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A fine tobacco of a special kind: spicy latakia and smooth black cavendish, seasoned with a pinch of burley and golden Virginia. Terrific topped off with the sweet aroma of bourbon vanilla. Fine English mixture, extremely pleasant with a smoky touch.

Blended ByVauen
Manufactured ByVauen
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringVanilla, Whisky
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
Room Note
Pleasant, Tolerable to Strong, Strong, Very Strong
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1931)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Vauen - No. 22 English Blend.

This is an idiosyncratic, individual, 'odd', English.

Before I talk flavour, let's discuss the unlit blend. Removing the tin's lid reveals a blend that's mostly black and well rubbed, with a few coarser, light, Virginia pieces. The moisture's good, the lid popped with a hiss, so it must have been perfect upon tinning and the airtight seal's maintained that. The smell from it differs from what I'd expect from a blend titled English; it smells sweet, and a little aromatic.

I've been smoking this today and it's a blend I find strange. Firstly, for this, the name English doesn't really apply. There's nowhere near enough Latakia! The hearty amount of black Cavendish stops this qualifying as an English; IMO. The Burley and Virginia aren't recognisable. It's mainly black Cav with a SPLASH of Lat'. Then we have the toppings. The whiskey gives some astringency and the vanilla gives a slight stickiness; not an English flavour! On the positive it burns nicely; cool, even, and well.

Nicotine: for an 'English', weak. Room-note: not nice.

No. 22? Simple: not nice, I've smoked it today to review it, and now it's going in the bin. Not recommended:

One star.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: New

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3000DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
3000DK (7)
Very Mild Very Strong Mild Very Strong

The vanilla flavouring in this blend is way too much for my tastebuds. Was given a tin of this - luckily, I didn't pay for it. It has nothing to do with an English mixture. It is just a typical, German over-flavoured insult to your pipe. Should you want to try this blend - perhaps out of curiosity - please use a pipe, which you had planned to throw out anyways. This blend will 'ghost' your pipe - rendering it unusable for anything but vanilla tobaccos.

2 people found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is a good, balanced and complex English Mixture. The Orientals are slighly dominant. The latakia flavour and taste may be scented, but not so strong. Recommended, specially for People that enjoy mild english mixtures, but not want to get tobbacos with strong latakia amoount and taste.

2 people found this review helpful.

Skoma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skoma (27)
Medium Mild Full Strong

This is a unusual one! English mixture consisting of Latakia and Cavendish plus some other tobaccoes with a Vanilla topping... Very easy to smoke and keep lit. The taste is coming smooth and easy at first then the latakia is clearly making it´mark with a sour cream feeling. Very balanced and never over the top. There´s also a little more nicotine content then in most aromatic mixtures but much less then in most english ones. The vanilla topping seems to be mostly in the room note and you can still smoke your pipe at your favousite bar without offending people.... Highly recomended for smokers that are slowly heading from aros to english mixtures or people that enjoy unusual blends that offer taste but are not too strong either. Also perfectly accepted by bystanders in your local pub...

Pipe Used: various

Similar Blends: nothing I tryed so far....

1 person found this review helpful.