The nutty, earthy, woody burley takes a little of the lead over the sugary, slightly toasty black cavendish. The grassy, citrusy, slightly dark fruity Virginia is in third place. The vanilla and caramel have a little richness, and are a rung more noticeable than what appears to be toffee. The toppings sublimate the tobaccos quite a bit, but they don’t drown them out. You’ll notice the nuttiness from the burley the most. The strength is a couple of steps past the mild mark, while the taste is in the center of mild to medium. The nic-hit is rather mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. The tobacco may need a few minutes of dry time, but not any more than that. Burns cool, clean and slightly slow within very consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a few relights. Has a pleasant after taste and room note. An all day smoke.
Say hello to vanilla custard blend in a tin, just like molto dolce=creme burlee blend. Not a bad thing at all as it help you find the bulk convenience. If there is any difference i cannot detect it. Folks this blend or all of what i mentioned here is not about the tobacco, its all about the sizzling crackling topping, sweet taste and good room note (typical american aromatic) to each their own but this one did not win me over, neither any other sutliff aromatic for that matter.
After a diet of mostly VaPers recently (lots of C+D Small Batch Carolina Red Flake w/Perique and G+H Reunion No. 27) I fancied something more languorous so reached for my tin of this. I like an aromatic to have a gluttonous feel to it which is the case with Panna Cotta!
I disagree with the classification of the cut. It's coarse cut, not a straight ribbon, it includes some, no lots, of leafier pieces! The tin-note is very sweet but also slightly toasty. Although the cut is coarse PC doesn't have lots of twiggy pieces in it, my tin only had one twig in there! Mine was moist but as anybody who bothers to read my reviews will probably know that suits me!
The smoke? At the risk of sounding vainglorious it's heavenly! There's plenty of sugary, opulent caramel, this rules for the first third. After this point the custard-like vanilla creates a creaminess which goes wonderfully with the black Cavendish. Speaking of the tobaccos I struggle to detect the Virginias, I get a smoke made of slightly caustic Burley, backed up by some sweet Cavendish. Due to the cut I get a cool smoke and even though it was a touch damp the burn's faultless.
Nicotine: mild. Room-note: lovely.
Panna Cotta? My idea of a great aromatic! Highly recommended:
I don’t think this blend gets enough recognition (unless you consider it to be the tinned equivalent to Vanilla Custard). The tin note and room note are extremely pleasant. Subtle vanilla flavor is noticeable in the retrohale and adds a very enjoyable touch. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the actual tobacco flavor was very good. This is on the top of my aro list when I’m looking for a break from my preferred English blends.
Pipe Used: Basket bent billiard & Missouri Meerschaum cob
As a newer pipe smoker, I am mainly exploring the different blends (I favor aromatic blends, although I am dipping my toes into the non-aromatic blends now) to find what I like. Opening the tin, what I smelled was a heavy vanilla note. The flavor I tasted was vanilla and caramel. I did not have any tounge-bite with this blend, but it was wet and had to relight.
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