I used to smoke Kentucky Club til it went away. Carter Hall probably now! Have been smoking Lane 1-Q recently. I still miss the old Flying Dutchman! It was great, as long as you smoked it SLOW! I hear it is still available in Europe. Wish it was still available here!
My granddad was a long time pipe smoker. When we were cleaning out his house after he died, I was going through his pipe/liquor cabnet and found an almost full tub of sugar barrel. So I have been working on that once in a while. But as far as my fav. otc, its Captain Black Royal.
I started nearly 50 years ago with Middleton's Cherry Blend and moved on to John Rolfe Peach Brandy - don't think vanilla or chocolate blends were being manufactured back then ... at least not like they are now. My first experience with a vanilla blend was the Captain Black series. I recently ordered a MATCH Blend of John Rolfe from Pipes And Cigars for a nostalgic trip back in time but wasn't all that pleased with the experience. Not sure if the match is inferior to the original blend - or if it wasn't really that great tasting a blend back in the day either. When I first started smoking a pipe I was way too young and not aware of the nuances of proper pipe smoking and puffed like a chimney, and the experience left me with perpetual case of tongue bite. It's a wonder I continued smoking through it all.
But of all the OTC blends currently available I tend to gravitate toward the Captain Black blends - primarily Original, Gold, and Royal. I love the Dark and Grape but can't really call them an OTC blend because I never see anything but Original, Black, and Gold offered at local drug or grocery stores. If I want a Captain Black blend like Dark, Round, Copper, Grape, or Cherry I have to order them on-line.
Also enjoy the occasional bowl of Carter Hall and Velvet when I'm looking for an OTC blend that's not too sweet.