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Training Camp

Before you enter the Battle of the Blends, you need to have a Training Camp. Attending the camp we have Cornell & Diehl Night Train and Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River. Both two players that you will want in your corner. 

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Pipe Tobacco SamplerIn Stock$16.99
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2 Ounce TinIn Stock$11.50
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$9.99
Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River Shipping Constraints
2 Ounce TinIn Stock$18.50
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$14.79
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Overall Rating4.64 out of 5 Based on 86 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Training Camp”

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5 out of 5
Mississippi River
Usually a heavy aromatic smoker and first time I opened this tin It smelled good enough to eat. Very mild and extremely flavorful with mild doses of Latikia perique and other sweetness. I’m still tying to determine if this could be a all day smoke for me. Definitely moving to my top 3 favorites.
5 out of 5
My Mississippi River tobacco experience
Love this stuff! Very nice smoke!
5 out of 5
Puttin it back
P&C had a good sale. Just putting this can back to enjoy in the future.
5 out of 5
Love it love it love it
Ever sense I’ve tried this tobacco. I can’t get enough. As of right now I don’t think of another tobacco.
5 out of 5
Darn good!
Decided to try it because I feel in love with plum pudding. Although it's not as good as the PP, it's still really good. Flavor isn't quite as pronounced, definitely more subtle, but delightful nonetheless. SPC is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
4 out of 5
A good smooth smoke. A
A good smooth smoke. A real pleasure to enjoy.
4 out of 5
very good
very good
5 out of 5
Smokes great
Smokes great
5 out of 5
None
Will buy again. Beginning flavors reminded me of a oatmeal cookie.
5 out of 5
Absolutely fantastic
I absolutely love this blend. One of my favorite smokes out there!
3 out of 5
Night Train
After smoking night train. I must say it was a disappointment. Compared to Mississippi River, night train just fell short in the richness of the smoke. I will give it another smoke in a few days. But, my choice between the two, I find Mississippi River had a fuller flavor and a better smoke.
4 out of 5
Love this blend
Comes very moist, so you have to age it or leave it out for couple of days to age it. But it smell great, smokes very well after ageing it.
5 out of 5
Nice flavor, like the cut.
Mississippi River is a nice change of pace. Mr. Lankford did an excellent job, of blending. This blend packs easily, smooth smoking.
5 out of 5
Night Train
Excellent oatey base. Very enjoyable, a change of pace from me normal Balkan blends.
5 out of 5
Mississippi River
A long lasting,mild, smooth tasting tobacco.
3 out of 5
Maybe i didnt get a good tin...
I dont know, maybe the tin i got was a bad one, i read the reviews and i didnt think it was that great. It was ok, not great english with kind of a burnt sweet taste. I think ill try it again, maybe the tin i got was the bottom of the batch or something...seems like a lot of people were more impressed than i was.
4 out of 5
Great Oriental Blend
Great blend. When i recieved it, it was a little too moist but not bad. it rubbed out easily, packed easy, and smoked down to a fine white ash. The taste: tangy and delicious! Although a little less full bodied then i had hoped it would be, Mississippi River is a great oriental forward blend! I would buy again.
5 out of 5
Fantastic
Fantastic blend! Smoky, sweet, a hint of spice, absolutely delicious.
5 out of 5
Tasty
Lives up to the hype.
5 out of 5
Interesting and enjoyable
This was my first crumble cake tobacco, and it took a while to figure out how it smokes- out of the can I found it was difficult not to overstuff due to high moisture content and fineness to which I had broken it down- I had to coddle the first bowl a bit to get it to burn without gurgling, but smoked great once it got the airflow to where it needed to be. Up front the burley shines through nutty, toasty, and with a nice oat flavor that is balanced by the sweetness of the Virginias. It didn’t take long for the perique to take over, which I found to be spicy and fig-laden, but not particularly peppery. I caught occasional distinctive pear notes (from the Cavendish?), especially during the first half of the bowl. The nicotine is definitely there, which was fairly strong, but definitely not overwhelming. Has an interesting sweet hay/oatmeal tin note that is slightly sour in a nice way. Overall, a really interesting and enjoyable smoke!
5 out of 5
Outstanding.
Very balanced tobacco. The craftsmanship and mastery behind this blend should be recognized and enjoyed by beginner smokers and experienced alike. I will definitely be buying again.
5 out of 5
For those craving a different blend
I tried several English blends , I found them overbearing with the latakia . This blend being flake form (a favorite ) figured time to give one more try . Very pleasing smoke all around due to the fact of having a hint of latakia exactly as stated . Being a flake helps immensely . I recommend using a cob for the best effect possible . This is your choice . I recommend this blend for all those who have given up on English blends . A bit on the sweet side at times yet not overbearing . Nice for that craving of something different .
4 out of 5
Tangy, Sweet and Satisfying
My first pressed tobacco, and my first from SPC. Smokes quite efficiently. Seems a little goes a long way for me. It has quite a distinct flavor. A little tangy, a little sweet. Mild, not harsh. The room note strikes me as odd, but not in a bad way. Difficult to say, but perhaps it reminds me of grilling? While I prefer to try new thing as opposed to going back to the familiar, I will probably purchase this again.
4 out of 5
New
Loved it
4 out of 5
the river
I dont think the guy at Seattle pipe club makes a bad pipe tobacco, they're all good.
5 out of 5
Pipe tobacco review
Terrific tobacco
5 out of 5
THE Go To Smoke!
One of my favorite Pipe Tobacco's! Actually, since it came out, its a GO-TO Smoke. I like this one, plus many other aromatics. This one is just right...
5 out of 5
New pipe smoker and this
New pipe smoker and this cite is great and has a big selection
5 out of 5
Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River
I'm new to pipe smoking and in the process of learning all the nuances of tobacco. But I found Mississippi River to be very good.There's a raisin, plumb smell to it.However it was a sweet tasting tobacco all the way thru with a little bite at the end. Which was probably me toking to fast.I recommend this blend to anyone who hasn't tried it yet..good stuff.
5 out of 5
Mississippi River
Very good smoke. Almost as good as mixture 965 but not quite!
5 out of 5
Wonderful and complex!
I don't often write reviews, but since this product only has one at the time of my writing, I thought I would opine... I bought a two ounce tin of this tobacco to try, unsure if I would like it based on the component tobaccos. The first three bowls I smoked, I hated - in fact, after the third bowl I decided that I wouldn't smoke it again, and would either give it away or throw it away when it dried out. For some reason, I decided to smoke a fourth bowl and I'm so glad I did; this time I was blown away by the variety of complex flavors! I smoked a fifth bowl and experienced the same... Sweet VA flavors, maybe a hint of sweetness from the cavendish, loads of spice from the perique, and some rich body from the burley. I'm not sure what the difference was - maybe the tin having been opened for a few weeks? Maybe the fact that the fourth and fifth bowls were smoked in cobs instead of briars? I do know that I will surely reorder (and always smoke in a cob from now on)!
5 out of 5
Great tobacco
Great tobacco
3 out of 5
Relatively new pipe smoker
I am finding as I try out different cuts and blends that I am a mild/aromatic guy. The Mississippi River is a little too harsh for my tastes. I will finish the tin that I have but it is not my favorite smoke. I like it a little better with my MM Cobbit Shire tho.
4 out of 5
Great smooth blend that I can smoke inside
A very smooth tobacco with a sweetness that reminds me (as another review mentioned) of the caramelized edge of a cookie. In a bigger bowl you can pick out the different tobaccos as your smoke progresses. Its a nice mild smoke. I like a lot of stronger blends but sometimes I like to take it easy and just puff away with no worry of bite or overpowering flavors. The room note is excellent. And my wife lets me smoke this one inside! I think aromatic smokers could enjoy this with ease. Its a bit wet out of the tin so drying it a bit would be advised. Thanks SPC! Now I don't have to freeze all winter trying to enjoy a smoke.
5 out of 5
Patch Adams
This was my second English aside from nightcap. I will be buying again!!
5 out of 5
Mississippi Queen, you know what I mean!
Very interesting smoke. To me it has a nice sweet yet lightly smoky flavor. And the room note is actually pretty good, having a sweet hint to its aroma. I will definitely buy this one again as I believe it lives up to all the hype in my experience smoking it. I would definitely recommend it to those who haven't tried it yet.
5 out of 5
My New Favorite
Wow! This tobacco is perfect! Great taste, smell, easy to smoke. Will always have on hand.
5 out of 5
Glad I finally tried this blend.
My first time trying an english type blend. Love the way this smokes and the fact it has flavor, but isn't too overbearing. I'll defiantly be buying more, and have some of the reserve blend on the way to try as well.
5 out of 5
My favorite non aromatic.
I seem to go towards aromatics more than a non aromatic. But of the ones I've had, Mississippi River is my top pick for non aromatic and one of my top 3 favorite blends. Great blend. Definitely try it out.
2 out of 5
25 years for this?
I didn't like this blend whatsoever. Yes - it has a very high quality smell. Almost boosting expectations, if you will. And it also smells "fermented" or "aged" in a good way. If it is or not I don't know. But you can see that care went into making this and processing, packing it correctly. That being said. It just wasn't any good to smoke for me whatsoever. It had a very "dry" "char" and "grey" taste. This made it taste worse when I expected something "muddy" and "black". The photo of a midget sitting in a rocking chair (not Mark Twain), with an explanation of how the blender had to try for 25 years to make something decent out of his garage didn't help things. I would not purchase this again.
5 out of 5
mmmmm...
I have just seen they have this in a special reserve blend, going to have to try it also now. Darn.
5 out of 5
bbq lovers blend
this tobacco smells like bbq ribs. I really enjoy this before or after a nice lunch or dinner meal. preferably bbq food haha. very enjoyable smoke, nothing strong or intense, just enough latakia to let you know it is there. this blend is def something I will want to stock up on.
5 out of 5
Tobacco That Will Change Your Life
This is my favorite blend from SPC, and one of my favorite blends of all time. Maybe I'm overzealous about this tobacco, but probably not. It delivers a fantastic, other-worldy smoke in every bowl. Comes in a crumble cake that both looks and smells delicious, packs well in a bowl of any size (though I smoke it almost primarily in my Savinell benti author). Lights like a dream and smokes like one too, it's pure ecstasy on the tongue. The Virginias are sweet and smooth, the Perique and Latakia give it a nice heat, a dab of spice, and a full flavored body. I love Latakia blends, and this has quickly become my go-to. You'll enjoy it, of that I have no doubt. So smoke it with pleasure and slow down to appreciate the intricacies of this genius blend.
5 out of 5
Wonderful
Great offer! Great tobacco! Should have this promotion more !
5 out of 5
Always a good choice
Great texture and packs well. It has a great, mellow taste with a touch of Latakia. I find myself coming back to this one every time I can't decide what I want smoke.
5 out of 5
First go round with Seattle pipe clubs Mississippi River
One of my new favorites saw it on you tube promoted by Jason dragner and Joe case really glad I tried it would definitely recommend it if you're not an aromatic guy
5 out of 5
Great Smoke
Mississippi River is so balanced, great smoke.
5 out of 5
William
Great smoke! Great flavor and nice room note.
3 out of 5
Not what it used to be...
Where should I start with this cult classic tobacco, I guess the beginning is as good a place as any. This blend used to be high a top many pipe smokers list of favorites, but that was several years ago when M.R. first hit the market. I can remember opening my very first tin and being greeted by a solid sticky kake that used to stain your fingers upon rubbing it out. the smoke was sweet and spicy without ever fatiguing your palate. As time went on and the word got out through youtube, social media and pipe clubs around the country demand sky rocketed and ultimately the quality suffered greatly. So much so that Mississippi river was taken out of production for a short time so they could try and get a handle on things. Now what we are left with is a middle of the road english type blend that is just so-so, especially for those of us fortunate enough to remember what it used to be. If you ever have a chance to smoke some of the vintage M.R. (up until about 2011) definitely try it and see for yourself what a truly brilliant blend Mr. Lankford created before mass production clipped its wings.
5 out of 5
lives up to its name
amazing taste!
5 out of 5
ready to repurchase
ready to repurchase
5 out of 5
Lives up to the hype.
Had high expectations based on the reviews I've seen. Was not disappointed.
5 out of 5
Perfection!!!
Have to honestly say this is one of the best smokes out there.The flavor doesn't let up all the way to the final puffs.This one has a permanent spot in my rotation.can smoke this any time of day with no problem.smooth and creamy.I love plum pudding,and Mississippi River is head and shoulders above it.one of the best you can smoke.
5 out of 5
Peace from Mississippi
I found Mississippi River to be a very damp and slow-smoking tobacco. It's very smooth and cool-burning. Great for the hour or so before bedtime!
5 out of 5
The Best
Unbelievable. Delicious. This stuff is absolutely amazing. Can't get enough. Buy some. Right now. Have it shipped to my address. I promise to take good care of it. =)
5 out of 5
My first love
I watched YouTube for a week before buying any tobacco. I ordered 5 tins Mississippi river was one of them it's my go to tobacco now
4 out of 5
Something different
Mississippi River is a blend different from most and very satisfying. Down side; Priced way above equal to and better brands.
5 out of 5
Very good!
This tobacco is very good. It is a bit damp out of the tin, and I recommend setting a bowl pack out for 30 minutes to an hour before packing and smoking. It did not make my rotation, but its definitely a quality smoke and is worth trying if you like English with moderate Latakia profile. This and Frog Morton Cellar are excellent for those trying English tobaccos out for the first time...
5 out of 5
I love this blend!
I smoked this to help me give up cigarettes several years ago. It has some Nicotine kick and no overbearing room note. I still enjoy a bowl from time to time especially if you’re up late and need a pick me up. It has a Great flavor and it ages beautifully!
5 out of 5
Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River
Mild ,none aromatic,little spicy,totally nice tobacco.
5 out of 5
Online purchase
Excellent product with very fast delivery! Loved It!
5 out of 5
Sweet and Smokey
If you enjoy VaPers and want a little more depth give this one a try. SPC Mississippi River is reminiscent of Anniversary Kake with a touch of smoke. Love it.
4 out of 5
Good Stuff
Last year I had purchased some bulk Mississippi River, and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. I smoked it up and figured it wasn’t for me. Then I started hearing that the blenders had corrected some of the quality control issues and Mississippi River was back to its former glory. After some hesitation, I decided to give a tin a try. MUCH BETTER! Now I know why everyone likes this blend so much. Smooth and well balanced; a great introduction to latakia blends, and a great all day smoke. Mild/medium in body, and full of flavor, this is a good smoke.
5 out of 5
Mississippi River pipe tobacco
Is the best pipe tobacco I have ever had I recommend highly
4 out of 5
Well balanced enjoyable
I was looking for a non aromatic that was toward the English side without having too much Latakia. I'm pretty satisfied with the taste for my palate. I did let mine dry outside the tin for awhile as some have suggested and it seems to burn cool and smooth. Nice rich mouth feel of the smoke. Well balanced medium body. I don't detect the overly salty flavor I heard a few comments about. Very natural flavor I would associate with leather and pine maybe some citrus hints. There may be a slight hidden sweetness in the after taste. Overall I can see this one growing on me. A solid four stars for now.
4 out of 5
Very nice
Gooooooood stuff
5 out of 5
Ineffably Good
Good with a capital G. The Platonic form of Good essentialized into a smokeable substance that edges on the sublime.
5 out of 5
Great tobacco
The tin note of this tobacco is very bright, being both sweet and bready from the Virginia, and slightly smoky and leathery from the Latakia, although I will say that the Virginia’s seem to steal the show at least as far as the tin note is concerned. The cut of the tobacco in this tin was more of a crumble than a cake as it seemed that none of the cake held together, however, I have gotten a few tins that were much more of a cake with small bits and pieces smattered in at the bottom of the tin. The tobacco is definitely a high quality tobacco and I have yet to find any twiggy or woody bits in any of the tins that I have purchased and smoked. The moisture level of the tobacco is generally just about right for my liking. Once rubbed out, the tobacco packs easily into the bowl and takes the light with minimal effort. The first thing that I am greeted with upon lighting the tobacco is that wonderful yeasty, and bread like Virginia taste, which is followed by a mild smoky, campfire like taste from the Latakia. To me, the Latakia remains mild throughout the entire smoke and plays a supportive role to the Virginias and Perique. As for the Perique, there is a mild peppery note that I can detect in the smoke, but it mainly lets me know it is there by mouth feel, as there is a slight spiciness that can be detected on the tongue. Do not let this last statement confuse you, there is no tongue bite here that will stay with you for hours or even days, but yet there is a mild spiciness that is detectable kind of like that of a mild spicy pepper. The blend remained bright, clean, and very consistent down to the bottom of the bowl. Nicotine levels were moderate, at least to me, leaving me feeling as though there was no need to light up another bowl. In the end, the tobacco burned well with no need for any relights, and burned down to a fine white ash, which made for easy cleaning of the pipe. I have to say that I am very satisfied with this blend.
5 out of 5
This is a MUST TRY blend
First off, you can't go wrong with any of the Seattle Pipe Club blends. I bought 2 ounces of this and wasn't overly impressed with the first couple pipe fulls. Seemed rather busy and a bit tangy but didn't bite. I did some reading and saw several saying this had become their favorite tobacco. Don't think I'd want it as my all day every day tobacco but as a change of pace, it is AWESOME. I particularly enjoy it in one of my cob pipes. Kind of sets the scene of sitting on the banks of the Mississippi with my pole and doing a little fishing! I'm now buying it in8 oz tine and will soon probably put it in one of my prized 16 oz jars. There are a LOT of different tobaccos in this blend and it's fun to smoke and try to pick out the different flavors. This is a MUST TRY!
5 out of 5
Perfect for bringing the day to a close!
Glad I got this one! rich, deep, dark, perfect moisture. What I imagine dusk would taste like. Burns nice, perfect for a nightcap. I'm happy, you happy, he's happy, you will be too!Thanks again P&C
4 out of 5
Very enjoyable
A very enjoyable, medium strength smoke. Smells very nice.
3 out of 5
For all the hype I was let down!
For all the hype I was let down the way people talked about this stuff was like there way no equal. I mean yea no bite and it was smooth and smoked well but It just didn't have a lot of taste, to me it was kind of....bland. Not terrible but not great I'd rather have a bowl of any frog Morton over this but hey that's just me :)
5 out of 5
Mississippi on the Mississippi
Hey, I admit it. I'm easy. There are few blends that I detest. I seem to find something compelling in all of them. But this one? Damn. This is the best tobacco I've ever enjoyed. Great Virginia flavor with just enough latakia and perique to spice things up without hogging the spotlight. I'm going to buy a bunch of this stuff for aging purposes, but it does taste damn good right off the truck. A keeper if ever there was one.
5 out of 5
amazing
I love this blend. SPC has a true winner. Robust without blowing out the tastebuds. It is the perfect nightcap tobacco for me.
5 out of 5
Amazing.
This blend has a lot of reputation and I will have to say that it lives up to it in every possible way. It is consistent, smooth and full of flavor. It's rich and dark and ages very well. I highly recommend it because it's an all around good blend if you like robust Virginias or smooth English blends. It's good.
4 out of 5
Enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed this tobacco, although I have to say that I enjoyed Plumb Pudding just a little more. Overall a good smoke that I wouldn't hesitate to order again.
5 out of 5
So deep and complex.
Silly expensive but the reviews out there compelled me. To call this a VA blend is such an understatement. This is one that I would definitely call a Master Blend! Every one CLAIMS to be but few are worthy of the attention, except SPC MI RIVER. Man, this is SO complex. Like I said "compelled". I do NOT like latakia, I've thrown away several tobaccos that showed up at the house, open the box, a PEE UUUU! Smells like burning tires to me... But MI River's deep flavors and aroma would compel anyone! I really dig this tobacco. I also dig "playing with my food" and rubbing this stuff out before stuffing it in and lighting it up.
5 out of 5
2oz tin
I bought this expecting a English blend . I'm a big fan of English and Balkan blends - the elements of those are here but I felt its more Virginia forward not really for me but if that's your thing this is a quality blend
5 out of 5
+ -
I got my tobacco really fast. But I personally did not care for the taste. But to each their own
2 out of 5
I tried.
I just had to try this and tried my best , but it's just not my style. Only my opinion though. When I opened the tin , it smelled like snuff (or dip). So , I'll be the one that says I love P&C and value your descriptions. But This one wasn't for me. It does get good ratings by many though.
4 out of 5
Not ready yet!
Not sure about this one yet. I'm sure this is a quality tobacco. I just don't think I was ready for it yet. I'm relatively new to pipes and I wanted to try something different and maybe sophisticated. I've tried a couple of bowls and it just isn't my thing. I think I will let it sit for a bit while I become a more veteran pipe smoker. Maybe then I will appreciate it more. I gave it four stars because It's probably my unrefined smokers palate and not the tobacco's fault that I don't like it.
5 out of 5
For a guy who enjoys smoking fruity aros...
Not all that experienced in ways of the pipe, but this is a lovely tobacco. I can't really detect any flavorings but the blend of the tobaccos in the tin, to my wife and me, is speaking "chocolate". At the same time it's got that exotic, oriental thing going on (smells to me like a touch of tamarind), and for a guy that really dislikes Latakia (I've sent back tobaccos that smelled like a house on fire, blech!), I LOVE this tobacco. Very new and quite damp but it STILL is low maintenance. NO BITE! Even when I was puffing like a madman enjoying the flavor, it didn't get hot, stayed smooth. I love this stuff!
5 out of 5
Mississippi River
My new favorite! Bold yet smooth and sweet.
5 out of 5
Seattle Pipe Club Mississippi River
beginner's note: didn't know how to smoke this. Broke it up shamefully like marijuana. It went out and didn't notice a pleasant room note. Sat on my dresser for a week. Tried it again, and let it really catch fire, the more I puffed, the more I could tell what all the fuss was about. It was spicy, smokey and really gave me a sense of what pipe smoking is all about. The story behind this is, it was created while dreaming. But I realized, I had awesome dreams smoking right before sleeping. Coincidence? You decide.
5 out of 5
Wow! This is good tobacco.
Ugh! This is the best tobacco I've had so far... I am not long time pipe smoker, but I can say, my tastebuds like Mississippi River.
5 out of 5
Like it a lot✅
SMR very cool enjoyable smoke. I been smoking D.Nightcap and P.Irish Flake lately, so getting the SMR was definitely a good change of sorts. For me it can be an 2 or 3 bowl everyday type of smoke. Easy long burn without a lot of figiting and relighting. I won't comment on taste due to the stronger Latakia/perique burned in my pipe recently. But my recommendation is it's easy on the pallate and be sure to buy a couple of extra ounces just to hold you over till your next order comes in. Dave
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