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…

The Piper and His Goodwife – Mac Baren’s Vanilla Cream Loose Cut

Please welcome the next review from Jose and Kat Ruiz Mac Baren’s Vanilla Cream Loose Cut   Welcome all; I hope everyone’s having a great day! For your viewing pleasure today’s review will be on Mac Baren’s Vanilla Cream – Loose Cut. Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman corncob Tobacco Blend: Virginia, Burley, Cavendish Tin Note: The aroma of…

Smokers Are Happier People!

OK, maybe I am over exaggerating a little, but new research has been pointing to tobacco as an MAO inhibitor. What the hell is an MAO inhibitor, you ask?! Well, a brief explanation of what an MAO is.  MAO stands for Monoamine Oxidase. Monoamine oxidase is an isozyme that deaminates norepinephrine (noradrenaline), epinephrine (adrenaline), serotonin,…

Don’t Know What I Expected? (Captain Black White (Regular) in a Brigham Mountaineer 354)

  Sometimes, try as you might, you still find yourself running short of tobacco before your next order comes in.  So, when you live 40 miles (65 kilometres) from the tobacconist, you either drive or find another solution. Now, I fully admit to being a bit of a tobacco snob.  I like expensive cigars, and…

Mysterious? Well Definitely, Enigmatic! (Solani 113 X: Sweet Mystery in a Vintage Meerschaum Bulldog)

After the fiasco of Sillem’s Black, it took a great deal of convincing myself to give any aromatic a try.  However, I needed tobacco, now, and a trip to my local tobacconist revealed that there was little that I had not tried in the little shop. Kelowna Tobacco Land carries all of my staple tobaccos,…