Cornell & Diehl - Sansepolcro 2oz
Earthy, Sweet, and Rich Depth
More than I was expecting, as I usually do not like cigar leaf. Wonderful red Virginia with it's malty and piquant character provides a canvas for the condiment tobaccos. Notes of leather, oily cigars, faint dried flowers, and cocoa. There is also a sweetly herbaceous character I cannot put my finger on... Maybe fresh hay that is still kind of green. That faint horse manure of the cigar leaf in the background. This is a solid blend. I will have no problem smoking this tin and I wish I had a few to cellar. I'd like to try this one with a few years on it. Highly recommend for fans of similar blends. A tad better than 4 stars for me.
Sir Walter Raleigh - Aromatic 12oz
Sweet and Simple
Reminds me of Cocoa Wheats. Slight sweet topping, but nothing that goes overboard. This is as simple of an all-day, mildly aromatic tobacco you'll find at this price. Perfectly behaved. I prefer this to SWR Original.
Captain Black - Cherry 1.5oz
Funky and Misbehaved
Has a funky note to it that reminds me of old, yellow, brittle paper. Maybe that paste we had in grade school for crafts when it would dry and turn yellow... Funky is all I can think to call it. Tin note is fun. Cheap, artificial cherry that you'll recognize. Made me want a Luden's 🍒 Room Note is mild cherry and a hint of cigarette. Not bad, really. Burns fast and I can see this getting bitey for some. I have to call this one unsmokable for me.
Lane Limited - RLP-6
Love At First Smoke
I have always been a fan of Captain Black, and I was told this is a cheaper, but comparable smoke. I do not think the two have much in common beyond the obvious. This blend lacks that powdered sugar/marzipan/Jordan almond note that lingers in the sinuses while smoking CB. I assume it is due to CB being cased more heavily. Possibly this blend just bleeds it off sitting around in bulk- Either way! This is my new favourite bulk aromatic. If I had children, they would one day tell people about the smell of this blend, cause I intend to smoke pounds of it! -1/2 a star for being lazy on the name. RLP6 sounds like something I would put a requisition order in for at the motor pool.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
Exactly What I Expected
I bought a few ounces to try, and it was gone within a week. I love this blend for its room note. I like to smoke pipes while gaming online with my buddies and this stuff is wonderful because my room never has to stink like an ashtray. Some tobacco flavour and some lovely vanilla, though not so sweet that it overwhelms. I was pre-loading five or six cobs and essentially chain-smoking this stuff all night. 5 Stars- Not because it is my favourite blend, but because it succeeds at being perfect at what it aspires to be. Simple, cheap, satisfying, tasty, and fragrant. The PB&J of tobaccos.
Mac Baren - HH Burley Flake 1.75oz
Some of the tightest, neatest flakes I have seen anywhere combined with the thick, gold paper it's wrapped in, make for sharp presentation. The new small tins are great too because trust me when I say that you're going to wanna toss a tin in your pocket anytime you leave the house. Rich, nutty, oily cocoa. Earth and some molasses. Thick velvet smoke that you can billow, as this blend has absolutely no teeth. Will not bite. Perfectly behaved in any pipe. Just shy medium nicotine. An all day for any lover of natural tobacco. My go-to first smoke of the day with a strong cup of tea.
Sutliff - Crumble Kake English #1 1.5oz
Can't Judge A Book By Its Tin Note
Almost smelled sterile in the tin. Nothing beyond traces of cereal. I was surprised by how much I actually like this smoke once lit. Easy crumble and pack. Burned like a champ. Slow, dry, and cool. Luxuriant, velvety latakia. Musty, wood, very mildly sweet. Some sour and spice notes from the backing band. Nothing quite like it. Just an easy smoking English with the mouthfeel of an Oreo soaked in milk. I could smoke this multiple times a day.
Peter Stokkebye - PS41 Cube Cut
Mellow and lightly earthy, a little nutty with some ripe fruit underbelly. This tobacco also has quite a sweet floral aspect to it. I've seen a few people complain about this blend packing too tightly. Not an issue for me. I went with a gravity fill- using only two fills/tamps(rather than the usual three method). Only re-lit once and it burned for a long slow smoke. Rich and consistent. The flavour was great all the way through which I loved. I usually only smoke 3/4 a bowl because I can't stand a cigaretty finish.
Esoterica - And So To Bed 2oz
A New Favourite
Sweet, smokey, chocolatey with some sour cinnamon and woodiness. It reminds me of an English holiday fruit pudding in smoke form. A true symphony of a blend. From the first bowl, I was sold. I am usually a bit of a cynic but I have yet to smoke a blend by Germaine's that isn't special and worthy of the hype. The only exception here is how freaking exceptional this smoke is. If you disagree, feel free to sell me yours. haha Impossible to get tongue bite. Can be an all-day. It has been for me.
Three Nuns - Three Nuns Yellow 1.75oz
Clean, bright Virginia tobacco. Loose coins that practically rub themselves. Sweet grass, hay, light citrus, or honeydew melon. The flavour dies down the longer the tin has been open. For me, I liked it more fresh and after a week or so passed, I started getting bored as the flavour seemed to flatten a little and swing from the fruit spectrum to the bread and yeast spectrum. Hay motes in a sunny barn. High quality, and gimmick free- Many people will call this blend 'bland'. Those with a love and palate for Virginia tobacco blends will find a nice, mildly sweet, all day smoke. This tobacco burns very fine and dry leading to a bit of a cigaretty finish. That keeps it from gabbing a full 4th star for me.
Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
A Standard All-Day Light English
The Virginia makes up the the majority of this blend's flavour with potent, yet none too complex orientals providing tangy, sour notes. The latakia is light. You will taste it and there is enough to lend a little of that smoothness characteristic of English blends. A solid all-day smoke blended with quality tobacco. Looking forward to opening another tin with some years on it.
Holger Danske - Original Orange 50g
All Day Mild Aro
Plenty of quality tobacco to be enjoyed after the aromatics subside about mi-point. The top note would be somewhere between orange blossom and a sweet nougat. When smoked, I get mild, MILD orange and just a bit of sweetness. Bought this blend on a forum friend's recommendation and I'm not disappointed. This will be an all day walking around blend for me till the tin is empty. With so many smokes yet to try and so many favourites already found, I don't know that I will be buying more of this particular blend, but I did like it and I plan on sampling Holger Danske' other offerings.
Tsuge - "Raijin" God of Thunder 50g
Threw Mine Away
Throat-punching, foul-tasting, nicotine-soaked mess.
Samuel Gawith - Skiff Mixture 50g
In Contention For The Belt
One of my favourite English blends. If you want those notes of crude oil, sunshine, and leather then this could be your English. It is like the Hemingway of pipe tobacco.
Sir Walter Raleigh - Regular 1.5oz
Old Time Simplicity
Great tasting burley with a mildly sweet topping reminiscent of cocoa. This blend will not bite. I prefer SWR Aromatic to this, but both are decent old fashion drugstore blends.
Missouri Meerschaum - Missouri Pride 1.5oz
I would have enjoyed this spicy sweet mixture much more, but MM shipped it to me so dry that it was unsmokable before I had more than a bowl or two. I plan to order some from SP at some point and give it a real day in court. I really hope the dryness I experienced was a mistake.
Mac Baren - HH Acadian Perique 1.75oz
Another Cigarette-Like Blend
If you like Royal Yacht, you will like this and vice-versa. I do not like either. To me both blends taste like concentrated cigarette smoke with a topping of rotting green tomato. ----- I hate the stuff, but gave it a 3 as I wanted my review to be neutral. Just because I do not like this, does not mean it is not a quality product.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Top Black Cherry 50g
The Only Cherry Aro For Me
Delicious and smooth. Dark, cool, and mysterious with a floral quality and a mild black cherry note. Not the fake, bitey, hot-smoking mess that most cherry blends end up being.
Dunhill - Nightcap 50g
Elvis of Pipe Tobacco
Maybe the most well-known of all premium pipe tobacco and for good reason. If you like English blends, you will like this blend.
Dunhill - Royal Yacht 50g
Tastes Like My Cigarettes
I smoke American Spirit Light Blue and this tastes almost like my cigarettes but with way more nicotine and a nasty unripe tomato topping. ----------I hate the stuff, but gave it a 3 as I wanted my review to be neutral. Just because I do not like this, does not mean it is not a quality product. If you like it, try Arcadian Perique.
Cornell & Diehl - Innsmouth 2oz
Glad It Smokes As Well As Its Gimmick
When I saw this entire HP Lovecraft line, my eyes rolled, I sighed, and I reached for my wallet. Much like Dr Brandon's review- I wasn't sure how I felt for the first few bowls, but then the tin sat for a couple months on the shelf and I smoked it again at it's ideal moisture level. So many flavours in there you'll swear it is an aromatic. Be patient with this tobacco to get the most out of it.
Cornell & Diehl - Crooner 2oz
I think it may be the deer tongue, but I cant swing this stuff. It packs and smokes fine, but that soapy deer tongue is just not for my palate and I love lakelands. I gave it 3 stars because it is a quality blend that many seem to love and my disregard for it is taste-based only, so I didn't wanna affect it's rating too dramatically.
Dan Tobacco - Devil's Holiday 50g
A Perfect Aro
Burns well and tastes as great as it smells. Glade and Air Wick would go out of business if everyone just smoked this tobacco. Halfway through my first tin now and I know many more are to follow. Very cool and creamy. Update: I now buy this by the 500g sack.
Captain Black - Gold 1.5oz
Just Some Cavendish
If you dry this a little, it will smoke nicely, otherwise you may get a touch of bite from all the steam. The flavour is very mild vanilla with little natural tobacco flavour. A great first blend or maybe a blend for one who has a pipe or two they keep on a shelf somewhere and take down for a novelty smoke once or twice a year.
Captain Black - Original 12oz
Dare I Say Gold Standard For Aromatic Pipe Tobacco?
Well behaved and the warm sugar, vanilla, light caramel flavour is consistent from start to finish. The tobacco is of decent quality and has character of its own. I feel like the view people have of this blend being a cheap tobacco is unwarranted- In fact this tobacco cost as much as many premium blends when one considers it comes in a pouch rather than tin and you get 1.5 oz rather than 1.76. Actually, I think this blend is a bit overpriced, but that doesn't keep me from always having a few pouches tucked away.
Peterson - University Flake 50g
A True Staple
Given my first sample as a gift. Very dark, rich, and hearty. A satisfying blend with notes of malt and stewed fruit. I get real cravings for this smoke every few days and simply no other tobacco will do when what you want is a pipeful of UF.
Hearth & Home - Fusilier's Ration 1.75oz
I love the cakes. Smokes incredibly well. No moisture, no bite. Very smooth and sweet- not overly sophisticated. I would say this could be a great way for a newer smokers to become familiar with both latakia and cake-style tobacco. A tad too sweet for me, but a quality product. I can't dock stars based on personal preference.
Hearth & Home - Red Eye 1.75oz
Beautiful, tight, little coins that I love to spend. Only downfall is that the tin dried out relatively quickly. (a month) so from now on I jar them as soon as I open them.
Super Value - English Mixture 1.5oz
Way better than I anticipated. I mean, if I'm in the mood for an English, I'm probably not reaching for this, but for the price, it is a great way for someone to see if they like English blends. I am secretly certain that they use liquid smoke as a topping rather than adding actual Latakia.
Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
I wanted to like this. I like cheap and simple nearly as much as I like olde tymme, but the casing on this blend was unbearable. In just a few puffs, my soft palate was very irritated. Velvet had the same effect on me..
Esoterica - Dunbar 8oz
Class Of Its Own
This tobacco smells like ripe honeydew melons and tastes like standing in a field as the last snows of winter are melting away. That ice and hay smell... I cant explain it any better. It smokes perfectly all the way down to a white, powdery ash. In my top three tobaccos.
Esoterica - Cardiff 8oz
Tin Note To Die For
Such a light, sweet, clean smoke. An absolute favourite when fresh. The tin note is haunting. Reminds me of grandma's canned strawberry jam, sugar cookies, and smelling a stick of Juicy Fruit gum before popping it in your mouth as a kid. I wouldn't specifically call it an aromatic though. The real down-side of the blend is that it weakens considerably over time(if in a container frequently opened for smokes). Buy it by the tin and you will never know what I am talking about. Can be an all-day blend, though I would get bored after a day of nothing but. Can also bite if you go hog wild on it.
Dunhill - Ready Rubbed 50g
A Great All-Day
I think this blend has great flavour. I have to wonder if some people bother to retrohale? Light on the sunshine and hay with hints of fresh bread and cane sugar. A perfectly behaved blend with a light, sweet taste and an attractive room-note.
Capstan - Flake Blue 1.75oz
The Monopoly Guy Smokes This
Virginia of the highest order. A real favourite, but the price has me looking for other blends. Easily a 5-Star blend, but I docked it a star on account of price.
Carter Hall - Carter Hall 1.5oz Pouch
In A Pinch
A cheap, no-frills smoke that burns well with a pleasant flavour and has enough quality to satisfy. Carter Hall's greatest selling point beyond it's very modest price is that it can be found just about anywhere.
Hearth & Home - Blackhouse 1.75oz
A Favourite English/Balkan
If you really want a treat, dry this blend properly. I found an open tin that I thought was ruined, but when smoked at the near moisture-free state- it was a whole new smoking experience. Everything I love about the blend multiplied. Sour, sweet, mysterious like jasmine on a warm summer night's breeze. Very thick and creamy smoke.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
For the money, there just is no better way to build your cellar! A terrific smoke sure to satisfy most any Virginia lover.
Sutliff - Tobacco Galleria: Blue Note
Left Me On A Blue Note
Very wet and steamy. At times there is a nice warm sugar taste. Other than that, I get bitterness and cinnamon(which I'm not a big fan of). I was really hoping for a cheaper version of Blue Note by Dan Tobacco..
Sutliff - B38 Dark Obsession
Not So Obsessed.
Obsession is a bit of an overstatement. Well-behaved, sweet, and nutty. I hope to find a way of mixing this stuff into something I really like- Otherwise the half pound I bought will be lasting me a lifetime.
Sutliff - SPS 2011 - Peach Cobbler
The Low-Hanging Fruit of Peach Aromatics
A well-behaved peach Aro. I'd have rated it higher had I never had PS: Peaches n Creme. The topping on this blend fades significantly by mid-bowl, but that is okay, because what is left is a nice tobacco flavour. Still- A quality smoke and there will be those out there that prefer this one over PS: Peaches n Creme. The comparison is like comparing Peach Ring candy to Peaches and Cream instant oatmeal.
Rattray's - Exotic Passion 100g
King of Aromatics
When this stuff was born, all the other aromatic tobaccos brought it gifts of frankincense and myrrh. Seriously, I try a lot of aros for fun and most just fall into the same group of 'meh' for me- Very few turn out to be 'must have' blends. This is one I love. It is a singular pipe smoking experience. Pure honey and orange blossom with a whisper of the light grassy tobacco underneath. This will ghost your pipe and your palate. Absolute flavour bomb.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Happy (Brown) Bogie Unsliced
Fun To Prepare
A little too nic-heavy for my taste and it has that barn-yard note that most tobaccos have for me that contain cigar leaf. Almost a funky semi-sweet molasses flavour. Very cool, even, and long burning. Will make one's house smell like a dairy farm.
Sutliff - Mulled Wine
Yes.. This blend was ill-tempered in my pipes- Even when dried. It would be worth the slow smoking if it at least taste like Gluhwein... My experience was that of a bitey, uninteresting aromatic. This pains me to say, because prior to this blend, Sutliff had a perfect track record with me. Can't like them all I guess.
Sutliff - Pumpkin Spice
Your house will smell like a Starbucks in the suburbs during fall. Not really my thing, but my female friends seriously go batty for the stuff. Excellent desert smoke.
Sutliff - Holiday Mixture
This blend is wonderful. I never had the Larus & Brothers version, but this blend is just a great all-day smoke. Perfectly behaved. Flavourful. I'd like to add just a little more Perique and Latakia and press it into cakes. It would be a perfect companion for those long days spent lost in the woods. I hope to always have a jar of this on my tobacco shelf.
Sutliff - SPS-35 Champagne
Decent Aro. It can burn hot. Mine came very moist and maybe I just needed to dry it a little more. Nice white grape flavour. I'm no Aro-lover, so take my rating with that in mind. Maybe this is exactly what you're looking for. The flavour is somewhere between that basic sugar topping one finds on blends like Carter Hall as well as a generous drenching of white grape.
Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose 2oz
Christmas In A Can
Simple burley with a perfect hot cocoa and marshmallow topping. Just smelling the tin makes me wish it were the holidays again already and I was having a big mug of cocoa by the fireplace.
Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
Simplicity In Smoke
A clean, sweet, bright Virginia offered at a price that lends pipe smokers of even the most modest means the ability to stock a nice little cellar. This stuff is very reliable and always available. A staple for any lover of Virginia tobacco.
Edward G. Robinson - Edward G. Robinson 1.5oz
A Staple on Any Shelf
As so many others before me, I bought a tin because it featured a picture of the great one himself- By which I mean JimInks! Well... His forum avatar... At any rate, this is a great blend. Well-behaved, priced fair, great-tasting, and satisfying. The topping(s) remind me of sipping a cocktail in the smoke-filled air of my favourite bar.
Captain Black - Grape 1.5oz
The New Penzance!
Or so a buddy on a forum jokingly called it. I gave the blend 4 Stars because even though I'm not someone who wants a Grape Bubblicious flavoured pipe tobacco, there are surely some who do.
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East 2oz
Another Great Blend
Not the 'Lat Bomb' I was expecting based on other reviews. I really taste the Turkish in this blend. Good, but not a favourite.
Cornell & Diehl - Byzantium 2oz
Loveable and Lat-Heavy
A great 'craving' blend for me. More so than a regular smoke I mean. The Latakia is rich and upfront. The Oriental and Turkish play a diminished role in this one. A Lat-Lover's blend. My tin last me for nearly a year in a small jar. Now that it is about gone, I am certain to grab a couple more. I bet if you aged a tin of this it would just taste like smokey butter in 5-6 years.
Cornell & Diehl - Chocolate Cavendish 2oz
Good In A Blend
Quality Cavendish with a chocolate topping. Too much for me, so I blended it with a pouch of SWR.
Samuel Gawith - Bothy Flake 50g
Maybe In My Top Three
Dense, perfect flakes of Virginia. Dark, semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit, and dark malty beer. Notes of hay and grass poke through, but this blend is simply not meant for sunny days. The Latakia is a condiment in what I consider ideal measure- Teasing at times, but there are moments where it steps fully out of the shadows. The whiskey is perfect and ambient. Real highland style scotch lends its brine, pine, and pear-like qualities. You know what, you'll probably hate this stuff. Buy something else.
G. L. Pease - Gaslight 2oz
Late Night Delight
Very smokey and sweet at first, but as the smoke progresses the more earthy, nutty notes will deepen. People that call this blend simple are just used to blends where the components haven't been pressed and steamed together as they were here- Where they form one unique new element. Kinda like Voltron.
Cornell & Diehl - Latakia
A Must For Home Blending
Excellent quality. Smooth, cool, sweet, and smokey. Some of you freaks probably smoke it straight, but I like adding it to blends that are missing that certain something.
Peter Stokkebye - PS303 Peaches & Creme
A Real Peach
Perfectly behaved, cool, creamy, and guests will love the smell. The peach flavour does diminish a bit around mid bowl, but gives way to a vanilla, nutty, granola type of experience- Almost like a muesli breakfast cereal. It's worth having a jar of this stuff just to take an occasional rip of the tin-note.