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Lazy Day overlooking a Stormy Skye
Hello and welcome to my latest Journal. Today I shall be meandering my way through reviewing some of my favourite picks from the Chieftain pipe tobacco range.
First up is the Roberts Mixture. These days, an English-style pipe blend is synonymous with having a hearty whack of Latakia to provide richness and body. However, in the distant past an “English blend” predominantly featured Burley and Virginia, with a pinch of Latakia coming as a later embellishment. The Roberts Mixture by Chieftain is a subtler form of English blend, harkening back to this earlier style. Personally, I very much enjoy a Latakia blend, but I normally must be in the right mood for it; the Roberts Mixture, however, is smooth and very well balanced. It is lighter emphasis on the smoky-rich side of the palate makes it one I would gladly take any time.
To follow, a far cry in style, the Lazy Day! Much as its name implies, this is a deliciously naughty little number. A smooth blend, composed of Cavendish, Virginia and Burley tobaccos, it burns pleasantly and provides minimal moisture through the smoke. The flavours are not overpowering, nor do they taste artificial; a wholesome, lightly sweet tropical twang to a smooth and well-balanced blend.
Lastly, I shall mention the Stormy Skye. A continuing theme emerges, of Virginia, Burley and Cavendish; I will confess to being a lover of well-balanced aromatics. This blend is a spiritual cousin to the Lazy Day, carrying similar notes of tropical fruit and citrus, but with a grounding basis of hickory nut in the mix that makes it rather a different experience. Where the Lazy Day is wildly decadent, the Stormy Skye is more reserved, with that nuttiness curtailing some of the energy from the tropical fruit. All in all, it very much fits the purpose highlighted by its name; that of a Stormy Skye, where one cannot enjoy nice weather directly, but would still like to be reminded of it. Once again, the flavours are defined but not overpowering, and I have found the burn to be very pleasant on all of the tobaccos I have sampled from the Chieftain line.
And finally, while I am at it, I should conclude with reviewing the pipe through which I have sampled these things today; my Chacom XV Bulldog, which has served thus far with distinction. The quality of wood is excellent, especially so for its price bracket, and is something I feel is a reliable feature of the brand; I should imagine the bowl will continue to hold up well for many seasons to come. With regards to design, I was initially vexed by the angled design of its bottom, thinking that I would never be able to put it down. However, I quickly learned the contrary; it is angled such that, when placed lying on either of its sides, it is just *precisely* the right angle not to spill anything from the bowl, and thus actually more convenient than either a flat or round bottom could ever have been if you do not have a pipe stand to hand. It has a good amount of wood around the bowl (brilliant for those of us who like a handwarmer, without being scorching), a pleasant lightness and balance (for those of us who like to clench in our teeth, and deny that Popeye look), and the presence of both of those perks.