Fribourg & Treyer Blackjack Review

Cellaring tobacco happens in a few ways; some intentional, others incidental. As any member of this forum could certainly attest, adding a few more tins than one can smoke in a reasonable amount of time to an order (or even just one more tin to hit that free shipping threshold) is a by-product of being […]

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Review: Cellar-Diving with GL Pease JackKnife Plug Vintage 2011

Jack Knife Plug with Dunhill Poker

This cellar-diving kick is really paying off, considering the time and effort that went into stocking the coffers with tobacco meant to be enjoyed with some age on its side. This month’s candidate for review is a tin of JackKnife Plug dated 6th April 2011, among the first production runs of this blend from the New […]

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Cellardiving with GL Pease – GLP Westminster 2007 Review

GL Pease Westminster

Having been rather pleased with my last foray into the further reaches of my cellar, it seemed like a good theme to stick with for a bit. Last month’s Sunset Breeze was a pleasant surprise; honestly, I’d expected the aromatic to have faded into a shadow of its former self. That it hadn’t done so speaks […]

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Peterson – Sunset Breeze Review

Peterson Sunset Breeze in the Tin

The holiday season has crept upon us again, and with it the urge, in me at least, to indulge in some unabashed aromatic smoking. In normal times, the holidays are a reason to enjoy feasting and the company of family and friends; aromatics of course make for a pleasant atmosphere for smokers and non-smokers alike, […]

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Cornell & Diehl Sunday Picnic Review

Sunday Picnic & Dunhill Bulldog

It’s been quite some time since I sat down to write one of these reviews, so naturally I turned to a blend that is an old favorite—Cornell & Diehl’s Sunday Picnic. Sunday Picnic, from C&D’s Simply Elegant series, was one of the first labels I really fell in love with when transitioning from whatever was […]

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G.L. Pease Samarra Review 2011 Vintage

G.L. Pease Samarra Tobacco

There are few things nicer than experiencing the satisfactory hiss of a tin of pipe tobacco that’s been waiting for you to pop it open for a decade.  The smell that comes off the tobacco the second normal atmosphere hits it is as good as opening an oven door to a loaf of freshly baked […]

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G.L. Pease Windjammer Tobacco Review

G. L. Pease Windjammer Tobacco

The year is nearly half over, and what a year it’s been so far.  There’s lots of talk of life “getting back to normal,” yet even with the mechanics of things daily happening more regularly and predictably,  “normal” is hardly a word I’d use, personally.  What most people were hoping for over the last year […]

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Plum Pudding Special Reserve Flake Review

Plum Pudding Special Reserve Flake

There’s a strange phenomenon happening around the world:  people are starting to come out of their post-pandemic stupors and panics and…gathering again.  This might serve as a cause for celebrations, but for those of us slightly less inclined to be social, the palpable excitement can be a little overwhelming.  What is rather nice to see […]

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C&D Oak Alley Tobacco Review

One quarter of the year 2021 is gone already.  It’s as if each upcoming moment turns to the one before it and says, “Hey dude, hold my beer.”  For example, this review nearly didn’t make it—I had a catastrophic hard drive failure.  Of course I didn’t back up, apparently I’m an idiot who likes living […]

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C&D Yale Mixture 2010 Tobacco Review

Yale Mixture Tobacco 2010

It surprises a few people when they learn I write my reviews in a small, outdoor space barely big enough to fit two folding chairs, attached to an expensive apartment not much bigger.  My pipe tobacco “cellar” is a well-protected, medium-sized chicken yakitori box from my sous days.  Maybe some believe a “pipe guy” is […]

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