Rattray's - Buckingham 100g
Quality over Flavor
Interesting. It burns hotter than I expected. Flavor is lighter than expected. Tobacco is not sublimated by a sticky casing. Its quality can't be denied. The flavors come through in pleasant little waves of varying intensity, but never strong. Quick Update: slow sips through a churchwarden really helped.
Newminster - No.24 Imperial Nougat
An old friend
This was the first tobacco I purchased with my first pipe, seven years ago. Still as good as I remember. After sampling so many, I think this one is quite similar to Capt. Black Copper, but remains superior.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1957 1.4oz
It burns really well, but is heavily cased in pseudo-vanilla. Not what I expected from 4th Gen, being one of my favorite brands. This one is just... house-blendish. (shrug)
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Denicool Filter Crystals
Better than expected
There are plenty of naysayers of this product in many forums. But, those are usually pipe-snobs, those who say "i'd never put something 'unnatural' in my pipe!'" My research found that these crystals are "Processed Silica"... in other words "washed quartz." They're simple, perform as advertised, don't change the flavor of my 'baccy like charcoal and paper filters, and they provide nice draw to boot! IMO, these are second only to Savinelli balsa filters. They're probably great for a wet smoker with a filterless pipe.
Villiger - Jamaican Export 1.5oz
To me, This tasted like Keebler Coconut Dreams Cookies. However, this top note did not last long after opening the pouch. It was still moist but the scent and flavor was negligible. A small mason jar might prolong this.
Chacom - Saint Claude 50g
Indeed a restrained aromatic, the top notes didn't cover the poor quality of the leaf in this batch. It started out well, but soon turned rancid, a bit fishy and odd. A staleness became stronger with every sip, no matter the pipe.
Peter Stokkebye - PS84 Turkish Blend
Not for fast smokers
Time is of the essence with this one. It burns very quickly and must be controlled with a delicate draw. If not, it will scald the tongue or lips. Thus, due to is rate of burn, the nic-hit can be a surprise but not strong. Buttery, slightly sweet, lightly spicy, malty toward the bottom of the bowl, it's surprisingly and delicately complex. Disregard the negative write-ups on TobaccoReviews.com—the reviews here are true to the nature of the blend.
Pipe Accessories - Pipe Rest for Car
Hit and Miss
For the pipes that fit, it works great. The rubber is soft and does not slip, but the adhesive is a little weak.
Pipe Accessories - Leather Pipe Stand
It's a simple little stand and pleasing to the eye. I might buy another one and stick it to the dash of my car :)
Lane Limited - Ready Rubbed 14oz
Can't stop smoking it!
I love this stuff. It's such a nice smoke for any time or place. Easy to pack, lots of volume, smooth to taste, and a steady burn, there's no wonder it's a famed classic. Bravo!
Pipe Tools & Supplies - 8deco Bamboo Tamper
My favorite tamper—durable, light, handsome, and inexpensive. I wager it would be a great tool for delicate pipes, like Meerschaums.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
An All Seasoner
I was looking for something I could smoke all year, indoors and out, and in my car. Escudo's balanced VaPer blend does it all for me—a staple in my rotation.
Wessex - Gold Slice 1.5oz
Nice for hot days
Lots of citrus notes throughout the bowl. Mid-way down it becomes more full and a little "dense". At this point it also gets a lemon-cream flavor. Quite nice, unless re-lit after a while, at which point it tastes too much like cigarettes for me.
Butera - Royal Vintage: Latakia #1 50g
Tim P's review is spot on. Way sweeter than I expected, I kept thinking 'How is this SO GOOD?!'
Carter Hall - Carter Hall 1.5oz Pouch
Just enough flavor...
... it makes me want better tobacco. For busy days, or breaking in a pipe, this is fine. But for something I can relax with, I have other faves.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 50g
Good, but not for me
Some say the Perique is barely noticeable; maybe I'm just sensitive to it. But it's still not what I'd call powerful. Nevertheless, the typical Virginia notes lose out to it about 1/3 down the bowl.
Lighters - Kiribi Kabuto Black Matte
Really well made for such a reasonable price; this little guy packs a good tank and excellent flame control in a trusty lighter.
Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1855 1.4oz
1855 is a simple Virginia, easy to love. A 1 yr old tin was mildly sweet with grassy notes; my 3 yr tin was much sweeter, even in a new pipe! It's a thicker ribbon cut that burns easy and bites only when smoked too fast. UPDATE: a 5 yr tin is a world of difference. Everything has mellowed out and provides a smooth velvety smoke. Sweet and less grassy, it maintains smoothness until the heel.
Low Country - Cherry
Good burn, no bite, decent body, but the cherry has the obvious taste of an additive.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Scotch Flake
This became an instant favorite of mine. Mild sweetness between grassy and bran notes, sometimes like sweet-tea. There is no bite. It's great.
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