Cinnamon, spice, and everything nice describes this special blend Milan's elves created just for Christmas. Virginia, Burley, and Cavendish tobaccos come together to create a wonderful taste of spice, nutmeg, rum, and cranberries. This is the perfect blend for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season, including any nonsmokers in the vicinity!
Notes: Christmas Blend from Milan's is only available through December 31, 2012
A (possibly) limited introduction from Milan's for Christmas. After several ounces I'm ready to say that this tobacco is quite fantastic. Firstly, it's aptly named. I would call this blend "Christmasy" even if it was called "Dog Droppings". A rose by any other name, right? The tobacco is mostly dark Cavendish, with strips of Virginia and Burley shot throughout. The note when you open the back is fantastic, and oddly very similar to the room note. It can only be described, I believe, as spicy, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg throughout. The packing is easy, as is the light. Any preferred method for packing your pipe has will more than likely do. Now, for the important part, the taste. If any reader has smoked the Peterson Christmas Blend 2011 they will be familiar with this one with one major, positive exception: This blend doesn't bite anywhere near as hot as the Peterson. You really have to abuse this blend to make it nip at you. This, like most tobaccos, smokes best when sipped. But even if you're a power puffer then you will still get a great amount of enjoyment out of this. The taste stays pretty consistant, up until the tail end of the third part of the bowl. Near the doddle it will lose most of its flavor and become rather bland. This is an amazing tobacco blend that will satisfy even the most stalwart Scrooge.
As a newer pipe smoker, I am mainly exploring the different blends (I favor aromatic blends, although I am dipping my toes into the non-aromatic blends now) to find what I like.
Christmas blends are my favorite, I want to try them all, so I go into each Christmas blend with great expectations!
This review is for the 2021 batch...
Opening the bag, what I smelled was a nice fruity smell with some spices in the background. It was very lite and pleasant with little tobacco smell present.
The flavor I tasted was fruit/berry, with minor spices although not really nutmeg. I did not taste any of the rum mentioned in the description. The smoke was not heavy and the room note was very pleasant. I will say that this was a very good smoke, but it didn't seem to be a "Christmas" blend to me (my scents for Christmas lean towards cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, etc. not so much fruit/berry).
It arrived moist, but not wet and no drying time was needed. Was able to light this without issue with few relights. I did not have any tounge-bite with this blend.
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