Cornell & Diehl - Old Court 2oz
I usually lean more towards an English blend heavy on latakia, black Cavendish and perique. I've really don't have much experience with burly forward blends (which this seems to be ) other than half and half. This is nothing close to half and half. The burly has a smooth somewhat nutty flavor but not wimpy. You can definitely taste the latakia, perique and cavendish but more of a background flavor. Now, for my favorite part. The broken Virginia flake. Really surprised me because I'm not a fan of ribbon cut Virginian tobacco. I think the process of the flake made a complete different flavor. At first if I found small pieces of the flake, I would break it up and then load. One day I didn't break it up before loading and throughout the entire bowl I would hit little sweet spots. I really enjoyed that, so much in fact, I just ordered a pound. Probably should have gotten more. I know that 3 and a half stars seems a bit low but I'm too free and easy with a 4 or 5. It was all I could do to hold back. Strongly recommend you try a tin.
Cornell & Diehl - Smooth English
For what it's worth
While it is true that this blend is rather smooth and enjoyable smoke with potential for additional blending to customize to individual taste, the room note is somewhat unpleasant. That's why I've updated my review from 5 stars to 3.5. Still a good smoke at a great price, for me at least it would be a better summer time outdoor smoke.
Ashton - Consummate Gentleman 50g
My first English
This blend was sent to me by mistake (by a different company ). They did make my order right and told me to keep the tin and sorry for the mistake. At the time I was into aromatics and nothing else. I put the tin on a shelf for quite some time. One day I gave it a try, I figured why not, and have smoked English blends every since. I've tried many different blends since that day but I will always a few tins of this the shelf. No bite,very smooth and burns great. I highly recommend it to all my friends but I very rarely share.
Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
I don't really agree with the description of this tobacco. I think it's rather flavorful, kind of a floral taste. Really pleasing room note. It's not a strong tobacco but it is a great smoke. No wonder it has been around for ever and a day.
Cornell & Diehl - Cross-Eyed Cricket 2oz
I love a good English blend and not a big fan of aromatics. The blend of tobaccos caught my eye because it is very similar to Sam's blend (my absolute favorite). The question, is it an English or aromatic, made me think, well let's find out. This is probably the most incredible tobacco I've ever smoked. When I opened the tin it was a bit moist but not wet, very pleasant sent. 1 char light, and the 2nd light it burned to white ash. Creamy and smooth with a little spicy tickle to my tongue. Outstanding. As far as the question, I'll get back to you many years from now.
Cornell & Diehl - Black Duck 2oz
I have enjoyed it in moderation up to this point because I've been rather hung up on Sam's blend which has zero sweet, but amazing flavor. I decided one hot humid day to try something just a touch different. Black Duck isn't exactly what I would say sweet by any means but the edges are rounded off a bit compared to Sam's blend and is comparable in flavor. Nothing will replace Sam's for me but this is a close second.
Lane Limited - Crown Achievement 1.75oz
Very dry, twiggy
I bought 2 tins and have only opened one tin at this point. The tin was sealed and I was very surprised by how dry it was and even more surprised by the amount of stems. They weren't large but plentiful. Didn't pack well and burnt quickly. Taste was fair but not good enough for me to buy again. I'll probably make a gift of the other tin rather than let it take up space. I may have just gotten a bad tin.
Dunhill - My Mixture BB1938 50g
Smooth for sure
It is smooth for sure but somewhat uneventful as far as flavor is concerned. Not bad but it isn't available I'm not overly upset. I can see me buying again just not on a regular basis.
Cornell & Diehl - Mississippi Mud 2oz
Very peppery taste. Kinda strong , smooth until about halfway through the bowl. That's when the spiciness takes over. For me it's not a daily smoke but from time to time with a shot of bourbon it's pretty good. A tin will last me for a long while.
Cornell & Diehl - Byzantium 2oz
Too complex for me
I think for my taste there is just a bit too much going on. I can't put my finger on it but I do think sometimes less is more. I'll put the rest of the tin back and try it again later. For now, just not my cup of tea.
Cornell & Diehl - Sam's Blend 2oz
This blend is the coolest, best burning and most satisfying blend of any tobacco I've smoked period. It doesn't matter if it's an English, Virginia, aromatic or anything else you can come up with. While some make you wonder if it's flue cured, is it red or bright Virginia and so on this tobacco doesn't do that at all. It made me think alright, about my favorite fishing hole (spring is right around the corner )what am I going to do tomorrow, what am I going to plant in my garden this year. It made me think about all kinds of happy things and nothing else. Then I realized that my bowl is done and I'm relaxed and smiling. Just simple. Just satisfied. Isn't that what it's all about?
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning 2oz
This is my first endeavor into the world of Va/per tobacco and boy did I make an outstanding choice! I am a huge fan of rather strong English blends like Ashton artisan's blend and by the reviews I thought I would give this a try. The cut,moisture of this tobacco is perfect. When I opened the tin the aroma wasn't over powering and I thought, not for the faint of heart, yeah right. I packed one of my favorite pipes and off we went. It was very smooth and lit easily. The flavor was odd because it was kinda sweet and just a touch spicy. I got to about halfway through the bowl and the spiciness started to pick up. The longer I smoked the spicier it was. What surprised me was it didn't lose the smoothness and gentle sweetness. I finished my bowl and I was reminded of the saying, don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. More appropriately because this tobacco comes in bulk as well. P.s. it would be wise to ease into this tobacco because it does seem to have a very high nicotine content. Enjoy.
Hearth & Home - Heart of Darkness 1.75oz
My morning blend
When I first saw "Heart of Darkness" I automatically thought of a former girlfriend. Rest easy my friends, although they are similar in many ways, a bit smoky, a pinch of damp leather smell, and very smooth, there isn't that nasty bite. I have been looking for a tobacco alternative for Ashton Consummate Gentleman since it isn't always available. This is it and may even push the Ashton to #2.
Hearth & Home - Cerberus 1.75oz
I must admit that I was just a little bit disappointed from this blend because being a latakia base, I was looking forward to a very smoky, leathery flavor and smell. It just wasn't there. Don't get me wrong, overall it's not a bad smoke, just not what I had hoped for. For me Heart of Darkness is way better by far. As always in life there is a bright side, this is only the second tobacco that I have tried in the Marquee series and several more to go.
Lane Limited - Punch 1.75oz
It is a bit on the dry side when I first opened the tin, but not overly dry. I wasn't surprised by that because it seems like all other lane tobacco that I've bought. That's the only reason why I gave it 4 stars which is really unfair because it burns perfectly. 1 light, 1 bowl, cool to the bottom. When I first opened the tin it had that smoky slightly floral aroma that that I'm always looking for. If you love a straight forward latakia blend for a all day smoke, you should give this a try.
Ashton - Artisan's Blend 50g
Disappointing 2 or 3 times per day
This tobacco is most generally my afternoon to evening smoke. On a rainy day or a particularly lazy day it's my all day smoke. It has a smooth, rich, leathery taste and just a touch of spiciness. To me the spiciness is almost like fresh ground black pepper, but just the slightest touch. The reason it's my later in the day smoke is because of the nicotine content. I was a heavy cigarette smoker for about 40 years and if you're not use to that much nicotine, just a word of wisdom, ease into this and I'm sure you will love it as much as I do. Oh yeah, my daily disappointment... my bowl is burnt again. Maybe I should get a bigger pipe.
Lane Limited - La Gloria Cubana 1.75oz
Great for the money
Kinda dry out of the tin but a really smooth smoke. Nothing over powering but not a push over. I think it's way better than Lane Crown Achievement, I hope I just got a bad tin of that because I have one more. La Gloria is way better for a lot less money. I like Ashton Consummate Gentleman pretty well and was my first choice for some time but after trying La Gloria the quality, price,and overall satisfying smoke, Ashton has become the tobacco that I will buy when La Gloria isn't available. I'm glad I tried it and will continue to buy it. Give it a shot, if you don't care for it, you aren't going to be out much. If you like English blends, you'll come out way ahead.
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