Cornell & Diehl - Bradyville
An Aromatic That's Just OK
A big, boozy tin note gives way to a rather thin smoke without much more than semi-sweet alcohol on the palate. I love a good brandy as much as the next guy, but the almost medicinal flavor of the topping overwhelms the tobaccos in this one. Smokes hot if pushed but doesn't bite. If you're looking to taste nothing more than what you smell out of the tin, this one's for you. If you're looking for something a bit more complex, though, I'd advise you to keep looking.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Paragon Wax 1oz
I've been very pleased with the results I've managed to achieve on my smooth pipes using nothing more than Paragon Wax, an old sock, and some elbow grease. I'm sure I could get a higher shine using a Dremel or some other buffing tool, but I'm happy with the level of finish and protection I can manage without introducing mechanical buffing into the process. Just remember that, like most pipe maintenance products, a little goes a long way and patient persistence is rewarded with quality results.
Pipe Accessories - Neerup Leather Tobacco Mat Chestnut
Man, what a phenomenal find! I love the size of this mat and the color is absolutely gorgeous. The Neerup debossing and edge stitching are perfectly executed, too. The finish isn't oily, allowing tobacco to slide right off without gumming up. Just an all around great value with top notch looks to spare.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Dunhill Pipe Wipe
Worth Every Penny!
Great for touch ups between full-blown wax polishes, this cloth is a far better alternative for ongoing maintenance than the competing Savinelli Magic Cloth. I'm beyond pleased with the shine and luster I'm able to achieve with a minimum amount of time and effort.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Pipemaster Clean and Cure 2oz
Does What It Says On The Label
A fine alternative to cleaning with higher-proof alcohols, this effectively strips buildup while leaving a slightly sweet flavor that eliminates any souring without ghosting into the smoke itself. 5/5 highly recommended.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Obsidian Pipe Stem Oil 15ml
Works exactly as described. Just the slightest drop is enough to cover an average stem. Try to remember that, like just about any other maintenance product, it's going to work best if you use it on a clean, brightly polished stem. It's not a miracle curative for dull or heavily oxidized ebonite, but rather a way to keep your stems looking fresh from the factory and/or keeping the finish protected on a recent restoration.
Cornell & Diehl - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas 2oz
Upon opening the can I was presented with a gorgeous blend of primarily ribbon cut golden Virginias studded with slightly chunkier bits of Cavendish and a smattering of Perique. The tin note was entirely as described, equal parts sweet tobacco, Grand Marnier, and candied ginger. After a brief drying, I packed a few pinches into my Randy Wiley Dublin and gave it a go. What a lovely tobacco! The core tobacco was always at the forefront, but the rich, dark orange liquer sweetness and ginger spice were ever-present around the edges of the smoke. The topping never overwhelmed, though, as this smoked much more like a Danish aromatic rather than an American one. Mouth feel was terrific and bite was nonexistent so long as I took my time with this one. My only complaint here is that it's a limited edition blend that C&D is highly unlikely to ever re-release. I'll just have to make do with the two additional cans I've put back for future holidays, as I found it to be the ideal Christmas aromatic. This one's a winner from the stunning label all the way down to the end of the bowl!