Cornell & Diehl - Snug Harbor
Hope I just got a bad batch
Bough an ounce of this more than a half a year ago. The tin note let me down then, so I just decided to let it age a bit. Today I gave it a chance. Where to begin: the tin note remained the same: something sweet and sour, almost like fermented fruit left in the sun to rot. As I've come across blends that smelled nasty but tasted great, I filled my pipe. Oh boy...the tin tone goes into the taste: the smell sour sweet fermented taste, and not in the orientals sour taste, no, the same rotten fruits taste again. The latakia was a bit forward and kind of harsh, I would have expected the aging to tone and mellow it down, but it did not happen. Could not detect the perique. The only good thing I can say about this is that the bottom of the bowl gave the classic medium english blend taste. I'm not hating on C&D, as my all time favorite blend is Sam's blend. I really hope this was just a bad batch I got. Bottom line is this is not an english aromatic and it really is not enjoyable.
Mac Baren - Golden Extra
Solid burley blend
Tried this after Symphony. A bit more burley forward and less sweet. Very mild tin note of cocoa, not to wet but still gave it 20 min drying time. No bite, nice solid burley taste. Don't really get the virginia taste, but I'm not complaining. Decent blend, might keep some in stock.
Mac Baren - Symphony
Mild tin note of baked bread and something slightly citrusy and fresh. Easy to pack after drying for half an hour, even though you could smoke it from the tin. It's pretty nice. Not too complex, but has a good taste and it has a slight sweetness that I did not expect, probably from the virginia. Not too much nicotine and a nice medium taste. Could see me ordering more of this to have around now and then.
Savinelli - Armonia 50g
Wound up on the savinelli tobacco page and saw this, and it all hit me...I've tried this, still have the rest of the tin. By far the worst tobacco I had, and no, I'm not an aro hater, it's just that bad. First thing first, the smell is very chemical, should be citrus but it smells more like vinegar to me. But the worst part is the tongue bite, worst I've had. Lacks taste. Not sure if it was my batch but from other reviews I've seen, it's not good, buy at your own risk.
Peter Stokkebye - PS41 Cube Cut
I had high hopes for this, but disappointed a bit. I'm not saying it's bad, just that I hoped it would be better. Has a bit more moisture than is apparent, but nothing an hour dry time does not fix. Taste is that a of a mid range burley, not too strong. Low nic and no bite. Room note is tolerable. Will see if letting it age improves it but most likely won't be ordering again.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1931 Flake 1.4oz
Somewhere between an aro and true burley
The tin note is intoxicating. To others it's honey, to me is some sort of juice or syrup, very enjoyable either way. Tin had about one and a half years on it. The burley is really light, but enjoyable. Not much of the honey goes into the taste. I think some drying time would improve the experience. Smoked it by fold and stuff. Decent flake, but it does not scream burley to me.
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Black
Awesome tin note, really good. The taste is a bit lacking, not muck of the toppings go into the taste, but it's not bad. Decent smoke smell for the ones around you. Could not get it to bite, compared to the royal. Nice blend all in all.
Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 1.75oz
This is one interesting blend. Tin note is amazing. Taste is very satisfying: sort of sweet and smokey at the same time. Lights very easily and doesn't need relights . Could not get it to bite, no matter how hard I've puffed. Nothing left to say that hasn't been said. Well worth the money. I'll have to try the ready rubbed bulk version.
Mac Baren - 7 Seas Royal
Very pleasant aroma. Needs some drying time as it is quite moist and even with drying leaves dottle and sometimes gurgles. Taste is nice but not very strong. Not too much nicotine and bites if you puff too hard. Have to check the other 7 seas blends as well.
Sutliff - Aged Maduro Cavendish
Initially bought it as a mixer, and it just right for that. I also tried it by itself and I have to say it's pretty good. Pleasant taste and aroma. It is very moist, even with drying time I get dottle and even gurgling. Not too strong nicotine wise. Well worth to keep a few ounces around.
Cornell & Diehl - Sam's Blend 2oz
Maybe some of you will consider this as being a blend that lacks complexity. Might be, but this is an awesome blend. Consistent flavor, nice plumes of smoke and very tasty. Couldn't get it to bite, no relights and a very good taste. For me the latakia is upfront, without being a lat bomb. The cavendish brings a bit of sweetness, even without toppings. Perique is very light, you can taste it in the background from time to time. One of my new favorite blend. too bad they don't have it in bulk as well.
Sutliff - Match 20
No idea how 965 tasted and don't really care. All you can ask from an english blend. As I'm not a big fan of virginia, this blend is pretty good. Smokey latakia smell in the bag, awesome taste, nice smoke. Has a bit of moisture and needs drying time. Also the latakia is a bit harh and I suspect it might get better with time. All in all, a good blend and well worth the money.
Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Night Cap
Sweet and moist
The tin note as well as the room note is pretty sweet. Way too sweet for me. My batch had a high moisture content so I suggest letting it breathe a few hours, or even over night. Taste is pretty good.
Grand Croupier - Boneyard
Randomly good blend
Got a few ounces. A lot of stuff in there, quite a few ends of plugs/flakes. Heavy smokey latakia smell. The taste is a just a bit harsh and there is a bit of moisture. This will need a few months to settle down. All in all, it is an english blend and it is well worth the money. So I ordered a few more ounces.
Lane Limited - HGL
Decent english aro but missing something
Transitioning to english mixtures, I discovered english aromatics. After seeing all the reviews for HGL decided to give it a go. No tongue bite despite puffing a bit fast. Could maybe use a bit of drying time since it did gurgle once. The opening is average, not really feeling the english, not really smelling an aromatic. Towards the half and end of the bowl the taste develops into a bit of latakia smokiness, but very little, and quite a bit of perique. The room note is not as pleasant as I would have expected. Strength is mild. It's not a bad blend, but it's not for me. I'll stick to sutliff aromatic english 504.
Grand Croupier - Double Down
I bought this mostly in the idea of making my own blends. I know that the components are not the same for each batch, but the quality is, in the sense that you get some good burley base, each time. For the batch I got, humidity is ideal and kept well lit. Taste was good. Give it a try.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
A bit dissapointed
I think virginia is just not for me. Expected heaven on earth from the reviews but it was a bit disappointing. Tin note of hay and green tea. Tasted only the perique but not the cavendish. Not a very strong taste but detect some walnuts and honey. Will let it age and give it another try.
Sutliff - Frosty Mint
Buy it in singles
Bought this as a mixer, judging from the reviews. Oh boy, you can't imagine how strong this is. Made the mistake of ordering it with a few ounces of Double Down and it seems I have a mint aromatic right now. In the envelope, trough two zip bags, and the smell is quite strong. So please, please, please, don't buy it along with anything else.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Tin note is a mix of honey, dried apricots and some sort of liqueur (rum maybe). Z folded in the pipe and no relights needed. Burns down to a clean bowl. Good taste but will burn a bit hot if you puff too often. Pleasant room note as none of the non smokers around complained. This is well worth the money and I'll definitely buy again.
McConnell - Scottish Flake 50g
More than decent flake
This is a pretty good flake. Tin note is plums, earth and orange zest. Z fold and stuff, with a few threads above, a bit of tamping and I only need one or two relights. Perhaps it's just me but it might get a bit hot if you're not careful. Taste is earthy with a bit of pepper. It's not a very thick smoke but it's pretty tasty.
Sutliff - 504C Aromatic English
Nice transition blend
As a noob that started with aromatics I wanted to see what else was out there. The taste was pretty good, with fluffy smoke. Gave it about 30 min of airing and it smoked with just a few relights until the end. Tin note is leather and wood, with a bit of manure in there. Taste is a bit of toast with apricot jam and a hint of cocoa, that leaves an aftertaste of some sort of liquor and something rather earthy but pleasant. Can't compare it to anything else, but I did enjoy it.
Ashton - Smooth Sailing 50g
Decent for a beginner
Great smell out of the tin, somewhat reminds me of a thick jam. You really need to dry it for at least an hour, I would say, maybe even more. The taste is on the mild side, as well as the room note. It's not a very powerful aromatic so you still might get the 'that stinks of cigarettes' but there is still a decent smell of coconut in the air. This was my first tobacco and can't say I regret it.