Hearth & Home LJ Heart Burley

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.


Brand Hearth & Home
Series Signature Series
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Pipes & Cigars
Blend Type Burley Based
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Cut Mixture
Packaging 1.5oz Tin, 8oz Tin, Bulk
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 30, 2013 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
PurchasedFrom: Pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: recently recieved
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 14, 2014 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.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 18, 2008 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.

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!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 07, 2010 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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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 29, 2006 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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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 08, 2005 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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