I like the RR, but have definitely met people who didn't. It seemed a solid smoke amongst those who worked. Plenty of office guys smoked it as well as people in more blue collared trades. I always wondered about Walnut--that was solely a white collar smoke around here when I was young.
You would be interested in the uppercrust stuff wouldn't you?
You're not a codger, you're a poser!
CPS's own William Serad did some OTC reviews in Pipes & Tobaccos back in the Fall '99 issue --- I hope he doesn't mind, but I've transcribed certain extracts for our discussion here:
I have long been after a copy of his Trial by Fire book but haven't been able to source a copy as they rarely show up for sale.William Serad wrote:
John Middleton Inc.
This is not Walnut flavored, but named for one of the oldest streets in Philadelphia where John Middleton first opened his tobacco shop in 1854...
...it is an original 19th century blend of seven tobaccos, and it is an English of light character...
...it is a smooth, relaxed and flavorful smoke with no stridency...
...and the cost of a 12-ounce container was about what one would pay for a 50-gram tin of the high-end stuff. I would compare this favorably against several recent bluebloods as it has its own pedigree.
P&T has been running a 20th Anniversary Back Issue Sale and it's a great bargain: