Mac Baren - Original Choice 3.5oz
Decently good, will keep on hand but not for the cellar for me
I am not a beginner piper but at the same time I am not a seasoned piper. I found this blend was a bit temperamental at the beginning. I found it was better after I gave it time to "decant" some. By temperamental I mean it isn't just an easy mindless smoke when first starting to smoke this. It took me longer than normal compared to other blends, took me just a little more time to figure out the pack and tempo and I haven't been able to have a consistent experience each time. However, when everything aligns it does have a wonderful flavour. Recommend for the intermediate piper.
Filters & Adaptors - Vauen 6mm Filters (30 Count)
They are shorter than average
Cheaper alternative to Savinelli, but be warned they are shorter in length than Savinelli's 6mm filter. If you use it on a Savinelli pipe depending on the specific pipes tenon which some are mm shorter or longer than each other, there might not be much filter sticking out. I'll still buy them though to use alongside my other 6mm filters.
Ashton - Gold Rush 50g
Lights and burns easy to a fine white ash. I think it pairs great with a can of Coca Cola, it literally complements it as if you are tasting the lemon with your drink. Can't say I can pick out the honey but its likely there to make give it that slight sweetness rather than tartness.
Sutliff - Maple Street 1.5oz
Give it a moment and try again
When I popped the tin it was just a little moist to enjoy the first bowl, but I let it sit for a couple weeks. I threw it into one of my 9mm pipes and I don't normally smoke my Aros with a carbon filter but it has been absolutely delicious, I have it with a cup of coffee and ordered 2 more tins. If you like your maple and rum flavours this one is worth giving a shot.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Awesome Navy Flake, must try
It is less sweet than LBF, which I has become a better balance for a more often 'go to' smoke in comparision. This is something I will be keeping in my rotation for years to come, heaven forbid this ever gets discontinued. Recommend buying enough to cellar to experiment its flavour, it can only get better!
BriarWorks - Peach Cobbler 2oz
Take some time, it’s pretty good
Got a sample in a trade from a friend. Had to give it three bowls before really judging it, after switching to a 9mm pipe which I don’t normally do with aros I ended up I liking it. I recommend with some iced tea. It isn’t an overwhelming aromatic but nonetheless I would classify as a nice light to medium aro. The sweet aro flavour I get in a nice retrohale but I know I’m still smoking tobacco. Wasn’t going to keep in rotation but I am going to order some after having a pleasant experience and see where it will sit in my cellar. Btw I went from being an aro smoker to mostly VaPers trying to only keep aromatics that are of decent quality or better, everyone’s tastes are different but if you are a VaPer lover who likes aros every now and again this could be worth at least a try.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Cherry Cream Flake
Not a chemical aromatic
Going into my rotation. Learned to love this one, does have Lakeland so not for everyone. This is a great Virginia aromatic, retrohale that cherry hinted flavour. If you are looking for something like a cherry otc this is not it. Recommend for those who generally enjoy VaPers and Aromatic tobaccos.
Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening 2oz
Take a moment, then decide if you love it or hate it
When I first got this I experienced that ash-y taste some people were talking about. I was thinking HOW is this even an aromatic. My batch was also dry but I gave it another shot. Now it’s in my rotation. I highly recommend with 9mm filter if you don’t mind piping with one, all the flavours came out on my 2nd try with a filter. If you want an aromatic that isn’t goopy and burns fine, give it a shot. You will either love or hate it. Not for a beginner palette and not for people who don’t like aros.
Peter Stokkebye - PS403 Luxury Bullseye Flake
Can’t get enough
This blend is a no brainer with a must try! I can’t say this is the ONLY blend that I would ever smoke, but it’s close. It will stay in my rotation. Great introduction into VaPers. I prefer it with a 9mm, definitely experiment if you haven’t tried VaPers before this blend doesn’t disappoint and the price is out of this world.
Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Nice room note but no flavour
I really wanted to like this blend. I have enjoyed bullseye Flake and now Navy Flake over and over. I tried this at least half a dozen times, filter, no filter, In a Meerschaum, in a briar and in a corncob. Might be good for some but not for others. The room note is really really nice but I just don’t taste much at all and burns a little warm. Sorry just didn’t cut it for my rotation. I will stick to Luxury Bullseye and Luxury Navy Flake.