Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
I ordered a tin of this the last time it was on sale. Sat on it a little while before I opened it. I had too many other blends to smoke. I finally got around to trying it one night outside of my old place. I had just finished my charring light and initial few puffs when a skunk ran past me. I put the bowl out and went back inside. Second time I tried it, it was a freezing cold night and I was almost racing through the bowl to get back inside and warm up. Then one night, I brought some to a wedding with my Ropp pipe, which has a smaller chamber than most of my pipes. I hastily packed a bowl and went outside while my friends smoked cigars. This time, the weather was right, there was no skunk, and I chose the right bowl. It was a great smoke, and I've been enjoying it ever since. It smelled so good that one of my friends expressed an interest in pipe smoking, so I recently gifted a tin of it to him, along with a corn cob pipe. I bought another tin for myself to cellar, and will enjoy this on special occasions from henceforth.
Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose 2oz
Not for me.
I was excited to try this one. I'm pretty sure that I ordered it the day it was released. Waited till the middle of December to pop the tin. Smelled exactly as advertised. I packed a cob and lit it, and then... meh. I know most tobacco's don't taste like they smell, but I was hoping this one would, because it smelled delicious. The cut on it was great, really easy to pack and was ready to smoke with no drying time. Mechanically, it was great. As good as any tobacco I've tried. But for me, the taste wasn't there.
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East
An Experiment Gone Right
I've been loving Star of the East Flake, so I decided to check out the bulk offering of it. Ordered a 1 oz sample. It came a little dry out of the bag, but my unsophisticated palate couldn't tell the difference between the flake and the bulk. I may screw around and order a pound the next time C & D bulk blends go on sale.
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East Flake 2oz
A New Favorite
I've been digging deeper into English blends, and this one seems to be my favorite thus far. Smells like salty bbq sauce out of the tin, rubs out easily, packs easily, and smokes like a dream. Blew through a 2 oz tin, and ordered a couple 8 ouncers. One to smoke, one to cellar. The 8 oz tins showed up with a year of age on them already, can't wait to give it a try.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
Just What I Was Looking For
I ordered an ounce just to see what the fuss was about. My tastes generally lean towards all things English, but this scratched an itch I didn't even know I had. Not particularly bold in the taste department, but something I can put in any pipe and mindlessly enjoy. I'll be ordering more with my next order, and it's gonna be a lot closer to a pound than an ounce.
Davidoff - Royalty 50g
My First Tobacco
So, I decided to start smoking a pipe. This tobacco sounded good. I bought a tin and a couple cobs, and gave it a whirl. It was apparently good, because I've been smoking a pipe every day since this showed up in the mail. Excellent flavor, great moisture out of the tin. I enjoy this at night, it helps me relax. It won't knock you out with flavor or nicotine, but it's still a pretty great smoke.
Cornell & Diehl - Blockade Runner 2oz
Maybe It's Me.
I was super excited to try this. I really like Virginias. The nautical thing is appealing to me. I popped the tin, and it smelled like Red Man chewing tobacco. Another plus. The cake rubbed out with little to no effort. It packed easy. It took the flame well. And then I just couldn't get into the taste. I may sit on this for a little while and come back to it. Hopefully some age will do this well. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I had hoped for.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Bang For My Buck
The price is right on this one. Smells great out of the bag and burns well. No tongue bite. Easy to rub out or fold. I will probably buy more when I run out to smoke and age.
Kramer's - Blend for Cary Grant
I can dig it.
Ordered this bulk based on the strength of the reviews and curiosity over "Irish Aromatic." I really like it. I used it to try out two pipes I restored. Smoked a bit wet in a bent apple, but was just right in a nice bent bulldog. I could see this becoming an every day smoke.
Velvet - Velvet 1.5oz
I tried giving this 4 stars but for some reason it got stuck on 3.5. I don't know a single person that's ever been a pipe smoker. No saintly grandfather, no beatnik uncle. I have zero formative memories of pipes or smells. But smoking velvet makes me pine for a time that never existed for me. It's pretty great. Smells great, tastes pretty good. Doesn't burn my tongue even though I puff pretty hard. I'm just waiting for a 12 oz tub to be restocked.
G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning 2oz
Nice First Smoke of the Day
I went through about a month long phase of packing this into a cob first thing in the morning at work while I drank coffee and delayed getting started. The cut is good, the moisture is good, and it tastes good. Didn't notice a ton of nicotine, but it was a good contemplative smoke for the morning.
Sutliff - Ready Rubbed Match
Decent Burley Blend
This didn't seem to be as aromatic as advertised, but still tasted pretty good. A pleasant, if barely noticeable room note accompanies a light chocolate taste. Easy to pack, but it needs a little dry time. I bought 4 oz of it and will probably be sitting on it for a while, as I've found other blends that I enjoy more. I will probably revisit it some time in the future.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 50g
Good Beginner Flake
This was the first flake I ever ordered. It rubs out easily and is also conducive to effective fold and stuff packing. The 50 gram tin is easier to deal with than the 100. Good moisture out of the tin and a very nice taste that seems perfect for summer months.