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Hoyo de Monterrey - Epicure Seleccion Toro Especial
Perfect Morning Stick
New World Hoyo's are dependably tasty and well-constructed, beginning around medium in body & strength and building to medium+ as the stick progresses. Earthy & mineral-driven with a slightly sweet lingering finish and acceptable room note - the HdM Epi is my go-to morning cigar and the IDEAL breakfast of champions!

Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning 2oz
Great VAPer flavor with serious poke!
Great blend! The background of mature Virginia's provides the perfect backdrop for the generous helping of Perique. 100% of daily Vitamin N requirement!!

Hearth & Home - Viprati 1.75oz
Excellent VaPer
Killer VaPer Blend here - though the Perique takes as a decidedly raisin/date/fig/prune quality here, as opposed to the more fresh and citrus/lime-driven sensation I find in other VaPer blends that are heavy on Perique like SPC's Deception Pass or Dunhill/Peterson Elizabethan Mixture. Great all-day blend for Virgina/Perique fans! And just one more worthy addition to the most excellent Hearth & Home Portfolio!!

Peterson - Royal Yacht 50g
Trusty & Reliable
Royal Yacht is a tobacco I know I can always count on to deliver top-shelf quality, flavor, and burning properties - every single time. While it does improve with cellaring, this is one thats great straight out of the tin when young, too! Try blending equal parts Royal Yacht with MyMixture 965 for a deliciously round & complex smoking experience!!

Lighters - Peterson Silver Stripe Pipe Lighter
Trusty, Reliable & Attractive
I'm an avid and longtime Peterson enthusiast and have been using the same Silver Stripe Pipe Lighter as pictured above for years. I've refilled the flint and fuel countless times and it has never once let me down. It is my lighter of choice over Dupont's and Dunhill's because of the softness and angle of the flame - ideal for pipe and cigar smokers, alike! (Don't torch your cigars with those high temps, folks! Use a soft candle flame like this and notice the improvement!)

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - Sin Compromiso Selección No. 2
TOP NOTCH!!
Wow! Quite aside from the perfect construction, burn and draw, this beautifully-wrapped dark, oily stick pumped out oodles of smoke, power and flavor. This one definitely plays on the lower side of the flavor register, with baking chocolate and deep woodiness that combine with secondary notes of baking spices and espresso. Fantastic body and texture of smoke, which is voluminous! I honestly can't think of a better way to spend $20 than this spectacular smoking experience. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - Umbagog Toro Toro
Killer Value & Flavor!!
I was incredibly impressed with the UMBAGOG and found it to have of the typical hallmarks of excellence one would expect to find with a Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust product. Medium-full in flavor and medium+ in body, I found construction and burn to be spot-on. Flavors perhaps aren't as nuanced and complex than some of DT&T's higher-priced offerings, but this stick is an excellent value and makes the perfect option for outdoor work and normal daytime smoking. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 652
Killer!
Full-flavored with plenty of power and immaculate construction - awfully difficult to find something not to like here, as with all other Dunbarton products I've tried. Spectacular value when compared to other prominent Marca's, too! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - StillWell Star Bayou No. 32
Tasty and Easy-Smoking
I actually expected the Bayou to be a bit more challenging in terms of flavor due to the spice that Perique can bring, but I was wrong - this stick is just one big, tasty Teddy Bear! Just like the other 3 iterations from this series, this would make an excellent bridge for Pipe Smokers who are looking to get into cigars - or the other way around. Typically excellent construction, draw & burn, with medium strength and body. Nothing else like it!!

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - Sobremesa Robusto Largo
Perfect Post-Meal Stick!!
Delivers typically excellent Dunbarton flavor and construction without going overboard on power. Definitely plays in the lower, more bass-driven register with flavors of unsweetened baking chocolate and very light spice on the retrohale. VERY pleasant and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - Sin Compromiso Selección Paladin de Saka
Top of the Heap!
This stick holds a very special place in my heart and humidor - but isn't for the faint of heart! Exceptionally full-flavored and picutre-perfect construction, with a dark, toothy wrapper and perfect draw. Excellent smoke production and well worth the escalated price, IMHO - particularly when judged against top-shelf offerings from other manufacturers. MUST TRY!!

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552
Typically Excellent
Full-flavored with plenty of power and immaculate construction - awfully difficult to find something not to like here, as with all other Dunbarton products I've tried. Spectacular value when compared to other prominent Marca's, too! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Drucquer & Sons - Red Lion 100g
Absolutely Spot-On!!
A thousand thank you's to the masterful G.L. Pease for keeping these wonderful (and exceptionally tasty!) heritage blends alive! Wonderful natural tobacco flavor and performs exceptionally well in the briar. Don't miss your chance to experience tobacciana history at its very finest!! I was delighted to find that the Latakia didn't dominate the blend or obscure the complexity of the other components - everything is perfectly in balance and all of their beauty is allowed to shine through. Simply sublime.

Drucquer & Sons - Blairgowrie 100g
The Ultimate Scottish Blend
A thousand thank you's to the masterful G.L. Pease for keeping these wonderful (and exceptionally tasty!) heritage blends alive! Wonderful natural tobacco flavor and performs exceptionally well in the briar. Don't miss your chance to experience tobacciana history at its very finest!! I'm a longtime fan of Scottish blends and have tasted all of the greats - I'd easily put this up against any other Scottish-style blend on the market. Absolutely masterful. You'd have to smoke it to understand the quality and balance present in this exquisite blend.

Drucquer & Sons - First Amendment 100g
Excellent ... as Expected
A thousand thank you's to the masterful G.L. Pease for keeping these wonderful (and exceptionally tasty!) heritage blends alive! Wonderful natural tobacco flavor and performs exceptionally well in the briar. Don't miss your chance to experience tobacciana history at its very finest!!

Seattle Pipe Club - Deception Pass 2oz
Underrated and Overlooked!
This most excellent Va/Per blend is highly underrated and often overlooked. Complex virginias provide a base for intriguing and zesty perique-driven wonderment to captivate the smoker all the way through the experience. I never tire of this blend and am always hunting for those elusive and delicious secondary and tertiary notes brought on by the interplay of exotic orientals. Give this a shot - you won't be disappointed!!

Peterson - Royal Yacht 50g
Still an excellent classic!
Nothing has changed since being taken over by Peterson - this is still the same scrumptious and curiously satisfying blend it has always been. Its been in my weekly rotation for years and won't be replaced anytime soon - it is perhaps the perfect bridge for aromatic smokers who want to make the jump into more natural tobaccos and virgina-based blends. Highly Recommended!!

La Gloria Cubana - Wavell Maduro
Killer Maduro!
From the masterful mind of Ernesto Perez Carillo and the Artesanos de Miami - I've been smoking these regularly for the last 5-7 years and they consistently perform as one of the best sensibly-priced Maduros on the market. Easily the match of sticks worth 3 times as much, this will stay on my permanent rotation for some time. Highly Recommended!!

Partagas - 1845 Extra Fuerte Robusto
Strong & Delicious!
An iron fist in a velvet glove - this stick packs all the wallop you desire and over-delivers on bassy, chocolately/cacao-driven notes, exceptional construction and an even burn. I've also found that these sticks age particularly well and really come into their own around the 3 year mark. Highly Recommended offering from the ORIGINAL heritage marca!!

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - StillWell Star Navy No. 1056
An Intriguing Effort!
As an avid pipe enthusiast and cigar smoker (as well as a bit of a Dunbarton fanboy - but aren't we all at this point?), I was excited to try this exciting marriage of the two styles. I found all four expressions to be remarkably well executed and fe... el they could easily serve as a bridge from one category to the other. Perfect draw and construction with a remarkably even burn - no easy feat with a complex and unique blend such as this! Full marks once more for the illustrious Steve Saka!!

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - StillWell Star English No. 27
Best of Both Worlds!
As an avid pipe enthusiast and cigar smoker (as well as a bit of a Dunbarton fanboy - but aren't we all at this point?), I was excited to try this exciting marriage of the two styles. I found all four expressions to be remarkably well executed and fe... el they could easily serve as a bridge from one category to the other. Perfect draw and construction with a remarkably even burn - no easy feat with a complex and unique blend such as this! Full marks once more for the illustrious Steve Saka!!

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust - StillWell Star Aromatic No. 1
Best of Both Worlds
As an avid pipe enthusiast and cigar smoker (as well as a bit of a Dunbarton fanboy - but aren't we all at this point?), I was excited to try this exciting marriage of the two styles. I found all four expressions to be remarkably well executed and feel they could easily serve as a bridge from one category to the other. Perfect draw and construction with a remarkably even burn - no easy feat with a complex and unique blend such as this! Full marks once more for the illustrious Steve Saka!!

Tatuaje - Black Label Britanicas Extra
Another Exceptional Tatuaje!!
I'm admittedly something of a Tatuaje fanboy at this point, but this is truly an exceptional stick. As complex and smooth as a Cuban but with New World power/poke - and in such an exciting vitola! Moderate to full in body and strength with LOADS of flavor and perfect construction - what more could one want?! Lovely stick and HIHGLY recommended!!

Tatuaje - Havana VI Verocu No. 1
Havana VI on Steroids!
I'm admittedly something of a Tatuaje fanboy at this point, but this is truly an exceptional stick. If you like the Havana VI expression and are looking for something with a bit more poke - this is your stick! Complex and traditional in the cuban sense - but with New World power! Part of my daily rotation and most highly recommended!!

Tatuaje - Fausto FT153 Toro
Killer Nicaraguan Powerhouse!
I'm admittedly a Tatuaje fanboy at this point - I'd put Pete Johnson (of Tatuaje) & Steve Saka (of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust) up against any cigar in the world in terms of quality of leaf, blend & construction - and this expression is no different. I love the throwback branded cabinet box they come in and the blend is deep, bassy and smooth with excellent smoke production and a moreish chocolate/cacao-driven note. Stoked I bought an entire box and will likely come back for more. Highly Recommended!!

Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River Special Reserve 4oz
Exceptional Va/Per Blend
Different than most other Seattle Pipe offerings in that it doesn't feature latakia prominently, I've found the rare oriental leaf used as condiments for this blend puts it a notch above the regular Mississippi River expression, which is already quite a nice blend. Sweet, deep virginias and fruit-driven perique combining to make captivating and complex experience. I give this tobacco my highest recommendation!!

Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River 2oz
Solid Va/Per
Different than most other Seattle Pipe offerings in that it doesn't feature latakia prominently, I've found this to be a reliable everyday Va/Per blend with sweet, deep virginias and fruit-driven perique combining to make captivating and complex experience. Highly recommended!

Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
Cool-Smoking Aromatic
Pleasantly surprised with this, being the first Cult blend I've tried. Being an obvious aromatic, it's heavily cased and my tin benefited from a few hours of drying time after stirring, but not so wet & gloppy as tins of, say, Molto Dolce, I've opened in the past. The room note is pretty spectacular and absolutely inoffensive (unless someone really hates cherries and chocolate, i suppose) and the blend burns remarkably cool and evenly. I've had the pleasure to smoke more than a few of the cherry-forward aromatics out there and this was among the best I've tried.

Peterson - Sweet Killarney 50g
Solid Pete Aromatic English
Traditional English blend of two different types of ribbon-cut Virginia's and slowly-steamed Black Cavendish. Light to Medium Casing in Toffee/Caramel Cream flavor lends a soft, pleasant and engaging room note. Smokes cool and relatively slowly for an Aromatic Blend with light to moderate moisture, though I've always smoked it through a System Pipe, so that might partially account for how well it behaves in the briar. Provides an excellent entree to the Peterson line or anyone just getting started with their Pipe. Aromatic & English Blend enthusiasts will recognize this as an easy potential breakfast or all-day smoke.

Rattray's
Red Rapparee 50g

Currently Out of Stock
003-055-0018

Rattray's
Red Rapparee 100g

Currently Out of Stock
003-055-0016

Fribourg & Treyer
Blackjack 50g

Currently Out of Stock
003-028-0002

Fribourg & Treyer
Cut Blended Plug 50g

Currently Out of Stock
003-028-0008

Fribourg & Treyer
Cut Virginia Plug 50g

Currently Out of Stock
003-028-0006

Fribourg & Treyer
Evans Blend 50g

Currently Out of Stock
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McConnell
Scottish Cake 50g

$16.15 $12.05
003-042-0001

Peterson
System Spigot Rusticated (307) P-Lip

Currently Out of Stock
002-029-74210

Savinelli
Brunello Flake 100g

$20.00 $16.00
003-401-0007

Cornell & Diehl
Carolina Red Flake 2oz

Currently Out of Stock
003-016-0225

Fribourg & Treyer
Golden Mixture 50g

Currently Out of Stock
003-028-0011

McConnell
Scottish Blend 50g

$16.15 $12.05
003-042-0015

Fribourg & Treyer
Wingate Mixture 50g

Currently Out of Stock
003-028-0003

Seattle Pipe Club
Hogshead 4oz

Currently Out of Stock
003-606-0032

Sutliff
Maple Street 1.5oz

$13.53 $8.74
003-442-0001

Peterson
University Flake 50g

$16.05 $11.24
003-050-0005

Peterson
FRESH! 
Newgrange Spigot (150) Fishtail

Currently Out of Stock
002-029-40914