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Grudge Match

Half and Half vs. Mixture No. 79

P&C's Battle of the Blends pits two tobaccos against each other, and you get to vote on your favorite. Best of all, you get both tobaccos at a bargain price. We'll tabulate the votes and announce the winner at a later time.

Here's an old-style bareknuckle punch fest. Two long-time classic over-the-counter blends are going to be swinging from the heels in this battle. You'll get a pouch of Half and Half and Mixture No. 79. Try them side-by-side and pick your winner. No matter what your choice is, you'll have a lot of enjoyment with these two popular Burley blends.

Grudge Match Bout includes:

(1) 1.5 oz pouch of Half & Half

(1) 1.5 oz pouch of Mixture No. 79

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$3.39
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1.5 Ounce PouchIn Stock$5.10
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Overall Rating4.11 out of 5 Based on 135 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Grudge Match”

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5 out of 5
5 Star
74
4 out of 5
4 Star
27
3 out of 5
3 Star
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2 out of 5
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5 out of 5
Great grandfather
This tobacco reminds me of my great grandfather. From the time I was a small boy until the time he passed, any time i would see him he always had his well worn pipe packed full of half-and-half, and a glass of fine whiskey on the rocks sitting in his oversized chair. The house always smelled of pipe tobacco and this is the blend that triggers memories. He ended up living till he was 113, and had a pipe in his mouth every day till his last, so I assume that it must be something in the half-and half. As a piper myself, I too can appreciate and enjoy this blend for what it is, a very nice and pleasant pipe tobacco. However at this stage of my life, it's not particularly something I usually would go for. But occasionally I fire this up to remember my great grandfather and ponder all the things I didnt know about him. That alone is priceless.
3 out of 5
its not bad but lane
its not bad but lane is better
5 out of 5
great
Great half&half is a mix with 1/3 Capt Black. I've tried lots of tobaccos and blinds, and this is by far the best. Best wishes Phillip
5 out of 5
Half & Half
I personaly love this tobacco. The taste is unique without being fake or overly sweet. I prefer this over CH or any of the other OTC classics. Smooth and ez on the tongue. Cant beat Pipes & Cigars pricing and service.
5 out of 5
Yes, it’s 5 stars.
Yes, it’s great and I’ll be become your regular customer definitely.
5 out of 5
long timer
There's good reason why it's been around so long, it's great
5 out of 5
Excellent service, very fast shipping,
Excellent service, very fast shipping, great product, would buy again. Thank you so much.
5 out of 5
Phenomenal
Smokes great! Is def a little on the wet side so gotta let it dry a good half hour before putting it in my daily pouch but the flavor is amazing and wonderful.
5 out of 5
A good combination
I think this is a must try for first time pipe smoking. I find it smooth and not to strong in flavors.
5 out of 5
half and half
I have smoked this tobacco for many years and find it very satisfying . No other tobacco is as good.
1 out of 5
yuck
not a fan. at all. really awful. never again. ever.
5 out of 5
My Dad has Smoked this
My Dad has Smoked this for years and I have to say that I Love how nice it Smells
1 out of 5
Stinks
The tobacco is easy to light and stays lit. But the taste and smell stinks.
3 out of 5
Good solid all day smoke!
Cant go wrong with this one! Great aroma, pleasant smoke, worry free mechanics!
5 out of 5
Mellow taste, rich aroma,
Mellow taste, rich aroma,
5 out of 5
Friendly old timer...
5 stars for what it is...a classic American pouch tobacco...unpretentious and inexpensive. I’m trying each of them and this is the second. Out of the cellophane, popped the well made seal, loaded a bowl, gravity feed with only light packing. It’s nicely moist straight from the pouch and easy to overpack. Pouch note is fruity? Lights easily, burns readily, has an agreeable room note according to my wife. First bowl was through an old favorite Jost Standard Billiard. No bite, agreeable flavor, plenty of smoke, nothing remarkable but very easy to like. Second bowl though a Mo. Meer. Twain, recently acquired and just shy of fully broken in...fresh Medico filter for my review. Seems like the perfect match. My usual smoke is a Dunhill with Latakia...this is quite a change but is an excellent change of pace. Both pipes relit well with no funky tastes or overly strong character. I’ll keep some on hand as it’s different and an easy smoke. It’s a slow burner that sips well...I suspect that it could bite if forced.
4 out of 5
Very mild
The thing I like most about H&H is it's clear versatility as a nifty mixer. Reminds me of Prince Albert but minus the exotic spice flavor that the Prince summons up. This gave me the notion to blend it in small amounts with my fruity aromatics that I treasure. I discovered a robust nicotine content in my pouch that packed a decent wallop, so I only have this one every now and then during the week.
5 out of 5
Unique
Kinda hard to describe this blend. It has an interesting flavor unlike anything I’ve tried. Pherhaps spicy not like perique but incense Type of spice. Very well down smooth and flavorful. Will order again only in larger amounts than the pouch I just was not sure if I would enjoy this. I just finished a bowl of this as I wrote this in fact. 5star for me
4 out of 5
I liked 1/2& 1/2 better
I liked 1/2& 1/2 better
5 out of 5
Mixture 79
I used to smoke this tobacco back in the 60's, when I started smoking a pipe. It hasn't changed: the aroma on the pouch when I opened it, its texture, the burning qualities, the flavor and room aroma are still there. Excellent tobacco. And my wife likes the aroma, too!!!
5 out of 5
Memory
Mixture 79 was the first pipe tobacco I ever tried back when I began smoking a pipe in the early 70's. It has always been a favorite as it takes me back to a memorable time and is simply enjoyable. I have heard it described as one of the best "drugstore" tobaccos to "tantamount to smoking a urinal cake". It just goes to show that we all have different tastes. Thanks so much for providing this wonderful tobacco! I'm sure I'll be placing another order in the very near future>
5 out of 5
No complaints
Good taste. Burns nice.
5 out of 5
HALF AND HALF
iT SMOKES WELL AND I LIKE THE AROMA.
4 out of 5
Not a bad smoke at all.
Not bad at all for an inexpensive drug store staple. I was pleasantly surprised how much I have enjoyed some of the simple Burly ( in this case a blend) tobaccos. Decent flavor paired with mild, all day smokability make this a go to for a mid day break when I don't have time to sit down and read the flavors of a hard to find exotic tobacco.
3 out of 5
It’s ok.
I found this to be an ok tobacco. Lights easy and stays lit through the whole bowl. The flavor is interesting, a lot of different tastes. Just not for me
4 out of 5
old time tobacco
i opened my pouch of mixture #79 today and filled my pipe poured a cup of coffee and watched the snow geese migrating north it was a great smoke good cooffee and agreat morning to be outside i wiil purchase more mixture #79 at some point
2 out of 5
Might be time-honored, but doesn't hold its own against today's selection
I so desperately wanted to like this. The pouch note was pleasant. I opened the pouch and then taped it back up and let it sit on the counter for a few days before smoking it. The moisture was just right. Even when lit with a soft flame or match, and slowly sipped, this tobacco had no flavor (other than ash) that I could discern. I'm glad it was so cheap or I would have been upset about wasting money. Two stars for nostalgia alone.
3 out of 5
old time tobacco
both are good old time tobaccos i like the mixture79 a bit more than half and half just seems something is missing
5 out of 5
H.Sutliff Mixture No.79 Is Misunderstood
I recently purchase and tried this misunderstood mixture and was pleasantly surprised.Pouch note to me is mostly wintergreen with a slight hint of vanilla I detected no anise or licorice as I was expecting and also am partial to.Stays lit well burns down to nice whitish light gray ash no dottle to speak of very pleasant room note.Will purchase again.
5 out of 5
First try with Mixture No. 79
I had my first bowl of Mixture No. 79 yesterday. I have been wanting to try this for a bit because of all the reviews that were all over the place....bad to good. I usually prefer a English blend or a Carter Hall type burly. The pouch does say aromatic on it but I would not call it a true aromatic. More of a topping. I enjoyed it. To me it is clearly different than any other tobacco that I have tried. In a good way. The pouch note had the anise/licorice scent. I did not detect the vanilla but it was my first bowl. It was mild and the flavor was like floral and anise but not strong. This did pack well and did not have to much moisture. It lit well and stayed lit. A couple of relights. It burned to a nice grey ash with no goo. I smoked it in a cob. Being my first bowl I am sure my opinion will change a bit but it was enjoyable and will be going back for more. It was a nice change. A nice mild smoke with NO bite and I can be a puffer at times.
4 out of 5
grudge match is a good one
the mixture 79 arrived nice and fresh good smoke after dinner the half and eqauly fresh of the i think i lkie the mixture 79 a little better
5 out of 5
Mixture 79
It is a very nice and mellow smoke with a nice aroma. I would consider this a daily smoke.
4 out of 5
Good smoke for a nonaromatic
Good smoke for a nonaromatic
5 out of 5
My Go-To Pipe Tobacco
I am still new (less than 4 yrs.) in smoking a pipe. I am still trying different blends and brands. I may prefer a cherry or rum flavored tobacco on occasion, but I will always return to Half and Half for its overall taste, quality burn and call me sentimental aroma.
5 out of 5
Half n Half
It's okay, wonder what it might mix well with. Matter of fact, I'd be interested in any successful home recipes, I'm new to the idea. Thanks. !
5 out of 5
Great memories
Another person taking a stroll down memory lane. Grandfathers brand of pipe tobacco. Great room note, and not too strong. Easy to stay lit, a bargain too. Will probably add some to every order.
5 out of 5
Tried a pouch but next time will be buying a tin!
Great stuff, I tried it buying some 'battle' pouches and not only did it win the battle, in won the war. Bought 10 or so different pouches and this was one of my favorites. The price makes it a bargain.
4 out of 5
Not bad too shaby
Its alright for a drug store brand. I like the nuttiness of the burley and the square cut.
3 out of 5
ADVICE: Do Not Use to Break-in a New Pipe
I would not recommend using Half & Half to break in a pipe. I had been nicely breaking in a new briar for about a week. Smoked a bowl of this stuff. Noticed a strong apple - melting plastic smell and taste. Despite trying all kinds of blends in this pipe to try to drive away that stench, it still lingers in the pipe. Here it is New Year's Eve. As I write, I have loaded the pipe with my "big guns"--a 40 / 40 / 20 blend of Latakia and Perique and Virginia Red Ribbon--in a final desperate attempt to reseason the pipe and mask that foul and stubborn residue left by Half & Half. I really don't understand why today's Half & Half tastes this way. I should mention, in fairness, in all my 50 years of smoking, I never did try Half & Half till now. I see other posts from people who've been happily smoking the stuff for decades. I just can't believe this is the same Half & Half that the legends are made of. The people who've smoked it for decades--their taste buds must've adjusted to the changes over the years, and they just never noticed the change in top flavoring. In any case, please don't break in a new pipe with Half & Half.
5 out of 5
A Surprisingly Delightful Aromatic
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this from the very first bowl. Although the pouch note was a distinct anise scent, it is far from a one-note aromatic. Once lit, the smoke suggests much more complex flavors: sweet Nag Champa incense, vanilla, and slight pops of refreshing floral notes. This is a very satisfying blend. It is interesting without being cloying or overbearing.
5 out of 5
Good
Good
4 out of 5
Nice Blend
While mourning the loss of Frog Morton Across The Pond, and other Syrian blends to which I had become addicted, I decided to try something completely different. Read many fine reviews on Half & Half (hereafter "HH") , thought I'd give it a twirl. Found the stuff a nice-tasting, basic smoke, nothing fancy, even burning. As mentioned in an earlier review, HH does not smoke well if packed too tightly. Burns OK, a little trying to start, stays lit, but does better in a larger pipe. A fair amount of propylene glycol or whatever to maintain moisture, mild "gumminess" compared to premium brands. -1/2 star for that and -1/2 star for blander flavor. However, I keep a pouch around to vary my routine. Fine quality smoke. Tried blending my own HH from Lane bulk tobaccos, a resounding failure that tasted awful, burned like coal, destroying a nice Ropp cherrywood in the process. Will leave blending to the pros!!
5 out of 5
A reminder of better days
This, to me, is the quintessential codger blend (and I mean that in a good way). Sweet, smoky, mild, this tobacco doesn't require a lot of puzzling out of flavors...no searching for grassy, hay-like notes with Half and Half, just good, old fashioned, no nonsense tobacco. I'm a burley fan (thanks to Matches860), and this blend has the perfect ratio of Burley/Virginia. You get that nutty Burley flavor with a nice sweet finish from the Virginia. I've smoked pretty much every OTC blend out there, and this one is by far my favorite. A lot of the old OTC blends have that chemical taste in the background, but I've never noticed that in this blend. I'd recommend this to any pipe smoker, new or experienced. Granted, I have more "premium" tobaccos in my daily rotation, and I do enjoy them, but there will always be room for a bowl of H&H in my life.
5 out of 5
O HAPPY DAY!!!
Just finished my very first bowl of Half and half, Very light and mellow mouth feel with a delightful nutty chocolate aroma the end of the bowl had more of a coffee bean taste that ended with light liquorish . Enjoyed it with a cup of pecan flavored coffee. I will definitely buy a tin next time. Great job Pipes and Cigars.
3 out of 5
Good Smoke
Very enjoyable smoke. I usually lean towards English blends but this is just a good ol stand by with no bite and great tin and room notes with a great taste. Don't pass it up just because of the cheaper price.
5 out of 5
Doesn't Disappoint
Never disappoints with its mellow and aromatic blends of enjoyable tobacco.
5 out of 5
Mixture 79
Old time pipe tobacco you either love or hate.
4 out of 5
Always good
Easy all day smoke. Pleasant room note burns easy.
5 out of 5
A great tobacco.
As a matter of fact I'm smoking Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic right now. It is everything I expected it to be, amd I am very pleased.
1 out of 5
Strong anise/liquor smell; off-putting
Read so many good things about this blend that I had to buy. Was struck by the anise/liquor smell, and not in a good way. Tried two bowls and almost threw the pouch away. Then I read a review that says to let it sun dry for a few days and the tobacco will mellow; will try that first, but it needs to come a long way to win me back.
5 out of 5
Satisfaction
Always consistently good Service excellent.
5 out of 5
Licoricely Goodness!
I bought Mixture No. 79 primarily on based on Eric's staff pick. All I can say is thanks Eric! Indian food is my favorite ethnic food. At all of the Indian restaurants where I have eaten there is a small bowl of fennel seeds, some times coated with sugar, and a small spoon so you can scoop some out and chew them they have a wonderful licorice/anise flavor that's exactly what this tobacco reminds me of and I love it! The tobacco smokes well all the way down to the last flavorful puff. I can't say I tasted any of the other toppings except a little of the vanilla.I can understand why some folks don't like this blend if you don't like licorice you probably won't like No. 79.
3 out of 5
Half and Half a Winner
Despite other reviews, I really was hoping for more from Mixture #79. There is an initial 'flowery' taste that that, while not overly unpleasant, is not something I would smoke regularly. Never been a big burley fan but I tried Half n Half for the first time recently. Taste obviously change because I really enjoy it as an everyday smoke. Not overly moist, balanced, pleasant room note.......Half n Half is a tobacco I can smoke regularly and not grow tired of. Great 'codger' tobacco.
1 out of 5
Not for me... taste like soap
I don't understand why so many have such a favorable review of mixture 79. It takes like laundry detergent to me. I honestly had high hopes for mixture 79 when I smelled the tobacco in the pouch. It smelled great. Then I packed it in my pipe and lit it was extremely let down. Yuck it was awful and tastes like soap
3 out of 5
Not too bad
Pretty good standalone tobacco. It's not my favorite, but if it's all I had I'd smoke it all day.
4 out of 5
old lady aroma
It smokes fairly well, but the aroma reminds me of an old lady.
5 out of 5
Half and half
I have been smoking half and half for years and find it is the most satisfying. You make it easier to purchase at a good price.
2 out of 5
Smells like candy, taste like soap
After smoking #79 for the first time yesterday, I agree it does have the "soapy mouth" taste. It reminded me of an incense I burned in my early 20's when smoking another kind of plant. The incense aroma is great, but not so much the taste in the mouth. The smell from the pouch is very licorice.
5 out of 5
A nice working man's tobacco
I like this pipe tobacco. It's in my top 5 rotation. Makes for a pleasant break from the more aromatic tobaccos I smoke.
5 out of 5
Hooray for the oled standby!
Good ole half and half
4 out of 5
A good American blend.
Surprisingly good Burley and Virginia blend. Had never tried it in the past, figured it was time to give it a chance. Smooth, toasty, and tasty, all in all a nice easy going blend. I would buy this again. I find myself drawn to English blends, but this American hits the right notes, at least for me.
5 out of 5
Excellent tobacco
Excellent tobacco
5 out of 5
Yep. Old reliable.
Good ole half and half. Old reliable.
5 out of 5
I Reccommend you try,if only once
Very good for what it is.Much better than it was back in the 90's.I bought a pouch while in Italy back in '98,and it smelled like grass clippings,and tasted harsh.What I have here is mostly burley,and smells like it in the pouch.Good for a change of pace.
5 out of 5
Great company and tobacco
The half and half was great fresh and aromatic. Great company.. I'll be a life long customer
5 out of 5
Half and Half is a winner!
I've been comparing all the OTC's, PA, SWR, HH, Velvet and CH, and I've found Half and Half to be the most enjoyable and flavorful, while still mild and no bite. Velvet and Carter Hall not as flavorful yet very mild. Excellent smokes but not very complex in flavor. Very straight forward and simple. Sir Walter and Prince Albert a bit stronger, more bite and more flavor. Half and Half is in the middle with a nice burley taste and subtle complex flavor that is very appealing. Definitely going to be a regular for me as a PC customer. Delivery is fast and tobacco always fresh.
5 out of 5
Half and Half satisfies.
Half and Half keeps tugging me back for another bowl. More and more I'm getting away from aromatics and all the big deal tobaccos. Half and Half is truly an all day smoke reminiscent of days gone by and simpler times. I revisit the days of my dad smoking HH in his wood shop and the times we shared there as a kid. It's a mild, bite free tobacco that doesn't leave a sore mouth or bad aftertaste like highly-flavored potpourri varieties. Nothing compares to a fresh bowl of Half and Half in my favorite pipe at the end of the day. A true classic pipe tobacco that's is the heart of what I love about pipe smoking!
4 out of 5
Its ok...
Ive had carter hall, its pretty close to the same to me. Mild, easy to keep lit. Good taste. Prob buy again at some point.
4 out of 5
Nice smoke, classic flavor, nothing stellar
I like Half & Half because it sort of clears your palette after a lot of heavier blends. I will always keep some around.
5 out of 5
mixture 79
no problems. good place to get your tobacco
4 out of 5
Nostalgia Maid Me Do It
When I was a kid my uncle smoked this blend and I still remember its pleasant room note. So based on this nostalgic memory of Uncle Rocky (yes, he was an ex-pug and lived to 93) I decided to give 79 a try. Pleasing taste, not over powering and the room note I remember. May try it again.
3 out of 5
NOT AS GOOD AS I
NOT AS GOOD AS I THOUGHT IT WAS 50 YWARS AGO
5 out of 5
Don't Overlook The Older Classic Blends
These old blends, like Mixture No. 79, should not be overlooked. There's something timeless about the flavors from years back that just isn't prevalent in more modern blends. I tried this blend after recently watching a very nice YTPC review of this classic. I'm happy I did. While I don't generally smoke aromatics, this blend's topping is subtle and to me the licorice/floral flavor really 'pops' when retrohaled. This blend doesn't seem to ghost my pipes so, happily, I'm not forced into dedicating a pipe when I want to enjoy. Aroma from the pouch is very nice, room note is not heavy and this blend packs, lights and stays lit easily. I have already purchased more and I anticipate this being part of my rotation going forward.
5 out of 5
Very pleased with order
Very pleased with order
5 out of 5
Good stuff
I like it,Good mello smoke with very little tongue bite.
5 out of 5
Excellent blend
Buy some. Smoke it in your favorite pipe and sip a root beer. The blend smells great smokes great and won't bite unless you steam train it.
5 out of 5
Your All Day Companion
For a "drugstore" blend, Half and Half is one of the greats. I love blends like this that have been around for so long that family members smoked this 50+ years ago. This is reliable, cool smoke that has an appealing and intriguing spice note that to me, tastes like history. Per the maker's website, there are hints of cardamom, coriander and maze. I'm not sure I would have been able to identify these specific spices on my own, but, regardless, it works and works very well. These flavors are subtle and never become tiresome. Half and Half is easy to pack, easy to light and easy to keep lite. The only downside for me is the packaging specifically, the pouch. It is difficult to open and to keep closed after loading a pipe. That aside, this is a classic taste of yesteryear that makes for a great all day companion!
5 out of 5
Half & half ....smooth
First time smoking half & half, so smooth and burns great. I love it
5 out of 5
Good, all-day smoke
An excellent product at a great price. Not up there with Carter Hall (in my opinion) and just a little short of Sir Walter Raleigh. It has an underlying, pleasant and slightly sweet tobacco taste. Not quite an aromatic but far superior to Captain Black and Borkhum Riff. Like Carter Hall and Sir Walter Raleigh, it can be smoked all day and if I only had Half and Half to smoke, I wouldn't be unhappy.
4 out of 5
Decent smoke
Your grand dads smoke. Old school smoke, burns nicely, aroma is about like a cigar, nothing special. Good smoke while working, hunting or fishing.
5 out of 5
An Old Favorite.
This was the first tobacco I smoked over 60 years ago. Brings back great memories.
5 out of 5
Fast Service!
Good products and fast service... makes shopping SO much more enjoyable!
2 out of 5
Half & Half
Haven't really had a chance to get into it, did smoke one bowl of it and for me it just wasn't my favorite. Has a cherry chocolate smell in the pouch, and a really strong sweet after taste. I'm more of a English guy myself though. For aromatic lovers this might fit into y'all's rotation perfectly.
2 out of 5
Mixture 79
great room aroma, but strong tongue bite.
5 out of 5
Great tabacco
Great smoking Tabacco. Smoked it for over 45 years , still my only brand .
3 out of 5
An aquired taste.
Finally tried this blend after hearing all of the horror stories. Not bad. It has proven to me that personal taste is an elusive thing and reviews are only loose guidelines. I agree that it is likely an aquired taste for most. Like a fine scotch whiskey. In do recommend a small quantity purchase and an inexpensive cobb when first trying this blend. Just in case. Do not load it in your favorite pipe straight away since it will ghost a pipe easily. Sip slowly and enjoy a flavor from another time.
2 out of 5
Can Not Get past the Soap Taste.
Tried it on a whim, but really did not like it. As some other reviewers stated, it tasted like soap. Having some experience with having my mouth washed out with soap when a kid, I got to say it is the same taste I get from this. Tried it. Let it rest a week, tried it again. Tossed the rest. We all have different tastes so it may be just right for others but not for me.
5 out of 5
Blast From The Past
An aroma that takes me back to the good times of the Past!
4 out of 5
Classic blend
The old #79 gets some bad raps but I don't understand why! While it is not my every day choice it is still a fine tobacco. I guess it is not for everyone but it must be for many as they have been selling it for a good many years. I like it enough to have a bowl on a weekly basis. I reminds me of what a marriage between Grousemoor and Sambuca would taste like! Now there is a couple more you have to have a taste for! And I enjoy both on occasion. With all that said you owe it to yourself to give it a try, after all it has to have something going for it after this many years
5 out of 5
Great burley smoke!
Another must try Classic tobacco.Enjoyed the taste,it's nice to take a break from heavy flavored tobacco,and smoke a smooth nutty burley flavor like this.Half and half is a terrific no nonsense burley smoke.Half and half is a must try classic.
5 out of 5
Great taste and aroma!
My first bowl of this fairly inexpensive tobacco made me think I wasn't going to like it. I was wrong, because the second bowl I really did like (I realized the "taste" was licorice). I wish it came in cans instead of just the pouch, because I'll be ordering more.
5 out of 5
Classy
Awesome old times reminder
3 out of 5
Mixture 79
First tobacco I ever smoked--back in early college days--liked it then, thought I'd see if it was still good. Now I can only rate the flavor as fair.
5 out of 5
Awe
i did review all my purchases and realized that H.Sutliff product 's is way to go
5 out of 5
Half&Half
Great product. More importantly, great service from P&C.
5 out of 5
Fantastic
This classic mixture became one of my all time favorites the instant I lit it up.
4 out of 5
9/10, would buy again
Excellent tobacco, tastes good and smokes smoothly.
5 out of 5
No. 79 Mixture...
Beautiful aroma and took me back to my boy hood days with each puff. This was my fathers favorite and I enjoy a pipe full while sitting back thinking of him...
5 out of 5
Good Smoke
Great smoke and pipe, very pleased, enjoyment and pleasure. Thank you!
5 out of 5
Old time favorite still pleasures the pipe smokers.
The tobacco industry, especially cigars, have changed so much over the years. In cigars I use to smoke RG Dunn which has gone the way of the rotary phone. Fortunately the pipe tobacco still maintains many of the original brands. Mixture no. 79 is one of them. One of the first pipe tobaccos I started with some 40 years ago. The anise flavor was so unique and still is. I had trouble finding it over the years until I came across it here at Pipes and Cigars. Brought back so many memories. Mild taste and the bowl lasts a long time compared to the new tobaccos which you have to keep lighting and doesn't last very long. Can't find much of any variety in the stores anymore. Thanks for Pipes and Cigars.
5 out of 5
Half and Half
A nice mild mixture for easy smoking and it stays lit, I usually get about 45 minutes on one fill and one match.
3 out of 5
Improved of Late
For a good while, Half and Half had suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and came away the worst for it. But since it was taken in hand by Lane/Scandinavian & Co, it has improved noticeably. Still rough compared to Prince Albert and Carter Hall, it has caught up to Sir Walter Raleigh and is now at least an average OTC blend. Now, if they’d only put it back in the original pouch rather than the current ‘packet’.
4 out of 5
Glad I tried it again!
This is my second review. I didn't really like this blend at first, but I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did! I've been a pipe smoker for over two years now and my tastes have changed. Stuff I didn't like early on I like now, like this one! It smells nice in the pouch and tastes pretty good. This is now my favorite non-aromatic blend. It's a good everyday tobacco. Nice price too!
4 out of 5
Consistently a smooth, cool smoke
Consistently a smooth, cool smoke with a pleasant note and after taste.
3 out of 5
Half and Half
Not nearly as pleasant as it was 20 years ago...kind of disappointed in this.
4 out of 5
No.79
Very mild
5 out of 5
Service
great service. fast shipping. I will be repeating orders from your company. Thank you.
5 out of 5
Amazing Tobacco Amazing Quality
My dad told me about this tobacco so I ordered some and smoked it with him. I'll be ordering a larger quantity next time. It was so rich and smooth.
5 out of 5
My Mixture 79
Love the stuff and use it as one of my everyday tobaccos. Another great product from Sutliff's!
2 out of 5
It's okay
This tobacco has a really nice room note, but the taste is very bland. It seems to have an almost bitter taste to it, despite "sipping" the pipe while smoking.
4 out of 5
Pipe Tobacco #1
This is good stuff for the price. Granted, it does taste a little like soap, but not to the point where it is too harsh and it always smells nice and smokes cool.
4 out of 5
A True American Classic Blend At A Great Price
If you're like me and enjoy lighting up a cob with some good ole Burley and just relaxing, then you'll enjoy Half and Half. This brand has been around since before FDR and has been a staple in the pipes of millions of smokers ever since its inception. There's a reason for its longevity: It burns smooth and has good flavor.--with no bite either. Oh, and it won't break the bank. So go ahead and try it. I think you'll be glad you did.
5 out of 5
I finally found mixture #79
when I was a youngster my father used to smoke mixture 79 and I love the aroma, I've been looking over 7 years for this product. last month while looking through your catalog I came across the tobacco I've been looking for, I am so happy you folks sell the pipe tobacco mixture #79.
2 out of 5
dried dark fruits
Half & Half pipe tobacco is for someone that is looking for a tobacco that is reminiscent of dried dark fruits. It's not for me but it might be for you.
4 out of 5
Half & Half Tobacco
An old times blend of burley & bright tobaccos that my Grandfather smoked in the 40s and 50s. I smoke it around my Dad, who very much appreciates its nostalgia. Nothing spectacular about this straight-forward tobacco: smokes smoothly, distinct aroma, mixes well with other tobaccos.
1 out of 5
didn't like
I found that I did not like Half & Half Pipe Tobacco. I have found that I like Captain Black Regular more.
3 out of 5
Not bad or great
Burns consistently with a dry aftertaste. The fruity aroma is inviting and the tobacco is robust enough have enough volume on the inhale. I'd really adore this if it were a touch sweeter while smoking like the pouch aroma would indicate.
3 out of 5
Cherry > Fig
This blend taste more like dried figs or plums than cherry. It taste more cherry than McClelland Dark Cherry Cavendish though! The taste and aroma of this blend definitely reminds me of a grandmother's purse or something similar to that. I don't think that I will buy this blend again.
4 out of 5
Take It or Leave it.
One tobacconist I know loves it, another hates it. I like it - if that can be considered middle ground.
3 out of 5
A nice change of pace
I've smoked a pipe off and on for 30 years and smoked more blends than I can remember. H&H is nutty and mild. You could inhale this without trouble. Although I don't encourage it. I still grab it for a quick smoke and use it as a base blending. I don't really notice a casing. It's not sticky with topping. Check out the half n half website for a 1 buck sample pouch coupon.
1 out of 5
First One to Go In The Trash
Good Day to All! I hope All are enjoying a pleasant pipe and a fantastic day. I agree with "Danial R.": "How can this have a four star rating???????? I can barely get through a bowl. Poor quality. Bad flavor. Burns hot. The second worst pipe tobacco I have ever tasted. Just above a generic cigarette on my flavor scale.' My sentiments exactly. I quit smoking cigarettes many years ago. Don't feel like starting again. I haven't thrown out any pipe tobacco yet. This will be my first. It somewhat annoys me that I paid $5.99 for it. And that's another thing. i don't find convenient store or tobacco store products to be inexpensive. P&C Now, that's where the deals are! I like to get their paper catalog, page through it while smoking a bowl, cirlcling the tobacco's and stuff that I want to try. And the shipping is mind boggling. For P&C I give 5 Stars.
4 out of 5
no. 79
I smoked no.79 since 40 years ago. It's light and aromatic. However, it bites the tongue. So I usually blend it with other kind of tobacco with the amount of 1/3 only. The blend becomes special.
2 out of 5
Little less Soapy
Glad I read Clarence's review. I knew I tasted soap. Dried it out overnight and it burns a bit better and Clarence is correct,in that the soapy taste does dissipate. That being said,I would not buy 79 again.
1 out of 5
Not for me
I remember the aroma some 60 years ago and that's why I wanted to try some. First I must apologies to those who love this blend and I promise,I will not be taking any away from you. I thought I had put Palmlive soap in the bowl. Worst taste I ever had come out of a pipe. I'm going to dry it for a couple of days in hopes of losing what ever casing they used in the process. They say it's licorice , I say it's soap. Once again,my sincerest apologies.
5 out of 5
Don't overthink it.
Smoking the current iteration. Arrived in good condition. Decent enough tobacco, cloying dross alcohol topping, no cherry to speak of. A good base to add blending burley and cut the PG to a tolerable level. Will purchase again.
2 out of 5
Sorry, grandpa
Ugh. This was my grandpa's tobacco and I had high hopes... but this was really disappointing. Dry and unpleasant.
1 out of 5
Just go buy a cigarette... it will taste the same at least it will be over faster.
Received this as part of the September Club shipment. How can this have a four star rating???????? I can barely get through a bowl. Poor quality. Bad flavor. Burns hot. The second worst pipe tobacco I have ever tasted. Just above a generic cigarette on my flavor scale.
5 out of 5
Purchase of Half and Half pipe tobacco
Your company is the only one I have found that I can purchase this half and half tabacco at a great price. Please keep this brand in stock and you will alway have someone to purchase your product. thanks
5 out of 5
Decide For Yourself
I tried this despite all the negative reviews out there. I even tried this after opening a pouch and almost being knocked over by the anise smell. I found out that it was great. Complex enough to be contemplated but simple enough to be enjoyed. Very relaxing and enjoyable which to me is what pipe smoking is all about. So anyone who wants to try this but doesn't want to take the chance because of negativity out there, try it and decide for yourself. You may be glad you did. I certainly was.
5 out of 5
will buy again
good choice !
4 out of 5
Great value.
I love the nutty aroma of H & H. Easy to smoke anytime.
5 out of 5
Tobacco purchase
Very happy! Quick shipping and the tobacco is great! Thanks!
3 out of 5
Pleasureable Smoke
First try I didn't like it very much, as it was my first try at really smoking a pipe(much to learn). Have tried it a few more times since then interspersed with other types of tobaccos, and am enjoying it. Now I will use it periodically to keep the rotations interesting.
4 out of 5
An old timer....
Long story short: this is a blend that utilizes an anice flavoring that was very popular when it was released over, what, 80 years ago. With the later incarnation of what I call "choco-vanilla" blends (think Capt Black, 1-Q) this kind of flavoring has fallen out of favor with many. You will find many hysterically negative reviews on other sites based entirely on the flavor. And if you think that all aromatic blends should taste like candy bars or doughnuts, you should probably leave it alone. If you are adventurous and want to experience what your grandfather might have smoked, back when, it's worth a visit. Fabulous? No. Wonderful? Well, no. But decent for what it is. When you pack your pipe with this stuff and light off, for the first minute or two of the smoking experience the flavoring is in your face. It's a floral/soapy/sweet kind of flavor. If you continue through to the finish it moderates down to decent smoke with the burley tobacco starting to come through. Easy to pack, light and keep lit. No bite for me. This one I smoke once in a while, it's kind of interesting.
5 out of 5
Dad Loves his Half& Half
Dad Loves his Half& Half tobacco!!!
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