Hearth & Home Sunjammer

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, a great 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.


Brand Hearth & Home
Series Signature Series
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Pipes & Cigars
Blend Type Scottish
Contents Black Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging 1.5 ounce tin, bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.37 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 05, 2024 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
You do know that there are few things in this life that are as sweet as the drone of a well-played Scottish pipe, correct? Even figuratively, I dare say. Of course, it might be that I stand a wee bit opinionated about that matter. Regardless of that most probable fact, I would like to nevertheless take the opportunity to relate to you the jigs and hops of my latest reel with yet another one of these fancifully inspired Scottish tobaccos.

As to be expected, with the elusive nature of the given genre, the flashing weave that streams throughout the tartan on the blend of discussion proudly regales with the clannish shades of its own makings. And like a true Scot at that, this admixture has developed an enthusing manner as to the expression of its distinctions, so do kindly allow me to proceed with the details of that lively dance.

First and foremost, I love the apparent backstory on this one in particular. It is a charming tale rooted in peril, passion, promise, and well-timed providence it does seem. Our saga originates from the city of Belfast, to once again, relive those gloomy days of the early 2000s. For it was at that time that the then long-standing Murry, Sons and Limited, a recognized producer for popular pipe tobaccos of the day, announced the pending closure of its factory doors. Inasmuch, this disclosure foresaw the ending of a bright tradition that had stood successfully for almost two centuries. As consequence, the sun went down on many an unsuspecting piper on that day. This tragic development mounted a plague wretched in the embittered trials of coming to grips with the sudden discontinuance of their beloved Dunhill My Mixture 965, a flagship product of that particular facility.

Learning of the rising emotional disdain that soon followed, the aspiring brand of Hearth & Home stepped up with an opportunity to intercede in the dilemma. In responding to this heart-felt loss, by showing the credibility of customer focus while capitalizing upon its sole mission to produce and sell tobaccos, master blender Russ Ouellette began working directly with a particular 965 enthusiast with the vision of a possible remedy. And through those collaborative efforts, as I understand it, came the inception of the subject Sunjammer. Legend holds that the blend was affectionally named in circumstance to a short story that appeared in a 1964 edition of the prized Boy’s Life magazine. Perhaps my particular rendition of the facts takes a narrative spin, but hey, it makes for an entertaining story for we pipers, yeah?

And so, the redemptive Sunjammer is an adapted fabrication conceived in the finest Scottish traditions with, of course, a tad of differentiation hanging upon its Caledonian laurels. As a mildly intense, medium-bodied alternative, Sunjammer affords the piper with a sweetly spiced combination of deepened Latakia, assorted Oriental, expanded Virginia, and softening Cavendish. Just as with My Mixture 965, Hearth & Home has essentially incorporated Oriental leaf of the Macedonian sort, while uniquely opting for unflavored toasted Black Cavendish in lieu of the original’s Brown configuration.

A coarse cut plaid of colorfully jagged tobacco greets the eager piper with the unveiling of this blend. The ensuing collection of variable pieces exhibits a crisscrossed weave of random shapes and sizes. In the reflections of its earthy tinted kilt, Sunjammer presents a primed showing of reddish-browns, copper, tan, chocolate, and fawn that are supported by the blackness common to an iron knocker. At surface appearances there seems to be an equitable distribution of the assortment of major ingredients as to the balancing ration of supplemental Cavendish.

Expressly, the pouched aroma is graced by a celebration of cultured airs in fact. Rather than an overly bold persona, a sampling of the rested aroma fills this sense with a quickened aura of tarty wood intertwined with campfire tar and the smoky resinous sweetness produced by the searing of timber. More discreet inhales evoke the stimulated presence of bright complex spices, mildly sour pungency, a flash of distance citrus/darker fruit and the callings of natural sugars. A very comforting pronouncement given the vitality of the constituents rolling within.

Suffice to say, Sunjammer tables as yet another well contrived original from the likes of Russ Ouellette. Generally speaking, the assessment demonstrates this blend scores admirably on both flavor and leaf attributes. Overall, the tobacco achieves a nicely balanced and rounded profile within the experienced registration. As such the complexity of its standard character builds a savor that is most enjoyable if not simply charismatic.

Positioning quite respectfully to the essential “must-haves” of the related genre, Sunjammer surfaces a combination of a base woodiness, brilliant accents of moving exotic spice, and an even-tempered lower middle commenting of seasonal tangy fruitwood. Still, it may strike you as a uniquely sweeter Scottish alternative, but honestly, I have partaken ones much sweeter, especially those modified by the induction of subtle coatings. Do keep in mind however that the sugared quality of Sunjammer has been skillfully achieved through natural means. And with that, the tobacco is undeniably an honorable alternative to the span of its peers, including the fabled My Mixture 965.

Essentially, each tier of the primary taste bands has been administered to selectively arrive in their contribution of importance. This crafted arrangement leads to a persona that consistently aligns with the intended end result of a genuine Scottish delight. I would further suggest that the mood of Sunjammer is a tad darker in feel and depth comparatively. But, as I previously stated, plenty of deference is shown to the vital role of offsetting spicing and a gentle calming sweetness.

Within Sunjammer’s milky smooth profile the forward position is held by the determined Latakia, which demonstrates a wholesome run of the standard varietal attributes. In general the leaf is well seasoned and exceptionally darker in its advancing mood. The prime dusky character that forms is personified as a dense sour musty char joined with an unfailing tart herby woodiness. Further pigmenting this decisive nature are honorable tinges of bittersweet creosote, cooked fruity undertones, a modest degree of soiled pungency, and some supportive embellishment of smoky incense airs.

Although penetrating in spirit, the overall presentation is aptly clean and precisely metered so that the magnitude is enough to build an admirable Cyprian savor but not so much to be overpowering to the point of distraction or excess. Undoubtedly the grade of leaf deployed is a key factor in this development. But then again, it also speaks to the craftmanship achieved in arriving at a distinct featural lead element that balances adeptly with the remaining ingredients.

Up front gamboling with the established Latakia, the confluence of the assorted Oriental leaves play out with a splendid aromatic quality. Their encouraged influence rides in the top rear sphere and spools outwardly with each drawl as a finish of beautifully bundled spice. Given the manufacturer’s descriptive blend notes referencing Macedonian strains, imaginably the host of possibilities is quite diverse. Yet, I am thinking the experienced remarking tends to lean more towards the taste properties of Basma, Samsun, and Smyrna by association, which is, of course, my own interpretive impression. Either way what manifests is a multitude of distinct and exotically spirited colorfulness.

As these buttery Oriental strains agreeably collude, the relish that is experienced unfolds as a consistently moving variant of compounded seasonings. As I can best describe it, the mingled nuance that avails itself as the fundamental core is a tossing and creamy mesh of sweet paprika, thyme, and softer hints of oregano, interestingly drawing and absolutely animated. Moreover, tincturing this base at a secondary level is a definite edge that is decidedly piney in flora as well as a cardamom-like ambience that I generally associate with Half & Half of all things. And of that were not enough, traces of lemony tea notes, toasty nuttiness, and a softer resilient pepperiness are also denoted.

Unlike perhaps more common takes on the scripted Scottish genre, Sunjammer proceeds to place lesser weighting upon the extended Virginian element. Practically the order of importance has the Red variety genuinely afforded the third ranking of emphasis within the overall profile. The complementing Bright strain, although apparent in the blended scope, is much more removed cajoling in the background in a reduced capacity.

Summarizing the Virginian inspiration, the tobacco seems to project considerable tang being categorically mandarin like in energy. What stands out is a fairly sweeter mix of seasonal boldly spiced fruity wood and distant reserved citrus/vanilla-toned grass. At times, the Red’s larger push offers an almost pickled flair or greenish herbal tone and engaging caramel, whereas the Bright counters with a little lemony dressing and a decent threading of sour dough breadiness.

As to the Black Cavendish, although unflavored it does nonetheless compound the cumulative sweeter quality found in the blend’s undertone. Seeing that the leave has in fact been toasted, that progressed quality is nicely recorded in the projections as well as some incremental zestful woodiness. Although I make no allusion to being an expert on the art or science of blending, I sense there is a strategic reason that Russ has chosen not only the specific grade but also the preparatory processing option of the particular Cavendish leaf used within the recipe. What is more there might have been a sought-after variable relating to a common American Burley-based varietal versus that of the Virginian, who is to say? Beside the functional values that Cavendish naturally brings to the smooth fusion of the differentiated streams, I have to believe that the extenuated boost in natural sugars wrought by the toasting operation was within his designed thinking. Just a fun guess on my part.

As Sunjammer burns, fortified bursts of meaty blueish-gray plumes dance gingerly in their swirling ascent. Formally, the smoke texture itself renders a pleasant feeling as it rolls over the broader palate. As one measures out slow plentiful drawls and easefully releases the same, both the experience and the fragrance emitted are nothing short of enchanting, well at least to us sordid “Scottish” types. Deep heavy impressions of charred latakia and singed wood form the main essence as a soft envelope of sweetness and general herbaceous spice lilts upon the rim. The essence residuals are somewhat commanding in presence and elect to loft about for a length of time, suggesting that, by judgement, the aroma’s impact is most likely tolerable at best.

What more can I tell you than to simply state that, mechanically, this blend performs like an Edinburgh beauty. A constancy of soothing cooler temperatures and evenness of flaming help to maintain a graduated exercise of relaxed smoking comfort. There is only a modest inference of felt nicotine that comes about with this clean, dry burning tobacco. And given the mellowness of the general presentation, Sunjammer certainly makes for a welcome all-day companion.

So as I bring this reel to its final whirl, needless to say, it is not necessarily true that one has to be a Scotsman to appreciate and hold within your heart that which is Scottish. And if you want to understand where your heart truly lies, then as the Scottish will tell you, just sit back to observe wherever the mind wanders when going about its way. If in that very discovery you are taken to the accompaniment of a fine blend such as Sunjammer, that my friends is a bonnie braw thing indeed.

Objective Scoring: (basis: flavor, standard genre/leaf attributes & mechanicals): 185/206 ? 2.9 WAVG.

Subjective Rating: (factored for likeability & cost): 3.6 Pipes.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 10, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
The very smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia also sports a light mustiness. Competing for the lead with the latakia is the dry, woody, buttery sweet, slightly salty, and rather spicy Orientals. There are times one is a little more obvious than the other. The red Virginia provides some tangy dark fruit and earth, while the bright Virginia has a little citrus and grass, though you’ll notice the red a little more. They are mostly background players. The toasted black cavendish chips in with a little smoothness. The nic-hit is a step closer to mild than it is to medium. No chance of bite, and has no dull or harsh moments. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a little inconsistency in its rich, deep flavor. Leaves a small amount of dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, slightly lingering after taste. Can be a all day smoke for the veteran smoker, and if it isn’t for the less experienced, it’s certainly repeatable. Three and a half stars.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 15, 2005 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
I have smoked a half dozen of Russ Ouellette'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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 26, 2014 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
PurchasedFrom: Hearth & Home
Age When Smoked: new as per July 2014
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 04, 2015 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I know that this one was made to emulate Dunhill's famous 965, but I think this blend really is stronger and more full bodied, too. I got the nutty, rich Latakia taste that I expected, but was pleasantly surprised at the strength of the blend and the lack of harshness, despite the fact that the tin I smoked was so fresh. I picked up several more tins to cellar and will certainly go back to Sunjammer in a couple of years. Great stuff!

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 22, 2014 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
PurchasedFrom: pipes and cigars
Age When Smoked: fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 12, 2011 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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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 29, 2020 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
Hearth & Home - Sunjammer (Signature Series).

The name Sunjammer sounded like an aromatic, to me. A rather 'funky' name! But, obviously, it isn't one!

The coarse mixture does indeed contain some bigger pieces. Sadly, though, it contains twigs. Mine arrived dry but as this was supplied from bulk a sealed tin might differ? There are less black pieces than brown, far less. Let's get on to the smoke.

Hmmmm, nice taste but it behaves poorly. The tobaccos, apart from the black Cavendish, form a nicely balanced flavour; the Cav' is a minor addition. The lead character comes from the Latakia and Orientals. Although, the Lat' isn't inordinately smoky but quite musky and piquant. The Orientals and Macedonian give a herby, slightly floral, flavour with a touch of peat. With the Virginias I notice a tad more of the fruity reds than I do the brights. As I'd expected from the appearance it burns quickly and gets warm. But, I hadn't readied myself for the bite; ouch!

Nicotine: maybe above medium, at a push. Room-note: not the best!

Sunjammer? To me, considering EVERYTHING, two stars seems fair:

Somewhat recommended.
Pipe Used: Peterson #03
PurchasedFrom: Tobaccopipes.com
Age When Smoked: One month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 03, 2013 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.
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Jan 19, 2012 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 12, 2010 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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