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CAO Black is a unique aromatic blend. The tobacco has a rich and tangy raspberry note, with a subtle undercurrent of creamy vanilla and cocoa, giving it a sweet and smooth flavor. Best of all, it's one of the most gentle smoking blends you're likely to try. For a bite free, blend with a great aroma, you've got to try CAO Black.

Blended ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Raspberry, Vanilla
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Pipe Newb Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Newb (49)
Very Mild Very Strong Medium Very Pleasant

This tin smells like dessert, seriously. I considered dipping it (and may still) the topping smells that good. No "chem" smells, just raspberry jam and vanilla upfront, roasted cocoa/coffee when you really get in there.

Initial char, a hollow, tinny smoke with a strong dry raspberry. As I tamped and did a full light I got a great big mouthful of raspberry and cocoa smoke that was incredibly thick. Just as with the tin note, not a lot of chemical taste or smell, just raspberries. The smell was heavy on the vanilla where I didn't really detect it as much when competing with the raspberry flavor of the smoke.

Halfway through the bowl, I started to pick up some coconut flavors. I also picked up a very familiar aromatic taste, like the smell of Dad's Borkum Riff vanilla cav.

Despite smoking this pipe rather hot (like a fat kid eating cake, really) I didn't get any tongue bite, even when I could tell the smoke was hotter than it should have been.

This is a wonderful aromatic, for the reason that it is more strongly flavored than anything else I've had, yet does not have any of the more synthetic flavors once it starts burning. The burn qualities were exceptional, even when hot this didn't bite.

The only drawback being that the tobacco, at no time, takes anything more than the role of "flavor delivery medium". That's ok, but I think I would have liked to taste some more distinct tobaccos in there as well.

Pipe Used: Benton Bulldog (Edwards)

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

10 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This blend is another winner for CAO. I really don't know how they manage to create such wonderful aromatics, but I'm glad they've figured it out. This blend isn't one that I crave much, and I think it's mainly due to the fact that I dislike berry-flavored anything. However, this one does offer the aromatic smoker a bit more complexity. As with other CAO blends, this one comes ready to smoke with just the right moisture and it packs well into nearly any bowl. The first charring light will give you a blast of berry flavor. I wasn't sure I would like it after that, but I kept going. I was glad that I did: I got more than just a berry flavor from it: toasted marshmallow and cocoa come to mind. It was pretty refreshing, and great to have in the morning as a sweet fix. If you like aromatics, you just can't go wrong with CAO.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Other CAO blends.

7 people found this review helpful.

cobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cobacco (52)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a Lane Tobacco and as a fan of CAO products, I don't feel that it's a good representation for CAO. I don't care for the whimsical clear plastic disk on top of the tobacco as it hinders the drying of the opened tin (and it needs to dry desperately). There's surprising little flavor, other than vanilla. The Virginia content is just a teaser and not a player. This stuff smokes like a coal furnace; once it's burning, it continues to burn like a scented bathroom candle - magic hee hee. If you're looking for a great Raspberry flavor, buy some Lane Black Raspberry in bulk; it smokes much better and has less PPG. CAO Black is saturated with goopy oily gunk and besides leaving my mouth raw, it made one hell of a mess in my pipe. If you've never tried CAO Moontrance or Eileens Dream, please don't prejudge CAO based on this muck. I bought two tins when CAO Black first hit the market because they were on sale 2 for 1; I gave one tin to a friend (he likes it). I don't like giving bad reviews, and perhaps the first batch had some problems. But if you're looking for Captain Black, buy Captain Black and if you plan to smoke aromatics regularly, it might be best to purchase them in bulk as the preservatives seem to be much more prevalent in tins.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman COB

Age When Smoked: 4 month tin

Purchased From: pipesandcigars

6 people found this review helpful.

Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Got this from my good friend D. Thanks bro.

This is a pretty good aro. Tastes nice and smells nice. I get a toasty note and a touch of nuts from the Black Cav. The flavorings, in order of strength, are vanilla, a tart raspberry, and then the cocoa. Taste pretty dang good overall. Can burn a little warm, but nothing I can't handle.

Mild to medium in body with very little nicotine. Medium in taste. Flavoring is mild. Burns very well.

Pipe Used: MM Morgan, Dwarf, Washington

Age When Smoked: about a year or so

Purchased From: gifted

5 people found this review helpful.

TXBulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TXBulldog (74)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Found CAO Black to be a nice smoke. I was looking for a few with a raspberry note to try out and CAO black has a soft tin note with the rasperry and a little vanilla. It smells soft and smooth in the tin and that transpires into the smoke as well. It smoked even and a soft nuance was there from beginning to end making it a nice smoking experience. Not a lot of tobacco combinations going on with this one, it is pretty much a straight up aromatic experience. Great room note and nothing to complain about here. Thought it smoked more like a cavendish/black cavendish in its smoothness as I didn't pick up on the burley or virginia. Overall a good smoke if you are looking for a raspberry note. I did find Boswell's Raspberry Cream to be a better smoke overall if your looking for an aro with raspberry. It's just a fuller smoke all the way around.

Pipe Used: Rossi, Red Point, La Strada, Cob

Age When Smoked: 3 mos

Purchased From: P&C

5 people found this review helpful.

Ubiquitous Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ubiquitous (7)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

The tin aroma is exactly as advertised. Ripe raspberry and chocolate. There is a hint of vanilla as well. I found the humidity of the tobacco to be just over what I find ideal, but it smoked fine and I have had no burn issues. The highlight of this blend is definitely the room note. Sweet and floral raspberry with a touch of cocoa. The taste is a bit more subdued. The aroma translates well to the palate, with the addition of vanilla and a light hint of floral honey. I feel like people around me enjoy smelling it more than I do smoking it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. For the most part, this is a mellow, aromatic, bite free blend. However, it will bite a little if you are an overzealous puffer. It has a surprising nicotine content as well. It's not all that high, mind you. It's simply higher than I was expecting in such a sweet smelling blend. Overall, I enjoyed it. My tin is nearly kicked, and I wish that I had included a tin or two on my latest tobacco order.

Age When Smoked: new

5 people found this review helpful.

DaBadMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DaBadMan (5)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

A pleasant surprise. This tobacco has turned out to be my favorite of a P&C 5 tin CAO sampler. The dark chocolate flavor is rich but never overpowering. It mixed very well with the raspberry and by the end of the bowl left me with the subtle taste of cocoa. It was much like the taste left a few minutes after finishing a mug of hot chocolate. The room note was exceedingly pleasant. I found many bystanders asking for more. At times I French inhale this tobacco to glean from it every form of flavor it has to offer. This tobacco was not overly moist not was it dry. It smoked beautifully fresh from the tin. At times I puff this tobacco to quickly and to deeply because of it's deliciousness and still no bite was to be found. The tobacco taste is there, but as a supporting character, in which it does a fine job of fulfilling it's role. I couldn't be happier with this blend.

Pipe Used: Shire Churchwarden, Self Mulberry Churchwarden

Age When Smoked: Fresh. It didn't last long

Purchased From: P&C

5 people found this review helpful.

Ambush1964 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ambush1964 (19)
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Tin note is great, raspberry,vanilla,caramel,whiskey. It looks, smells, and smokes like Lane BCA bulk with a raspberry topping addition. The tin-note is stronger than either its flavor or room-note. It smoked well right out of the tin, but it could have been dried a bit for a better/drier smoke. Lane BCA is one of my favorite tobaccos, and this one adds just a hint of the raspberry adding a new dimension to a tried and true tobacco. I think the Lane BCA smokes nearly the same, and as a bulk is a better value. This tobacco would be a bit better if it had a slightly stronger berry flavor, if that could be accomplished without adding too much "goop". Very light tobacco, low vitamin-N. It burned to the bottom of the bowl with just a slight bit of wet dottle left behind which may have been remedied with a bit of drying. I would recommend this tobacco to anyone who likes aromatics.

Pipe Used: Kings Cross Fetherweigt Canadian 802A

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: Lane BCA with added berry flavor.

5 people found this review helpful.

Old6String Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old6String (27)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'd have to agree with Pipe Newb that this an excellent non-biting flavorful smoke. I'm sitting on the porch enjoying my first bowl and couldn't be happier!

Upon initial opening of the tin you are greeted by what appears to be a really wet dark cavendish and a sparse offering of gold cavendish and some Virginia. Wet is not the case, in fact right after lighting I had to run inside for a few minutes and came back out to a still lit pipe.

The first light lent a very nice raspberry taste and subtle dark chocolate hints that are not fighting against the fruity side at all. The two tastes have melded together nicely and are providing a rather enjoyable first bowl. I also agree that the tobaccos are hiding in the background and have yet to rear their heads half way through; only the tasty smoke.

I really don't care for the taste ofraspberry candy or ice cream but received the Black as part of a three tin sampler from P&C. I was blown away by the Eileen's Dream, could take or leave the Moontrance, but am really liking this Black.

I am a fan of this. At halfway the raspberry has faded and it seems that this experience will end as a soft cocoa.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: Fresh Tin

Purchased From: P&C

5 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

One of the now not so new CAO offerings for the aromatic crowd. Delicious with a creamy cocoa and Vanilla headliner. I also tasted the fruit essence, but it was far off in the background. Not soggy at all and while it does ghost a pipe and leave a wet dottle, it is perfect as an after dinner dessert. Light and does not bite.

4 people found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (138)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Yes, I am a predominantly non-aro kind of guy. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this aro blend, and evaluate it as such. I do get hints of good underlying pure base tobacco. The flavor combination is well done throughout the smoke - with the berry and chocolate coming through, with a nice spice tingle on the retrohale. Burned very well on one intitial light. While smoking this I couldn't help reminding myself of how well CAO has done in the tobacco realm - with CAO Brazilia Gol being one of my favorite cigars. Black is an excellently baccy from start to finish. Clean burn. Well done! 4*.

Pipe Used: Sasieni Royal Stuart

Age When Smoked: Unknown.

Purchased From: Gift from Christmas 2014.

4 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (150)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Every once in a while, I satisfy my sweet tooth with tobacco. This one fits the bill. The tin note is amazing, mine was not overly moist as others have noted. It burned well with minimal relights - none until I neared the bottom of the bowl. The room note got the "wife seal of approval." On the downside, I wish it had a little more tobacco taste to it and a little more kick. No matter how hard I pushed IT DID NOT BITE. Overall - not a bad smoke.

Pipe Used: Meerschaum - large bowl

Purchased From: Cigars International

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2065)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

CAO - Black.

I had a few bowls of this last night, and fancying a change of pace, smoked some more this morning. I think it's nice enough, but nothing incredible.

The coarse cut mixture includes more black Cavendish than lighter Burley and Virginia. The note from the tin says it contains more raspberry than chocolate/vanilla. My moisture made it ready to smoke straight away.

Lighting a bowl isn't a problem, and then it burns steadily and independently, however I find it can creep above medium in temperature. The flavour: the raspberries come over unquestionably, but, sadly, taste a little too sharp; for me. The chocolate and vanilla meld together to form a creaminess, which takes away some of the asperity from the fruity side. Where the tobaccos go, I notice they don't seem as smooth or sticky as the appearance suggested; there's a coarse Burley flavour and the black Cavendish isn't too sweet or sticky. I haven't found it gives much of a bite, unless pushed too hard.

Nicotine: not much. Room-note: perfectly inoffensive.

CAO Black? If the raspberry flavour wasn't as sour I'd rate it higher, maybe some more chocolate and vanilla would help? But, for how it is, I'll go with two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: L'Anatra

Age When Smoked: About a year

Purchased From: eBay: 757habano

2 people found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (182)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Another light aromatic, light on nicotine,but just right on flavor. Notes of berry, vanilla and a hint of cocoa are well balanced in this blend. The top notes do not take away from the nutty burley and light lemon of the Virginia. Good aromatic, packs, lights and burns well. Flavor last throughout the bowl and in my opinion gets more pronounced as you smoke. Can be a all day smoke for berry lovers. For me it is an occasional foray into this genre and a break from my heavier favorites.

2 people found this review helpful.

Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

Another of my clearance purchases. I opened this up and could tell it needed drying time. Left it for a day and it was then smoke ready. Lit up easy and gave off light smoke. Had a good room note but very little taste. This has so much stuff put into it it has a hard time with what it is. I guess that is why the taste was so hard. I would not recommend this at all. Still smoked wet and left a ton of goop at the bottom of the pipe.

Pipe Used: Peterson 302

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: JR'S Cigar Outlet

2 people found this review helpful.

Der Pfeifenraucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Der Pfeifenraucher (71)
Extremely Mild Strong Medium Very Pleasant

CAO black is in a class of tobaccos I refer to as the modern American aromatics, the flavor is ALL topping and NO tobacco. I never smoked a Hookah but imagine this weed would be at home in a hookah as well. The cavendish here, as a reviewer stated already, is a flavor delivery substrate and nothing more. Upon opening he tin you get smacked with the raspberry. It is a delicious smell and very strong. You can also get the cocoa and maybe some vanilla in the tin note but you have to try for it. It is excessively moist and needs a few hours dry time but once aired sufficiently it's ready to bring the goods. This tobacco is all about the topping and it delivers. Raspberry up front then cocoa and/or vanilla in the background depending on the puff. You'll need a few extra matches but Black is nice and consistent to the bottom. You'll be left with some sticky goo, some crusting, and a ghosted pipe but that's to be expected with this type of aro. Excellent room and beard note also expected with this class of tobacco. Hardly any nicotine to be had, just topping, topping, topping. I like this for an after lunch pipe before heading back to work or when doing something outside and feeling like a sweet smokable treat. Unsuitable for real, heady, pre-bedtime piping. Highly recommended for lovers of the highly cased leaf, for everyone else, meh.

Pipe Used: grabow

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: PandC

2 people found this review helpful.

PaulMiami Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PaulMiami (6)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

As a returning pipe smoker I decided that quality aromatics were a priority. CAO makes some of my favorite cigars and are consistent one batch to the next. I hate flavored cigars but pipes are different. I cracked the tin of CAO black and was not overwhelmed with a syrupy aroma of raspberry and chocolate. The berry was the top note on the tin note. I packed a bowl into my Cobbit Shire. The scent lingered and became a bit more pronounced while packing the bowl. It was not wet or sticky to the touch and getting a top coal was easy. Smoke quality right off the bat before the tamp was top notch. Post tamp and regular puffing a nice volume of smoke, most likely based on the quantity and quality of the cavendish was pleasant. The "berry" remained throughout but not tiresome. The chocolate notes were developing as the burn progressed but again more complimentary to the overall flavor. Room note? I smoke outside. the atmospheric note was pleasant. I live in a tropical climate. It is hot and humid here at least 8 moths out of the year. I was looking for an aromatic or an easy smoke to suit my climate. i think I found it!

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Cobbit Shire

Age When Smoked: recent purchase - 2-3 weeks old

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: I cannot compare since my tobacco experience is limited to Captain Black White/Gold, Borkum Riff, Cult Blood Red Moon, Fusiliier's Ration..

1 person found this review helpful.

PickyPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PickyPiper (11)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Interestingly enough, unlike their other tins this one came with a very shoddy paper wrap and a plastic cover instead of cardboard. Tin note was disappointing, I had expected a dark raspberry chocolate cake, and got slightly acidic rotten cocoa. Came sticky to the touch, but not too wet. It was extremely difficult to light, and tasted of a very off cocoa, no raspberry to speak of. Room note was about how it tasted. Very disappointing for CAO.

Pipe Used: Bent Apple of unknown brand I use for aromatics

Age When Smoked: Fresh (tin)

Purchased From: PipesandCigars

1 person found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (336)
Mild Strong Medium to Full Very Strong

When I stumbled across Eileen's Dream, I was impressed and eager to try CAOs other offerings. They all ended up being decent, though not quite as good (heck I even tried their cigars - if only to remind myself I dislike cigars). Which brings us to the last of the series; Black. Aptly named, as it was the black sheep for me.

For some reason I did not notice it was a raspberry aromatic, which I find to be disgusting in principal. Adding a bright fruit flavor to a smoke is akin to thinking your burnt toast will be refreshing if fresh fruit is on it. The tin odor reeked from additives, to the extent I had to wipe off the stench that clung to my laptop (I took it outside with me for the review). *Note the very strong room note to reflect this. If chocolate was at work here, it was underneath this sick treat.

The moist dark flakes packed fine and it fired up like a champ. The taste once going wasn't even too terrible, but again raspberry is not for me. The nicotine strength was mild overall and left no bite.

I dunno, if raspberry flavor is your thing (I may be too harsh a judge), but know this... no other aromatic had such a lasting smell on its surroundings.

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1 person found this review helpful.

rushm1n3r Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rushm1n3r (20)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cao Black is a fruity desert tobacco. After having a half-tin, here are my notes:

No tongue bite. Mellow, girlfriend-approved room note. For me, the tin note smelled too strong of raspberries. This will prevent me from buying Cao Black again, although those who like cherry-type tobaccos may find the fruity note pleasurable. My tin needed to be dried for a full day. The smoke was surprisingly more pleasant than the tin note, as the raspberry aroma, while noticeable, wasn't overpowering and eventually gave way to a cocoa flavor. What I liked best about the blend was that it burned cooler than I expected. The nicotine buzz was also nice and mild. I had anxiety the fruity notes would stain my bowl, but thus far, this hasn't happened.

Pipe Used: Peterson Kinsale

Age When Smoked: Fresh tin dried for a full day.

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Smoked it again, six years later. It mellowed out nicely. Still no tongue bite. The strong raspberry notes are undetectable, however it is still retained a fruity desert note..

1 person found this review helpful.

Alparoleofficer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alparoleofficer (10)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

The can of tobacco I got was pretty moist so it may need some additional time to dry. I agree with some of the other reviews that Eileens dream is a much better blend, as I couldnt taste any of the rasberry or coco taste so much. Ill give it another shot in a briar pipe and see how that goes.

Pipe Used: Mo Meerschaum Mini

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (118)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

I bought two tins back in March of 2015 and squirreled them away for the future. In the pandemic summer of 2020, I cracked one of those tins and was pleasantly surprised. As noted, the blend smells edible before you set it on fire. Black burned nice and smooth with no bite. The predominant flavor was raspberry with a solid, for me, vanilla base. And there was a nice bit of burnt chocolate or mocha taste. The raspberry was upfront but not too cloying or overpowering. This was one of those wonderful stick sweet aromatics. Great quality and a nice change from the black Cavendish vanillas blends. While smoking this tin, I also smoked a tin of the similar Sutliffe Loire Valley

Pipe Used: Dr Grabow, Kaywoodie, Molina

Age When Smoked: 6

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Sutliffe Loire Valley.

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Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (294)
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

I had never tried this one so I picked up a tin when traveling on business to smoke in my trusty cob that I carried with me.

The tin note matches the description of berry, vanilla, cocoa. The tobacco was really moist. I laid some out on a paper towel before dinner and smoked it later that evening. Packing once a little drier was easy. Lighting was quick.

The berry vanilla roomnote is like a bathroom spray or air freshener. It lingers and will get compliments from others. The tobacco taste was not that strong, but it was all flavor and none of the tobacco under it. It made for an ok smoke around others as no one complained about me having a couple of bowls during the evening.

At the end of the trip, my poor legend cob was ghosted and I had 2/3 of a tin left, but instead of bringing it home I just chucked it before packing for the flight as it was not something I'd see myself smoking again.

Pipe Used: Cob - sacraficed

Age When Smoked: new from tin

Purchased From: B&M when travelling

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atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (79)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

My first CAO pipe tobacco. I like this better than their cigar offerings. 3 stars immediately for its description being super accurate. No bite, no goop, no ghosting. Easy to smoke once dried for at least 3 days. The raspberry flavor is there, for a day, then it dissipates. Very enjoyable when it was there, but you must let this dry for a long while, otherwise it will never stay lit. Catch 22. The remaining flavor is indeed creamy, not so much cocoa, but definitely a little vanilla. So no 4 stars because the nice raspberry flavor went away too quickly, but a solid 3 stars and a recommendation because I smoked the whole tin in record time without really intending to.

EDIT 11/9/16: I have to take a star away. I really miss the raspberry flavor that disappeared for the majority of the time I had this tobacco. The remaining flavor is cheap. It does not last long after about 2 weeks in a pouch. AND, I thought I detected a slight ghosting of a couple of pipes from this tobacco.

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