I'm really trying to find something to like about 6A, but it is mostly a fruitless task. Sometimes I get a faint taste of Virginia, sometimes nothing but smokiness, and sometimes a flavor like tires burning. I tried it in my Airograte this time, one of my coolest-smoking pipes, and it did not seem to help much. If there is perique in it, that could account for the burning tire flavor; perique and I evidently don't get along well. I can barely handle Orlik Golden Slices, which arguably has almost no perique in it. The only way I can see this being related to 6B is if 6B is the same blend with no perique. And if there's no perique in the first place, then I am totally stumped.
Both Sample #6A and Sample #6B are Sir Walter Raleigh. A very simple Burley that could be argued borders on the edge of boring. You get what you get, it is what it is. But why the need for separation?
Sample #6A was made by Brown and Williamson. The SWR name has been around for a long time, at least since 1925, when Brown and Williamson bought a tobacco company that held the trademark for Sir Walter Raleigh. I find this version to be the most basic and simple tobacco flavor. B&W doesnt make SWR anymore, so finding a pouch or tub made by them in stock or still on the shelves would be a rare event.
Sample #6B is made by Lane/Scandinavian Tobacco Group. While still basic and simple, this version to me has typical Burley flavors with an addition of something like oatmeal topped with a spoonful of brown sugar. Obviously from your reviews this version is at least the more tolerable of the two.
I'm glad you took on the Blind Review, even if there were some tobaccos that didn't agree with you. You were honest about your experiences and didn't try to mince words. You presented your point of view very clearly. Hopefully there were a few high spots of smoking enjoyment, and the process wasn't too much of a chore. Thank you Tom for being a part of the Blind Review.
Wow, well done to both Tom and Atom. What an interesting revelation on how a tobacco blend can change when it's made by different manufacturers. Reminds me of JimInks EGR and of the different iterations of Three Nuns. Great choice, Atom, and a great review Smokey!
I've only been smoking a pipe since August. I have tried a good amount of blends thanks to the generosity of the board members here, but I'd prefer to spectate for a while longer. I would love to do this in the future, though.
Jan 1st will mark my one year anniversary as a pipe smoker. I mostly smoke corn cob pipes, but have 3-4 briars as well. I'm a daily pipe smoker of 1-2 bowls a day.
I've sampled quite a bit in the last year: lots of OTC blends, lots of Dunhill, some Lane, some Sutliff, some Smoker's Pride, some Super Value, a few blends from Paul's Pipe Shop, and a couple of the Frog Mortons.
My currently open tins are Dunhill Standard Mixture, Half and Half, and Captain Black White.
On backup I have Granger, Smoker's Pride Cherry Cavendish, Super Value Vanilla, Lane 1Q, H and H Classic Burley Cake, Dunhill Elizabethan Blend, Dunhill Early Morning Pipe, Carter Hall, Captain Black Dark, and Middleton's Cherry Blend.
Sorry I haven't been back to this thread for a while -- if dbt13 wants to send samples that would be great; if not I will send you some after the holidays. I don't feel brave enough to go to the post office before January. I still have your address if you haven't moved since I sent you samples.