Sadly, have entered “tobacco” pipe-smokers in the title in order to clear things up. Nothing illicit.
I’ve been a pipe smoker for years, occasionally enjoy a good quality cigar (that is, one that costs more that $3 a stick).
My go-to blends for the past few years are from Cornell & Diehl:
Byzantium. From the mfg’s description: “An intriguing interpretation of the classic Balkan. Redolent of Latakia, Orientals, and bracing Perique, Byzantium is an alluring companion for flights of the imagination to exotic lands.” I love this stuff.
Epiphany. From the mfg’s description: “Reminiscent of the original Revelation said to be the favorite of Albert Einstein, C&D’s Epiphany is an adroit melding of Virginias, Burleys, Latakia, and Perique in unified harmony.” Lighter than Byzantium, smoke it alternatively.