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Solani - Aged Burley Flake - 656 50g
I Dont Care For Burley Blends But...
I don't care for Burley blends. I like it as an addition but alone or in heavy quantities, it simply doesnt suit me. However, this blend breaks that mold. First off... Tin note: Molasses, Hay, Alfalfa, Prepping: Wasn’t wet but it does have an interesting sticky texture. The smoke begins with a your expected nutty, woody, earthy, characters that burley blends are known for but the natural molasses note begins to appear quickly. Thought his tobacco that will not satisfy a sweet tooth, it does off an excellent interplay between sweet/savory, molasses/ nutty. The sweet molasses character has become more pronounced. If you aren’t used to Buley’s, give it time. This blend is becoming quite a wonderful smoke. It really combines well with a cup of coffee or tea with a bit of milk, as the creaminess goes well with the molasses. Nic: Slightly above medium, though I did have it with coffee in the morning without much issue. Slight headache. It is quickly becoming a top blend for me and will probably be switched out time to time with the Va/Bur blend University Flake in my rotation. A wonderful burley blend that lives up to its hype! 8/10

Peterson - University Flake 50g
Exquisite all-day blend
A favorite blend from Peterson.The Virginia and Burley are fairly even in play. The Virginias bring more of a darker, fruity note than grassy or citrusy while the Burley is nutty and earthy.The plum topping is mainly noticeable in the retrohale (those it seems more berry than plum) so dont go in thinking this is in any way an aromatic. Some have mentioned that the nicotine strength is decently strong in this blend. Interestingly, as someone who is sensitive to vitamin-n, I found it no more than medium in strength.A staple in my rotation selection

Cornell & Diehl - Poplar Camp
Best Bang For Your Buck VaPer
An underrated (or at least undervalued) Va/Per blend. It starts off with a respectable Virginia base, Yorktown. The Yorktown portion of this blend delivers rich, bready and dark fruity notes (which is heightened with the perique in this blend). The cavendish does what it usually does in non-aro blends; it slightly smooths off the rough edges.Outside of that, it is little evident. The Perique is strong yet not over powering. This isnt an unique blend nor does it win awards for "Best in category". However it certainly is a top "bang for your buck" VaPer smoke and is one you can puff away on without having to concentrate on flavors or keeping it lit. I added a bit of Old Dark Fired to it for a little more "kick" with amazing results. So if you are looking for a bulk VaPer blend that wont break the bank and can round out your rotation, this is a winner. 7.5/10 (I gave Yorktown a 7/10)

Cornell & Diehl - Carolina Red Flake with Perique 2oz
Looking Forward To More Aging
Going into this blend, I was curious how it would compare to the 20th Ann. XX Dark Flake put out by Smokingpipes and C&D, as their makeup and components are very similar. Upfront, the Perique stood out in its pepperiness. I agree with others that the Perique seems to be stronger in this blend than in the XX Dark Flake. The red Virginas were certainly evident however (especially at mid bowl till the end), bringing forth dark fruity and earthy notes. The fermented character I assume comes from both elements. If you are a lover of Perique, this blend will definitely satisfy. Their age and quality is evident. The Virginas are enjoyable, though age is needed I believe, to bring them forward and pull the Perique back a bit. Not a top VaPer for me and it settled slightly below my expectations, but it is still a solid blend that I will pull out of the cellar from time to time. I would give XX Dark Flake a 9/10 and this blend a 7/10 (though age will no doubt boost the rating up)

Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
Greatly underrated and a worthy stand alone
One of the breadiest Virginas I have smoked. There certainly is an evident citrus character from the brights and some dark fruity from the reds, but sweet baked bread is on the forefront. There is a bit of spiciness as well. I believe the stoved virginas which are heat treated in some way to bring out a natural caramelization of the sugars, add a deeper sweetness than you find in the straight brights. I believe it is a good beginnger tobacco as well as its not incredibly complex but has sweetness. Does come quite dry, which is probably why I found little to no moisture in the bowl at the end. Despite the dryness, the flavor was still ample. Leaves a bready room note. I bought this primarily for blending as the C&D bright and red virginas I purchased left me wanting. This is definitely a superior Virginia product. Satisfying enough on its own. Though I prefer flakes and the usual benefits they bring, this blend will stay around for use. Definitely an underrated blend that deserves more attention, especially for the price. 7/10 score for me, so worthy of a "highly recommendation".

Drucquer & Sons - Prince's Blend 100g
A Unique Light English Blend
As with most light English blends, the Virginas take the lead, with a citrusy, hay notes from the brights. The Burley is a nice addition that makes this blend unlike others, with an addition of a nutty-molasses note that is always evident, even in the tin aroma. The latakia brings through the its smoky character, though it might be lighter percentage than other light English blends like EMP, John Cotton #1, or Chelsea Morning. The Perique is very condimental, occasionally showing itself through a hint of dark fruit and pepperiness. All in all, a solid blend, offering quality leaf and uniqueness compared to other light English blends. It isnt a top choice in its department for me nor is it a favorite among GL Pease blends but still enjoyable.

G. L. Pease - Fillmore 8oz
Most Balanced Va/Per I've Tried
Many Va/Pers have dark fruit notes as the main note with slight bread notes. I find this one balanced between the two. There is less darker notes from the red Virginas than expected, so I assume the brighter leaves are higher in quantity than the reds? The quality Virginias steal the show. Though the pepperiness of the Perique is always evident, I find its flavor more in a back seat position, which isn’t necessarily a negative. Nicotine- Right above medium To be honest, I didn’t know there was any Latakia until I reread the description. But once I did, I noticed the smokiness in the background, which really gives this blend extra body. I really, really, like its minor role, which it seems Pease rarely does in his blends with Latakia. One of the most balanced Va/Pers I have tried. My favorite Va/Per? Possibly. Either way, it is highly recommended.

Cornell & Diehl - Bijou 2oz
A Wonderful Sweet/Sour Balanced Blend
I've long anticipated grabbing a tin of Bijou due to the reviews and positive remarks it has received since its conception. And I can say that it has lived up to its hype. The Virginas and Orientals are incredibly balanced with a sweet/sour relationship. The natural citrusy and dark fruity notes stay steady with the spicy, sourness from the Orientals. The honey topping is evident but by no means substantial. I would even say that this blend would be just find without the honey topping, however, it is a welcome addition. Because of the makeup, it did recall my enjoyment of Dunhill's London Mixture sans the honey topping. The tin I'm smoking is only a few months old. If the purpose is to cellar this blend for further development, it will be a prize worth possessing when aged. I bought a total of 5 tins. Ill certainly be adding more my cellar and for current use.

G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake 2oz
Blissful
An absolute winner and instant favorite for my cellar collection and rotation. The Virginas have a fermented and aged character to them, which may be one sets this blend apart from other Virginia and Va/Per blends. The Red Virginia and Perique's dark fruity character take the lead. The Burley comes into play with its earthy and nutty notes in second place. The Perique is light in its spiciness however, which isnt necessarily a negative but should be pointed out. The top note of cocoa/chocolate is perfectly light and adds just enough extra depth. On top of everything mentioned is the fact that there is less than a year of age on the tin Im smoking. This will be even more marvelous as time goes on. Grab some Virgina smokers!

Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 50g
Light, Sweet, Spicy, For All-Day/All-Year
The stoving deepens the sweetness of the Virginas and Orientals, delivering more of an earthy and dark fruity notes. I find a hint of light brown sugar as well, possibly from the stoving. The latakia is light but always present and very supportive. The orientals are spicy, earthy, and makes this blend feel more as lighter London Mixture (which I long to return). A favorite light English blend and stands up to its reputation. You've probably tried it but if not, every pipe smoker needs to.

Cornell & Diehl - Stovepipe 2oz
Its ok
The notes caramel and vanilla stand in the forefront, though I find them at best medium and closer to a mild-medium. A note of raisin is found as the smoke continues. Nice aroma as one would hope. I've found tongue bite to be more of an issue with this blend than other aromatics I've smoked. It's not a bad blend by no means but there is nothing special about it either.

Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice 50g
Quality tobacco, underwhelming flavor
Coming from such a reputable name, I was underwhelmed by this blend. By no means was it not enjoyable. The vanilla and chocolate notes came through with a hint of rum. The fruitiness was tasted but not as strong for me as it one for others here. As expected it gave off a pleasant room note. But after several smokes from several pipes during various times of day, I found nothing that would distinguish it form many other aromatic/Cavendish blends. Will you enjoy it? Certainly. But I don't think you will gain a unique smoking experience over a lower tier blend with similar casing.

G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning 8oz
Everything I want in a morning blend
As one reviewer noted, though this blend is mild to medium in strength, in is full of flavor. The sweetness from the Virginas and Orientals work wonderfully together. The spicy Orientals, though still mild, are still noticeable throughout the bowl. The Latakia is more evident in this blend than say, EMP, where I feel they fall too far in the background. The perfect combo is this tobacco with a light-medium roast coffee in the morning. It is my top 3 tobacco for a reason and is smoked almost daily.

G. L. Pease - Westminster 8oz
Top contender Medium English
A quintessential, medium English blend that holds in quality to any contender. The Orientals and Latakia seem to be nose to nose throughout the race to the end of the smoke while the Virginas offer a base dark, fruitiness. Little relights and a dry smoke. Pick yourself some up.

John Cotton's - Number 1 1.75oz
Superior Light English
A top, mild English contender. As noted in the tin description, this blend is Virginia-forward, more so than other mild English blends like EMP and Good Morning. However, the Orientals and Latakia play an evident role and contribute a quality spiciness and smokiness to the blend. The quality of the tobaccos is quite evident. Back to back smoke did give way to some tongue bite due to the higher Virginia content but only moderately. It delivers a fairly dry smoke. An easy all-day smoke though with a cup of coffee in the morning, it is quite exquisite.

Cornell & Diehl - Good Morning 2oz
Excellent morning blend
What should be noted upfront is that this blend deserves to be reviewed without a comparison to EMP. The fruity, red Virginas and the light, citrusy, light Virginas form the base of this blend (with the reds standing out more). The Latakias are lightly added from my taste, yet playing well enough of a part to obtain the smoky/woody notes throughout the bowl. The Orientals, coming in 2nd place, deliver their tanginess and distinct sweetness themselves.Can be a somewhat a wet smoke and certainly an all day blend. A strong recommendation for those desiring a lighter English or a Virginia blend with nuance.

Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River 8oz
Sweet, smoky, spicy
SPC blends all seem to have a reputation of excellency, especially Mississippi River, and it certainly lives up to it. The sweet Virginas stay in the forefront with a sweetness throughout the blend, with the assistance of the raisin-like sweetness from the perique. The orientals deliver a wonderful spiciness that doesnt fade while the latakia stays in the background but gives a steady smoky taste. For a Balkan/English blend, this blend actually delivers a pleasant room note, which even the wife noticed. It has earned its place in my rotation. Any aficionado of English or Va/Per blends needs to at least give this blend a try. Highly recommended.

Seattle Pipe Club - Wild Man 2oz
Inconsistent
Summed up in one phrase: Quality but Inconsistent. This blend became tough to review. SPC continues to blend wonderful tobaccos and the quality put forth in this blend is noticeable. The spicy and slightly Orientals drive the bus through most of the smoke while the dark,fruity Virginas and the smoky latakia take turns in coming in 2nd place. The grassy, citrusy, bright Virginas are mere condiment and hard to notice if you arent concentrating on the notes of the smoke. The disappointment of the blend is in its inconsistency. Though the blend tends to keep Oriental forward throughout the smoke, the Virginias and the Latakia waver in strength and flavor. The sweetness of the Orientals is present at times but simply isnt enough to satisfy. I imagine a slight increase of bright Virigina would assist in bringing forth need sweetness. Update: I usually smoke Oriental/English blends in larger bowls but this blend improved with a medium sized. It did tend to heat up quicker but the flavor and sweetness was more consistent. However, the smoke keeps fairly dry and is an all day smoke.

CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
An atypical Aromatic
It is worth noting that I find little to enjoy in aromatics. I've tried many recommendations and fan favorites but most disappoint in the flavor department. I don't find this to be the case for EO. I gave it a go after Muttnchop Piper's recommendation on his Youtube channel and I am glad I did. Unlike most aro's, the blend does not depend on the topping for flavor. The sweetness of the Virginas comes through as well as the cigar leaf addition, which adds complexity. Certainly gives off a "vanilla latte" taste with notes of chocolate and nuts. It is quite a dry smoke for an aro as well. English/Balkans and Va/Pers are my main blends but EO is a wonderful addition to occasionally smoke for a change of pace or to bring out when guests are over.

Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed
Earthy, Fiery, Sugary, all in one blend
It lives up to its reputation. ODF delivers a earthy, woody, spicy, mildly tart and tangy sour flavor throughout the bowl. The dark fruit sweetness of the Virginas come along throughout the blend as well, yet in more of a secondary position. If you didnt know better, you would assume there was a slight addition of Latakia due to the smokiness that comes along. If you are sensitive to nicotine, be wary. I may be myself as even after dinner, the effect of the smoke is quite noticeable. It is a fairly dry smoke. Certainly not an all day smoke and unless you are tolerant of nicotine, its not repeatable.

Seattle Pipe Club - Deception Pass 2oz
Not Your Typical Va/Per
VaPer and English blends with cavendish have typically deterred me from purchasing them, as I'm not a huge fan of cavendish blends. Yet Joe Langford proved me greatly mistaken in this blend. Deception Pass is quite an interesting and intriguing smoke. If you were blindfolded and were told to smell the tin, you would think you were smelling a box of raisins with pepper sprinkled on top. The dark, fruity, (raisiny?) notes from the Virginias and Perique claim the main flavor of the blend. The citrusy flavor of the bright Virginas come into play, though in more of a back role. The tang and spiciness of the Orientals, though a secondary player, are consistent throughout the blend. Though certainly the Perique provides added raisin notes, the spiciness isnt overbearing and in fact, may not be up to standards for the perique connoisseurs. However, it is perfect for my tastes. Now the Cavendish. The Cavendish not only mellows the blend (which may be why the perique doesnt come across so heavily, but it also adds a brown sugar note to the blend quite consistently. Its addition is very appreciative. Deception Pass is easily an all day smoke and is quite a dry smoke as well. The moisture level out of the tin was almost perfect, maybe slightly on the wet side but not enough to dry it. If youre looking for a traditional, heavy Perique blend, this may not be for you. If youre looking for a unique VaPer based blend, you will be quite pleased I believe. A highly recommended smoke and a job well done once again by SPC.

Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River 2oz
A Quality English Blend
SPC blends all seem to have a reputation of excellency, especially Mississippi River, and it certainly lives up to it. The sweet Virginas stay in the forefront with a sweetness throughout the blend, with the assistance of the raisin-like sweetness from the perique. The orientals deliver a wonderful spiciness that doesnt fade while the latakia stays in the background but gives a steady smoky taste. For a Balkan/English blend, this blend actually delivers a pleasant room note, which even the wife noticed. It has earned its place in my rotation. Any aficionado of English or Va/Per blends needs to at least give this blend a try. Highly recommended.

Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Excellent bargain
An wonderful VaPer flake, especially for the price. Straight out of the bad (so no aging), the virginas taste young, with an expected citrusy, hay, earthy notes. I also picked up a sweet honey as well, which is delightful. The perique play a supporting role, offering some raisiny and fig notes with a soft spiciness. An enjoyable smoke without any aging, though aging should do wonders with it. An all day smoke with proper care.

Seattle Pipe Club - Deception Pass 2oz
A Very Unique Va/Per
VaPer and English blends with cavendish have typically deterred me from purchasing them, as I'm not a huge fan of cavendish blends. Yet Joe Langford proved me greatly mistaken in this blend. Deception Pass is quite an interesting and intriguing smoke. If you were blindfolded and were told to smell the tin, you would think you were smelling a box of raisins with pepper sprinkled on top. The dark, fruity, (raisiny?) notes from the Virginias and Perique claim the main flavor of the blend. The citrusy flavor of the bright Virginas come into play, though in more of a back role. The tang and spiciness of the Orientals, though a secondary player, are consistent throughout the blend. Though certainly the Perique provides added raisin notes, the spiciness isnt overbearing and in fact, may not be up to standards for the perique connoisseurs. However, it is perfect for my tastes. Now the Cavendish. The Cavendish not only mellows the blend (which may be why the perique doesnt come across so heavily, but it also adds a brown sugar note to the blend quite consistently. Its addition is very appreciative. Deception Pass is easily an all day smoke and is quite a dry smoke as well. The moisture level out of the tin was almost perfect, maybe slightly on the wet side but not enough to dry it. If youre looking for a traditional, heavy Perique blend, this may not be for you. If youre looking for a unique VaPer based blend, you will be quite pleased I believe. A highly recommended smoke and a job well done once again by SPC.

Cornell & Diehl - Bright Virginia Ribbon
Solid stand-alone, great blender
Unlike my experience with C&D's Red Virginia Ribbon, Bright Virginia carries more nuance when smoked alone. The hay notes drive the bus but hints and notes of caramel, vanilla, and table sugar are always in play. A slight creaminess would develop as the bowl continued as well. Leaves minimal moisture and a nice room note. A great blend on its own right and as a blender.

Cornell & Diehl - Red Virginia Ribbon
Fine for Blending
This leaf has your expected dark fruity, tangy/acidic notes expected with a red virginia. I also noticed some vinegar and earthy and a slight spice occasionally. The moisture level came just about perfect and it leaves little moisture at the end of the bowl. Nothing spectacular here however. I bought a half a pound purely for blending purposes and it will stay as such. Unlike C&D's bright Virginia, there is

Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
A top English blend
A quintessential, mild English blend. The virginas drive the bus with hay and slight citrusy notes. The orientals bring the earthy/woody/spicy notes. I'm glad its confirmed that there are latakia tips in the blend, as I do taste smoky latakia notes in the background. This is a top English blend for me, as it can be smoked all day, is easy on the tongue, and leaves little moisture on the bottom of the bowl.

Peter Stokkebye - PS303 Peaches & Creme
Peachy? Maybe. Certainly sweet
Sweet, somewhat peachy, but still nothing noteworthy imo. I've struggled finding an aro that brings me much satisfaction (autumn evening is the only winner so far). Despite some of the positive reviews here, this blend wasnt a standout. As a positive, it is consistent. The slight Peachy note was steady throughout the smoke with the burleys adding a nuttiness and the virginas riding in the third seat. If you are an aromatic smoker, this may be a pleasing smoke for you.

Cornell & Diehl - Smokingpipes 20th Anniversary Blend: XX Flake 2oz
My goodness...
Remarkable blend! In comparison to its sister, XX Flake, this is a night/day difference (hence the "dark" I suppose). Whereas the XX Flake is primarily brighter, citrusy, and lower in Perique content, this one is is primarily brings a dark fruit note from the heavier Perique content and red Virginias. The brights do make an appearance with grassy notes but they are subdued. As with the XX Flake, the age of the Perique is noticeable and is supports the reds quite harmoniously. And to think this is a fresh tin! As of 3/20/20, it is sold out. This will be a blend I will store away and smoke sparingly, as it is one of my favorite Va/Pers I have ever smoked fresh.

Cornell & Diehl - Smokingpipes 20th Anniversary Blend: XX Flake 2oz
A top tier Virginia based Flake
The age, fermentation, and subdued pepperiness of the Perique is noticeable in this blend compared to other Va/Pers. The grassy citrusy bright virginias do taste young but that will easily change with age. The red virginas and orientals add a dark fruit and woody notes. The orientals seem to stay in the background throughout the smoke. A fairly easy all day smoke that is incredibly enjoyable without any aging. I can only imagine the enjoyment after several years in the cellar. Pick some up before its gone

Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
Holds to its reputation
Citrusy, Honey-sweet, hay, slighly fruity. GS is a standard in the Va/Per category for a reason. As many have mentioned, the Perique is typically slight, even more someone like myself, who is sensitive to vitamin-N. Gentleman zombie made a important observation that if puffy quickly on this tobacco, you'll pay the consequences. Sip and enjoy, otherwise it will be harsh. It isnt a favorite Va/Per of mine but certainly one I enjoy time to time. Can be smoked all day by veterans and those who can handle nicotine in repetition.

G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
Made for the Night
My goodness this blend. If Chelsea Morning is the perfect marriage with sunrise and coffee, this blend is in perfect marriage with the moonlit sky and an evening beverage. The red virginias bring earthy and dark fruit notes. The oriental/turkish spicy, woody, raisiny notes (along with the Perique) all coalesce perfectly with the smoky Latakia. Surprisingly sweet and thankfully its not a lat bomb. There is a tar note that absolutely suits this blend so well with the night. I'm not sure what component gives it that taste but I love it. Though not an all day smoke, it is easily repeatable. A top favorite of mine as well as others.

Peterson - University Flake 50g
Excellent Va/Bur blend
A favorite blend from Peterson.The Virginia and Burley are fairly even in play. The Virginias bring more of a darker, fruity note than grassy or citrusy while the Burley is nutty and earthy.The plum topping is mainly noticeable in the retrohale (those it seems more berry than plum) so dont go in thinking this is in any way an aromatic. Some have mentioned that the nicotine strength is decently strong in this blend. Interestingly, as someone who is sensitive to vitamin-n, I found it no more than medium in strength.A staple in my rotation selection.

Cornell & Diehl - Smokingpipes 20th Anniversary Blend: XX Flake 2oz
Top tier potential
The age, fermentation, and subdued pepperiness of the Perique is noticeable in this blend compared to other Va/Pers. The grassy citrusy bright virginias do taste young but that will easily change with age. The red virginas and orientals add a dark fruit and woody notes. The orientals seem to stay in the background throughout the smoke. A fairly easy all day smoke that is incredibly enjoyable without any aging. I can only imagine the enjoyment after several years in the cellar. Pick some up before its gone.

G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning 2oz
The Perfect Union for Coffee
With the love and snobbery I can have with English/Oriental blends, I had to try this blend after all the buzz. After almost smoking through a tin with a variety of pipes, I have found the perfect suitor to go along with my morning coffee. Chelsea morning offers a lovely sweetness from the Virginias (especially the reds), the spiciness from the Orientals, and the just enough smokiness from the Latakias. I would consider it a light-medium/light English blend. Pick it up for you morning ritual. It suits the morning sunrise so well.

Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Night Cap
Great taste and note
Sutliff has done well with this blend. Great aromatic with a pleasant aroma (important for my wife) and a great taste. I'll be returning to this blend.

G. L. Pease
Navigator 8oz

$44.50 $37.83
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Daughters & Ryan
TAPS VIP 50g

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Rattray's
Marlin Flake 100g

$25.00 $16.79
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Solani
Aged Burley Flake - 656 50g

$22.00 $14.79
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Peterson
University Flake 50g

$14.28 $9.99
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G. L. Pease
Chelsea Morning 8oz

$44.50 $37.83
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