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Mac Baren 7 Seas Royal Blend - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 23rd, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend smells really good. I am picking up on hints of vanilla, chocolate, raisin, a little bit of fruitiness, and maybe a very light hint of rum. This seems to me to be a mixture of the Regular Blend and the Gold Blend. The moisture content of this blend is on the wet side and it is a little sticky. Some drying time would be recommended. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.
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Mac Baren 7 Seas Gold Blend - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 15th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend smells very nice. I am picking up on mostly Vanilla with hints of Chocolate. Moisture content is on the wet side and a little sticky. Some drying time would be recommended. I did not let it dry and just loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light. Upon the charring light, I smelled the vanilla right away. It smelled great and left a very pleasant, lingering room note. The flavor of vanilla was also there and it tasted very nice. I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for the smoke.
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Mac Baren 7 Seas Regular Blend - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 8th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma is nice and rich smelling. I pick up on the aroma of raisins, chocolate, and maybe a light hint of coffee. I had someone else smell it and they said that it smelled mainly of raisins with a hint of rum. Either way, it smells really good. Moisture content is on the wet side and a little sticky. Some drying time would be recommended. I did not let it dry and just loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.
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Cornell & Diehl After Hours - Pipe Tobacco Review

    August 3rd, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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[Note: This tobacco has been opened for over a year. I do not recall the original tin aroma. I am just describing what I smell now. It could also explain the lack of rum flavor and aroma for me in this review.]

The tin aroma of this blend is of a grassy/hay type smell with some tanginess and a slight sweetness. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed. I rubbed out a couple of the flakes and loaded my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.
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Dedicating Tobacco Pipes to Pipe Tobacco Blends

    July 22nd, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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To dedicate or not to dedicate? That is a question that is asked frequently by pipe smokers. Before I give my answer to this question, I would like to explain a few things. There are some advantages to dedicating pipes to certain tobaccos and there can be some disadvantages as well. The reason why piper smokers wonder about this is; ghosting can and does occur while smoking pipes. A lot of pipe smokers wonder if the ghosting will affect the next blend that they smoke in the same pipe. Dedicating pipes to specific tobaccos mainly apply to briar pipes. Briar pipes have the most tendencies to ghost than other types of pipes. Ghosting is pretty easy to define and understand. It is when the flavor of a blend stays with the pipe after you have smoked it. It can and will affect the flavor and aroma of the next blend that is smoked in that same pipe.

Now a lot of you are going to say, “I must dedicate my pipes because I don’t want any ghosting to happen!”. Ghosting is going to happen to some degree or the other with every blend that you smoke. Since every blend tastes different, no matter how small the difference is, it is going to have some type of an effect on the next blend. Sometimes ghosting can be a good thing, so don’t get carried away just yet. When it comes to pipe smokers and pipe dedication, there are basically three groups; Read the rest of this entry »

Just for Him Shortcut to Mushrooms - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 16th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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[*Editors Note: I do not know for certain what tobaccos are in this blend and am making a guess based on what I see and taste in the blend.]

The tin aroma of this blend is very nice, but it is a little hard to describe. I am picking up light hints of the Latakia and also some vanilla. It smells sweet and there is a lot going on. The moisture content is a tad on the moist side, but it smokes fine as is. Drying time is not needed, but it wouldn’t hurt either. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light. On the charring light, the aroma was a nice vanilla smell accompanied by something else that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I also picked up the vanilla in the flavor. Along with the vanilla, there was a light smokiness and some earthiness. I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for an interesting smoke.
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CAO Eileen’s Dream - Pipe Tobacco Review

    May 18th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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On the tin aroma of this blend I am picking up on Irish Cream. Not the sugary coffee creamer type but a good liquor type of Irish Cream. It is accompanied by a light chocolate aroma. It is weird, but the chocolate aroma smells like white chocolate to me. Those of you who have eaten white chocolate know that there is a difference in the aroma of white chocolate compared to other chocolate. Well, to be technical there is a difference in aroma of all different kinds of chocolate, but this is a tobacco review, not a chocolate review. The moisture content of this blend is perfect for smoking right out of the tin.
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Interview with Greg Pease of G.L. Pease Tobacco - Part 1

    April 15th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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Greg Pease is the owner of G.L. Pease, Intl. Greg began blending pipe tobacco over 30 years ago and in 1998 left his regular job of 18 years to pursue tobacco blending full time. In early 2000, G.L. Pease Tobacco was born. G.L. Pease tobaccos have become one of the better known premier pipe tobacco blends today. Greg makes it a habit of using only the best quality tobaccos that are available at any given time in his blends. G.L. Pease tobacco blends are made by hand and in small batches to maintain the integrity of his blends.

He also runs his own website [glpease.com] which is loaded with useful information about pipe tobacco and the G.L. Pease tobacco blends, all of which is written by Greg himself. You can see all of the G.L. Pease tobacco blends with their descriptions at glpease.com and cornellanddiehl.com.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Greg some questions. Here is our interview with Greg Pease of G.L. Pease Tobacco:

 

PM: When you first started blending pipe tobacco blends, was it more of a hobby or did you have plans to make it into a business?
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Super Value Black & Gold - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    March 31st, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

black-gold-003The pouch aroma of this blend is of a nice, sweet, old fashioned drug store type of pipe tobacco. The closest that I can come to describing it in terms of actual aromas would be Vanilla, Chocolate, and sweet Coffee all mixed together. The aroma does remind me and my wife of the old drugstore blends that our grandfathers used to smoke and it smells quite good. The moisture content is very moist and it is obviously cased with PG (Propylene Glycol) to keep it moist on the shelf.
[Editors Note: Propylene Glycol (PG) is an additive that is added to some tobaccos to keep them from drying out on the shelf.]

It is quite moist and sticky and experience has taught me that no amount of drying time will really help to dry it out. So I loaded up my pipe with it directly from the pouch and proceeded to the charring light. I was greeted by a nice, sweet, smelling aroma that I can only describe as an old time classic pipe tobacco smell. My wife said that it really reminds her of her grandfather and smells good and comforting. As far as the taste goes, I am picking up on a generic sweet taste. There are no distinguishing flavors in it. I finished lighting the pipe and sat back to see how this blend would perform.
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CAO Moontrance - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    March 27th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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The tin aroma of this blend smells great. I am picking up on the vanilla and bourbon. There is also a very intriguing lightly fruity aroma accompanied by a coconut essence. I really like the complexity of the tin aroma. There is a lot there. The moisture content of this blend is perfect for smoking right out of the tin. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light I was greeted by the aroma of vanilla and it also smelled like some kind of pastry. The flavors that I detect are predominately vanilla and there is also a light fruity flavor to it as well. I finished lighting the pipe and sat back seeing where this blend would go. Read the rest of this entry »