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Troost Special Cavendish - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    January 12th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

Troost Special Cavendish PouchThe pouch aroma of this blend is of a straight forward tobacco smell with a hint of plums. The moisture content is on the dry side, but it is not so dry that it is to the crumbly point. This is a ready rubbed that I needed to rub out a little to separate the strands of tobacco. I loaded the pipe using the two step method and proceeded to the charring light. On the charring light, I was met with a straight forward tobacco taste and aroma with a very light sweetness to the aroma and taste. I settled in for the smoke to see where this blend would go. Read the rest of this entry »

McClelland Holiday Spirit 2008 - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    December 20th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The tin aroma of this blend smells really good and reminds me of some of the smells that are encountered during Holiday baking. Dark rum is the predominate aroma and there is a hint of dark chocolate and I also picked up on a slight hint of coffee. The moisture content is a little on the moist side and some drying time wouldn’t hurt. I smoked it right from the tin with no drying time and it smoked well with no problems. The cut on this blend is pretty chunky with some large pieces of leaf. Read the rest of this entry »

G.L. Pease Barbary Coast - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    November 5th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The tin aroma of this blend is nutty, sweet, and slightly fruity. It is a very pleasant aroma. The moisture content is a little on the wet side and some drying time would not hurt. The blend is a chunky cube cut. I gravity filled the bowl and proceeded to the charring light. Upon the charring light, I am greeted by a slightly sweet, slightly nutty taste and a pleasant smelling nutty aroma with just a slight hint of coffee to it. I finished lighting my pipe and settled in for the smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl Exhausted Rooster - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    October 17th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend is that wonderful tanginess that tickles the nose slightly and makes my mouth water. It also has a slight amount of sweetness and just a touch of spiciness to the aroma. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away.

This blend is a broken flake. For this review, I did not rub the pieces out. I left the pieces as they were, loaded my pipe, and proceeded to the charring light. On the charring light I am greeted with that lovely taste and aroma of the Virginias. The taste is a slightly tangy, slightly sweet, tobacco taste. I settled in for the smoke with expectations of a good, relaxing smoke from this blend. Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl #412A Billy Budd - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 22nd, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend is a nice smoky, sweet Latakia. The moisture level is perfect for smoking right out of the bag. This blend is a coarse cut and is quite chunky. I left it in its original state and did not rub it out into smaller pieces. I loaded the pipe using a two step method and proceeded to the charring light. Upon the charring light I was greeted by the taste and aroma of a nice smoky, sweet Latakia mixture. I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for the smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl #972 Three Friars - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 27th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend is quite tangy and tickles the nose a little and induces a little mouth watering effect. There is also a very light sweetness to the aroma that sits far in the background. The moisture content of the tobacco is perfect for smoking right away, as most of C&D blend are. The tobacco is what I would call a coarse cut, because it is quite chunky. I left it chunky and did not rub it out at all.

I filled the pipe using a two step packing method. I packed it a little on the loose side and proceeded to the charring light. On the charring light, I picked up a little sweetness in the aroma but none in the taste. The taste was a straight forward tobacco taste. I settled in for the smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co. Rum Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    July 14th, 2009

By Bob Tate

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Note: This review is from bulk tobacco. I have not tried the tinned version, so I can not compare the differences, if any, between the two.

The tin aroma of this blend is very intriguing and pleasant. I am picking up on the rum, licorice, and vanilla as well as the sweet tang from the Virginias. It is a little on the moist side and could use a little drying time. This tobacco comes in a broken flake style (Fig. 1), and needs very little effort in rubbing out (Fig. 2).
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Middleton’s Carter Hall - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 8th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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Upon opening the pouch, I was quite surprised. I was expecting a straight burley tobacco with no aroma other than a tobacco smell. It had an aroma, which to me, smelled like wine. It was not a bad thing, just unexpected. Actually, it was quite pleasant and I kind of like it. The moisture level was perfect right out of the pouch and required no drying time at all before smoking. Read the rest of this entry »

Peterson Sunset Breeze - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 1st, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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When I opened this tin I was greeted by a strong yet nice sweet aroma of Amaretto. I also picked up some slight hints of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. The moisture level was a little on the moist side, as it is with most aromatics. And just like with most aromatics, I would suggest some drying time for the tobacco. Read the rest of this entry »

Samuel Gawith Re-Introduces Blend

    April 29th, 2009

By Bob Tate

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Samuel Gawith will be re-introducing a blend at the Chicago Pipe Show this year (2009). The blend has been out of production for quite some time and is called Scotch Cut Mixture. Bob and Graham from Samuel Gawith Tobacco will be in attendance at the show. Read the rest of this entry »