The aroma from this suggests a very light topping, it doesn't smell particularly cherry but it is a fruity type. It's strange as the room note is VERY cherry, in fact before I said it's cherry my mum walked into the room and said "mmm, cherry"! The flavour of the smoke is also more cherry like than I'd expected, it isn't one of those over sweet/candy like/cloying tastes but it can be identified as cherry, quite a refreshing change to the usual cherry aromatics that resemble cough sweets! Although the added taste is quite mild it's still strong enough to mask many idiosyncratic characters from the tobaccos, e.g I get zero nut quality from the Burley. Nicotine is again mild, it's a very unsatisfying blend with N. Although the burn is positive with it's consistency it scores lower with temperature, it gives too warm a smoke. Another bad point is tongue bite... ouch!
This one has a few good points with the room note and delicate flavour, they are saving this from a one star score but taking all the qualities into consideration I feel two stars is a very apt result.
It is a very light tobacco, the beginning of the smoke begins with notes of red fruit very aerated then this taste becomes a bit more bitter which adds a little body to the smoking but the note of fruit remains until the end of the Smoking where this fruity taste disappears and leaves room for bitterness. It's not an all-time smoke. It does not have great pretensions but is nice anyway.
Pouch note is nice and smells of course like cherries.
Packing and lighting are both easy and the burning properties are very good.
The taste of the smoke is nice to begin with but gets worse over the cause of a bowl. At first there is a full and natural taste like fresh cherries, really not bad at all. But after half the bowl the taste becomes more and more chemical to a point where i can't stand it any longer and have to clean out the pipe entirely. Which to me is a deal breaker.
Room note is really bad. I had flat mates complaining through two closed doors how lousy that smoke smelled. And they normally liked all my tobaccos, even the most heavy Balkans. Aftertaste is decent if you manage to quit puffing before the bowl starts turning chemical. If you miss that point then then aftertaste is rather unpleasant.
So do i recommend this blend? Nope, i do not. If that chemical side taste wouldn't be there i would recommend this blend. But it is there and ruins every bowl i tried with this blend. Which is a pity because else it would be a decent tobacco.
Pipe Used: It went trough rotation.
Age When Smoked: They don't print production dates on it.
Here we go again. I have become increasingly unhappy with the absolute rubbish that the blenders put on the packets, mild,fruity, slow burning etc. You know what I mean!
Firstly Golden Blends IS mild. It will not burn the mouth. It leaves no nasty aftertaste and the flavouring too is Mild. It is what it claims to be and in that score is pretty much unique. It however lacks body and is fast burning and bland. So if you, like me, enjoy a really gentle and mellow smoke, and you are not into the old throat rippers and tounge grinders then you have found the one. However even if this stuff ticks the boxes the quality lets the whole thing down bigtime.
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