Planta - Anno MMXII (Ripe Marula Fruit)
Planta Anno MMXII Ripe Marula Fruit
A great tobacco-forward aromatic with tangy Virginias, and a brown sugar sweetness from the Cavendish, and a little body and spice from the Burley. The topping is reminiscent of guavas, and is pleasant and not overdone. An excellent aromatic blend, with no “goop.”
St. Bruno - Ready Rubbed 1.75oz
St Bruno Ready Rubbed
A great semi-aromatic tobacco with a healthy dose of dark fired leaf and a topping of rose geranium and tonquin. Has a decent amount of nicotine, but not overpowering. Will ghost a briar or cob if smoked frequently. One of my favorite blends.
Esoterica - And So To Bed 2oz
And So to Bed
A great blend, but honestly it’s probably not worth the trouble of hunting it down, when there are so many amazing blends out there that are readily available. The topping is apricot, mostly, and is not quite as obvious as the topping in Pembroke in my opinion.
Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
Half and Half
Not bad in small bowls. The topping is a little cloying, so I wouldn’t smoke a big bowl, and certainly wouldn’t want this as an all day smoke, but it’s not bad in moderation.
Erinmore - Erinmore Flake 50g
A VaBur with a little something extra. The topping is a nice touch, not overdone, and is reminiscent of apricots and fruit mincemeat used for baking.
Edward G. Robinson - Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend 1.5oz
Edward G. Robinson’s Pipe Blend
A nice tobacco-forward aromatic with a very subtle kiss of Latakia (like 1% or so of the mixture). The topping is not overdone, and adds a subtle plum and red wine tang.
Sutliff - Estate Blend
Easygoing “codger” blend with notes of malt, cocoa, and molasses. If you’re looking for a nice all-day Burley-forward smoke, this could fill that niche.
Sutliff - Balkan Sobranie Original Mix Match
A nice Oriental-forward English. One of Sutliff’s better blends in my opinion.
Sutliff - #600 Mixture 79
Comes a little damp (water moisture, not goopy humectant moisture), so it needs a little drying. Has a nice Burley presence with notes of anisette and old fashioned sassafras root beer, with a slight hint of wintergreen. A polarizing blend, to be sure, but you won’t know whether you’re in the “love it” or “hate it” camp until you try it.
Sutliff - 515 RC-1
A great red for either smoking straight or mixing. Has a nice amount of sweet-tangy interplay.
Sutliff - Balkan Sobranie 759 Match
BS 759 Match
Great English with less Oriental presence than the BS Original Smoking Mixture Match. Has some nice body from the dark fired and Burley, with rich Latakia smokiness.
Peter Stokkebye - PS41 Cube Cut
Has a nice old school mild molasses and cocoa Burley taste, but is a little too one-note after a while, so it’s best in small bowls. Has an almost identical topping to Chatham Manor or Carter Hall.
Daughters & Ryan - PenHooker
A great one if you want straight flue-cured Virginia. Nice and sweet, with some light grass/hay notes.
Daughters & Ryan - Rimboché S.J.
My favorite of the Rimboches. A simple yet elegant VaPer that really lets the leaf shine. If you like VaPers, this is a must try.
Daughters & Ryan - Rimboché A.P.
A simple VaPer that doesn’t put a foot wrong. I’m pretty sure Mark Ryan hasn’t made a bad blend yet.
Daughters & Ryan - Rimboché A.B.
A unique blend. The Acadian Bright “Periquified” Virginia is a nice twist on the other versions of Rimboche. The Latakia further separates this one from the other two, even though it is in condimental amounts.
Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed
Old Dark Fired
MacBaren’s special hot-pressing really changes the DFK in this one to something unique. Definitely worth trying, even if you think you don’t like DFK.
Cornell & Diehl - Old Joe Krantz
Old Joe Krantz
An old school Burley/Virginia blend with a nice hit of Perique. Full of flavor if you can smoke it very slowly, otherwise it has some rough edges. Has a fair amount of nicotine, too.
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop
A great non-nonsense old school Burley/Virginia blend with a healthy dose of Perique. A real winner.
Cornell & Diehl - Habana Daydream
Where Billy Budd is earthy and deep, this is vibrant and bright. A great blend.
Cornell & Diehl - Crooner
Not a bad blend if you like Burley and deertongue, because that’s obviously all you’re getting here. It’s not bad, but I prefer Gentleman Caller.
Cornell & Diehl - Billy Budd
One of my favorite blends, and a real standout. If you’re tired of VaPers and Englishes and Aromatics, give this a whirl. Funky, earthy, and full of flavor.
Peter Stokkebye - PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
Luxury Navy Flake
Every pie smoker should try this blend at least once. It’s kind of a hallmark bulk blend. Sweet Virginias and a figgy assist from a mild dose of Perique. Good fresh or aged.
Five Brothers - Five Brothers 1.25oz
Nice and Simple
A classic straight Burley. Not fussy, not pretentious. Just a simple straight Burley shag with plenty of flavor and a decent amount of nicotine.
Daughters & Ryan - Picayune
Nice full flavored blend with a great taste and decent amount of nicotine. For experienced smokers.
G. L. Pease - Spark Plug 2oz
A real winner if you want an Oriental-centric English.
G. L. Pease - Maltese Falcon 2oz
This is good in small bowls, but certainly not Pease’s best blend. The ginger topping kind of drones on by the end of a large bowl. I prefer his other Englishes, but this is still a solid smoke.
G. L. Pease - Haddo's Delight 2oz
One of a Kind
This is a very unique blend. A “must try” for Perique lovers.
Cornell & Diehl - Winchester
Nice Easygoing Blend
The red Virginia and Cavendish (made from Kentucky Burley) make a nice combination. Kind of like an old fashioned “codger” blend ramped up to another level. This goes great with some black coffee.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
This is one of my “staple” blends. One of the best English/Balkan blends I’ve ever smoked. Comes at the right moisture level to smoke right away. If you don’t mind a little bit of a Lat bomb, this is a winner.
Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night
If you like Perique monsters, look no further. There’s enough of it here to make even the most experienced smokers’ nasal passages twinge. I like this blend in small doses straight, usually in a MM Diplomat cob, but it is really great for mixing, too. If you let it cellar, the Perique seems to lose some of the “horseradish twinge” and gets more of the raisin/fig character. It’ll still be spicy though. Also, plenty of vitamin N here.