This is a fine aromatic, no bites, no warm bowls, excellent taste at all stages. In the beginning you taste pure milk chocolate with a nuty taste here and there. Then the nuty taste and Virginia becomes more evident. After the half of a bowl starts developing nice characteristics of a cigar. I don't like cigars, I only liked once which was Cuban hand made. Anyway some puffs slightly reminds me notes of cigar. This has become a regular among my Virginians. Finally the style s European aromatic not the wet syrupy American style. If you like Danish or German aromatics you should try this. I was looking for a tobacco like this. This is the best aromatic I have ever smoked.
I can see why this is a hit with the aromatic crowd. Tobacco taste and a very cool burn while smoking. The Vanilla/Hazlenut is quite evident and the odor adhered itself to my moustache for quite some time after consumption of the leaf. I knew my wife was a fan of Vanilla/Hazlenut coffee. So, I gave her a quick kiss right after my first bowlful of Cruise Line Original. She came back for more... reason enough to keep smoking this blend!
Comes out of the tin at pretty much the right moisture to smoke, and produces a nice, if somewhat artificial tin note of chocolate and vanilla.
Once you pack a pipe with it and light it, it offers up it's flavour from the very first puff. There's a little bit of noticable virginia flavour, but mostly, this blend is about the topping and the cavendish, which provide a smooth, neat flavour of nuts and milk chocolate. The vanilla some people get is only a whiff for me. The thing i find quite interesting is the milk chocolate part. Usually, when a pipe tobacco goes for chocolate, it tends to taste of dark chocolate, but with this one, they've pulled off a proper milk chocolate flavour, which is neat. I'm also not entirely sure they were going for chocolate at all, but it does seem that way to me, at least.
It burns clean and mostly cool, though if you do manage to heat it up a bit, it can bite. It loses only a little flavour towards the latter half of the bowl.
The best thing I liked about this tobacco is the attractive tin. In my opinion the tobacco was your typical run of the mill aromatic with the usual vanilla overtones. It was too mild and one-dimensional for me, but then again, I find little difference between the numerous similar tobaccos of this genre.
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