Boswell Pipes & Tobacco Boswell's Best

Cavendish blended with black vanilla cavendish and Virginia to make an all day smoke.
Notes: First blended in 1975 by J.M. Boswell.


Brand Boswell Pipes & Tobacco
Blended By J.M. Boswell
Manufactured By J.M. Boswell & Son
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Cavendish, Virginia
Flavoring Vanilla
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


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

Average Rating

3.39 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 04, 2013 Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
This is a very pleasant smoke for social gatherings and late afternoons, in my opinion. As a English blend smoker most of the time, I enjoy aromatics particularly when others are around - or when I have a "sweet tooth". Boswell aromatics are some of the best I've had. The Boswells staff seem to be genuinely nice people as well, which adds to the enjoyment of smoking their blends, odd as that may seem. Their attention to detail and lighthandedness in customer relations seem to flow into their custom blends. To put it another way, I've visited tobacco stores where the staff were nasty and harsh, and it seems their house blends were too. I received a sample of the Boswells family store blend "Boswells Best" when I purchased a pipe from their website (via phone order). Its a full Vanilla aromatic blend, and very pleasant. I personally appreciate complex tobacco flavors more than heavy toppings, but this aromatic isn't too heavy. It's good, and speaks well of the Boswell house. The Boswell pipe is quite nice too. I'm a fan, and I'll be purchasing more pipes and tobacco from them.
Pipe Used: Boswell freestyle Briar Churchwarden
PurchasedFrom: Boswells Pipes
Age When Smoked: 2013
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 25, 2014 Mild Medium Mild Pleasant
This is an excellent blend. All of the Boswell tobaccos are excellent but this stands out as one of my favorites. The thing that I like most about Boswells Best is its unobtrusiveness. Not in a boring way, but in a great background note kind of way. This is a tobacco that I could see myself smoking all day long and never growing tired of.

This blend will not bite whatsoever. I smoked this blend while watching an action packed movie and at times found my puffing cadence rather aggressive at the exciting parts, where most blends would have punished me, this one just kept on putting out creamy smoke and great flavor.

Highly recommended.
Age When Smoked: Purchased 2008
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 29, 2011 Very Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant
As a person whom lives near, and conciders the Boswell family a VERY straight up-NON arrogant good all around HARD working people who simply love pipes, pipe tobacco, and those who CHERISH pipes, and pipe smoking I take great offense to some of the posts on the review of this blend. Its one thing to simply NOT like a blend, or brand, but to outright post attacks against these folks is PLAIN wrong. I recently decided to get 3 oz. of the Boswells best with my 14th boswell pipe. It is a simple, and subtle blend that I love as it does not overwhelm the palate, and I HIGHLY recommend it to the novice pipe smoker. It has a nice slightly vanilla yet nice rounded tobacco flavor that will not knock ones socks off with flavor, and strength. This is a blend that is nice for an all day smoke that for me fills in a gap of tobaccos that are of the English nature that I crave, and yet from time to time when I tell myself I do not want latakia blends, English, heavy aromatics, or many times I simply cannot make up my mind what I want to put in my pipe--this is it. It is a nice blend to pack up the pipe--sip a nice beverage, and watch the stars around a warm evening fire. I have yet to have ANY of my friends complain about its room note, as they say it smells subtle, and warm to the point they want to take a puff off of my pipe. This is one of the most subtle, over all warm, and inviting blends from those around me that do not smoke pipes. The over all smoking pleasure of this one is a SUPER nice break from heavier stuff that has left me keeping this blend in my rotation. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking a soft, subtle, and peaceful smoke that WILL NOT bite your tongue, and is a wonderful relaxing smoke.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 22, 2012 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant
Pipers. If you have not ever tasted and seen (or smelled rather) the goodness of J.M. Boswell's handcrafted pipe tobacco, then your wanderings in the realm of fine tobacco have not been completed. Boswell's tobaccos are consistently of the highest quality, and in my short wanderings I have yet to find any brand worthy of the honors this man has earned my opinion. The quality of the tobacco and the expertise at which they are blended are superb. I have never met a Boswell I didn't enjoy.

This fine tobacco is no exception. A good friend and fellow piper delivered me a two ounce pouch of the stuff. He likes the stronger stuff, and has a taste for cigars as well, but said this light aromatic is his favorite blend. I wouldn't call it my favorite, but I will be repurchasing this blend in the future.

The description proclaims it cavendish through and through. Regular cavendish blended with black vanilla cavendish. Many of the cavendish blends I have lit up with over my last year of smoking pipe have certain sweet and brassy tang about them. This tobacco has its moments of such a taste, particularly on toasting and relights, but for the most part is pretty dark tasting. It's earthy and macho. A lot of aromatics seem to focus more on the aromatic flavoring than the tobacco. It's clear that Mr. Boswell isn't afraid to let the tobacco smoke for itself, and let whatever flavoring additives included only sing harmony. That's exactly what Boswell's Best does. Your taste buds are free to enjoy the taste of fine quality dark cavendish tobacco from lighting to ash, while your friends remark at how nice it smells.

My cousin, who never smoked anything but cheap cigars, had his first go at a corn cob with a bit of this blend. Even the beginner said "Oooo. That's nice" and "Why didn't I try this sooner?". This is great all around blend, and will likely become a old standby when I want something a little lighter than an full English, but something with character, that I wouldn't be ashamed to smoke with a real veteran in the room. This is a respectable smoke, one that should be included in your next order.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 03, 2012 Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant
This has become my go-to tobacco whenever I want a good solid smoke. The tobacco smells incredible and maintains a great mix of flavouring to natural tobacco smell. I find as seasons change so do my tastes in tobaccos, certain ones appeal to me more in cool weather as others do in warm weather. This tobacco appeals to me no matter what weather or mood. It's very calming and flavourful. It smokes cool and with never any tongue bite. I find with pretty much all the Boswell blends I've had that the flavour really comes out after about 10 minutes or so. A definite favorite of mine.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 04, 2017 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
I have been smoking this for over twenty years. I just happened to do a search on new reviews and saw this one. I can't believe that JM now has his face on tins of tobacco I've been buying off of him for years! Lol.

This is a very fine tobacco and I always keep it on hand. And if you somehow do not know, JM and his son are premier pipe makers and you should visit their store. They have a much better selection in-house than you will find on-line. This probably isn't much of a tobacco review, but trust me, BB it is excellent, as are all of his Tobaccos. Better yet, go to Chambersburg, PA and visit yourself. Best tobacco shop in the country, in my humble opinion.

I read other opinions and I saw this one, "The Boswells are a lot of guffawing yokels who make, ugly, unwieldy pipes with poor grain and a host of other flaws." JM AND HIS FAMILY have ALWAYS been very kind to me and he calls me by name even if I haven't been in his store in a couple of years. I have some of his pipes where the grain isn't a perfect flame shooting up the bowl and out the stem, but I do have a freehand of his that I will match along side any $400 perfect pipe with its perfect grain, and it definitely didn't cost me hundreds of dollars.

I don't know where JM gets his tobacco, I don't know how he blends them, and I don't care...they are simply good, period.

BTW, I have a Peterson St Patrick's Day Anniversary pipe and, trust me, the grain on that thing isn't anything to write home about.
Pipe Used: 1996 Boswell Freehand
PurchasedFrom: Bosswell's store in Chambersburg
Age When Smoked: New
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 14, 2008 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant
Ah, a little dissent in the ratings. Since A Morley smokes and highly rates Carter Hall and Price Albert along with many other blends he has recommended I couldn't really call him a pipe snob, but I wondered if he or Ben was correct about the House of Boswell. Sorry A M, I think Ben and all the others have a better grasp on this one. Boswell's Best is a classic smoke. Well rounded, no bite, and for lack of a better term, a thoughtful puffing tobacco. Of course taste is subjective, but you seem to have a wide palate range so maybe you just had a batch that hadn't been handled correctly, who knows? As for the Boswells, I guess I also am just a guffawing yokel because I like good friendly customer service, quality pipes (smoke better than any of my high end Peterson's)and value for my money. I give Boswell's Best 3 and 1/2 stars and that only because I like their Paradise blend just a bit more and I gave it 4 stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 24, 2011 Very Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant
Boswell's Best is like 1Q on steriods.

I keep smoking more and more of this and can't get over what a cool/dry smoke this is compared to other cavendish type blends. The true tobacco flavor shines through... not just the "goop" flavor of sugar casing, which is a real plus for me.

I have a big jar of this and would smoke it all day if I could. Only drawback is that is very mild and does not have much nicotine. That is good sometimes.

Highly Recommended.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 15, 2020 Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant
My notes. Delicious. A top shelf version of what we all know as a 1q-like blend. Except ITS NOT 1Q. This is a unique blend of Cavendish and other leaf with Boswells own mastery of topping and casing work. Light, mild, and all day pleasure.

I have been to Boswells 4-5x a year for the past 5 or more years.

I went one week in 2019 to visit. I bought a pipe and needed some of the 'best but the big bin was empty! Followed Mr. BOSWELL himself to the back and watched him make a batch right there in front of me. Each leaf was sorted, mixed, toppings added, and then mixed again. It is not 1q at all.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 13, 2014 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant
A pleasant, manly smoke.

To me this blend has a pouch fragrance of rich cavendished and sweet dark Virgina laced with vanilla and something akin to maple-caramel touched with dark chocolate. Beautiful clouds of creamy smoke throughout, cool-burning, with flavors of vanilla, maple, caramel, marshmallow and chocolate appearing and reappearing above the sweet taste of cavendish and Virginia from start to finish, an unusually consistent thing for an aromatic. I sensed a trace of simple burley goodness in the mix. It's like smoking a vanilla pancake with maple syrup, if possible, so much so that it's a shade sweet to me. The room note is a delight, but outdoors it has a commanding, majestic note: rich, elegant, a touch sophisticated, but unpretentious and clean; masculine and thoughtful. The phrase "restrained luxury" comes readily to mind. Just the faintest touch of moisture was left in the heel of my dedicated cob when finished. No ghosting. Boswell's Best does get better with a few months' age and the usual Mason jar TLC-treatment. As has been said so many times already by others, a top shelf, go-to, all day aromatic. Thank you for your time.
Pipe Used: MM General Filtered
PurchasedFrom: J.M. Boswell and Son
Age When Smoked: 6 months
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