G. L. Pease - Sixpence 2oz
Not sure what happened given the rave reviews and the fact that it’s a Pease blend. I didn’t get much rum/booze odor from my tin, and frankly all I tasted was the somewhat ‘bready’ virginias. I’m inclined to think I may have gotten a bad batch. May order again just to see, but it’s at the bottom of my tobaccos to re-order list.
Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed
HH ODF - one of my top five favorites.
This is great tobacco! The tangy, slightly vinegar taste hangs in easily for the first quarter of the bowl. After that, the vinegar hint fades into the background and the overall taste improves. The DFK to Va mix is perfect. Strong taste of earthy, nutty burley, smoky campfire with a subtle hint of spice. This is balanced by a slight sweetness, no doubt due to the deft mixture of the Virginias. For me the nicotine is a tad past medium. Someone here likened this to Peterson’s Irish Flake. To me this is a great comparison, and I too give PIF an edge on flavor, but only slightly. Won’t bite, but when pushed it can taste a bit ‘ashey’. Aging does wonders for this blend. Being burley-forward, I find I enjoy it more from a cob, dried for ~25-30 minutes. This is all-day smoke, IMO. Solid 5 stars, no question.
Lighters - Kiribi Mikazuki Black Matte
Nice soft wide flame (adjustable). Easy to sweep across the bowl without touching the briar. Hefty, beautiful and very well engineered lighter. Recommended.
F & K - Black Bayou Mist
Smoky Latakia up front, blended perfectly with tart oriental and tangy Virginia. The DF Kentucky settles down around the first third of the bowl. There it dances hand in hand with the subtle fruity perique, giving the blend a strong backbone and a hardy campfire deliciousness. Each component is easily detected as this blend is deftly balanced. Tasty and creamy with good smoke output. Can be a bit harsh if pushed. Burns a bit fast, so take it extra slow. I load it up in a large bowl briar. This tobacco is, to me, a fantastic English, and now is one of my all time favorite blends. ETA: this isn’t an ‘all-day’ but in the words of the notorious ;-) JimInks, it’s repeatable.
Cornell & Diehl - Stratfordshire
A fine medium bodied English
Nice Latakia hit, not too much though. Paired quite well with the Turkish and Virginias. I suspect the cav is working to round things out, as I personally think is often the case. Not overly complex, but quite tasty. Easily an all-day. Well done C&D.
Cornell & Diehl - Mississippi Mud 2oz
Grows on you
It took me three or four bowls of this fine blend because I couldn’t decide if I liked it. But then I kept smoking it. In fact, it’s in my pipe as I’m writing this. Lat forward, cavendish cooled, and a fantastic perique tickle. Not terribly complex, but C&D rolled out another hit. It’s a tad on the ‘heavy’ side for me, meaning it’s not an ‘all day’ - but who knows? It’s currently in the top three of my rotation, so... Anyway, my next order will be an 8oz tin. Try it out! PS: if you enjoy this blend, be sure to try Pirate Kake - that’s a darn fine smoke!
G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
Pinnacle of perfection from Mr. Pease
The Lat & Perique are perfectly married, as are the Va & Orientals. They all combine into a smoke that is sublime, outstanding, perfect and heavenly. Words fail. Yes, it’s that good. This is, IMHO, the best English yet, and that’s saying a lot. Adios, Esoterica. I’ve dedicated a briar to this blend.
Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany
Burley forward, which is always welcome with me, unless I’m smoking a VaPer, English, Balk... eh, you get the idea. I’d expected a bit more Lat, but then I suppose it’d be encroaching on Morley’s. So all that aside, Epiphany: surprisingly flavorful, nice Burley front, with a very tasty and well balanced backdrop of light Lat and Perique, completed by lightly sweet Va. As odd as it may sound, I find this to be a very ‘friendly’ tobacco; It packs easily, it’s well rounded and behaves very nicely all through the experience. Also, I tend to be a just a tad on the fast side (1 med size bowl 45min-1hr), but Epiphany has yet to bite me. From the char light on, this burns evenly and cool. On the first bowl I may have re-lit it twice after the initial char and true light. I could get used to this mix, and why not? Hands-down in my rotation. Could very easily be an all-day. Update: upped rating to 5 Stars after ~3oz. This blend is superb.
Cornell & Diehl - Orion's Arrow
I love this bend. The Turkish really shines, with the Virginias and Perique making up a flawless rhythm section. It combines like a Miles Davis album to create a unique, deep, contemplative bowl. The smoke has a tasty spiciness and a chewy texture. The retrohale is wonderful. If you’re into VaPers, this is certainly tasty enough to be an all-day. Best yet, wallet-friendly bulk pricing!
Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz
Not bad, but not my ‘cuppa’
I was excited to try OJK, given the reviews I’ve read on it, and that it’s a Runowski creation. However, I found it to be a bit rough and ‘dark’. Very much like a cigar. I’m a cigar smoker, so that’s not a bad thing necessarily, but OJK didn’t do it for me. This was surprising since I’m definitely a Burleyophile and a Runowski fan. It’s worth a try for sure, but I have to say I’d trade what I have left for something else, given the chance. It won’t deter me from eventually trying the red and white mixes of OJK. I’ll let it age for a few months and depending on how it tastes then, I may update my review.
Cornell & Diehl - Red Odessa
Very good English
Most of the reviews here are pretty spot on. Red Odessa is balanced, very flavorful, and best yet it’s available in budget friendly bulk. This could be an all day smoke for me. For some reason, RO is prone to go out often for me. I’ve solved this problem by rubbing it out a bit more than usual before drying. If I were forced to nit pick, I’d say up the Latakia! But really, it’s not necessary. This a great English tobacco, hands down. If you like this blend, be sure and try Stratfordshire if you’ve not.
Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake 2oz
I’m pretty sure I know what the caterpillar was smoking in Alice In Wonderland: Pirate Kake! This is Latakia heaven, and it is sublime. Hats off to C&D.
Peter Stokkebye - PS312 Toasted Burley
Solid straight up Burley
Delicious burley. Earthy, nutty, and ever so slightly sweet. Considerably smoother and rounder than Five Brothers. This is an easy all-day smoke, and I keep its jar near the front so I don’t have to hunt for it in my ‘cellar’. A must for burley lovers.
Five Brothers - Five Brothers 1.25oz
Straight forward simple burley
No fuss, no muss. Solid burley taste in a fast burning shag, and with nicotine to spare. Monochromatic? Yes. But that’s okay. I enjoy this as a quick smoke, and being a ‘burleyophile’, it’s a sure fire go-to when I’ve only a few minutes to enjoy a bowl.
G. L. Pease - Haddo's Delight 2oz
An interesting take on the beloved Va/Per blends, that could certainly only come from the gifted mind of Mr. Pease. To me this a very satisfying smoke, borderlining on aromatic. Sweet Virginias with just the right amount of Perique. As others have noted, there is some sort of casing or topping of (I believe) rum. Mind you, it doesn’t get in the way - there’s plenty of natural tobacco to satisfy me, and I’m not a big fan of Aros. Anyone who hasn’t tried this unique Va/Per should give it a whirl. It’s in my Va/Per rotation, but as an occasional.
Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus
Cool, tasty, and satisfying
With Pegasus, the Burley is front and center in the familiar Runowski way. Thesere’s a very present sweetness of the Virginias that dance nicely on the stage of the cool round condimental Cavendish. It’s a smooth, relaxing, and satisfying smoke with a solid Burley body. Recommended. It is very much akin to Haunted Bookshop; but with perique removed and silky sweetness added.
Sutliff - 523 Voodoo Queen
Notes of chocolate with a nice burley body and just enough Latakia to give it a delicious smokiness. Borderline aromatic, but more than enough good solid natural tobacco taste to satisfy me (not an aro fan). More of a ready rub / broken flake than a ribbon. Rub it out a bit more, give it a little time to dry and light it up. I find it’s hard for me to think of anything other than how tasty this is while I’m smoking it. 4 solid stars. Update: moving this to 4.5 stars. It’s grown on me. Yummy.
Cornell & Diehl - Morley's Best
Being a fan of Haunted Bookshop, I was curious to see if Morley’s could top it when I packed my first bowl of this Burley, Virginia, and Latakia blend - for sure an ‘American English’, and oh what a delight it is! It’s not necessary better than HB (I pick them each with equanimity), but I tend to go to Lats when it’s colder out. Like most fine blends, it can be harsh if pushed - which is easy to do given it’s absolutely delicious. Stop reading and order a sample. If you’re a Burley fan and want something different and amazing, here it is. This and HB are my favorite Runowski blends. I’ll be buying this by the pound, curious to see how DGT ups the ante. UPDATE: I’ve found that DGT doesn’t really help the flavor. In testing, I’ve let it sit passed a good char light for up to two hours. To my palate, non-Burley blends have the best results with DGT. Probably obvious to you seasoned smokers :-)
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop
Burley lovers rejoice!
Delicious nutty woody burley flavor on a bed of subtle and peppery perique, rounded off with a slightly sweet Virginia. Fantastic. Goes straight into the rotation when it’s burley time. If you’re a burley fan, you can’t go wrong with Haunted Bookshop. Kept in my cellar in pounds.