McConnell - Glen Piper 50g
Different in a Good Way
It is aromatic, but also, like a Va blend. Taste is all tobacco, but the room note is pleasantly fruity. Give it a try if you like Va, but not the typical strength of Va.
Black Label Trading Company - BLK WKS Studio NBK Lizard King
Best BLK WKS
Of all the Black Label/BLK WKS I've had, this is the best vitola. Green Hornet is best for being available & the Notura is always a mainstay, but Lizard King is my new favourite. Hopefully there will be a 2022 release.
Cornell & Diehl - Mad Fiddler Flake 2oz
5/5 Space Squids. The madness is spreading, don't fight it.
Warped - The Red Hunt 2oz
Made Me a Va Believer
This blend taught me to love Virginias & start smoking cigars. One of my top five favourite smokes.
AJ Fernandez - Bellas Artes Brazilian Maduro Lancero
A very different cigar indeed. AJF is becoming my favourite blender with sticks like this. It's unlike anything else I've smoked. Not at all harsh. Very well crafted, rich, & complex.
La Flor Dominicana - La Nox Petite
Smooth & enjoyable. Delicious chewy mouth feel.
Black Label Trading Company - BLK WKS Studio Rorschach Petite Panatela
Great cigar, especially for the price. Best from the BLK WKS range I've tried. Easy & pleasant roomnote.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake 50g
Bold & Different
This is the first Lakeland I've tried & it won't be the last. I don't get any of the nut or fruit notes listed in the description here, but it's very enjoyable. I find it very floral. Wonderful room note, described by cigar smokers around me as "woodsy". Recommend & a great start to Lakelands. Note: will ghost something fierce, so you may want to pick up a cob or cheaper briar to dedicate to it.
CAO - Bella Vanilla 50g
Good, but Vanilla sometimes hard to find.
Very, very mild blend. Vanilla is there, but it's beyond subtle. For the name, I expected it to be more forward. Though, it's a good blend. Great with tea in the morning.
Cornell & Diehl - Milk & Honey: Halav U' Duash 2oz
Good, But not Too Aromatic
This one is tricky. Get it too hot & you'll lose all the flavour in it. It's definitely one of the wettest one I've ever seen from C&D. It does have very good tobacco flavour once it's dry enough, though.
Tampers & Tools - b-Humy Olivewood Tamper
What My Meerschaum needed
I was worried about damaging my first Meer with a typical metal tool: this is wonderful for tamping down the tobacco as I smoke & I never have to worry about nicking the pipe. The angling is handier than I expected. That being said it is overpriced, but I'll still give it five stars, since it does what I want & I didn't feel like making one myself.
Lane Limited - MV-1000
Easy Smoke, Good Flavour
Very gentle, but nice nuanced & subtle flavour. Excellent for home blending, especially with berry Cavendishs.
Cornell & Diehl - Engine #611
Very enjoyable, easy all day smokable. The vanilla comes clearly through, without overwhelming the base tobacco.
Cornell & Diehl - Visions of Celephaïs 2oz
Best C&D aromatic blend ever. Best entry to Old Ones. Very unique. Do yourself a favour, by it & dedicate a pipe to get the most from it. I imagine it'll ghost badly & be affected by other ghosts too. The "grape wine topping" is fantasticly musty & comes across to me as passion fruit. Very special & unique. Hopefully this Old One will stay in the line up for long time.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning
Got an once of this awhile back & completely forgot about it. Named right, goes great after breakfast. First foray into the perique work for this aromatic lover & I'll be enjoying this & more like it.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1931 Flake 1.4oz
Best Burley Blend
I don't get to smoke consistently enough to enjoy much that isn't aromatic, but this burley blend is excellent. Easy to smoke flake from the moment you open the tin. Will definitely be keeping this in the rotation. One note, do not let get too dry: becomes acrid & astringent then. Works very well folded in a medium size bowl.
Sutliff - Barbados Plantation 1.5oz
Wet & not worth the effort.
Comes very wet. Like sloppy wet. Stick to your fingers & anything it touches wet. Do yourself the favour of drying it pretty thoroughly before you even try your first smoke. It's barely ever smokable, but it is very flavorful, with a pleasant room note. Everyone who smells it will be pleased.
Stands & Pouches - Claudio Albieri Smokingpipes Leather Pipe Bag Black
An highgrade pipe sleeve, affordable & available. Up your pipe transportation & get it.
Stands & Pouches - Neal Yarm Tilt Head 5 Pipe Stand Cherry
Different Kind of Functional Art
Well constructed & beautiful. The head is a little deeper than I expected though, so be aware, shorter pipes mightn't always fit. Could be slightly wider spaced for the pipe bowls; not perfect for a collection of large Danish pipes.
Solani - Red Label - 131 50g
Best Scotch Tobacco
Good Room notes & excellent flavour. A little damp, but most tinned tobacco is. Good value.
Reiner - Professional 100g
Excellent & Nuanced
Very mild, with great subtly. Not so blue collared; very luxurious. Both nutty & fruity & the right humidity from the tin.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1982 Centennial Blend 1.4oz
Good tobacco, though a little too wet out of the tin. Good flavour, strength, & room note. Berry tin notes give way to navy flake while smoking. Enjoyably.
Lighters - Zippo Black Matte Pipe Lighter w/ Pipe Emblem
Only Pıpe Lighter
Only pipe lighter I use. Always works, even in the windiest weather. Zippos stand the test of time.
Lighters - Zippo Genuine Flints
Keeps the Lighter Living
I always use Zippo parts for my Zippo Pıpe Lighter.
Books - Scandinavian Pipemakers
Beautiful coffee table book, but even better encyclopedia. Great write-ups & lovely pictures of makers' examples.
Capstan - Ready Rubbed Yellow 1.75oz
Nice blend. Not too strong for a predominantly aromatic smoker.
Tampers & Tools - Pipe Nail
Best bang for the dollar. Doesn't flake off chrome finish like a Czech tool.
Books - Tobacco and Smoking Among the Blue and Gray
Well produced. Excellent quality binding & presentation.
Low Country - Strawberry
Better than Scent
A wonderful blend! The nose is really strong & almost medical, but the flavour is really good & balanced. Everything is there & not difficult to find. Not complex, but that's ok for an easy room pleasing smoke sometimes.
Tabac De La Semois - Le Petit Robin 100g
Almost a silk cut, this is a truly a unique smoking experience. Love it or not, you should give this a try.
Tampers & Tools - Rubber Pipe Bits (2 pack)
I don't buy a pipe without putting these on. Always worth the money, makes every pipe better.
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop
Dusty bookshop might be a better name. Always smokes hot & tastes dusty. Like spring cleaning, not enjoyable.
Cornell & Diehl - Berry Good
Not Berry Great
I love berry aromatics most of all tobacco, but this misses the mark. Couldn't find any berry, but did find so much tongue bite.
Cornell & Diehl - Irish Blessing
Good & Wet.
So wet. By rote I always dry my aromatics, but this is hard to dry out enough. Tasty, but better blended into Nutty Irishman.
Cornell & Diehl - Belmont Station
Ok & growing on me. I'm a huge aromatic smoker, but this isn't strictly an aromatic. The dark Kentucky adds something interesting, but almost undesirable. Very complex, but I'm not quite sure it's good.
Sutliff - Black Raspberry
Best for blending, but enjoyable enough on it's own. Makes wonderful blends though. Best berry available.
Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening
It's good, but don't store near other tobacco. The maple will migrate to other tobacco, if say two bags are touching each other.
Low Country - Rum
I haven't tried very many rum tobaccos, but this is the best. Most have an unpleasant banana note & this does not. Not too strong. Like most aromatics, too wet, but that's easily remedied. I enjoy it.
Stands & Pouches - Neerup Leather 1 Pipe Pouch Purple
Wonderful construction & looks fantastic. Little surprised by the dimensions. As a Neerup fan, I have 4 & while the 3 churchwardens clearly won't fit, neither will my chunky Ida volcano. Still a great pouch: I'll probably use it for lighter, stands, tobacco, &c. though.
Rattray's - Buckingham 100g
Upon first smoking, it immediately reminded me of Rattray's 2018 Summer Limited Edition minus the fruit notes. Therefore, it really emphasizes the nutty characteristics of the tobacco. Stays lit & cool, most of the time for me. Hopeful it comes back in stock.
Rattray's - Summer 2018
I am so glad I was able to get a tin of this. If I saw another available & not over priced, I'd buy it. It's wonderfully smooth & inviting. Definitely has summer imbued in it, but I'm still enjoying it through the autumn too! All tasting notes are evident, without interfering with each other. Room note always gets a complement.
Cornell & Diehl - Apples & Cream
Kind of Bland
Overall, very underwhelming. Just didn't do it for me. Almost always I smoke aromatics, but here, none of the flavours came through & it was really plain & bland. Will have to find apple somewhere else.
Tobacco Jars - Neerup Wenge Tobacco Cutting Board
Great Cutting Board
Nice compact size with great stability. If you're not cutting, doubles very nicely as a display stand for a sitter.
Pipe Accessories - Neerup Leather Tobacco Mat Chestnut
Gets the Job Done
Helps keep you surface clean & saves your tobacco. Simple & inexpensive; this mat should be considered absolutely necessary to every pipe smoker.
Tampers & Tools - Neerup Turquoise & Grey Slim Tamper
Right size for Nerrups
I love Neerup/P. Jeppesen & this tamper is the right size for his very large churchwardens.
Rattray's - Bagpiper's Dream 100g
A fantastic VA blend with enough Cognac to make an incredibly pleasing Aromatic. Has a fantastic room note that always makes everyone ask what it is.
Rattray's - Exotic Passion 100g
Seriously, this one is a Showstopper. From flavour to room note, everyone loves when I light this up. Smokes slowly very easily. Wish I could get more.
Cornell & Diehl - Founding Fathers
Slow & Steady
I'm still learning to smoke this one, but when I smoke it slow, it's very rewarding. The pomegranate is noticeable. Almost a non-aromatic & I definitely prefer aromatics, but this is good.
Cornell & Diehl - Nutty Irishman
A haystack in your pipe.
A wonderful smoke. I dry almost all my tobacco before smoking & this is no exception. It smells & tastes exactly like a butterscotch haystack like my aunt makes.