Cornell & Diehl - Carolina Red Flake with Perique 2oz
A va/per with strength
This is quite good. Bought six tins so that I could try some and have a bit to cellar. After drying it out I found a raisin like sweetness with a mellow spice, followed by a punch of nicotine. Immediately bought seven more tins. I will open a tin every year to see how it improves. If I remember to, I will report back in twelve years, lol.
Old German Clay - Markus Fohr Billiard
This pipe smokes fine. I added some shrink tubing so I can clench it. I keep it in my car with a tin for emergencies. But wow is the bowl freakin' HUGE! The biggest I own, this is a two hour smoke. It has to be an inch in diameter. This makes me not want to smoke it, but your mileage may vary.
Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd
Every time I smoke something else, whether it be a vaunted Small Batch release, a tasty english or a solid vaper, I always have the thought "this is nice, but it's not Billy Budd." This stuff has consumed me. It is my all day smoke; a smoke for any and every occasion. Rough cut, rough tasting, this blend is burley forward despite the latakia content. I think the CT maduro leaf somehow tames the smoky cyprian leaf. Nutty, earthy, umami, smoky, sour, wholesome. There is virginia in here as well, but it makes up less than one percent of the blend. Perfect.
F & K - Lancer Slices
So, I ordered an entire 500 gram bag without ever trying this, as I knew I would like it. I am glad I did, because somehow my bag was from 2015! Because of that, this is an extremely smooth, smoky blend with a hint of sweetness. Fusilier's ration is probably my favorite tobacco and this is just like it somehow, without the top note or cavendish. I need to be careful that I don't smoke this all up at once, as I doubt the next bag I buy will have this much age on it. Oh, and the cut is shattered flakes that are over a foot long to boot! God bless whoever blended this.
Lighters - Zippo Armor High Polish Brass Pipe Lighter
My lighter no longer looks this shiny. I have had it for a little over six months now, and it never fails to work. It tarnishes with use and age, which gives it an antique look. I love it and use it every day, all day.
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East
All day every day smoke for me. When I don't know what I want, I reach for this. Despite the fifty percent latakia going on here, it has a strong oriental note. Smooth and woodsy, smoky and tangy. The perfect smoke for any occasion. The price is quite nice as well.
Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 16oz
Like someone dumped a wheelbarrow full of incense onto a bonfire. Temple incense with a side of grilled beef. This does blast my palette out completely after smoking it, so it is resigned to evening smokes until I can strengthen my tongue. I buy it by the pound.
Warped - Kings Stride 2oz
This stuff smells so interesting in the tin. I should have listened to another reviewer who said this tastes like cheese. It tastes like I just bit off a giant chunk of parmesan and sloshed it around in my mouth for an hour. This is going into a deep dark place in my cellar, where hopefully a few years may lessen the musk. Most certainly the most unique tobacco I have ever tried though, so there is that.
Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus
I was looking for a burley mix to replace Prince Albert, as I have found it too mild as of late. I ordered an ounce of this and smoked through it in just two days. Creamy, nutty, and just a whisper of sweetness. I just ordered a pound. We will see if it holds up over a few months.
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The Importance of Process
- ► One thing I need to do is open every jar I have in rotation and let them dry out overnight. Wet tobacco is awful and I never have the patience to let a pinch dry out. Why can't all tobacco be as dry as Billy Budd?Also, I need to learn to enjoy the process of cleaning my pipes more (and my guns, and sharpening knives), as I am a man who uses the same pipe all day. Cake buildup on a seven day set happens faster than you think.