Kramer's - Blend for Cary Grant 50g
Awesome Tin Note
Very nice tin/room note and smooth english blend. Nothing really smacks you in the face, just a nice enjoyable smoke. Don't let it dry out too much or you lose the Irish aromatic, which is subtle to begin with but is essential to fully enjoy it as intended.
Kramer's - Blend for Danny Kaye 50g
Like Cary Grant
This is a really good tobacco, but I find it’s not too different from Cary Grant, with the exception the perique gives it a tad bit of spice on the tip of your tongue. I love the blend for Cary Grant and therefore I love this one too and will probably mix them together in the end.
Kramer's - Father Dempsey 50g
I am liking all of Kramers Blends so far. FD is a mild, smooth, sweet balanced blend with a pleasing room note. There is so much to enjoy here I stocked up on some.
Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1 3.5oz
I had no tongue bite or harshness whatsoever. It’s not my favorite VA, but it’s still pretty good.
Cornell & Diehl - Derringer 2oz
My Favourite Virginia
Jeremy Reeves says this is cased with simple sugar (YouTube casing vs topping). It’s pretty much as advertised and I have to agree this is an underrated tobacco that reminds me of fresh baked bread with hints of citrus coming in and out and a has mocha or coffee like finish.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
This so called bergamot topping tingles my nose. I let it breath a bit here and there and dried it out for ten minutes before smoking, but I still get that darn perfume note on the retrohale. I'll let it age in hopes it balances out because it's an easy smoke and not bad tobacco at all.
G. L. Pease - Maltese Falcon 2oz
Smooth, cool and creamy smoke. With six months age there was no red Virginia nip and it had a pretty good tin and room note. I enjoyed it but, in a sea of English blends it’s just middle of the road for me and whatever this mysterious spice is, it didn’t do anything for me.
Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Smokes better than expected
I was a bit worried because I am not a fan of coconut or caramel toppings, but it really does sit in the background and smoke like a nice Virginia. Once it’s lit up, it compliments the Virginia’s perfectly and I think there is a little bit of honey, vanilla and anise in there.
G. L. Pease - Montgomery 2oz
Wanting more DFK
The Virginia's really shine and the DFK takes a back seat, but it left me wanting a bit more of it. It’s relatively young and a bit nippy however, the red Virginia’s will mellow with time.
G. L. Pease - Piccadilly 2oz
In the deep cellar it goes!
At the half way point it becomes flavorless and you might as well be smoking a bowl of black pepper. It’s not often I dump a bowl, but I couldn’t stand it. I am confident enough that it will probably sit in the cellar for a long time before I'll try again.
Cornell & Diehl - Manhattan Afternoon 2oz
Like smoking a beehive.
I was presented with a beautiful Virginia flake and was completely overwhelmed by the honey, which I thought was great, but is probably what makes it smoke a little harsh. It’s still a little sticky feeling even after ample drying time, but at least, you know they used real honey.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Special Reserve 4oz
Again, simply delicious.
PP’s tin note is stronger, spicier and the special reserve is toned down a bit, it has a lovely sour tin note and the smoke is smooth as silk. Both are five star tobaccos therefore, I’ll keep PP in rotation and keep this delicious reserve chunk for when I feel like treating myself.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
Gas, Gas, Gas!
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this whole creosote flavour, but I gave it a shot and liked it. It’s salty tasting, not very sweet but it was still a cool and easy smoke. I’ll keep a bit of it around for when I am in for something extra savoury.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
Robust, cool smoking english blend.
Balkan Supreme is a nice smoke, very smooth, is well balanced and doesn’t get hot. This is especially good if you have a pipe with thin walls. Great taste and everyone likes the room note thus far. This is my benchmark Balkan and is one of my top English blends.
Dan Tobacco - Devil's Holiday 50g
Devils Holiday delivers as described as far as the tin and room note go, but it was lacking flavor. Devils Holiday might as well be called “very berry” A bit too much berry for my liking although, it seems quite natural and blends well with the tobacco.
Dan Tobacco - Da Vinci 50g
Perfume Scented Candy
DaVinci delivers as described as far as the tin and room note go, but was lacking in flavor. I find DaVinci to have a perfume scented topping that makes me sneeze which means I won’t bother to smoke it any further.
Dan Tobacco - Blue Note 50g
Better than most aromatics
Blue Note delivers as described as far as the tin and room note go, but it was lacking flavor. I will keep a bit of Blue Note around when I feel like smoking a different aro or for social situations, but it won’t go into rotation
Newminster - No.403 Superior Round Slices
Pleasantly surprised and loving it
Mild maple and brown sugar BBQ sauce. My morta pipe, which I have learned smokes DFK blends like a champ and doesn't make the room smell like wet cigarettes like my other pipes while they dry out after smoking DFK. I am now really loving this blend and is going down as one of my all time favorites.
G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
Great tobacco, but...
I think it’s pretty great, awesome taste and room note, but I won’t be stocking up anytime soon. I will have to age it for a bit because red Virginia’s do not agree with me when they’re young.
Cornell & Diehl - Bijou 2oz
It’s growing on me!
I gave it extra time in the cellar to tame the Red Virginia and now it’s one of my favorites. Tastes and smells like fresh baked bread and honey milk. The orientals give it a natural aromatic room note any pipe smoker would enjoy.
Two Friends - Redwood 2oz
Pleasing and grounding.
I am not sure what a redwood forest smells like, however this VaPer really does have the aroma as pleasing as a walk in the woods after a gentle spring rain. However, it can burn hot, fast and the red Virginia tend to make it a little too bitter for me to smoke often, just yet.
Cornell & Diehl - White Lightning 2oz
On the fence with this one.
This is a pleasant crossover. However, due to the red Virginia and perique combo, I had to sip water after every other puff. I hope putting it in the cellar for a while will do the trick, because it will be a shame not to fully enjoy this tobacco.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
VaPer and Rum
Fresh out of the bag, I find the rum topping perfume like, but after six months in the jar it did mellow out. It produced a nice smooth smoke and was a bit spicier with some age. Still very good, but it won’t make it into rotation due to the perfume scent I still get on the retrohale.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 2oz
Latakia is at the forefront of the tin note, but the ingredients are perfectly balanced, producing a cool rich smoke. It produces that plum/raisin note I love to taste in tobacco hence the name isn’t just a gimmick. This is by far my favorite English blend.
Bengal Slices - Bengal Slices 1.75oz
Black liquorice and latakia, a good combo
I like black liquorice so I like the topping and makes for a good english aromatic crossover. Latakia is quite present, the orientals didn’t smell like a glade air freshener and I liked the mild incense/flowery note on the retrohale. I am glad I have this one on hand when I am in the mood.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Quality bulk VaPer
If I was an all day VaPer smoker LBF would definitely be it. It has the sweet, grassy sour taste and pleasing aroma that I like. I’ll stock up and let it age so it may be a staple in my rotation.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Apricots and sweet hay
The freshly opened tin smells amazing, like apricots, sweet hay and a pleasant sour fermented like undertone. It’s quite easy to smoke and tastes as good as it smells. I let the coins dry out for an hour after rubbing them out before I load my pipe. It’s definitely a treat tobacco in my rotation
Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice 50g
This tobacco delivered exactly as the description stated. I didn’t think I would like the fruitiness but it does not overwhelm the tobacco flavours. The tin note does fade quickly after opening but it’s still good.
Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening 2oz
Once in a while, till it’s gone.
The aroma delivers as promised (awesome), but I find it’s quite bitter on the tongue and the taste ruins the smoke for me. I also just don’t like what it’s topped with and it seems synthetic. There are just too many things going on that I don’t like about this one to buy again.
Sutliff - Maple Street 1.5oz
Good but not great.
Excellent maple/rum aroma, but burley tobacco just taste like cigarettes to me and this is what I taste almost immediately. I can however smoke this, but it would be so much better if it lost the burley.
Mac Baren - Vanilla Cream 3.5oz
One of the Best
This baccy has lots of flavour, but I’ve noticed the aged virginia’s really pop. The vanilla topping is a nice compliment without being overwhelming and is a little fruity in the background. The nice creamy smoke smells wonderful and is one of the few aromatics left in my rotation.
Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 3.5oz
I don’t like burley, but this is my favorite pipe tobacco and it pairs wonderfully with Drambuie. Honey, toast, hay, citrus and sometimes quite spicy, but not in a hot peppery way. I would say it has a decent burley/DFK and the aroma is wonderful.
Cornell & Diehl - Mocha 2oz
This tobacco delivers on its tin description, however I do pick up a playdough note on the retrohale which I think is PG. I tend to stay away from any aromatic that uses it excessively.. In the end I mixed it with some other chocolate type tobaccos, which was a good way to use it up.
Lane Limited - BCA 1.75oz
If I want to smoke up some BC or use it to tame down another blend, this is my go too.
Lane Limited - RLP-6
The burley just makes this blend taste bitter and ashy to me. Ive been mixing it three ways with 1Q and C&D Mocha, but once its gone I won’t be buying again.
Lane Limited - 1-Q 1.75oz
It is what it is!
I had higher expectations for 1Q and the only good thing I can say is, it smells great and is better out of the tin. In bulk form I find its loaded with PG and I smell and taste play dough. I don’t like it enough to buy again.
CAO - Eileen's Dream 50g
The tobacco at the end of the rainbow!
This is a good balance between casing and topping, yet still able to taste the tobacco. No goopy mess, maybe a tiny bit of PG detected, but it's still a decent aromatic. Smells wonderful and it smokes best out of my meerschaum.
Two Friends - English Chocolate 2oz
The Latakia is light and it has a faint chocolate aroma that compliments the smokiness. I love this crossover blend and I found myself craving it in the mornings with a big cup of coffee.
Mac Baren - Original Choice 3.5oz
It was okay, but it does tend to taste like ash half way through to the end (burley). Eventually, I picked up on some kind of perfume scent and I can’t smoke it when I have better tobacco on hand
Savinelli - Black Cavendish 50g
It was a nice smoke with nice tones of rum and raisin, but because I do pick up a bit of a burley cigarette taste here and there I won’t bother buying it again.
Savinelli - Cavendish 50g
Although not terrible, it does have a perfume/air freshener smell and taste that makes me sneeze.
Sutliff - Molto Dolce 1.5oz
Gag on play dough.
Smelled taste like play dough (too much PG?) and is forever slimy. After a few months in the jar, I decided to dry it out with a heat gun until it was steaming, good and dry. Still no good and in my opinion I think you are paying for a lot of weight in PG/moisture vs weight of tobacco = not cool.
Sutliff - Blue Danube 1.5oz
The burley tobacco dries out my throat and I get a bitter taste on the back of my tongue. Simply tastes like an ashtray the whole time and after ten minutes I had to dump the bowl because I got this unpleasant patsy texture in my mouth.