Carter Hall has been providing a straightforward and enjoyable smoking blend at an affordable price since 1895 by keeping things simple: ribbon-cut Virginia and Burley leaf of good quality, combined in the right proportions.
Among pipe smokers we have a group of people that wear odd looking little hats and make YouTube video reviews for different tobaccos...I can't stand those people. They sit back with their pretentious narcissism and discredit all of the good ole OTC's... Read More only because that by doing so, they also know they are discrediting the traditions and culture of rural life and history...their critique of Carter Hall is just one such example. I actually grew up on a farm in North Carolina; not in Boston, or NYC, or Seattle, or some place like that. We didn't farm tobacco because we didn't have any allotments, but the farmer down the road did. My granddaddy every year would be allowed to harvest a small portion of tobacco as a barter to things we had and/or grew. He would air cure it, and shred it himself, lightly spray something like simple syrup on it (i.e., sugar water), and guess what, it tasted just like Carter Hall when we smoked it (yes, I started smoking a pipe at a young age--12 in fact). Carter Hall doesn't have "undertones of honey" or "vanilla" or anything imaginary like that...it's simply a clean, smooth, great tasting tobacco that smokes cool and tastes consistent throughout the bowl. Please don't get caught up in all of the ignorance and pretentious idiocy that comes from others on the internet about Carter Hall; if you want an excellent traditional tasting smoke, this should be the first one you try (the other may be Sir Walter Raleigh's original blend). Read Less
I am 61 and started pipe smoking at age 18 with the original Borkum Riff and Captain Black, their aromatic properties winning my allegiance. I never tried Carter Hall before. Then at our last pipe club meeting one of our senior members, threw a pou... Read Morech each of Carter Hall, Half & Half, and Sir Walter Raleigh on the table and said "try out what your grandfathers smoked, boys." We did, and I found that I had given these OTC (over the counter) blends short shrift. Are we all tobacco snobs sooner or later? ;-) We get so wrapped up in our tinned blends of Balkans and Syrian Latakias, Virgians and St. James Perique, that we forget that sometimes simple is okay, and maybe even good. I've got perhaps fifty blends at home and am cellaring many good ones for even more variety, so perhaps that's why I was open now to these OTCs, of which I personally liked Carter Hall best. It is a nice blend of Burley--which I've always slighted--and Virginias. Some claim a top note--perhaps, but it is undetectable by me over the flavor of the Burley and Virginia. One large point seems worth making. It seems common knowledge that one "sips" Virginias, rather than smoking them like the pipe is a runaway locomotive on a steep downhill grade. Well, this applies to a Burley-VA blend as well, and in my further experimentation with straight Burleys of late, I suggest that Burleys are to be sipped as well. I guess my approach is this. If the flavor of a tobacco is subtle, sip it slowly and let the smoke move around in your mouth, approaching your various taste buds until it finds the ones that resound with pleasure. If you accordian the smoke in and out, your taste buds will not enjoy the tobacco. Frankly this is why so many new smokers go headfirst into heavily cased aromatics, or, lately, strong Latakia tobaccos early on. I believe they are looking for a flavor hit that engulfs their taste buds like a jalapeno. The pipe smoker with a few thousand bowls behind him comes to realize that in this way at least, smoking a pipe is like drinking a fine bourbon or single malt scotch. (Or wine, for you guys reading this and still wearing your tie). You get nothing but drunk gulping booze. That's only fun until you pass your teen years. With a pipe, smoking it like a cigarette is not fun at all, for you or your tongue--or your palate.
I bet you thought I'd never return to talking about Carter Hall. Tobaccos like this are a great treat for your palate because they are mild, yet when smoked slowly, in small puffs (sipping), they reward us with a very pleasing flavor and yet are gentle on a tongue that may have been abused by our experimentation with other blends that are not nearly as gentle. I recommend Carter Hall as an inexpensive and pleasant way to while away the hours between the next pipeful of Samuel Gawith 1792. Read Less
I agree woiyh mark f.ive only been smoking a pipe for about 6 months but i started with non aros but still bought all the hyped up high dollar blends but once i tried this i was like wow i see why its stood the test of time.I love burley anyway and t... Read Morehis lets me smoke more great tasting tobacco during the day waiting for my 1792 at night.TRY IT Read Less
There are a lot of tobaccos out there. You shouldn't restrict yourself to just one. Even this one. However, a lot of the high end, custom blends can be hard on you, we are talking tongue bite here. Between bowls of that heavy aro or lat bomb you will... Read More find Carter Hall lets you enjoy repeated bowls of satisfaction without tearing your tongue up. It lights well, burns crisp and without multiple relights and can be counted on to be of the same consistency each time you order. Be it pouch or tub. Read Less
If you are looking for a complex taste then this is not a tobacco for you. However, this is a simple, no fuss, yet enjoyable tobacco that burns cool to the bottom of the bowl and it is easy on your pocket and your tongue! A perfect choice for new pip... Read Moree smokers too! I am enjoying a bowl in my old Peterson pipe as I write this review.
Happy Smoking! Read Less
Carter Hall is a great example of a classic American OTC burley blend, tub note is of fig or raisin, and the smoke will give you a slight chocolate, nutty burley note with a very faint sweetness I will attribute to whatever topping was applied, all i... Read Moren all a perfectly solid all day smoke, it packs and lights easily and is not fussy, stays lit pretty well and wont goop up your pipe or burn hot unless you really chooch on it, SWR beats it out just slightly for me, but I will usually have a pouch of Carter Hall on hand when I get that itch. Read Less
I read a few reviews of this leaf and had to add my two cents worth.
In my opinion it is a fully excellent, and non pretentious leaf. Smokes cool, clean and easy. And to my surprise it has a fair amount of body also. You can't ask for much more, ... Read Moreas to quality when it is such a dirt cheap price.
And yes, I know, I know, there are a lot who sneer at this "hill-billy" tobacco, but even though in some ways I'm a bit of a snob, this tobacco is a great all day smoke, no bite at all.
Highly recommended. Read Less
carter hall pipe tobacco is part of the charm of small town america.Growing up the smell of woodstove hay and the ocean combined with a cob or briar full of carter is etched in my memory.coffee and carter are indeed a perfect combo .my home mix is ca... Read Morerter based with latakia perique and black cav. jar it up its heaven. As far as you tobacco snobs go please leave it for me. Read Less
I smoke the most expensive tobacco available. I still smoke this as my standby.
This is a classic , burns slowly, great taste.
Forget it is a otc, it burns on the first match.
Taste is wonderful.
I smoke this in my Missouri Meerschaum’s
And it ... Read Moreis a great smoke. Read Less
When I had this blend I'd already had HH Old Dark Fired, so I'd had a quality Burley blend. Carter Hall was very bland and mundane compared to ODF. Nowhere near the flavors. Just a boring mundane bowl. If you're looking to get into Burley try ODF, HH... Read More Burley Flake, Solani Aged Burley, Wessex Burley Slices etc. ANYTHING but Carter Hall. Read Less
I've made it a point to always have some good pipe tobacco on hand. I'll give Carter Hall the credit for that at least. I've heard good things about CH for years. It's one of those blends that's been around since dinosaurs smoked on their porches. So... Read More, one day I was out and about and bought a Dr. G on-the-fly and needed a smoke...and there was a box of Carter Hall. It was cheap, handy and had an age-old reputation – sold. I'm not sure where things went south. The Grabow pipe is still around and smoking fine, so it wasn't that. The weather was nice. I was with good company and even in a good mood. Inside the box was a nice vac-sealed pouch containing a dark flat-ish ribbon cut, burgundy in color, that seemed an alright moisture level. Everything was going good. I loaded it up and started a char-light. That's when my taste buds screamed at me...”DIRT!!! WARNING: YOU ARE SMOKING DIRT! Remove from mouth and rinse to continue.” You think I'm joking? No way, that's the only flavor I got from Carter Hall - dirt. I tried hard to give this a fair evaluation. I think I wanted it to be good so bad that I tried convincing others “it's not too bad”. In the end, I don't think I could finish the bowl. Truly, this is the worst tasting tobacco I've ever had. To this day whenever I hear about a bad blend, I want to ask, “Is it Carter Hall-bad?” I give it one star – one for every time I've ever thrown tobacco away. UPDATE: I continue to try CH every so often just in case. I've grown fond of many Burley blends over the past couple of years and think CH may yet hold some secret I've missed. I've heard that the tubs taste better than the pouches. I'm not sure how that could happen, but I suppose it's possible. I know CH has its fans, and for that I try to keep an open mind about it. Read Less
I have a 5 minute rule. Tolerate 5 minutes of a bowl and then, if not better toss it. Carter Hall was almost tossed. I would have sworn somebody packed my pipe with potting soil. I couldn't imagine what would possess somebody to smoke the stuff. Aft... Read Moreer about 4 1/2 minutes that tasted mellowed into a bland, mild, tasteless smoke. That allowed me to finish the bowl. My son, smoked a couple of bowls, to same effect. Needless to say, this is not the worst blend I smoked, but it is definitely close to it. The only redeeming quality I can find is that if I had made a bet to see if I could finish the bowl, I would only had to suffer for 4 1/2 minutes until the awful taste was gone. Read Less
A cheap, no-frills smoke that burns well with a pleasant flavour and has enough quality to satisfy. Carter Hall's greatest selling point beyond it's very modest price is that it can be found just about anywhere.
About a month ago I gave this a 2 1/2 rating but after smoking a few more bowls, I have come to realize that
sometimes its good to smoke a mild, non pretentious
blend like Carter Hall. When you need a break from the
lat, perique and various other... Read More blends, it's nice to sit back
with this blend and meditate. Read Less
After smoking pipes for many years I finally decided to try Carter Hall. This is the very best of the OTC tobaccos in my opinion. I smoke several blends, including heavy English, aromatics, and am pretty fond of all, but if I was limited to only two ... Read Moretobaccos, they would be Carter Hall and Sutliff 150( Mark Twain ). Read Less
One of my favorites from a long way back,(1980) This is an all day every day blend The flavor / aroma is not overly heavy, and lasts all through the entire bowl. It lights easily and stays lit, and for the budget minded me included, reasonably price... Read Mored. Read Less
Mild, smooth and satisfying with a Nic hit that doesn't overwhelm. Has pleased generations of pipester's and that is why it is still around. (At least for now, with Middleton dropping blends left & right).
Back in the old days it may have been great.But I think that drug store tobacco with your run of the mill pipe for$5.00 was the norm.Carter hall is to pipe tobacco what King Edward is to cigars.And yes I've tried it,It burned fast and hot for me wit... Read Moreh very little flavor.Today we are lucky to have much more selection than my grandpa had.Yes it costs a lot more but I guess you can't have everything. Read Less
This is my "comfort food" of all pipe tobaccos. My go to smoke any time. It burns good, tastes good, no complaints in the room, what more do you need. Like most pipe smokers I try a lot of different blends, some good some not so good. At... Read More the end of the day when all I want to do is just relax and put everything in neutral for a while this is what I go to. Uncomplicated. Read Less
Just trying the CH blend for the first time and find it to be very pleasurable. The very first light gave me full flavor. The full tobacco taste comes through easily. Smokes clear to the bottom of the bowl with a nice fine grey ash. If you have not t... Read Moreried this blend before give it a shot and prepare to build upon memories of pipers past. Read Less
This is not inferior or cheap tobacco by any means. This is one of the blends that have stood the test of time. Mostly a burley blend with just enough virginias to make it interesting. Has a nice aroma and nicotene content. Mouth watering good!
This isn’t a bad codger blend, but it’s not among the greats. It burns cool and smokes easy but had no flavor or nuance, not even a slight nuttiness from the burley.
I’ll definitely stick to my beloved Sir Walter Raleigh!
In 1956, in dress blues, my buddy & I sat in a pub having a Miller High Life, & puffing away. He w/ a Kaywoodie Oompaul full of Mixture 79 & me with a Yello-Bole Oompaul full of Carter Hall. Still smoking it in 2019. Need I say more??
My first tobacco I've tried and after trying many other blends and some OTC as well this one is still good. Great for smoking around the house. Doesn't take much work, just tamp once in a while, maybe a relight, burns down clean with a great flavor... Read More. Most of the topping is burnt away by bottom of bowl, but I like the tobacco flavor by itself too. I have smoked two pouches and will probably get more once I burn through some others. I definitely like this better than Captain Black Original. Keep piping! Read Less
Weak on the nicotine and burns rather quickly. A great introductory tobacco that has remained my favorite over the years. Provides a smooth, slightly sweet burley and cavendish tobacco flavor that doesn't overwhelm or overpower. Great candidate for a... Read Moren "all day smoke". Pairs great with coffee in the morning or evening. Read Less
I hated this stuff 'back in the day'. Whether it changed since the 1960's, or my taste has evolved is probably a pointless question, but I really enjoy it now. You can't make it bite, the burly doesn't taste like dirt, and there's a subtle and consta... Read Morent sweetness - perhaps red wine - which is pleasant. Lights easily, but can 'smoke itself' if you set your pipe aside. Good all day smoke - room note doesn't seem to bother the civilians. Relatively low nic hit, but tastes good from one bowl to the next. Used to remind me of bubble gum (yeck), but not any more. Read Less
The pouch aroma surprised me a little bit. I was expecting a straight tobacco aroma, but instead I detected a smell reminiscent of red wine. Not a bad thing. I also tasted the wine flavor mixed with a little nuttiness during the first half of the smo... Read Moreke. The second half, I detected no wine. Just nutty Burley tobacco. This tobacco never bit, no matter how hard I pushed it and was pleasant to smoke. This is a solid blend. Read Less
Carter Hall has a special place in my memories because, for the longest time, it was the only pipe tobacco I could regularly get my hands on that would provide a decent 'any time of day' smoke. I have to say, given a choice between this and any numbe... Read Morer of other products, I'd probably hesitate, but when you're looking at brick-and-mortar choices? Carter Hall is a fairly safe bet. You won't get anything terribly fascinating... but you won't do terribly either. Read Less
Boy,I was supriced with this tobacco,offers a good value and nice mild-med strenght with very good and descent burning qualities,this is one to go tobacco while working or driving ecxetera, unfortunately we in europe dont have this available but Smok... Read Moreingpipes have and at very affordable price,somehow I'd think I will reoreder this in the future,very pleased with this shop,with their assortiment,quick order processing and very competetive shipping rates,my best tobacconist so far.Lots of Thanks Read Less
One of my first blends, and one of the better classic American OTC blends. Simple, chocolatey and nutty burley flavours; definitely more earthy than sweet, but not in any way overpowering. Very nice. I really enjoy it.
Carter Hall has a fig/raisin smell in the pouch and a slight coffee/whiskey/chocolate flavor. It has a rich, slightly sweet room note that nearly everyone likes. It's very mild and doesn't bite so it makes an excellent all-day smoke. It would be pe... Read Morerfect if it had a bit less propylene glycol (PG). Read Less
I'm a little late to the party on this blend, but it's a regular for me now. After buying a pouch locally, I ordered a 14oz. tub from Smoking Pipes and love it, along with other bulk blends I use and a few tinned tobacco products. It's mild and flavo... Read Morerful, stays lit, smokes comfortably, and doesn't irritate me. The nicotine kick from the burley is not overpowering. All in all, I really like Carter Hall. Read Less
Dad smoked it, so did grandpa. It's what I started with, and Capt. Black white, before I became a "tobacco snob". Honestly, it's not bad. It packs and burns well. The moisture is just right at opening. Of the "drug-store tobacco's"... Read More;, this is one of the best. It is a quality tobacco, not at all an inferior leaf. A nice consistent silver ash with good burning characteristics all the way to the bottom, little to no dottle.
Not an intense blend, or complex. Not something that is going to give a lot of satisfaction on vitamin N. But, I can see why folks have enjoyed it for years. It's just a smoke, nothing more, nothing less. Little bite, a great cake builder burns very well. Room note is pleasant, has that old school smell to it. I bet with a little more Virginia added to the blend it would be excellent.
Slightly aromatic, maybe... a hint of wine? It's hard to pin-point. Sort of reminds me of the same flavouring used in Half and Half, just much more subtle.
Does really nice in cobs in my opinion. I'll give it a whirl in a meerschaum. I've found it doesn't taste as well with pipes that have been broken and solidly smoked with mature Virginia's. Maybe I'll crack out an old Kaywoodie and reminisce on pops and granddad.
A classic American pipe tobacco, enjoyed for generations, with good reason. It's something that is definitely worth a smoke, with an open mind and a little nostalgia in your heart.
This is one of those brands, that all American pipe smokers should give a try. With every whiff I can stir up memories of casting a line with the old timers, or sitting in the duck blind with them. Read Less
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