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Nutty and smooth American burley tobacco blended with flake-cut yellow Virginia, slow steamed to give a sweet and smooth black cavendish. Flavored with drizzled caramel, maple, and subtle vanilla for a complex and pleasing aromatic blend. Easily packed and ready to smoke upon popping the tin. Join the Cult Militia and have no regrets about this movement.

BrandCult
Blended ByCult
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCaramel, Maple, Vanilla
CutRibbon
Packaging50 grams tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (29762)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The maple and brown sugar casing dominates the tin note, thought it does not overwhelm the tobacco in the smoke. I do get some vanilla in the smoke, but it is no where near as dominate as in C&D Autumn Evening.

The black Cavendish is the major component of this blend and offers some creamy vanilla and a toasted flavors. There is quite a bit of burley in the blend, which gives the smoke a nutty character. The Virginia leaf is barely noticeable in the smoke, though some lighter ribbons are visible; however, the Virginia helps give the smoke some crisp edges.

The ribbons are coarsely cut and leave a little more moisture in the bowl than I normally find. There is little to no bite.

Overall, I am really enjoying this blend. The topping supplements the tobacco quite nicely—as I love maple. You might think of Cult Militia as a toned down Autumn Evening with a healthy dose of added burley.

Pipe Used: Savinelli 606 dedicated to maple aromatics.

7 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1972)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cult - Militia.

I always have Sundays as my Aromatic Day so selected this from my cellar. Normally, be it an aromatic, English, VaPer, etc., I look on this site to get an impression of the smoke, but as I'm the first to review it there isn't any other pipers to get an opinion from; C'est la vie!

Like a few blends nowadays a clear plastic disc sits atop the tobacco. There are a few larger pieces, but most of the ribbons are short, choppy, and slightly rugged. It includes a few long 'stick like' pieces but they're not so twiggy as to need fishing out. Militia has perfect hydration and an unquestionably sweet, added, aroma. The constituents are 50/50 black and brown.

Militia takes to the flame without an issue. Right from the beginning it burns well, not needing much in the way of attention to sustain the burn. The flavour? Sweet. The maple and caramel outweigh the vanilla. The vanilla's present, without a doubt, but causes more of a creamy undercurrent than a leading gloopy flavour. The ever so floral maple has the most weight, followed by the caramel; this just adds to the sweetness of the blend. The topping smothers the tobaccos, to a certain extent. The tobaccos have a bit of a boring character, just like any old VaBurCav, really; Militia is all about the casings. It doesn't bite and is cool in temperature.

Nicotine: mild, maybe a touch above. Room-note: nice.

Militia? A decent enough aromatic, not amazing, but worth three stars:

Recommended.

Pipe Used: Altinok Meer'

Age When Smoked: Six months

Purchased From: TobaccoPipes.com

7 people found this review helpful.

BrokenRecord Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BrokenRecord (75)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

An Unequaled Maple-Topped Aromatic

The maple-topping is the star of the show in the tin-note and the smoke. This is no Mrs. Butterworth’s. There is a pleasant maple flavor throughout the smoke. The casing is sweet, but not quite cloying. There is a hint of vanilla.

The tobacco is composed mostly of black cavendish. It is mellow and smooth. Next comes the burley, which offers some nutty undertones and help give some body to the smoke. The Virginia leaf is present but mostly hides in the smoke. The P.G. is liberally applied, yet there is absolutely no chance of tongue bite as with similar blends.

If you like a maple topped aromatic, Cult Militia is a good choice.

6 people found this review helpful.

Nick73 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick73 (6)
★★★★
Very Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Holy Smokes! Now this was a surprise... I thought this was some sort of bargain brand, made up of mixed end batch tobaccos, and would be one of those dirt cheap Capt Black style products... but was I ever wrong.

I love a wide variety of tobaccos, but have an affinity for English blends and aromatics. This was one of my very first tries at a newer US made aromatics, most of the blends I smoke are of English/European origins. Having tried this product from Cult gives me reason enough to try their other blends.

Now onto this Militia aro blend: delicious, light smoking, tasteful and excessively pleasing room note tobacco... Yep, I really like this one. The tin note is amazing, but things get better when you light it up. The smell reaches your nose and you think: Wow, things just got serious! Then the taste reaches your buds, making this ever so mellow smoke an absolute kick in the nether regions of pleasure centers of the brain & releases levels of Hmm Hmm Good feelings, and is repeated upon the next sipping puff... and first thing you know, Oh I'm at the bottom of the bowl?

OK, so it seems over the top, like a Nicholas Cage moment... but Holy Cr@p, this is no joke. This is one of those wake-up moments asking: How long have the US been putting out such incredible tobaccos, and at such a low price?

Taste is a superb mix of sweetness from the casing and tobacco preparation, the blend is well balanced, the smoke is light and offers a very pleasant room note, and I love the residual smell that stays in my beard.

It smokes so very well, from the tin it has a touch of moisture that can be dried out in 10-20 minutes, and then packs nicely, and smokes all the way to the bottom, leaving a light white ash and no dottle at all. Pipe cleans out easily due to very little residue left in the bowl.

This reminds me of a nice hot Irish Coffee, so smooth with just the right mix of nutty sweet smoky flavour. Like I said: Hmm Hmm Good!

Try it, it's worth it!

Pipe Used: Brigham Voyager 03

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: 4Noggins

2 people found this review helpful.

Randy Tuggle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Randy Tuggle (46)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

This is a no-nonsense review from someone who finds most aromatics to be less satisfying. Here you go: A friend of mine brought his fresh tin over. Smells great in the tin. First few puffs are fairly satisfying. Really mild flavor. Halfway through the bowl, the flavor changes to something reminiscent of polypropylene glycol - or something strange, less pleasant than before. I wouldn't buy another tin of it. Like most aromatics, it leaves a pure tobacco lover disappointed.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Devil Cutty

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Straus Sleepy Hollow, Christie's American Heritage.

2 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (196)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Easily the best Maple aro that I've found so far. It's really great as a morning smoke with a cup of coffee. The vanilla complements it.

Can burn hot if pushed, but stays well behaved if respected. I find it packs, lights, and burns like a charm.

Pipe Used: Radiator

Age When Smoked: about a year

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

2 people found this review helpful.

boc777 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boc777 (27)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is the first product I have tried from Cult and I was very satisfied! I was actually looking to buy some Blood Red Moon, but of course it was sold out as everyone has been raving about it. So, I poked around a bit and settled on Militia. I usually have around 50 to 60 blends in my cellar, and my aromatics have been running a little thin. Full disclosure, I am not a heavy aro smoker. I love full English, Orientals, and a big fan of Perique and Latakia. But, that being said, I like to take a break every now and then, and I also like to please the missus with something that smells nice. From popping the tin, instantly I was greeted with a very pleasant vanilla and maple aroma. I love the cut of the tobaccos, kind of rough cut larger flakes. Visually, this is one of the best looking aros I have ever seen. And usually that doesnt mean much to me. I pop a tin, close my eyes and give it a big smell. This one just LOOKS good, cant explain it. Anyway, the moisture content is perfect and it lights and smokes great. It is not an empty marshmallow like 1Q or BCA, it actually does have some flavor and a little bit of Vitamin N. This is a really great aro smoke. I have not been this impressed for quite some time. And my wife approves of the room note! I'd recommend this to any level of smoker and any type of preference to tobacco. This has also made me curious about the Cult line and I will definitely be trying out some of their other offerings soon, as this one knocked my socks off and totally exceeded my expectations. Total winner in my book.

Pipe Used: Fat bullcap

Age When Smoked: new

1 person found this review helpful.

Volunteer Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Volunteer Piper (3)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I love this aromatic blend. It is giving my other favorite, Ashton's Guilty Pleasure a serious run for the top spot. I do smell the maple and caramel in the tin but I can't really taste it. What I do get is the vanilla taste, not overpowering but you know it's there. I have a tin of Blood Red Moon that I've had for about 3 months now and I'm going to open in October (see what I did there...) but I really like Cult's Militia. I know this is going to sound crazy but when I smoke this in the morning without anything to drink I get a slight taste of Bazooka Bubble Gum, not quite as strong but it is subtle and very tasty. I have a weird palate to begin with but I swear I taste Bazooka. It only happens, though, in the morning. If I smoke it any other time of the day I get the sweet vanilla flavor.

I have sort of made my Savinelli Oceano 616 KS my aromatic pipe as I will my Peterson's Dracula B10 when I crack open the BRM. I really do recommend Militia to anyone who is an aromatic fan or to anyone wanting to try an aromatic blend. It is very well done. The room note is great from what I'm told. I have a hard time smelling it myself while I'm smoking, but my grown kids always comment if they walk into the house after I've smoked a bowl of it. I get no bite at all from it as it is a very nice smoke. I sometimes do have to relight it a few times but that's probably more because of my poor bowl packing than the tobacco itself.

Highly recommend Militia by Cult!

Pipe Used: Savinelli Oceano 616KS, Molina bent briar

Age When Smoked: 1-2 months

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars online

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