Jeremy F.

Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Morning Flake 2oz
My new favorite above all others
I only recently became aware of this blend. I dearly love the Va/Per variety of tobacco blends, so when I came across this one, I had to try it. I'm in full agreement with those reviewers who caution that this blend will knock your block off. My first outing was quite the experience, and it laid me out flat for a bit, but even that does not dampen my overwhelming love for this particular offering from C&D. I will have this with me at all times from this point forward. ~J

Chacom - Royale 50g
I love this light English mix
I am a person omnivorous for pipe tobacco, but I am always wary trying a new tin of something I have not had before. This fits lightly in my impression of English blends, but I don't love it less for that. If anything I am a bigger fan for the flavor differences between this and my favorite full English. ~J

Orlik - Golden Mixture 50g
Picked this up quite by accident
It was my intention to buy Golden Sliced, but I was apparently half asleep. The mix is a great virginia blend on its own merits and I have enjoyed smoking it regularly in my rotation. I'll pick some more of this up soon. ~J

Davidoff - Flake Medallions 50g
A pleasant sub for Escudo/LNF/LBF
I like to rotate out my dailies and this has taken one of the rotation spots. Very mild strongly reminiscent of LBF by Stokkebye. ~J

Pipe Tools & Supplies - Amber Straight Non-Filtered Stem (for Missouri Meerschaum)
Favorite thing about a cob...
...is that I can chew on the stems (which I do without realizing) and then replace them easily and cheaply. This option makes my workhorses last so much longer than they would otherwise. ~J

Pipe Accessories - Neerup Wenge Tobacco Cutting Board
Great little board
I picked one of these up on a lark. I have a board that I made, but it is bulky. This one fits in my four pipe bag and travels well. I used it to cut some plug on a recent vacation and it was the perfect size and weight for travelling. ~J

Peterson - 3 P's - Peterson's Perfect Plug 50g
A fine plug from Peterson
I picked up a pair of tins to try. This is the first plug I have had from Peterson. The tobacco was very moist from the prep and required a bit more drying than I expected. A welcome surprise. I prepped a bit right away and enjoyed the smokability. Gave a bit to a friend to chew and he was pleasantly surprised. I cut the last half into thin ribbons a bit wider than shag and cubed the last chunk. In every option it has smoked consistently well. cellaring the other plug for a bit to enjoy later. ~J

Pipe Tools & Supplies - Tobacco Pouch Humidifier (2 pack)
Best cheap humidification
I have a half dozen of these now. I like to put them in tobacco that may not be in my daily rotation, but that I want to keep ready for smoking. I also keep one in my rollup so that I am not having to deal with sawdust by the time I am ready to smoke. They work great. ~J

Pipe Tools & Supplies - Pipe Nail
A classic pipe tool
The same styling as the one I have had for almost 30 years now. I pick up a few of these every now and then to keep one on hand all of the time. ~J

Pipe Tools & Supplies - B. J. Long 9 Inch Pipe Cleaners (32 pack)
Useful for larger/longer pipes
I love these. I have a few larger size pipes that are not churchwardens. I like having a cleaner that allows me to freshen them up without being overkill and I already love BJ's other offerings. ~J

Pipe Tools & Supplies - 8deco Black Leather Double Ended Tamper
Favorite tamper so far
I'm not generally the type of pipe smoker who uses tampers, but I have been using this one very often since I got it. I like the angled end for use while smoking most often. The vented foot is also very useful in that it does not put out the embers when tamping, and the pick inside is well-made. I carried this tamper on vacation with me last week. I can see why others think it is too heavy, but I prefer that to a light and cheap feeling tamper. I'll pick up a few more of these. ~J

A & C Petersen - Escudo Navy Deluxe 50g
The taste on my first smoke really surprised me
The pepper! Tin note was a light sour with underlying tobacco hay and fruit. Smelled very interesting. After rubbing it the note changed to a bit of the barnyard, but not in a detracting sense. The first smoke straight from the tin was very moist. More than I was expecting as it did not feel that damp when rubbed out. Subsequent bowls further my absolute love of this presentation. Holds its moisture very well and the flavor is always a treat. This is my new #1 smoke. ~J

Pipe Tools & Supplies - B. J. Long Regular Pipe Cleaners (56 pack)
Best I've had
My old extra fluffy pipe cleaners are no match for these 'regular' ones. Bought the extra fluffy of these and I am never going back. There is a high bar to get me to change cleaners again. I try to buy some with every purchase.

McConnell - 5 Year Matured Virginia 50g
A Very pleasant Virginia
The tin note on this was magical. The tobacco tamped and smoked well right out of the tin. I like both the balance and flavor that the oriental leaf brings to the smoke. Will update with more as I smoke the rest of this tin. Update: Finished the tin and this is going in my regular smoke group. I'm a big fan of the subtle variation the blend has versus Va/Per and Va/Bur blends. I love the difference. ~J

Lane Limited - 1-Q
A time machine of flavor and scent
This is my childhood in a scent. Takes me back as far as I can remember. My Grandfather's pipe still smells like this tobacco. ~J

Cornell & Diehl - Nutty Irishman
A new favorite
I regret not having tried this great blend before. This has become my relaxing smoke of the day and my roommate really likes the room note. A comforting smoke to end the day. ~J

Sutliff - A Taste of Summer 1.5oz
A surprise
I am pleasantly surprised by the flavor in this offering by Sutliff. The tin note was muted quite a bit, but still noticeable. The room note was very peachy and there was a mild peach flavor that I did not expect. ~J

Pipe Accessories - Smokingpipes Leather 4 Pipe Bag Dark Brown
I like it better than my older, more-expensive bag
I got this to prepare for some upcoming travel. I already have a bag that can hold two of my pipes, but I wanted to take more as this will be a longer trip. I was initially worried they would not fit as I am interested in taking my Savinelli 320 models and the leather loops for the pipes looked like it could be too small. I'm happy to report that they all fit very nicely and I am tremendously well pleased with this product. The leather is even of a higher quality than the more expensive bag. ~J

Mac Baren - HH Pure Virginia 1.75oz
Brings back memories...
When I was 15, I befriended an 86 year old pipe smoker. At the time I had my grandfather's pipe and nothing in the way of pipe knowledge. He taught me his own feelings of tobacco and pipe smoking and they have informed my every bowl in some fashion. His favorite blend was a simple Virginia-heavy mix with a little cavendish, but his advice was to always start with the virginia. "It'll never do you wrong." And it never has. This flake brings those memories into sharp focus nearly 30 years later.

Mac Baren - Roll Cake 16oz
A fine smoke
I harbored some concerns after the initial smell direct from the bag. The burley and cavendish were very scent-forward. packed a half bowl in preparation of disappointment only to be pleasantly surprised by the mildness and flavor. ~J Update: This has become a daily smoke for me. The difference in the taste and room note based on drying time surprised me a bit.
    Delayed Gratification Technique
  • ► I discovered this a bit myself in the past. Thank you for the reminder. I recall being pleasantly surprised yet baffled by the new definition of the bowl I was smoking. Glad to see someone else encountered this as well. Cheers!~J
    Recommendations For Building A Pipe Rotation
  • ► I realized today that my initial post was concerning the rotation I currently have and not my initial pipe rotation build. I, like Bill M, have been smoking pipes for nearly 30 years now, but my rotation didn't start like it is currently set up. Here is a reflection on that.I was in the Army at the time and I wanted something that wouldn't be smashed into uselessness in my ruck when I wanted it. Dip didn't appeal to me, so I went to Briar and Bean in the Clarkesville, TN Mall to see what was available. I picked up a cob and two briar 'basket pipes' that I liked the shape and hand feel of. I didn't know at the time that I was building a rotation. All I knew was that, after I found the first basket pipe I liked, I was hooked. I wanted to buy all of the pipes I could get my hands on. The cob was picked up as a curiosity, but it got the most work. It broke in Korea on a particularly rough weekend field exercise. I still have one of the briars, but I gave the other to a buddy so he could smoke a pipe. I also didn't smoke every day back then, so my rotation had much longer to dry. I still have periods where I don't smoke every day or even for a week or month at the time, but that all depends on what work I am doing and the impact smoking would have on it. Those times grow more rare.~J
  • ► I will say this, since I can't figure out how to add it to my previous comment, My favorite smoke from any of these pipes comes after I have given them a thorough cleaning (usually every other month).~J
  • ► I admit to being a bit... eclectic in my rotation.I have a number of pipes and a selection of those are my 'workhorses'. I do a bit of strenuous work during the day and I use my workhorses during that time. I have enough of them that I never have to smoke the same pipe in that week. It is a luxury, I realize. Then there are the Corvettes and Caddilacs (or thoroughbreds, if you prefer) that make up my relaxing smoke time. I don't always get to indulge in a relaxing smoke, so these see a much wider rotation than the workhorses. I vaguely keep track of what I have smoked in the last week, but not to an exacting degree.~J
    The Inauguration
  • ► My own personal 'Inauguration' occurred at Briar and Bean in Clarkesville, TN back when it was located in the mall there. I had gone in for a bit of coffee(I was in the Army in Ft Campbell at the time and coffee was life). I came out with a basket pipe, some tobacco and accouterments and no coffee. Also, no regret.~J