G. L. Pease - Stratford 8oz
Cherries and Peppers
Stratford has been compared to Elizabethan but Stradtford has more red Virginias and a just touch less perique IMO. This is a great all day smoke. It is very balanced and nuanced like all of the G.L. Pease blends I have smoked. Telegraph Hill has more bright Virginias and Fillmore has more perique. Stratdford is my favorite of the Pease Va/Per trio because I prefer red Virginias and the perique content in Fillmore is a bit much for me. In terms of taste is has a peppery cherry taste with wonderful moments of mushroom earthiness that keep me coming back for more. I also get a bit of cranberry at times. I prefer the taste of flakes but this ribbon is a nice break and very easy to deal with and burns very nicely especially for breaking in pipes.
Gawith Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Flake Unscented
Intro to the Essence
I have smoked 2oz. of this blend over the last two months. It is the first Gawith blend I have smoked. At first I was thrown off by the soapy grandma perfume-like lakeland essence that is noticeable. The essence is there even though it says unscented. I have come to love the light lakeland essence residue in this blend. The blend is mushroomy and blueberry. This blend is similar to Stonehenge Flake. I like the Gawith Brown Flake Unscented better due to the combination the stone fruity dark VAs and the musty Dark Fired Kentucky. This blend bit me at first but then I started smoking it with a 9mm filter which cools it down for me. I highly recommend this as a light introduction to the lakeland essence and the Gawith blends in general.
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Small vs. Large Pipes: A Dialogue
- ► I have found that chamber diameter is for me the most important aspects of a pipe. My chamber diameter range is 0.74 in.---0.81 in. Any chamber diameter greater than 0.81 is too open for the draw and makes VAs taste too weak. Whereas a chamber diameter smaller than 0.74 in is a bit too tricky for me to pack and can make VA/Pers too strong. I also prefer straight stem pipes lighter than 1.5 oz. Anything heavier is tough on the teeth for clenching. As for chamber depth I don't like anything greater than 1.7 in. I prefer to smoke several different blends in a smoke session instead of one long smoke of a single blend. I suppose this makes my pipe preference medium to small.