Cornell & Diehl - Mountain Camp
It has everything in it and it all hits you at once. The latakia tin note is overwhelmed by a wave of burley and perique followed up by some orientals It all comes at once, not together, but as an an annoying barrage of flavors that leave you ewondering what the hell you're smokng. I'm going to have a bowl of Nightcap to cleanse my palate.
Cornell & Diehl - Carolina Red Flake 2oz
I can't get it, so how can I revirw it ?7
The 25 tin a day limit is too high and leaves many of us wanting Make it 5 tins a day and keep the hogs at bay. I don't want to wait a year for more, and I'm probably not alone. Don't worry, you'll sell oit with a 5 tin limit, it will just give some more of yout customers a chance. BTW, my dealings with the company have been excellent, but this is one thing I think you could do better.
G. L. Pease - Odyssey 2oz
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Just finished the first bowl. Finally something with some flavor. If you miss Nightcap, buy this. It may actually be better.
F & K - Lancer Slices
Great Tobacco Flavor
Rich, uncomplicated flavor. I can see why everybody likes it so much. This is a blend that will always be good, but it's a little too uncomplicated to get 5 stars. I'll order more next time it decides to show up.
Cornell & Diehl - Opening Night 2oz
The Jury's Out
I smoked the first bowl in a new pipe. Not a fair test, but it tasted thin and like cigarettes. The next try was a well broken-in pipe that has only seen quality Virginias. At first it was still thin and like cigarettes, but that changed about 1/3 of the way down into a nice red Virginia flavor. The flavor deepened as it went and I began to see the real potential of this blend. However, it didn't produce much smoke and took some effort to keep going. I think with the proper prep this could be extremely good, but like I said, the Jury's out.
Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
Very Good Virginia
It tastes almost exactly like Ashton Gold Rush. Not quite as hay/sweet as Orlik, but a nice nutty taste with some citrus notes. The only problem is that it tastes quite a bit like Dunhill cigarettes and I almost inhaled it a couple of times at the start.
Cornell & Diehl - Byzantium
The sweet, perfumy taste of the Orientals lasts all the way to the bottom of the bowl. It never gets overwhelmed by the Latakia in the second half, like it does in many English blends. Sweet aroma, easy smoke, tasty...it's hard to beat if you like the Oriental leaf.
Ashton - Artisan's Blend 50g
The Real Thing
The Latakia in this blend is the best out there. 'Nuf said
G. L. Pease - Embarcadero 2oz
Another bowl of G.L. Pease "broken flake" that worked me to death to keep it lit. I guess I'm just going to have to let all of it dry out for at least 30 minutes before loading my pipe. Same thing happens with Quiet Nights. I rub it out some, but not into dust, and I still have a tough time keeping it ablaze. The pity is that I would easily give this 5 stars for its flavor. It's delicious red Virginia with some delightful tea notes from the Izmir leaf. One of the best I've had. I guess I'm going to have to learn how to work it better because I want to keep smoking it. I just returned to pipe smoking after a 20 year hiatus, but I have smoked bales of Orlik and McClelland flakes right out of the tin with no problems. The next one's the best one, I guess.
Lane Limited - Crown Achievement
Have you ever been to a barbeque where they put some pecan shells on the coals to add a little nutty sweetness ? If not, try this. A little sweet, a little nutty and a ton of charcoal briquet Latakia. This is Nightcap's daddy.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
My first bowl was a fold and stuff, and it was terrible. The first half of the bowl just tasted like nasty cavendish. I was going to dump it, but when I started to clean it out I got down to the first whole coin I had loaded and it was untouched. Because this blend gets so many good reviews I decided to relight it at that point. Then I started to get the real flavor coming through and decided to give it a second chance. Bowl nimber two was rubbed out and I finally got to see what everybody was going on about. It started out sweet and showed that hay quality all Virginias share. By the time it was halfway down that had become a rich taste that reminded me of waffles. At the very bottom I was working a little to keep it going and got some of that pepper from the Perique It didn't burn hot or bite my tongue. All in all it's very good, and now I can see what makes it so popular. I held back one star because I'm still looking for that blend with a deeper red Virginia taste, but I'll be keeping this around until I find it.
Cornell & Diehl - Red Odessa
Light blend with some Oriental sweetness and just enoigh Latakia to make the team. An excellent morning smoke. Go slow and you will enjoy it.
Cornell & Diehl - Three Friars
Nice Mild Virginia
Starts off sweet, then settles into a mild Vitginia flavor. While it's mostly nutty, I get some citrus notes on a big draw. Not nearly as hay/grassy as Orlik, but you can taste the Perique in this one. The burley adds some nuttiness, but it is not very noticeable unto itself. Burns good and produces a good amount of smoke without a bite. Orlik is still my fave, but this one gets a spot as a change of pace.
Ashton - Gold Rush 50g
I've been smoking this for a few days to see what I thought of it. It has a nice medium flavor, but no hay/grass of light Virginias. It is more like bread, like some red Virginia but it is mild and withoit Perique it lacks the pepper found in most red VaPer blends. I am a big Orlik fan, but I think I'm going to keep some of this around for a change of pace. It's in the middle as far as Virginias go. It does burn hot, but doesn't burn your tongue. The aroma is just pleasant pipe smoke while you are smoking it, but it hangs in the room and smells like cigarettes for a long time after you finish it. Overall worth a try, even if they were out of lemons the day they tinned the one I got.
Kramer's - Father Dempsey
Not What I Was Looking For...But
So many reviews compared this to 965 that I bought it looking to come close to one of my old faves. Didn't happen. Instead what I got was a complex, beautiful blend with a lot of sweet Orientals that tastes nothing like the pure charcoal grill that was 965. Father Dempsey is terrific, sweet, fragrant, complex and it smokes beautifully. It's going to be my go-to daytime smoke.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 50g
Best Light Virginia Out There
Orlik has everything that you buy a light Virginia for, sweet hay/grass flavor with just a little Perique tang. I've tried a lot of them and this is the one I came back to. Consistent and burns good no matter how you prep it. I rub it out just a little and it never lets me down.
G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
Full flavored English blend. Oriental forward with sweet incense over the top of a good bit of Latakia. The Viginias add some smooth body to a creamy, mouth filling smoke. As a longtime McClelland fan I can tell you that this is a quality blend. I stuffed the first few bowls and they were great, but I rubbed it out tonight and packed it a bit tighter and it was fantastic. This is what you've been looking for.