Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular
I've always like Mac Baren tobaccos. So when I tried 7 Seas Regular I figured it'd be good. It's not good, it's great. It started out with a little bite but that settled down quickly into a very flavorful, cool smoking experience. Burns well and keeps the flavor well into the lower portion of the bowl. Highly recommended.
Cornell & Diehl - London Squire
A beautiful tobacco blend. This may be the best C&D tobacco I've had. Tasteful, cool smoking, and flavorful. At the top of my rotation!
Cornell & Diehl - Constellation
Transports you to the great Outdoors
A very balanced latikia-virginia blend. A cool smoke that takes you to those cool fall outdoors with a campfire burning. This is a blend I'll be taking with me on fishing trips.
Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Opened up a jar of LTF after 14 years in storage. The tobacco was really dark and aromatic. A bit dry but still rubbed out well. I load up a cob and lit it up. My O My was it good. So sweet and flavorful. Really sweet and flavorful. Buy some and cellar it up for a few years you'll be in for a real treat.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Flake
Aged for taste
I opened a jar of Kendall Flake from 2005 this morning and loaded my pipe. There was much of a scent left on the leaf but dark aged tobacco aroma. The moisture level was excellent. I rubbed out a bowl full, loaded, and lit. The first few minutes were chaotic before the flavor settled. There wasn't as much topping flavor as fresh, but the natural sweetness of the Virginias had really increased. Once I was into 2/3 of the bowl it was smooth and sweet. Not the slightest bite no matter how hard the puffs. The smoke was creamy and full. I don't think anymore time would make any more changes to the leaf. I'd say it at the tipping point for the tobacco and needs to be smoked to get the full enjoyment. The Ennerdale I have of the same age still has the aroma of the topping.
Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus
The first time I smoked this I was disappointed. It just wasn't delivering that good old burley taste. This couldn't be right. The second time I packed not as tightly, and there it was! The nutty, pastry with a lemon note. Much, much better. It's not as good as Haunted Bookshop, but it's good.
Arango - Balkan Supreme
Full of Flavor, a Winner
One of the best Balkan blends I've had. A real beautiful smoke that delivers a full and balanced flavor that lasts all thru the bowl. Matches perfectly with a well made porter.
Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop
I put off trying this blend partly due to some of the reviews of it tasting like cigarettes. My memory of cigarettes was of stealing Viceroys from my grandfather and smoking them in my home made cob pipe. It was awful. I've always been partial to burley. I've hoe'd, suckered, stucked, and hung burley. Even one of my grandfather's was named Burley. So when I got a new cob I sat down to smoke HB. At first, it was rough, but smooth out soon enough. It went from nutty, to sweet, to chocolate, back to nutty. For me it's got the right amount of Perique to bring out the good qualities of the Burley. Smokes cool, smokes right, tastes good, can't bite. Recommended for Burley smokers.
Sutliff - Balkan II
A nice easy smoke. Very smooth to smoke with a gentle flavor profile. Easily an all day smoke. Well done
Sutliff - Lord Nelson
For me this is an interesting mix. At first I wasn't sure if I liked it. It wasn't until I got into the rhythm of the blend that began picking up the notes and counter notes. The various tobacco natures are coaxed out and the tastes shift like a bebop tune. Don't rush thru this one, you'll miss the over all harmony.
Cornell & Diehl - Snug Harbor
This is like Odessa with a top note. Orientals and Burley with perique, what a unique blend. For me, smoking something with perique is like eating a chinese dish with szechuan peppercorns, that tingling feeling it gives to the mouth. Too much and it's uncomfortable, that's how I felt about Snug Harbor. For me it was just too tingling to be enjoyable. Otherwise it's an ok blend. I'll smoke it on occasion, but it won't be in my rotation.
Sutliff - 504C Aromatic English
Good for a change
An interesting smoke. An aromatic with latakia that smokes well. It's a bit wet and needs time to wick dry. Packs well, burns well. Tastes interesting enough to smoke more of. I like it, I don't live it, at least not yet,
Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East Gold
A nice mixture of leaf that gets better the deeper it gets in the bowl. Burns well, has flavor. Not one that's high in my rotation. I'll let this one sit in the cellar for a year and retry then
Cornell & Diehl - Odessa
Not for me
I didn't find this one to my liking. It's not a bad blend just for me there are other blends that I like better.
Newminster - No.306 English Orient
Floating on a cloud
The bag note is a bit muted, but don't let that fool you. A bit moist, packs well though. The smoke is full and it burns cool, really cool once it gets going. No problem keeping the burn going. It took the first third of the bowl before it settled down. The second third was all cocoa, nice semi-sweet chocolate. Never gets hot or bitey. In the last third the latakia began to come thru but that didn't last as the orientals and burley made for a spice and cool smoke. There were hints of sour and sweet, both a pleasant experience. A very good blend.
Sutliff - #600 Mixture 79
Bully for Burley
I was looking for a all burley tobacco and ordered some of Mixture 79. First of all the bag aroma is one of a kind. A very nice mix of whisky, vanilla and anisette. At first light I was surprised with the taste of the smoke. It's very interesting. One reviewer suggested that it's an american lakeland, I can see that as a good description. Smoking it down as I analyzed the smoke profile, I really like the warm tastiness. Not so much one flavor over another as it's a very homogeneous whole. It was long before I was drifting off on a soft cloud. It took me back to my younger days in the country, sitting next to my Granddad as he smoked his pipe of burley. Of walking thru the tobacco barn in the fall with the burley tobacco hanging high in the rafters. Yeah, I like this one.
Newminster - No.400 Superior Navy Flake
I've been exploring flakes lately. So when I received the Superior Flake order I loaded up my pipe to taste this Virginia slab. Extra wide slices that had a extraordinary aroma. They rubbed out well and was easy to load in my pipe. The taste is delicious. A full creamy flavor that excites the taste buds. I like the mix of Brazilian Virginias. I've had several blends that use virginias from Africa so I know what that tastes like. The addition of South American Virginians is just the right touch. I like this better than PS Luxury Twist Flake. Both are very good, but the over all flavor profile of #400 is more to what I like. Worth a try for anyone interested
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake
How long will the Lakeland scent last? I purchased a pound of this back in 2005. It is one of my favorite tobacco. I jar'ed it up and put it on the shelf. Well today I a jar and that Lakeland scent is still there, not as strong but there. The flakes had crystals all over the planks. Loading up a cob I lit it up and that fragrance filled the room. My wife even commented on how good it smelled. A few puffs into the bowl and the taste just wasn't there, not like fresh. So I set the pipe aside. A couple of hours later I re-lit and there it was, sweet full flavor. Fourteen years seems to have brought out some nice characteristics of the tobacco. Not as good as the 14 yr old Bob's Chocolate Flake but still very nice.
Sutliff - 1M
Smooth and sweet
A very smooth smoke. On light up it reminded me of a blend I smoked 20 years ago called Evening Stroll from Benjamin Hartwell, the only tinned aromatic I would buy. The Green River is an excellent Cavendish. There's enough flavor to make it a slow smoke. It may become my favorite aromatic. The wife also enjoys the room note which is a big plus.
Sutliff - Match 20
I never had the Dunhill tobacco that this supposed to be a match for so I just reviewing this on it own merits. I love this blend. I had purchased 20 different blends from Smoking Pipes to work into my rotation. I'm a huge fan of orientals, more than latakia only blends. I love the room note, it's soft, sweet, easy to smoke all the way down the bowl. Everyone's tastes are different but I get the taste of soft fruits and melons. This blend is near the top of my list of favorites, under Gawith's Bob's Chocolate and Lakeland blends. I bought some to cellar, I'm looking forward to see how this will be in a couple of years.
Cornell & Diehl - Stratfordshire
Pleasure in the Pipe
I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of this blend. It was really a pleasure to smoke. The latakia was tasteful and not over powering. On first light there was a real sweetness that calmed down without disappearing. Highly recommended.
Cornell & Diehl - Virginia Gentleman
A real treat to smoke. The subtle favor and sweetness has made my new favorite
Mac Baren - Vanilla Cream Loose Cut
I had bought a tin of this 5 years ago and smoked a few bowls. It was ok, but it wasn't great. I put it on the shelf and forgot about it. Well, I rediscovered the tin this week and decided to give it a go. Not real moist for sure, but not all dried out either. I packed a half a bowl and lit it up. Well the vanilla has mostly disappeared but the sweetness was all there. Really really sweet smoke. Best for smoking slowly, very tasty.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake
Soft and Delicious
I have this in a couple of jars from 15 years ago. I finally opened a a jar and loaded up my pipe. My Oh My! It is amazingly soft and flavorful. The smoke is cool and the latakia adds just the right amount of flavor. The vanilla casing isn't really there any longer, and the chocolate is more from the latakia than the added flavoring. It was good when I first got it 15 years ago, it's great now!