The Virginia dominates with the Cavendish in the background. Not a lot of strength but plenty of flavor. I think this will be a delightful smoke for those who like their Virginia leaf sitting in drive rather than neutral for most of the bowl.
It may be the long years of smoking strong stuff, and chasing it with fiery armagnac or astringent calvados, but I just cannot tell the difference between one and all these mild Virginia offerings from Fribourg & Treyer.
Here is one more light-weight, clean-flavoured, easy-burning, non-biting composition, ideal for the hot weather. I tried it in a couple of Meerschaums and an ancient Austrian calabash while playing backgammon under the elms, trying to survive in New York's 100° Summer. Where other blends turn muddy and gravely amid the 80% humidity, VANNERs, like GOLDEN MIXTURE and CUT BLENDED PLUG, stayed as cool and fresh as Hailey Mills [my first love] in a Disney movie. That may sound a trifle bland to you horrible cynics, but I was grateful to be able to enjoy anything at all, in this banana-republic type of weather.
Because the tin's very deep this means the tobacco isn't squashed in there. It's quite loose in the tin. So this means the blend hasn't had all the moisture pressed into it in transit, and it's easy to remove a pinch of tobacco. The blend's constructed of mainly Virginia, with only a touch of black Cavendish. I don't get much in the way of a tin note, it's just a plain old Virginia one.
Right from ignition Vanners couldn't burn any better. It goes clean, reliably, and gives a cool smoke. I normally smoke a low nicotine, sweet flavoured, aromatic in the afternoon but can see Vanners fitting that slot, also. The majority of the smoke's Virginia: very sweet, very fruity, with some mellow hay. The strength of the fruit increases across the bowl, until at the end it rules the smoke. I don't find there to be many, if any, of the sharper Virginia qualities. The sweetness isn't enough to imply a topping, it's just indicative of quality, ripe, Virginias. If I'm honest there's that little Cavendish I don't even notice any. I've smoked four bowls of this today without any tongue bite.
Nicotine: mild. Room-note: pleasant.
Vanners Mixture? A high quality Virginia. Four stars:
Nice mellow taste and aroma. Very mild, but with no tongue bite. It is smooth and inviting, with a pleasant interplay between the Virginias and the discreetly applied?though not less effective in terms of countering the Virginian sharpness?Black Cavendish.
It smokes smoothly and slowly, and it is as palatable as a good Rosé wine. An unpretentious smoke of high quality leaf and a somewhat muted flavour, basically natural Virginia, it seems to me good enough to enjoy in the company of ladies or for tea in the Sahara with anybody (Sting dixit).
This a mild and mellow smoke, but does lack depth of flavor. Because it lacks sufficient nicotine, it tends to encourage a faster puffing rate than is advisable. As a result, this tobacco has a tendency to burn quite hot, very quickly. It is a pleasant smoke though with straight tobacco flavor, lightly sweetened and no bite. If you are a slow puffer and watch it, the tobacco will behave. I do not rank it up with the F&T flakes, but I do recommend it. Paddy.
This is a blend of mostly yellow VAs with some red VAs and just a touch of black cavendish in a medium ribbon cut. As with their Golden Mixture, I found the initial moisture content too high and had much better success toward the end of the tin after some drying. Then an easily lit, evenly burning, mild smoke without a hint of bite resulted. As with the tin aroma, the taste is just from quality tobacco; not complex, but an enjoyable taste. Although this blend is too mild for my all day or regular smoke, it serves its purpose in my rotation.
A very nice honey tobacco, from a company I have tried for the first time, with natural Virginia flavor. Virginia clearly overcomes Black Cavendish. It has the perfect moisture and is easily smoked, immediately after opening the box.
It smokes coolly and slowly, dry until the end, leaving very nice white ash in the bowl.
Sincere tobacco, without any aromatic wrapping. It is not cheap, otherwise it could be a favorite all day tobacco.
I will definitely try quite a few of the Fribourg & Treyer series.
This an excellent mixture of red and gold Virginias with just enough black Cavendish to make this a very enjoyable smoke.
I did notice the mixture was quite moist, but nothing to the extent that makes the tobacco unsmokable. To me there was no tongue bite, but I did detect that if you smoke this too fast the bowl will get extremely hot. This is a Virginia Mixture and does require one to smoke it very slow.
One other thing I have noticed, this tobacco leaves no after taste lingering in your mouth as some I have smoked.
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