This light Virginia tobacco offers light citrus, a small pinch of sugar, and some grass and hay. The vanilla is more obvious than the cherry and both have some richness as they sublimate the tobaccos to a fair extent. The toppings also tone down possible cigarette notes. The strength and taste levels fall short of medium. The nic-hit is mild to medium. Won't bite. Burns clean and cool at a moderate pace, though the tobacco is a little moist. Has a fairly consistent flavor all the way through. Leaves a little dampness in the bowl, and needs a few relights. Has a pleasant after taste. Not quite an all day smoke.
Now, I enjoy Gawith Hoggarths standard Cherry and Vanilla: it's a proper syrupy, sticky, Black Cavendish aromatic. That's usually what I look for in an evening smoke: something heavy, so I wasn't sure whether or not KGCV would float my boat or not. As it goes, I quite like the lack of Cav'; it makes a change.
To be fair, the cherries are far lighter than the vanilla. As the vanilla has been added in quite a large amount it compensates for the absence of any Black Cavendish: although it's a straight Virginia, it gives some weight to the smoke. The cherry is borderline absent as well, there's maybe a subtle fruitiness from time to time, but it's way down the scale.
With the extra flavours out of the way, it doesn't leave much to be said about the tobaccos: it's Kendal Gold, just below medium in N, no tongue bite, and it gives a good room-note.
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