I recently received a free sample (and placed another order with) Sterling Tobacco Co. in Illinois. With the sample I requested, I also received a sample of "Bargain Blend". Bargain Blend, as you might have guessed, is a seemingly random mish-mash of all sorts of tobaccos: the screw-ups that have to be re-made, the leftovers, etc. all thrown in together, mixed up, and sold for a discounted price. Obviously this mixture would be constantly changing so you never really know what you're going to get. The thought of this put me off at first. My immediate thought was, "what if it sucks?". My next thought was, "what if it's awesome but you order some more and it sucks?" But considering it was a free sample, you know I'm gonna smoke it (I'll smoke anything). And I found myself reaching for it before any of the other blends I have recently received in the mail. I gotta be honest, this was a really fun pipe to smoke. I loaded up a cob and went to town on it. It was very intriguing. At first it smoked like an aromatic with a really mild flavor and a great room note. About halfway down the bowl some other stuff started to come out and it had a little bit of zest to it, more like a mild English. I think the surprise and the unexpected development of the flavor/aroma really added some fun to it. Anyway, I've got a sample of the Sweet Briar blend from them and one of their new English blends in the mail so I'll give those a try. But if I end up replenishing either of those orders or trying any of their new stuff I'm sure I'll add a bag of "Bargain Blend" to my order. For $8/half pound or $15 for a whole, why the heck not?