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Snow Drift is a smooth, rich aromatic, with a distinctive chocolate note supported by a bit of vanilla that will remind you of a cup of hot cocoa; the perfect beverage to enjoy while looking out the window at the falling snow.
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByPipes & Cigars
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Vanilla
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild (Flat)
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

The burley is nutty, earthy and woody with a light molasses, and I notice it a little more than the grassy, citrus sweet Virginia. The sugary black cavendish is a condiment. The mild chocolate and the lighter applied vanilla topping have a distinct thinness to them, though no chemical notes. They mildly tone down the tobaccos. Has very little nicotine. The strength and taste levels are very mild. Won’t bite or get harsh even for a fast puffer. Burns at a reasonable pace, cool, clean and very smooth with a consistent unfulfilling flavor that lacks depth in comparison to other blends in this genre. Leaves little moisture in the bowl. The after taste is exceptionally mild. Gets two stars only because it doesn’t bite or leave goop.


5 people found this review helpful.

TXBulldog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TXBulldog (74)
Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I was somewhat disappointed with this blend. It may have just been my batch, but this blend failed me as an aromatic and failed to bring forth the tobacco as well. A double whammy. I prefer a little of both and I can live with a blend if it's good on one front or the other. Thought it burned a little hot and never matured as it progressed through the bowl. I jarred it and will hold onto it for another six months and see what it has to offer. I generally like the Russ' blends, but this is my least favorite of the five I've tried.

Pipe Used: Rossi, Red Point, La Strada

Age When Smoked: 6 mos

Purchased From: P&C

5 people found this review helpful.

Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (155)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

This is a pretty disappointing aromatic. There is not much "there" there. Tin note has little to no real distinct aroma. Perhaps some chocolate but very light. Light up was fine and burn is good for a aromatic. Flavor and taste is just not there. Hints from time to time of sweetness but it's hard to identify the exact taste. This is really a pretty disappointing blend. Room note is so mild it is hard to identify as well. Frankly, for me there is really no reason to return to this blend again.

Pipe Used: Boswell

Age When Smoked: Somewhat fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Egads, this stuff made the whole box it was shipped in stink to high hell, giving off eye watering vapors of chocolate mist. The room I keep tobacco in began to stink, so the tiny 1 oz bag had to live out it's short life in the garage. This toxic cloud experience happened before, when I ordered a bag of Boswell's Cupcake/Christmas cookie.

Suffice to say the initial chocolate aroma was dealt in spades... and clubs, and hearts, etc. The rubbery bits packed tightly and took several waves of the torch to immolate. The first few puff were deep and the flavor translated well, better in fact than the initial bag potency. Thankfully it never got too sweet, so the coco stayed consistent all the way to the bottom.

The real winner here was the audience. Those in the room with me said it was like walking into a kitchen with cookies baking, so it may be the kind of thing you smoke more for your guest than yourself.

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2 people found this review helpful.

Dr. Dunhill 23 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Dunhill 23 (39)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

A very good beginner's aromatic. Chocolate top notes and middle notes and undertones. Did I mention it smells and tastes like chocolate? Be sure to dry it out as it is persnickety and you will have to keep relighting it and packing it. Pack it lightly and it behaves. I love the taste but it is a diversionary tobacco for me. Fun to own and share. It ghosts pretty bad so keep the 4 figure pipes away....

Pipe Used: China Briar

Age When Smoked: fresh to 2 months

Purchased From: Pipes and

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant - Snow Drift (Russ' Monthly Blend).

Another Aromatic Sunday and Snow Drift fits the bill today!

The blend includes a healthy amount of black Cavendish. Although not completely consumed by it I see more black pieces than brown. The pouch-note's of chocolate and vanilla, I find no issue with the moisture.

Unlike the prominent number of reviews to date I rate this higher than one or two stars. I get a 'comforting' character from it! The tobaccos are driven by the black Cavendish, I taste some Burley but no Virginia comes over to my palate. I feel quite indifferent toward the tobaccos, they're neither here nor there; just a standard aromatic blend. What makes me rate this higher are the toppings. The chocolate leads, without being bitter, and the touch of vanilla gives the smoke a little creaminess. This causes the flavour to be one of luxurious, indulgent, chocolate, as opposed to cheap, nasty, stuff! The burn's of a good standard, fairly cool, and it doesn't bite me.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: nice.

Snow Drift? A nice blend which I have no problem recommending:

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Wallenstein Freehand

Age When Smoked: New

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2 people found this review helpful.

Pilot Lon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pilot Lon (19)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

When I first got a sample of Snow Drift, I was very disappointed, and mentally put this one down as a 1-star. I just expect these more expensive special blends to have a more pronounced flavor. But perhaps that extra cost is due to the more limited amount being created. Many found it to be excellent, but what little taste I found in it was somewhat bitter, and lacking much of the cocoa/honey advertised. Today, a month later, I tried it again. And, while the taste is still very mild, the bitterness is still there, but subdued. At least some of the cocoa does come through, and for that I would give it 2-stars.

My SOP with these lackluster blends, is to then begin adding some BCA usually, although Vanilla Black Cavendish might work just as well, to see if I can't pull something worthwhile out of the pouch. It worked with Snow Drift, although I've also wasted some excellent BCA in the past, by doing this.

I mixed a bowl that was roughly 60/40 Snow Drift to BCA, thinking that the BCA would overpower the SD. Well, the BCA was there, certainly, in all its vanilla wonder, but subdued, and now the cocoa of the SD began to emerge. This turned into a fairly enjoyable smoke...just enough vanilla to tell me the BCA was on board, and now smoothed by the BCA. But, the cocoa and gentle sweetness of the SD could be tasted, too. There is little to no tobacco taste, however, and I miss the nuttiness of my Carter Hall in mixes like this.

While I've found better BCA blending...most especially BCA and 1Q, this certainly salvages the Snow Drift. Now, in the dark of winter, when the Postal Gnome can't make it to my hanger door, at least I'll have something in my emergency stash that works.

2-stars for Snow Drift, solo. 3.0 stars with BCA mixed. 2.5 overall...would not be on my list of all-time fave mixes.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh, and at 1 month

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Your basic cavendishy aro. Smells nice in the jar, and Mrs. Bruck says the smoke smells good, but the flavor is pretty lacking - it's saved from being a complete dud by having a little burley in the mix. On the plus side, there's no bite.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Approx. 1 year

Purchased From: Your mom

1 person found this review helpful.

papapauly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
papapauly (24)
Mild Very Strong Overwhelming Strong

Allow me to say first that if you like strong cocoa (I'm talking sticking your nose in a pouch of hot cocoa mix strong) with tobacco then you will like this blend. I found that I do not like that much cocoa, not a knock on Russ because his blends are amazing but snow drift was simply too strong of an aromatic for me. I was able to smell the cocoa through the box when it was delivered and upon opening it got even stronger. I filled my pipe and tried it out, I could not taste or smell tobacco at all, just chocolate with sweetness. As I said, if you like very strong aromatics this may be your holy grail but this blend was not for me.

Pipe Used: country gentleman cob

Age When Smoked: new from bulk

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

Grovesy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grovesy (32)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a couple ounces of this to try over the Christmas season. The first few bowls I thought I had made a mistake as it burned hotter than the sun and torched my tongue. After letting it dry down for a few days I had a much better smoke and really enjoyed it. It leaves a pleasant mocha/coffee room note and is great with a good stout beer while you hang Christmas lights. Pairs with: Stout beers, Christmas lights, Christmas tree lots, candy canes, elves

Pipe Used: Various

Purchased From: P&C

1 person found this review helpful.

Kyrob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kyrob (41)
Mild Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Opening a fresh sample of Snow Drift revealed small ribbons of dark and light brown tobaccos dominated by the black of the Cavendish. It had a rich cocoa smell with a hint of marshmallow like a Mississippi Mud cake. It was moist to the touch, but not too moist and ready to burn. An unlit sip brought cocoa to the tongue as did the charring light. The charring light also brought forth an underlying note of the Cavendish. As I progressed down the bowl the cocoa taste became stronger with a lighter creamier taste playing backup. By the second half of the bowl there was a good interplay between the cocoa and Cavendish, and at times the two melded together to form a milk chocolate taste as the top note became weaker. There was no bite no matter how hard I puffed and the finish was short with an excellent mustache note. The room note was very pleasant, and left a toasted cocoa smell inside my vehicle when returning to it for lunch after smoking on the way to work.

I think this blend would be good for any aromatic lovers and for those who love chocolate aromatics in particular. I'd say anyone could smoke this blend as I tried to get it to burn hot and I never could accomplish that goal. I liked this blend but I don't think I need to smoke it again and I probably won't be buying more. It is a pretty standard chocolate aromatic, and while I've smoked some that really sings for me, this one was pretty unremarkable to my palate.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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1 person found this review helpful.