Erik Nording – Labrador Pipe Tobacco Review

Erik Nording Labrador is a hazelnut aromatic blend of ribbon cut Burley and Virginia tobaccos, as well as rough cut Black Cavendish tobaccos. This is a very light, very sweet and nutty blend. The tin note of this blend is beyond fantastic! It smells like toasted hazelnuts and caramel. This is the only cased tobacco out of the Nording Hunters Series. This is very flavorful for an aromatic. Not only dose it have the fantastic aroma of hazelnuts it actually has the flavor as well. A high quality blend that will not give you tongue bite no matter how hard you puff.

The tin description reads:

A classic blend of smooth fragrant Black Cavendish mellow Burley and sweet Virginia, enhanced with a light caramel-hazelnut note. Rich and satisfying.

Rather spot on in my opinion.

The flavor and aroma of this blend both get a solid 8 out of 10, they are both great and pleasant but could be a little more full. The room note has to be a 10 on this one. Sweet, nutty and very pleasant. The burn quality is also great. Nording blends always tend to light well and smoke down without much if any relighting. This gets a 10 out of 10! The nicotine content on this blend is a bit higher than most aromatic blends but not too strong. A nice 7 out of 10. Overall this is a very well rounded aromatic blend, not too weak, not too strong. However it could do with a bit stronger of a flavor. This blend dose tend to have the typical aromatic problem of not being as flavorful as I would like. However this is overall a great blend and I’ll give it a solid 8 out of 10!

Erik Nording Hunter Blend: Labrador

Erik Nording Hunter Blend: Labrador


Cornell and Diehl – Crooner Pipe Tobacco

Crooner by Cornell and Diehl is a blend that i have been wanting to try since i first heard about it. I love a tobacco with a good story behind it and this has a great one. Crooner is Cornell and Diehl’s recreation of a blend originally blended for the original crooner, Bing Crosby. Being a Crosby fan myself i was very exited and had high hopes for this tobacco. I was not disappointing. Crooner is a strong blend of dark and light cube cut burlys with a healthy dose of the herb deer tongue. The deer tongue adds a very earthy, sweet almost minty vanilla flavor to the blend. Out of the jar it had the wonderful smell of the forests of norther Minnesota. This blend brings me straight to my happy place, sitting by the fire on a chilly summer night camping in the Boundary Waters.

The dark and light burlys give the blend a strong dark spicy flavor with a hint of sweetness while the deer tongue adds that extra something special that puts this blend into my regular rotation. Flavor gets a 10 out of 10, full, robust just the way i like it. Aroma gets a 6 out of ten, Crooner smells fantastic to those who enjoy a dark burly but this is not a blend to smoke in public or around any non smokers. To them this would hit them like a two by four. The burn Quality of this blend is great once you learn how to smoke a cube cut tobacco. With cubes you simply fill the pipe with tobacco, light it, tamp it, light it again and your set. Tamping this tobacco or doing the three pinch pack method will pack it too tight and it will become a constant battle to stay lit. Also, you are going to want to be careful when puffing on this blend. The nicotine content is through the roof on this one so if you puff to fast it will knock you out! I give the nicotine content a 8 out of 10. it simply has too much nicotine to get a higher rating but if smokes cool and slow it is perfect. Overall, i give this blend a 8 out of ten. However when smoked out of a Savanelli Bing’s Favorite, with a tall glass of ice tea and some Bing playing in the background….its the greatest experience a pipe can offer.