A few days ago I remembered that I still had that sample of C&D's Briar Fox that I had received from smokingpipes.com a while back when I placed an order for a couple of pounds of bulk. It had dried out a little, but it was still okay, and I went ahead and gave it a moistening treatment anyway.
Briar Fox is a Virginia/burley blend that is pressed into blocks. I have to be careful with certain burley blends because some of them give me Half & Half flashbacks. There are a few burley blends that I still like on occasion, such as C&D's Haunted Bookshop, which I still order by the pound now and then--although I like it better with more Perique.
I liked Briar Fox. I don't normally do any very eloquent tobacco reviews, so I'll just say that I liked it and the burley was not overpowering. So if you're looking for a decent smoke without any "spice" tobaccos in it (for some reason), you could try Briar Fox.
Comment number 2: Today I went by the local cigar shop/tobacconist to get a few ounces of bulk to hold me over until I can make another big online order. I've requested this mix before, so I knew I would like it: 2 ounces Virginia, 1.5 ounces Perique, 0.5 ounce Latakia.
The guy said, "a half ounce each of Perique and Latakia?"
"No," I repeated, "an ounce and a half of Perique."
He raised his eyebrows, and as he poured it into the bowl with the Virginia, remarked, "That's a lot of Perique!"
I only replied, "Yeah."
It still amuses me how it seems that everyone who works there has this thing about Perique.
It's a decent blend, very simple and nothing fancy, but it works and I like it a lot. But if you have some kind of scary-thing going on about Perique, maybe you'd want to avoid it.