Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - American Delight 50g
Great if you are in the mood for cool smoking aro
I understand why OTC old school American burley's have an appeal, and in my opinion, it's mostly because they smoke cool. Outside of that, they are not as good as more VA heavy tobaccos, but it's always nice to get a break from the tongue bite. This is where this blend comes in. It's balanced and far more VA heavy than the usual cool smoking blend, and yet it manages to smoke just as cold. Quite nice, especially for a multitasking smoke.
Carter Hall - Carter Hall 1.5oz Pouch
I tried my best to like it.
The pros are that it smokes so cool and burns so well that it's a good tobacco for when you are out and about and busy. The problem is that it just doesn't taste very good. The chemical qualities of the flavoring linger far too much, and it tastes pretty bad if you've smoked something better recently. I keep reading people say how it tastes like "real" tobacco, but most of what I get is a cheap liqor note mixed in with tobacco. It's not the worst thing ever, but I wasn't able to get through a whole pouch. I feel a bit defeated.
Capstan - Flake Blue 1.75oz
Perfectly good, but not worth the price.
It's far too expensive. It's a charming tobacco given it's history, and it's fun to have classics in your cellar, but it's nothing special. It's good, that's all.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
First aromatic. Tastes like fresh sugarcane.
I was raised not to smoke aromatics, and some of them sound truly disgusting, but this is really quite wonderful. Endlessly pleasant. Will probably smoke it all the time.
Sillem's - Councilor 1695 50g
Deserves more attention
For people who love Capstan Blue or Escudo, this belongs in their rotation. Balanced VaPer with no real flaws. Light in flavor but, the subtlety is a nice change of pace.
Peter Stokkebye - PS17 English Luxury
Delicious go to English
Tangy, sweet & savory. Something specific is lurking, like maybe they cheated and sprinkled in a little caramel or nougat cased leaf to add a dash of yumminess to the mix. I don't like English blends that taste like burnt tires (to each their own of course), I prefer something complex, and this is blend is cheap, easy to find in a pinch, and always always satisfying. Dunhill 965 and Gawith Balkan Mixture are similar blends that achieve the same thing for me.
Solani - Virginia Flake - 633 50g
One of the best
Tangy and distinct. Always pleasurable. Truly a top notch flake.
Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 9oz
That damned finish
First the good: It smokes really well, and on the front has a complex and interest set of flavors. And again, smokes great. Burns perfectly. The bad: The cigarette aftertaste makes me nauseous and is conspicuous.
G. L. Pease - Sixpence 2oz
So complex. Not one I smoke often because I'm usually out and about and doing things while I have a clench happening. This is for sitting and smoking and thinking about what you are tasting. It's a sweet blend, but not a sweetness that's easy to describe. No heavy flavors, but a very full body.
McClelland - 2035 - Dark Navy Flake
High maintenance. Delicious.
Tastes how it looks. Dried fruit and rich sweetness. Would be a really nice all day smoke but it takes a lot of effort and needs to dry out etc.
Mac Baren - HH Acadian Perique 3.5oz
Tastes like a damn cigarette
It burns well and lights well, but so do cigs. Not into this blend at all. Might as well have smoked a camel. It's all subjective, of course, so cheers to those who enjoy it.
G. L. Pease - Barbary Coast 2oz
Unique and tasty, but intense.
Funny that anyone could think of this as a light smoke. The brandy finish is really rich and lingers all day. It tastes like a Christmas pudding. I like it, and it's something I'd want to have around, but it is very specific.
McClelland - 2030 - No. 1 Grade Balkan
Mellow, balanced and very cool smoking.
Seems to me this would be a great first Lakatia smoke for someone. The unique flavor comes through, but is muted with some light sweetness. It's light but well rounded. A great all day smoke, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Mild, sweet, pleasing.
And it smokes well. I often have to take my smokes while walking around New York City, so keeping a pipe lite and smoking can be challenging. This flake is tasty and easy on the palate, while being an easy smoke, too. A great daily smoker when in the mood for something un-challenging and pleasant.
Orlik - Dark Strong Kentucky 50g
Agree that it's a great all day smoker. Fully bodies and sweet. Molasses from start to finish, and lingering finish that is so pleasant. I love this tobacco. After not enjoying the golden sliced, I was pleased to enjoy this one from Orlik is not just pretty packaging after all.
Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 50g
Unique and in the best possible way
My daughter took the tin from my hand and took a whiff and said "it smells like tamarind". That's it! I was trying to find a way to articulate the great tin note, which happens to translate into taste as well. Tangy dried fruit with a lasting and satisfying aftertaste that is both sweet and tart. It smokes well (maybe a bit hot at times but that's probably on me for smoking it too fast) and is an easy flake to become one's daily go to.