Welcome back fellow pipe smokers, today we are reviewing GT Pipe Tobacco. Now, this is not a new brand, it is Today Pipe Tobacco re branded. It is the same tobacco, cut and blend as Today, but with a new name, logo and packaging. And yes, it is still 100% American tobacco. I am not sure why they decided to change the name to Galaxy Tobacco (GT), perhaps new ownership, but that is the case.
The new package and logo are pretty standard, and are exactly what you would expect from a value pipe tobacco. The flavor availability is also what one would expect; full flavor, menthol and light/mild. But, since I never smoked Today/GT, the whole thing is new to me. As many of you know by now, if the package doesn't look aweful, opens without a problem, keeps the tobacco fresh, and can be resealed, well, I am a happy camper. I can report that the GT tobacco packaging does all of these things with no concerns whatsoever.
Upon opening up my new package of GT Pipe Tobacco, I first take notice of the aroma. Now, I certainly smell pipe tobacco, but I really can't say I smell much of anything else. No interesting notes or hints, nothing that makes it stand out or unique. This isn't a terrible thing per say, but surely I prefer some intrigue when I first catch nose of a new pipe tobacco.
The tobacco itself appears to be a nice looking blend, and has the dark rich color I like to see (too many light colored strands makes me think they are including stem, etc with the leaf, and that is never a good thing!). However, I will say the cut was not as uniform as I would like to see, and this led to some slight difficulty in packing and lighting the stuff properly. Not super hard or anything like that, but not the easiest either.
Once I started smoking the GT Pipe Tobacco, my mouth confirmed what my nose had told me upon opening the package. This is a pretty bland and uninteresting tobacco. I can't say it tastes bad, or smells bad, or isn't ok to smoke, just that there is nothing special about it. Nothing that distinguishes it from other value brands. The price is great, the package is fine, and the tobacco is just plain and ok.