In my last TAD order from 4noggins was 2 oz. bulk of John Middleton's Sugar Barrel. At least that's what the sticker says, so I'll take their word for it. The aroma in the baggie tickled some very deep memory, but it took me a while to figure out that it was a dead ringer for the Stella D'Oro Anisette Sponge cookies my dad liked to dunk in his coffee for dessert. Anisette is one of those things you either love or hate. Even though this is a Middleton product, there's no middle ground when it comes to anisette. In Sugar Barrel, the anisette is much more prominent in the bag/tin aroma than in the smoke, but I could still taste a hint of it. The overall flavor is like sweet, fresh-baked cookies, but not at all cloying. They got the sugar in Sugar Barrel just right. If you don't smoke this one slow, it can be harsh, but so far, no matter how hard I puff, it hasn't bitten me. I've heard so much about this one that I decided to smoke it on and off for a few days before putting together a write-up. I'm glad I waited as I discovered this tobacco seems to prefer my newly arrived estate Grabow Starfire billiard above all my other pipes. I was able to get most of the plusses and minuses others mentioned about this blend over on TobaccoReviews.com and overall I found Sugar Barrel enjoyable. It's a solid, simple, honest smoke and being an OTC, it's easy on the wallet. Sugar Barrel isn't at all pretentious. What you see and smell is exactly what you get. While not something I'd want on a daily basis, others might make it their go-to smoke and it's got enough nicotine to go the distance. If you're curious about classis American "drugstore" blends, pick up some Sugar Barrel. I found it better than some OTCs and on a par with others.