! Will update tastes notes in a few. Well, top to bottom--- it's terrific. Perfect summertime smoke. Complex profile too. I get plenty of my favorite taste notes satisfied. Enjoy yourselves.
Mac Baren - Club Blend 16oz
I like my Dark Twist, so this one is in there too. My pipester pal sent me a jar, and I really enjoyed this one. I rubbed out a few coins, and let it breathe a bit while in the bowl--- preloaded. Mid bowl the flavor comes out good for me. Probably going buy a pound, and put it all in a big giant jar like my dark twist. Then I periodically finger fluff all of it, and make a pipeload to see how much age does to it. Enjoy yourselves.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Scored alot more for my cellar. Then broke out an older tin to celebrate a little. I noticed this sold out a little slower than last batch. Not sure if more was ordered by SP, or the economy is slowed down? Anyways, I love this tobacco so much. It is like Beluga Caviar to me. If you haven't yet tried this one, then you should mark it down. Enjoy yourselves.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - Night Slice
Got eight ounces. Tested in my old Baldi. Started out a tad sharper than I had hoped. Mid bowl it mellowed. I am thinking 18 months in jars will bump it to four stars. Enjoy yourselves.
Charatan - Flake 50g
Getting warm now, so out come the Virginias. I tried to get this when it first came out, but it was sold out. Went with the Charatan Rolls, and love them. I figured this would be awesome, and it is. I smoke Royal Yacht, and this here is similar to me. I loaded a bowl of Charatan Flake in a Dunhill 137, and a bowl of Royal Yacht in a Dunhill 137. Smoked a couple minutes on each pipe. Rotated back and forth. I have tested 91 tobacco's. These two are very, very close. Glad I stacked five tins. Enjoy yourselves.
Charatan - Rolls 50g
Still a Big Five Star
This is so underrated the reviews baffle me. Got five more tins on a splurge. Got five of the flake too. Love the taste.
Presbyterian - Ordained 50g
Bright and Cheerful
Loaded up a bowl, and let it sit packed in my humidor for 10 hours. Love the cut, and taste. Looks to have great aging potential. When the cherry dropped, and I was down to the last third of the bowl, the honeysuckle notes came through just right for my taste buds. I like the blue Presbyterian, so this one compliments my repertoire. I smoke Virginia, VaPer, and English tinned tobacco's. Usually, more English during cold temperatures, and VaPers/Virginia in hot temperatures. After being in a jar for a week, it hits smoother too. Just had another excellent bowl. Enjoy yourselves.
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Aged 17 Months
Even better with some age. Found a secret stash, and lit up my Baldi pipe. Wow, and such a delicious room note too. This tobacco always cheers me up for some odd reason. Put a few tins away guys, and enjoy yourselves.
Davidoff - Flake Medallions 50g
Aged 14 months
Just got my new order in my cellar. I decided to crack open an aged tin. 14 months is noticeable right off the top. I used a large Baldi Dublin for testing this too. Very smooth smoking experience. Highly recommend aging this one.
Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 8oz
7/01/2018 ~ Dated Gift Jar
Jar note and cut are excellent. Taste is full. My expectations were higher since jar was aged. After bowl two, the tobacco gained half a star. The second bowl I left preloaded in a nice volcano pipe overnight. Smoked better on the dry side for me. On the first bowl, it required multiple relights. The second bowl burned just right, and the taste improved.
Cornell & Diehl - Redburn 2oz
Aged Five Years
Got a tin with five years of age for Christmas. Breaking in a 1960, minty Dunhill, shape 48 shell. It's deeelicious. The Virginia's sweeten it up a tad too. Tiny hint of rum comes through as well. Great late afternoon smoke. Enjoy yourselves.
Borkum Riff - Original 7oz
Back in The Olden Days
Back in the early 1980's, when I would run out of the tobacco shop blend, I'd choose this over Captain Black. There weren't too many choices back then on a college budget. It snorkels smoothly when fresh, and had a decent finish note compared to Captain Black. Mild nicotine and affordable.
G. L. Pease - Bankside 2oz
It's a nice one for my taste buds. Tin note, moisture, and cut are just right. Top to bottom the taste will keep you intrigued. Small sips work best here. Left in a humidor/ jar it gets even better with a few weeks of age. Enjoy yourselves!
Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd 2oz
Shiver me Timbers!
Robust flavor right off the top. Tin note is terrific. Loaded up one of my big Baldi pipes and savored this for quite a while. When it gets cold, I get back into my more robust tobacco's. This one makes the rotation easily. Enjoy yourselves!
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning Flake 2oz
Tin Date 07/22 ☆☆☆☆☆
Taste is excellent. Tin note is pleasant. Very smooth, with a terrific finish note. Flakes rub out easily. Loaded the Castello, waited 30 minutes, and went to work. After four bowls, this one deserves a five-star rating. I put an 8oz. tin in the shopping cart. Enjoy yourselves.
G. L. Pease - Spark Plug 2oz
Sporty, Smooth, & Complex Flavor
Yeah, it's deeelicious, ☆☆☆☆☆. Tin had 2/22 date tag. Broke up the entire contents, and put in a 8oz jar. I use scissors on this type. Like Gaslight. Then rub out the pieces for a bowl. When I was 16, I bought an old 1964 Triumph TR-4. Fixed it up and it was like a go-cart. This tobacco brings back good memories. Smoking this in a 2110 Dunhill shell, listening to Rolling Stones weekend on classic rock station today. Spark Plug---It's really a great one. Bumped it from 4.5 to 5-star. Enjoy yourselves.
Low Country - Atalaya 2oz
Well, nine tins coming back to stock for the people that enjoy this one. Disappointed and that's being polite.
Sutliff - Aberrant 50g
The tin note is different. Probably the rustica and vinegar. The flavor is outstanding. May be strong to some people. I really enjoy this one alot. It will transform throughout the bowl, and please many people too. I recommend eating a meal first. I am also sipping a homemade iced coffee to cleanse the palate as I smoke. Really a great smoke after a deelicious meal. Hits the spot. Enjoy yourselves!
G. L. Pease - Key Largo 2oz
Funky Tin Art, but Excellent Smoke
One of the other guys up here made a wisecrack about the tin art, and it made me crack up. So, I went for two tins. Maltese Falcon is good, so this one should be. It was! Excellent blend. The hints of mocha and coffee cheer me up on a cloudy day here in the boonies. No bite. Deep and rich tasting. Taste notes on the dryer side, but very enticing. Tin date was 04/22. Happy camper 100%. Enjoy yourselves!
Sutliff - Crumble Kake Virginia Perique 1.5oz
Mellow VaPer & Smooth
Tin has rasin notes, cut is easy to rub out, and taste isn't too spicy on snorkle. Happy to have purchased five tins. We need some date codes on tins, please. Enjoy yourselves!
Humidification - Boveda 60g Humidity Control Packet-69%
Didn't work in my cigar humidor. The hygrometer reading actually went down after several hours from 58% to 52%. On a sealed wire snap jar it seems to work if laid on top of pipe tobacco. I can't judge any percentages as there is no hygrometer. The tobacco feels like it has gained moisture. Raised rating to a 3 star.
G. L. Pease - Maltese Falcon 2oz
Sometimes I hunt around for smoke I haven't tried. Maltese Falcon has a great tin note, burns nicely, smells and tastes like a friendly English. I can taste all the components, and it is smooth and well-blended. Perfect for inclement weather, and cooler temps up here in the mountains. Need to add a big size to the cart, right now. Gets smoother when in the humidor for a while too.
Seattle Pipe Club - Give Me Liberty 4oz
Tin note smells fresh with a faint sour note, but not in a bad way. Moisture is perfect, and tobacco comes off easily on rub out. First off the top you get the citrus note. After three bowls, the taste is mediocre to me. I did give Plum Pudding special, Mississipi River special, Hogshead all a 4.5. Sent remaining order of 9 tins back. More for you guys that like this one. Enjoy yourselves.
Peterson - Flake 50g
Mild Pleasant Smoke
No tin date, but it started out smooth like it had some age. Preloaded a bowl, and let it breathe for two hours. Then breathed some air down the bowl. Burns nicely. Mild nicotine, and taste in extremely pleasant. Had to put my Capstan addiction on hold, and find some Virginia at the right price point. This one has a nice tangy finish note, and I had to slow my cadence a bit. Mid bowl the flavor is a tad richer, and some baked bready notes blossum forth. End of the bowl the flavor get a touch of mild sweetness and depth. Probably will smoke the Peterson Flake and Royal Yacht for Fall weather. It's still low 80° here, and I do favor milder smoke when warm. Enjoy yourselves.
G. L. Pease - Lagonda 2oz
G.L. Pease blends always seem well thought out to me. Probably why I have pounds of it, and a cabinet dedicated to G.L. Pease blends now. After an entire jar, this one has to bump a half star. It has excellent legs at the end. I smoke this at night watching my original star trek dvd's. Goes well with the space hotties from 66-69. Enjoy yourselves.
Cornell & Diehl - Habana Daydream 2oz
Tin date was 6/22, note was rich, taste is perfectly splendid on an overcast day. Trying it in the SP estate pipe I snagged. 65 Dunhill root, group 2 poker. This one has a nice finish note. Had to slow my cadence it's so tasty. Should have gone for the 8oz tin. Enjoy yourselves!
Charatan - Rolls 50g
Very Impressive! ☆☆☆☆☆
Presentation and tin note are a solid. All the coins are completely intact. The taste is rich, sophisticated, and from the top, mid bowl, to the end is quite a treat. Got six tins, and going to buy some more right now. I see white ash in the bowl---clean burning, and deeelicious! Did a back-to-back with Chartan vs Peterson DeLuxe Navy Rolls. Both are excellent, but I rate Charatan a half star better. I smoke alot of Peterson too, so just being subjectively honest. Enjoy yourselves!
Mac Baren - HH Pure Virginia 1.75oz
Pure and Tasty
A while back I bought some pounds of Mac Baren for the cellar. Bought tins for den. This tin was dated 04/22. When it is hot outside, I hit my Virginia and VaPers pretty hard. The tin note, room note, and taste on this Virginia are outstanding! Happy to have pounds of this one aging, and tins to puff away on. Enjoy yourselves.
Cornell & Diehl - Carolina Red Flake 2oz
C & D, Homerun! Nice bready notes.
Carolina Red Flake, Sun Bear, and Anthology.
3 for 3. Way to go!
G. L. Pease - JackKnife Ready Rubbed 2oz
Ready Rubbed vs. Plug
A pipester pal sent me two tins of the ready rubbed a few weeks ago. Since I finished my Jacknife plug, I opened a tin of the ready rubbed. This is great too. What I like is every bowl is exactly the same as the last bowl. On plug, I use scissors to break it up, and sometimes (not sure if it's my imagination) I get more or less of one component. The consistency on plug is different. Both are very pleasant though. So now I can be a fan of both. Next plug tin, I am going to break up the entire plug, and ready rub it, then put in the humidor. That should settle it.
Sutliff - Whimsical 50g
This Will Age Well.
Yep, bass notes and spice, full-bodied as described. Tin note was alright, the cut and density were great. Flavor comes out better at mid bowl. Left the tobacco in my humidor and it improved overall. Raising it a half star. Going to age the rest of my tins for a year, and rehit. Enjoy yourselves.
Peterson - Royal Yacht 50g
Ahhhhh, my old pal.
Way back I smoked the Dunhill version. Probably was the first tinned tobacco I ever smoked. Loaded my best caked-up Castello, packed her up, and let her sit for an hour. Fired her up and sat back to reminisce about the olden days. Taste suits me same as it did decades ago. Tried some in a magnum-sized pipe, and it tastes even better. Moved my rating up a half a star. This is proving to be irresistible tobacco for my taste buds. No date on tin, which I prefer manufacturers to do. Enjoy yourselves!
G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
Very Tasty VaPer
My tin was seven months old. Very enjoyable VaPer for my taste buds. We are having monsoon weather. Heat and humidity, so this type of smoke is light and relaxing. Picking up a buttery smoothness that seems unique to this VaPer. Should have purchased more tins. Now, it's sold out. My G.L. Pease tobacco cabinet is stacked and stocked with most of his 12 top tobacco blends as featured in the article. I had 7 out of 12 before the article. Now, I have 10 out of 12. So, I'm a big fan. I smoked a third bowl in a kkkk sized Castello, and the taste improves over the two previous smaller bowls.
Mac Baren - Burley: London Blend 3.5oz
This reminds me of a house blend back in the 1980's. Tin note smells chocolatey, but not too much if you know what I mean. The Burley flavor dominates here, which is perfect. The price point is favorable too. Very pleasing for somebody not traditionally into flavors with tobacco. Just has a hint, and so it will not overpower you. The Burley does taste mature too. Enjoy yourselves.
Cornell & Diehl - Sun Bear Mountain Flower 2oz
Sun Bear Summertime Smoke
Top to bottom this one is another homerun. Anthology small batch was too. This one has that mouthwatering factor going for it. Maybe it's the blackberry/honey, but it has a unique hint of sweetness which is highly addictive to me. Thank God my alarm woke me up at midnight. I had the opportunity to snag 10 tins. After smoking this for three days, I am giving it five stars. The only other tobacco I gave five stars to was Capstan. 2 out of 63 tobaccos. Two tins down the hatch, and it doesn't get old. Enjoy yourselves!
Peterson - De Luxe Navy Rolls 50g
Excellent sippin VAper for my taste. Tin note was wonderful. Loaded one of my nice Castello pipes up, and went to sleep. Woke up to a fresh coffee and smoke. If there were a date on the obverse of tin that would make me happy. The coins are exquisite. After a couple months in a sealed jar the flavor improved a half star for me. Enjoy yourselves.
G. L. Pease - Union Square 2oz
Broke out the Dunhill, 1955 Craggy Prince on this one. Tin note was pleasant and cut was pleasing. I'm thinking it will age really well. When I saw the SP article on the 12 best G.L. Pease tobaccos, I already had 7 in my arsenal. This wasn't in there, but it is now. My tins had 10 months of age. I can tell by how a bowl starts out that it needs a tad more age. I smoke plenty of aged, so it helps me figure out how much time I need in the cellar. Perhaps a month longer in the humidor, and it will be a half star better. Yep, half star better after one month. Enjoy yourselves.
Cornell & Diehl - Anthology 1992-2022 2oz
On SP website page for Anthology, I noticed they included a picture of the raw tobacco with the tin. That is extremely helpful, keep doing that on tinned. Tin note is pleasing, and cut is excellent. Loaded up my most caked Castello pipe. Ok, this tobacoo is really splendid. A Homerun. It has the mouthwatering factor going for it. Taste starts off great (like aged tobacco do), and continues to get better. I get OCD snorkeling on this type of VaPer. Need to slow my cadence down. So glad I purchased alot. Enjoy yourselves.
Sutliff - Crumble Kake Barrel Aged Series No.4 Limited Edition 50g
Tin note is enticing. Cut is easy to load. Flavor starts off great and gets better, which impressed me. Burley, DFK, Va flavors meld and snorkel perfectly. Everybody should be very pleased. Enjoy yourselves!
Savinelli - Jupiter 2oz
Wow, this blend hit the mark bigly! Had to slow my cadence down. Tin note, room note, and strength were all favorable. Makes me wish I had purchased more. July 4th discount is a price point that will come in handy. Get some.
G. L. Pease - Embarcadero 2oz
Pleasant Blend for Summertime
When it gets hot I gravitate toward the Virginia blends and flakes. The tin was dated 11/21. Tin note was pleasant, so I packed a bowl, and let it sit overnight. About mid bowl the complexity and harmony really come together. Not too spicy for medium sipping. Last third of bowl transforms, and is super deeelicious. Gotta love the honeysuckle spicy bread notes, which is leaving me wanting more. Need to stock up. My G.L. Pease cabinet is loaded already too.
Savinelli - Juno 2oz
Three months in the humidor
Rehit this after being in the humidor three months, and it made a big difference in taste off the top of bowl versus when it was fresh from the tin. I actually forgot where I put it since I have so many humidors going. Pleasant surprise! Raised half a star. Enjoy yourselves.
Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 1.75oz
49 Months of Aging
Glad I purchased a pound and some tins. My pipester pal sent me some aged Burley flake. So, I loaded up my long Canadian Castello and went to work. It was almost impossible for me to put down the pipe, very addictive mouthwatering taste. Extra smooth, and mellow, which gave me an OCD snorkeling attack. Everything in the blend melds together so well on this one. Very happy camper.
Tampers & Tools - Tobacco Pipe Wind Cap
I preload pipes, and wanted to smoke outdoors too. This item is very smart. Keeps your preloads from spilling crumbs, and you can smoke pipe outside without embers burning a hole in your shirt, or worse---starting a fire. It fits most pipes. The only pipe it hasn't fit was a Castello bent with a plateau which has curvature. Every flat plateau bowl it has fit very well. I bought seven.
G. L. Pease - Fillmore 2oz
Need a set of bagpipes for this one
If I had a war whistle and could belt out a few notes, they would be in praise of this well blended mixture. This one took me by surprise, since I purchased it six months ago, and forgot where I stashed it. Hard to describe how good it tastes. All I know is it's very unique and savory. I don't have anything in my well-stocked cellar to compare it against. The cut is perfect too. I seem to be gravitating toward G.L. Pease and Mac Baren lately. I will keep trying, buying, and stockpiling. Thanks for keeping my palate satisfied. I went for 5 tins today.
Newminster - No.403 Superior Round Slices
Aged Four Years
My pipester pal sent me a jar of aged smoke. We both like Virginia's, Kentucky Dark Fired, and Burleys. The top note is extraordinary. There's plenty going on. Sweet and spicy notes too. Using one of my favorite Castello pipes. Probably will buy a pound and jar a bunch. Try and mix a few HH Dark Twist coins and these coins together. Very enjoyable tobacco mixture, if you like experimenting. I used four complete coins in each brand. 50/50. Made two generous bowls.
Cornell & Diehl - Gentleman Caller 2oz
Very Tasty and Enticing
Got a 2oz tin on recommendation from an SP rep. We were discussing Burley and Virginia tobacco that we liked. The tin note was oatmeal, rasin, and almost cinnamon. the taste was delightful. I suspect that deer tounge and perique makes it so enticing. Couldn't put it down. Glad I always listen to tobacco people, and try different mixtures. I ordered 3 more tins. Raised a half star to 4.5. This one is deeelicious and smells really good too.
Seattle Pipe Club - Hogshead 4oz
Lucky me ~ A Tasty Treat ~
I ordered five tins. Very pleased with the flavor, tin aroma, room note, and cut. This is a mouthwatering tobacco. On par with the best Virginia's I have smoked. Has that honeysuckle sweet very subtle note I enjoy. Seems mild as far as nicotine. Using a 1961 Dunhill Group 4 craggy shell pot. This is the type of tobacco you can smoke daily, and not become bored. I feel sorry for all the people that were glitched. Once they get some more in--- try again, it's worth the trouble. If you open a tin, and put it in the humidor for a short time, then the taste is even better. It blends well with HH Dark Twist too. Very smooth.
Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 1.75oz
Deeelicious Burley Flake
Need to buy a whole pound. Smoked Burley mixes in the 80's, and this is a fantastic tasting mixture. Burns perfectly. Smells awesome, medium nic buzz. Goes well with a strong iced ( homemade ) coffee. Used a Castello thick-walled stout Canadian on it. Bought a pound yesterday, after testing. It's awesome.
G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug 8oz
Tin had date code of 11/21. I love this one. Probably make it a daily. I used scissors to break it up, and it smells deeelicious. Taste is robust, and savory. Ordered 3, 8oz. tins for the cellar. This is definitely worth stockpiling and gifting in jars. Tested in small group 4 Dunhill bulldog, and a large Baldi. Both tests went smoothly.
Mac Baren - HH Latakia Flake 1.75oz
April 2021 Dated Tin
Been experimenting with a few Mac Baren flakes, so I tried this one. I actually purchased this one to blend into other Mac Baren flakes. I decided to use it full strength 100% at first to get the taste imprinted. Sipped it on a group 3 root briar Prince 1969. It's richness and bass notes are what surprised me. I think I will use it more as a blending component with other Mac Baren flakes. I think it would go well with a strong coffee like expresso too. Today I mixed Latakia flake with Edisto and HH ODF. 33% each. Tasted really good to me.
G. L. Pease - Windjammer 2oz
Room note and tin note are deeelicious. Taste is awesome once the cherry drops, and it transforms. It gets better and better. No chance of becoming bored with it. That being said, it is more of a dessert smoke for me. G. L. Pease mixtures always seem well-balanced and tasty. Used a Dunhill group 6, with small to medium sips, and relaxed for a good while listening to the radio. Enjoy.
Mac Baren - HH Bold Kentucky 1.75oz
Nothing like a slow, cool burning smoke. I made sure I ate dinner first. Even when you open the small tin, you get treated to the gold two-fold presentation. Smells great, taste is superb. Broke out the group 3, Dunhill ~1969, root briar Prince on this one. I will be buying a pound or two, and jar some for aging. ODF ages well too.
Mac Baren - Plumcake 3.5oz
I accidentally purchased this(thinking it was plain Navy Flake), and not being inclined toward aromatics, I was pleasantly surprised. I love Mac Baren tobacco's, and have quite a few pounds in the cellar. The taste on this mixture is really smooth and easy on the palate. The tin note is quite enticing. Hat tip to the man who came up with the mixture. It smokes like a medium English to me much more than an aromatic. I smoked bowl 1 in a 1965 Dunhill shell Prince, group 2. Bowl 2, in a group 4, 1956 shell Prince. My Mac Baren expert says to sip this one as it can bite. I didn't get bit after two bowls, but it may be like that for others. Not sure? Mac Baren keeps impressing me. I keep trying, buying, and stockpiling. Keep up the good work, and please do another run of Rustica. Love that one, Dark Twist, Bold Kentucky, and Old Dark Fired too.
Mac Baren - HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Friend turned me on to a tin from 2021. This one rocks. I like strong cigars too, so this one hits the spot. Please get more of this when available. Putting the rest of this in the special occasion humidor. Nic buzz is strong, but it is the mellow non-queasy type for me. Taste is superb.
Drucquer & Sons - Loch Ness 100g
Yum, Nessie Cake
Opened tin, took in the aroma. Smells excellent. Did a rub out for a bowl, and let it sit in the Castello for two hours. Looks like D & S / Pease is batting .1000. Loch Ness is exceptional and outstanding, as are Blairgowrie, Levant, 1st Ammendment, Red Lion, and Trafalgar. Glad I purchased 300 grams of Loch Ness. The flavor transforms as you move down in the bowl. Sip or robust snorkle, no burn or bite for me. A definite winner! Even with one month in humidor, the taste gets even better. Same with Trafalgar.
Mac Baren - Royal Twist 3.5oz
Fit for a King
Tin 260/7,500 here. I love this one. Unfortunately, I only purchased five tins. The funny thing is I have been mixing Mac Baren ODF and Dark Twist with Virginia tobacco's all week. Did some stoving on Dark Twist too. Anyway, this one is a winner in my book. I hope they do another run. Smooth n' tasty top to bottom. Took the remainder in the rubout dish, and mixed it with some Stockkbye Jubilaeum, 50/50. Another experiment was 33% Dark twist, 33% Edisto, and 33% Royal twist. Both are deeelicious---Enjoy!
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop 2oz
Better after being in humidor
Well, perhaps it will grow on me with some more age in the humidor? It did, same as Briar Fox. Tin note was pleasant. Good nic buzz. Had an enjoyable Group 4 bowl on my 1949 Dunhill craggy pot.
Low Country - Edisto 2oz
Stoved 200°/300 minutes
Smooth top to bottom. Stoved 200°/300 minutes. Opened can to oatmeal cookie smell. Let stoved tobacco oxygenate and cool down for 30 minutes. Loaded a bowl, let it sit overnight, put some in my humidor, and jarred the rest. It's even better in the humidor for short time, probably would age to great. It is smoother on top of bowl, so that aspect is an improvement. I mixed a 50/50 bowl of this Edisto and Mac Baren Old Dark Fired, and it is very good mix. Also mixed 50/50 on stoved Mac Baren Dark Twist. Both sessions I was able to get very relaxed and could separate the tastes easily. I like this for an comparatively inexpensive smoke to blend. I did same mix with Capstan and Mac Baren brands. This is a good value price point. I purchased five tins, and stoved another. Repeated the experiment successfully. It's deeelicious and affordable for mixing, or by itself. I like the cut on it alot.
Mac Baren - Dark Twist 3.5oz
Stoved 200°/300 minutes
It's awesome. Tin notes are a deeelicious rasin oatmeal. After the stoving, opened can after 20 minutes of cooling, to let it breath. Gave it 30 minutes, and loaded a bowl. Taste is worth the effort. Jarred the rest. It isn't a substitute for aging, but does meld flavors like aging. I went and bought two of the one pound bags. On the date code it was 3/21. So already has a solid year and a couple months of age. Anybody that enjoys this should stock up, as the age makes the purchase a smart choice for the cellar or blending with an aged Virgina. Very tasty.
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
Used a pipe I was going to throw out on this one. Glad I did. Both the pipe and tobacco went straight into the trash. I never had an aromatic like this one, and never will again.
Capstan - Flake Blue 1.75oz
Honeysuckle Spring and Summer
Suspect I will order more for Summer. The presentation is deluxe, as is the pure Virginia quality. Comes through and makes my mouth water. The cut and gold foil make for a neat package, and please me. The honeysuckle taste is what I call it. Brings back memories as a youth, and poaching the honeysuckle blossoms off the fence. Then you pull off the back cap of the flower blossum, and the drop of honey you get. I only purchased one tin, and will likely grab five more. Very enjoyable with a glass of lemonade on a Spring day after watering the orchard. Temperatures are mid 90° now, and Capstan is becoming my goto smoke on hot days. It's not as heavy, as some of my other favorites. In Summer weather, that's a good thing. This is probably one of my all-time favorites. I went up to five-star. I never tire of it.
Cornell & Diehl - Eight State Burley 2oz
Nostalgic and Deeelicious too
Reminds me alot of what we smoked in the 80's. The tin note triggered the fond memories. From start to finish, this took me back 40 years before the internet--- to the old store with a carved wooden Indian out front. All types of savory notes. Deeelicious! I went and purchased five tins for the stockpile. Like to see how well this will age. Enjoy. I did a back to back taste comparison on 8 state vs haunted bookshop. My taste buds gave 8 state the win by half a star. Today I used a maxima, madima, maxima Ser Jacopo enormous pipe. I loaded it, and let it sit packed overnight. This session has been a thrill. It is still burning too. 1.5 hours later. Excellent performance in enormous pipes.
Captain Black - Original 7oz
Back in 1981
In my younger days I smoked this and Borkum riff from time to time. We didn't have too many choices. I remember going through alot of pipe cleaners, and it was a tad sweeter than I like. Our tobacconist had a wooden cigar store Indian, and three jars of his own mixtures. So, typically I would run out of his Burley mix, and be jonesing. Nowadays, (with ecommerce, and the internet) there are so many good products, and wide varieties. Captain Black is like the Old Spice of pipe tobacco's. Some people really enjoy it. To each his own.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - Small Batch Jubilaeums Flake 3.5oz
Yep, it's deeelicious!
This smokes as good as five year aged flake. Perhaps better. Mouthwatering and smooth, top to bottom. Used a large bowl Castello, and it burns cool too. You can robustly snorkel, or sip it. I did an experiment by adding the remainder of the rub out with two parts MacBaren HH old Dark Fired Flake. That experiment was also excellent. Glad I purchased four of these. It is expensive, but it is worth it for my taste buds. I decided to jar the four containers for the cellar. I actually called in on it. Jar method was recommended. I suppose if you gift one of these right away in the original packaging, then the recipient will decide. These look packaged to be gifted. I do notice some other tobacco mixtures are canned without vaccum seal, and some are vaccum sealed. Anyway, that is what I did. Put them in rubber sealed jars, and then put away, dated on bottom. I do the same on the luxury bullseye medallions. This smoke is deeelicious.
Drucquer & Sons - First Amendment 100g
My fifth D & S tobacco, and it is outstanding! Love the cut on this. I like to touch, tear, and sniff my tobacco's. I need a second cellar for D & S tobacco mixtures. The presentation from the tin was superb. I could smoke this and the Blairgowrie all day long. The room note is also very pleasing. No bite for me, just endless robust snorkeling from my enormous Baldi pipe. I left a loaded bowl in the Castello overnight. The flavors are even better too. Just saying, I get better taste on tobacco when it is on the dryer side.
Cornell & Diehl - Briar Fox 2oz
Gets better in humidor.
Wanted to see if it was as good as people had commented. It was a pleasant mix and mellow. Definitely gets better when cherry drops, and even better the last 33% of load. Mellow smokey/leathery notes. My tin was dated 1/22. It was fairly dry and ready after rubout. I think it gets even better after a couple of weeks in the humidor too. If you like robust snorkeling, excellent finishing notes, and no bite, then this one is one of those types of mixtures. Enjoy yourselves.
Cleaners & Cleaning Supplies - Obsidian Pipe Stem Oil 18ml
Pretty good ---for new stem maintenance
It's good for maintaining a new or restored pipe stem. I ended up buying a dremel, some bobs for cleaning and polishing, and some colored compounding bars which are like sandpapers. I was able to remove light oxidation to where the stem looked new again. Then several wax coats. Now, I use the obsidian oil and wax after each use.
Drucquer & Sons - Red Lion 200g
I've tried four of these Drucquer & Sons. Red Lion is awesome, as are the others. If you like to have robust snorkeling without any spicy nose burn, then this one is pretty tame. I like to robustly snorkel tobacco, but some are too spicy, so I have to sip it. Not Red Lion. The room note is pleasant too. Taste is deeelicious!
Drucquer & Sons - Trafalgar 100g
Robust Snorkel Time
Well, this is the third D & S tobacco that I have tried. Blairgowrie and Levant were the previous 4.5 star. This blend is great for robust snorkeling. Starts out creamy, then as cherry drops a transformation takes place, and the woodsy, earthy, smokey notes jump ahead. No nose spicyness really. Very smooth and relaxing. I just ordered 5 @200 grams of the Blairgowrie and 5 @200 grams of the Levant. Now, I have to do likewise on the Trafalgar. I stock up on G. L. Pease too. Incidentally, you should look at his Dunhill pipe collection. It's fantastic. Been to that three times and bookmarked. Enjoy your tobacco and relax with some classical music with this blend.
Davidoff - Scottish Mixture 50g
When I started smoking tinned tobacco (90's) this and the medallions in the red tin were the two that were available at the tobacconist. I preferred the red tin. This one is enjoyable, mellow, and easy on the palate.
Drucquer & Sons - Levant Mixture 100g
Medium Sipping Time
Strong in flavor, and very complex. After the cherry dropped, the smoothness came out perfectly. I used a large bowl antler rimmed Castello. Small to medium sips work best for my snorkeling style and cadence. Easier to enjoy the complexity without nose sting. Very rich and luxurious mix. Pleasant nicotine buzz. Relaxing type of tobacco for my taste. The Blairgowrie is easier to have robust snorkeling, but this one is so tasty, you want more. I love these Drucquer tobacco's, they really do a splendid job. Gave a pipe pal a 200gr tin, and he said, "delicious." After several bowls, this mixture grows on you. I keep dipping into the humidor, alot.
Hearth & Home - Black House 1.75oz
Been hitting this tobacco a couple times a month. I have it in a humidor. It gets better and better with time. I like sipping these types of tobacco in group 1-3 Dunhill pipes. For me, the smaller group pipes and load is just right, and my palate doesn't get torn up.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
Love this batch in the 100g tins. The presentation grabs me same as the 50g tins. Very professional. You know right away from the smell this is a special tobacco. The cut is great. I just twisted it in half, and worked it neatly back into the tin. Then picked a couple strips and oxygenated it. Now it's smoking in my Castello perfectly. Robust snorkeling soaking in the intensity and flavor as the cherry drops. Honeysuckle notes. Deeeelicious. That's why it sells so fast.
Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 1.75oz
A friend gave me some of this blend dated from 12/2018. Very satisfying and subtle. Very right for some robust snorkeling. I was able to pick up a faint rasin bread finish note mid 2nd bowl, hint of cocoa, and a subtle woodsy note. Quite impressed with this blend's top note and finish. Third bowl was in the huge 80's Baldi billiard, got a nice nicotine buzz with full flavor. It leaves me wanting more, so I purchased 10 [email protected]. Age some, and smoke some more. If I mix this with a nice Virginia flake (50/50) it performs great too, and doesn't overpower the Virginia.
Savinelli - Brunello Flake 100g
Aged five years
Excellent smoke. A friend gave me some aged Brunello flake. Virginia sweetness comes out even better, top to bottom. Need to buy some more for stockpile. Only have one tin left. I preload pipes more now. 52% relative humidity in my den, and 73°. I can leave preloaded pipes 24 hours, no problem--- tastes better to me. If you are moving off ciggs, then it helps to have a pipe ready to go. That's my trick.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 8oz
Upon opening the 8oz tin and breaking off enough for a big bowl in the Castello, I noticed the leaf and texture was pleasing. I used scissors on leaves to break it up. I let it sit packed in bowl for an hour in 52% relative humidity inside my den. It's a sipping tobacco for me. Small sips or I get a spicy nose on snorkeling. It really tastes perfectly English. I appreciate that the tin was dated and the smoke was seven months old. I put six ounces in sealed jars for more aging. This is very smooth, and quite a value. Tested it again after short aging, and I thinks it tastes even smoother.
Savinelli - Doblone d'Oro 100g
Love the 100g portion, and fresh coin style tobacco's. I smoke all the coin tobacco types. Davidoff, Escudo, 3 Nuns, Mac Baren, Stockkbye, and now this Savinelli. I preload bowls, and let it oxygenate for a couple hours in my den at 52% relative humidity. Burns nicely, comes ready to smoke, rubs out easily, packs easily.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Smoke n' Honey
Smoked a couple pounds of this before I discovered tinned. Always felt it was a good deal. Buy a pound, and enjoy. Smokey, leathery, honey notes. Consistently flavorful down to the last bit. I put six ounces away to age. Tested after six months of jar aging. Noticeable difference. Try it.
Drucquer & Sons - Blairgowrie 100g
Smooth blend and deeelicious!
Blended nicely. I pick up leathery and earthy notes on snorkeling. Spicy notes are not too powerful, which is very clean and smooth. This smoke is the type you could smoke all day, and not become bored. As you move down in the bowl it gets even better. Smoked three bowls today of different sizes, bought 200 grams more. I preload bowls, and let it oxygenate in the bowl for a couple hours. My den is 52% relative humidity. It smokes tastier on the more oxygenated side for me. This one will probably end up being a daily smoke. I already smoked 80 grams in like nine days. Money well spent. Bought 5 of the 200gr. tins. This is a daily now. It's great, and so is 1st Ammendment. Both kick ---you know what.
Peterson - Elizabethan Mixture 50g
Light and Savory
Lit up my old Castello Fiammata with this mixture. Had a pleasant mellow bowl. The flavors blended well, and it has a warm leathery rawhide flavor that snorkels well for my taste. I let a preloaded bowl sit for eight hours, and it smoked even better (on the dryer side) for me. *relative humidity 52% *room temp 73°
Peterson - My Mixture 965 50g
Like this one for the toastee notes. Smoked very well in my 1961 Dunhill Tanshell foursquare. Probably keep a few more tins in the stockpile. Very mild to me, and not boring at all. My tin did not make the air release noise very well, but the contents were fresh. It was ready to smoke, but I gave it a few minutes beforehand anyways in my rubout dish. I think the tobacco likes to oxygenate.
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
This reminds me of the first time I tasted a Dr. Brown's cream soda. Then there were some spicy notes, and I became hypnotized on the smooth snorkeling. I went and purchased ten tins. This mixture really is pleasing. I smoke two bowls each day of this Presbyterian tobacco.
Three Nuns - Three Nuns 1.75oz
Burn was smooth top to bottom. Smokey notes, mild woodsy, toasted bread notes. Comes ready out of tin. Needed five minutes to breath. I went for twenty more tins. This is very pleasing tobacco. I like to have some of the English family, Burley family, and then switch to Virginia family during the day. Variety is the spice of life. I have yet to find a tinned best seller that was displeasing.
Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River Special Reserve 4oz
Tried the Plum Pudding Special Reserve. Loved it, so I tried this one as a flyer. Been smoking a bowl after supper. Revisited this after eightweeks in the humidor. Went for some robust snorkeling as it wasn't burning my nose. This has improved and blended with a small time in the humidor. Picking up some honeysuckle notes mid bowl that make my mouth water. On a rapid triple snorkel it did sting a tad, but that rasin bread note was great and worth it. This is my dessert, and far less calories than ice cream. Deeper down I hit a mocha deep bass note. Excellent smoke!
Peterson - Nightcap 50g
This mixture is very tasty, but not overwhelming. l ordered ten tins just now. Very pleased on this one. Could smoke it all day.
Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 50g
I tested a second bowl in a bigger pipe with a better cake. I raised my rating. Also, the tobacco has been in my humidor for a few days now. Maybe it needed more breathing? The flavor is coming through much better now on snorkeling. Very satisfying.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 50g
Deeelicious Virgina smoke. Takes me to that place in the great outdoors. Smells as good as it looks with the A+ presentation in the tin. Definitely could smoke Orlik all day in my estate Baldi. Once the cherry sinks, the fun begins. Gets better and better all the way. I stockpiled 10 tins. This is a very luxurious smoke. Love it.
G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
Happy I went for five tins. Pays to read the connoisseur notes. Snorkles perfectly too.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Special Reserve 4oz
Glad I read everyone's postings. Oh boy is this a pleasant smoking mixture. I ordered three, 4oz. I should have ordered five. Smooth and luxuriously relaxing smoke. Burns nicely to a white ash.
Cornell & Diehl - Bow-Legged Bear 8oz
15 years old gift
Just sampled some of my Christmas gift. This smokes like what I had in the 80s, from a house blend. Except, five times smoother. I plan on buying 10 tins. Very smooth, and tasty. It will be good to compare against new product. It's excellent morning smoke for me.
Bengal Slices - Bengal Slices White 1.75oz
Loaded up the 1961 Dunhill, Tanshell, paneled billiard. This hit my taste perfectly. I already tested the Black Bengal last week. It isn't as strong as black---more subtle. Suits me perfectly. All the connoisseurs out here really help me with their excellent writing style and descriptions. I usually buy 10 tins, so you all help me avoid mistakes. Thank you. Happy 2022.
Davidoff - Flake Medallions 50g
After a few tins now, I never tire of this one. I love how it gets better as you get into the bowl, and at the final bit toward the end. I catch myself daydreaming after an hour. I usually smoke this in my big Castello Fiammatta. I live offgrid, and this taste feels smokey and woodsey, after dinner.
Bengal Slices - Bengal Slices 1.75oz
I tried to dry out the mixture more than my first test, packed a bowl, and let it sit in the Castello for five hours. I loaded it chunkier too. The top of the load made for a perfect char, and then the enjoyment lasted for a long time. Big difference! Moved my rating up. The Belgain Malinois loves the black label. She jumps up in my lap, and daydreams with me. I tried this method on the White Label too. Works better for me on these two tobacco brands. Another trick I do now is take a smidgen of peanut butter in my mouth, when I change to another brand during the day. Seems to clear the palette, and give a blank slate. Try it out.
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- ► I picked up a Frederico made pipe in the same shape as the Paolo made Becker, only a size smaller. One thing I notice when smoking Capstan is that both pipes deliver the flavor better than my Dunhill and Castello collections. Of course, it could be subjective, but I notice it quite distinctly. I picked up a smooth zulu Becker as a third pipe. It is made briar wood. The two previous shapes use strawberry wood. The third pipe also delivers flavor extremely well. I hope I am not imagining this? If you have not tried a Becker pipe, you should try one. They really smoke well, and yes they are expensive. Money well-spent.
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