On my aromatic phases, this is one of my all time favorites. It is in deed heavy cased, but of the highest category. The room note is sweet and appealing.
Bright tobaccos give a citric pouch aroma, and the honey is also notable. I have not perceived neither plum nor straight orange, but probably they contribute to a mild tangy bouquet.
I believe this was made in the same factory as AC & Petersen, as it is very similar to their Highland blend. Another blend that reminds me of Catello (but in a somehow not so subtle version) is MacBaren Aroatic Choice. If you are into aromatics and can get your hands in a pouch of Castello, do yourself a favor and try it.
Browsing the brands list I noticed that this one hadn't been touched. Having only smoked this a coupla times I'll just throw in tuppence worth. A friend/fellow employee brought a pouch of this back from one of his business trips a while back. Since Castello is a much respected name in the pipe world we expected a much better product than what was actually in the pouch. The initial smell was a dead giveaway (you're tongue-bite bound and you know it) but hey, in for a penny, in for a pound. The assumption was "spot-on". Very sweet, burned hot from the get-go, too much moisture and hard to keep lit. With all those "fruit essences" and rum added it's not surprising. To be fair, we tried it in different pipes over a period of a few days. Nope, can't deal w/this!! I don't think he was very impressed either, and since then I've not seen it anywhere. He may have kept the pouch just for the heck-of-it. Some drying time may have helped w/the smokability and flavor, I didn't try and I doubt he did. I have numerous Castello pipes, they are among my favorites and I feel, IMHO, that they are among the finest smoking pipes to be had today, but I must say we were very disappointed w/the tobacco. I think this may have been their only entry into the tobacco end of the business (to my knowledge anyway), and if so I would have expected a more illustrious premier offering. Sorry Castello, I love your pipes but this stuff doesn't work for me.
I smoked the entire lineup of Castello blends years ago when they started coming out. I'm told that Castello wanted a range of tobaccos that would appeal to smokers of all types of tobaccos. Castello "Castello" was a fairly decent aromatic with fruit topping of some sort that was sprayed on the Virginia rather than adding fruit juice soaked Cavendish to the leaf. It made for what I thought was an enjoyable, light aromatic with the enhancement being mostly unobtrusive.
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