Capstan - Flake Yellow 1.75oz
This is better than the blue flake.
Amphora - Full Aroma 1.75oz
Good for beginners
This was the very first pipe tobacco that I bought. Initially, I wanted to smoke something that tasted good and smelled good - "normal" tobaccos scared me and I thought it would taste like ashtray. So I grabbed this from my local pipeshop. This is a very good tobacco if you're a beginner or just getting into aromatics. It does bite a bit, specially if you're new and don't know how to smoke properly. Tobacco is a bit moist out of the package, so it needs an hour or two to dry. Taste is very floral, orange-y, lemon-y, but not overpowering which makes it ideal for those who want to try aromatics. Description says that there's supposed to be some chocolate in it as well, but I didn't taste that at all. The room note is sweet and floral as well. Nicotine is mild, low and could easily be an all day smoke.
Cornell & Diehl - Big 'n' Burley
Initially I hated this blend. It reminded me too much of cheap gas station cigars. However, once my cabinet was empty, this was the only thing I had left. Nipped it a few times and eventually grew fond of it, now it's a daily smoke. For me, there's a strong nicotine kick. The burley is the front player here. Perique adds a little tingle here and there, while I don't notice the latakia nor orientals at all. The tobacco smells like burley - or cheap cigar - and the smoke is smelly too. Recommend smoking it outside, so it doesn't stink up the whole house.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Bourbon Barrel Aged 2oz
This is probably the best blend I've smoked. The latakia and the bourbon/whisky mesh well and really compliment each other. The bourbon is also very noticable, both in flavour and in smell. For me, the latakia is very much in the front, where the virginia and others take a major step back, but there's still a hint of sweetness, which is also being helped by the bourbon. If you can spare the additional $2.5 , then choose this blend over the normal plum pudding.
Seattle Pipe Club - Christmas Spirit 2022 4oz
Okay but nothing special
Got this from a friend overseas. In true SPC fashion, they have created something that reminds me of an american christmas. Nothing like what we have here in Denmark. It is savory, sweet and like the rum or whisky barrel variant, you can definitely taste the cognac. For me, the latakia and perique takes the front, specially the perique, but essensially that comes down to the individual smoker, packing etc. I see a lot of people complain about the price. I do agree, that yes almost $40 is a bit steep, compared to what you get. However, I would compare that to any of the Esoterica blends. Overhyped and overpriced. For what this blend is, I'll recommend going with the SPC Bourbon Barrel instead. Not only do you get more for the money (2 tins for the price of this limited one), but the bourbon pairs better with the latakia.