Gideon P.

Bengal Slices - Bengal Slices 1.75oz
good. Needs 30-45 minutes drying time
enjoyable once properly dried. recommend one gravity fill with one minor tamp, otherwise it will be overpacked

Esoterica - Margate 2oz
Not a fan
Boring compared to many other Englishes. Completely overrated. And for being a shag cut it is very difficult to keep lit

Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 50g
Just an alright, baseline English
Enjoyable to smoke but won't blow you away in any manner. Easy smoke. Note that it is very easily to overpack this, it is deceiving. Also needs to be quite dry for it to stay lit and avoid tongue bite. I would say this is the OTC American burley equivalent (i.e Carter Hall/Prince Albert) for a no-nonsense English easy smoker. But nothing impressive

Ashton - Guilty Pleasure 50g
Decent
Smells great out of the tin. Pack tightly in a smaller bowl and it'll be good. The second half loses the flavoring but not bad. Stays lit very easily if packed tightly Highly recommend using a charcoal filter

Dunhill - Elizabethan Mixture 50g
Excellent
burns very well

Mac Baren - Plumcake 100g
Good semi-aromatic
Not for new pipe smokers. I tried this when I started out and it was HOT HOT HOT. A year in and this is a wonderful smoke. It's one of the few aromatics that has a good taste while smoking for me too. Took off a star because it doesn't seem to suit medium or bigger bowls as the taste will flatten out to hot air after for the last 1/4th in bigger bowls

Pipe Tools & Supplies - Gabriele Baseball Bat Tamper Olivewood
Amazing Tamper
For those that don't know this is actually called a G-Tamper. There is a neat science behind it you can find on Gabriele's website. I think SP should rename this to its official name and not a generic baseball bat as if it's a silly souvenir item. It works amazing at helping me keep my pipes lit and it comes with its own leather pouch to boot. My tamper came a lot shinier than in the picture, most likely the wax application. My only knock against it is that it would be nice if it came with a pick too. Because as it stands I still need to bring my Czech tool along for the spoon/pick to empty out the bowl after I'm done

Pipe Tools & Supplies - Blitz Pipe Cleaners (80 pack)
Thicker than BJ longs
Great quality but it is thicker than a regular BJ Long, so depending on the type of stem you have it may be too tight of a fit to fully reach in there

Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation - 1897 3.5oz
Great aromatic
Just light a small section at a time and pack loosely. Very good