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May Vs. December  Pipe Tobacco Sampler
  • May Vs. December  Pipe Tobacco Sampler
  • Paladin Black Cherry  1.5 Ounce Pouch
  • Peterson Connemara Black  1.42 Ounce Pouch
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May Vs. December

The Battle of the Blends - May Vs. December is a pouch tobacco throwdown between a longtime classic blend - Paladin Black Cherry, and a relatively new cherry blend from Peterson - Connemara Black. Both contain some black  Cavendish and have ripe cherry notes. There can only be one winner in this slugfest between bright aromatics, and you're the judge. So get your scorecard ready and order this battle. You'll save over buying the blends by themselves, and you get to vote for the champ. In fact, the ultimate winner is you!


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1.5 Ounce PouchIn Stock$5.82
save $1.7530% off
$4.07
Peterson Connemara Black Shipping Constraints
1.42 Ounce PouchOut Of Stock$7.50
save $1.3518% off
$6.15  
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Overall Rating4.23 out of 5 Based on 78 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “May Vs. December”

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5 out of 5
5 Star
49
4 out of 5
4 Star
11
3 out of 5
3 Star
9
2 out of 5
2 Star
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1 out of 5
1 Star
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Showing 1-50 of 78 Reviews
5 out of 5
Smoking favorite for years!
The subtle, Black Cherry taste and pleasant aroma of this easy smoking tobacco is the hallmark of this product. The smooth, non-biting blend is a pleasurable smoke, bowl after bowl. Many of my non-smoking friends have requested my pouch filled Paladin for just a whiff of its pleasant aroma. Really!
5 out of 5
Peterson hits a homer with Connemara Black!
As you would expect from any Peterson tobacco... Connemara Black is a winner! It's blended so well that the Cherry is not overwhelming, and there is NO bite! It has a fantastic flavor and room note and pack, lights, and smokes very easily! I truly enjoy this offering from Peterson! You will too!
3 out of 5
It’s Cherry but not quite there’y
This blend left me underwhelmed. It started out with a very nice and distinct sweet cherry flavor which very quickly faded away leaving sort of a stale taste. The cherry comes through in brief moments but it’s not a consistent smoke. It’s also a bit dry and bites at times. The aroma is quite pleasant as cherry aromatics are. I’ve been sampling a more than a few cherry blends as of late. This one is just alright.
3 out of 5
Nostalgia 4.5, taste 2.5...
Chemical cherry, but ahh, the nostalgia factor is high. Takes me back to the 80's.
5 out of 5
Love it
Love it
5 out of 5
Great Pipe Tobacco
Tastes great and great aroma too.
3 out of 5
Not bad
Cult Blood Red Moon blows this out of the water. I still enjoyed it though.
5 out of 5
Peterson Connemara Black
A very smooth tobacco. Packs well and stays lit throughout the smoke. Good aroma and room note. A light aromatic that is pleasing.
3 out of 5
I expected more aroma and
I expected more aroma and flavor
5 out of 5
Paladin black cherry pipe tobacco
Paladin black cherry pipe tobacco is smooth, mild, aromatic and has a great flavor. It is my favorite pipe tobacco.
5 out of 5
It made me Better Person
Paladin Black Cherry was the first pipe tobacco that I smoked and enjoyed. Very reasonable price where I live as they sell it in the local grocery store. It made me a better person. If you smoke this, you should become a better person too. Very flavorful and not too harsh. Has a great cherry aroma.
5 out of 5
My lifelong friend
Finally, finally found what I've been looking for! Paladin is excellent in all aspects--fantastic aroma, easy lighting, even burning and just pleasant and satisfying all around. I guess everyone has different tastes, as I read some of these reviews giving Paladin a so-so rating. However, for me it is my top tobacco now and I still do enjoy Sasieni, BCA and others from time to time. Thank you, P&C and Paladin!!!
5 out of 5
I love the mild flavor
I love the mild flavor and deep cherry smell. It's my go to.
5 out of 5
My favorite
My favorite
4 out of 5
I'll buy it again
Quite good if you like strong, but not overwhelming, cherry. The darker flavors come out well, too, with notes of loam and leather, and it burns evenly. Maybe not best after a steak dinner, but definitely a good post-pub burger smoke!
2 out of 5
Not buying again
Because it's better than abysmal but there's no 1.5 star rating. The cherry topping is harsh and acrid, completely overwhelming any of the goodness of the leaf. You had _really_ better like cherry and just about nothing else if you're going to keep this.
5 out of 5
Typical Peterson quality
Nice pipe, nice, slightly larger than average bowl, good smoke from the beginning
5 out of 5
Good deal
Good pipe at a good price.
3 out of 5
Meh. Okay.
It was okay. Nothing special. Sweet at first with a bitter finish.
3 out of 5
Smooth
Somewhat strong cherry scent and afternote, but not too strong a flavor. Blends in with the tobacco well.
4 out of 5
Paladin Black Cherry
Decent smoking tobacco.
5 out of 5
Great product
Smooth mellow flavor. Great product for the cherry lover
5 out of 5
Paladin Black Cherry
Paladin Black Cherry is an excellent "dessert" smoke. The black cherry taste is as pleasant as the aroma.
5 out of 5
first time piper
very nice, smooth smoke for the price
4 out of 5
Paladin Black Cherry
Very good sweet aromatic. Now my go to when I need that different flavor hit.
4 out of 5
Tasty
Good but paladin less expensive and as good
5 out of 5
A rookies favorite.
For someone that is new to enjoying pipe tobacco, this is my favorite. Very smooth for the new user.
4 out of 5
Change of pace
Good commercial tobacco to smoke out doors and offers a nice change from my usual everyday blend.
5 out of 5
Connemara Black
One the best cherry tobaccos ever tried !
5 out of 5
Fantastically Cherry
I was so surprised by this blend. I thought there's no way it actually tastes like cherry. But it does! The taste and smell are both sweet. Super flavorful. I'm actually not smoking it much because I want to stretch it out.
5 out of 5
Excellent Cherry Blend
I purchased this when P&C was having the "Battle of the Blends". I was impressed with this blend. It is the first cherry blend that I've actually smelled cherries!
5 out of 5
The Best
My new favorite...smooth and aromatic!
1 out of 5
Connemara Black
One bowl and half way through it i had to rinse with sulfuric acid to get rid of the chemical taste it left.
1 out of 5
God awful, terrible pipe tobacco!
Quite possibly the worst pipe tobacco I ever smoked. I had read many reviews blasting this tobacco but I never believed that any pipe tobacco could be that bad. I was wrong. If you like this abomination, God bless you. I took two puffs and I was done. Threw the whole package away. There was enough propylene glycol in it to paint a house. It will take me some time to get the smell and taste out of my mouth. I used a cob that I was about to toss away and thank God for that. It would have been permanently ghosted. If you have suicidal tendencies or are a masochist, by all means try it. Not me. Yuck.
5 out of 5
Cherry blend
Come wintertime ; this is my favorite tobacco to place on top of wood burning stove.
5 out of 5
Love This!
Hard to find in stores around here, anymore - but is a tobo that I've enjoyed since the 1970s! SO glad I can find it here!
2 out of 5
To Hot to handle
I smoked Paladin Black Cherry back in the 70's and I liked it. Now, it seems to hot on the tounge and to much Cherry flavor.
5 out of 5
would recommend
very nice smoke , not over bearing in flavor, would recommend
5 out of 5
very pleasent smelling
as smooth as it is pleasant smelling , reminds me of the smell when my father was alive
4 out of 5
Mistake on my part, doesn't make it a bad choice.
Poor choice on my part. Not a big fan of heavily flavored blends, and this one is big on cherry flavoring. I'm sure it's probably a favorite of many aromatic smokers, but I got in a hurry and made a mistake. As flavored tobaccos go, this one is as good as I might have expected, and likely better than many others.
5 out of 5
First time user.
It is very mild and a joy to smoke.
2 out of 5
Cough syrup with chemical aftertaste.
I agree with the review that said this tastes like cough syrup. Also leaves a lingering chemical taste in your mouth. Won't be buying this again. Bought several cheery blends looking for a good one. My favorite one so far is Cult - Blood Red Moon.
5 out of 5
Good tasty cherry baccy
Good tasty cherry baccy. One of my "carry around" pouches at work. Little tongue bite, lot of flavor. No complaints.
5 out of 5
Paladin tobacco tasty. Great tobacco at work.
Paladin black cherry tobacco is very tasty and burns decently... not too wet but tolerable. I carry a pouch of Paladin as my workaday tobacco. Tough day? Paladin will make it cherry.
5 out of 5
Extremely Pleasant Experience
After a long hiatus from pipes, smoking only cigars for the last 10 years or so, I decided to bring the pipes back onto active duty. One of the first tobaccos to be incinerated in my pipes was Paladin Black Cherry, an old favorite. And it certainly did not disappoint me in the least. An incredible taste and "truck note" brought back many fine memories of times past and promises of many new experiences. I found as before, no tongue bite if smoked properly, and an absolutely enjoyable smoking experience. The cherry flavor and aroma are just outstanding, and the aftertaste makes me want to immediately fill up another bowl. I actually have many different pipe tobaccos stored in Mason jars, and this one sits proudly in the front. When a couple of other tobaccos that are currently out of stock come in, I will add more PBC to the order. Thank you Pipes and Cigars for the great service.
5 out of 5
excelent taste
very smooth taste , aroma is well liked . Used to smoke it a long time ago and my father and I used to share pouches . would recommend to a beginner who likes cherry .
5 out of 5
excelent taste
very smooth taste , aroma is well liked . Used to smoke it a long time ago and my father and I used to share pouches . would recommend to a beginner who likes cherry .
5 out of 5
Cherry
Got what I was looking for.
1 out of 5
cough syrup taste
did not like it
5 out of 5
Love it
Ty for my pip tobacco I will definitely make more purchase's ty
5 out of 5
Peterson has another great blend.
I am writing this to say this is a marvelous blend. It is smooth on the palate. Very soft and no bite which most blends have. Lots of black Cavendish and great flavor that is very very pleasing that is consistent throughout the entire bowl. Even if your a beginner or a old pro you will truly love this blend. High quality and with a beautiful room note. Well worth the price just as peterson pipes are. A perfect smoke for the up coming Holidays. As Sherlock would say its Elementary my dear smokers! Don't miss this one !
3 out of 5
Not bad for a cherry blend
I ordered this because my wife's grandfather smoked a cherry tobacco and she always loved the smell. Since he passed away she has spoke of it often. This turned out to not be his brand (probably Middleton cherry but its no longer made). That being said, the smell from the pouch was very strong, it was also a bit wet and had me worried. I was thinking I'd be in for a heck of a bite and a sickeningly cherry syrup taste. But it didn't bite at all, the taste was much more subtle than the pouch note and the room note was more woody than I would have guessed. It's not my thing but it packed and smoked well with no bite and was pretty smooth considering. The price is also fair. If cherry is your thing, give it a try. Not much to lose and you may like it.
5 out of 5
Fresh
In the 80s every time I bought a pouch it was stale. The stuff you sell is DELICIOUS!!
5 out of 5
Paladin black cherry
It's a mild and pleasing taste, I will most likely purchase it again , after I deplete my most recient purchase.
5 out of 5
Old Favorite!
Could get this pipe tobacco at any gas-mart when I was a young adult! It was one of my first favorites! It's hard to find ANYWHERE near me now! I'm SO glad P&C can send it to me when I have a craving!
5 out of 5
Very flavorful and smooth
Very flavorful and smooth
5 out of 5
I used to smoke blackcherry
I used to smoke blackcherry many years ago, and it was nice to re-visit it again. Brought back a lot of memories. I really enjoy the taste and has a pleasent room note.
5 out of 5
Awesome
Awesome
4 out of 5
Amazing aroma
Smells amazing opening it and even better burning, I roll my own cigarettes never was much of a pipe smoker. This will work for rolling but may need to dry out a few days first but good flavor from what I can see. I tried 50/50 of this and ohm mild mint and it works pretty good and taste is pretty good too. If you do what I did make sure there's more of the dry tobacco than the cherry or it will gum up your machine. Nice cherry flavor and amazing aroma.
4 out of 5
Excellent cherry
Although my tastes are usually toward Orientals or English, there are times I like abit of a change. I have tried many cherry tobaccos, and this one suits me the best. The cherry room note is right, there is not bite, and the smoke is fairly smooth. I enjoy this a great deal, and those who have been around me when I smoke seem to truly enjoy the room note.
5 out of 5
Mmmm so good
Much cherry very wow
5 out of 5
Great room aromatic
WOW. I'm a huge fan of Bjarne Viking Erik The Red but figured why not try this. I'm very pleasantly surprised with the beautifully sweet cherry smell as I opened the pouch. Yet when lit, it was a nice cool very pleasant but not overly powerful smoke. This, is going to make a great addition to the cherry collection.
2 out of 5
Just OK for a new pipe smoker!
I'm a relatively new pipe smoker. I tried the Paladin Black Cherry, and although I don't know that much about tobaccos yet, I thought it was just OK. It was fairly strong with a very faint cherry taste. Towards the end of the bowl I did notice that it burned quite hot and had some tongue bite. I'll have to try another cherry blend I think!
5 out of 5
Five stars again
This stuff is awesome. I have tried all four of the Peterson pouch tobaccos and love them all. They got the cherry and the mixture of virginia and cavendish on this one perfect
5 out of 5
Outstanding
This stuff is awesome. It will bite just a bit if you puff away but if you go easy it is quite pleasant. It gets better and better as the bowl burns down. The cherry is just right. Not too little and not much. It very much tastes like cherry tobacco and not cherry syrup. Pick up a pouch and give it a try. I am very impressed with all four of peterson's pouch offerings.
3 out of 5
You had better really like cherry! :)
On the one hand, it is a CHERRY tobacco. On the other, it is quite a strong flavor - to the point of overpowering in my opinion. Too much for me.
5 out of 5
Paladin Black Cherry
I smoked up a sample of it and found it to be very mild, long burning and tasty. Now I'm waiting for my 2 lb back-order to arrive.
2 out of 5
Not for me.
I smoke mostly aromatics, and I have a fondness for OTC brands like this. This is the exception and the first tobacco I have thrown away. It taught me that I do have a limit to just how heavily cased a blend I can tolerate after all. My guess is that if you like this particular rendition of a black cherry flavoring, you'll really like this as an inexpensive OTC. For me, it was just bad. I felt like my tongue was coated in cough syrup during and after smoking. The room note was noticeably chemically to me. My wife and daughter liked the smell though, so your mileage my vary. I'm glad I tried it, but it wasn't for me.
4 out of 5
Nice Smoke!
Paladin Black Cherry works well for my taste. Smoke it nice and easy in a well seasoned briar pipe and it can reward you with a sweet, spicy flavor for most of the bowl while offering a solid tobacco taste overall. Definite cherry flavor. Smoke it in a "tired" pipe or smoke it too hard, it can be a bit harsh. I like it best in a briar pipe rather than a corncob. Good room note and not hard on the wallet. I plan to buy a 12-oz. can and use Paladin on a regular basis right along with my Carter Hall. K.H. LaCrosse, WI
3 out of 5
Not my cup of tea.
I bought a sampler to try the new blends, introduced by Peterson. Of the 4 I tried, This was the best of the lot, Some cherry taste, a good amount of bite, and not much else, the flavor died out about half way through the bowl each time. Having said that, I would also like to note that every body has different tastes, Just because It doesn't suit me , doesn't mean it won't suit you. (Tried in 3 separate pipes. a Clay a corn cob and a briar.
5 out of 5
Great tobacco!!
Paladin Dark Cherry pipe tobacco not only taste good, it smells great. Great price, and fast delivery !!
5 out of 5
Well, I like it!
Some have said it tastes too strong, but I like the cherry of Paladin! To me it resembles the marinated cherries in Breyer's cherry-vanilla ice cream. It's one of my first pipe-smokes, back when I was 18, and sometimes I get a hankering for the taste. Sure glad I can find it at P&C!
5 out of 5
Perfect
Everything was excellent.
1 out of 5
Three strikes…
I have never tried a Peterson tobacco, and this one intrigued me. It is hard to find a good cherry that doesn't bite and I guess I will keep looking. Upon lighting this up for the first time, I got the taste of cherry lifesaver, not something I was looking for in a tobacco. Sadly, that was the high point of the smoking experience. In five minutes, any trace of cherry was gone and the tobacco became bitter and started biting. I gave it three shots in three different pipes, and got the same result. Into the trash...
4 out of 5
Black cherry
As some of the other reviews state, it's not an aggressive cherry taste and is pretty smooth. I let mine dry out a little and it smokes great.
4 out of 5
Tasty
This blend was actually good. I didn't think I'd ever like a cherry blend , But This I may try again. It's got a good taste when it's burning slowly. Thank you !
5 out of 5
Paladin Black Cherry
Cherry smokers should love this. It is very heavy on the cherry. It smokes smooth and burns well.
5 out of 5
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