TorontoSmoker

Real NameAustin
Joined2014-10
Last Visited2017-04
LocationToronto region, Canada

Born in the maritimes, raised in Toronto.

When I started pipe smoking a few years ago, I tried A LOT of different pipes and tobacco blends trying to figure-out what works for me. Like most typical beginners, I started out with cheap pouch/bulk aromatics (cherry flavored in my case) before realizing I was not fully enjoying my smoking experience due to the low-quality tobacco that didn't burn well because it was doused in Propylene Glycol.

After a little self education, I moved to slightly better tinned aromatics (Peterson, MacBaren), and tried a wide variety of tobaccos, trying to find my preferences: VaPers, straight Va, VaBurs, Latakia and Oriental blends, before finally finding my preference in the English/Balkan blends (it's been a fun journey!)

Although I would characterize my tastes as mainly Latakia driven, well-balanced English and Balkan blends, I do also enjoy the occasional Aromatic as a once in a while change-of-pace.

Here are most of the tobaccos I've sa-moked (Rob Ford reference), but not yet written a review for:

Borkum Riff - Cherry Cavendish (yuck)
Brigham - Wild Cherry (meh...)
SG's St James Flake (my intro to VaPers)
Solani 633 (VaPer)
Solani 656 - Aged Burley Flake (meh... not to my novice tastes)
McC's Brindle Flake (straight flu-cured Va, meh... let's see if it gets better with age..)
SG's Skiff Mix (Oriental, bit odd at first, but it's grown on me)
Esoterica Blackpool (mild aromatic, pretty nice)
Peterson's Hyde Park (pretty nice English-Aro - a little rough)
Peterson's University Flake (didn't really like it - maybe needed more age)
Pete Stokkebye's Luxury Bullseye (VaPer+ very nice if aged)
Dunhill Nightcap (We have a winner!! My intro to Latakia heavy English & Balkan blends! a fav!)
Ashton - Artisan's Blend (fantastic tasty English-Lat driven blend! a fav!)
MacBaren - HH Vintage Syrian (Latakia heaven!)
Solani 763 - White & Black (defective and disappointing, no Latakia flavor despite label. needs age)
Solani - Silver Flake (good, but somewhat bland - needs age for Va to mature)
H&H - Burley Kake (meh - guess I'm not a Burley guy)
Savinelli - Black Cavendish (nice chocolaty/caramelly Aro)
Esoterica Penzance (superb Oriental English blend!)
Esoterica Margate (my fav English blend!)
Esoterica Pembroke (English + Cognac - meh, didn't care for it - prefer Margate)
McB's 7 Seas Black (sweet Aromatic, nice flavor, but a little bitey)
GH&Co Brown Flake Scented (interesting Aro flavours, but weird overpowering tonquin floral/soapy Lakelands smell)
GH&Co Kendal Flake (nice Aro, but again weird Lakelands soapy, floral tonquin smell)
Lane Ltd BC-A (very decent for a bulk Aro)
Stokkebye's Cherry Bon-Bon (yum!)
Sutliff PS - Molto Dolce (Ah, delicious Aro! Tastes and smells like heaven!)
SG's Celtic Talisman (nice smelling aro, but weak taste)
GLP's Sextant (English blend with liquor, bleh!)
McB's Highland Mixture (Scottish w/scotch; didn't like it - I have a full tin to give away if anyone wants it)
McB's Solent mix (nice English blend with mild sweet casing, but somewhat muted/bland - prefer English with more Latakia flavor)
C&D - Espresso (bulk Aro, not so good)
McB's Old Dark Fired (Nice strong Bur-based baccy flavor)
Sillem's Black (nice high quality Aro - interesting flavored Va-Lat)
WO Larsen's 1864 Perfect Mix (pretty nice Aro)
Sutliff's CD blend (nice, mild American-English blend)
Sillem's Green (terrible disgusting tasting Aro!)
H&H - Blackhouse (Balkan Lat-bomb!)
McC's 3 Oaks Syrian (latakia heavy Balkan, very nice!)
McC's Wilderness (good lat-heavy English/Balkan)
Bell's Three Nuns (classic Kentucky VaBur - let's see if age improves it...)
Dunhill - MyMix 965 (tasty English/Scottish blend)
SG's Squadron Leader (excellent medium English - I like it!)
Dorisco Mixture (very decent classic English blend)
McB's Dark Twist Roll Cake (bleh. Probably needs a lot of aging...)
Frog Morton - nice Lat-driven blend
SPC - Mississippi River (nice lat-bomb!)
Esoterica - And So To Bed (nice quality smoke, but not my taste)
Sillem's European blend - Copenhagen (Really nice Aro! "A taste you will never forget!")
Sillem's European blend - London (excellent English blend!)
GLP's Quiet Nights - another great Englishy blend
Tom Eltang's English blend - nice mild traditional English blend

Next up:
McB's Navy Flake
Savinelli - Brunello Flake
Brebbia - Balkan
Brebbia - Latakia Flake
Sillem's - Commodore Flake
GLP's Odyssey
GLP's Samarra
Frog Morton's Cellar
McC's - CPCC Samovar
McB's - The Cube
H&H's Ambassador's blend
H&H's Larry's blend
Drew Estates - Central Park
Drew Estates - Meat Pie
(Going to let these last 4 age a couple of years before opening)
Esoterica - Tilbury
Rattray's - Old Gowrie
Wessex - Brigade Campaign
McB's - HH Mature Virginian

Decided not going to open these 3 Aro tins - any takers?"
HG - Ennerdale
Peterson's - Connoisseur's Choice
Peterson's - Balkan Delight

Also have an unopened tin of Capstan Original Navy Cut if anyone is interested

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Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2014-10-04 Ashton - Artisan's Blend 201 ★★★★ 3.5
2014-12-06 Cornell & Diehl - Christmas Blend 2014 (We Three Kings) 19 ★★★☆ 2.2
2014-10-05 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 460 ★★★★ 3.5
2014-10-05 Esoterica Tobacciana - Margate 201 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-24 G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights (Old London Series) 130 ★★★★ 3.5
2015-07-09 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Sweet Coconut Twist 45 ★★★☆ 2.9
2014-10-04 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 231 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-10-04 Nording - Labrador (Hunter Blend) 22 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-31 Peter Stokkebye - Cherry Bonbon (No. 305) 15 ★★★★ 3.5
2014-10-04 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 291 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-10-04 Peterson - My Mixture 965 602 ★★★★ 3.2
2014-10-04 Peterson - Nightcap 651 ★★★★ 3.5
2014-10-04 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 527 ★★★★ 3.4
2014-10-04 Sillem's - Copenhagen Blend 17 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-03-29 Sillem's - London Blend 25 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-04-01 Sillem's - Black 99 ★★★★ 3.4
2014-10-04 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Molto Dolce (Sutliff Private Stock) 170 ★★★★ 3.2

Wishlist

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2015-03-24 Boswell Pipes & Tobacco - Pennsylvania Dutch Treat 59 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-23 Compton's of Galashiels - Macedonian Mixture 23 ★★★★ 3.8
2014-10-21 Compton's of Galashiels - Balkan 17 ★★★★ 3.9
2015-07-09 Cornell & Diehl - Oak Alley (Cellar Series) 28 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-03-27 Cult - Blood Red Moon 105 ★★★★ 3.2
2014-10-21 Dan Tobacco - Old Ironsides (American History Mixtures) 119 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-24 Davidoff - Flake Medallions 149 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-10-11 Dunhill - Standard Mixture Full 9 ★★★★ 3.8
2014-10-11 Esoterica Tobacciana - Stonehaven 212 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-03-31 G. L. Pease - Sixpence (Old London Series) 63 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-23 G. L. Pease - Caravan (Original Mixtures) 91 ★★★★ 3.2
2014-10-11 Hearth & Home - Magnum Opus (Marquee Series) 65 ★★★★ 3.7
2015-04-05 Hearth & Home - Strikeforce (Signature Series) 17 ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-03-24 HU Tobacco - Nashville County (Original Warehouseblend) 17 ★★★★ 3.9
2015-03-24 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 83 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-10-21 J. F. Germain & Son - Rich Dark Flake 34 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-04-11 J. F. Germain & Son - Eighteen Twenty 49 ★★★★ 3.2
2014-10-11 J. F. Germain & Son - Germain's Special Latakia Flake 96 ★★★★ 3.4
2014-10-11 J. F. Germain & Son - Germain's Brown Flake 83 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-07-09 Lane Limited - 125th Anniversary 24 ★★★☆ 2.7
2015-07-09 Lane Limited - Royal Canadian 3 ★★★☆ 2.7
2015-07-09 Lane Limited - Medal of Valor 22 ★★★☆ 3.0
2015-03-24 Lane Limited - Captain Black Dark 63 ★★★★ 3.2
2017-03-29 Lane Limited - Captain Black Copper 29 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-04-11 McClelland - Old Dog (Ashton Revival) 27 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-03-26 McClelland - Classic Samsun (Grand Orientals) 76 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-04-17 Mr. B's - Rise and Shine (D) 6 ★★★★ 3.8
2015-03-26 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Bull's Eye 40 ★★★★ 3.7
2014-10-21 Orlik Tobacco Company A/S - Brown Sliced 10 ★★★★ 3.8
2015-03-23 Peter Stokkebye - Balkan Supreme 130 ★★★★ 3.3
2017-03-29 Peterson - Holiday Season 2009 (Limited Edition) 13 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-03-26 Peterson - Old Dublin 275 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-10-11 Peterson - Special Reserve 2012 (Limited Edition) 14 ★★★★ 3.6
2015-04-09 Planta - Presbyterian Mixture 292 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-03-26 Rattray - Red Rapparee (British Collection) 199 ★★★★ 3.4
2014-10-11 Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 286 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-03-24 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Balkan Sasieni 275 ★★★★ 3.1
2015-03-24 Seattle Pipe Club - Plum Pudding 177 ★★★★ 3.5
2014-10-21 Smokers' Haven - 20th Anniversary Mixture 17 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-10-21 Sobranie of London - The Balkan Sobranie 93 ★★★★ 3.7
2015-03-24 Tewksbury & Company - Hobbit's Weed 60 ★★★★ 3.4
2015-03-27 W.O. Larsen - Signature Vintage Mixture 84 ★★★★ 3.2
2015-03-24 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Cherry Cavendish 21 ★★★★ 3.5

Reviews

19 reviews
54 helpful votes
4 star:
6 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
4 Recommended
2 star:
4 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
5 Not Recommended

Preferences: Latakia 3.8, Virginia 3.6, Oriental/Turkish 3.6, Black Cavendish 3.5

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2015-07-30 Savinelli - Brunello Flake 30 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.4
2015-04-09 Savinelli - Black Cavendish 20 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 2.7
2015-04-01 Sillem's - Black 99 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-03-31 Sutliff Tobacco Company - CD Blend (Sutliff Private Stock) 13 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2015-03-31 Sillem's - London Blend 25 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2015-03-31 G. L. Pease - Sextant (Old London Series) 66 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-03-29 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Barbados Plantation (Sutliff Private Stock) 35 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-03-29 Peterson - Nightcap 651 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-03-29 Tom Eltang - English 13 1 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2015-03-29 Peter Stokkebye - Cherry Bonbon (No. 305) 15 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2015-03-29 James Fox - Dorisco Mixture 53 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2015-03-23 Cornell & Diehl - Christmas Blend 2014 (We Three Kings) 19 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.2
2014-11-13 Solani - 763: White and Black 69 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2014-10-05 Esoterica Tobacciana - Margate 201 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-10-05 Esoterica Tobacciana - Blackpool 32 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2014-10-04 Nording - Labrador (Hunter Blend) 22 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-10-04 Cornell & Diehl - Captain Bob's Blend 47 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2014-10-04 Ashton - Artisan's Blend 201 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-10-04 Sillem's - Copenhagen Blend 17 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2