Newminster - No.306 English Orient
Smooth as silk. This is a very refined blend. No one component or flavor overpowers, which is unique in itself, but creates an ensemble. Ina sense, it's own flavor. Luscious, smooth and balanced. Great no bite, all-day smoke. Burns cool and left only white ash. In a world of English blends, this is a rare breed, must have.
Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd 2oz
Wicked Good...Pirate Kake with a Punch...
Heavy with Latakia, sweet, bold and nutty with Burley and Virginia. I was pleasantly surprised that the cigar leaf was a background note that makes for a distinctive flavor. Think Pirate Kake with a punch. This is an exceptional blend that is very well balanced between the sweetness of Latakia, the nutty flavor of Burley/Virginia and the boldness of the cigar leaf. Frankly, IMHO Billy Budd is a step above Pirate Kake in flavor and heartiness. Nicely done. This blend is a winner!
Cornell & Diehl - Redburn 2oz
On my first taste, I was hit with the fired Kentucky and Burley. Then the sweetness kicked in. Halfway into the bowl, the sweetness took hold. The Burley and Kentucky gave this a great balance. As I smoked below halfway, the caramel, molasses and rum took over. Pecan Pie... Delicious blend. Surprisingly, it burns very clean and did not leave my pipe a gummy mess. I was expecting a bitter end of the bowl as the sugars burned off, but the pleasant, spicy sweetness remained. I tasted no bitterness, however the fired Kentucky and Burley has a nutty bite that gives a great balance to the smoke. Bold aromatic. Nicely done.
Cornell & Diehl - Izmir Turkish
You're Going To Need This...
Although I have had this tobacco in a blend, I wanted to try this straight to experience it. At first I was surprised with the nutty flavor, then sweetness, spice and something else. I couldn't put my finger on it, then it hit me. Corn silk. Now you young whippersnappers don't know the flavor of a good Virginia with a little sweet corn silk. Too bad for you. The flavors lingered on my palette for some time. Mix this with your blend, sure. But try it straight, it's outstanding. FYI...this tobacco is like the Perique of sweetness...I've tried a few blends with various degrees of Izmir...if you go to 10% it completely takes over the flavor...use it like Perique...3-5% and it gives a great back flavor and blends well with other tobaccos.
Cornell & Diehl - Black Duck 2oz
Sweet and creamy ...a hint of spiciness on the palette yet a bold flavor, dark and rich. I bought this to try after reading such rave reviews...spot on...this is a exceptional blend, the added Burley brings out the darkness of the Duck and although it has components of a hundred other English blends, they nailed it. I only bought one tin...I will remedy this...because that is now a problem...Hail the Duck.
Cornell & Diehl - Cherry Jubilee
Wait For It...
OK I am not a big aromatic smoker. This does have a good flavor, but when smoking I did not taste the cherry. Maybe I pushed it too hard, maybe it's from the Irish Flake I had earlier...but the strangest thing happened...after I finished the 1/2 bowl I suddenly was hit with a burst of delightful cherry on my palette...maybe it should age a bit...I always worry about what the flavoring agent is and this didn't say...but it's a change from the English and will be an occasional smoke. I was ready to give this a really bad review until the cherry hit me, but only after I finished smoking and emptied the bowl....So, wait for it...this may grow on me yet... Worth a try? Yes...the other reviews were 1 star at best...it is what it is...if you think you're going to get cherry candy you'll be disappointed. I'll let it age and try it again. But for now, I'm not disappointed, the delayed effect was interesting. After aging if the flavor does not come out I will hit it with a little cherry brandy....I do want that cherry hit as a change of pace...I have not tried Boswell's cherry aromatic yet, it is a big seller for him.
Cornell & Diehl - Burley Ribbon Cut
Since this is used is many C&D blends I'm familiar with the flavor. This is a great tobacco to blend with Yorktown, which I just did...outstanding. Smoked straight it is smooth and strong without a heavy bite. Paired with Perique it is a bold flavorful smoke. This is a quality Burley, versatile to blend and smooth enough to enjoy on its own.
Grand Croupier - Boneyard
Wait a Minute...What?
OK I don't care if Bubba swept the scraps up off the warehouse floor and put it in a bag...are you kidding me? Are you having a laugh? This was only 15USD and some change for a pound...it's brilliant...quality leaf English blend, rich in Latakia yet with a bold flavor of Virginia, Burley and Cavendish...sweet, nutty, yadda yadda...(Insert Expletive Here) Blown away...
Cornell & Diehl - Sunset Harbor Flake 2oz
Wonderful taste...sweetness that was unexpected...brilliantly blended. The flavor lingers on the palate for some time. Nothing harsh, yet bold. It reminded me in some respects of Pirate Kake, with a unique sweetness that sets this apart. Like others, I hope this is sold in bulk soon. This is an exceptional smoke. UPDATE: It's been an hour since I smoked half a bowl...I can still taste the sweetness in my mouth...amazing...
Cornell & Diehl - Nutty Irishman
Tasty...Burley gives it a nice kick.
I avoid aromatics simply because you never know what chemicals may be used...when I read this was a Virginia, Burley, Cavendish blend with Frangelico and Irish Mist, along with the positive reviews I bought 4 oz to try. The initial taste was delicious, the subtle hint of whiskey and honey hits the tongue. Combined with a good tobacco blend, I was completely surprised how much I liked this. Toward the bottom of the bowl, the flavors settled and notes of Burley and Cavendish took over. This is not something I will smoke often, but on occasion, this is a great change from a proper English diet. Fine smoke here.
Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 50g
Dipteryx Odorata Baby...Yeah.
Tonquin bean...I would like to thank who ever thought of flavoring tobacco with this...Genius...Classic blend, sweet and strong. Fantastic aroma and flavor. Wow.
Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
Virginia Is For Lovers
Surprise, Surprise...what a great tasting blend of Virginia...tried to get it to bite...just gave me a creamy smooth, great almost nutty taste...Purists take note...this is a very fine classic smoke...a little more expensive than some other Virginia blends but well worth it...Outstanding.
Hearth & Home - Blackhouse 1.75oz
I've never smoked Balkan Sobranie, so I can't compare it to that. What I can say, is that this is a superb Balkan blend. It is blended in a high quality such as Plum Pudding Special Reserve albeit a different type of smoke, quality. This is a special blend that lingers on the palette and in the room. Someone else wrote this is a "Must Have" and I totally agree. Just save me some... UPDATE: Wow this is good...really good...
Cornell & Diehl - Granulated Perique
Great flavor, smoky and rich. Should be great for blending or straight, it's a hardy smoke, strong and tasty. Room note is intense but so is the flavor. I love it. UPDATE: I would discourage you to do what I just did...which is smoke a straight bowl of this Perique...unlike the straight Latakia which was smooth and glorious...a straight bowl of Perique was just too much of a good thing for my brain to handle...all the great flavor of Perique when mixed in a blend was more a punch in the face...but you know I had to try...
Cornell & Diehl - Latakia
I should have ordered more...This Time I Did...
Great to kick up my daily blend...I'll be trying it straight, no chaser tonight...great quality and flavor...Love This. Someone commented on a acidic odor from the bag, mine was sweet, almost fruity. UPDATE: So, a straight bowl of Latakia...you'd think it would be harsh, it was smooth and glorious. Amazing smoke this is. UPDATE: I will never be without this...I almost ran out and my anxiety was palpable...Must. Have. Latakia.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
I'm a big fan of C&D Super Balkan...This may be my new go to smoke...exceptional flavor, moisture content, this is an outstanding blend.
Smokingpipes Gear - Morta Pipe Kit Ebonite Stem-Straight
Outstanding grain...I have shaped several briar pipes and this is my first morta project...outstanding piece to shape how I desire...I know morta tends to get much hotter than briar...so will take that into account... UPDATE: marked the blank for cuts...will start cutting tomorrow then work with the file... UPDATE: Made my first cuts today...Morta is hard...had to use a metal blade but starting to look like a pipe.. UPDATE: OK I've been using a small saw and files. Slow going but getting a nice shape. Morta = Rock Wood...stone like quality that although tough to shape should come out nice.
Cornell & Diehl - Black Frigate 2oz
This is a smooth smoke...it's a relaxing enjoyable blend...very refined, the flavors are not distinct, but create a unique complex flavor in their layering. UPDATE: The more I smoke this blend the more I like it...raised my rating to 4.5. I wasn't initially overwhelmed with joy but this grows on you...it's quite unique...now I crave it...Joy...
Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 2oz
I bought this because of the reviews...THX If Plum Pudding Reserve is a sultry brunette, brandy and smooth jazz...This is a crazy redhead in leather and tattoos with a latakia riding crop... She's wicked good... Flavor, room note, strength...this has it all...what a great smoke...Exceptional Blend.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Special Reserve 4oz
I bought this because of the reviews...didn't disappoint...flavor is excellent...slow burning...great moisture...worth the extra money for such quality. UPDATE: After smoking a few bowls of this, I must say, it's wicked good...I'll be saving this for my Sunday smoke with a nose burner...best tobacco flavor I've enjoyed. UPDATE: WOW...
Cornell & Diehl - Super Balkan
Bold full flavor, excellent moisture, slow burning, smoky and smooth like burnt butter...rich outstanding smoke.
Daughters & Ryan - AB Rimboche' 3.5oz
Great aroma and taste...nice moisture content...excellent every day blend...I think it is a very good smoke...was hoping for more strength...but very enjoyable blend. The more I smoke this blend the more I like it. Initially I thought it wasn't quite strong enough, but changing my thoughts on this. It is a very balanced blend. I added a dash of Super Balkan with the AB Rimboche'...super flavor and added some boldness...Nice