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A light, naturally sweet blend created for renowned pipemaker, Lannes Johnson, who selected this mixture to send as a sample to his pipe customers. Two different types of nutty Burley are laced with an unusual cube cut Virginia and a Burley-based natural toasted Black Cavendish for a splash of non-flavored sweetness. Now available to the general public for the very first time. If you're looking for an all-day blend that isn't wet or overly sugary, give this one a try.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByPipes & Cigars
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutMixture
Packaging1.5oz Tin, 8oz Tin, Bulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (236)
★★★★
Mild None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

I smoked this blend over the holidays in a variety of pipes and I have to say I really like it and the best part .is that my wife who hates tobacco smoke made a point to tell me that this one does not bother her and asked me to buy a bunch of it to smoke when I am around her. In the 36 years we have been married that has never happened. So if anybody has a wife that complains, this is one you might try.

This blend by Russ Oulette is a very straightforward, mild yet flavorable blend that is easily an all day blend. It comes in the tin at the perfect moisture content, is multi colored running from a light khaki to a dark brown and is a mix of rough cut and cube cut that is easy to pack in the pipe and light and smokes all the way down with a gray ash and with just a little dottle in the bottom of the bowl. It smokes mild and cool yet it burns faster than most blends I have smoked. I think this is due to the cut and low moisture content. A pipe that normally takes 45 minutes to smoke with most tobaccos will smoke in 20 minutes with this blend.

The tin aroma is a little sweet and tart and very fresh smelling. The room note is not overwhelming at all, kind of like fresh burned hay. The taste is a very nice mix of burley with the sweetness of the cubed Virginia and the non flavored toasted black Cavendish. I does not have any bite, can be smoked continuously, yet it has a fullness and mouth feel that is very satisfying. I think Russ hit a homerun on this one and I do not understand the lower ratings on this one. I did go right to the internet and bought a good amount of this one like the wife suggested. I think this will be in my rotation in the future.

Pipe Used: briar, meer, cob

Age When Smoked: recently recieved

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

Similar Blends: Nothing I have smoked..

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Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (78)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This tobacco ticks a lot of boxes. Easy to pack and light, burns well, has a great aroma and comes at a great price point.

An unusual cut, fishflakes as earlier reviewers have called it, with range of colours from black thru to blonde. The overall colour is surprisingly bright.

The tin note is honey sweet with notes of walnut and the distant whiff of anise. All very mild. This stuff burns beautifully and gives a fair amount of creamy smoke. There is a light sweetness on the tongue, some pepper, and a distinct smokiness, either from fire cured leaf or the toasted cavendish.

This tobacco has a similar basic composition to McB Stockton, one of my favourites, but is lighter and easier to handle.

1 person found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (38)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

LJHB is most unusual. It is extremely dry, reminding me of the old RYO brand, Bull Durham, packaged in a cloth draw-string bag. Remember that? But LJHB is in a very different taste regime.

LJHB is composed of brittle, weightless flecks of leaf approaching a centimeter in diameter: various brown tones, dotted by occasional bits of crimpy looking black leaf. I was put off a bit because I had no experience handling something so dry and unwieldy. It?s my understanding that it is supposed to be dry; and after trying moisturized samples, I have to say it?s best on the dry side ...in a briar with a large diameter chamber.

Pure non-aromatic Burley heaven. Variously nuanced, it delivers Burley?s characteristic nuttiness; an interesting, almost Oriental-like aroma; a vague non-saccharine sweetness; and tobacco flavor up the ying-yang. It has a faint, delightful cigar-like note ? but it is so subtle and ephemeral that I really can?t pin it down. Sometimes I can barely detect a musty, pungent taste that reminds me of grated dry Italian cheese: it rather teasingly appears and disappears as fast as my palate can detect it. What a nice total effect! For me LJHB only develops these tastes when smoked after a meal; otherwise the tobacco is ordinary and Burley-ish. I'm convinced it has something to do with mouth chemistry, but it works!

In sum, I find LJHB awkward to handle; easy to light; good burn; plenty of smoke volume; no bite; fair nicotine hit; pleasant, gentle salinity; and, with attentive tamping, one or two matches takes you to the bottom leaving only dry ash.

My staple smoke with morning coffee is a 15:1 mix of Prince Albert with bulk Turkish. But I consider LJHB the perfect after-meal smoke. Toe-curling goodness that makes you glad you smoke a pipe!

1 person found this review helpful.

TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

H&H, LJ Burley… Popping open my new undated tin, I found 1.5oz of attractive random chop leaves, tan to light brown in color, with a almost a sour tin aroma.

I had great hopes for this blend, because I really enjoy a good burley dominant blend. But keeping this stuff burning is tuff, even after some drying time. As for the other smoking characteristics, bite was no problem, a medium Nic level and the taste was robust and pleasant. I found that this stuff does IMO requires some basic smoking technique such as slower puffing or it tends to get a bit aggressive and bitter which tingles my sinuses and makes my nose run as it does when I eat to many hot peppers. These characteristic would probably not make this blend a first choice for someone new to pipe smoking, but given some experience LJB is a decent enough smoke.

Accept on occasions I personally find this blend a bit too much for my taste, but for those that enjoy aggressive burley blends and don’t mind the fuss mentioned, I would say LJB is sure worth a try.

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (159)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This one just did not excite me at all. I found it to be a lot like Carter Hall, but not quite as tasty. It, no doubt, had less of the chemical humectants that irk so many pipers including myself, but I still would prefer to smoke Carter Hall. As you may tell it does not fare well from my view point. I don't typically expect big flavors from predominately burley blends, but this is just too bland. Perhaps I am just too used to these burley blends carrying more of a topping than I otherwise detect, I am not sure.

I will say that I am a big fan of ABF, and as far as I know, it does not have a heavy topping (I subscribe to the school that all tobaccos have some topping.) Nor does Uhle's Blend 00 which is becoming one of my favorite Burleys. I don't think it is fair to slam this blend on that alone, but I also find H & H's own Classic Burley Kake to be vastly superior to this blend. It is for this reason that I cannot really recommend this blend.

At the same point, I can't give it one star as nothing really repulsed me about the blend. It is comfortable enough to smoke, It does seem to be pretty natural in taste and appearance, the moisture content was great and the burning properties were fine as well. It would probably work fantastic as a blender. It is for this I will somewhat Recommend.

Pipe Used: various, primarily a MM country Gentleman

Purchased From: P & C

Similar Blends: Carter Hall.

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aadelma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
aadelma (55)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Without aging, this is the most schizophrenic blend I have ever tried. Un-aged, it is has a pleasantly mild, slightly sweet burley flavor for the first half of the bowl, then it suddenly swings to a rough, bitter, overbearing fire cured burley flavor which is remarkably similar to the flavor you get at the bottom of the bowl when breaking in a new briar. Aging mitigates this, but it was not until I aged my sample a full year that the entire bowl was enjoyable. The black cavendish gives it a nice room note, though it's flavoring is only slight while smoking. All in all a good, but not great burley blend with good packing and burning characteristics. After aging, it is somewhat like C&D Haunted Bookshop, with a better room note but not as good a flavor.

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Brown Pipeman 1940 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brown Pipeman 1940 (40)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

The two ounces of this I received in my Hearth and Home sampler pack were so dry you could crunch them like cornflakes. I smoked a bowl right out of the bag like that, and while it burned quickly and produced a large volume of smoke, it did not bite. I proceeded to rehydrate it, and it absorbed some of the moisture from the wet towel, but not much.

Whenever I am sampling a tobacco that is new to me, I give it a couple of smokes in a Missouri meerschaum corn cob, a regular meerschaum, and then in one of my briars. This smoked fine in all of them, left very little fragments of tobacco at the bottom, and hardly any moisture, despite it burning so quickly.

So why the low rating? The taste was simply not there. There was a slight nutty flavor and a little touch of sweetness, but nothing more. I've sampled burley blends like Prince Albert and Carter Hall and this was similar. It is okay, but nothing special. It produces more smoke than flavor and that makes it not worth purchasing a second time.

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BrSpiritus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrSpiritus (18)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I have to give this one 3 stars. It's a good standard burley blend and the flavour profile is not overpowering. My only detraction is the presentation, yes fish food flakes is apropo in this case. It did not bite but then I'm a slow puffer and the taste was melded together nicely in a meerschaum billiard. This is in my opinion what Granger would be if it wasn't cased in PG.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Lombard65 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lombard65 (48)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

I smoked this blend in a General corn cob pipe. The description given by the Heart & Home is 300% perfect. Do not add adjectives. Just say, try this blend!

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Nurse_Maduro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nurse_Maduro (27)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

There's not much I can add to what has already been said here. LJ Heart Burley: dry, smokes very quickly (I found it ran a bit hot toward the last third), and tasty as hell. I have't smoked a lot of burleys yet, but this is easily my favorite thus far. I was very surprised at how bright it tasted, then I read that it contains Virgina, and it all made sense. Don't misunderstand, the burley is front and center here, but the added bit of Virginia and Cavendish keeps the flavor elevated. I find a complete burley blend to be a bit muddy tasting, so this is something I can really sink my teeth into.

I wish it burned more slowly and evenly, but I simply can not fault the flavor, and that alone forces me to give it full marks. Great stuff.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (595)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Dang! Is this stuff supposed to be bone dry? Upon opening the tin, this blend looked like fish food (thanks to Beaupipe for that!) and was dry as tinder. The square cut loaded easily into the pipe but it was so dry, it burned really fast. I prefer large bowled pipes and I still finished a bowl in half an hour.

Flavor-wise, this one is a winner. The beautiful natural chocolate aroma came through and this was one complex burley! The virginia added a light sweetness but the predominant flavor component was a toasted nuttiness (are you sick of that descriptor when it comes to burleys yet???) that reminded me of a bagel shop. Really tasty stuff. I hold blender Russ Ouelette in high regard for his Vaper blends but he shines on burleys as well! This is a great smoke that doesn't misbehave or bite. The only down side is the moisture content but then again, I tried to hydrate this a bit and its flavor characteristics changed, not to mention it became a tough light. I guess I'll leave it the way it is. Not my favorite burley, and one I'll return to only occasionally, but if you find burley flakes too difficult to deal with, try this one. Loads easily, lights easily and has a flavor to die for!

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rramstad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rramstad (115)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I never thought I'd say this about a burley blend, but this stuff just won't burn. Much like C&D Crooner, it's relight, relight, relight. I get tongue bite from the constant application of flame. It's not that it needs to be dried out, either, as the bottom half of the bowl, when I get tired of trying to smoke it and dump it out, is pretty much completely dry.

Something is seriously wrong with this stuff.

UPDATE Jan 20 2010: I dried some of this out earlier today for a good hour in front of my laptop fan, and after smoking 2/3rds, the remainder just absolutely will not burn, even with an Old Boy butane. I smoke pretty much anything, and usually give blends a good amount of time before I move on, but this will probably be the first bag of any tobacco that I end up giving away. It doesn't like to burn, and even when it does, the smoke to me is thin and acrid, probably due to the deer tongue.

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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (100)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm a little less enamored of this blend than most others, I guess. LJ Heart Burley is not at all a bad tobacco, but right now we pipe smokers are awash in intriguing, innovative and often excellent Burley-based blends. Burley is the new black, or something. Anyway, I can't see this tobacco as sitting anywhere beyond mid-tier in the Burley quality hierarchy.

The tobacco arrives exceedingly dry. So weightless is this stuff that a fruit fly passing gas nearby is enough to blow the little fish food flakes across the desk. I'm aware that most of us resent paying for water when we buy tobacco, but this is a bit much.

It's not the easiest tobacco to load, but it does behave well in the pipe. I found it curiously prone to bite, but that must be just me, given the bite-free experiences of other reviewers.

Where I fault LJ Heart Burley is in the lack of integration of its flavors, which seem to swing like a pendulum between Cavendish-induced sweetness and a dry and woody Burley flavor. I'm fond of Burley and fond of smoking it in cobs, but I have to confess that the flavor profile of this tobacco reminded me most of the taste you get when you start to smoke the shank at the bottom of a cob bowl. And that, my friends, is not a pleasant taste.

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BBlevins Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BBlevins (102)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not a bad burley based blend at all. I could have done without the Virginia, but still an exceptional blend. It's pretty dry out of the bag, contains no heavy casings and burns cool without mucking up your pipe.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Tolerable

Upon opening the bag, my nose is greeted by a nice coffee smell that taints the unmistakable burley.

This is an easy going smoke that burns evenly (the bag I've got came with perfect moisture content and didn't need drying) and is soft to the tongue. The taste reminded me of BR Genuine Pure Tobacco (baked bread and coffee), only with more burley.

If you like drugstore burley blends, give this one a try: your palate and your tongue will be forever grateful. It's well worth the extra penny.

Nobody has rated this review yet.

Mr. Dottle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Dottle (162)
★★★★
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

12/29/2006 ? UPDATE - Nothing is as constant as change: I have to upgrade this blend to 4 stars. The more I smoke it, the more I like and crave it. Yes, it still can be a wee bit tenuous towards the bottom of the bowl but this is what one might expect from a stout, honest burley (the Virginia and Cavendish are in ever so discrete amounts). This can be overcome with a slower puffing cadence when you near the end of this delightful blend.

11/2/2006 - For me, this proved to be a medium to full-bodied, in your face burley blend that can present cigar like undertones. I thoroughly enjoyed this blend ?????..for the first two-thirds of the bowls I smoked. In the latter third of the bowls, the blend went south and the ?burley bitters? crept in. I can?t explain it but some blends I have smoked just aren?t as good in the latter third of the bowl whereas other blends are actually better in the latter third of the bowl. Is this one of pipedom?s great mysteries?

However, I discovered the ?bitters? were somewhat mitigated by smoking LJHB in large (1?) bore pipes and with a slower puffing cadence towards the bottom. Some pipesters may enjoy LJHB as an all day smoke as noted in the description. However, because of its strength, I much preferred it on an occasional basis as a great after dinner smoke where its qualities can truly be appreciated. Many if not most burley blends do not DGT well and LJHB falls into this category. I give the first two-thirds of the bowl a 4 star rating and the bottom third of the bowl a 2 star rating for an average rating of three stars.

A cigarette is to be smoked. A cigar is to be enjoyed. A pipe is to be savored.

I rate this blend 9.2 out of 10.

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dualkarnain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dualkarnain (74)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a great marriage of bright burley interspersed with fleck-strands of cavendish.

This jar has been sitting behind the other jars for about 6 or 7 months (or more). I recall initially this blend was a bit dry so I spritzed it with a sqyeeze if distilled water.

The taste is excellent - a profile of sweet grapenut goodness which goes excellent with a french roast coffee as the sun comes up.

Images evoked: an undead orphan wandering the world for seven years, culminating in the recovery of his great great grandfather's femur from a museum of antiquities.

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Danno Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Danno (87)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Another freebie from Monsieur Frenchy. This is a burley blend for those who like some strength in their pipes. I found (fortunately) the presence of black cavendish has been kept to a discrete level, yielding much burley flavor, in this case deep and earthy, in conjunction with a zippy red virginia to perk the blend up. The room note is decent and the burn rate is good, even when smoked on the dry side. Inexpensive, tasty...all good.

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

One of the finest burley blends available for those who dislike topped or cased tobaccos. The blend is rather dry but not too much so. It smokes very cool. It has an inherent tangy sweetness from the virginia that doesn't detract from the burley taste. A very nice offering from Mr. Ouellette at Habana Premium Cigar Co.

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