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Website Description: Warm-Up Blend is a great pipe tobacco for enjoying outdoors, now that the weather is better, or anywhere, because the aroma is amazingly pleasant. This mixture of Virginias from around the world, mellow burleys and smooth black cavendish is finished with a unique combination of caramel, vanilla and light fruit notes. Enjoy the springtime flavor of Warm-Up.
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByPipes & Cigars
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringCaramel, Fruit / Citrus, Vanilla
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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Backwoods Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Backwoods Piper (70)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I have been on a quest as of recent to try to find some aro's that I can tolerate as well as the people who may be around while I'm smoking. I am an English, VA non-aro smoker and always have difficulty in the depth of flavor compromise that comes with many aro's. Warm Up is an exception to this compromised feeling. This blend appeals to me in ways I couldn't have imagined. I love the base tobacco's very rich and nutty and the caramel vanilla flavoring is not over the top. Burns nicely but it's still an aro and has a tendency to bite if smoked in haste. Beyond this I find Warm Up flavorful and satisfying and have kept the complaints to a minimum with the room note.

Pipe Used: Corn cob and briars

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5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2048)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant - Warm Up (Russ' Monthly Blend).

Mostly well rubbed ribbons, of which the majority's brown. The aroma has citrus fruit to it, but also a spot of fondant sweetness. Because the loose pouch had been tightly rolled up by the moisture suits me; a little moist, but not wet.

The black Cavendish doesn't give 'loads' of flavour to the tobaccos, I get far more setaceous Burley and vibrant, rich, Virginias. The Cav' smooths the smoke, but doesn't hog it with stickiness. The added flavours give a flavour quite reminiscent of a boiled sweet; there's sharp lemon/lime notes (more intense, for the first quarter), and plenty of sugar from the caramel. I don't find the vanilla as brash in comparison to these. On the low side it isn't the best behaved in the bowl: the smoke's warm, it burns quite quick, and bites.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not bad.

Warm Up? A bit too zesty for me, and the mechanics aren't good. So, two stars:

Somewhat recommended.

Pipe Used: Tekin Meer'

Age When Smoked: 2 weeks.

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2 people found this review helpful.

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

This is a nicely balanced blend. The sweet note of the tobacco let's you know you are in for something good. The sweet caramel note is prominant. Despite its sweet note it doesn't smoke overly sweet and contains a nice balance. There's enough flavoring that keeps that enjoyment pulling through the entire smoke. It also allows the tobacco to pull through making it a fine smoke. Thus far, this is my favorite of Russ' monthly blends. It can smoke a little hot and bite if you smoke it like a locomotive. Great blend by Russ.

Pipe Used: bjarne, rossi, la strada, red point

Age When Smoked: new, 6 mos, 1 yr

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2 people found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (333)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Well it is the middle of a hot summer, so who doesn't want to warm up and get hot and sticky... with a heavy dose of caramel and vanilla. By all accounts I was ready to dive into something very sweet.

Well things sure did warm up. You need to to take it as slow as possible, as those thinly cut ribbon shreds burn hot! The flavor is in there, but as a fast puffer, I had a hard time tasting it within the hot smoke.

To this end, I may not of been a good reviewer for this blend, so take my comments with a grain of salt. If 'may' be better in gentler hands.

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1 person found this review helpful.