Savinelli - Essenza Cipriota 100g
Very nice - my new FAV
Nice for a gentle, slow, brooding-contemplating smoke. Alternates nicely with Larsen Perfect mixture. A bit strong without being too *biting*. Hopefully remains consistent as it dries up a bit over time.
Mac Baren - Navy Flake 3.5oz
Not a high preference
Fine for a smoke but after a few days (dries?) and loses its aroma-smoking pleasure. The flakes feel a bit *woody* and flakes harder to crumble. I tried keeping it in a bag @ 80% RH but did not help much.
Cobblestone - Indulge Walnut Maple Pie 1.5oz
Not my pipe of smoke!
Aromatic but although I love walnut and maple aroma, this one was just too overwhelming and a bit bitter aftertaste. The tobacco and nicotine (primary reason for smoking) got totally lost in the smoke and fog!
Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding Bourbon Barrel Aged 2oz
strong aroma, nice smoke, takes a few pipefuls to get used to. Blends nicely with Lane tobaccos such as LL7, raspberry etc.
Lane Limited - LL-7
Good for a regular smoke. Even better if mixed with plum pudding or other stronger brands.
Lane Limited - RLP-6
Did not work at all for me.
Lane Limited - HGL
okay nothing special
just okay. Did not impress on any factor.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
Nice, unobtrusive whiff on opening bag. Does tend to dry out fast so best kept tightly closed or vacuume sealed between uses. Consistent moderately mild smoke, tobacco burns nicely and fully, hardly any gummy tar residues!
Lane Limited - BCA
Whiff on opening pouch more tolerable than Sutliff but still a bit unsettling. Smoke-experience is good; perhaps can be more enjoyable if mixed with courvoisier armatic, Larson 1854 etc. Still overall fine. Tobacco does tend to dry fast if left in its pouch (closed) and so best kept sealed in a vacuum pouch between uses. Nice spicy overtones when smoking, though! Might work better if blended with other flatter blends!
Sutliff - Z92 Vanilla Custard
BAD impression with the strong vanilla-carmel-volatile whiff when the bag was opened. Marginally okay smoke-experience but definitely not my go-for, for that first smoke in the morning... :-(
Savinelli - Armonia 50g
Nice, mild, regular use
Fairly decent. Would not be one of my top choices.
Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 50g
Simple straight no-nonsense WYSIWYG (S for SMOKE...!). Nice start of the smoke-day! Take one (or two) first thing in the morning and ease into more complex blends for the day...! Repeat again, next morning!!
Peterson - Elizabethan Mixture 50g
okay for occasional smoke
Not my favourite.
Peterson - My Mixture 965 50g
okay for occasional smoke
Not too impressed. Standard Mixture is a lot LOT better.
Peterson - Standard Mixture 50g
steady, good consistency (smoke to smoke), burns clean without tarry residue, 8/10 smokes a pleasure. The remaining two I take the blame for my hasty packing and not cleaning the pipe fully! ;-)
Cornell & Diehl - Rajah's Court 2oz
Rajah did not live up to its reputation. The faint background ambiance was fine but the smoke left a lot to be desired. Hence reaching out to Savinelli aromatic and my other steady favourites. Even airing did not help much. One positive was that it did not leave behind a lot of tarry goop! SIGH!!
Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice 50g
Very good quality, nearly excellent
Fine hint of berry aroma more in the 1st half of tin. Works nicely with my brigham pipes. Very low goopy tar. Can vie to become a regular!
Savinelli - Aroma 50g
Nice medium strength, pleasing smoke. Flavour reduces a bit towards the last 1/4th of tin, but still satisfactory. Does tend to get brittle towards the end and pipe needs cleaning because tobacco becomes crumbly and finer in particles (tobacco dust!)
Cornell & Diehl - Sansepolcro 2oz
Sorry - does not work for me!
one brand to avoid in future, for me! Oh well...! July 2021 (1 year later...) Sealed and packed it away, tried again. Aging, humidification -- nothing helped. How do I remove the 1/2 star from original rating? But to what end?? It is not being stocked any longer!!
McConnell - Pure Perique 50g
Sorry - no good
Probably the 2nd worst tobacco in my experience. :-(
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Ribbon-necessary to cut into small pieces to make filling easier. Burns rather slowly but tends to leave more tar in the pipe and wet residue. Tongue bite is there and can reduce the pleasure a bit. Okay for occasional use...
John Cotton's - Number 3 1.75oz
Seemed good at first, but as the days passed, it became fairly dry and began more tarry, requiring frequent wet-cleaning and lost its general character. Probably not going to my favourites or wish-list.
Lane Limited - Dark Red
Okay by itself, better when mixed with Larsen (Vintage)
Larsen - Signature Vintage Mixture 100g
Very nice and smooth
Pleasant aroma, though tended to fade towards the end of the tin. Perhaps would be better if smoked from a 50g tin, instead of a 100g one (drying). Still pretty enjoyable. In the second tin that I am trying, I notice that there is more tar and pipes need more frequent drying and cleaning. Rest is good as before.
Larsen - 1864 Perfect Mixture 100g
Best so far!
Perfect and consistent taste and smoke quality from first smoke to the last one. Would have given it 5 stars, but the site would not let me go beyond the 4.5...!
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Moderate strength, burns cleanly leaving ash, no sticky tarry residue. Pipe needs less frequent wet cleaning (isoprop. alc.) and pleasant room note (increases after the tobacco dries out over a few days somewhat once sealed tin has been opened)
Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
Very nice, balanced performance! liked it increasingly with usage. Little issues on tar residues, and smoked well -- pipe needed less frequent cleaning than other tobaccos I smoked. Good, stable, predictable smokes!
Cornell & Diehl - Apricots and Cream 2oz
Initial impression: favourable, but does have more tar content, needed frequent cleaning of the pipe. The aroma was reasonably pleasant. Tobacco retained its slightly moist and soft consistency throughout the lifetime of the opened can. Room note remained constant.
Cornell & Diehl - Cordial
Bad phenolic-mouldy smell and a bad smoking experience. Not worthy of even half a star!
Holger Danske - Black and Bourbon 50g
Nice smooth at the beginning but towards the bottom part of the bag (last 5-6 smokes) lost its aroma, became dry and burnt too fast and did develop a bite, even with freshly cleaned pipe. For some reason, it did not like the brigham filter pipes either at the beginning nor towards the end of the package. Not sure why :-(
Holger Danske - Black and Bourbon 50g
Good, friendly, enjoyable
burns nicely and gently, if packed properly. No bite, subdued but enjoyable aroma. I like it!
Dobie's Four Square - Red Aromatic 1.75oz
Prefers being smoked gently, nice room note, can have a bite, helps to clean the pipe more frequently than other tobaccos.
Paladin - Black Cherry 1.5oz
Surprisiingly, turned out to be quite nice! Nice aroma, consistent burn-rate and no harsh after effects during the first few pipe-fulls.
Borkum Riff - Cherry Cavendish 1.5oz
One night stand...!
Holger Danske - Mango and Vanilla 50g
Those who like it like it a lot. Not my pipe's favorite, I suppose!
Stanwell - Melange 50g
Nothing extraordinary. Kind of wet. Nice smell when tin first opened.