Cornell & Diehl - Eight State Burley 2oz
Great Burley Blend
98% of the tobacco in my cabinet are bulk Bob Runowski burley blends. Eight State is a more than welcome addition. The burleys are definitely aged. Fresh brown burley can grab your throat like a pair of vice grips, this is mellow and pleasant. The clove notes are muted. They really are exceptional. I detect no topping in the smoke. First bowl from a fresh tin got a little acrid and ashy towards the bottom from the Canadian virginia. Aeration solved that and brought out more of the honey and citrus from them. The reds and orientals are very good. I hope this stuff becomes a regular addition.
G. L. Pease - Spark Plug 2oz
Take the deep smoky richness of Gaslight, add fragrant high quality orientals balanced perfectly ala Westminster. Finally, always in the background, add the syrupy sweetness of Quiet Nights. Greg is a master of his craft.
G. L. Pease - Ashbury 2oz
Save you the trouble
My father had a hutch in the foyer of the house. A valet with cuff links, tie pins, money clips, wallet, and old Seth Thomas and American Watch Co. pocket watches passed down. A box of old pocket knives, a bowl with keys, and a pipe rack and tobacco. When he passed, all of it went into boxes. I recently opened one and found, among other things, 3 unopened tins of Sullivan and Powell Gentleman's Mixture. A quick search led me here. I'll save you some trouble if you're curious, Ashbury is the better blend. Sweet, buttery, and smoky with a wonderful light floral note just in the background. A good medium to light balkan, and a great warm summer evening smoke.
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Virginia and oriental forward. I'll give it 4 stars for the history and tobacco quality. That said, GL Pease Ashbury is a much better Va/Or forward blend. YMMV.
Cornell & Diehl - Sun Bear 2oz
Easily the best blend I've had this year. This is not an aromatic, the flavorings are perfectly applied. Tastes just like summertime.
G. L. Pease - Westminster 2oz
Absolutely deserving of all of the positive reviews. From tin to tin, Westminster is a consistently good blend. Not a "lat bomb", nor is it overly sweet. As close to perfect as an English/Balkan can get.
Cornell & Diehl - Sansepolcro 2oz
I usually smoke new blends in a cob. Not this one. I used my favorite briar instead. I rubbed it out a little for uniformity, and then gave it some fresh air. There's nothing exotic here, just top shelf tobacco. Being Virginia based, it's on the sweet side. The dark fired(I'm a burley smoker) is fantastic. The Cavendish seems to soften the smoke. All in all? Excellent! The after taste alone is worth the price of admission. Well done C&D!
Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz Blue Label
Being a fan of OJK and HB, I ordered a tin of this to try. 4 days later an empty tin and a burned out cob went into the trash can. nice and rich with just the right amount of sweet. I'll be ordering this one in bulk. Edit: A year in a jar made this even better. The Virginias did what Virginias do, and then melded with the burley in a wonderful way. Then I bought a couple genuine Missouri Meerschaums and dedicated them to OJKB. My everyday.