Ever have one of those days where you end up just being in a REALLY good mood for no reason other than some new tobacco? Well, I'm having one of those days. Just a great day to be a pipesmoker, really. It's payday, but a rather lousy payday. I was wanting new tobacco but ended up buying a single tin at the B&M rather than placing a TAD order online. I picked Sutliff Private Stock's "Man's Best Friend." After opening it up I was rather pleased with the tin note - I've only had a couple of their aromatics, nothing like this. Latakia made for a nice dominant aroma....with a little bit of something else. Looked it up online, apparently its burley, VA, and latakia along with a rum top note. I just came in from a smoke of this, and this stuff is very nice! A great crossover blend, not overwhelmingly sweet or flavored, but just enough to really round things out in an unusual and very pleasing way. Couldn't be happier. But the REAL treasure comes in the form of a trade that reached completion today. I have, in my greasy, unworthy hands, a SEALED tin of Dunhill's Durbar Mixture. I'm positively giddy. I almost don't want to open it...but it's dated 2/03 which I assume is the date the store it came from got it in stock....and let's face it, that makes it at least a 9 year old tin if the date is correct. Even if not, it's been aging several years at least....so why not crack it open? It's got a good bit of time on it, and no more is being made.... Anyway, I'm tempted to open it and treat myself to a bowl or two and jar the rest up....but then I'm also tempted to keep it sealed, tucked away for a rainy day. It's so, so tempting! I guess I should keep it sealed. For now, anyway....I still have a bowl or two of a sample of it someone sent me left....no reason to rush this. I just get so excited, you know?