Cornell & Diehl - Three Friars
A nice surprise
Bulk purchase. Ribbon cut packs easily and lights well with a bit of dry time. Bag notes of sweet Virginia and some earthy burley. I notice the perique but it is far in the background for me. First flavors are lemon Virginia's. There is a burley backbone here to keep the balance. There are some earthy notes, and some nuttiness as well. The body is creamy and never gets harsh. At first I didn't enjoy this blend So I gave it some jar time. About six months later it is a totally different experience. YMMV but this is a winner in my book
Sutliff - J4 - Burley
Moist out of the bag, for me it needed serious dry time. Smells great with hints of nuts, vanilla and molasses. Burns okay but needs a few more relights than most. Excellent mixer and solid on its own
Rattray's - Wallace Flake 50g
A touch moist in the tin. A bit of dry time worked for me. Aromas of Virginia, earthy burley and a subtle touch of plum. Burns slow and cool. First flavours are earthy Virginia and a very very subtle touch of plum. The burleys take the main stage in the second half. Very earthy and some nuttiness. Medium bodied, mild nicotine and a nice room note. Overall, solid flake and one I plan to enjoy for a long time. As a side note this is rumoured to be based on the Peterson university flake recipe.
Peter Stokkebye - PS38 Highland Whiskey
Bulk purchase. Some whiskey on the nose but otherwise it is just a random sweetness of an aroma. Somewhat moist but it is supposed to be. Packs and lights well. Room note is sweet with a hint of the whiskey. Burley is front and center, the Virginia’s are present too but they are muted. Not bad but for me, not a re purchase
Rattray's - Macbeth 100g
Very good smoke
Tin aroma is fruity. I get raspberry and some dark fruits. The aroma carries over to the taste of the first few puffs but softens out. I still taste the light fruity topping into the second half . The burley and Virgina used here are if very good quality. This is made to smoke slow. The natural tobacco flavors are great but very subtle. The fruit flavors are also quite subtle and enjoyable. To be clear, this is not an aromatic but a lightly topped VA/BUR.
Low Country - Natural Virginia & Burley
First thing first, know what you are getting. This is a virginia/burley blend that is quite "natural", meaning no toppings and no casing that I can detect. This is not a polished and aged "boutique" blend. This is very "fresh" in my opinion. I am curious to see what some age will do smooth out the rough edges. It packs and burns well. The burley is noticeable right from the start, the virginia is in the background. The burley is nutty, the virginia is earthy. smoke slow, if pushed this will bite and burn harsh. Overall, this is a good blend for what it is and one I will smoke while working or driving.
Newminster - No.403 Superior Round Slices
Coins are smaller than anticipated but pack and rub out well. Aroma is sweet Virginia and a bit of Kentucky. Lights well and smokes smooth. A bit light on the flavor for me. Grassy Virginia and Kentucky. More Virginia than Kentucky which surprised me. Not a bad smoke but not what I was expecting
Lane Limited - BL/WB
Decent 3 star smoke
Slightly moist, a bit of dry time may suit your taste as it did mine. Aromas of raspberry and some nuttiness. Takes a few attempts for a proper light but stays lit well enough. Very mild body and very mild taste. The topping comes through a bit more than the burley for me in the 1st third. Flavours of raspberry and some chocolate nuttiness far in the background courtesy of the burley. Burns down to a grey ash with a bit of moisture left behind. This needs to be smoked slow to maintain any flavour. If smoked too fast I lose all flavours and find it tastes like an ashtray. Overall, could be an all day smoke for some.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
Sweet and smoky
Bulk buy. Somewhat moist but smokeable right from the bag. This one seems to need to be a bit moist. Initial bag notes are Latakia and more Latakia. Underneath the Latakia is some sweetness likely from the cavendish. Lights easy and stays lit well. Flavours of campfires and wood at first. Let the smoke develop slowly and you will be rewarded with soft incense like orientals. Burns to a white ash and leaves no moisture. Excellent smoke, can be an all day smoke if you want it to be. Very recommended.
CAO - Colombia Tinto Robusto
Easy light and good draw on the ones I have smoked so far. Light bodied smoke, creamy mouthfeel. I have smoked down to a nub each time. I have a few more and plan to enjoy them soon.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Glengarry Flake
Mild Lakeland aroma compared to the others. Rubs out well and fold well. It arrived pretty moist in the bag so like most Gh&co blends, it will need some dry time. Takes the flame well and stays lit with a moderate cadence. The Lakeland essence will hang around for most of the bowl and be noticeable of smoked slowly. The Virginia’s are very mellow and offer a bit of sweetness. Solid smoke, can be an all day smoke.
Peter Stokkebye - PS84 Turkish Blend
This is made to smoke slow. Out of the bag the shag cut was ready to pack and fire up. Bag note is nutty and slightly spicy. Once lit the flavours are nutty and musty with some light oriental spice. Very nice on its own and makes a good blender. This must be smoked slowly to appreciate the delicate flavours. If smoked fast you are sure to get bit and it will taste unpleasant. Not an all day smoke but one you can come back to or start your day with.
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop
Bulk purchase. Bag note of red Virginia tang and some earthy burleys. Utterly fantastic first impression. Lights east and burns great. There are a few rough edges but everything melds together and gives a great smoke. The Virginias are tangy and sweet, the burley is dark and earthy. The perique is subtle unless you reteohale. It gives a nice nose burn. This is a fantastic tobacco.
Sutliff - 507C Virginia Slices
Came a bit moist so I dried it out for a few hours. Bag note of straight Virginia. Lots of grassy notes. Flavour is very mild, straight unadulterated Virginia. Grassy, earthy and some lemon. No bite and a cool burn. I don’t always need to have a complex smoking experience, sometimes i just need a good honest Virginia. Highly recommended.
Peter Stokkebye - PS312 Toasted Burley
Arrived a bit moist. A few hours of dry time was required. Nice ready rubbed appearance, some chunky pieces. I have rubbed it out each smoke. Burns very well and doesn't require many relights. I find it does leave some moisture, I flicked my pipe about half way. Aromas in the bag of sweet molasses, lightly toasty Burley. Very nice. Upon lighting I get taste of burley up front. Some sweetness and plenty of cocoa. The smoke is fairly one dimensional but that isn't a bad thing. Mild nic hit and a smooth overall smoke. Recommended if you're looking for a nice relaxing smoke.
Lane Limited - Medal of Valor
Bag note of Latakia, some sweetness also detected. I thought the sweetness was a topping but after smoking I don’t think that is the case. Smoky Latakia dominates but is kept in check by some well used orientals. Medium body, smokes well dry. Low vitamin N content makes this a great morning smoke for those cool early mornings or late nights. Recommended
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Louisiana Perique Flake
Might need some time
Might need some time to settle down but still very good flake. Lots of cocoa in the bag but not in the flavour for me. I get some sweetness and lots of peppery perique. Not overpowering. Pretty long aftertaste. I don’t usually rub out my flakes but this one is so much better rubbed out. When dried it stays lit and burns near perfect.
Dunhill - Flake 50g
Square tin. No noticeable topping. Smokes better if you dry it out a little. Sweet Virginia’s and some earthy notes. Solid. Too bad it’s gone.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Brigham Red Pipe Tool
Very good tool. Does what you need it to do. Wide tamper. Good weight. I like mine.
Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice 50g
Excellent tin notes of vanilla and rum. I also detect some maple. Not chemically smelling which is nice. Mellow bodied smoke. Lots of flavour similar to the tin notes. A bit sweet but quality tobacco used of course. A good aromatic
Captain Black - Original 1.5oz
Chemical aroma. Sweet and fruity. Taste is mild sweetness for the first half of a bowl. Hot air and low quality tobacco for the rest of the smoke. Not recommended.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning
Bulk purchase. Virginia base, perique forward. Fairly sharp but well balanced. I enjoy this as an evening smoke. Medium plus on the N factor. This is a mainstay in my rotation. After nearly two years of jar time the perique has mellowed and the shape edges have faded. This is definitely one to stock up on.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Burley & Bright
Shag cut. Pack a bit looser than usual and smoke a bit slower since it burns a bit faster. Somewhat of a vanilla topping I think, very minimal though. The burley shines through and has a very nice nutty characteristic. Very faint Lakeland notes, almost nonexistent. Could be an all day smoke. I will buy again.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Flake Unscented
Smooth earthy smoke
Arrived very moist like usual. I dried some out for about 2 hours. More time may be needed. I have only rubbed out this flake. Rubs nice and burns well. Taste is very earthy as expected. Some sweetness. I get a bit of the Lakeland florals only in retrohale and roomnote. Recommended, but not an all day smoke
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Czech Pipe Tool
Great pipe tool
This is almost everyone’s first pipe tool. It does the job and is inexpensive. Nice to have a couple around but I prefer the pipe nail
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Pipe Cover
Truly a must have piece of equipment. When you need them they are invaluable
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Pipe Brush w/Nylon Bristles
Great for stems
I use these on the stem of my pipes once and a while. Great tool for cleaning old estates up
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Pipe Nail
Simple, cheap and effective. This is the only pipe tool I need
Lane Limited - Ready Rubbed 1.5oz
Smooth and mild
Smokeable straight from the pouch for me. Very mild aroma of nutty burley. Packs and burns well. Flavros are subtle nuttiness and some earthy Virginia. Mild all the way through. Very relaxing smoke. In a world of extreme blends and boutique blends, this is a welcomed change of pace. Can be an all day smoke.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Brigham Bristle Pipe Cleaners (75 pack)
These are the best I have used. Enjoy.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Rubber Pipe Bits (2 pack)
Great for some
Great for driving. I find that I salivate too much and develop clenching habits when using these.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Rum Flake
Bulk purchase. Sweet smelling flake. Hints of maple. Rubbed out this burns forever. I have not tried fold and stuff method yet. I do not get any Lakeland essence as some have indicated it is there. This could be an all day smoke
Rattray's - Old Gowrie 50g
Great ready rubbed cut. I have rubbed out and just packed as is, both methods provide good smokes. Slow puffing is most important or it can bite a bit. Very mild but so rewarding if you go slow. Slightly sweet and a bit grassy. Might be my favourite Virginia.
Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 2oz
Not a total lat bomb
Not nearly as overpowering as some say. My tin was dated from 2015. This lights well and burns at a great pace. Strength is medium, body is medium, flavour is medium plus. Good smoke, I will keep it on hand as much as possible
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Really good smoke
I have enjoyed this folded and stuffed as well as rubbed out. bother methods have produced a good smoke. Smooth Virginia's and a touch of perique. The Black cavendish in the centre gives a nice cool and creamy smoke.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Bird's Eye
Shag cut. Packs easy and stays lit pretty well. Smokes well outdoors. Lots of dark earthy notes. Some slight sweetness is barely noticeable near the beginning of the bowl. Plenty of vitamin N, be aware of this will put you out. I only smoke this in my small pipes, I think a full bowl would be too much. I smell awful after smoking this haha
Dunhill - Three Year Matured 50g
Topping is not noticeable in my opinion. Orientals are sitting way on the back burner as is any Turkish. Mellow and smooth to begin, hearty and stout to finish. Treat this one carefully. Long soft puffs will get you the most out of this.
Dunhill - Elizabethan Mixture 50g
Great right from the tin. Hearty base of Virginia with enough perique to keep old and new smokers attention. Enjoy this one slowly and you will be reminded why you became a pipe smoker to begin with. It will be a sad day when this one is gone.....again.
Peterson - Balkan Mixture 50g
Smooth and relaxing
Smooth and very relaxing blend that can be smoked any time of day or night. Maybe not an all day smoker but very close. The Latakia is smooth and silky while the perique adds the dose of excitement. Not over powering at all, this is a must try for fans of the style.
Peterson - Old Dublin 50g
Easily one of my go to blends for now and the foreseeable future. The Latakia and orientals work in perfect harmony. The sweet basma on the retrohale is a thing of sublime beauty. As long as this is available I don’t mind losing some of the other big name blends to retirement.
Cornell & Diehl - Poplar Camp
Lots of spice but not completely overdone, great nose hair burning retrohale. Well balanced body with some deeper complexity than expected. This is more than just a one trick pony. I will be keeping this one around at all times.
Pipe Tools & Supplies - Brigham Rock Maple Insert (8 Pack)
Works as intended
Good system. Pipes are apparently not as good as they used to be but I like mine all the same. You do not need to use this filter system if you do not want to, it’s up to you.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night
Fantastic smoke, but you must respect its strength. Very spicy especially on the retrohale but I like that. Earthy body and full flavoured. Smokes very cool. Not an all day smoke, Very nice blend.
F & K - Black Bayou Mist
Just shy of 5 stars
Really nice change of pace blend. Smooth and cool smoke. Very soft Latakia notes with enough background spice to keep things going. Definitely something I will be keeping on hand as often as possible.