Dan Tobacco - Salty Dogs 50g
I love Salty Dogs. At first it took a while to figure out how to prepare it to fully utilize high quality leaf. I find this stuff smokes best rough cut. A little more rubbed out than a broken flake. This is a fruitier and very tangy VaPer, well balanced with a bit of spiciness from the perique. I'd give it a 5 out of 5, unfortunately there are so many fantastic virginia/perique blends out there that it just isn't worth buying again anytime soon at this price point. Definitely a must try though.
Cornell & Diehl - Mad Fiddler Flake 2oz
Unique cigar blend.
When I opened the tin I was almost sure I wasn't going to like it. Well, I was wrong. I dont have much experience with kasturi but I would definitely say it takes the lead in this one. It gives the blend a clove/cinnamon cigary flavour. The dark fruity flavours of the perique and Virginia's are always in the background. I don't get much of the oriental but I think the spice of the kasturi drowns it out. This blend tastes a lot dryer than the tin note suggests due to it's sweet smell, which I was pleasantly surprised with. This is an awesome and unique blend worth a try.
Edward G. Robinson - Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend 1.5oz
Just light it and go.
This one always comes out to my shop with me. There's a lot going on but there isn't too much to think about at the same time if that makes sense. I find the latakia makes its way in and out of smoke while you make your way down the bowl. The fruity, spicy topping kind of sits on top of the burley flavour but doesn't drown it out at all. Now that I compare the two I feel like there is a topping in here similar to Deception Pass(if there is one at all in that blend or is just the perique). At least in the tin note anyway. All in all, it's tangy, nutty and sweet, with just a tinge of smoky flavour coming in and out from the latakia. My buddies also love the smell of it too so this winter this one will be smoldering all day while I sit in the hut and stare down the ice hole.
G. L. Pease - Barbary Coast 2oz
Not your typical burley.
Recently I have fallen head over heels for burley blends. This one is completely unique in comparison to any other burley based blend I've had. The brandy topping smells like the same one used in Dreams of Kadath or Mad Fiddler Flake. It smells strong in the tin but the topping only accentuates the dark fruity taste of the perique which is perfect, because in tin I got it is mighty peppery/spicy. The chocolatey and nutty burley taste is always up front and I find the virginia in this blend perfectly brings everything together with some sweetness. I feel like by the time I try all the Pease/D&S blends, they will be the only ones in my cellar/rotation. This one stays for good.
Robert Lewis - Orcilla Mixture 50g
Buttery, oriental deliciousness!
This stuff is awesome! This is a great oriental blend. They are definitely the star player. They're super buttery tasting with a dry woody finish. The Virginia's taste mostly bright to me. I'm not sure if the little bit of spicy fruit taste in there is from the perique or orientals. There also seems to be a tiny bit of Latakia which they don't mention in the description. All around a fantastic smoke in my opinion!
G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning 2oz
Go to all day English for me.
This I rate a 5. Light enough for all day, yet complex enough to keep you intrigued. Absolutely crushes Early Morning Pipe IMO. This will forever have a spot in my cellar/rotation.
G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
This is a solid flake. Tobacco like this with a solid fermented fruit flavour is right up my ally, which is definitely from the Virginia's. The perique is lightly spicy with a deep prune and raisin flavour. The burley is just noticable enough to coincide with the lightly applied cocoa flavour. The tin I got also wasn't very heavy on the Lakeland essence, IMO, and went well with the natural flavour of the tobacco. Gonna grab a tin to age for a year or so and see how it does. Top notch.
Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 50g
This was the first straight Virginia tobacco I ever tried when I was a complete beginner. Needless to say I had no idea what I was doing and decided Virginias weren't for me. After gaining some experience smoking, and absolutely falling in love with Virginia and VaPer blends, this is by far my favourite straight V. There really isn't any other blend like this, in this category on the market. You can't compare it to other blends. Sweet and grassy, this flake will always be in my cellar.
Cornell & Diehl - String Duster 2oz
Very lightly aromatic.
So typically I don't smoke aromatics. This is the best tin note on any aro I have ever smelled. From what I can tell, the room note is very much like the tin note too. This is a great tobacco with a good heavy, almost dark fruity Virginia flavour up front. There's a very faint spicy nuttiness to it, which I assume is from the Turkish. The finish is very similar to the taste of a wild flower honey which is probably a mixture of the Virginia's and the maple topping, which is what I liked the most about the blend. The rum is just enough to give it a slight boozy taste near the end. This is a very, very slow sipper because of the amount of steam it produces. It came in deceivingly dry but can soak your pipe pretty fast if you aren't careful. That isn't why I gave it a 4. It would be a 5 if I enjoyed aros more that's all. All in all it is fantastic though.
Cornell & Diehl - Chenet's Cake 2oz
Top Notch Virginia/Perique
I thought the flavours of the tobacco were fantastic. The tin note smells very fruity but also has a very strong acidic/fermentation note. I actually liked it to be honest. I know it's meant to be cellared it but I cracked a year old tin and boy was it harsh on the retrohale. I found the perique very plummy and peppery with a definite sweetness from the Virginia. All around I thought it was quite enjoyable. I popped into a tobacconist out of town and managed to find a 4 year old tin. I'm gonna put at least 6 more years on it before I pop it. EDIT: I let this stuff sit for about a year before I tried it again. Whether my taste changed, I gained more smoking experience or age did the trick, I absolutely love this now. From 3.5 to 5 stars. This stuff is delicious and I would definitely consider the perique to be as equally spicy as it is fruity. I also can taste the burley in it a more now but it's just enough to bring the whole smoke together and not necessarily add much burley flavour.