Cornell & Diehl - Consolation 2oz
I've given this blend a try because I like the components, complexity of the blend and thought "Serenity Series" would mean a smooth, relaxing smoking experience. Man was I wrong. Upon first light the small amounts of latakia and turkish are detectable, but they quickly fall so far in the background as to be no longer detectable. What I was left with was the burley taste of cigarettes. The last 2/3 of the bowl is bitter, flavorless ash. Not at all what I was expecting from C & D. Every relight reaffirmed the absence of latakia and turnkish. This blend does not live up to its description.
Cornell & Diehl - Oak Alley 2oz
Pepper from the bottom of the bucket
I was intrigued by the description of this blend. After trying it many times I've concluded it is a concoction only suitable for those who love the peppery spice of strong perique and artificial smoke. The perique is as spicy as freshly ground black pepper. It overpowers everything in this blend. However, the cigarette and artificial oak flavoring are pronounced enough to burn through the pepper to make a nasty combination that is unshakable. In spite of many attempts in various pipes, this blend disagrees with my palette on every level. If you've always wondered what it would be like to be a fireman putting out the fire eminating from a barrel of aged perique, have at it!
Sutliff - J4 - Burley
Packed with Flavor
This is my favorite burley for blending. It is smooth and mellow, but certainly not lacking flavor. The tin note is loaded with chocolaty, nutty aromas. It smokes with just as much flavor. Rich cocoa and nutty flavors flood throughout any blend in which I put it. Keep it simple and you've got a great everyday smoke. Layer it with other tobaccos and flavors, it's like a great flavorful creamer in a rich coffee. Perfection!
Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd Blonde
Not enough VA, to much Per
I'm not a VA/Per fan because the Perique just doesn't agree with me. But I do appreciate a good blend of VA burley. There is nothing special about this blend. The cigar leaf is delightful but the rest of the ingredients just lay there.
Daughters & Ryan - Picayune 40g
NOT what I was expecting.
NOT enjoying a new tin before the Steelers game begins. Why, you may wonder? I believed the reviewers who said "This is a different sort of Perique, not peppery but slightly spicy" BULL DROPPINGS! The first half of the bowl was more peppery than any VAPer I've ever had. The last half calmed down a bit so I could get a little Samsun and burley/VA, but still Perique forward. It's a good quality blend but NOT what I was hoping for. Also, the nicotine his was sustancial. Yikes!
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Vauen Filters (10 pack)
Filter Shootout Winner
I did a filter shootout between these and another popular filter. These were the clear winner. These filters do not restrict the draw like others do. I did not notice a discernible change in flavor. Most surprising was the noticeable drying out of a wet smoke, as aromatics can produce. If you want a nice cool, dryer smoke, I recommend Vauen.
Newminster - No.47 Danish Black
My favorite new mild aromatic
In my first order to SmokingPipes I figured I better start with a mild aromatic. Danish Black was the best of 3 great mild aromatics I tried. Love its scent, notes, and taste. Definitely worth trying an ounce.
Vauen - Crunchy Blend 50g
My First Nut
This was my first order from SmokingPipes. I couldn't be more pleased. I figured I should start out with mild aromatics with flavors I'm accustomed to. This did it. A mild aromatic with a couch of hazelnut just like my favorite coffee creamer. Two Thumbs Up!
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
Not for Me?
I tried BRM at a club gathering. I told a friend "I'm not into chocolate or cherries." But he pointed out that it smokes differently than it smells. Boy, was he right. The notes in this aromatic are beautiful even if you're not a fan of Dark Chocolate and/or Cherry. I found it to be smooth, flavorful, and mild. In short, enjoyable to smoke.