Mac Baren - Royal Twist 3.5oz
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Cornell & Diehl - Habana Daydream 2oz
I like it!
The Latakia and cigar seem to compliment each other very nicely, while the VA gives it the sweetness you are used too. My only complaint and it’s no biggie, is that classic lingering cigar after taste. It’s pretty mild, but is the main reason I don’t smoke cigars, but I sure like this.
Amphora - Virginia Blend 1.75oz
Laced with goop?
Seems like a nice VA, but it’s laced most likely with PG to keep it moist in the pouch. Everyone complained it was too dry, so they must’ve put a humectant in it. I can smell the play dough scent on my fingers and it doesn’t seem to ever want to dry out.
Hearth & Home - WhiteKnight 1.75oz
I’ve never smoked Balkan Sobranie, but this will not make the rotation. It smelled, tasted good and had a pleasant room note, but even with a year of age it nips my tongue like it’s full of young red VA’s. It didn’t burn me, but I had to sip a ton of water while I smoked it.
G. L. Pease - The Virginia Cream 2oz
I waited a year to crack this and it’s just as the tin description says, so there’s not much to add. Sweet and spicy, a little bourbon, vanilla and chocolate on a solid tobacco foundation.
G. L. Pease - Regents Flake 2oz
It was alright, but didn’t really hit home for me. If I were a cigarette smoker I would roll this up and smoke it. I imagine it’s what cigarettes used to be like or what should be.
Peterson - University Flake 50g
I wanted to like it.
Nice easy fruity plum topping with chocolate notes. The problem is the burley irritates and I can’t smoke it beyond the halfway point or it burns. So I end up wasting half of it which means it’s not worth it.
G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug 2oz
Smoked meat sandwich
It’s very meaty from the DFK and I like it, but there are other DFK blends I like more. I actually tried it before Tripple Play. Twins? Yes, but not identical twins. Tripple Play is my pick of the two for its remarkable chocolate flavour.
Three Nuns - Three Nuns 1.75oz
Nice catch phrase, but...
It’s very close to NM Superior Round Slices. Someone took the time to take out all the stems which accounts for its price tag, but it’s missing that little bit of maple sweetness I get out of SRS. Unfortunately, the burley in this also burns at my mouth at the halfway point.
G. L. Pease - Triple Play 2oz
Keeps me coming back for more.
Strong and full flavoured, but the proportion of DFK and perique knocks your socks off with a wonderful chocolate taste and aroma I wasn’t expecting (like M&M’s). I thought the red VA would give me a problem, but not at all. So good and makes for a nice treat.
Peterson - Nightcap 50g
Glad I tried it!
It’s top notch tobacco and I can understand why it deserves its grand standing as one of the greats. It’s smoky and rich, but not as sweet as I’d like it to be and I get a bit of that red VA nip even after a year in the tin.
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Light English/Oriental Forward
This is the blend I am going to smoke when I am looking to dial down the Latakia. Because loads of it doesn’t have to make it a great English. The orientals really shine and has nice sour grape smell and taste to it.
Solani - Gold Label- English Luxury - 779 50g
I got a sample from a friend and it’s just as SP says in the description. I even picked up a little bit of coconut probably from the orientals. However, I prefer a more robust English blend and was too mild for my liking, but still a quality smoke.
Mac Baren - HH Pure Virginia 1.75oz
With a minimal casing, I am missing the sweetness I enjoy. A long time in the cellar will make it very worthy. I loved the natural tobacco it presented, it’s a must for me, but too young it lacked that extra bit of sweetness to round it off for my liking.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - Evening Flake
Your next favourite Navy Flake?
Very fresh bulk tobacco, but you can tell it’s of high quality and smokes like it. I am just not a fan of Navy flakes that have a perfume like rum topping. Although, this is definitely one of the milder ones, it just tingles my nose in a way I don’t care for.
Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
Fresh. The tin and room note smells like honey graham crackers as expected from the reviews. However, I was disappointed because the taste is completely bland and flavourless. Might be some burley in there, but can’t say for sure which leads to a cigarette ash taste. Revise in a year or so.
Orlik - Dark Strong Kentucky 50g
Hits the DFK sweet spot.
This is a great blend, sweet, smokey, woody, slightly aromatic with molasses and liquorice.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Bourbon Barrel Aged 2oz
I’ll stick with regular plum pudding.
The bourbon burns off quickly and you are left with regular PP, which I really can’t complain about. Interestingly, I pick up some grape soda tang which plays nicely with the orientals for the first quarter of the bowl. Added my 2oz to my 8oz tin of regular PP and c’est la vie.
Missouri Meerschaum - American Patriot 1.5oz
Stick this in your cob and smoke it!
I smoke briars so when I switch to cobs, I taste corn and that can ruin my favorite blends. This is just what I want in a cob, a blend that works with it. The burley is tolerable and will be the blend I stick in my cobs.
Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River Rum Barrel Aged 2oz
Rum River Rapid Descent
Agreed, it’s not your typical aromatic crossover. The rum is excellent, it’s not faked, blends well with the tobacco and it does taste as good as it smells. The problem, the rum vaporizes out, it looses all flavour at mid bowl, becomes bland and it's not worth smoking any more.
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. In the end, I mixed it with Cary.
Kramer's - Father Dempsey 50g
I am liking all of Kramers Blends so far, but this one is my favourite of them. 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 the honey, brown sugar casing I think it has, just brings out the natural sweetness of the tobacco. Ready to smoke now and cellar worthy.
Cornell & Diehl - Derringer 2oz
My Favourite Virginia Blend
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
Perfume Scented Oranges
This so called bergamot casing 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. The mysterious spice is hidden in and just complements the orientals, but is easy to miss.
Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Aromatic or Virginia? That is the question.
I was worried because of what smelled like coconut/caramel topping or casing, but surprise, it does sit in the background and smoke like a nice Virginia. Once it’s lit up, it compliments the VA's perfectly. A year aged, I've detected a little bit of honey, vanilla, chocolate, anise and peaches.
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. Also, the ancient special process in the tin description left me scratching my head.
G. L. Pease - Piccadilly 2oz
Not for me.
At the half way point it becomes so spicy you might as well be smoking a bowl of black pepper. It’s not often I dump a bowl or say anything bad about a tobacco, but I couldn’t stand it. It screams quality tobacco, but it simply didn’t agree with me
Cornell & Diehl - Manhattan Afternoon 2oz
Like smoking a beehive.
Beautiful VA flake, but I was overwhelmed by the honey, which I thought was great at first, but too much of it doesn’t seem to jive with the VA. It’s still a little sticky feeling, even after ample drying time and may be the reason why it smokes a bit rough.
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!
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 or feel like smoking chimney sweepings and that's really not as bad as it sounds because it works.
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 my favourite English blend.
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. Even better after a year and make sure to pick out the stem bits. Not a burley guy, but I can do DFK and I am really loving this blend. It’s 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 the red Virginia’s and perique in this one do not agree with me. Even after a year in the jar, the PH is too off for my liking.
Cornell & Diehl - Bijou 2oz
It grew 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 dipped in hot milk and honey. The VA and Katerini 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.
Cornell & Diehl - White Lightning 2oz
Too bad, it's not for me
This is a pleasant crossover. However, due to the red Virginia and perique combo, I had to sip water after every other puff. A year in the cellar didn't help, so it's not for me.
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, incense like smoke. It produces that plum/raisin note I love to taste in tobacco hence the name isn’t just a gimmick. This is one of my top English blends.
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.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Pear and sweet hay
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. Similar to Escudu, but at this price, I’ll stock up and let it age so it may be a staple in my rotation. Incredible after a year in the jar.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Apricot and sweet hay
The freshly opened tin smells amazing, like apricots, citrus, sweet hay and a pleasant sour fermented undertone. It’s quite easy to smoke and tastes as good as it smells. It’s definitely a treat tobacco for me and deserves it’s position as a benchmark VaPer.
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
My Favourite Aromatic
I don’t like burley, but this is one of my favourite pipe tobacco’s 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 it’s loaded with PG and I smell and taste play dough. I won’t 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 like a dream and it smokes best out of my meerschaum.
Two Friends - English Chocolate 2oz
The Latakia is light and it has a natural chocolate ingredient that compliments the Lat smokiness without any component blasting you in the face. 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 = rip off!
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.
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