Sam's flake is super gnarly, awesome weed. A gent sent me a 9 year old tin of 1792, out of the goodness of his heart, which continues to be a mind-blowing smoke.
These two are at opposite ends of the tonquin spectrum. You can smell it in the tin more than in the smoke with Sam's, but it's an integral part of the blend. With 1792, the tonquin stands atop a mount of dark leaf and shouts through a megaphone.
Ennerdale for a slightly lighter tonquin hand, then 1792 for regler, and I really (strangely) like SG Bracken Flake which you can't seem to get in the US anymore. I don't even know if they still make it... but I can still hear Davy Jones bellowing "Yaaarrrrrrr, RELEASE THE BRACKEN!!!!!" in the visions I had whilst smoking it!
Has anyone simply tried adding ground tincture of tonka beans to a blend? Then you could have full control over the degree to your own tastes. Also, another interesting experiment would be to try substituting some Sweet Woodruff and seeing how that works. Probably have it growing in your yard as a ground cover in a shady spot. Dry the flowers and grind them in. Chemically very similar to Tonka.
SG Bracken Flake is long ago toes up, tagged & bagged.
I snagged 4 aged tins before it disappeared; it is tragically good.
SG Lakeland Dark is reputed to be "1792 without the tonquin" - it is not as it is a broken flake & not as similar as Bracken Flake was to 1792. (It is however a very good, strong tobacco, similar to GH Dark Flake. NB - it is not Lakekandish.)
I started the "Your favorite ________ tobacco?" topics
I posted the cherry, vanilla and chocolate one. I'm new to pipe smoking and I wanted to get some peoples thoughts about certain flavors, as I am looking for new tobaccos to try. Sorry for the sudden pop up of these topics.