Hearth & Home Steamroller

Over the last couple of years, we’ve gotten a number of requests for a strong and robust blend with full depth and body. We’ve gone through about eight different versions until we put together the iteration that we now call Steamroller. It’s an appropriate name, as this is the strongest pipe blend we have ever made. Rich and toasty red Virginia is married with two different types of darker Burleys, some unflavored black Cavendish to take the edge off, and a bit of Latakia and Perique for depth of flavor and zest. For those of you who enjoyed Five Brothers and the unscented Lakeland blends for their power and richness, Steamroller will be right up your alley.


Brand Hearth & Home
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Pipes & Cigars
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Black Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
Cut Coarse Cut
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production No longer in production


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

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 04, 2014 Medium None Detected Mild Tolerable
I purchased 4 oz bulk from P&C and I'm not so sure that there might not be a problem. First of all, there's an inconsistency with moisture levels between the individual components as if the mix was blended to order and although the bulk of the mix is bone dry, there's little soggy bits, probably cavendish here and there. I have the impression that some ingredients have gotten dry or stale, while others are fresh. Then there's the complete lack of the notorious strength. Id say what I was smoking was barely medium strength and I've never been a cigarette smoker, so it doesn't take much N to impress me. About the only thing positive I have to say is that the moisture level overall is ready to smoke, but this might be part of the problem... If this tobacco is relying on the virginia or burley for the supposed kick, then something has gone off, gotten too dry, or gone by the wayside. I thought about throwing it out but I decided to cellar this 4oz of Steamroller for six months and see what happens. As it is, this stuff is uninspiring and I'd rather not waste my time smoking it. Perhaps Ill report back in the Fall.
Pipe Used: MM Pride
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars
Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 27, 2014 Very Strong None Detected Full Very Strong
This blend always intrigued me because of the complex blending. It's an overall heavy smoke, which I very much enjoyed. The flavor would be good, if it didn't have that odd Hearth & Homes taste and smell.

It's not something I would get more of, but I wouldn't tell anybody not to try it. Hearth & Homes is a personal disliking that I can't really describe with facts. If your looking for a strong blend that has complex flavors and aromas, I would suggest something else, but once again a good starter blend for a cheap price.
Pipe Used: Nording Freehand, Nording Billiard
PurchasedFrom: Pipes & Cigars
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 04, 2012 Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
I am a big fan of Russ Ouellette's tobaccos and it's rare that one comes along that isn't a hit for me. Steamroller lives up to its billing as a strong tobacco. I enjoy strong blends and one of the things that is interesting about Steamroller is that unlike other strong blends, this one is “sneaky” strong. The strength doesn't make itself known right up front like many strong blends, but then, suddenly it's time to sit down! I am not easily bowled over by blends and this one did it to me. Steamroller, like many of Russ' blends arrives quite dry and ready to smoke right out of the pouch. I find the casing to be much less than some of the other reviewers. I don't agree that this is an aromatic either. I find Steamroller to be mainly a Burley blend. I think that there are other strong blends that simply have a better and more interesting taste profile. If you like strong tobacco, than I think Steamroller is worth a try, it's just not my cup of tea.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 17, 2011 Medium to Strong Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
I'm getting some vanilla or other sweet additive in this one. It does have some strength to it but to me its not overwhelming. I guess I was expecting something a lot more natural tasting. I would put this in the category of Strong(er) Aromatic.
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