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Cornell & Diehl - Sun Bear Black Locust 2oz
There must be a better way?
Surly there is a better way to make sure as many customers as possible get a fair crack at the product? Does smoking pipes release this world wide at one time or in time zones? Entire website crashes all day on and off. There has got to be a better way to do this, no?

Cornell & Diehl - Redburn 2oz
Beautiful Burley Cake
This was my first Burley and wow I’m a believer. Burns and pacts fantastic. It has some punch and to me is stronger than most blends but great taste of rum, molasses, brown sugar and smoke from the Kentucky. It’s actually similar to a navy flake but with a bit more kick. I have already ordered more. Lots of really good tobacco out there and this to me is one of them.

Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 3.5oz
Too subtle for me
I can see why people like this. It has a lot of really good flavours, like dry fruit, nuts, plum and an earthy taste that neither one dominates. For me it’s not an aromatic but more of a natural smoke that is sweet. It also bit me too, if not smoked carefully. It also left an ashy tobacco taste in my mouth after. I will cellar the tin and check it next year but won’t be buying anymore.

Kramer's - Father Dempsey
$2.94 an ounce? WOW!
Classic and traditional English blend with plenty of oak, leather, spice and camo fire. One of the best bang for your buck English blends. Bulk tobaccos like this made me begin to stear away from paying for tins and marketing. Absolutely great value for your hard earned dollars.

Sutliff - Creme Brulee
Sticky pudding
This stuff is wet and sticky. Give a bit to dry, it will light right out of the bag but for me had trouble staying lit. For me the taste up front is like vanilla icing, followed by the creamy custard/honey taste. I liked it and will be buying it again. Will it knock your socks off? No. Is it Autumn Evening? No. Is it a little messy and will dirty up your pipe? Yep. But hey, it’s $15 for half a pound. And for that I can work with the tobacco a little bit and spent the extra time cleaning the pipe.

Cornell & Diehl - Autumn Evening
Pretty darn good
Why are turds that don’t like aromatics trying this then giving it a 1 star and complaining it has a topping on it? I just bought this in bulk after my first tin. If you don’t like adulterated tobacco, don’t buy this. I’m actually not a big fan of the aromatics, but this honestly is just so well balanced and rich, sweet at first and throughout but gets heavier and richer towards the bottom tasting of dark fruits and raisins. Like I said I don’t have a lot of aromatics in the collection but this one is so well done, the tobacco and maple sugar and blended seamlessly.

McConnell - Pure Virginia 50g
Keep it for blending
Seems to be a nice cut of Virginia, but I would not smoke this on its own. I disagree with the description that it can be smoked on its own. A bag of leaves can be smoked on its own too, doesn’t mean you should. I would only recommend this for blending, period.

Half and Half - Half and Half 1.5oz
Straight forward classic
Beautiful, easy going tobacco. Love the cut, it packs and burns with ease. It’s a mild smoke with little complexity that you can smoke all day or until the cows come home. A light creamy smoke that reminds you, life doesn’t have to be that complicated. While I may not smoke this regularly, I always make sure I have some on hand. And for under 4 bills on sale, what really are some people expecting?

Samuel Gawith - Navy Flake 50g
Solid Navy Flake
Top 10 purchased tobacco but under 4 rating? Lesson here, it sells because it’s good. Not really complex nor is the Lat upfront. The blend is pretty straight forward, Latakia and Virginia with a splash of rum but it tastes rich, full and is completely satisfying. There is no wow factor here. It just does what you want it to. Smokey, campfire, earthy, dark chocolate. All kind of subtle but rich and full.

Orlik - Golden Sliced 100g
Summer time sweetheart
Nice light smoke with citrus, lemons, straw, and a lingering sweetness on the lips. Burns nice too. My summer go to for sure.

Mac Baren - 7 Seas Black 3.5oz
Good, steady aromatic.
Doesn’t blow your socks off but is a good steady campfire vanilla fruity smoke. Good entry aromatic and generally good smoke overall.

Mac Baren - 7 Seas Black 3.5oz
What you see is what you get
Classic easy going mild Mac Baren armomatic. Dark fruits and cream combine for a nice mild smoke with no tongue bite. Life doesn’t always have to be complex, this tobacco reminds you to sit back and smell the roses.

Hearth & Home - BlackHouse 1.75oz
Holy Hanna!
Heavy, pungent, earthy, smoky manure. This is a heavy rich smoke that has become my number one English blend. But I am new to Russ’s blends and have more of his tobaccos on order. Aside from being rush and full it also has a spicy kick that can sometimes cause tongue bite if you get over zealous and puff to fast. Not for the new piper but old cats rejoice!

Presbyterian - Presbyterian 50g
Steady Eddie
Classic, well rounded and balanced English blend. No tongue bite but plenty of full rich campfire goodness! A good introduction to an English blend in my opinion and will be buying more.

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