Ashton - Rainy Day 50g
Beach BBQ Time!
I normally smoke English/Balkan blends, but during the summer months, I prefer Virginia blends. This blend has a wonderful tin note that makes me think of Hawaiian BBQ. Boozy and fruity but still tastes like tobacco. I let mine dry for ~30min and had no lighting issues. Burns nice and the flavor in the smoke stays. My new go-to summer blend.
Rattray's - Exotic Passion 100g
Not What I Expected, But Nice
I normally smoke English/Balkan blends, but during the summer months, I prefer Virginia blends. This summer I bought two “citrus” aromatics for comparison, Ashton Rainy Day and Rattray’s Exotic. They are both wonderful! A main difference I see is that Rattray’s has a Tea/Floral/Perfume note to it that some might not like ( I do ). By comparison, Ashton’s has a deep alcohol note (rum, whiskey etc.) I’m so glad I got both as they both have their own niche to fill. If you’re looking for a good aromatic for summer that still tastes like tobacco, you can’t go wrong with either.
Sutliff - 504C Aromatic English
Nice blend. Falls on the aromatic side. If you smoke mainly aromatics and are looking to venture out, this one's a winner. If you smoke mainly english/balkans , this one might not be for you.
Hearth & Home - WhiteKnight 1.75oz
Stout and Smooth
Like a good beer. Not light and wispy but not thick and heavy either. Perfect for any occasion.
Sutliff - Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match
I prefer the 70s version of B.S. and I feel like this one is pretty spot on. Not my favorite, but one of the best!
Tampers & Tools - 8deco Bamboo Tamper
My favorite tamper and never fails to get compliments.
Cornell & Diehl - Engine #382
Grew on Me
I spent the majority with this one trying to figure out exactly what it smelled like. I came up with somewhere between "fresh field" and "old jacket". If a bright Virginia is the hay barn, then this is the field outside. After some time with it, it's now one of my favorites.
Cornell & Diehl - Bright Virginia Ribbon
Bright and Clean
Nice bright clean Va. Didn't get much citrus, but a very nice bready note. Will definitely be getting more!
Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Blue Note
I've smoked aeros for most of my time with the pipe and never understood why some people say they have a chemical taste. It may be just my tastebuds, but this one gave me the chemical funk.