|Way back in 1999 I ordered a round of tobacco blends from The Smoker's Mel Feldman. It was the only time I ever talked to him, but enjoyed the conversation and listening to his obvious pleasure in discussing pipes and tobaccos.
I finally cracked my tin of Pine Hills just last week. It was a curious blend that had settled quite a bit due to the aging. I've had hit and miss luck with aged aromatics and this was a miss. I gave it three stars simply because it probably was better 6-7 years ago and I let it age too long.
There was not bite and the flavoring was a little on the "winey" side - fermentation of some sort? Anyway, it was okay but too mild and mellow to suit me. Since most of the old Smoker blends are stout with a capital "S" I was expecting more from Pine Hills.
Like all Smoker blends, this one was broad cut, easy to light and keep lit, and did not bite a lick.