Dobie's 4 Square Red Aromatic uses the same base tobaccos as 4 Square Aromatic but it becomes a completely different aromatic by the addition of a subtle cherry/vanilla note. This is a pleasant, all-day type of blend for those who enjoy something that's somewhat sweet with an incredible room note.
The burley is a little nutty, but sublimated by the other flavors. The black cavendish offers a mild vanilla. The black cherry topping is mild, lacks some depth, and has a light sour hit. Won’t bite. The nic-hit is hardly noticeable. Burns at a moderate pace; cool unless you puff real fast, and then you may experience a harsh note. Has a very mild syrup taste in the last quarter of the experience. Requires an average number of relights, and will leave some moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. Has a decent after taste. An all day work and play smoke.
If I'm smoking an aromatic I want it to taste false and cased. Otherwise I'd be smoking a favoured English or VaPer. Well, this certainly is a meretricious, aromatic, smoke!
When I removed the lid I couldn't escape the smell of cherries. I'd call the cut more of a coarse one, rather than just ribbons; a few rather leafy pieces are included. The hydration scores well with me, smokable, yet I'd trust it to cellar.
I like the smoke from it. The cherries outweigh the vanilla, and are in charge. They're definitely the most formidable flavour. The tobaccos are subconraded by the toppings; to a certain extent. There's no Virginia-grass, and the Burley seems hard to decipher, I get more of a generic, soft, tobacco flavour behind the fruit. It burns unfathomably, only requiring a relight if neglected and ignored. Although the mechanics of the burn are good it has a propensity to become too warm when chugged; so, sip it gently!
Nicotine: mild. Room-note: nice.
Red Aromatic? I like it and see no problem with giving it three stars:
Thankfully, the cherry flavored topping (and other rather nondescript flavoring), was mild. But the problem is, everything is so mild about this tobacco that I found the effort to complete a full bowl to be... well, an effort. No beef in this one, boys. Fans of light aromatics rejoice, this is your manna from heaven... if you like cherries as you can sure taste that fruit. A good effort.
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