Anyway, they were out of my standard Bayou Night at the time, so I ordered some Byzantium. Their description:
An intriguing interpretation of the classic Balkan. Redolent of Latakia, Orientals and bracing Perique.Since I so thoroughly enjoyed a tin of Samuel Gawith's Balkan Flake recently, I decided I'd try this instead of waiting until Bayou Night came back in stock. Now almost finished with my first pipe of it, and the word is: it's good. I like it. If I had some straight Perique on hand, I'd probably give it a dose to increase the Perique content, but I am enjoying it as it is.
Since I depleted my entire stash of tins that I'd had in the cabinet for a few years, I also ordered one tin each of the aforementioned Balkan Flake, 1792 Flake and Escudo.
I'm pretty sure the last time I ordered from C&D, their bulk tobacco was running around $40 per pound, but this pound of Byzantium was only $25 from smokingpipes.com. So I'll probably be ordering some additional tobacco soon: Bayou Night for sure, and possibly a tin of Three Nuns now that it's available, and maybe a tin or two of Nightcap.
I also got a small free sample of C&D's Briar Fox, which I haven't tried yet. I'll post some thoughts on it when I get around to trying it.
I guess I should also add that, while waiting for this shipment to come in, I finished off the last of my St. James Woods. This is the only Perique blend I've had that I didn't really care for. I don't think I'll ever be ordering it again.