Hold Your Horses! (Standard Tobacco: War Horse, Loose Cut in a John Hines Cavalier)

Well, it has been an interesting time for me to say the least.  Just about 2 weeks ago, John Hines surprised me by sending me a cavalier pipe with the note “thanks for all the wonderful reviews” and on the exact same day, Russ Ouellette of Pipes and Cigars sent me five review samples of old…

Soft and Sweet (Review of BORKUM RIFF 36°N Mixture (Limited Edition 2014))

Virginia, burley, and black cavendish are ribbon cut loosely to create a beautiful tobacco mixture.  Cracking this tin gives the impression of a wine and mead tasting with a strong, sweet aroma that assaults the nostrils. Packing easily, and lighting just as easily, it stays lit throughout the smoke.  I am impressed with how little…

Conversation in Smoke (Review of Ole Shenandoah Barrel No. 76)

This beautifully crafted burley and black cavendish mixture brings the scent of meadows when opened, as the honey and vanilla aromas intertwine impeccably.  It has the appearance of shaved toffee and coffee combined. Packing easily, I was very impressed that it did not over-compress in the bowl, which I find happens with such moist  tobaccos…