I've been asked (forced? peer pressured?) to put this list together via a Facebook post. I did one for last year. Apparently, I'm some sort of expert (... by which most people mean I just smoke a lot). I did this for 2016 (link here) and it got a great response. I still smoke almost everything I put on last year's list, and I continue to experiment with other things as well. I still am (and probably will always will be) an aromatic guy, here are my top 3 picks from this year:
East India Trading Company - Officer's Club
I received a tin of this tobacco as a gift (with a hand made tamper) from an online friend. It was awesome! I had seen it in the catalogs but probably wouldn't have just picked it up on my own. It's a mix of Virginias, Burleys and Black Cavendish with the flavors of white rum and creamy vanilla. I've picked up a second tin of it since then.
Sutliff - Vanilla Custard Cream
While attending CPCC (Chicagoland Pipe Collector's Club) pipe show this past May, Sutliff had a booth that was practically giving away sample pouches of their pipe tobacco. The Vanilla Custard Cream (bad name for a great tobacco) was by far my favorite. It's again a mix of Virginias, Burley, and Black Cavendish with a rich vanilla flavor. I'm smoking it as I type this post after ordering 4 ounces online.
Peterson - Founder's Choice
While making a day trip to work in downtown Chicago at Iwan Ries, (a must stop when downtown) I picked up a large can of Founder's Choice. It's described as cube cut (a new experience for me) made by pressing layers of Virginia, Burly and Oriental and Black Cavendish then cutting it into small cubes. It's flavored with rum, mango, and vanilla. It was a great choice that I enjoyed.
(All of these can be ordered at pipesandcigars.com.)
Honorable Mention - Outlaw Cigars (Kansas City, M0) - Campfire Brew
While in Kansas City for a conference, I hung out at Outlaw Cigar Company. It has a cool lounge and some fantastic house blends of tobacco. My favorite of the house blends that I tried (... and I tried several ...) was by far the Campfire Brew. While I'm not 100% sure what was in it, all I can tell you is, it was fantastic. If you're in or around Kansas City, check them out ... and if you live there and are coming to Chicago, bring me some, I'm out.
Hope this helps you enjoy your pipe more. Let me know what you think of this list and what you think I need to try next.