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A good amount of black cavendish, and just a little sweet Virginia to make a sweet mild smoke. A very smooth but not weak, a very aromatic tobacco that is welcomed when smoking indoors.

BrandBoswell Pipes & Tobacco
Blended ByJ.M. Boswell
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutBroken Flake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Autumn joy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Autumn joy (48)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This was a surprise for myself personally. The smell of the tobacco matches the smoke IMO. For myself this was amazing I got a chocolate nutty feel to this blend and the room note was awesome. The flavor was mild and the taste was as well. I really felt the need to smoke this blend again as soon as I finished the first bowl. Very surprised not higher rated, but that's what's fun about reviews it's all perspective! I'd recommend this because the spice is truly nice.

Pipe Used: Corn cob, calabash

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Boswells

6 people found this review helpful.

TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (628)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I had been wanting to try Boswell aromatics for so long after reading their many praises here and elsewhere. I worked out a sample trade with a forum friend a while back for around 8 of them and was left unimpressed by all. The one I liked the most of those sample was a cherry blend of all things. And I certainly did not like that one too much either.

I was about to give up hope with these until another forum member surprised me with this one. I begrudgingly tried with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised on what a great aromatic it was. This one was right up my alley. First off is the subjective feelings on this which is so important for an aromatic as our tastes in toppings are as varied as our tastes in scents such as colognes and aftershaves and such. This one was very much to my liking. I would describe it as slightly molasses with a touch of fruit. Spices akin to those used in an apple pie, but no tastes of apple (which is a good thing to me.)

The topping was not overwhelming, I would say it was just right. Another important consideration with aros is how the topping hangs through the bowl. Sometimes a topping is not so pleasant and it starts to dissipate and get better. But when the topping is to your liking as this was to me, you want it to last. Some of the other Boswell aros, to me were left flat bout mid bowl as the toppings flashed off leaving an all too familiar, taste of hot air. Not with Spice and Nice. It hung through well. I am not too sure I got too much of the underlying leaf or if it just played so well with the topping it was hard to discern where one began and the other left off.

I was very impressed with this one as you can tell and highly recommend this for a nice change of pace aromatic.

Pipe Used: Cobs, meers and Pete Donegal B 11

4 people found this review helpful.

musicman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
musicman (131)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Please take note that the tobacco smoked for this review is almost 6 years old now. Where virginias seem to shine with age, aromatics seem to dull. They lose their aromaticness, if that is even a word. That said this tobacco still had some very good taste, just not as much as a fresh batch would.

I do not need to go into the intrinsic value of Boswell pipe tobaccos. The fact that these products are of the utmost quality is clearly visible.

Spice and nice is pretty similar to some of the other Boswell aromatic blends. This particular weed exhibits clear chocolate and nutmeg flavors. The nutmeg is really quite prevalent at times.

The biggest redeeming quality for all Boswell tobaccos seems to be their lack of tongue bite, and this blend follows suit.

Another fine creation by the gentleman at Boswell pipes. Give it a try.

Pipe Used: Cheap Basket pipe

Age When Smoked: Purchased in 2008

Purchased From: Boswell Pipes

4 people found this review helpful.

chetking Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chetking (54)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Agree with reviewer Young Smoke there is a definite chocolate flavour in "Spice and Nice" among a bouquet of other tastes including licorice, hazelnut and nutmeg. J.M. Boswell makes another solid case for consistently elevated ratings rendered by scribes; the illustrious house deserves the approbation. This is superb with that first or second cup of java, black or green tea come morn. Slight minor difficulty. Found the leaf in my 4 oz. poly bag to be a bit moist upon opening and the bowl misfired a few times on char light. Laying the contents on aluminium foil to set over night cured this and all successive bowls have smoked consistently through. The blend smokes cooly in a trustworthy E.A. Carey "magic inch" billiard briar. Sure I will detect other flavours as the adventure unfolds because, as with Boswell's "Sweet Tea," this is an interesting confectionary & complex sweet aro mixture. Loving encanta...ich liebe es. Happy hunting...

3 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (221)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I tasted a chalky chocolate and clove mostly, with other baking spices here and there. No tobacco flavor to speak of, this just wasn’t my bag. Not bad if you like clove cigarettes I suppose.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: J.M. Boswell’s

2 people found this review helpful.

Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (338)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Ok. When this one arrived, I literally sat in my favorite leather chair and inhaled the aroma no less than 2 dozen times to try to comprehend what the topping/casing was on this blend. I was at a loss....

So I asked the wife. She usually has the same 3 responses: 1. Chocolate covered cherries (all aromatics smell like this to her) 2. Campfire smoke (Latakia blends) 3. ketchup (McClelland Va's) She answered differently, and more specifically on this one. And she hit the nail on the head. Blueberry. It has a forward blueberry scent with an unknown spice (allspice?) in the back ground.

Pouch appearance: Thick, large chunks of black cavendish dwarf the thin ribbon cuts of sweet Virginia. out of all the Boswell blends I've smoked, this one seems to have the most moisture content.

Initial light takes a few tries due to moisture. Once the charring light is completed, you'll still need an occasional relight. This is a perfect example of a "classic aromatic" pipe tobacco. It reminds me of childhood when we would stroll by Churchill's tobacconist in Twelve Oaks mall and smell the aroma of the gentlemen smoking pipes in the store. Zero bite, never harsh or bitter. As an indoor smoker, the room note is very pleasing, never once heard a complaint. If you're an aromatic smoker, you owe it to yourself to explore all of Boswell's aros. Don't forget this one!

Pipe Used: several

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: JM Boswell

2 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (150)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

Pleasant flavor but a little too "nice" for me. The room note was nearly non-existent to my wife's disappointment. This would be a great blend for a new pipe smoker, but there isn't enough substance for the more experienced piper.

Pipe Used: Hilson Meer-lined

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Boswell (via phone)

2 people found this review helpful.

brogreggblues Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brogreggblues (45)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Very mild, pleasant. 1/2 through bowl, slight sense of nutmeg/cinnamon. Light room note. Pleasant tasting, no bad after taste, at all.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

I would like to say that the folks at Boswell are really wonderful. Spice and Nice has a very similar taste to IRC Kings Orietal . It is similar to mince meat pie that is heavy on the cloves and nutmeg. Perhaps for some folks this taste isn't bad. I find it rather pleasant. For a lttle oomph add a PINCH of Latakia! Solid aromatic but you need to dry it out for a day or 2. 3 stars!

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Came as a one ounce bag (bulk) in Boswell's 'Autumn Sampler' pack of bulk blends. I like their store but this became one dimensional quickly. All aromatic, all top note in burn/flavor of smoke. Nice at first but gets really boring quickly for an experienced smoker. Boswell's has better to offer. For me, it's neat yet forgettable. Great for younger people who want to try pipe smoking yet actually hate the smell and taste of pipe smoke.

Pipe Used: MM Devil Cutty, various cobs and briars

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Boswell's Pipes & Tobacco - Chambersburg,PA

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could, but I reserve my 4 star review for blends that are truly steller. As damn near every Boswell blend I've had so far, this was an incredibly smooth and flavorful smoke that burn perfectly to a nice white ash. I can't speak highly enough of these Boswell blends, and of course you be enjoying them in a Boswell pipe for an optimal experience.

I will say I didn't notice lots of spice in this blend, but I'll agree with the "nice". It was very similar to my last experience with Boswell's Sweet Tea. I puffed away on this stuff and found no bite. Try it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I find it to be very similar to some of the other Boswell blends. It has that familar nutty/vanilla sweet carmel rasin-like aroma in the pouch and tastes about the same. It is mild, but tasty and satisfying. I find it has more to it than Boswell's best and the Vanilla cream, but you can still taste the tobacco, it's one of those blends to smoke with the nose as well. I think I'm really liking it because of the colder weather upon us kinda goes with the season as I can also note subtle holiday like spice aroma and flavor like the name says. The more I smoke it I notice the flavors kind of fading away. It seems to be tasting a bit more like chocolate, it's not bad but it was a much better blend to smoke fresh than it is now after sitting around a while. This one is very similar to Boswell's No Bite Delight. It it still a nice blend with no bite...not bad, but not something I think I will need to have around.

1 person found this review helpful.

JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (124)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Surprisingly I found the bulk pouch nose not to be overly assertive for an aromatic. The pre-smoked essence is in fact rather peacefully sweet and gentile in temperament. Mainly fragranced by the big presence of Cavendish, this strain’s earthy wooded tartness is softly coiffured by a combination of enlivening kitchen spices, dark chocolate zeal, passive fruitiness, and some pacifying tang from what I presume to be the Virginian’s feeble affronting. Being smitten by just a degree of moisture, Spice & Nice performs better with a minor stint of extended drying time. Post haste, the tobaccos do pack and burn with handsome accord.

Let me first profess that the taste profile on this blending was kind of an interesting challenge to put my finger. Essentially the flavor is distinctly unique, all be it wonderfully tasteful. Yet by constitution, Spice & Nice is nonetheless somewhat elusive in succinct character it seemed. As such, I suspect that Boswell must have quite a bit going on within the realm of skillfully applied coatings as it is customarily matrixed Therefore, this Boswellian creation leans towards a defined experience that is moving and very colorful in kind for an aromatic mixture.

Clearly, I was able to register a consistent lively sweet and spicy arrangement with each drawl. As with many Boswell blends, this premiered “kitcheny” element holds reliable for the duration of the smoked bowl. In particular, the topmost combination focused on the contribution of woody nutmeg, diluted cinnamon, dark cocoa, and a chase of complementing brown sugar. There is an additive sugary tinge that comes on the trailing accent that is indicative of the corn syrup, bringing in a little subdued vanilla cream and molasses-like ambiences. Still further, final front-loaded nuancing is embodied by nice, salted buttery highlights that performed a thickening supplement to the aforementioned sweeter spice-laced projection.

With the middle band of flavor, the influence that came into the fold was a pondering headscratcher frankly. All I can say is that the formed impression is dominated by a notable although peculiar fruity combination. To me it tendered as reserved mix of dark honey, zesty pine, a golden delicious apple, and fresh blueberries; yeah, what the heck! I would love to learn of the actual recipe behind this novel feature. What is more, this curious characterization is slightly spirited like an elixir as well. At first, I was struggling with the notion of a tannic wine affluence but decided it was headier like a hard cider in persona; very refreshing and acidic accenting to say the least.

Being primarily coatings-dominant, Spice & Nice does come with, however, an obliging smoky undertone projected by the natural Cavendish properties. As this varietal comprises the bulk of the mixture’s substance its character generally rings through on the bottom note with a tad of earthy, dark sour wood and native spicing. As for the Virginia it functions as a very passive sweetening condiment offering some floral tart grass, general tang, and a weaker caramelized stream. The aftertaste on this one is actually quite pleasing and stimulating on the palate, there’s the “Nice” coming into fruition.

For the most part this blend is of decidedly lighter intensity. Nevertheless, the mixture endows a fairly dense body of smoke which naturally creates a weightier smooth texture. Although enjoyable, I will say that successive bowls proved to be a bit much as my palate became saturated with the monotony of the jazzy flavor which served to lessen the blend’s charming splendor. As an occasional treat, yeah, this one would be a well-received companion by many an enthusiast’s liking, no question. Not overly gaudy as to its sweetness but more so a gentle well-crafted lighter fare overall. Quite enthralling in effect.

Of the several pipes deployed, my Rob Roy cob facilitated the most optimum endeavor for appreciating Spice & Nice’s true personality. The resulting airy room note is a pleasantly sweet and lightly spiced woodsy aroma, I rather favored its novel attractiveness. No evidence of roughness nor bite was realized so another upward extended thumb scoring on this one. In sum, Spice & Nice presents itself as yet another fine JM Boswell originated aromatic offering by way of my humble assessment. As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life especially for the well-cultured pipe smoker. So, on that thought in mind do give it a try and see if you agree. 3.0 Pipes.

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Mijnnif Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mijnnif (111)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Bag note is super sweet spicy like clove nutmeg. Lots of dark cavendish in the bag ribbon cut. Oddly enough I found this tobacco a bit moist from the bag and let it dry for a while. The flavors are true as described this is a pure aromatic. Not much in the way of tobacco flavor but the sweet spicy flavor stays through the whole bowl. If you are an aromatic fan this is a good one. A bit on the sweet side, Not too much chemical taste but the sweet spice stays through the whole bowl. Nic hit is non existent. doesn't burn too hot. No bite. Could be an all day smoke.

Pipe Used: Dr. Grabow duke tasting pipe

Age When Smoked: 3 months old

Purchased From: Boswell direct

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Mike Cronis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Cronis (35)
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

Strong vanilla smell right off the bat and Cavendish right up-front, possibly Lane Limited variety as a base. Subtle cinnamon and nutmeg in the back, but very mild there. Incredibly smooth but a little boring. Not a "knock your socks off" spice at all. Perhaps a nod towards some spiced rum too; a hint of chestnut maybe. A little disappointing because I was expecting no vanilla and a lot more spicy flavors, but perfectly acceptable and tasty as an aromatic. No tobacco taste to note.

If you're looking for something more spicy, try Russ' Blend Snickerdoodle or Cinnamon Roll.

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