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Slow Tri

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#42
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Haddo's never made the original VaPer Showdown because I felt that there were too many other components that took it further away from VaPer land than I felt comfortable with.

Fortunately, times change and I don't care about strict guidelines anymore. As soon as I can buy some, or be donated some, this will be in the showdown.
 

leacha

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Patron
#43
Haddo's never made the original VaPer Showdown because I felt that there were too many other components that took it further away from VaPer land than I felt comfortable with.

Fortunately, times change and I don't care about strict guidelines anymore. As soon as I can buy some, or be donated some, this will be in the showdown.
I have a jar of Haddos I may break out today I remember every third bowl or so of Haddos always soured on my palate and then I'd have to move along. I assumed it was whatever else I smoked before hand tainted it. Kinda like eating an onion sandwich, nothing else tastes good afterwards. :LOL:
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#44
C & D Bayou Morning Flake

I cannot believe that I missed this one in my Showdown. I have had an unopened, bulging tin of this for quite some time. I had not opened this one partly because I was afraid that because of the bulging then I was probably going to shoot my hand off when I opened it or something like that. So with my trusty dishtowel I grabbed the tin and popped the seal. There was a loud boom but not nearly the force to which I had expected.

Now with bulging tins you can expect two things. One - some great fermented tobacco, or two - a rank tobacco that is infiltrated with either bacteria or fungus. Fortunately for me it was some great fermented tobacco. The smell that came out of the tin was a bit earthy and peaty (is that even a word?). The tobacco was already starting to show my sugar crystals.

When this blend is rubbed out it comes to be really long ribbons of tobacco. I had been forewarned that this blend usually comes extremely damp so I spread the tobacco out on some newspaper and proceeded to let it dry for about 2 hours. Even then it was still a bit damp. But it packed really nicely and lit up great.

It is hard to describe this blend but I have to say that it was very, very earthy. It was almost like smoking dirt…..but in a good way. I believe that this dark flavor comes from the stoving of this blend. It has the dark fragrance and taste of Kajun Kake but it has a lot more sweetness to it that Kajun. Despite this blend still being a bit damp it burned very well and required only a few relights.

About halfway through the bowl a bit of spicy sourness came up through this blend. It was a nice mix of sweet and sour. This blend is pretty heavy and probably will not be good on an empty stomach.

This is a great overall blend. There is plenty of perique in this blend to go around. This blend is unique in that it is a VaPer but it is also stoved which you do not find frequently in the VaPer realm. I like it for a “change of pace” tobacco but it will not be in my regular rotation. This one goes in slot #15.

1)McConnell Scottish Cake
2)Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3)Escudo
4)GL Pease Filmore
5)H & H AJ’s VaPer
6)Low Country’s Waccamaw
7)Peretti’s Park Square
8)John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
9)H & H Rolando’s Own
10)H & H Anniversary Kake
11)G & H Louisiana Flake
12)Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
13)C & D Night Train
14)H & H Louisiana Red
15)C & D Bayou Morning Flack
16)Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
17)Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
18)Dorchester
19)Solani #633
20)Luxury Bullseye Flake
21)McClelland Bulk 2015
22)GL Pease Telegraph Hill
23)Kajun Kake
24)Luxury Navy Flake
25)Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#45
After a long extended break here is a new review for your reading pleasure.

In this installment I am taking on Former’s Straight Grain Flake. This is kind of a sleeper blend it seems that many people pass over. In my opinion, all of Former’s blends seem to be sleepers. Heck, there are only 5 reviews of this blend over on tobaccoreviews.com. I just happened to run across this blend as a reference in another tobacco review that I was reading. Then I went to smokingpipes.com and there it was. And it is a cheaper blend as well. Right now it is listed right around $7 for 2 ounces. I have not seen this offered in bulk anywhere.

Here is what the blend description states:

A full bodied but amazingly smooth dark flake tobacco prepared from traditional old world recipes and methods. A good pinch of mellow, yet spicy, Perique brings out the rich flavor in this zesty blend.

The appearance in the tin of this blend is similar to Stokkebye’s Luxury Navy Flake but a lot darker. The tin aroma is a mix of the dark, tangy, sweet Virginias along with the underlying spice of the perique. There is also a hint of leather in there as well. This is one of my favorite smelling blends in the tin. It doesn’t really smell like any other blend. I opened several other Vapers and stuck my nose in all of them and none of them smelled as good to me as this one.

I rubbed out the flake a little but to dry for a few minutes before packing this in. I have started using the Air Pocket Method for my flakes and broken flakes and that is what I used with this blend. I smoked this in a Peterson 268 Zulu shape as it seems the best for me with this blend.

Lighting was very easy. Once rubbed out this blend is made up of very narrow strips of tobacco which take to flame very easily. This blend has a very dark Virginia taste to start off with. There are some lighter flavored Virginias in there that provide high notes, perhaps Red or maybe even Lemon Virginia. I’m not sure but they are delicious. The perique is there in the background but it really comes to the forefront after about 1/3 of the bowl. Then it kicks in and rounds this blend out very nicely.

It has a fuller taste and strength than a lot of the blends in this showdown. Now this is not to say that this is a nicotine bomb like Night Train seems to be but it is definitely more full than any of the Hearth and Home blends. The taste and strength last through the rest of the bowl and never turns sour near the end.

Overall this is a very, very enjoyable blend. While it is not my favorite smoke it is definitely in my regular rotation. As stated it is also one of the better bargains out there and I will be ordering more tins throughout the years to lie down in the cellar. This will be one that really gets better with age in my opinion. And because of all of these factors it now enters in at spot #5.

1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3) Escudo
4) GL Pease Filmore
5) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
6) H & H AJ’s VaPer
7) Low Country’s Waccamaw
8) Peretti’s Park Square
9) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
10) H & H Rolando’s Own
11) H & H Anniversary Kake
12) G & H Louisiana Flake
13) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
14) C & D Night Train
15) H & H Louisiana Red
16) C & D Bayou Morning Flack
17) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
18) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
19) Dorchester
20) Solani #633
21) Luxury Bullseye Flake
22) McClelland Bulk 2015
23) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
24) Kajun Kake
25) Luxury Navy Flake
26) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#46
C & D’s Poplar Camp

I have to admit, when SailorJack first posted about this blend and wrote to me to ask if I wanted a sample to try in order to review it for the VaPer Showdown I had to scramble and look this blend up. I have to say that this is a VaPer that I had never heard of. And in my opinion it is better than most other VaPers that C & D puts out so I’m not sure why they don’t advertise this one any more than they do.

The blend description is:

Stoved red Virginia is combined with bright Virginia ribbon and restoved. Then red Virginia, Perique and unsweetened black Cavendish are added."

It is basically their blend #457 Yorktown with Perique added.

I think that the main reason that I like this blend by far and away from other C & D VaPers is that it does not have that earthy, peaty smell and taste that a lot of their other blends do. This is surprising to me with as much stoving as goes into this blend. They must be using a different type of Virginia for this one or something but it tastes and smells different from their other offerings. It is similar to the bulk version of Bayou Morning (not the flake) but this one tastes a lot brighter to me.

This blend packs great and is made up of different colored short ribbons I’m assuming that are cut off of a larger flake. Lighting this blend was particularly easy as it was at the right humidity right off the bat. The taste is pretty much the same throughout the bowl which is a plus to me. Too many times the blend goes sour in the last 1/3 and it turns me off. The perique does come in a bit more in the middle and stays put until the end of the bowl. This one is a slow burning one as well. About a medium sized bowl lasted me about an hour.

Overall I was pretty surprised by this blend. For a seldom mentioned VaPer this one is definitely flying below the radar. It is a bit hard to find however. The only place that I see it offered is on the actual C & D website. At this writing there were no online retailers that carry it as far as I can find. However, it is still a good deal from C & D and well worth ordering. I am definitely going to be getting more of this.

1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3) Escudo
4) GL Pease Filmore
5) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
6) H & H AJ’s VaPer
7) Low Country’s Waccamaw
8) Peretti’s Park Square
9) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
10) H & H Rolando’s Own
11) H & H Anniversary Kake
12) G & H Louisiana Flake
13) C & D Poplar Camp
14) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
15) C & D Night Train
16) H & H Louisiana Red
17) C & D Bayou Morning Flake
18) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
19) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
20) Dorchester
21) Solani #633
22) Luxury Bullseye Flake
23) McClelland Bulk 2015
24) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
25) Kajun Kake
26) Luxury Navy Flake
27) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#47
GL Pease Tribute

2011 Update
This blend has been re-released by C & D as First Responders

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I will state up front that this is one of my top 3 VaPer tobaccos. With that said, it is hard for me to smoke it because I have such a limited supply. I was lucky enough to acquire 3 tins of this over the years and every time I smoke some I realize that it is a pleasure that has an ending.

This is a special blend that was distributed in the shadow of the tragedy that happened in New York on September 11th, 2001. Like most Americans, Mr. Pease felt a need to do something so he created this blend and donated all of the profits. There is a great write-up about the process on his website here:

http://www.glpease.com/tribute.html

Here is the tin description:
Tribute is a special blend of red, lemon and stoved red Virginias, perique and toasted cavendish tobacco's. The blend was created by Gregory L. Pease. Production and distribution by Craig and Patty Tarler, Cornell & Diehl, Inc. The tribute was written by Ernest A. Carabillo III.

All profits from the sale of this tobacco were donated to the "Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund". Produced in September, 2001.

From what I have been able to research on the internet there was a First Edition in 2001 and then a Second Edition in 2002. I also found some references that C & D may have distributed this blend afterwards under the name of C & D Nassau but I could not find anything on their website or on tobaccoreviews.com about this blend.

In my opinion, this is Mr. Pease’s opus for VaPers.

My review is from a tin from the First Edition and has aged for over 9 years. Because I never tried this when it was first released this review is completely based on the aged tobacco.

The tin aroma is excellent and certainly all VaPer. When I usually open a fresh tin of any VaPer I can define the different components with my nose. In this case, and I am assuming because of the aging, the aromas have combined into one distinct smell that is intoxicating. The ribbon cut makes this blend very easy to pack and also to light. Once lit, this blend only needed one re-light.

The flavors of this blend immediately make themselves known. The aged Virginia and Perique are intertwined as you smoke this blend. There are no real moments where the Perique or the Virginia take over but rather a constant stream of both. The flavors and strength of this blend increases the closer that you get to the bottom of the bowl. While certainly not overpowering you will definitely feel it as you smoke this blend down. I never tasted the Toasted Cavendish but I did get the sense that it added fullness to this blend that would not have been there if it had been absent. It also seems to keep a balance between all of the tobaccos as well.

Overall this is one of the best blends that I have had the pleasure to try. Not only because of the blend itself but because of the meaning behind why this blend was put together and the fellowship that developed because of it. Mr. Pease I applaud what you, the Tarlers, and everyone else that had a hand in getting this blend out there went through.

I lost a friend in New York. My brother lost his best friend in the Pentagon. There were so many people directly and indirectly affected by what happened. It was a low point in our nation’s history but overall brought us closer together and made a much stronger nation.

This year (2011) will mark the 10 Year Anniversary of what happened on that day. While I understand that this was a limited edition and I certainly understand the reason for keeping it that way, if Greg ever decides to revive this blend either for an anniversary or under another name you can be sure that I will be ordering a lot of this.

“On 11th September, 2001, terrorists killed thousands of Americans. The blow came without provocation or reason, and the tragedy has left emptiness in the hearts of people from all nations.

“Those who seek to defeat us aim to kindle the fires of hatred and despair in our hearts, but they will not. We are united. We will prevail.
“In the years to come, do not forget that hatred took our loved ones away. Please smoke this tobacco in the spirit of peace, and never forget those we lost.

“In the middle of the darkest night
In the glowing of the tiniest ember
We will remember”
—EC III

1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3) GL Pease Tribute
4) Escudo
5) GL Pease Filmore
6) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
7) H & H AJ’s VaPer
8) Low Country’s Waccamaw
9) Peretti’s Park Square
10) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
11) H & H Rolando’s Own
12) H & H Anniversary Kake
13) G & H Louisiana Flake
14) C & D Poplar Camp
15) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
16) C & D Night Train
17) H & H Louisiana Red
18) C & D Bayou Morning Flake
19) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
20) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
21) Dorchester
22) Solani #633
23) Luxury Bullseye Flake
24) McClelland Bulk 2015
25) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
26) Kajun Kake
27) Luxury Navy Flake
28) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#48
Triple Play from G.L. Pease

Product Description from the Tin
Ripe red and bright flue-cured tobaccos are joined by piquant Acadian Perique and a balanced measure of smoky dark-fired kentucky. The leaf is pressed and matured in cakes before being cut into 2oz bars, resulting in a bold blend for Virginia and Perique fans. This all-American plug is a winning play, no matter how you slice it.

Tin Appearance
I love how Pease and C & D have the tobacco wrapped in cardboard layers inside the tin. It’s like opening a present at Christmas time. Upon opening this tin I was hit with a heavenly aroma. The tobacco was in a pressed brick in the middle of the tin with a couple of flakes lying on top (my second tin was a full solid brick). The thing that stands out with this brick compared to other cakes and crumble cakes is that you can see the whole tobacco leaves in there and it does not appear that there is a lot of “cutting down” of the leaves prior to pressing. I like this a lot. It almost appears like an plug of chewing tobacco back from the old days. Now I’m not going to bite off a chunk and start chewing, but I am going to put this on a cutting board and slice it up into flakes.

Cake Preparation
I cut this cake 2 ways from the original format. For half of the cake I sliced it into flakes that I slightly rubbed out for drying and packing purposes. For the other half, I sliced it as close to cube cut as I could get. After smoking both I found that I preferred the flake choice but it may be different for you.

Lighting
I dried this out a bit after rubbing it out not because it was overly moist but because I prefer my tobacco on the dryer side. This blend, to me, was very easy to light. The bigger pieces of tobacco took to the flame faster than most rubbed out flakes that I smoke. The initial aroma was very, very pleasant. It had a woody, nutty, and spicy aroma and taste initially.

Whole Bowl
It would be hard to describe this blend in parts throughout the whole smoking experience. This is because it remained consistent throughout the whole bowl. It was delicious. It reminded me a bit of C & D’s Night Train but this was better. Because this blend is still young there were times when certain tobacco components took over but not overly so. I believe with aging this blend will form together into a perfect harmony of flavors.

Overall
Not to use an old baseball term here but I cannot help it….Greg truly hit a homerun here. Most people liken Greg to be the master of Latakia but I think that he is going to turn some heads with the Perique fans with this one. Now I will state that this blend is a bit heavy on the nicotine so I definitely would not recommend it to a new smoker. However with that said, I don’t think that it is over the top by any means and it is a blend that I feel everyone will enjoy except for the diehard English tobacco smokers. All of the tobaccos used in this blend will only get much better with age so everyone be sure to stock up on this in your cellars to smoke for years into the future. This one debuts at spot #5. Not bad for a brand new blend.

1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3) GL Pease Tribute
4) Escudo
5)GL Pease Triple Play
6) GL Pease Filmore
7) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
8) H & H AJ’s VaPer
9) Low Country’s Waccamaw
10) Peretti’s Park Square
11) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
12) H & H Rolando’s Own
13) H & H Anniversary Kake
14) G & H Louisiana Flake
15) C & D Poplar Camp
16) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
17) C & D Night Train
18) H & H Louisiana Red
19) C & D Bayou Morning Flake
20) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
21) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
22) Dorchester
23) Solani #633
24) Luxury Bullseye Flake
25) McClelland Bulk 2015
26) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
27) Kajun Kake
28) Luxury Navy Flake
29) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

JRobert

Nuclear Moderator
Staff member
#49
C & D’s Poplar Camp

Overall I was pretty surprised by this blend. For a seldom mentioned VaPer this one is definitely flying below the radar. It is a bit hard to find however. The only place that I see it offered is on the actual C & D website. At this writing there were no online retailers that carry it as far as I can find.
smokingpipes.com has Poplar Camp in bulk: https://www.smokingpipes.com/pipe-tobacco/cornell-diehl/Poplar-Camp/product_id/126212/bulk/

I like Poplar Camp, but I like Bayou Morning (ribbon) a bit better, especially after it has some age on it.
 

WalkinStick

Driving the Bandwagon
Sales
Patron
Old Ted Award Winner
#52
Thanks to your reviews I have a tin of Scottish Cake waiting for 'the fullness of time' as Fr Tom likes to say.
Five years does silly things to that blend. I thought it was terrible when I popped it. Gave the tin away close to six years later and pulled a bowl worth out to try it again. Blew my mind.

Have barely seen it in stock since.
 

JRobert

Nuclear Moderator
Staff member
#53
Five years does silly things to that blend. I thought it was terrible when I popped it. Gave the tin away close to six years later and pulled a bowl worth out to try it again. Blew my mind.
My tin only has three years on it, so I will wait a little while longer. I have five year old Bayou Morning to smoke while I wait, and I think it is excellent.
Have barely seen it in stock since.
I blame Slow Tri for that. (The last time I said this someone thought I was serious, so JUST KIDDING)
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#55
Could it be??????

A new VaPer review?????

I'm bringing it back baby!!!!!

I got sidetracked by English blends, Balkans, and even some OTC aromatics but I am now back to my true love. Keep an eye out for several more over the next few weeks. This is also my 30th blend. I can't believe that.

Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club – VR Blend

Site Description:
Simply called "VR", the monogram of Victoria Regina, Queen of England which Holmes adorned his wall with while doing a little indoor revolver practice in his rooms at Baker Street. It also stands for Virginia Rich, a pressed blend of bright, stoved and red Virginias with a touch of unflavored Cavendish and a hint of sweet and spicy perique.

Available exclusively at Pipesandcigars.com.

Appearance
This is actually a bulk blend and that is the only way that you can buy it. It is listed as a Krumble Kake but it comes similarly how H & H Anniversary blend used to come. There are some loose pieces and there are some solid chunks. I have ordered this a couple of times now and I have never gotten a full chunk or have it completely loose. All you have to do is tear a chunk off if you have a big piece and rub it out just a bit.

To me this comes a bit moist but nothing outrageous. I just let it dry out for a few minutes and it’s ready to go. It has some browns and blacks in there which is pretty typical of a VaPer and it also has some unflavored Cavendish which also accounts for some of the black pieces.

Aroma
Ahhhhh…..to me nothing smells as good as a nice VaPer blend and this one is no exception. This one has a bright citrus/fruity smell to it that is also sweet. You can also smell the underlying twang of the perique in there.

Initial Light
Once this was dried out a bit it was really easy to light. If you like it chunky then put a bit of the loose stuff on top and this will light almost immediately. The taste upon lighting was almost exactly how the blends smelled. It was bright and citrusy with a spicier undertone of the perique.

Middle and End of Bowl
This blend was very consistent throughout. It always retained its bright note and never really bottomed out like some blends do. The Cavendish also added a bit of fullness to the blend and made it even that much more interesting.

Overall
Well my overall impression is a great one. As stated above I have ordered this a few times and have some in the cellar as I think this blends will get even better with age.

This blend I would rate at about a medium in strength and is a great all day blend to smoke. This one now takes over the 15th spot.


1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3) GL Pease Tribute
4) Escudo
5)GL Pease Triple Play
6) GL Pease Filmore
7) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
8) H & H AJ’s VaPer
9) Low Country’s Waccamaw
10) Peretti’s Park Square
11) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
12) H & H Rolando’s Own
13) H & H Anniversary Kake
14) G & H Louisiana Flake
15) Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club VR Blend
16) C & D Poplar Camp
17) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
18) C & D Night Train
19) H & H Louisiana Red
20) C & D Bayou Morning Flake
21) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
22) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
23) Dorchester
24) Solani #633
25) Luxury Bullseye Flake
26) McClelland Bulk 2015
27) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
28) Kajun Kake
29) Luxury Navy Flake
30) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#56
And here we go with the 31st VaPer review. Whew…..it’s been a labor of love.


Dunhill’s Deluxe Navy Rolls (DDNR)

Well I finally got around to smoking this blend. I know…..it’s about time, right?!?! I do have to say that it was definitely worth the wait. This blend has an average rating of 3.3 out of 4 on tobaccoreviews.com and it has over 100 reviews. I can’t really argue with numbers like that and luckily I don’t have to. I really liked this blend. With all of that said, let’s get to the review.

Tin Description:
De Luxe Navy Roll is made in Denmark using hand-stripped Virginia tobaccos from Brazil and Africa, married with Perique from Lousiana. This recipe produces an aromatic smoke with natural tobacco flavors and lovely sweet notes.

Appearance:
This is another blend that comes in coin form. Because of this there has been a lot of speculation that this blend, Escudo, and Stokkebye’s Luxury Bullseye Flake are all one in the same. I am here to put that argument to rest. They are all different.

For one thing, DDNR does not have a center like Luxury Bullseye Flake and it smells and tastes a lot different than Escudo. To me Escudo has a lot of dark notes within the blend and I did not detect that with DDNR. It is more “bright” than Escudo.

I did a test and smoked all 3 back-to-back and found them to be very different.

Aroma:
When you first open this tin you will find that it smells very sweet, like sugary sweet. Plum and raisin notes and also light peppery notes from the perique are present as well. As stated above, it smells bright to me. I love sniffing the tin on this one.

Initial Light:
I always rub these coins pretty much completely out. I haven’t yet mastered the act of rolling and stuffing this one. My tin came just a bit wet so after rubbing this out I set it out to dry out for about 20 minutes. After that I packed it into the bowl and lit it up and away we went.

This blend does take to light very well. After rubbing this out it breaks down to a pretty thin ribbon and it lights quickly and burns exceptionally.

The flavor of the first part of the bowl is very bright. The smoke coming out of the bowl is sweet and smells delicious.

Middle and End of Bowl:
The middle and end of the bowl is pretty much more of the same. The blend does settle down just a bit. The sweetness goes away just a bit but it still hangs around throughout the bowl. The perique is also always there but in the background and it pops in throughout the smoke.


Overall:
I have to admit that this one really surprised me. In all honesty, the reason why it took me so long to get to this blend was because I always viewed it as being a bit too expensive when compared to other blends that I enjoy. How could this one be that better that it could afford that price. Well I am here to say that it is worth it especially if you can get it on special like I just did from pipesandcigars.com.

I still have my favorites so unfortunately this cannot take over the first few spots. Your tastes may differ and I could easily see this being many people’s #1. For me it takes over the #4 spot from Escudo.


1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3) GL Pease Tribute
4) Dunhill’s Deluxe Navy Rolls
5) Escudo
6) GL Pease Triple Play
7) GL Pease Filmore
8) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
9) H & H AJ’s VaPer
10) Low Country’s Waccamaw
11) Peretti’s Park Square
12) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
13) H & H Rolando’s Own
14) H & H Anniversary Kake
15) G & H Louisiana Flake
16) Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club VR Blend
17) C & D Poplar Camp
18) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
19) C & D Night Train
20) H & H Louisiana Red
21) C & D Bayou Morning Flake
22) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
23) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
24) Dorchester
25) Solani #633
26) Luxury Bullseye Flake
27) McClelland Bulk 2015
28) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
29) Kajun Kake
30) Luxury Navy Flake
31) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#57
C & D’s Chenet’s Cake (Cellar Series) - Full Review

I was super excited when I saw that this blend had come out and what it entailed. “Perique Powerhouse” made me giddy with excitement.

There was only one hesitation on my part. On the side of the tin it states “Estimated Peak 10-15 years”. Now all of us know that most tobaccos get better with age but that seems like a long time for the tobacco to mature and reach its peak. Of course it will be fantastic in 2025 and awesome in 2030 but the question came into my head as to what it will taste like today? Will it be a really young blend thrown together and pushed out and the age statement is a copout to cover themselves? It didn’t really matter to me as I was going to smoke it anyway.

Tin Description:
"Named in honor of Pierre Chenet, the farmer accredited with discovering the process that turns Burley into Perique in 1824, Cornell & Diehl's Chenet's Cake is a combination of Virginia and Perique, pressed into an old-fashioned crumble cake. This Cellar Series blend is a Perique powerhouse for those who simply can't get enough of this "truffle of tobaccos". Estimated peak: 10-15 years. But it's fantastic right now!"

Appearance:
As you might guess from the name this comes in a Crumble Cake form. My tin had two big, solid cakes and one smaller one. This was for a 2oz tin. In the cake form the tobacco is a mottled color with all of the tan and light brown Virginias and A Lot of the darker Perique.

Once cut and rubbed out the tobacco is kind of a mixed bag. There are some pieces that are longer like a ribbon cut and some that are shorter pieces from a course cut.

Aroma:
Fruity, Fruity, Fruity. I could smell this all day long. The perique aroma is a little overpowering but if you love perique like I do then you will love it! The Virginia's grassy scent plays a definite background aroma to the perique (spice and raisin) in this blend. I also smell a hint, just a hint of dark chocolate.

Smoking:
As stated, I rubbed out a chunk off of the cake and let it dry out for about 30 minutes. Mine was bit moist coming out of the tin but that is probably what keeps the cake together so well. Once dried I packed it into my pipe. I used several shapes and sizes for this blend and they were all great. If you tend to get a knock out from perique then I would suggest you smoke this in a smaller bowled pipe.

This one surprised me right off. With the caveat on the label I was expecting this blend to be a bit young and harsh. Not so. This one was very smooth once it settled down after the first light.

Throughout the first half of the bowl you could tell that the different tobaccos flavors had already begun to meld together, most likely due to the pressing. You can still taste the difference between the perique and Virginia but I believe that this will not last long as the cellared tins.

This blend is delicious!!

Overall:

As you can tell, I really liked this blend. I assume that all perique fanatics will feel the same way. C & D really knocked this one out of the park! As the tin states “Estimated peak: 10-15 years. But it's fantastic right now!"……….and I fully agree. Pack your cellar deep with this one.

As for rating this one……..it is going high up on the list. Top 5 finish.


1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3) GL Pease Tribute
4) Dunhill’s Deluxe Navy Rolls
5) C & D’s Chenet’s Cake
6) Escudo
7) GL Pease Triple Play
8) GL Pease Filmore
9) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
10) H & H AJ’s VaPer
11) Low Country’s Waccamaw
12) Peretti’s Park Square
13) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
14) H & H Rolando’s Own
15) H & H Anniversary Kake
16) G & H Louisiana Flake
17) Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club VR Blend
18) C & D Poplar Camp
19) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
20) C & D Night Train
21) H & H Louisiana Red
22) C & D Bayou Morning Flake
23) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
24) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
25) Dorchester
26) Solani #633
27) Luxury Bullseye Flake
28) McClelland Bulk 2015
29) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
30) Kajun Kake
31) Luxury Navy Flake
32) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

headrott

Well-known member
#58
Five years does silly things to that blend. I thought it was terrible when I popped it. Gave the tin away close to six years later and pulled a bowl worth out to try it again. Blew my mind.

Have barely seen it in stock since.
Good to know. I have an opened tin (most left) in a jar that;s been sealed for 3 years. I have another unopened tin in the cellar that is about 4 years old.

I also wasnt; overly impressed with the blend when I first opened it. I will pop the lid on the jar soon, however/ Thanks for the inspiration @WalkinStick.
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#59
Daughters & Ryan – TAPS VIP Pipe Tobacco

Well I have to be honest……..this is the first Daughters & Ryan pipe tobacco. I believe that they were one of the companies who labeled their RYO tobacco as “pipe tobacco” when the tax laws changed a few years back. Since then they have produced some pipe tobacco but this one is the first that really stood out to me. Plus @ChristTiger recommended it and that is reason enough for me. I’m pretty sure that he and I are brothers from another mother since our tastes are eerily close when it comes to pipes and pipe tobacco.


Ok……let’s get this review started.

Tin Description:
Triangle Area Pipe Smokers is located in the historical heart of tobacco country. The remnants of tobaccos glory days can be seen in the Victorian homes lining somnolent streets of isolated small towns, and in the tobacco barns that dot the rural landscape. Fortunate to have within its membership a master blender, VIP combines two great classics of southern tobacco. From the tobacco heartland comes bright Virginias. From the bayous of Louisiana, spicy Perique. With a classic aroma and flavor, the result is s local expression of a fine Virginia Perique.

Appearance:
This is presented as a very loose ribbon. You really have to pack this stuff in or it makes for a very quick smoke. I have actually loaded two pipes and smoked them both back-to-back just to have a normal length smoke. It is a little moist in the tin and I usually set mine out for about 15 minutes and it is ready to go.

Aroma:
This was the first thing that grabbed me about this blend. It has a very bright fruity aroma with a bit of sourness at the end. To me, this is exactly what a VaPer blend should smell like. I’m actually sticking my nose into the tin while I type this because it is so enjoyable.

Smoking:
As stated, this has to be really packed into the pipe because it is so loose. However it lights very easily and smokes all the way down usually without a relight.

The smoking of this blend is straight up VaPer. The taste, the aroma…….everything is great with this one.

Overall:
The only thing that I could say is an issue with this blend is that you have to pack a lot into a pipe (have I said that enough in this review). Everything else with this blend is great! If you are looking for an easy blend to smoke without a lot of fuss then you should definitely pick up a tin of this. Plus it is only a little over $7 for a 1.5oz tin. I will definitely be stocking up on this one.


1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3) GL Pease Tribute
4) Dunhill’s Deluxe Navy Rolls
5) C & D’s Chenet’s Cake
6) Escudo
7) GL Pease Triple Play
8) GL Pease Filmore
9) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
10) H & H AJ’s VaPer
11) Low Country’s Waccamaw
12) Peretti’s Park Square
13) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
14) H & H Rolando’s Own
15) H & H Anniversary Kake
16) G & H Louisiana Flake
17) Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club VR Blend
18) Daughters & Ryan VIP Blend
19) C & D Poplar Camp
20) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
21) C & D Night Train
22) H & H Louisiana Red
23) C & D Bayou Morning Flake
24) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
25) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
26) Dorchester
27) Solani #633
28) Luxury Bullseye Flake
29) McClelland Bulk 2015
30) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
31) Kajun Kake
32) Luxury Navy Flake
33) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices
 

Slow Tri

Well-known member
#60
Samuel Gawith – Cabbie’s Mixture

I have to tell you…..when I saw that SG had a new VaPer that was only available in the EU I almost paid an ungodly price to be the first to try it here. The Danish Pipe Shop had this and I wanted it. I got word that this would be available on our shores soon enough so I reluctantly held off. No cats were beaten during this wait.

When I originally read the description I was really excited. A small roll cake of VaPer……why not and why has no one done this before. I was a bit skeptical because I know that SG’s tobacco equipment is basically older than the years that the USA has been independent. Or close enough. I know that they have some issues with their flakes being thick and thin, so how would they do with a roll cake.

Ok……let’s get this review started.

Tin Description:
Samuel Gawith's Cabbie's Mixture is the first coin-cut tobacco from the venerable English blending house. It's an all-day blend with a bit more body than most, as well as a subtly sweet, subtly spicy flavor that makes the smoker aware of the Perique's influence, without being overwhelming or heavy-handed.

Appearance:
These are small coins that are very, very similar to the size and appearance of MacBaren’s Club Blend. They are not mini Escudo shaped as a lot of people imagined. My tin came very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very wet. Did I mention that my tin was very wet?

I dried out some of it and smoked it originally but I did not feel that it had had a chance to meld together. Not sure if SG rushed the US stuff or they just added extra moisture for some reason but it tasted Off to me at first. I left my original tin that I had opened for about 2 months. Not as punishment mind you, but just to let things finish up in there. Kind of like ugly children that you think should be put back in the womb to incubate a bit more (just making sure that you are paying attention).

*****The review below is based on the blend after it had sat for 2 months.

Aroma:
I originally remarked on the board that this did not smell like a VaPer. I believe now that this was due to the fact that it was too wet to discern any aroma from it at that time. Once it has had a chance to dry out a bit it is very hay-like in smell with some fruity tones in the background. Based on that smell I do not think that this has as much Perique in it as St. James Flake does. I am literally sticking my nose in both at the moment and Cabbie’s smells “brighter” than St. James darker undertones. It seems to me that St. James is either a different Va. or it is aged longer to give it that darker aroma and appearance.

Smoking:
I have never been good at packing coins so I rubbed this out as I would any flake or crumble cake. Once rubbed out it is a very flat and short ribbon that resembles Germain’s Royal Jersey Perique Mixture more than it does St. James. I know that I should have put this up above but on packing this blend I have noticed that it is very light in color. I do not think that this is aged very long if at all (think Orlik’s Golden Sliced).

Strength I would put this in a medium category. If you don’t let it dry out then it might be a bit stronger because you are smoking it faster to keep it alight.

Burn – It burns fast due to me rubbing it out and the short ribbon it turns out to be.

Overall:
This blend reminds me A LOT of their Springtime Flake that I had thought was going to be limited production. I would not be surprised in the least if this was the same blend in a different format.

I know that a lot of the SG Fans on Tobaccoreviews.com have applauded this but I will not. This to me is a great beginner VaPer but not for the VaPer enthusiast. It was a weak attempt by a great tobacco house to come to market with a new blend. I might get some hate mail for this but I feel that this is just a different representation of their Springtime Flake which may have a "hint" of Perique………this is, in my opinion, very low on the scale for VaPers………22nd place.

1) McConnell Scottish Cake
2) Samuel Gawith’s St. James Flake
3) GL Pease Tribute
4) Dunhill’s Deluxe Navy Rolls
5) C & D’s Chenet’s Cake
6) Escudo
7) GL Pease Triple Play
8) GL Pease Filmore
9) Former’s Straight Grain Flake
10) H & H AJ’s VaPer
11) Low Country’s Waccamaw
12) Peretti’s Park Square
13) John Patton’s Cool Hand Fluke
14) H & H Rolando’s Own
15) H & H Anniversary Kake
16) G & H Louisiana Flake
17) Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club VR Blend
18) Daughters & Ryan VIP Blend
19) C & D Poplar Camp
20) Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture
21) C & D Night Train
22) SG Cabbie’s Mixture
23) H & H Louisiana Red
24) C & D Bayou Morning Flake
25) Reiner’s Long Golden Flake
26) Treasures of Ireland - Limerick
27) Dorchester
28) Solani #633
29) Luxury Bullseye Flake
30) McClelland Bulk 2015
31) GL Pease Telegraph Hill
32) Kajun Kake
33) Luxury Navy Flake
34) Dan Tobacco's Tordenskjold Virginia Slices