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Bright yellow Virginia, ripened in the African sun with brown burley and black cavendish. The flavour of fully ripe wild fruits from the Marula tree specifies the character of this tobacco and accomplishes the smoke pleasure.

Notes: Planta's Tobacco of the Year for 2012.

Blended ByPlanta
Manufactured ByPlanta
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus
PackagingBulk, 100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2503)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

The rather tangy lemon Virginias are citrusy with a light grassiness, and are the lead component. The nutty, earthy, molasses sweet brown burley is a supporting player with a pinch or two of spice. The unsweetened black cavendish offers some brown sugar. The fruity sweet marula topping dominates the tobaccos, and a light clove-like, peppery spice is added as well. The strength is just shy of the center of mild to medium, while the taste is medium. The nic-hit is just past mild. The spice is tingly enough to cause tongue bite if puffed fast. Burns clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor, and leaves little dampness in the bowl. Needs an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste. Not quite an all day smoke.


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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1912)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Planta - Anno MMXII (Ripe Marula Fruit).

I'd never even heard of Marula before I ordered this, so the whole thing's a new experience! I thought Marula sounded like a variety of cherry, but it isn't.

A fairly coarse ribbon, where the contents are more Virginia/Burley than black Cavendish. The pouch note isn't too suggestive of what type of flavour the Marula has, and the moisture's good.

Right from the start I identify a problem: it burns too warm. Also, it doesn't take much vigour to make it bite, and it can be over too quick. Mechanics aside, the smoke doesn't taste too bad. As the look of the blend implied, the Virginia and Burley outweigh the black Cavendish, so it isn't a 'sticky' affair; the tobaccos taste quite light and rustic. The Marula fruit topping has a plummy, jam-like, sweetness, but isn't a 'tropical' flavour.

Nicotine: quite mild. Room-note: not as nice as the flavour.

Anno MMXII? Not your run of the mill aromatic, slightly unusual, but not worth more than two stars; in my opinion:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Neerup Gr 2 Bent Chubby Dublin

Age When Smoked: New

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable


Star Rating = 3.00

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 8

Bite = 8

Burn = 8

After Taste = 8

Raw Score = 48

Rated Percentage = 80%

Comment = Smooth, Fruity Pouch Note & Flavor, Bitter on Finish

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