In today's review we go "old school" with Half and Half Pipe Tobacco. It is a brand of pipe tobacco that has been around for quite some time, and if you ask fellow smokers about it, odds are they love it or hate it, with few taking the middle road. The reason why is the blend. It is half burley, half Virginia blend that some swear by and others condemn.
My 14 ounce can showed up shortly after ordering, was in great condition, and as I have not smoked it before, it was begging to be opened. The tobacco itself looks good, a bit on the light-color side, but pretty uniform in cut, and it is a very fine cut. This fine cut has advantages, but there are some considerations. The fine cut makes it easy to pack, light and keep lit. But, you have to smoke it different to appreciate it. Long heavy drags will not be pleasing, and you are better off with puffing it, so as to not burn through it and overwhelm yourself.
I liked the smell of the Half and Half Pipe Tobacco in the can, and also while burning it and smoking it. The flavor is interesting, and I like it, though it may not be for everyone. What I like is the unique character of the blend. With the burley you get a nuttiness and woody flavor, while the Virginia seems to sweeten it up and bring bolder flavors to the blend.
Price-wise, Half and Half Pipe Tobacco is a middle of the road priced smoke, and the quality certainly justifies the price. It is well cut, fresh but not wet, and the can looks pretty good with the red and green colors. (I am of Italian heritage, so some bias may exist!) All in all, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a burley/Virginia blend, a smoke with a lot of character, or fine cut tobacco.