Peterson - My Mixture 965 50g
Big and Bold
A latakia tunnel of love with a sweet light at the end. This is a blend for the no-frills tobacco lover. Overall a rewarding smoke, though I do personally prefer the other blends in the Dunhill-Peterson family.
A&C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Pleasant! I dig it!
First impressions: Cracking this 3 month old tin open gave off an air of fermentation or white vinegar. Rest assured, this potent scent does not carry over into the flavor or room note. These coins hold a comfortable, earthy, and welcome flavor with very sweet and peppery notes coming from the bowl. I immediately associate the bowl note with the aroma that hits me the moment I walk into my local pipe and cigar store. All that is topped off with a sweet, robust and pleasantly tangy retrohale that tickles the nostrils. Overall a dignified blend worth having in your collection. An all-day smoke for both aromatic and non-aro enjoyers I should think.
Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 50g
A full-bodied blend for smokers who like their tobacco to taste like tobacco. This is a great smoke to accompany you in the morning after a good breakfast, but just because it's dinnertime doesn't make this blend any less of a winner. Good for any time of day, even as a nightcap if 'Nightcap' sounds too heavy.
Stands & Pouches - Dove Woodworks Red Oak and Brushed Nickel 5 Pipe Stand with Drawer
Exactly What You Pay For
Let's be realistic. If you spend 60 dollars on a small piece of cabinetry, don't set your expectations too high. Fortunately, this stand is not made with some shoddy particle board, but on the other hand, it's little more than assembled. Pegs for the stand need driven through the holes in the beam with a hammer as it's a tight fit (no big deal). You'll also want to have some 800-1000 grit sandpaper handy as the pipe stand is unfinished and needs a little scrubbing along all the edges. This is a product with minimal man-hours behind it, so when you buy it, expect a very small DIY project. Altogether, I like this stand, it's very functional and it looks pretty good on my desk. If you're feeling extra handy, it's natural wood so you can finish it with whatever you fancy.
BriarWorks - Peach Cobbler 2oz
Peach Cobbler is a bit of a misleading title for this blend, to be perfectly honest. While the peach flavor and aroma is present (and tasty!), I would not say that it tastes as the name suggests. I didn't find any notes of vanilla or anything to give the impression that you're smoking a dessert. (Edit: A few months age brings out a very light cream note.) This actually very closely resembles an unsweet peach tea! I think that is a desirable enough trait for a pipe tobacco to have, so I will continue to enjoy this blend.
Cornell & Diehl - Black Duck 2oz
Black Duck is a pleasure to smoke. Smooth as silk with a mellow, musty aroma. A delicate sweetness in the middle of the bowl to coax you along to finish the rest of it. A very mild blend with a sophisticated flavor profile.
Cobblestone - Indulge Vanilla Custard 1.5oz
You Have To Want It
This should only be smoked when you've got a sweet tooth. This blend is sort of the Twinkie of pipe tobacco. When you've got a craving for one of them, they're amazing, but any other time the Twinkie is a nearly overwhelming sugar-bomb!! Overall though, I'm happy I bought it. It's fun once in a while.
Presbyterian - Reformation 50g
Sweet like God's Grace
Like prayer, it's a sweetness to enjoy any time. The aroma is sure to please. All the sweetness of a goopy aromatic without the overbearing "goopy" sensation on the tongue. Mellow and relaxing with the tobacco's natural flavor intact, albeit in the back seat... I would recommend this one to anybody in the aromatics camp, sure, but I would especially recommend it to a newcomer. Its flavor would be very appealing to someone who's just starting out on tobacco. Very dessert-like with minimal nicotine presence... I'm surprised the reviews aren't so favorable so far. Sure, it's not got a very complex flavor profile, but it still makes for a swell time.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
Cookout in a Can
Upon opening this tin, you will be absolutely yamwhacked by a potent, smoky, leathery scent that I could only describe at first as "barbecue". I was a little concerned at first that this blend might carry too strong a flavor but when I fired it up I was pleasantly surprised at how the taste only subtly resembled the tin note. It really is a smooth, graceful smoke that starts off rich, mellow and peppery and finishes sweet. The "barbecue" essence I mentioned carries over into the smoke for a pleasant, outdoorsy, summertime experience that is just dandy for watching a sunset. This tobacco is definitely not overrated!
G. L. Pease - The Virginia Cream 2oz
I'm in the middle
I sort of agree with all of the bad reviews and all of the good reviews all at once. First and foremost, it smokes HOT, so be very careful. It's got a nice little, almost unnoticable vanilla flavor. That flavor seems to become more pronounced the farther down you are into your bowl. Feeling a significant nicotine effect from this blend also. It's a fine smoke, but I really don't ever find myself hankering for this blend. It's acceptable, but I doubt I'll be buying another tin. I may come back to it in another couple of years.
Peterson - Nightcap 50g
Oh, I see why now...
My brother, who is my recent convert to pipesmoking picked this up as his first blend of his own. I had not tried this blend yet, despite hearing all the glowing reviews, so I tried this one at his place one day and I was hooked IMMEDIATELY! The smell, the flavor, the dry leaf, was altogether a hit! Robust, peppery, ever so slightly sweet, and mellow as all get-out. As the name implies, it's the perfect blend to have after dinner/before bedtime. It's no wonder it's one of the top-rated smokes the world over.