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.