Seattle Pipe Club - Mississippi River Rum Barrel Aged 2oz
Lots of people know a good thing the minute the other fellow sees it first.
I wonder where the idea for a barrel stave cube came from? ;-) The Rum does transfer nicely to the tobacco, cool smoking, with spice from the Orientals and smokiness from the Latakia. I wonder with age if more Rum and the wood note from the cube will transfer any. Time will tell.
Peterson - Flake 50g
Yes, it is.
Much upset for the guys who cellared 100+ tins of Dunhill tobacco to flip, only to find Peterson bought the rights to Dunhill's excellent blends. Same factory, same blend, same process as Dunhill's Flake. The only thing that's changed is the sticker on the front. Great solid Brown Virginias, sweet grassy smoke which gets much better with age.
BriarWorks - Bacon Old Fashioned 2oz
Strangest mixture of all time, and not in a good way..
Luckily I only got a sample of this blend. Smells like someone farted in a bottle of Jack Daniels and left it to mature for a year. sadly the taste is no better, some sweet liquor, burned plastic, and rotten drains. Smoked in a cob, even the cob thought id crammed a turd in the bowl. Good God save us!
Former - Jubilee - 50th Anniversary 50g
Very tasty Syrian Latakia blend.
I bought a tin as a test to see if I could tell if the Syrian Lat made such a difference. I loaded a bowl, and was treated to a smooth, Smokey and sweet experience. I went to order a few more tins to cellar, as Syrian Latakia is soon to be extinct, sadly its sold out! Waiting for some more to come in, if it ever does I'll definitely order more. This will age superbly.
Balkan Sobranie - Balkan Sobranie 50g
Germain's Balkan Sobranie is a fantastic Balkan mixture. Super smooth, blended perfectly. Latakia plays a front role but is not overwhelming. Highly recommended.
Cornell & Diehl - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas 2oz
Much better than last years
Possibly the best C&D holiday tobacco so far. Slight Orange note, sweet Virginas and Cavendish with a subtle spice finish behind, which is the Perique. Fantastic effort by C&D after loosing most peoples favourite holiday smoke, Christmas Cheer. Get some before its gone!
Esoterica - Penzance 2oz
A magical smoke in the tradition of British tobacco.
Think about a time when tobacco was simple, Virginia, Turkish, Orientals and Latakia. Perfectly proportioned, blended and pressed into easy to crumble (very easy) thick flakes in the traditional British way, slowly and loosely. The taste and aroma of vintage book shops, leather, mild spice, and a smokey comforting finish washes across the palette. J.F Germain's truly are the masters of rare, time consuming and perfect blends. If you can get this for cost, do so immediately here at SP.