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A smooth and sweet blend of Bright and Red Virginias, Macedonian and other Orientals, smoky Latakia and a touch of unflavored toasted black cavendish. A traditional Scottish-type mixture, agreat alternative for the Dunhill 965 smoker who is looking for the same kind of medium bodied, slightly sweet Latakia blend but would like something a bit different.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByPipes & Cigars
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging1.5oz Tin, 8oz Tin, Bulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (192)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant

My review is from a generous 2 ounce tin sample with a recent order that was sent to me. A mix of browns and blacks without being overly moist. Tin aroma was very pleasant. It is interesting that I enjoy the smell of Latakia from the tin, but never have been a big fan when it comes to smoking it in a mixture. This one, however, was tolerable for me. I found it true to a more traditional blending tradition without the use of any flavoring agents, but relying solely on the various leaf mixtures. Loading and lighting was without problem and it smoked clean and dry in the heel. It had a subtle sweetness throughout which really made it a winner for me. What I did not experience was the excessive dryness in mouth feel that I usually experience with blends containing Latakia. That was a plus. For me, very similar to other blends in the genre. The pungent taste of the Oriental leaf (not the Latakia) made itself known from time to time - never taking center stage. Overall a tasty, but generic, tribute to Scottish blending. Recommended, and although not the normal fare in my line up, a very nice change of pace from time to time - similar to Balkan Sasieni for me, but sweeter and more enjoyable.

2 people found this review helpful.

Houndstooth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Houndstooth (17)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

This is called a "Scottish" blend (whatever that is) but to me it's a light Balkan, and part of a continuum created by Russ Oulette in the Heart & Home series- the half pound cans of which I can't leave alone since I discovered the brand.

Just to sidetrack a bit, I'd like to say that this is the first summer I've ever spent smoking Latakia throughout. Some months (maybe a year) ago, someone wrote an article about how Latakia is smokeable in the summer if one opened his mind. And while I did retire Mt. Marcy in the spring, I did keep up with Daybreak, and that led me to American Heritage, and eventually Sunjammer. It's been quite nice! This all came from my abandonment of total Lat bombs to begin with, and since then I've not looked back.

I've not had Dunhill's 965, so I cannot offer a comparison on that account. However, I do find this to be a sister to H&H Daybreak. But where Daybreak is grassier, lighter and burns quicker, Sunjammer is more substantial, with more deep notes to it. Much more suitable while I'm reading at night, Sunjammer burns longer, perhaps due to the Cavendish or more Virginia in the mix. The orientals are there, but maybe not quite as much as in Daybreak.

Perfect balance and no tongue bite either, this could be an all-day smoke for those so inclined. Four stars.

8/15- Let me try to clear something up; those reporting sourness on this blend are not sourpusses or poor sports. It's happened to to me as well, and my theory is that it happens to bowls near the end which have been relit and/or tamped. I have a faithful basket dublin that the blend went sour in the other night. I'm sticking to narrow bowls with this for a while- after all, there's Virginia in it. My Peterson Rocky Donegal Lovat 53 showed off this blend very nicely. Don't let the sour stories scare you off; this tobacco is good most of the time, but it might have its quirks.

Pipe Used: Cobs, Comoy, Peterson

Age When Smoked: new as per July 2014

Purchased From: Hearth & Home

Similar Blends: Daybreak, to a degree.

1 person found this review helpful.

puddlepirate Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puddlepirate (11)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I bought 4oz. in bulk. This is a great summer time blend, which was just what I was looking for.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jackgowild Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jackgowild (5)
★★★★
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

I first tried this blend 4 years ago at the West Coast pipe show in las Vegas.. I liked it right from the first bowl. They say that it is. Along the lines of 965 and yes I would agree. For me it's a bit softer and easy to enjoy. Ash burns down to a nice fine powder with a grey and white color. I will be ordering more as I am running low on my supply . Highly recommended. Also the lady's seem to like it. Agree with it being a nice " Summer " blend. Way to go. Russ !

1 person found this review helpful.

krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (133)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

I find this blend does remind me of Dunhill's MM965. It seems to be just right on the moisture level. It smells great in the bag and lights quite easily and stays lit. It produces a nice amount of smoke for me. The wife didn't throw anything my way when I smoked this, so it gets the pleasant rating on room note. It smokes down to a nice ash in the bottom of the bowl. It smokes dry for me without a gurgle even coming close. Definitely recommended.

1 person found this review helpful.

Maverick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maverick (7)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I like all of the blends by Russ Oulette which I have tried, and certainly Sunjammer is no exception. I normally prefer English and Balkan blends that are a bit more "rich" than this smoke, as such this is my favorite "hot weather in the summertime" tobacco. It has multiple layers which are very engaging, but it is not heavy on the Latakia, and it is "refreshing", not overpowering. It packs easily, stays lit, and burns fairly cool. I need to do more "research" on this blend, and am not yet ready to give it four stars. After a few more ounces, I may upgrade it to that, from the 3-1/2 stars which I give it today.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

This is the second blend from pipesandcigars that I have tried and I am impressed. It arrived dry, and straight out of the vaccum packed bag there was a bit of an edge to the smoke. Allowed time to breathe Sunjammer proved to be a delightfully satisfying smoke. It is full without being rich or opulent. I have smoked it all day in briars, meerschaums and cobs, and it has delivered consistently. Where I live temperatures have gone past the 40 degree Celsius mark and it is usually time to move to lighter blends, but Sunjammer remains enjoyable, and is the perfect hot weather Balkan.

It can hold its own against blends priced twice as much. It does require care in smoking, giving its best at low burning temperatures. Three and a half stars.

1 person found this review helpful.

bushi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bushi (12)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium Tolerable

I absolutely adore this tobacco. The Oriental's in this blend are perfect. The Virginia leaf adds just enough natural sweetness never overpowering the Oriental's. The Latakia weaves in and out mixing perfectly with the Oriental's becoming stronger during the second half. Very, very smooth. No bite no matter how hard I puffed. Really unlike anything I've smoked. Give it a try!

1 person found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

I have smoked a half dozen of Russ Oullette's blends. All of them are very good, but of those I have sampled Sunjammer is, in my opinion, a world class blend. It puts me in mind of Fox's Campanile and Provost Mixture. The Virginia base is smooth and rich. The latakia is there to taste, but is not overdone. The main event consists of the oriental tobaccos, and I think the star of the show is the Macedonian which I peg as very close to, if not, Yenidje. If you like your Balkan mixtures without rough edges and with that oriental spiciness clear, distinct and not overpowered by latakia, you should enjoy this blend. This so smooth, biteless, flavorful and spicey, it could be an all day blend for those who must have a steady diet of Balkan. I would go a bit further and recommend this blend to any pipe smoker. When folks are raving about this blend years from now, you will know what they are talking about. I hope it ages well, because I intend to stock up. It is the type of English/Balkan that can consistently pull me away from Va. and Vapers. Pipe smoking just keeps on getting better. Highest recommendation. Paddy.

1 person found this review helpful.

smokey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey (120)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable to Strong

My tobacco tastes have been rather fickle over the years. I started out with "drugstore" aromatic and burley blends and smoked them for many years before discovering premium tobaccos via the internet. When this happened, English blends became my favorite, with Virginias and Va/Per blends running a close second. Then once again my tastes changed and I went back to burleys and aromatics, although I still smoked some Virginias and occasionally an English blend. Now Russ Ouellette has me back in the English camp, first with his Distinguished Penguin and now this. Sunjammer is one of the best tasting English blends I have ever experienced.

The main players in this blend are the Latakia and the Oriental tobaccos, with the Virginias in the background adding some sweetness to the smokey main flavors. The Orientals are most prevalent in the first 1/3 of the bowl before the Latakia takes center stage and stays there for the duration of the smoke. I smoked Sunjammer in my favorite English pipe, an S&R Dublin that is dedicated to English blends. I smoked several bowls before taking my notes in order to get rid of any "ghosts" that might be there from other tobaccos.

Sunjammer lights easily, but seems to take more than an average amount of relights during the smoke. Speaking of which, it makes prodigious clouds of fragrant smoke, which may mean it won't win you a lot of friends in the non-smoking camp. Latakia blends have a way of doing that.

All of the Hearth and Home tobaccos come in bulk, which means you can stock up without taking out a second mortgage. Just get some Mason jars and cellar some of this, that is if you can keep from smoking it all up first.

Now for Sunjammer's scores; Flavor- 18 out of 20 points, Lighting and burn rate- 7 points, Value- 8 out of 10 points. That adds up to 33 points and a solid ** rating for Sunjammer.

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Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (57)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

A sweet English, and one of the best of its kind.

Never had the original 965 that this is a match for, this is 5 times as good as the 965 reincarnate though.

Its a medium/heavy English with good doses of strong components, but a solid Black Cavendish tingles this into that composite of sweet and heavy. The VA's and the BC offset a strong Lat presence, and all in all, it makes for a nice Autumn English smoke.

Could be an all day English, I like it as a wander through the park in Autumn one though.

Not much could be improved, very nice.

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cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (47)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am not the only person to find a sour taste with Sunjammer. Since I had some Dunhill 965 on hand, I did a comparison and honestly, 965 blows Sunjammer right out of the water. 965 is nicely made and can be quickly and easily packed in the pipe. Sunjammer has to be picked over for clumps, stems, and woody chunks. The poor physical quality of this tobacco makes me wish that I had an herb grinder to run it through. About the only thing similar is the tin note. But smoking Sunjammer is not at all fulfilling for me because it has a sour taste, burns hot, and is very weak.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

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SecretAgentMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SecretAgentMan (27)
★★☆☆
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant

I don't know why, but for me this tobacco had a very small no-bite envelope and produced mostly sour and tongue-rasping smoke. When it wasn't misbehaving, it was a pleasant blend, like a favorite sweater. Tastes were Ritz crackers, peanuts, molasses, burning fall leaves, wheat beer. But mostly I tasted sour and bitey smoke, degenerating to a metallic 3-in-1 oil taste at the bottom of the bowl. Your mileage may vary, and I can tell that it could be a really nice tobacco. Hence 2 stars, because I can tell the flavor's there, but it's just not there for me.

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manno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manno (37)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoke anything and everything but gravitate most toward lighter English blends. This fits the bill very nicely though falls short of this brand's and blender's Daybreak and Mt. Marcy. Nonetheless, I'd be quite content smoking this every day, and all day to boot if I weren't such an OCD accumulator of tobacco.

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bertran Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bertran (6)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is one of my go-to blends. It is a great medium strength English blend many have compared to Dunhill's 965. To my taste its like 965 with the extra ounce of latakia dropped in, as the latakia is much more pronounced. I keep a minimum of a pound of this in my cellar at all times.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (513)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Sunjammer is a solid, somewhat rich English blend. I think there may be some McClelland tobaccos used in part of this blend. The moisture content is perfect and it burns cleanly. I would disagree that there is any simalarity to mm965. I actually find it closer to Magnum Opus also by the same blender. Those that like MO or McClelland English blends should give this one a try. Another well done tobacco by Russ Ouellette. Recommended.

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Kerdy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kerdy (43)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

My sample has a few months on it and has become a little on the dry side, but this has not damaged the review. Packed well and took to the flame like a pro. Being a little on the dry side actually helps it not to go out without regular puffing. Very nice tobacco, and to be honest I did not expect it to be at all.

In contrast to others who have stated this reminds them of 965, to me there is little similar between the two. Then again, I came to 965 after the switch, so it may be like the older blending.

Overall, a nice smoke and would happily take a bowl if offered. Recommend this to those who enjoy a middle of the road English with just the right amount of Latakia!

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Boomer-Z Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Boomer-Z (22)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I picked this one last in my sampler and I almost didn't. I am glad I did. It is lighter in taste and body then most of my others, but it is good. Someone else described it as "refreshing". I would agree. I have found I enjoy it in the morning with coffee/tea. I completed a home project and smoked it all day and I never got tired of it. Tasted liked a light English.

For the price I would give it a try. If you prefer more flavor and a heavy body this might not be for you. But to mix things up a bit it is perfect.

UPDATE 3/20/10

I haven't had much of this since my first review. I got a new pipe so I thought I would give it another try. I am glad I did. It is still a morning tobacco to me, but the flavors have melded together a bit more and it is much smoother. Burns cool if you don't smoke to hard/fast. Always been my problem. I would still highly recommend this tobacco for something on the lighter side or maybe you prefer aro's and want something light and unflavored.

Enjoy, Z

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

If you are a fan of Dunhill's 965, this is the blend you should turn to now that it might be diappearing here in the U.S. Others might disagree, but I think Oulette has managed to capture the elusive overall feel of that mixture. Unfortunately (for me) I dislike most of Dunhill's offerings, including 965, and probably won't be buying more of this. But I also recognize that the quality of the leaf and the blender's skill here are top-notch. I rate this a two-star blend based on my personal tastes, but it's probably at least three stars for anyone who's a fan of Dunhill.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Excellent Balkan full of Latakia, with Orientals and Virginias on the background. Tasty, slightly sweet, extremely pleasant. Don't expect a nicotine kick, as this is pretty mild among its kind. I generally prefer Larry's Blend from this company, but this is also top quality.

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DUPE.3310 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.3310 (3)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

I have to disagree with most of the other reviews...I found this blend to be very bland. It seemed to have little or no taste or flavoring. My wife also indicated that it had almost no roomnote. About the only thing I got out of this blend was a bit of tongue bite in the bottom half of the bowl.

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Irishlefty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Irishlefty (19)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend didn't bowl me over, smoking it the first time didn't create a sensual experience akin to good sex but.....after several bowls I do think that it is mild enough to smoke all day yet tasty, flavorful enough to be enjoyed while smoking it all day.

A bit milder then most of my 'regular' tobacco's which tend to be heavy in latakia and/or Perique, and which also require me to spend longer between bowls this is a keeper which I will add to my supply of everyday smokes.

The latakia is there but not dominent. There is a touch of sweetness but not the sickly sweet, just pleasant. The aroma didn't chase any of my friends away which some of my favorites do so I'm guessing it isn't bad (I can't smell what I'm smoking like I could if someone else was smoking it).

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Stubshaft Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stubshaft (9)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Very Full Pleasant

This is what an all day blend should taste like. Easily packed, lit and smoked.

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Dug Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dug (18)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

Muy delicioso. I believe I have found my favorite "summer" English blend so far.

Sunjammer arrives as a dryish, motley mix that runs the full spectrum of tobacco colors. It smells good in the bag: A bit sweet, with obvious latakia and oriental components also.

While the bag smell is a bit on the mild side, the blend is full of flavor when smoked. It is both smoky and sweet, with just the right amount of pungent orientals to complexify the experience and justify one's attention throughout the bowl. It is utterly devoid of bite, but far from domesticated; exotic, but also crisper and less heavy than, say, Westminster or another full-bodied English.

I'm also realizing that Russ Oulette is onto something with his preference for drier-than-I'm-used-to blends. Once lit, this stuff smokes beautifully (and with consistent flavor) down to a fine ash.

Sunjammer is a standout blend, well worth the attention of any English- or Balkan-lover.

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Fumatore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fumatore (48)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I am giving this mixture 3 stars since it is a very cool, dry and sweet smoke. It is close to the old Dunhill 965 before that blend was ruined. It does not have that horrible stringent taste of cheap tobacco that is so prevalent in the new 965, but it does lack just a bit of heft (too light on the Latikia) amd I think Russ is using black cavendish rather than brown. If you are like me and found 965 was the perfect all day smoke, give this blend a try. I think some age will improve it.

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Buster Bluth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Buster Bluth (51)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This tobacco is really flawless in all regards. The Latakia is just right. The Oriental and VA provide just the right amount of sweetness. It burns cool all the way down. The cut of the tobacco lends to easy packing and lighting. I think this is one of 'pipes and cigars' best.

It is flavorful without being overpowering. In fact, it is downright refreshing in the hot weather. It has become my mainstay while fishing, and tastes even better in the salt air. Smokes great in both small and large bowls. 4 stars.

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DUPE.629 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.629 (133)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Sunjammer.17/03/07. Well,this tobacco has been named after a very,very,dear friend of mine.(Bob) Another friend sen't me a very generous sample from the USA,to Australia,just for me to try."Lucky me" It's very easy to light and only required one relight,which allowed me to enjoy a really hassle free smoke without a whole lot of relight's,now you have got to really love that! The taste was excellent all the way through allowing me to enjoy the virginia,latakia and oriental,which all chimed in perfectly at different interval's. I found this offering to be cool,delicious,plus highly enjoyable,leaving a very nice,goop free ash at bowl's end.No sourness was detected at all,after many bowl's.If this sort of blend attract's you,then you have nothing to lose! "Highly recommended"

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (566)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I enjoy this blend and find it a sister to another of Russ Oulette's blends, Mt Marcy; the cut, texture, flavor and aroma is quite similar between the two. I enjoy the fragrance in the pouch of this blend, the smoke is slightly sweet and delicate with a tangyness that is not overpowering. Dry and coarse-cut this mix packs best in a large bowl. 7 of 10 stars.

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Yankee Texan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Yankee Texan (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I love this stuff. This is what I think of, when I think of an "English Blend". VA, Oriental, a little but very noticeable bit of campfire Latakia. It starts off orientally fragrant and the VA's give it a little smooth/sweet nuttiness. By the end it is a little more spicy/less sweet but still real smooth.

This is the only blend I can consistently smoke in the morning and get that "...AAHHHaaaahhh...nice...." feel/flavor.

I haven?t been smoking very long (~8 months) and about half the blends I've tried have been from Mr. Oulett's Harth and Home series. I am glad I found out about Russ's art early in my "pipe smoking career".

Did I say I love this stuff!?

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