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In an attempt to round out the Signature Series, Russ has put together some subtle aromatics that can be enjoyed all day. One that we feel is destined to be a popular blend is Mean Bean, a Cavendish-cut mixture of Virginia and black Cavendish treated with a smooth vanilla note that's in the background, rather than being the primary flavor.

BrandHearth & Home
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByLane Limited
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Hearth & Home - Mean Bean.

I'll be honest, I bought this solely because I found the name brilliant: MEAN BEAN!!

So, I opened this as my evening smoke last night, after having a cigar, and rather pleasant it is!

It doesn't have the appearance I'd expect when the blend lists it contains black Cavendish and Virginia. Instead of brown/yellow tobaccos intertwined with black, the blend's mainly dark brown with a few fluctuations in the shade. The mixture resembles a well broken flake, a few coarse pieces are included. I note a mild, vanilla, essence from the tin, but nothing heavy or sticky. The moisture's good.

The smoke has a light, vanilla, quality. It isn't a flavour which is consumed by a false, weighty, tacky, characteristic. The tobaccos act in a similar fashion. Rather than being a corpulent mess mainly occupied by sticky black Cavendish, it's more of a buoyant, brown Cavendish, type smoke. It burns quite slowly, the coarse cut helps the speed, and the cool smoke remains bereft of bite for the entire duration of a bowl.

Nicotine: not much. Room-note: nice.

Mean Bean? Just enough vanilla to establish it as a steadfast aromatic, but not a blend that imbues a 'sickly' feeling! Recommended:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Neerup

Age When Smoked: 7 months

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