Bought this stuff straight from the Tobacco Lane store in Cape Girardeau, MO because it was recommended by the guy who blends it....really nice guy. The blend itself is pretty mellow and simple, nothing too sweet or complex. Just a nice mellow aromatic with subtle flavoring...just the way I like it. High quality tobacco. I did get a compliment while I was smoking it from my 8 year old daughter who said it smelled like baked cookies!
If you are ever up (or down) that way and like a good mellow smoke then stop by the store and pick up a couple ounces of this stuff. You won't be disappointed!
A side note: One thing I have learned from reading reviews on this site is that tobacco tastes are very subjective and just because a lot of other people like (or DON'T like) a blend does not necessarily mean it will be one that you personally enjoy...so for that reason I encourage you to please take these reviews and ratings with a grain of salt.
I enjoy Tobacco Lane blends - obviously, since I'm the one who added them to this website, and have been submitting and reviewing all their blends! But much like Boswells or Dunhill or any other brand, not all blends they make will give a memorable smoke. This blend is one of those.
The blend looks just like it is described: black cavendish mixed with the golden. It smells pleasant in the bag, lights easily, smokes cooly, and burns to a gray ash with little or no scraps at the bottom of the bowl.
The problem is the cherry and vanilla flavors are not all that noticeable. You can detect them, but they are too subtle; and what you do detect is too artificial for me. I want to taste the tobaccos, along with flavoring, but this blend's flavoring overwhelms the tobaccos, while not really rewarding you with a strong taste of vanilla or cherry. Now I know I would like it even less if all I tasted was the overly sweet, Life-saver type sweetness you receive in a lot of cheap blends; but that just goes to show this blend needs some work.
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