|Real Name||Brandon V.|
|Location||Cape Cod, USA|
Been smoking a pipe for about 2 years at the time of writing this, though I smoked cigars and tinkered with the occasional cob and OTC combo for a few years prior. In the time For the amount of time I've been smoking, I've smoked and collected a lot of tobaccos―nearly a hundred blends now. My only preferences are quality and variety. I mainly enjoy Virginia and Virginia-Perique flakes, but I also love Burleys, Lakelands, Englishes, Balkans, and from time to time, mild aromatics.
GREAT BLENDS: ★Escudo, ★Capstan Blue Flake, GH ★Rum Flake, ★Louisiana Perique Flake, ★Sweet Maple Twist, ★Ennerdale Flake, ★Cherry Cream Flake; D&S ★Trafalgar ★Blairgowrie; ★Erinmore Flake, Peterson ★3P's, ★Old Dublin, MacBaren ★Old Dark Fired, ★Acadian Perique, ★Pure Virginia, ★Scottish Mixture; ★Astleys No.44; ★Newminster 400 Flake; G.L. Pease ★Jackknife Plug, ★Union Square, ★Maltese Falcon; Cornell & Diehl ★Bijou, ★Sunday Picnic, ★King Cake, ★Riverboat Gambler, ★We Three Kings, ★Pirate Kake, ★Blockade Runner, ★Night Train, ★Briar Fox, ★Old Joe Krantz, ★Yorktown ★Dreams of Kadath, ★Innsmouth; Peter Stokkebye ★Luxury Bullseye Flake, ★Cube Cut. ★McClelland Beacon, Frog Morton.
DID NOT LIKE:
☞C&D Virginia Flake - Very poor VA flake; could've been a bad batch based on good reviews from others. Parts of the flakes looked green, which a microscope confirmed was not mold, but what I believe to be a sign of hasty curing. Additionally, it was dry as desert sand and devoid of any redeeming qualities.
☞Sir Walter Raleigh - Has too much of a "chemical" taste to it for me to enjoy often (unlike say, Carter Hall), and although it seems there's a nice nuttiness hiding in there, I just can't get past that chemical overtone. It's not terrible but I'm not going to smoke it just to be cool (chuckles).
Blends that were markedly different from batch-to-batch:
๛ G.L. Pease Temple Bar - The first tin I had of this was from spring 2016. It was absolutely awesome. A tightly-pressed Oriental-Virginia masterpiece, honestly rivaling even the savory McClelland #24. It was dark in color, smelled great, and was oh so delicious. However, sadly, the last two tins I've had of this were completely different from the first. So, I decided to steam it and press it some more, and I got a superior product altogether.
๛ G.L. Pease Piccadilly - This was the first English I'd ever tried, and became my favorite English for quite a while. The last tin I had wasn't nearly as good as the first couple. I'm thinking that this could be chocked-up to a batch of red Virginia that wasn't necessarily bad, just different than from some of the previous harvests.
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60 helpful votes
4 star: 12 Strongly Recommended
3 star: 1 Recommended
2 star: 0 Somewhat Recommended
1 star: 0 Not Recommended
Preferences: Burley 4.0, Virginia 3.9, Oriental/Turkish 3.8, Perique 3.8
|2020-08-14||Drucquer & Sons - Levant Mixture||22||5||3.6|
|2019-04-21||Cornell & Diehl - London Squire||18||2||2.7|
|2018-12-16||Gallaher Limited - Condor Plug||13||1||3.5|
|2018-12-12||Mac Baren - Capstan Original Navy Cut||192||2||3.4|
|2018-11-20||Cornell & Diehl - Christmas Blend 2016 (Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose)||31||6||3.0|
|2018-10-14||Drucquer & Sons - Blairgowrie||24||7||3.6|
|2018-09-01||Tabac Manil - Le Petit Robin (Pure Semois)||23||4||3.7|
|2018-02-14||Cornell & Diehl - Exhausted Rooster||98||3||3.2|
|2018-02-06||G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights (Old London Series)||129||2||3.5|
|2018-02-04||G. L. Pease - JackKnife Plug (New World Collection)||146||5||3.4|
|2018-01-30||Peter Stokkebye - Norwegian Blend (No.80)||27||7||3.0|
|2018-01-27||Cornell & Diehl - Dreams of Kadath (The Old Ones)||23||12||3.2|
|2017-11-02||G. L. Pease - Piccadilly (Classic Collection)||73||4||3.1|