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A smooth blend consisting of white Burley and Virginia with a light chocolate top note.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringBourbon, Vanilla
Packaging14 ounce tub
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2527)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The original Carter Hall is fairly nutty, earthy, woody with some molasses and a touch of cocoa, and a mild vanilla, bourbon taste that come from toppings. Chatham Manor, which is a Match for CH, is more chocolate/vanilla-ish, a little less nutty with about the same amount of molasses, wood and earth. I think there’s just a little more red Virginia in the CM. Both have the same toppings: light bourbon and vanilla. Both burn cool, well and even with some relights, though CH needs more than CM does. Sometimes, there can be a cigarette note in CH when puffed too fast, as well as a chemical note. Neither is true of Chatham Manor. Both have a mild nic-hit. CM's taste and strength levels are just past the center of mild to medium. Those aspects in CH are mild. Neither will bite the smoker. Overall, while a mildly close Match in a couple of respects, Chatham Manor has a little richer, deeper, more consistent flavor that doesn’t weaken at the finish. Often, Carter Hall will lose some flavor near the end, and if puffed very fast, could sport a harsh note or two. None of that doesn’t happen with this version as the taste is consistent from first light to last puff. Leaves a little less moisture in the bowl than CH does with a more pleasant after taste.

I rated Carter Hall at three stars.


40 people found this review helpful.

The Right Reverend Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Right Reverend (36)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Carter Hall is my daily puff, until now. What I like about Carter is it burns easy, no fuss. I can mow the lawn, go hiking, be active and not have to worry about fiddling with it. I also just plain like the taste. What I don't like about Carter is it gets cigarette ashy toward the bottom of the bowl and my wife does not like the after roomnote. Chatham does all the good I like about Carter without the negatives. It is not a Carter clone, nor do I think it would be a great general mixer, but it is as close as I have ever found... And I have looked! This is due to one other negative of Carter, the chemical notes in it. This came out very clear when I cracked open a mason jar at six months with Carter in it, first thing to hit my nose was not the usual Carter smell but chemical off gassing. Chatham does not do this. Now Chatham is a bit, only a bit, more sweet, maybe in a light chocolate sense, than Carter. It fades a bit through the bowl but can be found in relights near the end. You certainly can tell the quality of the tobacco is better. I'm glad that H&H came up with this blend. Yeah I can be happy with Carter, but I am very happy with this!

Pipe Used: Corncob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes&Cigars

Similar Blends: John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall.

21 people found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (896)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Various browns in a ribbon cut with a subtle nose of chocolate and basic tobacco. As someone who found Carter Hall mildly offensive, I wasn't all that excited to try this large sample sent by a friend and CH expert. But I was interested, as Russ had recently discontinued Angler's Dream, a tobacco that I felt was the finest OTC-style tobacco in existence.

The topping in this one was a bit subdued as compared to CH and based on my faulty memory. It wasn't the chocolate topping in CH that bothered me, it was... something else, but I can't say what. This one started out like a basic OTC with a nutty and slightly sweet flavor but did not go ashy and cigarette-ish down the bowl. In the tradition of Virginia-based tobaccos, it actually improved! It got a bit sweeter, richer and more "there". I thought it was my imagination until the aforementioned expert confirmed that he was having the same experience. This one never got complex, but that's not the point of OTC's anyway. It's just a good tobacco-y flavor with some mild chocolate and a fair bit of nuttiness with just enough sweetness to know you're smoking something that was blended with care and expertise. This has replaced Angler's Dream as the finest OTC-style tobacco I've ever smoked and is absolutely perfect for those times I look at all my tobacco jars and can't decide what to smoke. This always satisfies, and not just a nicotine craving. It has depth of flavor that regular OTC's never seem to have, along with a down to earth flavor that is never boring but never too attention-getting. Great for multi-tasking. Good job, Russ! More tubs on the way!

15 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (376)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A friend from Texas offered to send me a sample of Chatham Manor. He sent a Texas-sized sample - 8 oz! I am 15 or 16 bowls into the CM experience.

In terms of a match, I think it is a 2.5 or maybe even a 2. The CM is milder and there is less topping. I always got just a little bitter taste with the CH, and the topping is a fairly distinctive trace of bourbon and a sweet that might be just a little brown sugar. With CM, the smoke is milder, and more mellow. I don't identify specific flavors in the topping.

I don't think it is a very good match, but it is a very good smoke if you are not expecting to be reminded of CH. The pouch note is cocoa. It burns well and is an easy smoke. It is mild on mild with a nutty tobacco flavor and a little cocoa in the taste too. It comes at a great price point.

I have a GBD pot that just rocks with CM. In codger style, I smoked it three times in a row with CM and did not dissemble to clean. It was still rocking at the end of bowl three.

All of this is very good. This is another one of those OTC-style tobaccos you wish you could get OTC. It is a solid 3.5. I will buy a tub of it when I am finished with the sample.

14 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Russ O. sure must be having fun with these match blends. I always appreciated the old Carter Hall for what it was and this one actually ratchets up the quality and flavor of what I remember from that old classic. I see where some reviewers are calling the top note chocolate like. I got more of a Cocoa sort of flavor along with a much more nutty taste. The cut was a little larger than CH, and burns slowly considering the contents. Well done match, right here!

13 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (303)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

2/7/2016 Ok guys so I have aged half the CM in a ball jar for exactly one year and if you liked the fresh CM, wait till you try some with a year on it. Smoother, Virginia a tad sweeter and she dried out some to the perfect level. Loving this stuff!

I just love P&C since they always have great specials that keep me entertained weekly and also keep me updated on all the new goings on in the pipe world. When I read in an email that Russ had recreated some age old blends using top shelf leaf and keeping the price down I was ready to jump on them but I waited for a couple of reviews to order. Our own Bugenhagen left a great review and I was intrigued, the TAD itch had gotten me... Well Chatham Manor lives up to the refinement of the blend it was designed to replicate possesses. I actually like the tin aroma flavor better than Carter Hall since it is more brown sugar / Cocoa than Carter (but very very restrained) this is not an aromatic by any stretch. Ribbon cut but not thin ribbon so that keeps the heat down and you can tell it contains very good quality leaf at first open, the total opposite of say opening a Walgreens Golden Burley bag and knowing although it may taste good, the leaf looks and feels cheap, Chatham Manor screams high class OTC and regardless of price I would still order Chatham and actually prefer it to CH. I plan on ordering the others of the Mid-Town series and am very excited to try the Prince Albert and Sugar Barrel replica's. Great idea Russ and I sure do appreciate taking the gamble and creating these blends!! Between Chatham, Prince Albert and Storm Front I have my entire week set during the working hours, later in the evening I prefer a more stout mixture but for driving around or puttering Chatham can't be beat. So delicious and refreshing that a modern blender created a Vintage OTC our grandpas would be super proud of and satisfied, that's a mark of excellence! O by the way I split the tub into two large ball jars, one to age and one to dip my fingers in, that way I can see what 6 months does to Chatham and the tub would dry out eventually but my ball jar is only 7 ounces... Best in a medium sized cob, say Washington or Country Gentleman, I tried every shape and these were the best.

Pipe Used: Cobs, best in a larger cob like Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: Fresh as it was just introduced

Purchased From: Pipes and CIgars

Similar Blends: John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall.

10 people found this review helpful.

Bugenhagen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bugenhagen (9)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

So there I am glancing back and forth at all the 4 star reviews of Hearth and Home blends, and a pipes and cigars catalog with a pic of the Mid-Town series of blends and thinking: "I like Carter Hall; should I try this Chatham Manor?"

Figuring that so many good reviews of other blends signals a general high quality to this brand, I figured I'd take a shot. Then, when I saw the price, I pulled the trigger.

I'm glad I did. When I opened the canister the aroma was round with a deep but subtle sweetness and fruitiness. Whatever the aromatic topping is, it is subtle and only enhances and supports the tobacco flavors.

Chatham Manor is mostly burley with a little Virginia, and that deeply fruity mellow topping. Smells old fashioned in a good way.

It is a ribbon cut that packs easily, lights easily, stays lit, and smokes at a good clip.

The topping doesn't interfere with with the tobacco flavor but supports it and brings it out.

Chatham Manor tastes nutty, round, and sweetish right down to the bottom of the bowl with no real dottle. A mild and simple smoke; a great all day blend; a pleasant change of pace from heavier blends. I really enjoyed it.

How does it compare with Carter Hall? Hard to say without having some CH on hand to compare, but if memory serves, it delivers the same goods as CH, but a bit different. Chatham Manor compares to CH the way Lane 1Q compares to Captain Black (more refined).

Update (August 2015): After enjoying CM off and on for half a year or so (half way through my second tub) I still stand by my review, and still love this neo-OTC blend. On the difference between Chatham Manor and Carter Hall, I would have to say that CM is chocolatier, but not annoyingly so; AND that smooth 'breadiness' of Carter Hall is more muted in CM.


Pipe Used: MM Cobs

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the new canister

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Carter Hall.

8 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I smoked CM and CH back to back all weekend and I prefer CH. CH has more bourbon evident in the topping, CM more chocolate. I like the bourbon. While the tobaccos in CM have a little more body, I prefer the flavors of the tobaccos in CH. CH is nuttier and sweeter. All in all CM is close, very close, to matching CH, but doesn't quite pull it off to my taste buds. It's still a very good smoke.

Mild to medium in body. Mild in flavoring. Mild to medium in flavor. Burns perfectly. Smooth with no bite.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, MM Mark Twain

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

7 people found this review helpful.

Adam T Valleau Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adam T Valleau (21)
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

I've been battling a nasty cold lately, and so I couldn't taste Hearth & Home's "Chatham Manor" properly. In fact, I either couldn't taste it at all or it tasted strange or "off" somehow. Typical of my colds.

But now (ta-da!), the taste buds and olfactory receptors are pretty much back to normal, and for the past couple of days I've been tasting and enjoying "CM" immensely. I mean, although my tobacco consumption declines during a cold, I still have gone through half a tub (with some help from a friend) during this period. I just couldn't taste or smell it much.

So, here is my take on "Chatham Manor": the "tub note" smells fairly strongly of the chocolate or cocoa topping, and that flavor is noticeable the first few puffs after lighting. But then it moderates and I get that nice, nutty flavor we all look for in this kind of blend. The chocolate returns in little hints here and there, but the burley shines throughout the bowl. The Virginia in this blend is noticeable as I'll get sweet notes showing up, too. The smoke also has plenty of body, a nice, smooth mouth feel to it.

The tobacco, upon opening, seemed a bit moist, but it didn't seem to affect the mechanics of the smoke. The tobacco packs well, lights easily, and it stays lit. Maybe I'll have to re-light once or twice near the bottom of the bowl, but it generally remains lit through the majority of the smoke. Others tell me the aroma is very nice, too.

Now, this blend is supposed to be a "match" with Carter Hall. So, is it? Ehh...not really, in my opinion. I didn't do a side-by-side comparison, but I've smoked a good amount of Carter Hall very recently (pre-cold). I like Carter Hall. I like it more than Half and Half, Granger, Prince Albert or Sir Walter Raleigh. Yet, the topping on Carter Hall tastes differently to me than CM does. CM is definitely more chocolatey. I think these two are absolutely in the same class. But the thing is, while Carter Hall is good, Chatham Manor is BETTER!

Perhaps Russ overshot his target to some degree? I think Russ created a winning blend in "Chatham Manor", one that stands all on its own, and at a great price, too. I certainly recommend this blend to everyone. I will be trying H&H's "Chestnut" next. I've never had "Walnut", so "Chestnut" will have to stand on its own, too.


Pipe Used: Vauen Giant briar, large bulldog meershaum.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars, Bethlehem, PA

Similar Blends: Carter Hall, Prince Albert, Half & Half, etc..

6 people found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Carter Hall, which, as we all know, Chatham Manor is meant to replicate, has always been an also ran for me in the realm of classic OTC tobacco. It's alright, but it's never my first choice. I feel exactly the same way about Chatham Manor though, interestingly, I don't think Chatham Manor is really all that much like carter hall.

It's composed of burley and Virginia, yes, and it has a mild, indistinct top dressing, but that's about it. The cut of Chatham Manor is thicker and more random than is Carter Hall. The top dressing is far more reminiscent of chocolate or maple or what have you. Carter Hall always just smelt "different" to me and not like anything in particular. With chatham Manor you have a natural leaning aromatic with a predominately mild burley flavor.

It's nice enough. Really more passable than anything else. It's mild and reassuringly bland, rarely hot, and, if conceivably offensive, only so in its lack of notability. It's cut is also far from uniform and it can pack and burn badly every one in a while.

Again, though, wholly distinguishable from Carter Hall and nowhere near as good as Prince Albert and its assorted clones.

Pipe Used: Various English and American billiards

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Prince Andrew, Hearth and Home Old Companion, Hearth and Home Classic Burley Kake.

6 people found this review helpful.

Phototone Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Phototone (9)
Mild Very Strong Mild Tolerable

Well, a match for Carter Hall this is not, although there is some similarity, but the chocolate flavoring is way over the top and overpowers any other flavors this might have. I just bought a fresh pack of Carter Hall to compare, and there is very little aroma from the tobacco in Carter Hall, while this Chatham Manor overpowers you with strong aroma upon opening the tub. The cut is slightly different also, but Chatham Manor is OK on that point, the cut burns fine. Carter Hall has a delicious balanced flavor (balanced between the tobacco and the toppings). Chatham Manor is a one-note Chocolate bomb to me. So I am just giving this 2 stars, because I bought it as a Carter Hall match, and I am disappointed that it is not. Others may like it on its own merits and give it a higher rating, but I wanted a lower-priced Carter Hall. Fortunately Carter Hall is still being made. This makes me quite reluctant to try the Prince Albert match, as I like Prince Albert just the way it is.

Pipe Used: Dunhills, Petersons, Grabows

Age When Smoked: Fresh from vendor

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

Bibster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bibster (6)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I have gone through several bowls of this stuff and it has become my "go to" blend. It lights well and stays lit (no charring light required, just fire it up and go), is easy to maintain and provides a pleasant, cool smoke from top to bottom -- absolutely no tongue bite. I have done a couple of side-by-side comparisons with Carter Hall and I think Chatham Manor is a clearly superior tobacco. The cocoa/chocolate flavor is slightly more noticeable, but it enhances, rather than overshadows the flavor of the tobaccos, which are of very good quality and provide a pleasant nutty flavor. When I smoked the first couple of bowls of CM I did get an occasional chemical taste, but I have not noticed this in the last half-dozen or so bowls that I smoked. Chatham Manor also burns considerably longer than Carter Hall. As has been noted elsewhere, Chatham Manor is a tobacco that one can easily puff while doing yard work or other tasks, but there is also enough going on with this tobacco to reward a slower, more contemplative smoke as well. In my opinion, Russ has hit a home run with this blend and, considering the superior quality of the tobaccos and the lower price, it is the clear choice over Carter Hall (and a lot of other blends, for that matter).

Pipe Used: Stanwell Liverpool, Radice Billiard, corncob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Carter Hall.

3 people found this review helpful.

pop pops pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop pops pipe (28)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

At first I didn't like this blend. I thought it was nothing like Carter Hall. After air hit it from opening and closing the tub, and it being in a pouch it mellowed and now I see the resemblance. I probably never had CH this fresh ?? It is a very good mild smoke. Nutty, round burley with a slight Virginia hay quality. Sweet smoking, mellow sweet aroma, very nice. I wish it had a little more strength is my only gripe. Casing seems to be cocoa and molasses. Has that old school pipey, grandfather's pipe aroma. I will keep this on hand !

Pipe Used: Cobs, briars, and hardwood maple.

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars.

3 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (233)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I received a sealed tub of CM in trade for about 8oz of aged (7 years old) Limerick from my new-found pipe smoking friend, Harold Harker. Thank you Harold!

A very nice presentation of blacks and browns in a short ribbon cut with a nice chocolate/vanilla aroma and something alcoholic coming from its contents. Loading and lighting were quite easy as was keeping it lit throughout the smoke. I did notice the presence of the chocolate/vanilla taste, weakening somewhat past the half way point of the smoke. There wasn't much of a tobacco taste with the exception of a mild nuttiness and present only if concentrating on the after taste of the smoke. It nipped at the front of my tongue and more than mildly irritated the back of my tongue.I never smoked Carter Hall so can't comment on any similarities with it. I find this most similar to Capt Black White, but slightly better. For those who enjoy aromatic type tobaccos this would certainly fit the bill. I would have enjoyed more of a Burley taste that I have come to enjoy over the years, but for what this is, it's an OK smoke.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Vario Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tub

Purchased From: Received in trade

Similar Blends: Capt Black White, Classic Burley Kake.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pappy1975 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pappy1975 (8)
Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

Just a very enjoyable smoke. The liquor flavor is subtle, but enjoyable, and doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the good quality tobacco. I could very well smoke this blend all day.

Pipe Used: Cob, Basket Briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

kito Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kito (5)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

4** for it's class. this is totally underrated. i love this mild aromatic with a well balance sweetness. a must try those who love it light. flavour: bourbon is mild.(should be improve) sweetness:med.(just right) creamy: mild (should be improve) chocolate and cocoa too mild. leafs comes dry. burns: med-fast. take a slow sip and you can taste the wonderful flavour of sweetness. it is no good if it burn hot. it is worth the aging. smooth like butter. if it is a little more creamy and sweet it would be heaven.

Pipe Used: corn cob legend, Missouri Meerschaum.

Purchased From: TABAC101, #01-01 High Street Centre, 1 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179094

2 people found this review helpful.

wildrage Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wildrage (6)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

I love this blend. Higher quality leaf than Carter Hall, and a slightly different topping. This is my go-to when I'm not certain what I want to smoke.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pecci Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pecci (9)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

If the new Fed. Regs. were not to take this one away soon, I would say this one I could survive on alone. It is the best predominately burly blend I have ever experienced. I like CH also, but if CH were a Toyota, then CM would be a Lexus. I believe there is a bit more VA in CM, but for me the biggest difference is how smooth, refined & reliable it is. Always very enjoyable, and the easiest I have ever experienced to qualify as an all-day smoke. Even though I indulge only a couple of bowls weekly. It stays cool and bitless, even when drawing at your hardest. Although it is delicious all the way down the bowl, it does seem to pick-up on the flavor delivery after the half-way point. If Russ' intentions were to make this a Carter Hall match, then he really screwed-up by going way to far. This is my favorite baccy, even surpassing Uhlie's Blend 00. Creamy hints of cocoa & nuttiness may dominate, but every once in a while late in the smoke a very slight mintiness shows up for me. What a shame this one is going in soon. If I were Hearth & Home I would pay-up for this one! Hint, hint!

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, modified Dwarf Cobbit

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Carter Hall, Uhle's Blend 00, Burley London Blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

Earl Grey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Earl Grey (34)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I love Carter Hall. It was one of my first daily smokes, and I still smoke it almost every day. I decided to try H&H Chatham Manor for cost reasons. I had some CH on hand when the CM arrived. It looked similar, but had significantly higher moisture and smelled a lot sweeter. Seems CM, like the Prince Andrew I tried, lack the subtleties and simplicity of their Middleton counterparts. Why so much extra, stronger flavors? Why so damp? I left the lid off of the tub for a week and it improved the flavor and burning qualities, but not enough to replace Carter Hall for me. I cellared it with the Prince Andrew for an emergency/backup. I will stick with Carter Hall.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum, Kaywoodie, Italian Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of tub.

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (129)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I agree with most of the other reviews. Chatham Manor isn't remotely similar to Carter Hall but it stands ok on its own merits. I could taste nothing but chocolate and, in that respect, it would be a good match to Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic except it doesn't bite as readily as SWRA. It smokes cool and dry down to light gray ash with no chemical taste. It is monochromatic compared to Carter Hall's complex taste but, at $24 per tub it is a much better value than the plastic bags of chemical soaked cigarette tobacco sold as pipe tobacco.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Similar Blends: Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic.

2 people found this review helpful.

Talltree Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Talltree (28)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I received a tub a few days ago. It is a mild burley with essence of chocolate and a grassy taste which has been attributed to Virginias. This seems to be a good grade of tobacco. It came a bit moist in the tub so will have to be dried out some. I don't care for the grassiness. In all honesty, I find it boring. Carter Hall has an aroma which many have attributed to bourbon. CH is more complex and tasty. It also finishes a bit better. I don't think Chatham Manor really compares to it. Despite the obvious chemical additives in Carter Hall I still like it better. Two stars for Chatham Manor. It just doesn't have the flavor to compare with Carter Hall which is worth the extra bucks.

I have to add - if you want a tobacco like Carter Hall, why not buy Carter Hall. It's not that expensive.

Pipe Used: new corncob, old briar

Age When Smoked: fresh out of the tub

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: not really similar to Carter Hall.

2 people found this review helpful.

PhillyB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhillyB (67)
Extremely Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I was dubious about this blend when I first heard of it. Even with Russ' magic touch, I wasn't sure he would be able to replicate my favorite OTC.

I was right, but that's not a bad thing. This blend takes what I like about Carter Hall and improves it just a little. The smell and appearance are dead on, and the flavor is very similar. If you told me this was Carter Hall I might believe you, just thinking I got a particularly good batch.

Well done Russ!

Pipe Used: Wall Street briar

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: John Middleton, Inc - Carter Hall, Sutliff Tobacco Company - Edgeworth Ready Rubbed Match (Match).

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28799)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Love this. Close to CH in many ways but it has a unique character all its own. Pouch note is mildly sweet with some cocoa and molasses. Lights well and burns effortlessly to the bottom of the bowl. Hints of chocolate and nuts and a brown sugar sweetness are evident throughout the medium bodied smoke. Cool and smooth with no bite. It's a classic Burley blend at an excellent price. Well done Russ.

2 people found this review helpful.

Tomcat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tomcat (42)
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Unnoticeable

This is a first impression and side by side comparison review of CM vs Ch . The CM has a heavier booze taste and more chocolate with more red Virginias and much grassier and less nuttier . This is right from my 2 oz bag with no dry time . Slightly bitey and not as full tasting. Still no bad at all . The CH i smoked yesterday was like it always is to me . Very little booze notes and more cocoa nutty tasting . Will Never bite at all but sometimes has a light chemical taste . So far I like the CH better but i am going to dry this CM out a little bit and let it sit in the jar a while and come back to it later as it seems very fresh with the red Virginias too young . CH seems more of a burley dominant tobacco to me and a little stronger . I don’t really think this is a great match at all . I love almost all of Russ’s blends and he is my favorite blender . CH is right out of the pouch always the same with the right moisture and the only OTC i have ever really liked even though I don’t smoke it that much .

1 person found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (543)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I was pretty excited about trying this as Carter Hall is, perhaps, my favorite of the American OTC blends and this, of course, is Russ' Tribute? to that blend. I think Tribute is a good term, because I did not find it that similar, so as a match, IMO, it definitely misses the mark.

While Carter Hall is sometimes described as chocolatey, I think that flavor is more a result of the interactions between the other toppings and the natural chocolate notes of the burley; whereas, with CM, the chocolate is taken too literally and it is full on topped with some chocolate topping. I, personally do not like chocolate topping on tobacco, so this was a turn off to me.

The good news is the topping does tend to lift a bit and, for the most part, you are left with an easy burning flavorful VaBur. In further comparison to CH, I don't think this is as strong in the nicotine as CH although this is not by a large margin.

On its merits, it packs easy, it smokes easy, doesn't bite, can easily be smoked all day. Its positive attributes do resemble CH, but the taste, and even the texture and color of the leaf, does not. So it is kind of a split review in that I would not recommend this as a substitute for CH (mostly because CH is available and cheap), but I would recommend this as a VB on the chocolatey side. I am somewhere between 2 and 3 stars, but I will round up since two of the nicest pipe friends I have love it.

1 person found this review helpful.

spidermonkey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
spidermonkey (10)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Been looking for something a little more wife-friendly than my typical English and Balkan blends - or the more hardcore burley blends like Old Joe Krantz - all of which I enjoy. I’ve had a pouch of Carter Hall - and while not offensive at all - it just didn’t float my boat. To me - it had a slight chemical taste and was a little sticky. Wanting to try something reminiscent of the old school American tubs - I went in for a 2-ounce bag or Chatham Manor.

Note upon opening the bag was cocoa powder, vanilla, and something boozy. Not overwhelming - but definitely pleasant. Moisture was a tad high for my liking, but I packed it up straight away.

Charring light and true light - and we’re off and running. Cocoa and maybe some vanilla are present - but not too strong to detract from the fact that you are smoking tobacco. This is absolutely not a candy bar aromatic. This stuff burns so easily. Mindlessly even. Smoke gets a little thin... oops I forgot to tamp. Tamp and again you’re off and running. No relights - just maybe the occasional touch up. I tend to be a fast smoker - and sometimes smoke to hot and get bit in the process. No such thing going on here. You’d have to work pretty hard and have the tobacco pretty wet to get bit. Again - like I said - it’s an effortless smoke.

The essence of cocoa and booze are present throughout. But they seem rather complementary to the basic tobacco taste, sitting in the background but consistently making their presence know - enhancing it, rather than dominating it.

Large volumes of delicious smoke. No real complaints from the wife - so that’s always a plus. Not much strength. But calming in the aspect that you’re partaking in a hobby that you enjoy, and you don’t have to put much effort into enjoying this blend. Pack it. Light it. Tamp it. And go on with your business or your leisure.

I’ve had several bowls out of several briars. No ghosting that I can tell - but I’ve never been very good at noticing that anyway. Always gives the same pleasant, easy smoking experience. Easily repeatable. Easily and enjoyable all-day smoke. Pairs nicely with your morning coffee. Goes great on your morning drive. Can’t say enough of about the simple pleasures of this tobacco.

I’m quite glad I’ve returned to this type of blend and have rediscovered the simplistic pleasures of smoking and American style burley without the bite. This won’t blow your socks off - but it won’t disappoint if you just want to smoke and not think about anything at all. I plan to add a 14 ounce tub to my cabinet and return to this regularly. Lastly - I’d highly recommend this for beginning smokers.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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Rylander Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rylander (5)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Solid blend but not as good as advertised. It tastes like what it is burley and red Virginia. The red Virginia and burley are very well balanced and the addition of the flavoring is very lightly done and adds a chocolatey, nondescript sweetness. It’s good but not my favorite. If you like red Virginia then you’ll probably like this. It does burn very well and I had few relights. For me it’s so well balanced to a fault because it lacks any sort of character. I enjoy the sweet cask more because even though the flavors are lighter and more subtle it has more character in my opinion. Next stop for me is chestnut in the mid town series, I’m very excited about that one!

Pipe Used: Brigham Canadian

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

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Sunday Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sunday (27)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

First tried this several years back, when it first came out and didn't really care for it probably because I smoked so much Carter Hall and felt it did not compare. Fast forward to now and I smoke it quite a bit. This is an enjoyable mild all day smoke that burns well, smell nice and tastes great. Maybe my tastes for burleys has changed or I just like different things now but I do recommend giving it a try.

Pipe Used: Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: new

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Similar Blends: Carter Hall, Haunted Bookshop.

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