If you frequent any of the pipe-related forums online, you probably are familiar with the handle JimInks. That’s the name used by Jim Amash, a comic book artist from New York. He’s able to smoke while working, so he has time to try a wide variety of tobaccos, and he’s got a very keen palate. People respect his opinions and he posts on a number of different forums. I’ve gotten to know Jim a bit, and I asked if he minded if we re-post any reviews related to our own products and he said that it was fine. I will set Jim up as an author on Talking Tobacco so his future reviews will appear under his name, but in the meantime, here’s his review of one of the entries from our all-new Hearth & Home Mid-Town Series – Chatham Manor. What you don’t see in his review is his actual rating. He gave Chatham Manor four star out of four.
The original Carter Hall is fairly nutty with some molasses, and a mild chocolate taste. Chatham Manor, which is a Match for CH, is a slightly more chocolatey, a little less nutty with about the same amount of molasses. I think there’s just a little more red Virginia in the CM. Both have the same toppings: light bourbon and cocoa. Both burn well and even with very few relights. Sometimes, there can be a cigarette note in CH when puffed too fast. That’s not true of Chatham Manor. Overall, while a close Match, Chatham Manor has a little richer, deeper, more consistent flavor that doesn’t weaken at the finish or leave any dottle. Some times, Carter Hall can lose some flavor near the end, and if puffed very fast, could sport a harsh note or two. That doesn’t happen with this version.
I rated Carter Hall at three stars.