Last week while driving through North Carolina, SWMBO and I stopped at a famous tourist trap located off exit 97 on I-95 . . . she to pick up cigarettes at a 40% savings over home prices, and me to browse the pipe tobacco selection. I'm fresh out of Autumn Evening, and was hoping to find some there and save the shipping.
No luck with that, so I picked up a 2oz tin of Cornell & Diehl Serenity Series Repose. The label describes it as Turkish, golden Virginia and cubed burley come alive with a light touch of rum. Sounded like fun, and with a name like Repose I could picture myself resting on the porch enjoying a bowl.
Wrong. After three smokes in different pipes, I have come to the conclusion that (to quote Mr. Horse) "no sir, I don't like it." I finally realized this evening why I don't like it . . . there is an underlying cigar flavor to it! Not real strong, but to my palate it is there. Now, 90 minutes later, I still taste it.
Realizing that YMMV, I asked SWMBO what she thought, and she sealed the deal when she admitted that she didn't care for the room note at all.
Being a frugal sort, I can't bear to simply trash a freshly-opened tin just because I don't like it. So, I offer it as a PIF to anyone who either is familiar with this blend and likes it, or to someone who knows they like Turkish blends. For all who post their interest, I'll put names in my empty Autumn Evening tin and draw the winner sometime after supper (Eastern Time) on Sunday, Dec. 4.
I will then obtain the winner's address via PM and send it along for you to enjoy. Your only cost will be to honor the spirit of PIF and pass something along to someone else some day!