Cornell & Diehl - Long Cut Perique
Complex and Stout
Not just for blending! Nice for kicking up other mixtures (like Haunted Bookshop, Bayou Morning, etc.), but I must confess that it's heaven on its own! Not an everyday smoke for me, but satisfies when you crave it. Unburned, it's mushroomy and a little off-putting, but it becomes peppery, fruity, and flowery when lit. Unbelievable complexity!
Cornell & Diehl - Belmont Station 2oz
I smoke a lot of aromatics... Thought this would be nice, but was disappointed. On paper this looks similar to MB Plumcake, but change out the latakia for dark fired. The unpleasant result is a deertongue-like flavor mixed with old laundry and bad cheese. If you like C&D Gentleman Caller with an added limburger topping, give this a try. Everyone else should pass this by
Savinelli - 145th Anniversary 2oz
Tried to enjoy this in honor of the anniversary, but it wasn't the experience I had hoped for. This is a toned-down version of C&D Dreams of Kadath plus a bit of piney sawdust. Reminds me of following a garbage truck down the street. Not for me.
Savinelli - Juno 2oz
I am a Virginia lover. This ticks all the boxes I look for in a high quality Virginia experience. It has a rich, round Virginia flavor that also includes bright notes. Fantastic flavor with no bite. On my palate, it is a direct match for Capstan Blue (at half the cost). If you love Capstan Blue, you'll love this hidden little gem.
Lane Limited - BL/WB
Lovely & Light
5 stars for doing exactly what it claims to do: a great light burley "aromatic" OTC flavor. This isn't intended to destroy G.L. Pease or C&D in the flavor department. It's a nice light vanilla "Lane" flavored "codger blend." This is perfect for when you're all sugared-out with your aromatics and don't feel like something stronger or latakia-based. Similar to Captain Black, especially the "Round Taste" variety. Reminds me of someone baking chocolate chip cookies in the house.