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Captain Earle's Reflections is a complete and complex blend of twelve premier tobaccos. Pressed with rich stoved red Virginia and a slow burning, light latakia, among others. Reflections is blended to enhance aroma, appearance, taste, and aftertaste. Reflections will sail you away to a time and place of relaxation and reflection. Enjoy!

BrandHermit Tobacco Works Co.
Blended ByCornell & Diehl
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Kentucky, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging2 ounce and 8 ounce tins
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
2.9
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2732)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a krumble kake that breaks apart as easily as one could want. The burley is nutty sweet and a little toasty, while the dark fired burley adds light spice, wood and cocoa. The cavendish is naturally sweet with a touch of honey in a minor role. The Cyprian latakia is a subordinate player, smoky and woodsy sweet. The Orientals/Turkish provide a woody smokiness with sweet and sour notes, and some floralness. Izmir appears to be one of the star Orientals; obvious in every puff. The stoved red Virginia is lightly sugary, dark fruit and citrus sweet with a little earth and grass base. An exceptionally well balanced, a little Oriental forward blend with complexity and consistency of flavor, it burns cool at an even rate with no harsh or dull spots and little moisture left in the bowl. Needs some relights. Produces lots of smoke, and leaves a pleasing after taste. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

13 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2732)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a krumble kake that breaks apart as easily as one could want. The burley is nutty sweet and a little toasty, while the dark fired burley adds light spice, wood and cocoa. The cavendish is naturally sweet with a touch of honey in a minor role. The Cyprian latakia is a subordinate player, smoky and woodsy sweet. The Orientals/Turkish provide a woody smokiness with sweet and sour notes, and some floralness. Izmir appears to be one of the star Orientals; obvious in every puff. The stoved red Virginia is lightly sugary, dark fruit and citrus sweet with a little earth and grass base. An exceptionally well balanced, a little Oriental forward blend with complexity and consistency of flavor, it burns cool at an even rate with no harsh or dull spots and little moisture left in the bowl. Needs some relights. Produces lots of smoke, and leaves a pleasing after taste. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

8 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This was one of our pipe club's tobacco bar offerings not long ago and the gang really enjoyed the unique presentation of Virginia and Oriental leaf in Krumble Kake form. Not a bell ringer with most of the group, but the softness and almost tart like notes of the crispy Burley melded with the Virginia leaf sang well with the complimentary Turkish. There was some backbone added by the Black Cavendish, but not much. Personally, I just didn't find enough flavor to keep me interested for long.

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2012)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Hermit Tobacco - Captain Earle's - Reflections.

Because of there not being lots of reviews on this (currently only two) I didn't have much to go on. But as it transpires it's a nice smoke!

Not as Latakia laden as some of the Captain Earl's blends, this is apparent right from opening: only a medium brown kake, not almost black. Preparation's easy, it isn't a kake which is virtually a plug.

Of all the different Captain Earle's I've smoked this is one of the tamer ones. It isn't near the Bomb Territory like some; that's you Ten Russians! The Virginia, Burley/Kentucky form the leading flavour, tangy and nutty. The rest act in more of a 'seasoning' capacity: a touch of Cavendish sweetness, a slight sour note from the Orientals, and a VERY minor smokiness from the Latakia. In general, I find the smoke has a dry feeling. I sense no toppings, it's a wholehearted, natural, flavour. The burn's top notch: steady, consistent, fairly slow, giving a smoke that's below medium in temperature. I get zero tongue bite.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: nice.

Reflections? Not the best blend ever, but certainly worth more than three stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Mr Brog

Age When Smoked: 04/24/18

Purchased From: TobaccoPipes.com

3 people found this review helpful.

Dernier86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dernier86 (3)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Without being too winded, and I lack that refined of a palate, this a complex English that smokes with a full flavor and smoothly.

The various leaves don't overpower one another as another reviewer said. They just weave in and out. The Latakia is enough to make you feel this is an english blend, but you can taste the other players.

This is a good selection manufactured by C&D. It hasn't been ruined by copious Burley and is not harsh.

Pipe Used: Apple/Author

Age When Smoked: One Year

Purchased From: The Country Squire (Brick and Mortar)

1 person found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (587)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

This was my first Captain Earle's blend and I really enjoyed it. It is an everything but the kitchen sink blend to be sure, but all the elements work well together to offer a pretty smooth smoking experience that offers multiple flavor profiles.

Of all the things in this, Perique is about the only thing that is missing. It is hard to really pinpoint any flavor as dominant as is usually the case with such blends. In many cases this would add up to a boring smoking experience. And to some maybe this is, but not to me.

Too much Latakia, orientals or DFK can really clobber the tastebuds. Reflections has just enough of these components that you can appreciate their presence, yet not be discouraged to pack another bowl of the same to follow up. While not dominant, the Virginias are apparent the whole time and do carry all the other elements along beautifully. To me, this is a nice all day blend and I used it as such a few times and never tired of it.

I felt it worth adding that this really puts off a nice sidestream. I would put this somewhere between 3 and 4 stars and will let it settle on three as it is not a blend I feel I need to immediately replenish, but it is very good. Anyone who enjoys these type of blends should not be disappointed smoking a tin of this.

Pipe Used: 1929 Canadian Patent Dunhill Bent Billiard

Age When Smoked: 4 years 9 months

1 person found this review helpful.

LiterarySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LiterarySmoker (85)
★★☆☆
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Well I've been doing a lot of reflecting, pun intended, on this blend. I have to admit that it is aptly named. I don't often get stumped with a tobacco but this one has so much in it it has taken me a while. It is good for reflecting, but what exactly is it?

When you open your tin, the cake is more browns this time, and even though i know Latakia is in this blend it is hard to see. According to this website this blend has everything except the kitchen sink. I can smell bready, semi-sweet red Virginias, tangy, barbecuey, Kentucky, toasty Cavendish, sour Orientals, and very lightly smoky Latakia. Like I said there is a lot going on. Like the others it is easy to pack and light, and it keeps its light for the most part.

I typically smoke all my blends in a cob first and then my briars to try and get nuances from each. The first thing I notice is the Orientals they are very tangy, sour and herbal. Next I taste the spice and tang from the Dark Fired. There is a very mellow sweetness coming from the Cavendish that ties a lot of this together. There is some light breadiness from the Virginias, and the Latakia is hiding in the background. What makes this an interesting experience is that I am smoking this currently in a pipe that has been ghosted with Latakia adding a slightly more smoky experience than I got with the cob.

The taste is medium. The blend does its job there as its supposed to be a reflecting sort of blend. The strength is a medium too. This blend is complex and can make for an interesting smoke. I don't think it's an all day sort of blend but more of a once in a while. It's good at what it does but I don't think this is for me. I give this two stars.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie Birkshire Large Panel

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

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