G. L. Pease - Meridian 8oz
My journey to find the perfect English shares the frustrations with Goldilocks, too sour, too strong w Latakia, not quite there, too orientally. Meridien is just right. from the first bowl, first toke even Meridien is an instant reorder--buying 8 oz to put in rotation for a while.
A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
This one is complicated-a bit tricky as it seems to smoke differently under different times and conditions. sometimes hard to tame, other times superb. either way the flavor is a winner: the tones have been described in detail by other reviewers--in the rotation and will remain there.
Solani - Virginia Flake - 633 100g
Casca below captures my sentiment well. This is a winner. the smoke is deep, rich yet silky smooth. Perique comes thru well but balanced. Couldnt ask for better in a Va-Per. usually smoke St. James, Luxury Bullseye Flake, Escudo. This is now at the top of the pack.
Samuel Gawith - St. James Flake 50g
Deep and Rich
Ordered it because i heard so much about it. outstanding rich and deep tones in the smoke. doesnt come on right away either. i tend to puff away and this one shouldnt be rushed--but savored. it will reward you for that. fruity in a deep way--raisiny slightly. liked it so much immediately bought the 250gm.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
This. this was good right out of the gate. Will reorder. nothing more needs to be said. it delivers on its name.
Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
Guess I dont have the same tastes as the other reviewers. Bought it on the high recommendations. had just smoked Stokkebye's Luxury Navy Flake. No comparison. At first pass, this one here smokes more like a cigarette aftertaste than I care for. I wanted to like it--but couldnt get past the ashtray aftertaste. smoked it out of a Virgina/VA/Per dedicated Zulu shape briar. for my taste. Will cellar and see...
Planta - Full English
bought it based on the review below. was not disappointed. ordering 4 more oz. refined.
McClelland - 2035 - Dark Navy Flake
The reviews on smokingpipes.com seem more accurate than what i see on other sites. should have read these. thankfully only have an ounce to deal with. will cellar and recheck. but frankly found it boring and wet and just not my cup of tea. if it works for you and you dont mind all the effort it seems to take to enjoy it, great. there are too many good tobaccos out there... UPDATE: its probably been only about 6 weeks but with frequent jar openings and some drying, it has opened up in flavour. smoking out of a cob for now, but more interesting than the first experience.and mellowed a little bit in sourness. like that it has its own unique "wetter" smokier flavour. curious as to how it will taste in a few months.
McClelland - 2050 - Oriental Cavendish
dont get it. not a huge cavendish fan evidently-this was my first one. love orientals though. the flavors dont seem to marry well on my pallette as latakia would in its stead. Wet. Wet. will let it sit and see in a few months. another reviewer mentioned he didnt like the first bowl. so maybe it will improve. but wont be a repeat buy.