It begins as a flake tobacco made of Virginia and black cavendish and then rubbed out. The tobaccos are given time to allow the leaf to re-oxygenate to liven the flavor and to prepare for the next step. Then the tobaccos are pressed again into a crumble cake, so further fermentation can take place. But what really makes the difference is a subtle bit of vanilla to give it a slight sweetness and a pleasant room note.
The Virginias provide a lot of tart and tangy citrus, grass, tart lemon, bread, sugar, wood, earth, light honey, spice, acidity and is fairly floral as the base of the blend. The sugary black cavendish also has a light toasty quality. It plays about the same level as the Virginias do. The creamy vanilla topping mildly sublimates the tobaccos. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste just reaches the medium mark. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, and barely has any rough edges. This is an easily broken apart crumble kake designed to suit your packing preference. It’s mildly moist, but I did not dry it. Burns very cool and clean at a slow pace. It’s richly creamy sweet with light floral, spicy, rugged notes, and has a very consistent fermented, punchy flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste, and room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. It’s an all day smoke with some depth and body. Three and a half stars out of four.
Aromatics and I have a love hate relationship. But I don't want you to think that I needlessly dismiss them. When I find a good one, like Peter Stokkebye's Highland Whiskey or Sutliff's Molto Dolce I always keep them on hand. The problem for me is accuracy. I want an aromatic to do what it says it does on the tin. If it says it's a mellow aromatic I expect to taste the tobacco, and if it's a full aromatic I expect to taste the topping. This is one of the good ones.
When you open your tin you are met with the same nicely pressed crumble cake we have been working with throughout this series. The tin note is alluring I can smell the vanilla, but I also get whiffs of Virginia dark fruits, citrus, and bread. This is about as easy to break apart and rub out as all the others in the series. It is more wet than the others, it can be smoked right out of the tin, but does benefit from a light dry time. Lighting really depends on how long you've let it dry. It needs a few more than average amount of relights.
On lighting the first thing I taste is the vanilla and I like that it is so forward. It's not overpowering and it doesn't take over the tobaccos, but adds a nice sweet uplift. The Virginias are apparent and I taste dark fruit, bread, citrus, and a little sourness. There is Cavendish in here and it accents the vanilla topping while also adding sweetness. Now I rarely talk about room note because it is subjective and when I do smoke around people they are normally other smokers, but this seems to come off as really pleasant.
I am trying to think of the right word to use, but I would describe the mouth feel/taste of this blend as soft. It doesn't fill my mouth like ODF does, but it isn't as smooth as PS Highland Whiskey. I give it a mild-medium. Lady N doesn't feel like going out tonight and will sit back with a glass of wine. The nicotine in this is probably at that mild-medium mark. One of the great benefits of this blend's mildness is that it doesn't ghost your pipes, so if you're out somewhere and you want to smoke something a little more agreeable you shouldn't be afraid to put this in your pipe. It does burn down slow too. I give this a solid three stars. It isn't an all day sort of blend for me, but it could be for some of you, but it has good potential and I wouldn't mind buying it again.
Crumble cake with a light vanilla -fruit topping. The flavoring is light and you can still taste the Virginia. Very similar to Mac Baren vanilla flake but with toned down toppings. I found it was too middle of the road for my taste, I wanted more vanilla or more tobacco flavor. Flavor intensified in the last third and was quite nice. Nice room note, butI had trouble keeping it lit, even after drying, possibly inexperience with crumble cake. I may get another tin to age for a year and see if it improves.
Cracked a tin of this tobacco the other day and have been wanting to try this one for a while now. Upon opening the tin you get greeted with a crumble cake with a nice sweet Creme scent, not too strong but noticeable. Smoked a bowl fresh from the tin with no dry time and it burned well with not a single relight. For what this blend is, it is as advertised and would give it about 3.6/4 stars so rounded up to 4 stars. This is a decent blend and hopefully the regulations (mehhh) don't get to this blend so it will be around for years to come. If it sounds like something you might enjoy I recommend picking up a tin while supplies last. Happy piping everyone!
The tin note is wonderful vanilla just a touch musky. I really wanted to like this blend, so when I first smoked it I was rather disappointed straight out of the tin. That being said I decided to let it sit for a few months and was not disappointed. After letting it age just a bit out of the tin. The initial harshness had disappeared. I was left with Floral, Vanilla, cavendish and Virginia. I found the first half of the bowl still had some bite, but that mellowed at the halfway point and the floral tastes become more evident I would give this a 2.5 for me. Its just not quite a 3 it seams that to my palate the floral taste and the vanilla are battling with each other a bit for first place depending where you are in the bowl and I find it still a bit harsh during the first half of the bowl. I would personally not buy it again but if you like floral note its very good. After letting this sit longer I will give it 3 stars now, but I mix it with burley sugarbowl match to lighten it up a bit and remove the harshness.
Nicely prepared cake that separates easily for packing. I favor Va/Per flakes but wanted to try this one before the summer heat. Vanilla is forward in the tin aroma and the smoke. smoke cool without bite, condensation or multiple relights. Too aromatic for an all day smoke but a nice change of pace.
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