Two weeks ago, I posted all the tobaccos that I purchased when I visited Iwan Ries while in Chicago for a conference. This was one of those tobaccos I purchased. I am trying most of the blends I have in the cellar to choose the perfect blend to break in the pipe I bought from Sas now almost a month ago. This was NOT that blend... I didn't care for it. I haven't decided to completely give up on it, but if I decide to try it again (which is not very likely at this point), look for it in the trading post. I'm not ready yet. Still have several more blends to give a try. As much as I like my ol' standby blend of Tinderbox blends which is as close to my grandfather's blend as I can recall it, it's still missing something he had in it that I haven't figured out yet. Smell is a powerful memory sparker, and I KNOW it's missing something, but I haven't quite figured it out yet, so I keep trying... and I like to try new things. This blend, however, didn't even come close for me. There was something about it upon opening the tin that reminded me of Dunhill's London Mixture which is a tobacco that I personally don't care for. I had bought three tins of London Mixture back in, oh, about 2001 or 2. I opened one tin, tried it two or three times, didn't care for it, and attempted to blend it with about 6 - 8 oz. of Tinderbox's Wilshire. All I succeeded in doing was ruining the Wilshire. This long, long before I joined this forum, or any others, and I dumped it. Regret it now (sort of) simply because someone out there might have liked it, but I was not going to go through 1/2 pound of something I did not like. The other tins of London Mixture I ended up practically giving away with some other Dunhill tobacco (965) that I also didn't care for overall. Right now, that's how I feel about this tobacco. It's just not my thing. Reminds me more of a cigarette smell/taste than a pipe. I guess that I just prefer the aromatics over the English blends. I won't dump it, but I likely won't try it again. For me, the smell (from the can and burning) and taste reminded me of London Mixture, only the Cognac slightly improved it. But not enough for my liking. And it may be nothing like London Mixture, but that's what it reminded me of, aftertaste and all. Glad I tried it, because now I know... doubt I'll go back to it.