Cornell & Diehl - Opening Night 8oz
I like this Virginia, I tried some right out of the tin and there's nothing I don't like about it really. I think it needs some time to come into it's own though, so I'll try some in 12 months from now too and let you know. Other flakes I have that have aged 3+ years are really good and this one will age well too. One thing that I picked up on right away was that it's sweet, smooth and wont bite you as far as I can tell. It does burn well and gives a little spice which I like that's pretty consistent to the bottom of the bowl. As far as nicotine, I'd say it's right at the medium mark.. It's an enjoyable smoke for sure and paired with unsweet tea makes for a good experience. I would buy this again.
Cornell & Diehl - Virginia Flake
What's not to like ?
I was able to sample some before I bought a little. This is the baked sweet breads and yes the fragrance of baked orange muffins came to right away. If you like Virginias I think you'll like this. Yes it's different from the sweet dark Virginia pressed, which I like too, a lot, but that's why I like this, it's different.
Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
Good'ol American tobacco
I've never written a review on Half and Half but it's one of the first tobaccos I've ever smoked. It used to be everywhere, in all the drugstores, gas stations, Sir, can I check the oil ? To me it's part of American culture. Anyway, like Lucky Strikes or Pall Mall, in pipe tobacco we had... Yeah, some will say, "two puffs in and I threw it at the wall! lol. I get one of my cobs when I smoke it and I still love it, it's simple, it's smooth and I like it with my coffee in the morning.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Irish X
Gawith & Hoggarth
I love, Virginia leaf. Twisted and spun into rope, pressed, but not stoved as much as the black twists. This one is strong & smooth. It has a great flavor and a mild cigar strength to it that is very nicely done.. Not like this is my first bowl, or 50th, Sigh... Ok, ok.. I'm in love again.. Dear Miss Irish X, I've always...
Peterson - 3 P's Peterson's Perfect Plug 50g
Family : Burley
That's what caught my eye right away was that it has burley in it. Another reason is that its in plug form, as I enjoy the prep. You can alter the way your tobacco smokes, and in my opinion, it's all about one's own preference because everyone has different taste. For me Petersens plug is a treat. I like to have a sweet smoke once in a while. The burley tastes great and it smokes cool and slow.
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East
Star of the East is a smooth blend that kind of surprised me being that it has 50% Latakia. It's definitely not in the Lat bomb category. It's a nice smooth smoky blend. It's a very relaxing smoke for me, and pressed it's even better, try it in the flake form you'll find that the flavors are more condensed and somehow more mellow, very nice! The nicotine is about a 2.5 on a scale of 10.
Peter Stokkebye - PS701 Virginia
It's a good sweet virginia tobacco especially good in the heat of the summer. Also, I like to add a little burley to it once in a while to change it up. At the first charring light, I get that sweet hay & honey flavor. It's a nice dry smoke and the price is decent.
Amphora - Burley 1.75oz
I've always loved burley tobaccos. After reading about it gave me some thoughts and I knew it was going to be a good broken flake. Amphora burley tobacco has a nice ,pouch/tin note of a cocoa sweetness. It has a beautiful dark brown color with reds, and specs of the off white pale colors that accent the looks of this tobacco nicely. You can taste the burley leaf in this and you get a smooth creamy, smoke that's very tasty on the first light. They definitely used the right amount of the Virginia leaf to go along with the burley.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Whisky Twist
Twist type tobacco, you have to prepare it. There's nothing to it . I enjoy the whole tobacco prep thing, it's part of smoking a pipe. I like the full taste profile from this. It's definitely unique and I like that. It kind of tastes like there's cigar leaf in it, but that could easily be a result of the casing. It's a good, end of the day/night quality smoke ! I usually cut a few pieces off about the thickness of a nickel, rub it out, let it dry for a little bit, or sometimes not. Gawith & Hoggarth tobaccos are meant to be smoked either way, and they usually ship it a little moist. It's all up to ones taste. I've smoked them right out of the zip lock they arrived in, and I've also dried them at different lengths of time. I like to dry it for about 15 minutes. Everyone is different with this process and that's part of why pipe smoking is so entrancing.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Bird's Eye
Smooth Dark fired
I like a stronger tobacco every now and then, and love the nicotine with this one. It has a dark, smokey, ever so slightly cocoa taste and light floral, that's really pleasant. Sip it slowly and enjoy something good. It packs and burns good being a fine shag cut. It definitely pairs well with a good dark roast coffee. I'm happy with this one and hope I'll be able to buy more when it becomes available.
Comoy's - Cask No.4
I love this flake and with a little age on it. Fresh, it's good too, with the lemon Virginia. It burns well, but needs a few relights which is expected, especially from tins when first opened, but the bulk is the same as far as I can tell. I've seen some very nice flake come out of the bulk. The Virginias used, have a nice fermented hay, and mellower citrus flavor. The perique doesn't over power and is balanced well with the Virginias. Comoy's knows how to make a nice Navy flake and I hope this one stays for many more years.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 8oz
One of my favorites
There's 100 reviews here about it so what can I really add ? I can say this however , Gaslight is one of my top favorites paired with a strong cup of coffee , hmmmm maybe it's the latakia... life is good !
War Horse - Bar 1.75oz
War horse bar
Normally I don't smoke aromatics but I wanted to try it. I did read some reviews on it a while back and many were positive . Russ Ouellette did a great job with this tobacco and I had no doubt about it being good. I love that its in pressed form and I can taste a little tonquin which is nice. I get more of the tobacco taste after I get more into the bowl which I like.
G. L. Pease - Triple Play 8oz
I like the way the perique tastes with the virginias,the strength is up there for what I like . This is a good plug that anyone can enjoy and relax with at the end of the day with some kick.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Coniston Cut Plug
That famous "lakeland floral " is very noticeable upon the charring light. I do like the Lakelands, and Coniston Cut Plug has that . The Lakeland essence does dissipate a little once your into the bowl, and then you get more of that very nice , rich , dark "Quality" tobacco taste , that only the finer quality tobaccos have , you guys know what I'm talking about . The nicotine is in the upper part of the scale, and it gets my heart thumping(and so it should which I like in good pipe tobacco. I normally don't like aromatics but there's a select few that I do find appealing. I love smoking this one sitting outside enjoying the moonlight with the Mrs. especially in the colder months. Just sip it slow and you'll enjoy this great cut plug from One of the "Finest" tobacco companies in the world.
Comoy's - Cask No.7
I bought some about one and a half years ago and have been aging most of it. Cask #7 has wonderful citrusy flavor with raisin, plum, and dark fruit. It has a nice smooth sweetness to it, and nice subtle spiciness. I have one pipe dedicated for Va/per tobaccos. I smoked some of this about a month after I bought it and loved it right away but it's much better with a little age on it. Smoking it before aging, has a more pronounced citrus. Comoy's sure knows what great tobacco is all about and I'll always keep some around.