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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 Mississippi Mud - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 7th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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I see why they called this blend Mississippi Mud. The blend is almost completely black in color and kind of looks like used coffee grounds when it was in the pouch. The pouch aroma is a nice, sweet and smoky Latakia with a very light hint of pepper/spice from the Perique in the background. The moisture level was a tad on the wet side and some drying time would probably be good for it. I did not dry it and opted to smoke it as it was. Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl Manhattan Afternoon - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    September 2nd, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend has that sweet and tangy smell of a good Virginia blend. The moisture level is perfect for smoking right out of the bag. This blend is a flake, so I took a couple of the flakes (Fig. 1) and fully rubbed them out (Fig.2), I did leave some of it a little chunky. Since this flake was a little fluffy when rubbed out, I opted to use a two step packing method instead of gravity filling like I usually do when I rub out flakes. Read the rest of this entry »

My Tobacco Reviews - An Explanation

    August 31st, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

packingI just thought that I would explain a little bit about how I do my tobacco reviews. Everybody has a different way of doing a review and I wanted to explain my way so everyone understands them a little more. When I do a review, I do them from a flavor perspective. I do not get into the whole break down of the tobaccos in the blend and get into all of the details and science of the tobacco components. I do list the components in the blend as well as other information in the layout at the bottom of my reviews. When I do my reviews, I do them from a smoking perspective. 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 »

McClelland Frog Morton - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 18th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The tin aroma of this blend has that great smoky aroma that Latakia lends to a blend. There is also quite a bit of sweetness mixed in with the aroma. The moisture content is a little on the wet side and some drying time is recommended. I filled the pipe using a two step packing method and proceeded to the charring light. Read the rest of this entry »

Scotty’s Bulk Blends Milk & Honey - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 11th, 2009

By Bob Tate

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Scotty’s Bulk Blends are another brand of house blends from Pipesandcigars.com. This blend is called Milk & Honey and is only available in bulk. I am not picking up on any discernable aromas from the pouch. It is just a sweet smelling Cavendish blend. The moisture level is just about perfect for smoking. However, a little drying time wouldn’t hurt. I filled the pipe using my two step packing method and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light I picked up on a very light hint of vanilla and then there was nothing else really there. There was no vanilla in the aroma, just a hint in the flavor. I settled in for the smoke hoping that this blend would get better tasting as I smoked. Read the rest of this entry »

Samuel Gawith Sam’s Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 4th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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This tin that I am smoking from is at least three years old. The date that I put on it when it arrived says August of 2006. There is quite a bit of sugar crystallization on the flakes, look at the pictures below and you can see it (Fig. 1 & 2).

The tin aroma is amazing! There is a sweet but strong tobacco smell that I find very pleasing and mouth watering. This tin has been open for quite awhile and the moisture content is pretty dry right now. I do remember how it was when I first opened the tin and the moisture was almost perfect for smoking then. It might have needed a little drying time, but not much.
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Cornell & Diehl Opening Night - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    July 29th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend is a very nice Virginia sweet and tangy smell. The moisture level of this is, as with every C&D blend that I have tried, perfect for smoking right away. This blend is a broken flake (Fig. 1), so I lightly rubbed it out leaving it a little chunky (Fig. 2). I loaded the pipe using my two step method and packed it loosely.
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Dan Tobacco Sweet Vanilla Honeydew - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    July 22nd, 2009

By Bob Tate

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This is a blend that I have smoked in both the tinned and bulk versions. Both of them are exactly the same. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right out of the tin or pouch. The tin aroma is very nice. There is a nice sweet real vanilla smell and I think I picked up on a hint of chocolate as well. I do not pick up on any honeydew in the aroma. What I mean by a real vanilla smell is; the vanilla is like vanilla bean or a high quality vanilla extract, not a chemical vanilla smell that is associated with the cheaper tobacco blends.
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