Cornell & Diehl’s Oriental Silk – A Comment


Overall a good Virginia smoke, Cornell & Diehl’s Oriental Silk didn’t give me what I was expecting which was some odorant and flavourful Orientals.

Although I did notice the quality of the Virginias, I didn’t get any taste of Perique which is supposed to be available in this blend.

At one point I thought I was licking an armpit. Not sure if I should say this but for a tobacco I liked it. Hoping it was a female one…

Complex and simple is this blend. Recommended to experienced pipers and Oriental leaf lovers.

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Lane Limited’s Crown Achievement – A Comment


Smooth, creamy but stout. I don’t know if it was a last batch from the bulk crate but for me it was a stout English with some complex notes of Orientals and something else.

Yet, I enjoyed it. I will have to try the tin hoping it will be a better sample.

My guess is that this is recommended to experienced pipers. The Tobacco might be of high quality but yet it is very complex.

Some aging might be better for flavourful bowls.

This rare mixture is composed of the finest Latakia, Virginia, Perique, and Oriental tobaccos. Crown Achievement contained Perique in its original form, but this element was removed circa 2004. Lane has once again added Perique, as per the original recipe (tracked down by Leonard Wortzel) to faithfully recreate the storied Crown Achievement of old.

Available in 1.75oz tins and in bulk at

Sutliff’s 965 Match – A Comment


I was ordering some Dunhill’s bulk My Mixture 965 and I had stumbled accross Sutliff’s 965 Match on I decided to order some of this tobacco and why not compare both of them.

After trying both of them I can say that there is a similarity between them. Sutliff’s 965 Match is both smooth and creamy as Dunhill’s My Mixture 965. In fact Sutliff’s is quite a good replacement for My Mixture but with less the Dunhill’s “Magik” taste.

Since I’m most of the time on a tight budget and Dunhill’s tobaccos aren’t the cheapest, Sutliff’s 965 Match can be a handy tobacco if I ever am looking for some similar tasting of Dunhill’s. But for sure, 965 Match doesn’t come with the pungent bakground taste that Dunhill’s offers. So will I order more of it? Maybe, it is a good English blend.

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Dunhill’s My Mixture 965 – A Comment


Dunhill’s My Mixture 965 offers a creamy and smooth English smoke. The Latakia is faded by the Orientals and the Cavendish.

G.L. Pease said in one of his articles that the Dunhill tobacco’s used to have a particular pungent aroma that I think is still a bit discernable in our days, but I have only smoked the bulk format so I’d better try the tin before saying anything more. Else it is a classic smoke that has the right to be hyped and I know why everybody loves it now.

Recommended to all levels of pipers.

Dunhill’s My Mixture 965 is for the connoisseurs of full-bodied tobacco. Choicest small Latakia impart a rich nutty flavor and coolness. Macedonia Bright is added for sweetness. The Brown Cavendish completes the blend that all confirmed pipe smokers love.

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Peterson’s Irish Flake – A Comment


I was my revelation last year. I wonder what will be this year.

Dark and deliciously tasty, Irish Flake is a wonderful tobacco. The tin note is leathery and once you get hooked on this tobacco you remember the tin aroma and are looking for some more once you finish it.

I’ve tried the Mac Baren’s Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed but not the flake. Its leathery aroma is similar but you cannot compare ready rubbed with flake, especially the ODF Ready Rubbed is sliced thin, so more oxygen is mixed with the smoke. I’ll soon try the ODF flake a will be able to compare them, but until then, Irish Flake remains my favourite.

Oh to have some more right now… Soon I will. For the moment I’m still enjoying my ODF Ready Rubbed. Better than nothing…

On the tin it says “[…] recommended for the experienced pipe smoker.”. That is mainly because of the nicotine punch it gives so it is recommended to nicotine tolerante smokers. I usually smoke half a flake per bowl, which is largely satisfying for me and makes the tin dure a while longer. It has about 12 flakes per tin. I recommend the novice smoker to try it and to the experts I’ll ask: “Show me better…”.

Peterson’s Irish Flake is a full-bodied blend made of equal proportions air-cured, flue cured, and dark fired. True to the pure tobacco taste, it’s recommended for the experienced pipe smoker.

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Lane Limited’s 1-Q – A Comment

005-006-0001One good aromatic pipe tobacco is Lane Limited’s 1-Q, which I smoked last year after reading lots of reviews online.

Usually a go-to tobacco for novices, 1-Q is a simple mild aromatic. After smoking a bowl of it I had liked it but was more inclined to another stronger aromatic, Sutliff’s Tobacco Galleria’s Night Cap.

Having sent almost 3/4ths of my 4oz bag to my uncle in Ontario I regretted a bit to have less of this good aromatic, but since then I’ve changed my tastes in tobacco, so I regret less now and hope he enjoyed it as much as I did.

1-Q is basically a Golden Cavendish blend from Lane but with a hint of Fire-Cured blended in provides scintillating taste and flavorful aroma.

Recommended to all novice pipers and still enjoyed by experienced ones, with its popularity, 1-Q is sure to be around for some decades to come.

Available in 1.75oz tins and in bulk at

Peterson’s Old Dublin – A Comment


A very spicy blend, Peterson’s Old Dublin English blend is not for the faint of heart.

Artfully blended, this tobacco is a nice alternative to other well known English blends as some do say, although I cannot name them having not tried them yet.

I enjoy more this type of blend as a first smoke in the morning. Being full spicy and being a good wake up companion, Old Dublin is sure to please the experienced pipers and intrigue the novice one.

To also be enjoyed with a strong tea; the way I best love English blends!

Peterson’s Old Dublin blend is based on the cool, smoky aroma of Cyprian Latakia with Golden Virginia, aromatic Black Cavendish & sweet Greek Oriental Basma grades.

Available in 50g and 16oz tins at