Sutliff - Blend No. 5 1.5oz
This is a very balanced blend. The addition of Burley is really a nice twist on a English blend. The sweetness of the Virginia doesn't overpower. Medium strength but flavorful. Very pleasant smoke.
F & K - Merde de Cheval 1.5oz
Tin note is incredible. Great complex flavors. Medium strength for a pleasant smoke. I'll buy more of this shit. I guarantee...
Filters & Adaptors - Tsuge Kulu Cool 9mm Filter
I put this in my Vauen: Auenland...fantastic filter...definitely worth the price. If you have a pipe that needs 9mm filter...this is Top Notch...Old Timer Approved!
Kramer's - Blend for Cary Grant
For those of you who enjoy and sweet English this is outstanding. No goopy PG. Flavorful English with a mild aromatic. Quite a nice blend.
Kramer's - New Mix
Under The Radar
This is an exceptional blend, with just enough Perique that blends well with this English. Nicely done...
Kramer's - English Blend
I'm a big fan of old Father Dempsey. This is a completely different type of smoke. The Cavendish really shines and produces a wonderful thick smoke. A milder blend to be sure, but spicy and full of flavor. The Latakia is nicely blended with the Orientals. Truly a Classic American blend.
Low Country - Cooper 2oz
On initial charring light, this blend was mild, timid. I wondered if this was blended for Millennial flatlanders driving in their Prius to Starbucks. Then... Halfway through the bowl the flavors really melded together. Ah, there was a spiciness, smoothness, boldness. A contemplative smoke. I had to check the blend, no Perique and yet it smoked like a Balkan. Great flavor. Old Timer Approved.
Missouri Meerschaum - American Patriot 1.5oz
Sweet and Light
I was pleasantly surprised by this blend. The Smyrna gives a sweetness which compliments the Burley...a fine blend for the price...
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 8oz
This is a fine blend, but ...The Good: excellent flavors...quality. The Bad: very moist...took 3 days to dry to smoke it. All pipe smokers should try Plug tobacco. It ain't instant coffee brother. There is a ritual, a process, but patience is rewarded.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Bird's Eye
Classic...best in a Old German clay pipe...old school...nothing fancy....great smoke.
Sutliff - Rum & Maple
This is a very tasty aromatic. Being a VaBur blend it does have a good nicotine level. I'm not a big aromatic smoker but I've found a few that I enjoy. This will be one of them. Very tasty indeed.
Cornell & Diehl - Gentleman Caller 2oz
Pleasant Room Note
This may be the Acme of Deertongue blends. I have tried others in bulk, but this is supreme. The addition of a small amount of Perique adds quite a bit to the flavor and complexity. This is a fine aromatic that leaves a remarkable room note.
BriarWorks - Country Lawyer 2oz
After using the tobacco locator, this had the components I was looking for. It's an expensive blend. More than Boswell's Northwoods, but I went ahead and put it on my order. Now the blend is fantastic, great flavors. But if I'm paying top dollar I expect leaf, not stems. I took about an ounce out to dry and it was about 10% stems. Quality control...come on guys. When I buy bulk I expect a certain percentage of stems. As a tinned product at this price point I expect better quality control. Flavor wise it's a 5...
Sutliff - Match 20
This is a mild English that one could smoke all day. The Latakia is present but not over powering. The addition of Cavendish brings a sweetness that compliments the Orientals. Overall quite nice. With some age it will rival 965.
Tabac De La Semois - Reserve du Patron 3.5oz
More robust in flavor than the Le Petite Robin, but nothing cigar-like about this. Floral sweetness, truly unique. This is not a blend yet tastes like a blend, earthy, nutty, sweetness, leather...burnt marshmallow...Cut in a more traditional way, this had a nice burn rate, cool and rich. Worth every penny. What a smoke.
Tabac De La Semois - Le Petit Robin 100g
A shag cut with long filaments of angel hair. Yes, exceptional in presentation. All leaf, not a stem in the bag. Flavorful blend with a bit of sweet oriental. Balanced, masterfully done. It does burn fast, this is a sipper blend but still no bite if you smoke like a Neanderthal as I tend to do. This is the lightest of Vincent's blends, but not light in flavor. I'm impressed and that doesn't happen very often. At a little over 100USD a pound, I'd say after a couple of bowls, it's worth every penny.
Drew Estate - Larutan Dirt
Now I hate writing bad reviews...but as soon as I tasted this stick I could taste the sugar...but it didn't taste like a natural sugar more like saccharine....obviously this was not a natural tobacco flavor...but being me I smoked it...now I must say it was a well wrapped cigar...for those who like a sweet stick this may be something to try.
Peterson - Irish Flake 50g
Deep flavors, nothing pretentious, just pure tobacco flavors. A robust, classic blend. If there is a casing, it did not bother me. Perhaps a hint of vinegar or tonquin, which are classic flavorings.
Savinelli - Jupiter 2oz
Outstanding. Juno is silky smooth, no bite. Jupiter is masterfully blended and like Jupiter carries a thunderbolt. Robust but not over-powered. Packed full of flavor. This will become a classic.
Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Midnight Smoke
Reminiscent of Plantas's Bilberry which is no longer available. Subtle berry flavor with copious clouds of goodness. I don't smoke Aro's that often, but this worked for me. Nice smoke, pleasant room note.
Sutliff - Creme Brulee
Pleasant Room Note
Flavorful with an exceptional room note. Last night I smoked a bowl of TS-12 Dark Fire Cured in my man cave and the wifey told me to get that stinking crap out of the house...discretion being the better part of valor, I complied. As I smoked this unctuous mixture outside today, I heard a voice behind me..."Can you smoke that in the house, honey?" Why yes, yes I can.
Sutliff - TS-12 Dark Fire Cured
Great flavor, smoky and nutty. Enjoyable smoke. The room note was a bit acrid so I will smoke this outside. Rarely does the little woman complain, but the room note of this sent her into a raging fit. I pick my battles wisely, so I took my pipe and cane and ran. She has access to cast iron pans. This should be a good mix with Virginia.
G. L. Pease - Key Largo 2oz
Exceptional blend, the cigar leaf adds a robust flavor but does not overpower. Smooth, creamy and destined to become a classic.
Savinelli - Juno 2oz
After the great review on Tasting Notes, I've been waiting to try this. This is a brilliant and subtle blend of Virginia tobaccos that brings out the flavors and best character of each. Silky smooth, no bite, truly outstanding Virginia blend.
Cornell & Diehl - Dreams of Kadath 2oz
Your journey to Kadath will not be an easy one. I will say from the start, this is a brilliant blend. I would have preferred to know it had a casing, that being said, it reminds me of a supercharged EGR. If you're an EGR fan you will certainly get this blend. Highly recommend a cob or Meerschaum as this will undoubtedly ghost a briar. One of the most unique blends I have smoked. I hate it and yet I can't help but love it, but I still hate it. And for that reason, I love it.
Drucquer & Sons - Levant Mixture 200g
Here's the thing..I smoke a good deal of Boneyard. It's $15 a pound and a great smoke. I've wanted to try this blend, but it's rather expensive. I had to gamble with this. Is it that much better than other premium blends that are half the price? Is it really better? Yeah...it's smooth as silk. Complex flavors with a hint of sweetness. Yeah...it's worth every penny.
Southern Draw - Firethorn Pome Lancero
Quality flavorful cigar. Medium strength but outstanding flavor profile.
Punch - Gran Puro Pico Bonito
I smoked one and didn't really like it that much. I smoked another and it was delicious. I smoked another and wished I had bought more than three...so yeah...good cigar...
Sutliff - D64 Queen Anne's Revenge
Very smooth blend with quality rum. Room note is great. Taste is very pleasant. I always have some Burley flavored with Barbados rum handy, but it is a process. This is very good and ready to smoke. Now, I recently tried the Spiced Rum and I must say, this is a more subdued flavor to that. Now, I don't like to drink spiced rum, but for flavoring tobacco, it may have the edge. This is a quality Aro. Should also do quite well to mix with a good English now and again for a Sweet English.
Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice 50g
I was unimpressed for the first 1/3 of the bowl, then the flavor kicked in. Then I was thinking which pipe to dedicate to this blend. I'm not an Aro smoker, but from time to time I do enjoy one. For me, Planta Exotic is my favorite, but alas, Mac Baren bought Planta and will not export it to USA. Mac Baren was gracious enough to email me back and tell me the little stash I have left is all there will be. This blend comes close, close enough. Rich, fruity, quite flavorful blend that will fill the void that Mac Baren has left in my soul. The more I smoke this the better it gets.
Drew Estate - Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang Tin
Is What It Is...
For a machine made stick I was surprised how loose it was wrapped, perhaps this diminished the flavor profile. The Candela wrapper came through at times, but found these lacking in flavor. I did not experience an intriguing balance of smokiness and sweetness for a complex and nuanced profile I will try the hand made Swamp Thang sticks at some point. I would not reorder these machine made sticks.
Captain Earle's - Ten Russians 8oz
Beautiful cake. Great tin note. Outstanding smoke. I have been a big fan of Planta Full English, now discontinued for the USA market after Mac Baren bought out Planta. Bastards! This is quite similar, sans the Java leaf. This has a wonderful bitter chocolate, coffee note. Sweet but not overly so, medium strength English. Since everyone has discovered Billy Budd it seems to be continually out of stock. This is a fine smoke. Not as sweet, or floral as Father Dempsey. More of a refined Old Professor with those dark flavors. This is the closest blend that I've found that matches Planta Full English.Nicely done!
Punch - Rare Corojo Rapido
Handmade, quality medium strength cigar for a few dollars. Really surprised me, leathery, earthy, a little spice. Halfway through the stick the flavors really came together. Quality wrapper. Great cigar for the price.
Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #4 2oz
Beautiful soft well fashioned flake. I have to redux my review on this blend. I was being very critical in my initial review. My first few bowls of this were so-so, but I really didn't dry it properly and smoked it straight from the tin. Give it some dry time, it will surely age nicely too. This is a great tasting blend. Beautiful Burley flake.
Cornell & Diehl - Da Vinci 2oz
If you like Latakia, this is heavy with it. The addition of good Burley really rounds out the blend. Although it is Latakia forward, similar to Star of the East, the Burley in this blend comes through and builds in flavor as you get into the bowl. The Virginia seems to compliment the sweetness and nuttiness of the blend. Really a pleasant smoke.
Cornell & Diehl - Burley Flake #1 2oz
After reading such glorious reviews, I thought I would try this blend. Yeah, it's that good. Nutty, creamy with a hint of spice from the Perique. Straight from the tin, no drying time, no relights. C & D Dark Burley is a fine smoke. The flakes are extraordinarily thin and soft, just quality leaf. Robust flavor, this blend will let you know you are alive. Smoked in a Old Dominion Chesapeake cob.
Planta - Full English
Planta Brand Now a Mac Baren Tobacco!!!
Planta was recently bought by Mac Baren Tobacco. I hope they will continue this blend. UPDATE: I emailed Mac Baren...they said the Full English and Exotic blends will still be produced, just not exported to USA...Bastards.
Peterson - Royal Yacht 50g
HMS Fermented Virginia. If you are a Virginia smoker, this is exceptional. In all my years of smoking I have never tried this before. Idiot. Worth every penny. Sweet, silky, satisfying. If there is a sugar casing, it is so light it didn't bother me or take away from the Virginia flavor. Stoved, fermented, quality blend. I did notice it generated a bit of moisture. I smoked this in a bent billiard meerschaum but will most likely use either a system pipe or dry system on future smokes with this. Not a distraction or problem, just a blend that generates some heat. Truly a Posh smoke, Indeed.
St. Bruno - Flake 1.75oz
Mild Pleasant Smoke
Classic blend. I don't know if I would consider this an Aro...the apple cider vinegar is present but also a traditional preservative. Initially, I couldn't help but compare this to HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed, but it's not that. It's a unique flavor profile and quite a enjoyable blend. For those who enjoy the tangy sweetness of cider, this is a great blend that has stood the test of time.
Warped - Until the End 2oz
Bold but full of flavor. Don't let the words Cigar Leaf keep you from trying this. The Cigar Leaf is exceptionally mild. The Cavendish really takes this to a different level of smoothness. Subtle sweetness but from the Virginia, no added sugar casing that I could taste. Balanced with a subtle spice. I really enjoyed this and hoping Warped will continue producing this in quantity. It is frustrating to find an outstanding blend such as this only to find it out of stock. Truly a enjoyable smoke, Indeed.
Rattray's - Red Rapparee 50g
I found this to be a mild, pleasant smoke. Faint sweetness and background of Latakia. Nice billows of smoke from the Cavendish...clean burning... This is a very mild sipping blend, good room note, a little too mild for my wheelhouse but a nice change once in a while.
Mac Baren - HH Rustica Flake 3.5oz
Smooth and Very Sweet...
First let me thank MacBaren for producing a blend with Rustica. The flake is paper thin, really finely crafted and expertly presented. I've smoked my fair share of wild tobacco and Thuoc lao. The nicotine level in this blend is not that high, Rustica is blended in as a Perique would be and I would guess it is about 10% maybe much less. On charring light I could really taste the Virginia, nuttiness of Burley, a faint waft of Rustica, I was really happy. As I progressed into the bowl, I was surprised at the sweetness. Caramel...Then, the sugar casing was all I tasted. I wanted to go back to that charring light of complex flavors in the first third of the bowl. Now, it's a fine blend, just too sweet for MY taste. It is smooth, and very sweet. Your mileage may very...but I'm calling this an Aromatic. There is a lot of sugar in this. I will put this blend in my Aromatic rotation. It will be smoked, just need to be in the mood for something this sweet.
Old German Clay - Markus Fohr Flowing Fountain Black
With a fair amount of ornamentation this is a very balanced clay pipe. A medium sized bowl, just great for a 30 minute smoke.
Old German Clay - Markus Fohr Blooming Flower Black
I must say, this is the most beautiful clay pipe I own. The detail on this is stunning. Heavy thick bowl...and a great smoker.
Sutliff - Crumble Kake Red Virginia 1.5oz
This is an outstanding Virginia with a subtle fruitiness of tart apples from the cider vinegar. I smoked this in an Old Dominion Chesapeake as I thought a small bowl would be a good choice. One of the most enjoyable smokes. As someone who prefers a most bold smoke, I found this sweet, light blend a welcome change. All the flavors you want in a Virginia with the added subtle tartness of cider vinegar. Quality blend indeed.
Old Dominion - Virginia Planter
As someone who has smoked through my fair share of MM pipes, I have always had a distasteful opinion of their plastic stem. This Virginia Planted is one great smoker. The bamboo stem neutral in flavor and all the Old Dominion pipes take a pipe cleaner easily. This pipe can give you a good long smoke. Utility, value, quality made. There's nothing fancy about this, just a great pipe.
Old Dominion - Chesapeake
I think this is the smallest of the Old Dominion cob pipes. I have a number of these either to try different blends or to stash in strategic spots around the house, garage, truck where I may find a good 15-20 minute smoke will suffice.
Old German Clay - Markus Fohr Eagle's Talons Black
Step Back In Time
Markus Fohr Eagle's Talon is a rather small pipe with a subdued bowl. I usually smoke Virginia's in this one or something stout that a smaller bowl would be more suited.
Old German Clay - Markus Fohr German Tavern Cutty Black
Markus Fohr Tavern Cutty is a slightly smaller but forward canted bowl compared with the Tavern pipe. This is a fun pipe to smoke, one of my personal favorites.
Old German Clay - Markus Fohr German Tavern Black
Old School Cool
Markus Fohr Tavern is one of my favorite pipes. With a deep and wide bowl. At almost 9" in length it is a treat to smoke.
Old German Clay - Markus Fohr Cutty Black
This is probably the most robust thick-walled clay pipe I own. I find myself drawn back to this pipe as it is such a great smoker. Quality clean smoking pipe.
Old German Clay - Markus Fohr Billiard Black
This was one of the first Markus Fohr clay pipes that I bought. It is a sturdy pipe with a large bowl for a clay pipe. One of my favorite smokers.
Sutliff - 526 - Old Professor
Initially underwhelmed, I felt like I was sitting in a Women's Studies class, until halfway through the bowl the flavors hit me. Creamy, bitter chocolate, spice. Although it is a medium strength blend it really came through with what I would call dark flavors. I smoked this straight out of the bag, I recommend some drying time, I did get some moisture in the bowl. Not a big deal, by that time I was really enjoying the blend. Great flavor, complex notes, bitter chocolate and spice.
Peter Stokkebye - PS52 Proper English
This is a medium strength blend expertly crafted with exceptional flavor. Not a Lat bomb per say...oh the Latakia is there, but the flavor profile just keeps getting richer the deeper into the bowl you get...I really enjoyed this blend. I often find myself gravitating to heavier more robust English blends. This gave such flavor I didn't miss the cigar leaf.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - #20 Latakia Mixture
From a company known for their robust blends, this is a very balanced medium all day kind of smoke. I've wanted to try this for some time but it quickly sells out. There is a reason why. The Latakia was mild in the first third of the bowl, then it builds to a spicy finish that was exceptional.
Punch - Diablo Diabolitos
Bold Robust Flavors
I ventured into this vitola to taste the Diablo blend. Chocolate, leather, spice, lots of spice...quite a bold flavor profile in a small stick. I did enjoy this after a hearty meal, which I do recommend. This little sticks are...Robust... The Diablo flavor profile will delight a seasoned smoker. The first inch of this little stick took me by surprise. It may be small but a quality handmade cigar that definitely packs a Punch...I'm looking forward to trying the other vitolas in this line. This is truly quality tobacco with a robust flavor profile.
Drew Estate - Kentucky Fire Cured Kyotos
Having tried the KFC Delfinas it was time to try this Kyoto viola. A larger ring size, shorter, with double or triple the amount of filler than in the Delfinas, here the smoky wrapper blends nicely with the filler, more subdued but still a distinctive flavor. Leather, peat, spiciness, earthiness, with a tremendous amount of soft smoke. Balanced is a good word to describe this stick and one of the reasons it sells out so quickly.
Cutters & Accessories - Craftsman's Bench Bullet Cutter and Key Chain
For the price this is a great bargain...is it perfect...no...does it lock...no...does it work...yes
Cutters & Accessories - Craftsman's Bench V-Cutter
For the price this is a great tool...works great
Drew Estate - Kentucky Fire Cured Delfinas
The main reason I wanted to try this vitola in the KFC line up was the wrapper, which is the star of the show. Smokey, spicy, creamy, rich abundant smoke. Nice spicy finish. Now, my hats off to the folks at Drew Estate for making this vitola. With a scant amount of filler, this wrapper shines. This looks and feels like a toy if you're used to a 52 ring, but this is a finely hand made quality cigar. Now another reviewer stated he could not get a draw on his. I nipped the cap with my V-cut gizmo and my draw was exceptional. I will try the other vitolas in this line, but I know I will keep coming back to this gem. It's the wrapper that is king. Now I've made a lot of cigars in my day, mostly ugly cheroots that I've air dried. To make a long thin cigar as this by hand takes an exceptional craftsman.
Kramer's - Father Dempsey
Smooth (Deos Grandi Fumo)
Encouraged by such fine reviews I took a gamble and won. A medium strength refined blend that for me no one element stood out initially. After the sweetness of the first half of the bowl, the spiciness of the second half of the bowl took over. The Turkish in this is very good, quite sweet yet not overpoweringly so. Amazing amount of smoke from this blend. Quite a distinctive floral note, not in flavor for me but in room note. This has a room note most Aromatics would die for. I would not be surprised if a little rose water is added to this.So much flavor going on I didn't taste it, but the room note was very floral. I did not experience tongue bite with this blend and smoked this in a clay pipe. Exceptional blend, save me some please.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Black Twist
Velvet smoke, charred sugar, bitter chocolate and caramel, for me the sweetness over-rides the strength. Compared to a bowl of straight Perique this is medium in strength and full of flavor. More char and smokiness than a stoved Virginia, yet still pleasant sweet complex flavors. Fantastic straight and should make a great mixing component. I was delighted with the tremendous amount of smoke this produced. A couple reviewers stated they tasted licorice, happily I did not.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night
It's an English blend, with all your usual suspects...excuse me, a Scottish blend of Burley, Latakia, Orientals, Perique, Virginia...like you've smoked in a hundred different blends, right? This is different. Someone left the Estrogen out of this one. You might not like this. Millennial's may be offended. This blend doesn't care about you. It's not going to hug you if you cry. This is artistry. Bold Perique forward, yet all the subtle nuances of the blend come through. Truly sublime.
Cornell & Diehl - Mountain Camp
I've wanted to try this blend for a good while. Now that I have, I'm kicking myself for not trying this sooner. Burley and Perique forward...hints of sweetness but a bold no nonsense smoke. I smoked this in an Old Dominion Chesapeake, just a 20 minute smoke to try this. I needed more. This is a outstanding blend. Other reviewers have called this something special. I must agree. One of the great things about this blend is it is not too sweet. The balance of flavors is fantastic.
Low Country - Vanilla
Not Ready For Prime Time
Well, I smoke a good bit of LC Virginia and it's a great tobacco. Love LC Virginia...So I risked $3 and bought a bit of the Vanilla. The LC Hazelnut isn't bad...not great, but smoke-worthy. This simply had no vanilla flavor that I could distinguish. Disappointed, but hey, that's why we try different blends...I can imagine it's hard to create a good low cost aromatic. But you get what you pay for in the Aro-sphere... I gave it a 2.5 simply for the sake of customer service...it's ok...I don't need a refund...Thx Now, I hate to write bad reviews...and I'm a fan of LC. If I was advising them, I'd say..."Stick to what you're good at"...I'll keep buying their Virginia ...Virginia-Burley...Virginia-Oriental...that's great tobacco for a great price...
G. L. Pease - Robusto 2oz
Fantastic blend. More cigar forward and hints of Latakia in the background, Smooth, creamy, mouth-watering blend of fine tobaccos. Truly robust on initial light, the Latakia slides in for added spice as the bowl progresses. Truly, one of the finest blends I have smoked. Quality comes at a price. This is worth every penny.
Edward G. Robinson - Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend 1.5oz
I've wanted to try this blend for a while. I found this to be a mild aromatic that really came alive about midway through the bowl. Fruity, spicy, slow burning cool smoke. No chemical taste, clean burning, no bite. Truly a very pleasant smoke.
Captain Black - Original 1.5oz
Actually Not Bad...
I received a small bag of this from a friend for Christmas. I have never smoked this, so hesitantly I ventured into the OTC unknown. Let me say, it's sweet. Cloyingly sweet and initially disgusting, yet not as much PG as I imagined it would have. Yet I smoked on. Brave of me, right? Halfway through the bowl, I realized I was actually enjoying it. Vanilla, cherry maybe...it had a flavor, but what it was did not connect with any known flavor on Earth. I smoked on. I started to think of this dusky gal in Bangkok, a real crossway breezer I swear. So, all in all, I would say this is a tobacco to have around in a tobacco emergency, a Dystopian future where Smoking Pipes does not exist, God Forbid...
F & K - Lancer Slices
Frankly, my first bowl of this was underwhelming at best. That is simply due to all the DFK and cigar leaf my palette has grown accustomed to. This is a smooth refined blend. like a sipping whiskey. Once I removed my preconceptions, and just took it for what it was, I really enjoyed this blend. My first couple of bowls were in a clay pipe, I switched to an Old Dominion cob and that really kicked up the flavor. Virginia just loves those Old Dominion cobs. Now, this is a fairly robust priced blend. But after a couple days, I think I'll keep this in my rotation.
Sutliff - Pumpkin Spice
Pleasant Room Note
This was a pleasant smoke. I loaded a clean Meer and proceeded to get big billows of smoke.Quality tobacco. No chemical flavor or aftertaste. Room note was a real crowd pleaser. Now, I didn't get a strong pumpkin flavor but I did get a good cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Burnt marshmallow...not bad. Interestingly, the room note had a strong smell of pumpkin as I was told. For me a holiday treat and certainly fits the bill. Nicely done. It's true...the women folk find this aroma irresistible. They will be on you like white on rice. I guarantee.
Sutliff - Spiced Rum
Now I often flavor a bit of tobacco with rum, however I do not use a blackstrap rum, which this is flavored with. Outstanding. I was worried it would leave my pipe with a goopy mess but burned quite clean. Great tobacco, great flavor, this is an Aro winner in my book. I will order more. If you like a sweet English once in a while, add a bit of this to your favorite English or Balkan blend. I guarantee!
Sutliff - Z50 Black Cordial
This was a tasty surprise. Well, I didn't get a lot of cherry or vanilla, but the spices were pleasant. A good winter smoke. Be warned, the nutmeg left my palette numb for a while after smoking this. So, smoke after dinner, not before. Good smooth smoke.
Sutliff - D61-Vanilla Royale
Very mild vanilla flavor. Outstanding gentle smoke. I will most likely mix this with LC Hazelnut. Enjoyable on its own, but subtle flavor.
Sutliff - 1M
Mild flavor, maybe a bit too mild for my taste, but enjoyable. Room note is nice, but a tad subtle in flavor for my taste.
Planta - Full English
I have tried a few of the Planta Aros and really like them, so I thought I would try their English blend. I loaded a Savinelli Dry System and proceeded to have my mind blown. I smoke a good bit of Billy Budd...This gives Billy Budd a run for the money...this is rich, dark, flavors of coffee and chocolate come through with the Java leaf. This is a superb blend I will be stocking up on. Latakia is present but not overwhelming, however the flavor of the Latakia lingered on my palette for a good while after finishing the bowl. This is a quality blend and excellent smoke. My only gripe is that this does not come in a resealable bag, so it needs a new bag or container after opening. A small price to pay for such a great smoke.But nevertheless, a little hassle.
Low Country - Hazelnut
I've been wanting to try this LC Hazelnut for a while. Now I smoke a bit of Nutty Irishman, so I'm comparing this to that. Overall it is a pleasant smoke. Not as flavorful as Nutty Irishman. I'll probably mix this with some vanilla or Cavendish. Good flavor, great price.
Grand Croupier - Double Down
I loaded up a new Old Dominion cob and was surprised at the sweet nutty flavor. I would say my bag was about 70% Burley, 30% Virginia...great quality. For the price it is simply outstanding.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
I've been smoking this blend a good while now...and have a few pounds up in smoke. This is a very nice smoke indeed. I noticed I neglected to write a review, so let me say, although the product description states "Full-bodied and Latakia-laden" I would say it is a medium strength and the Latakia is not overpowering, a quality well balanced blend. I did notice doing an inventory today that I have a couple pounds of this tucked away for a rainy day, or zombie apocalypse, either way, I've got a stash of this, so yeah, I'm good. I see it's becoming quite a popular blend, for a good reason.
Sutliff - J4 - Burley
OK, I smoke a good bit of C & D Burley in all it's glorious manifestations. I likes me some Burley. After reading such fine reviews I thought I would try this. So I loaded up a new MF clay pipe and took a little time out to try this. Surprised me, creamy nutty with a chestnut flavor. Mild, no bite, smooth all day kinda Burley. Medium strength, caramel like notes at the end of the bowl. Sweet Burley. Now I'm sure this will be a great blender, but this is a quality Burley to enjoy straight.
Cornell & Diehl - Derringer
Smooth Sweet Virginia
I smoke a good bit of Yorktown and Bright Virginia...and the last couple of days I've been smoking a good bit of the LC Virginia...so I'm comparing Derringer to these. I found this to be a pleasant sweet smoke, but I do think it may be cased with sugar as the natural flavors of a good Virginia didn't come through for me, just sweetness. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, but I prefer the full range of flavors of Virginia in Yorktown or Low Country Virginia. This did burn cool and smooth and was a pleasant smoke. Smoking this in an Old Dominion cob enhanced the flavor of this tobacco. It's a bit sweet, but still a great smoke. I upgraded my rating to 4.5.
Cornell & Diehl - Engine #382
Olde Timey Goodness
Now back in the day, I smoked a good bit of tobacco with Deer Tongue leaf. Frankly, I can't remember the last time I had it, and not sure why I stopped. I think tobacco companies found a cheaper substitute along the way and it just stopped being made into blends. Bag note is fragrant and sweet. Now Deer Tongue leaf has the same chemical as Tonquin, coumarins. And as someone who lived in the South Pacific for a good while, it's also a home remedy for malaria. Unfortunately, they drink it in a tea, if they smoked it, it would keep the damn skeeters away in the first place, but I digress. In this blend the Burley takes center stage, the Cavendish and Virginia come in and the Deer Tongue is blended as a Latakia. In the background, not overpowering. Nicely done. Now, I smoked this in a clay pipe, I would imagine that Deer Tongue would most likely ghost a briar like a Poltergeist, so be warned. Excellent pleasurable blend.
Cornell & Diehl - Red Virginia Cavendish
Puffy Clouds of Virginia Happiness
If you like your Virginia, this is a outstanding rich flavored tobacco. A little more subtle in sweetness than a Stoved Virginia, but with a rich taste and a hint of spiciness. Big billowy clouds of fragrant room note as an added bonus. This is a pleasant smoke on its own and sure to be a great blending flavor. Quality tobacco, to be sure.
Daughters & Ryan - Ramback 3.5oz
I smoke a good bit of C & D Turkish. SP was out of it in bulk when I placed my last order. I've smoked a good bit of D & R Perique blends along the way and I've enjoyed them. So, I didn't hesitate to order this Turkish. Fresh sweet tin note, which unfortunately did not necessarily equate with flavor. It is what it is. Next time, I will buy a C & D tin of Turkish if bulk isn't available. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not going to let this go to waste but I won't buy this again. There are too many other quality Turkish variants available, but I thought it was worth a shot. This would probably be great for RYO.
Peter Stokkebye - PS312 Toasted Burley
If you are a Burley fan, this is one fine smoke. This is, in my opinion a bit more nutty, a little less sweet than Kentucky Fired . Taste wise it's unique, sweeter than an air dried Burley, with a subtle spiciness reminiscent of Latakia. Quite an exceptional smoke, indeed. I must have more...
Low Country - Natural Virginia
I've been smoking a good bit of LC Virginia and Burley, Virginia and Oriental. So I'd say I knew the general flavor of the Virginia. I smoke a good bit of C & D Yorktown, which is a great blend of fine Virginia. LC Virginia blend here is half the price of Yorktown, is it half as good? Let me say, it's almost as good. Smooth and sweet. A great no nonsense Virginia suitable for blending or straight...price wise, it's exceptional quality for the money. I'm waiting for LC to offer Burley and Oriental in bulk...I'm waiting...
Sutliff - 507-S Stoved Virginia
Should I even say anything? I know others have been smoking this, because I've had it on my shopping cart and they've run out before I ordered. Am I breaking an unspoken rule? If something is this good, keep it to yourself. How could I be the first to review this? Yeah, well...I loaded up the clean MM and fired up a bowl straight. Who needs an Aromatic? This is candy, sweet like Latakia, caramel smokiness, puffy clouds of happiness. Nice toasty bitterness as I finished the bowl. Spicy, sweet, luxurious Virginia. Sure, this is great for blending, but seriously, as a stand alone tobacco it is outstanding. But remember, you didn't hear it from me...
Planta - Anno MMXIV (Fruity and Fragrant)
This is the fourth Planta aromatic I have tried. All have been very good, very interesting and unique. The initial flavor of this was one of sweet Cavendish, fruitiness, spice. Good tobacco with no chemical flavor or aftertaste. Pleasant fruit flavor. This is a milder blend than their Exotic blend, very pleasant enjoyable aromatic. A couple of reviews commented this is like smoking potpourri. Maybe true, but if so, it's very good potpourri. For the price, these are enjoyable aromatic blends that are well worth a taste.
Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed
This is an outstanding blend...Good rich DFK flavor. The more I smoke this, the better it gets and in the clay pipe it's just about perfect. Outstanding tobacco blend.
Cornell & Diehl - Constellation
Smooth Latakia Bomb
Do you like Latakia, with your Latakia? Now Pirate Kake has about 75% Latakia. I like Pirate Kake. I think this has even more Latakia. I like Latakia and often smoke a straight bowl of it. This has a touch of Virginia and Burley, and frankly it was just Latakia that I tasted. There's nothing wrong with that. I enjoyed this. It's a very sweet, smoky Latakia driven blend. Light to medium on nicotine. I added a little Cigar Leaf and a bit more Burley on my next bowl and liked it even more. This is not a balanced blend, to me. It's great for the Latakia, but I will be blending this to add some depth.
Planta - Anno MMVII (Black Mixture)
After tasting several of these Planta brand Aromatics, I'm impressed. I pulled out a fresh clean Meer and loaded it for another Aro adventure. OK if I knew better I would have tasted this before the Exotic blend, but now I know. The flavor of this blend is outstanding. More of a subtle berry flavor than the flavor bomb of the Exotic. Smooth, good Cavendish, sweet Huckleberry goodness. No chemical taste or aftertaste for me. I really enjoyed this. Once in a while, this will be a great change of pace. I didn't think I would like a berry flavored tobacco, but I must say this was a treat. UPDATE: I've been smoking a good bit of this and to my surprise I'm loving it...I never thought I would like a blueberry tobacco...I'm about to buy a blue Savinelli Alligator to commit to this blend...it's that good...
Planta - Anno MMVIII (Exotic Mixture)
Flavor, flavor flavor. OK I'm becoming a fan of this Planta brand. I tried the Brazilian mix the other day and was pleasantly surprised with an unusual Lime flavored tobacco. Very different and really liked it. After a day of fine Burley's and Balkan's I foraged ahead into the evening with a couple of Aromatics from Planta I've been wanting to try. I loaded up the fresh Meer and instantly was blasted with flavor. Something spicy, was it clove? Could it be chili? It's a spicy on my tongue. Fruity goodness with no chemical flavor or aftertaste to me. Sweet Cavendish. Tropical fruit. Yeah, it's good. If your a fan of Nightcap, you may just want to check this blend out. It has flavor, intense flavor that in my opinion blows Nightcap away. Yeah, I said it. This is one enjoyable bowl of fruity goodness. Probably the most flavor of any Aromatic I've smoked and certainly one of the most enjoyable. Once in a while, a bowl of fruity goodness is a great change of pace. Room note was awesome. This is a winner. I love this...
Sutliff - Balkan II
This is a very sweet Balkan. Is it as good as Sutliff: Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match? Yes, but this blend is much sweeter to me. The additional Turkish in this blend creates a very pleasing sweetness that highlights the Latakia. The moisture content was great and did not need a relight. Creamy, spicy and honey sweet. It's right on the edge for me as being too sweet, if that's a thing. Could I smoke this all day, oh yeah. Would that level of sweetness drive me to face another bowl of straight Perique? This is outstanding, don't get me wrong. It's almost perfection, just cloyingly sweet. Medium in strength. This is outstanding, but I will reserve it for those times I want an Aromatic without smoking an Aromatic.
Cornell & Diehl - Black Cavendish
We all love Cavendish. It's like tomato paste. It just brings all the flavors together. But really, why not smoke a straight bowl of it? Sweet, creamy, hints of Latakia. Fermented tobacco. The sugars are very present. Creamy smoke. Excellent room note. Once in a while, I smoke a straight bowl of Latakia, it's outstanding. Sometimes, when I hate myself, I'll smoke a straight bowl of Perique. Sure this is a great mixing component and the base of most aromatics. But do you really need to put any flavoring on this? As I smoked it, it just seemed to get better, creamier, sweeter. This tobacco had a good moisture content, but stayed lit till the bottom of the bowl. Black Cavendish straight no chaser. This is outstanding tobacco.
Cornell & Diehl - Dark Burley
I like Burley. I smoke a good bit of C&D Ribbon Cut Burley every month. Now, where has this been hiding? Did I just overlook this? This is not your kinder, gentler Burley. This is the Burley that when sipped has a nutty, creamy spice. A hint of cigar leaf, yeah. If you push it the fangs come out. Nice Burley bite, if you're into that sort of thing. I'm looking forward to mixing this but truly, this was a great bowl of quality tobacco. Don't hesitate to smoke it straight. It's a bit more bold than the regular ribbon cut, just as smooth, just a little kicked up. I'm going to mix it, going to smoke it straight, going to put it on my cornflakes. This is the good stuff.
Cornell & Diehl - White Burley
I like Burley. I smoke a good bit of the C&D Burley Ribbon Cut each month. I have had White Burley in blends, but can't remember how long it's been since I've had it straight. It is a soft mild Burley, with a hint of nuttiness. It's the kinder, gentler Burley. It's a pleasant smoke and would pair well with Bright Virginia, which I will try later today. For me, I prefer a heartier Burley to smoke straight but this is fine tobacco for blending. This has all the joy of Burley, just toned down a wee bit. Nothing wrong with that. Nice pleasant smoke.
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East
Do you like Latakia? Now to be fair, I just smoked and reviewed Sutliff: Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match, so to compare I filled a clean pipe and fired up a bowl of Star of the East. Life isn't fair... Sutliff: Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match is cheaper and I have to say, in my quiet voice, better. Now, this is a fine blend, there is nothing wrong with it. This had your typical C&D cut, burns well and needed no relights. Great tasting blend. I felt a bit guilty, looking over at the bag of Sutliff: Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match as I was smoking this. But this is a great smoke too. Could I smoke this all day, you bet. But... "It's not you, it's me..well, maybe it's you." "I love you but I'm not In Love with you." UPDATE: Ok, well I felt bad...if I hadn't kissed the Balkan girl we'd still be together. Let's make up...you're awesome...but I'm still going to see the Balkan girl...OK
Sutliff - Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match
Let me say from the start, I have never had the original Balkan Sobranie. I understand that the original blend used a good amount of Yenidje tobacco. The oriental tobacco used in this had a slightly sweeter flavor than the Izmir. Is it Yenidje? I don't know, frankly, I don't care. This is outstanding. Bag note is exceptional. The cut is a little rougher than say a C&D blend, not bad, just different. The bulk was fairly dry but still needed several relights, I believe due to the cut as different tobacco's have a different burn rate. That being said, I didn't mine the relights. After an Aro safari, coming back to a fine Olde English is nice. Now I'm a big fan of H&H Blackhouse, which is another fine Balkan Sobranie hack. This may give Blackhouse a run for their money. The Latakia in this is present, but here the Oriental and Virginia take center stage. This is a sweet flavorful smoke. I don't care what they call it. Is it as good as the original? I don't know and don't care, since the original is no more. It is what it is...and it's awesome. Mic drop...
Cornell & Diehl - Chopped Cigar Leaf
Cigar Leaf. Pennsylvania cigar wrapper. Bag note is sweet, bold. My bulk order was fairly dry, a little rougher cut, I wouldn't say it is ribbon cut. I took an ounce or so out and hand rubbed it. Fair amount of hard veins I set aside to make press cake, as these will burn at a different rate from the leaf. I loaded up the clean MM and fired it up. Deliciously sweet, almost tasted like DFK. Smooth, not harsh, no bite. This is quality cigar wrapper, the good stuff. Halfway through the bowl, I was wondering if 8 ounces a month would be enough, maybe I should order more. The bottom of the bowl was as sweet and enjoyable as the initial taste. Sure this is a great mixing component, but no reason not to smoke this straight, in copious quantities. Hay, brown sugar, sweet smoky happiness. This is the good stuff, the very good stuff.
Cornell & Diehl - Dark Fired Kentucky
Now we all love our DFK in a blend. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I filled the MM and had a straight bowl, glad I did. Smoky sweet and delicious. Sipping slowly, the fired Burley really had a sweet toasty flavor. Push it a bit and a hint of Perique came through. I like my Burley, this is Burley candy. This is not a harsh headbanging smoke that straight Perique is. This is like burnt butter, creamy sweet and satisfying. The fire brings out the natural sugars in the Burley. Outstanding tobacco. I must have more.
Planta - Anno MMXV (Brazilian Mixture)
I"m a big fan of Cachaça, or Brazilian Rum, and have wanted to try this blend for a while. The bag note is very pleasing. I loaded the fresh Meer and wasn't expecting much, just hoping I wouldn't get a mouthful of Propylene Glycol. On lighting, the Cavendish and Virginia come through. The sweetness of the Cachaça is evident, but it has a very light flavor unlike traditional rum. Halfway through the bowl I could taste the lime, slightly citrus and bitter like lime peel. Pleasant. Overall, this was a surprisingly satisfying smoke. No chemical flavor or aftertaste on my palette. I recommend drying this out a bit before smoking, which I did not. It required several relights due to the moisture. The only reason I did not give this a 5 is that the Cachaça is such a light rum the tobacco overpowered it. Not bad as it is quality tobacco. This was a pleasant surprise and worth a taste. Certainly a different type of smoke. Winner!
Blog's Commented on
A Closer Look at Perique
- ► Great article. It's always interesting to learn about the process before the smoke. Now I understand why Perique has been such a scarce and expensive commodity in recent years. Nicely done.
All Pipes Considered: Ropp Ruby
- ► Great video...I've had my eye on these Ropp Vintage pipes in particular the Ruby line. The horn stems are classic and your info on how they are made make me even more intrigued...old school craftsmanship...on my wish list.
Classic Pipe Tobaccos: St. Bruno First Impressions
- ► Good article. I recently bought a tin of St Bruno and was pleasantly surprised. I agree it seems to have some Tonquin and a wee splash of "Essence". I would be inclined to buy more. I do think it would ghost a briar so I've kept this in a Meerschaum. Not a regular smoke for me, but a nice change once in a while. Overall a tasty classic blend.
How To Light A Cigar | Smoke Rings University
- ► Great video...when Tim said "Don't do this"...yeah that's what I do...never seen this "toasting technique" before...should help get a more even burn...Great tips...
Jean-Paul Sartre: Philosopher, Author, Pipe Smoker
- ► Great article...but...what is Sykes smoking?
Lighters Need Cleaning Too
- ► Great article...I've been looking at those fancy 900 dollar Dunhill lighters. They are self-cleaning I hear. I've yet to find a pipe lighter that I like. I've been trying to switch over to using old school matches, more of a gentle flame, which can be a ridiculous task if outdoors. I've noticed a trend in pipe lighters using two or three flames like a welding torch. Something I will avoid for briar, great for a cigar perhaps. Can you or anyone recommend a soft flame lighter that will be a bit gentler on the briar rim? THX
- ► Thx @Will...I've got the Kiribi Kabuto on my wishlist now...appreciate the tip...
My Favorite Pipe of 2019
- ► One of my recent purchases on SP has become a favorite smoker. It's not pretty, or expensive, but she's a tobacco burning workhorse with a 1 1/4 deep chamber...Old German Clay: Markus Fohr Cutty Black.Most clay pipes are quite delicate. This Cutty has a substantial weight for a clay. For pure flavor and old school cool...it's a great smoker.
Mystery Review: December 2019
- ► Big "shout out" for the Markus Fohr black clay pipe. They are superb smokers. Great video, awesome to see reviews of tobacco I have not tried. I've got them on my list.
Mystery Review: March 2020
- ► Great Video...nice to see Jeremy smoking the clay pipe, he didn't say anything about it though...C&D scraps...isn't that Boneyard?
Mystery Tobacco Review: June 2020
- ► Great video...pretty funny, is that Latakia? I have not smoked that blend and it's sold out...so have it on my wish list for the future. Shane nailed it pretty quickly, then talked himself out of it. Your combined depth of knowledge of different blends and their nuances is impressive. Nicely done Gents.
- ► Really peoples...can't believe I have the only comment on this video...OK since no one else is paying attention...wanted to thank you guys for the tip you made on another video talking about Peterson system pipes...I have Savinelli dry system pipes and really like them...I have a few Peterson standard pipes and they are good smokers too...I recently got a Peterson Dark Smooth Deluxe from SP and it blew my mind...what a smoker...truly a step above the rest. THX
Mystery Tobacco Review: May 2020
- ► Great video...Thanks for keeping up the reviews during the plague...always entertaining...Endeavor to Persevere...
- ► Thx for commenting on the pipes you are smoking...I do like the look of that Peterson military mount...Nice...
Per Jensen of Mac Baren: Tobacco Ambassador to the World
- ► Great article...there was no mention that MacBaren just bought out Planta...so I hope we will see the full range of Planta blends continue with MacBaren...
Pipe Survival Guide: When Your Situation Is Dire and All You've Got Is Your Briar
- ► Nicely done Mr. Smith.
Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart: Toughest Pipe Smoking Tough Guy
- ► Great post...interesting gent indeed...but only pipe smokers are interesting...Thx for keeping up with the posts while we are all locked down and smoking with intensity...
Smoke Rings University: How To Cut A Cigar
- ► Great tips...I haven't used a bullet cutter and it looks like a great tool...gotta get me one of them newfangled doodads...I like that V cross cut...great technique...THX
Smokingpipes 20th Anniversary Peterson Pipes
- ► Great video...beautiful pipes...what an awesome sandblast...great project and looking forward to what comes next...congratulations!
- ► Sold Out...had one in my shopping cart...went to place my regular order...Boom...Gone baby gone...
Tasting Notes: Chacom #4
- ► Great review...I saw this blend when it was added and was "Eh, nah"..just another va-per, samey-same...after your review I will definitely take another look. Thx
Tasting Notes: Mac Baren Burley London
- ► Great video...as a Burley head...it did make me curious...I have not tried this blend and although it is a special run, hopefully a resourceful blender will recreate this in the future. It's on my list and next order.
Tasting Notes: Mac Baren HH Rustica
- ► Glad to see you smoking the Old German Clay. Markus Fohr makes a good pipe. So now, everybody is different, you did mention the sweetness...for me the first third of the bowl was glorious, then all I got was sweetness..too sweet...I could swear I was smoking an Aro...I mixed some dark burley with this and it took some of the cloying sweetness out...regardless I'm glad someone took the leap and began to blend with Rustica...hoping other's will join the party and use this tobacco in their blends.
Tasting Notes: Savinelli Janus
- ► Once again a great video. Interesting blend I will certainly try. Nice pipe.
Tasting Notes: Savinelli Juno
- ► Great review. You've done a great set of reviews with these three blends. I have Jupiter on my next order but you may have changed my mind. I do like a Virginia flake, so I may get this as well. FYI peoples...buy a Savinelli pipe and get a free tin of one of these three blends...
Tasting Notes: Savinelli Jupiter
- ► Great video, I've got this blend on my wish list for my next order. You always do a great job describing the nuances of a blend.
Tasting Notes: Smokingpipes 20th Anniversary Blends
- ► Excellent video...I have both blends on my wish list...always enjoy your Tasting Notes.
The History, Manufacture, and Use of Clay Pipes
- ► Great article...love my Old German Clay pipes. Richard Lees in New Zealand makes some outstanding clay pipes, not well known but great quality.
- ► FYI...I smoke my clays a lot...OGC pipes can take a pipe cleaner...Richard Lees suggested to use a small wire...oven roasting or fire roasting your pipe can break it...use a wire if it's got a thin stem
The History Of Brigham Pipes
- ► Great read...Nicely done...I've never really paid much attention to Brigham pipes...I will take a closer look at them...
- ► Is that the Giant Sandblasted (1202) in the header pic? If not, anyone know the pipe in the pic?
The History of Matches
- ► Great article...who knew the history of matches would be so interesting? I've always preferred matches for the pipe, although it's a little touch and go outdoors with even a gentle wind. Nicely done...
The History of Santa Claus, Pipe Smoker
- ► Santa smokes a Markus Fohr Twine-Banded Churchwarden...obviously he hoards them...out of stock again...
The Very Best Worst Pipe Ever
- ► Great article. That's an awesome pipe there.I've got some unique pipes, by unique I mean ugly. For some reason, there was a period when I would see a pipe, an ugly pipe and either through pity or some misguided sense of compassion I would buy it. Someone worked hard to make that pipe that ugly. Most of my ugly pipes are great smokers but so are most of my 10 dollar pipes. I have pretty pipes, some great pipes, but it's the ugly ones, the old ones, the beaters, the misfit pipes that I always seem to have on my desk. I think because they are ugly I don't mind burning them out, which is how you should treat any pipe.
Tobacco Curing Methods
- ► Great article. It's good to know the process and all the hard work that has gone into that tin of tobacco.