Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Much better than expected
Can’t say enough how pretty these flakes look. However, I was a bit worried about the tin note because of the sweet smell of coconut, caramel, honey and vanilla. I am not a fan of the coconut and caramel and I figured it would smoke more like a topped aromatic, 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 anise in there. I’m adding more to the cellar and it’s worth smoking any time.
Mac Baren - Virginia No. 1
This is a very good Virginia and I had no tongue bite or harshness whatsoever. It’s not my favourite, it’s a pretty typical Virginia but its still pretty darn good.
G. L. Pease - Montgomery 2oz
Wanting more DFK
The Virginia's really shine here and the DFK takes a back seat. I prefer to mix it with Newminster superior round slices just to get a bit more DFK and to tone down the red Virgina. It’s relatively young and the red Virginia’s should mellow with time and will soon be a nice blend to smoke on it’s own.
G. L. Pease - Piccadilly 2oz
In the cellar it goes!
This blend started off good, just like any Latakia forward english style, but at the half way point it becomes flavourless and you might as well be smoking a bowl of black pepper. It’s not often I dump a bowl at the half way point, but I couldn’t stand it. I am confident enough that I wouldn't even bother with another bowl and it will probably sit in the cellar for a long time before I'll check again.
Cornell & Diehl - Manhattan Afternoon 2oz
Like smoking a beehive.
The tin I bought was already over a year old and I was presented with a beautiful Virginia flake. Upon cracking it, you are completely overwhelmed by the honey, which I thought was great. I love any tobacco that cases with it, but this one is a bit too much for my liking. It’s still a little sticky feeling even after ample drying time, but at least, you know they used real honey. I’ve only seen one tin, so I can’t comment on whether it’s a quality control issue or not. It doesn’t burn hot, the room note is great but I am suspecting the added sugars make it smoke a little harsh.
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Special Reserve 4oz
Again, simply delicious.
I am having a hard time figuring out which I like better, this one or the original. 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 my self.
Cornell & Diehl - Derringer
Loved this Virginia
Jeremy Reeves says this is cased with simple sugar (YouTube casing vs topping), 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. Once my pipe dries out I can smell a hint of grapefruit in the chamber. It’s an absolute joy to sit around and let the sweet room note waft around you. It’s my favourite VA at the moment. 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, 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, doesn’t get hot and is well balanced. This is especially good if you have a pipe with thin walls or one that gets hot. Great taste and everyone likes the room note thus far. One of my top english blends.
Dan Tobacco - Devil's Holiday 50g
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.
Dan Tobacco - Da Vinci 50g
Perfume Scented Candy
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 scented topping which means I won’t bother to smoke it any further.
Dan Tobacco - Blue Note 50g
Better than most aromatics
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 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
I bought 2oz to see if I liked DFK because I am not a fan of plain old burley. I would describe this as buttery brown sugar BBQ sauce. I find it can make your pipe stink like a dank ash tray that fills the room where ever your pipe is drying out. However, I solved that problem by wiping the bowl clean and smoking it out of my morta pipe, which I have learned smokes DFK blends like a champ. I am now really loving this blend and is going down as one of my all time favourites.
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 do not agree with me when they are young. I think the ageing process seems to change the PH so it’s more palatable for my liking. Therefore, I will update my review in good time.
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
It’s growing on me!
Red Virginia’s typically don’t agree with me. I bought a real fresh tin and found it to be too acidic for my palate. I still thought it was great tobacco and felt like I needed to make the effort to make it work. I gave it extra time in the cellar, conditioned a pipe to it and now it’s one of my favorites. Tastes and smells like fresh baked bread topped with honey and the orientals give it a natural aromatic tobacco 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. 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, thus reliving your love affair with the sweet smell of rotting leaves. However, it can burn hot and fast and the red Virginia tends to make it a little too bitter for me to smoke often.
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 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.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
VaPer and Rum
Fresh out of the bag, I find the rum topping to smell a bit like perfume 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.
Kramer's - Blend for Cary Grant
Can’t stop sticking my nose in the tin!!
Very nice tin/room note and smooth 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
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, 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 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.
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 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, 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 seems synthetic. I’ve tried it in a cob, a briar, a meerschaum and still the same result. Later, I discovered red Virginia’s are too acidic for my palate, so there are just too many things going on that I don’t like.
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
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 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
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 has 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.