Cornell & Diehl - Derringer
Loved this Virginia
I believe this Virginia is cased with simple sugar, but tastes and smells like honey. I have to agree this is an underrated tobacco that reminds me of fresh baked bread with hints of citrus coming in and out. It’s an absolute joy to sit around and let the sweet room note waft around you. I bought the bulk version and smoked it right out of the bag. I’m betting it will get better with some age, if I can make it last that long.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
Gas lamp alright
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this whole creosote thing, 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 savoury.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
Robust, cool smoking english blend.
Balkan Supreme is a nice smoke, very smooth, doesn’t get hot and is well balanced. I can see myself smoking more of this cool smoking Latakia blend, so I will stock up.
Dan Tobacco - Devil's Holiday 50g
DTM makes some of the better aromatics out there
Between Blue Note, Devils Holiday and DaVinci, they all deliver as described as far as the tin and room note go, but they were lacking in flavour. 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. I will keep them around when I feel like smoking a different aro or for social situations, but it won’t go into rotation.
Dan Tobacco - Da Vinci 50g
DTM makes some of the better aromatics out there
Between Blue Note, Devils Holiday and DaVinci, they all deliver as described as far as the tin and room note go, but they were lacking in flavour. I find DaVinci to have a perfume like scent and that would make it my least favourite of the three. I will keep them around when I feel like smoking a different aro or for social situations, but it won’t go into rotation
Dan Tobacco - Blue Note 50g
DTM makes some of the better aromatics out there
Between Blue Note, Devils Holiday and DaVinci, they all deliver as described as far as the tin and room note go, but they were lacking in flavour. Blue Note is my favourite of the three because I think it has the best taste. I will keep them around when I feel like smoking a different aro or for social situations, but they won’t go into rotation
Newminster - No.403 Superior Round Slices
I bought 2oz to see if I liked DFK because I am not a fan of plain old burley. I would describe this as molasses and buttery brown sugar BBQ sauce. However, I still pick up on that cigarette taste towards the last 1/3 of the bowl and it will make your pipe stink like a dank ash tray. Therefore, it won’t go into my rotation but I’ll keep it around for a once and a while smoke.
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 I am finding out red Virginia’s are not agreeing with me.
Kramer's - Father Dempsey
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 will stock up, so it may be a regular in my rotation.
Cornell & Diehl - Bijou 2oz
Also on the fence.
Not sure what is up with C&D blends but they don’t agree with me. I am 3 out of 4 and they taste bitter and dry the hell out of my throat. It seems to be really good tobacco, nice aroma and all but I will stick it in the cellar and try again later. It’s meant for that anyway, so we will see.
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. Smoke a bowl and the next time you walk through a damp forest you will know what I am talking about. It brings back memories of playing hide and go seek in the woods, ducking as close to the ground as you can, thus reliving your love affair with the sweet smell of rotting leaves. However, it can burn fast and tends to be a tad bitter towards the end.
Cornell & Diehl - White Lightning 2oz
On the fence with this one.
I think this is a quality tobacco and will impress both aromatic and VaPer smokers. I happen to like both and this is a pleasant crossover. However, it didn’t agree with me, it stings my tongue and dries the hell out of my throat. I think my palate doesn’t like red Virginia’s and 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.
Kramer's - Blend for Danny Kaye
Just 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 (like pepper on the front of the tongue). I love the blend for Cary Grant and therefore I love this one too and will probably mix them together in the end.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
VaPer and Rum
I like this tobacco and like everyone does I am aging it. Fresh, I find the rum topping to smell a bit like perfume, so I am hoping it will mellow out with time. Update, after six months in the jar it did mellow out. It produced a nice smooth smoke and was a bit spicier. Still very good, but it won’t make it into rotation due to the perfume scent I get on the retrohale.
Kramer's - Blend for Cary Grant
Can’t stop sticking my nose in the tin!!
Very nice tin/room note and balanced english blend. Nothing really smacks you in the face, just a nice enjoyable smoke and I gotta say I am falling in love with this tobacco.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 2oz
What a balanced blend this is.
This smells like strong tobacco for sure however, it’s not overwhelming as one would think from the tin aroma. Latakia is at the forefront of the tin note, but the ingredients are perfectly balanced, producing a cool rich, flavourful smoke. It produces that plum/rasin note I love to taste in tobacco hence the name isn’t just a gimmick. This is by far my favourite English blend and I can see why it’s so popular.
Bengal Slices - Bengal Slices 1.75oz
Black liquorice and latakia, a good combo
I like black liquorice so I like the topping. The orientals didn’t smell like a glade air freshener and I liked the mild incense/flowery note on the retrohale. It’s not that I don’t like Latakia, but I prefer it in small portions and this one is cool, but strong to me and I am glad I have this one on hand when I am in the mood.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Quality bulk VaPer
Escudo is my favourite, but 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 and at a bulk price.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Can’t wait to try it with age.
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 love looking at the coins and I let them dry out for an hour after rubbing them out before I load my pipe. It’s definitely a staple 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
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’ve tried it in a cob, a briar and a meerschaum and still the same result. My best guess, it has something to do with what ever it’s cased and topped with or perhaps I don’t like red Virginia’s.
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 100g
Quality tobaccco meets creamy vanilla
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 a regular in my rotation.
Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 100g
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 or is used in small amounts so that it doesn’t taste like a cigarette. 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 and I would say this one is ok. 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
Not for me
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 dried the hell out of the bulk and I mixed it with RLP6 and C&D Mocha. Either way, 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 makes for a good aromatic. Smells wonderful and it smokes best out of my meerschaum.
Two Friends - English Chocolate 2oz
Nice and light
I was not a big fan of Latakia as the first ones Ive tried were quite strong and I came to realize the burley in these blends was ruining my experience. This one is light and has a faint chocolate aroma that compliments the smokiness. After my first bowl I found myself craving it and may have turned me into a Latakia fan. Goes great with coffee.
Mac Baren - Original Choice 100g
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 little wet, but once dried out 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 does not work for my palate.
Sutliff - Molto Dolce 1.5oz
Hated it. Smelled taste like playdough (too much PG?) and is forever slimy. Update: After a few months in the jar, I decided to dry it out with a heat gun. I heated it up until it was steaming, good and dry. I put it back in the jar and a few days later it was moist again, but not goopy as before. I smoked some in my Merschaum and it’s still not worth buying again, but the only positive thing I can say is, I could taste honey and beeswax which was nice. 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.