Cobblestone - High Spirits Kahlua 1.5oz
I ordered this on a whim just to put me over the threshold for free shipping on an order of my tried and true favorites. Figured what the heck, try something new. So glad I did! I've never had the drink Kahlua before, but I can say this smells wonderful in the tin and the room note is very pleasant. Will definitely order again.
Dan Tobacco - Devil's Holiday 50g
Good but Pricey
Excellent tin note. Very distinct. Smells like bright red raspberries and blue berries. Somewhat reminds me of a bubblegum flavor I had as a kid, but I can't recall what it was. Smooth smoke, great room note, very pleasant. The only thing I can knock this for is the price. It's a good smoke, but I don't think it's "that" good compared to others. If you like this, check out Lane Black Raspberry or Holger Danske Black and Bourbon.
Cornell & Diehl - King Cake 2oz
Never had New Orleans King Cake before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The notes I get are strawberry, possibly Frankenberry cereal. Good mechanics, easy smoke, very pleasant.
Cult - Blood Red Moon 50g
It's just cherry pipe tobacco...
It's just cherry pipe tobacco. Nothing more, nothing less. Smells like cherry air freshner from the car wash (the kind they spray under your seats), or a cherry tootsie roll pop. It's very pleasant and smokes well, but I don't get the hype. Really no better or worse than any other cherry blend I've had. An example of successful marketing.
Chacom - #3 50g
Spend some time with it...
I didn't like this at first. The tin smelled of sour chewing tobacco and beyond that not much else. Maybe a very faint whisper of coconut. I didn't smell vanilla or bourbon. I also didn't detect much room note. But I kept circling back to it because on paper, it should have been right up my alley. Glad I did. It took about a week before I figured out that I needed to use a non-filter pipe with a bigger bowl (more capacity). Also, I found that taking it cool and slow and "sipping" as I do for some aromatics just didn't work. Once I started "puffing" it quite a bit and letting it burn hotter - the taste, smell, and aroma really opened up. The room note became detectable while smoking and is very pleasant. I get the vanilla and bourbon now, along with a bit of coconut or maybe marshmallow/smores. I also found that as I smoked through the tin and the tobacco began to dry out, it behaved even better. I'm not normally a "let it dry out" guy with aromatics - but with this one I would recommend it. Overall, it's a very enjoyable tobacco that I will likely re-order now that I figured out what works for me. Your millage may vary.
Lane Limited - Hazelnut
Not bad. Not great.
It's not bad., but it's not great. I don't detect any Hazelnut aroma or taste. Just rather plain. If you had a bag of Captain Black that was getting low you could mix this in with it as a filler and never know the difference.
Davidoff - Danish Mixture 50g
Pleasant and Light
High quality product that is pleasant and very light in aroma. I detect cocoa in the tin. I normally prefer something with more topping/casing but this is very good "middle of the road" aromatic that others will enjoy.
Cornell & Diehl - Apricots and Cream
To me the tin/bag smelled like a fresh chocolate cake right out of the oven. Not hot cocoa or a chocolate candy bar - fresh chocolate cake. Not yet frosted. I guess people smell things differently. Regardless, it's a very smooth and pleasant smoke. Yes it's wet bla bla bla. But it's good. I think I prefer this over BCA. For some reason I want to try mixing this with some Carter Hall.
McLintock - Black Cherry 50g
Not What You Expect
I bought this since it's a sibling to Holger Danske Black and Bourbon and was hoping for something in the same vein. Like B&B it's a high quality product with a very pleasant tin note. However, this is not your standard cherry blend. Despite smelling wonderful in the tin, it is very light in taste and room note. The main flavor is the tobacco leaves themselves. This will probably appeal to non-aro smokers, but not for someone looking for a true cherry blend.
Captain Black - Cherry 1.5oz
This smells like the cherry old timers smoked. Very distinct, very noticeable. So much so that you may need to keep the pouch in a zip lock bag. That may not appeal to some, but I prefer a bold flavor/smell as opposed to something subtle.
Lane Limited - 1-Q
This is a safe bet. While not exactly like Captain Black Original, the differences are minimal.
Planta - Anno MMX (After Dinner Mixture)
Not much happening...
Based on the description and the fact it is a Planta blend, I was expecting something along the lines of Holger Danske Black & Bourbon. Instead, this was very plain and blah. No bag aroma, no room note, no reason to try it again.
Lane Limited - BCA
Very smooth with a soft and pleasant room note. If you've ever had anything by Lane that has Black Cavendish in it you'll recognize it right away.
Planta - Anno MMXV (Brazilian Mixture)
Nice & Subtle
Bought this on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Subtle scent of lime and something else (mint?) in the bag , and the lime weaves in and out while smoking. First time trying Brazil leaf, reminds me of a smooth Burley. Will make a great summer blend to pair with a plate of tacos.
Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
What Grandpa Smoked
This is the only tobacco my Grandpa smoked in his Dr. Grabows. The aroma is pure nostalgia. I find that I enjoy this best in smaller pipes, and sometimes I'll blend it with either Captain Black Cherry or BCA.
Lane Limited - Black Raspberry
The pouch smells exactly like a fresh picked bucket of black raspberries from the woods. The smoke is very mild, and the room note is very pleasant and noticeable.
Edward G. Robinson - Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend 1.5oz
Strange tin note. Smells like soured or spoiled fruit. Lights well and smokes smooth with an occasional faint taste of burned fall leaves. Not what I was expecting.
Holger Danske - Black and Bourbon 50g
Anything with a Viking Ship on the label better be good, right? The tin note is incredible, and one of my new favorites. It reminds me of a high end box of mixed chocolates with hints of black raspberry and dark cherry liqueurs. I don't smell the bourbon, but it's still amazing. Smooth enjoyable smoke with no tongue bite and a unique and equally great room note. My first tin was rather moist, the second tin a bit drier. Both burned well once lit.
Cornell & Diehl - Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose 2oz
It's like Prince Albert
I didn't notice much tin note, taste, or room note as others have reviewed. Just a very faint hint of cocoa but not any more than Prince Albert. If you like Prince Albert, you'll probably enjoy this.
Mac Baren - Vanilla Flake 1.75oz
Passed this on to a friend
Not much tin note, and not much vanilla detected while smoking. The flake cut wasn't worth the effort. Prefer Captain Black Original over this.