Rattray's - Black Mallory 50g
This Rattray's Black Mallory has opened-up my world of possibilities into even MORE realms of pipe smoking pleasures!!! I know there was something special about this blend immediately upon first light. A I looked at the component tobaccos, I saw the addition of Black Cavendish! I knew there must be a common thread here, so I looked more closely at other favorites in my rotation. Again, B. Cavendish. It just seems to mellow-out the smoke and adds a bit more body, less tongue bite, cooler burn and a pleasant subtle "sweetness", but not a "sweet" blend by any means. This is a nicely balanced tobacco with another favorite added in the form of Latakia. And, of course VA's as well... This is a top-notch tobacco that you should try and prepare to be pleasantly surprised! Not an ARO by any means, but a nice bouncing-board blend for those wanting to stray from the ARO's a bit... Enjoy
Samuel Gawith - Perfection Mixture 50g
Oh, what a delicious hint of quality vanilla backed-up by quality VA's & tantalizing, smoky Latakia. This is ALWAYS my first pipe full of choice in the AM... Although very lite on the vanilla, it's a taste you need never have to tease to taste & savor... The name "Perfection" speaks for itself!
Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 3.5oz
Extinct SYRIAN Latakia?
This is a beautiful, well-balanced, perfectly-aged 40% SYRIAN Latakia blend with typical "Balkan" or English tobaccos. You ask 10 people what blend-type this is, you'll get 15 different answers... The Latakia is mild & complex with the Orientals perfuming this mixture nicely. The Va.'s add a hint of sweetness, and the dark-fired Kentucky give it it's backbone. I just wish this Syrian Latakia thing could be forever, but alas it is not meant to be.. Enjoy this "Nirvana-Like" and intoxicating mixture while you can, as I'll personally be buying all I can afford & justify...
Erinmore - Erinmore Flake 50g
Love it or Leave it...
This is one of those tobaccos shrouded in mystery... There are two camps here: those who love it and those who love to hate it! This VaBur is lightly cased in a citrusy-like flavoring, that is light and sweetly-tart at the same time. It's like the wildly popular Orlik Golden Sliced on naturally, mild "fruity" steroids. This is from a confirmed Aro fan looking for an intro into that realm outside of my norm... I will continue to enjoy this nice change of pace as long as it sticks around for another 100 years!!!
Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
Go for the Gold
I'm back into the pipe smoking biz, and have progressed enough to move on to some non-aromatics (though I do love my aros). The mild, hay-like scented VaPer was the best logical step I could have made. This truly is THE golden standard for those looking to branch-out a bit... Do yourself a favor and give this delightful blend a try. You'll count the hours 'till your next "Golden Sliced fix...
Erinmore - Erinmore Flake 50g
Orlik Golden Sliced Deaux
This Erinmore Flake is reminiscent of Orlik Golden Sliced in it's simplicity and hay-like qualities is the closest I've come to the venerable Orlik... A nice switch off with the addition of a "secret" ingredient! I think it will stay in my rotation as a mild, daily, anytime smoke...