Cornell & Diehl - Lunchtime Blues 2oz
Lunchtime Blues gave me the “blues”. I don’t get much when it comes to flavor. I get some burley, but it is very muted. As I continued to search for flavor, maybe I sense a little Virginia. Maybe it is this Virginia, or Orientals, that dilutes the flavor, but it doesn’t add anything, just leaves a bland lackluster taste. The sample I have was pretty dry, burning easily with few, if any, relights. As a conclusion, if I was going to compare this with a beer selection, it would be the “Bud Light” of burley based tobaccos.
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop 2oz
Burley, burley and more burley
Burley, burley and burley (with a little kick of something extra). I found this to be a straight forward burley blend with a touch of perique and virginian. It is simple and uncomplicated.
Hearth & Home - WhiteKnight 1.75oz
Another complex blend with many levels of flavor. The one thing that did stand out consistently for me was the Yenidje. The mild soda note from the Yenidje was there from the char light to the last puff. Very interesting note that I enjoyed, but could see others wouldn’t. Additionally, there was the grassy Virginian, always lingering. A delightful smoke that I will most assuredly continue to enjoy.
Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 100g
This is a complicated blend. I have smoked several bowels and still continue to pick up different tastes. The one thing that does stand out for me is the grassy / sour virginian, then the nutty burleys. Not sure what the topping(s) is, but I taste a sweetness I believe goes beyond the tobacco. All in all this is a pleasant mild smoke that could be an all-day smoke. I plan on including this in my normal rotation.
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
Cherry explosion! From the char light to the last sip there is cherry flavor. Chocolate is muted until toward the end of the bowl where it slowly creeps up on you. Other than the cherry / chocolate, I got nothing, no tobacco flavors.
Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening 2oz
Very pleasant mild all day aromatic. The mild maple sweetness carries through from opening the tin to the last puff. One of the few tobaccos my wife doesn't mind.
Cornell & Diehl - Bijou 2oz
The Katerini was there in the background, but my over whelming first and lasting impression was a grassy sourness. I was looking for the expected sweetness from the Virginias and honey, but it was nowhere to be found. This was the 4th bowl I’ve smoked and my experience has been consistent with my above comments. Additionally, it took several relights to complete the bowel. Maybe aging will bring out more of the hoped for sweetness.
Lane Limited - Ready Rubbed 1.5oz
A very simple, mild, straight forward tobacco. The cut and moisture were near perfect for loading the pipe. First impression on lighting up was the nutty burley, followed by a faint hint of chocolate. Towards the end of the bowl the grassy Virginians kicked in just a bit. Never did taste any molasses. This is definitely a mild all day smoke.
Mac Baren - Scottish Mixture
As several reviewers have already stated, this is a complicated blend. I have smoked several bowels and still continue to pick up different tastes. The one thing that does stand out for me is the grassy / sour virginian, then the nutty burleys. Not sure what the topping(s) is, but I taste a sweetness I believe goes beyond the tobacco. All in all this is a pleasant mild smoke that could be an all-day smoke. I plan on including this in my normal rotation.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 2oz
Work In Progress
Just finished my 2nd bowl. Initial impression is leather earthiness with a strong overture of spicy pepper. I picked up a hint of sweetness in the smell of the smoke, but none in the actual taste. Broke the flake up into small chunks and loose flake. Seemed to have a hard time keeping it lit with several relights. Overall, really enjoyed it. Will need to work on proper consistency for loading.
Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe 50g
Perfect Start of the Day
Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe is as advertised. This blend is mid, pleasant and has a tolerable room note. Could be the perfect start of the day or all day smoke. I definitely will include this in my rotation.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
Lane Limited 1Q is a mild pleasant aromatic. It would be a great morning (or all day for that matter) smoke. I definitely detected the vanilla, but also picked up a hint of chocolate and possibly honey. This wouldn’t be my pick of a fully flavored tobacco, but definitely will smoke again. Note: I find it a perfect fit for this rainy Saturday afternoon.