Sutliff - Z92 Vanilla Custard
Another decent blend (as far as aro's go). Very nice taste of vanilla, especially on the retrohale. Sweet. I enjoy it as a desert blend. Will be keeping some of this handy for when I want something sweet.
Lane Limited - Black Raspberry
Bag note makes me want to eat it. Nice sweet smoke, I get the raspberry of the retrohale. I love it as a desert tobacco, will buy again when I run out.
Low Country - Rum
I'm not a big fan or aromatics. The ones I have tried so far are a little mild on the nicotine for my liking. But as far as aro's go, I can't say anything bad about this one. It's a pleasant smoke, the rum flavor is there but not overpowering. Takes the flame well, minimal relights. Doesn't make my favorites list, but I will likely keep a little on hand for when I want something different. For the price it's definitely worth a try if you like rum.
Grand Croupier - Jack Pot
When I first opened the bag, the smell was amazing. It smelled so good I couldn't wait to pack a bowl and try it. I grabbed my bent Ozark Mountain, packed it and fired it up... I was shocked... It smelled so good in the bag. The taste was completely different. I understand this is a mixed bag of C&D aromatic blends. But there are so many flavors fighting for dominance here, it's impossible for me to get my head around it. All the different blends just kind of jumble together and for me it makes for an unpleasant smoke. I give 2 stars for the "bag note", because it does smell amazing. But as far as the flavor goes, I would rather wrap a ball of this in cloth and dangle it from my rear view mirror as an air freshener than smoke another bowl of it. Of the 14 blends I have in my jar rack, this is the only blend that I couldn't finish the first bowl. I scraped out the bottom half and swabbed my pipe out with some whiskey. I'm just hoping it didn't ghost my pipe. Thankfully I only have an ounce of this, so I won't be too upset if I end up throwing it in the trash.
Grand Croupier - Boneyard
The bag I got is a little latakia heavy. I love it, will definitely be buying more.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Sweet Coconut Twist
I found this to be a pleasant smoke. I sort of get a smell of coconut from the bag, but no coconut taste. Sort of earthy, at times i find it sort of leathery. Overall very enjoyable. But, it is very hard to keep lit. My first bowl I allowed to dry about 30 minutes, and I had to keep the flame to it almost constantly. The second bowl I allowed to dry all afternoon. It burned slightly better, but even with near constant puffing it still required A LOT of relights. Probably best enjoyed indoors, as adding wind to the equation would make this an extremely frustrating tobacco to smoke outside.
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
The tin note is very strong and pleasant. Almost want to eat this tobacco it smells so good. The flavor is definitely there, but I feel like this blend is VERY over hyped. At the end of the day, it's just a cherry tobacco. Nothing unpleasant about it, but it doesn't really stand out either IMO. Glad I have it, and I will enjoy it to the last bowl. But it's not that special.
Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany 2oz
My favorite so far
I gave the bulk version 5 stars. But the tin is even better. It's more flavorful than bulk, and has an aroma and flavor note that I don't get from the bulk version. I'm not sure what it is, but there is that little something extra that kicks the tin up to 6 stars for me.
Lane Limited - LL-7
A good smoke. A little mild for my taste, but in all fairness I haven't had an aro yet that isn't very mild. Like the other aro's I have tried so far, the tin/room note is great, the taste is pleasant, but I feel like I need to chain smoke it to get the nic kick I want.
Peter Stokkebye - PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Great quality smoke when rubbed out. Near perfect when using the fold and stuff method.
Cornell & Diehl - Dreams of Kadath 2oz
I get a strong smell of plums from the plug. Within seconds after removing it from the jar to cut off a flake, the entire room smells like plums. Even my wife noticed how strong the aroma is. Very pleasant. The smoke has a nice dark, fruity sweetness. Also a little spice. At times I feel like I'm getting a sort of dark rum taste, but not often, and not overpowering. I have only been smoking a pipe for a couple months, so I haven't yet learned to pick out individual tobacco varietals, or their specific nuances. But even though I am a newbie in this hobby, I really enjoy this tobacco. It has made my favorites list, and I will definitely be keeping a plug or 2 of this around.
Cornell & Diehl - Pegasus
This is a pleasant blend to smoke. To me it tastes a lot like a cigarette, but not quite exactly like it. Being a 25+ year/pack-a-day+ smoker making the switch, I find this blend satisfying. It really hits the spot when I get that craving for a cigarette. For me this is a good thing, as it makes switching a little easier. Also, I have to comment on the volume of tobacco. You get A LOT of tobacco for your money with this one. Of the 9 blends I have so far, this is the first one I have found that I had to stuff the tobacco into a 750ml wide mouth Mason jar. Just 4 oz and my jar is packed to the top.
Sutliff - Revelation Match
Needs to be sipped
After more time with this blend, I had to change my review. When sipped this is a very nice blend. It has a pleasant sweetness, burns well, and is an all around satisfying smoke. I will probably keep some of this on hand.
Cornell & Diehl - Epiphany
My favorite so far
I am new to pipe smoking. Making the switch from cigs (26 years, pack+/day full flavor). I ordered 2 oz of this in bulk and a 2 oz tin for comparison in my first order. So far this is my favorite blend out of the 4 blends I ordered. Nice satisfying smoke. Smooth. It's not like smoking a cig, but it really hits the spot for me when I get that cigarette craving. Having compared the bulk and tin versions side by side, for me the bulk is 5 stars, and the tin version is even better. The tin version has a stronger aroma and flavor, but the price of the bulk version makes up for it. Will definitely be ordering more. I highly recommend giving this blend a try.