Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 50g
Among the best
Classic Samuel Gawith, very thick and wet flakes with some crystallization. Once properly dried out, this tobacco smokes like a dream, with in my opinion, just the right amount of sweetness. I see why tins of this sell out as quickly as they do, truly a delightful smoke every time.
McClelland - Craftsbury: Frog Morton's Cellar 50g
Good but perhaps a bit overrated
The tin note, as you'd expect, is a strong whiskey, but sweet and rather pleasant. Comes fairly moist and has your typical Frog Morton ribbon cut, i.e. a bit thicker and some more twiggy bits than other ribbon cuts. The smoke is mellow and sweet, with the whiskey at the forefront. That's about it to this blend, it's not complex or very flavorful. This is a light blend that makes for a good dessert smoke, but to me, it's not particularly memorable, and I don't find myself craving or returning to it often.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 50g
Tin note is strong hay and lemongrass, no real fruitiness from the perique. The smoke is mild and has that lighter virginia sweetness. This is certainly on the lower end of perique however, it's there, but it is rather subtle compared to other VaPer's. I ordered the 50g tin, which is round, and so the flakes came smashed together into this uniform mass and were difficult to separate. On top of that, my tin came rather dry, and as a result, flavor was lost quicker than I expected. Perhaps I received a bad tin, but this is certainly a tasty and simple choice that could be good for an all day smoke.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
Believe the hype
Escudo is considered by many to be one of the best VaPer's out there, and I would be inclined to agree. Tin note is about what you'd expect from a VaPer, strong hay notes with some citrus, particularly orange. The coin cut is very uniform and easy to rub out, but does come fairly wet. Once properly dried, this tobacco smokes very well with few relights required. Sweet but also with a little more depth than I expected. Moderate amount of perique. The more I smoke it, the more subtle flavors I detect. Leaves a clean white ash in the bowl with no moisture. Believe the hype and grab yourself a tin, this is a high quality tobacco.
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Open the tin and you're hit with a distinct leather smell, but some raisin notes as well. The smoke is sweet, earthy, creamy, and sometimes a little sour (not in a bad way). Tobacco comes only a little moist and stays lit very easily. This is my daily smoke, not too strong or too mild, not very complex but also not very basic. Just right.