Peter Stokkebye - PS31 Optimum
Yep, it's an aro!
It's sweet without giving you a cavity. It won't clog your pipe with gloop. It burns easy as pie, and tastes even better. You can even still taste the Virginias underneath it all. Dry it or don't, it burns great either way.
Daughters & Ryan - Ramback Gold 16oz
But, what is it?
Truth be told, I'm still not sure. Let's be honest with each other for a minute. Daughters and Ryan started as a RYO company, and while all of their tobaccos are now all pipe tobaccos, it's clear that's not how they started. They're shag cut, acidic, and tastes like a cigarette. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's just...different. But Ramback Gold has me stumped. It's mellow and sweet like a good pipe tobacco. It's got a thick, chunky ribbon cut like a good tobacco, a cut that while not perfect was far more uniform than some so called premiums I've sampled. It's got a thin smoke, a wet smoke, the kind of smoke I remember from the little packets aorned with a blue dromedary. So what is it? Is it some of the most superior cigarette tobacco that I've ever had (smoked out of a corn cob of course), or is it a mediocre Oriental that's dirt cheap and perfect for a quick fix?
Cornell & Diehl - Yorktown
A Strange Acidity
I hit this blend hard for a few days and then slowed down on it a bit. There is a strange sourness I detect. It's not a sour pipe taste, I've tried it in many different pipes. It's the taste of sour candy, of over acidity. It's not unpleasent, but it certainly is unlike most.
Low Country - Natural Virginia & Burley
Virginia with Body
The mix of Burley really brings out the sweetness of the Virginia and adds some nice body. It's got a bit much Burley for me, but that's a matter of personal taste. As with all Low Country blends, you can't beat the price if you tried.
Low Country - Natural Virginia
It's everything a pure, natural Virginia ought to be; sweet and grassy. I'm not sure that I get the citrus though. Smooth, if not a little mild. Great any time, and for the price, damn hard to beat.