|Chimney Smoke was my inaugural tobacco, when I bought my first pipe from the Gatlinburlier in early 2008. 18 pipes collected, and dozens of tobaccos tried later, Chimney Smoke manages to remain my go-to tobacco for a relaxing, uncomplicated smoke.
I primarily favor English mixtures, from Presbyterian Mixture and Peterson Old Dublin, to Esoterica Margate, GLP Samarra and FMOTT. For that matter, most aromatic blends are harsh, gurgly tongue- friers for me. Chimney Smoke, though, seems to treat me right like no other tobacco blend or mixture.
It's an aromatic black toasted cavendish, so if you can't stand those, Chimney Smoke's not for you. Every pipe shop has a blend like this ("Black Gold," etc.), but I've tried several of them, and Chimney Smoke is smoother, evener and cooler burning, and retains its top-note flavor longer than any other I've found. It's got a room note to kill for, and has a complexity that still surprises me after two years of palate development. It's a little sticky, as any of its ilk will be, but not overtly goopy. It smokes a bit moist, but doesn't gurgle like most aros. The top flavor burns off by mid-bowl, but it still retains enough tobacco character to be enjoyable.
In short, Chimney Smoke ought to be a problematic tobacco, but instead it's proven an old friend, and is the only blend I keep around in significant quantity. My wife loves it for its room note, and I love it because it's a satisfying, untemperamental smoke that performs well in all my aromatic-dedicated pipes.