I love a good English blend and not a big fan of aromatics. The blend of tobaccos caught my eye because it is very similar to Sam's blend (my absolute favorite). The question, is it an English or aromatic, made me think, well let's find out. This is ... Read Moreprobably the most incredible tobacco I've ever smoked. When I opened the tin it was a bit moist but not wet, very pleasant sent. 1 char light, and the 2nd light it burned to white ash. Creamy and smooth with a little spicy tickle to my tongue. Outstanding. As far as the question, I'll get back to you many years from now. Read Less
By itself, this is one of the most boring tobaccos I have tried. It having Latakia and Perique, I was expecting a little bit more of a kick, but you only get a mild flavor one in a while. Otherwise, I got close to no taste out of this. I ended up mix... Read Moreing a healthy bit of latakia into it to make it smokable. Its only real potential might be to blend with other tobaccos. Read Less
For those wishing step up from a straight cavendish, this is a good start. Great tin aroma (plum like), room note is pleasurable. Tin was moist, but if packed loosely in the bowl is managablewith a slow steady draw. Just a slight hint or Latakia a... Read Morend Perique and a good introduction to both. I liked it enough to consider an 8 oz tin for my rotation. Read Less
Cricket has long been one of my preferred smokes. In the grand scheme of pipe tobaccos I am a neonate, having tried very few. But Cricket has always had a good robust taste, with a pleasurable note. As a new piper I found it at times hard to keep lit... Read More, but I believe a little extra drying time could help this. Needless to say, I keep some close at hand at all times. Read Less
I thought the rest of the tin was going in my "potpourri" jar, but thought I'd give it one more try. I pored the whole tin out on a newspaper and mixed it up this morning. I left a pipe bowl worth or for tonight to dry a bit. Just finished ... Read Morea bowl. MUCH better. could taste the latakia, perique and, yes, the rum came through just right. Lesson learned: Mix up your tins first (latakia and perique must not have been on top) before smoking and ALWAYS give C&D blends a third or fourth try. Not my favorite, but a very nice blend. Read Less
Well, I love most of the C&D blends I've tried, but this is a failure out of the gates. Latakia? Perique? and the rum - only a hint now and a gain. I've tried this two nights as a first and last pipe without any change. Air and cardboard; no flav... Read Moreor just like smoking a stale cigarette To be certain, I love C&D Lagonda and DaVinci among other blends from their house, but this one drops the ball big time. My son tried a bowl too and totally agreed. Definitely will not order again. Read Less
The title says it all. I prefer black frigate, however, this will do when frigate is out of stock. The latakia is less pronounced than frigate, but the rum is more pronounced. On the plus side, it burns and packs really well while refusing to go o... Read Moreut. Read Less
Growing up in Knoxville, TN everyone knew of the cross eyed cricket. Best catfish and hush puppies around. Sadly it is a childhood memory now. As soon as I saw this I had to buy it. It's a pretty good smoke. I could see myself sitting around the catf... Read Moreish pond smoking this in the summer at the ole cross eyed cricket! Read Less
I just finished my tin of Cross-Eyed Cricket and I thought it deserved a review. The tin note is overpowering so be warned. It's almost sickly sweet, but the experience of smoking it is so much better. Retrohaling gives me a vanilla custard impres... Read Moresion. This stays lit very well, produces a lot of rich smoke, and takes some effort to make it bite (and I'm prone to smoking fast.) I'd recommend this in lieu of dessert with a cup of black coffee. It is rich, sweet, and a treat all by itself. Read Less
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