G. L. Pease - Temple Bar 2oz
My wife approves.
I normally smoke English/Balkan blends and my wife is far from keen on the room note. However, the first time I lit this up she commented on how sweet it smelt and what a pleasant change it was from my usual blends. It is sweet and smoked slowly and well rubbed out the flavours of the orientals and perique come through nicely too. This may draw me away from my rather English heavy pipe smoking tastes.
Dunhill - Early Morning Pipe 50g
There are better English blends out there for a morning smoke, GL Pease Chelsea Morning being one of them. I found this bland in flavour and occasionally a little harsh. It's ok though, not terrible.
G. L. Pease - Westminster 2oz
A work in progress
Update 10/06/2018: After just over a year in the jar this blend has definitely smoothed out. I enjoyed it, but it will be an occasional smoke for me, not a regular blend. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Good, but not my favourite GL Pease blend. I found it a little harsh when fresh from the tin. I have put this away for nearly a year now. I will revisit this blend soon and update this review if the age has made a difference.
Solani - Aged Burley Flake - 656 50g
I didn't get it.
I read all the positive reviews about this blend and thought I must try it. I just didn't get it. I found this very uninspiring. So I've put it away and will come back to it another time. If my opinion changes, I'll update this review.
G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning 2oz
Better than Dunhill EMP
I tried Dunhill Early Morning Pipe and was left uninspired by it. I tried Chelsea Morning to try and fill that 'first smoke of the day' gap and this hits the mark. Having said that, this blend would suit as an all day blend. Lots going on in the blend. Very enjoyable.
G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights 2oz
Good after dinner smoke
Rich, flavourful and with just enough perique for spice. Not an everyday smoke for me, but I reach for this after a good meal and smoke it whilst watching the sun go down.
McClelland - Craftsbury: Frog Morton on the Town 50g
My first English experience.
This was my first foray into English blends and to this day it is still in my regular rotation. My tastes have moved on to more robust English/Balkan blends, but if I want a sweeter smoke that doesn't send people around me running for cover, this is the blend I reach for.
Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice 50g
Not for me
This blend convinced me that I am not an aromatic fan. Whilst the tin note was wonderful, I got nothing but a bland smoke from this blend. It didn't bite me, but that was small compensation for a generally disappointing experience.
Kramer's - Blend for Cary Grant 50g
I must admit, I was expecting more from this blend. From the start, I was surprised by the tin note. The Latakia was very faint and the predominant scent I got was a subtle chocolate and raisin. Smoking mechanics were great; perfect moisture, stayed lit easily and smoked down to a fine ash. However, I was disappointed overall. Having said that, I am a lover of Father Dempsey and GL Pease's Gaslight and Quiet Nights, so maybe I expected too much. However, in my opinion, if you want an interesting English/Aromatic, you'd be better off trying Frog Morton On The Town.
Kramer's - Father Dempsey 50g
Excellent every-day smoke
A strong contender for my go-to every-day smoke. Described as 'Full Bodied', but I find this a mild, flavourful blend that smokes smooth and cool. All flavours blend together well and occasionally you get a pleasant blast of Latakia. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
A beautiful, creamy smoke. Very full, rich flavour that took me to a special place. A cool, long smoke with no bite and (for me) not heavy on the nicotine. Smoked it in my straight Falcon with the standard apple bowl. Will definitely be getting more.