Cornell & Diehl - Awakened Elder 2oz
More like Awakened from Dreams in the Witch House
At first glance this tobacco stands out. Like other entries in this series, the blend is unique. I am reminded of how Dreams of Kadath is technically a Virginia blend but it is also so exceptionally distinctive. This blend follows that same pattern but in a completely different direction. Where Dreams of Kadath is bold and intriguing, Awakened Elder is elusive and complex. For example, being an English blend, I expected a heavier dose of Latakia (I typically love blends with generous amounts of Latakia) but Awakened Elder is very subtle in this regard. The tin note is closer to a Virginia blend than an English. That’s not a bad thing just unexpected. Very evenly blended. The smoke is light and pleasant. Just enough latakia to sate my expectations of an English blend but all around calmer than sat a Maltese Falcon or Mississippi Mud. It kind of reminds me of a more laid back Plum Pudding. Overall, I find the blend to be very satisfying and I will be keeping a stock of this blend on hand. Although, I think the name is misleading. I don’t think of the chaos and mind breaking reality of the elder gods but rather the calm relief of waking from a bad dream.
G. L. Pease - Penny Farthing 2oz
Not for me
There are several things to like about this tobacco. The shag cut is nice and is very easy to light and keep lit and it burns very evenly. The moisture level is about perfect straight out of the tin. The tin note is nice and subtle. The smoke also packs a punch! However, there is one huge drawback to this blend; it doesn’t taste good. It reminds me of smoking cowboy killers.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
The coins are nice and the smoke is extremely well balanced. Very pleasant all day smoke. Like every element of this tobacco, the tin note is subtle. The room note and nicotine hit is lighter than bayou morning which for me is a good thing. The Perique taKe the back seat in this blend. Overall, I would say that this is a good evening smoke that gives you everything that you would generally expect out of a Virginia blend.
Cult - Anonymous 50g
This is a very nice aromatic. The tobacco is dark with a mix of light colors. The tin note is very nice. It doesn’t smell like a barn or hayride (not a bad thing at all) that is common with a Virginia. But it is is a lite aromatic that really captures the virginias. You taste the vanilla but it is very subtle. The taste isn’t strong enough to capture the memories of walking in the fields in autumn (a common theme for me and Virginias) but it does have a touch of mystery to it. The name “Anonymous” is very fitting as it is hard to describe. All around it is a fine all day smoke. The room note is not pungent at all. The tobacco came “smoke ready” and was perfect out of the can. I am very happy with this and will buy more.
Cornell & Diehl - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas 2oz
Kind of a light punch
This blend has a nice tin note and reminds me of a chai tea. The smoke itself is really light. The room note didn’t seem that strong to me and the taste ok. There was no tongue bite at all so there is that. For me it is probably more of a novelty than a regular smoke and that’s ok. Personally, for an aromatic I would rather have the Cult Blood Red Moon but this is a nice change that adds an element of diversity to the tobacco cellar. I just think that with Saint Nicholas’s history of punching out Arius he would prefer a stronger smoke.
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
It's good for what it is
The tin note is simply amazing. Vanilla and cherry notes for days. The smoke itself isn’t quite as strong with those flavors (and that is a good thing) and the taste very pleasant. It is a light smoke that is perfect for an evening on the porch. I did encounter some bite but it wasn’t too bad. All in all I recommend this blend. It is especially good for the new pipe smoker who might not have a pallet of a seasoned veteran.
Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 2oz
Like a fine Cigar
A few friends and I recently tried this blend. We all had the same conclusion that this pipe tobacco reminds one of a fine cigar. It is a strong smoke but pleasant to the pallet. After smoking this I have since went back to an easier smoking blend and I felt cheapened by the lighter smoke. It's as if Pirate Kake is the tobacco I didn't know that I wanted.