Cornell & Diehl - Orient Express 2oz
Finally a blend that gets compared to 965 that actually resembles it. This is a little less sweet than 965, but the cavendish is there smoothing it out. This blend is rife with the tangy, sour Oriental flavors that I want in an English blend. OE is a good all day smoke for real English lovers and an evening treat for the punters.
Cornell & Diehl - Red Carpet 2oz
Sweet & Spicy
Sweet red Virginia with a sorghum note combined with a good shot of Perique giving figs and pepper to the mix. Highly recommended to fans of Perique flavors.
Cornell & Diehl - Red Stag 2oz
Anytime English Blend
Red Stag is like an English codger blend, in a good way. It has a singular flavor top to bottom without a lot of change. It has a smooth and smokey taste that holds together as one. Kind of like a recipe with many ingredients that just has a taste of the finished dish, like a good chili. Don't spin your wheels trying to figure out the Latakia percentage or picking out which Oriental varietals are in it. Just enjoy the mild flavor for what it is, satisfying and smooth. This is a good choice for English fans who crave a simple and light taste as a break from lat bombs or super tangy Orientals. It would also be a nice cange of pace for burley lovers with itts smooth tobacco flavor. Get a couple of tins and see for yourself, you can't go wrong.
Peterson - My Mixture 965 50g
Still the Best
I'm smoking a tin of this for the first time in years.it's the first English I ever smoked and it's still terrific. Don't let any of those imposters fool you, this is the definition of an English blend.
Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #4 2oz
How am I Supposed to Know?
So wet in the tin that I would bet it wouldn't burn with charcoal lighter. I spread it out on a sheet of paper and went to the store for 2 hours. When I returned it was as crunchy as corn flakes. I put a humidifier button in the jar and now I get to wait a couple of days for it to even out. I like some C&D/G.L Pease blends, but it's a pain in the ass trying to get them smokeable. I wish C&D would quit drowning their products with whatever it is that they add to them. I never go through this with most of the other tobaccos I smoke. Update: I gave this tobacco a dismal review because of its condition upon opening the tin. After I got it stabilized I tried a few bowls and this is my opinion after trying it. The dark fired contributes most of the flavor, a dark and smoky flavor with notes of sorghum. The flavor is not bad, but there are other things that rule it out for me. It is hard to keep lit, and the more you work to keep it going the more you get of its intense nicotine hit. The nicotine comes on with the first draw and does not let up through the rest of the bowl. Even after a large meal I could not finish a bowl of it. To sum it up, it would be a good blend for the flavor if you can take the nicotine, but it's way too intense for me. If you are a big burley fan, go ahead and give it a try.
Cornell & Diehl - Sunset Harbor Flake 2oz
Under the Radar
This blend doesn't get much exposure, but it should. It's rich and smoky without being too overbearing. It burns well and grnerates a good deal of smoke with a good mouth feel. If you like English blends, try this one. It's rich without any ingredient being too far forward.
Tampers & Tools - Low Country Reamer
It came with a burr on both edges that necessitated me dressing it down and putting an edge on it. Reamers don't need to be razor sharp, but they do need to be smooth on the edges.
Balkan Sasieni - Balkan Sasieni 50g
I have no idea how I have skipped over this blemd for so long.This is the absolute finest medium English blend I have ever had. Do yourself a favor and don't wait.
Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 50g
Why the Hoopla?
I'm smoking some of this after reading so many grandiose reviews and I can't figure out the reason why. It's a mild English, nothing more. Don't waste your time chasing it. Any Peterson/Dunhill blend is a better choice.
Solani - Virginia Flake - 633 50g
Superb Light Virginia
This is a really fine light Virginia. Sweet, grassy and easy burning. Is it worth twice the price of my old favorite Orlik? No.
G. L. Pease - Westminster 2oz
Middle of the road English. I prefer the more flavorful blends, but this one is OK.
Hearth & Home - Black House 1.75oz
At first I thoight it to be sort of bland, but after it sat in a jar for a few weeks it became quite good. It's sweet and smoky, but not too spicy. A satisfying blend. Try some for the price, you'll like it.
Dan Tobacco - Old Ironsides 50g
Not so much
I waited a year to try it and it was worth the wait to see what it is like. No surprise, it astes like latakia. Big surprise, that is all it tastes like. I love latakia, but this blend is completely one dimensional. I'll stick with Nightcap, Artisan's Blend and others with a good shot of latakia along with some other tasty flavors.
G. L. Pease - Samarra 20th Anniversary 2oz
The Orientals and the Latakia seem to come forward at the sane time without one taking first place. The extra dash of quality Orientals makes this blend, giving it a nice tang. It's a fine English blend that seems to be a hybrid of Dunhill Standard Mixture and Nightcap. Get some while you can.
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Tastes like straight Izmir, flowery and sickly sweet. There is not enough latakia to taste it, so I wonder why they even call it an English blend. It's more like an aromatic than anything. 1 tin, 2 bowls, trash can. What a waste.
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East
I just finished off a 2 oz. Sample of this and I can't taste anything but Latakia. It's not bad but it lacks depth and complexity. I won't be buying any more because there is just too much out there with more flavor.
G. L. Pease - Spark Plug 2oz
Mr. Pease was right when he said "Latakiaphiles will love it.". I'm one and I love it. Coarsely rubbed the flavors mingle on each draw, giving you a taste of the blender's magic touch. Get some now or kick yourself later.
Cornell & Diehl - Oriental Silk
Tastes like a vanilla wafer. I like that taste better in a vanilla wafer.
Cornell & Diehl - Stratfordshire
Middle of the Road
Middle of the road English.. Not a lat bomb and the flavors run to the Virginias. Full bodied, burns well but the Black Cavendish is not for me.
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
Search No More
Just finished the first bowl. Finally something with some flavor. If you miss Nightcap, buy this. It may actually be better.
F & K - Lancer Ready Rubbed
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.
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.