Howdy all, Went to my very first pipe show today, the Chicago Pipe show in St. Charles. Total. Sensory. Overload. I of course picked up some free samples and purchased a couple of others. I am hoping someone can chime in with their experiences with what I bought/got free. Bought, on the advice of a fellow smoker: 1. Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired. A blend of dark fired burleys with flue cured Virginias. It is a flake that is hot pressed. Not quite sure what all that means, but I smoked a bowl of it in one of my new pipes, and it was very bold in taste and nic content. I liked it. 2. L. J. Peretti Co. INC. Blend no. 333. This is a cube cut blend of Burleys and ????. I smoked a sample bowl in the smoking tent, and was offered the remaining supply the vendor had for a song. I have about 15.5 oz. of the stuff! Gonna take me quite a long time to go through this one. The cube cut is different.... I was told you basically pour it into the bowl with very light/limited tamping. It smoked very well, with only one relight because I wasn't paying attention. The free samples: 3. Sutcliff Tobacco Co. French Quarter. an "intriguing mixture of Burley, Black Cavendish and Virginia". A non-aromatic. 1.5 oz. tin 4. Sutcliff Tobacco Co. Blue Danube. An Aromatic blend of Golden Cavendish, Burley and Virginia. 1.5 oz tin 5. Sutcliff Roma Vita. An Aromatic Burley and Virginia.... didn't like this one, left it at the show. 6. two samples, I think from Cornell and Diehl Inc. One called Briar Fox, the other Old Joe Krantz. I know nothing about what's in them, they are small samples in baggies. I will keep this updated as I try them.