Sutliff - Pumpkin Spice
Mild but Nice
Smooth aromatic with a touch of spice in the smoke. Wish more of that came through, but nothing to complain about. Very little/no tongue bite. Good for the price.
Mac Baren - Vanilla Cream 3.5oz
Sweet & Wholesome
Delicious aromatic. Light on the tongue, without that sticky sweetness some people don't like about the family. Excellent room note, and a flavor that reminds me of sweet bread pudding or baked bars, and a nice complimenting hint of vanilla. Would recommend. Quality product.
Daughters & Ryan - Rowland Silver 40g
About as simple as it comes. Reminds me of stuff that blurs the line between armomatics & other stuff, like Granger. Kind of evocative of bourbon or something. Would recommend if you like that kind of thing, at a good price.
Bengal Slices - Bengal Slices White 1.75oz
That classic salty, hearty English taste in spades, and smokes light and easy. Very nice, evocative of Dunhill's Aperetif blend, but a bit less "after dinner"-ish. Would recommend if you like this sort of thing.
Super Value - Cherry Cavendish 1.5oz
Not really that good, which is a shame because this is actually the first tobacco I ever smoked when I was like, 15. Had a lot since, going back to this wasn't really a good choice. Oh well! Fun for old times sake. Smokes really hot, kind of flavorless, and smells too sweet in the bag.
Planta - Danish Black Vanilla 50g
Not as sweet-smelling in the tin as a lot of aromatics, but a delicious, complex flavor & very soft smoke. Recommended.
Tampers & Tools - Pipe Cover
Can't say much else. Functions & looks neat. Wish it had a hook for a chain.
Vauen - Bavarian Blend 50g
Don't Know why it's "Barvarian"...
Good stuff. Pretty simple. Reminds me of Granger, but a bit stronger...yet somehow mellower? Dunno. No super sticky flavoring or anything, so should be pretty universally appealing.
Cornell & Diehl - Apricots and Cream 2oz
I get if you don't want to smoke these sticky, sweet concoctions. But I'm a fiend for this kind of stuff. C&D's "cream" flavoring is really good in just about anything, and this is almost evocative of holiday chocolates out of the tin. Smokes wet, so be careful, but I'd recommend to any fans of these aromatics. If you like this brand, you'll probably like this. My favorite tobacco.
CAO - Bella Vanilla 50g
I Forgot I Had This
But actually though. Totally run-of-the-mill armomatic, just inferior to their cigars etc. It's not bad, but there isn't much notable in the smoke or the room note. Forgettable but inoffensive.
Granger - Granger 12oz
Mild & Easy
Burns very cool, has a gentle, tobacco-forward flavor like dried fruit, and inexpensive. Very much enjoy, and, not to be cliche, would have with just about any pairing or none, any time of day. Highly recommend.
Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
The first time I smoked this, I didn't like it. Very different from what I was used to. But! Came back months later on a whim and changed my mind. Super mild & straightforward. Flavor is uncomplicated, etc. etc. Would recommend. Delightful smell in the room, too, like a clean but smoky cigar shop.
CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
Nostalgia but Good
This is the tobacco that made me fall (back) in love with smoking a pipe when I was 18. Now that I've had more experience and tried a wider variety of flavor etc., I realize it's just alright. Better than most of CAO's stuff, which is really more suited for their little cigars, but it's decent enough. Smokes hot so be careful! Flavor is too delicate and mild to stand up & come through anything too hot.
CAO - Moontrance 50g
I'm a big fan of CAO's "Eileen's Dream," so I picked this up. It isn't anything great, even if it smells good in the tin. If you really want that flavor though, smoke the cigars. This stuff is good enough when I'm out of what I like more, but it just isn't wonderful.
Cornell & Diehl - King Cake 2oz
Updating my Review...
Maybe I had a bad experience at first. Maybe the planets were misaligned. Who knows! But, while I originally didn't like this stuff, I'm coming back to say, it's pretty good. Smokes hot and can get bitter fast, but the flavor is good & sweet and evocative enough of the crunchy sugar of the inspiration to be worth picking up.
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
Personal Second Favorite
The title of this review says it all. I effectively only smoke aromatics, and picked this up on a whim when my local shop didn't have any CAO "Eileen's Dream." Extremely pleasant surprise, unique & lovely room note, cool smoke...just excellent! If you like these strong sorts of flavors (and not everyone does!) then I'd say pick this up.