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Cinnamon spice with strong notes of pumpkin and warm bread. Mild vanilla right behind the pumpkin. Has a nice smokiness on the finish.

BrandStraus Tobacco
Blended ByStraus Brothers
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringCinnamon, Other / Misc, Spices, Vanilla
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3019)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

The burley is nutty and molasses sweet. The black cavendish has some vanilla. The gold cavendish offers a little honey. There’s a very mild grass note from the Virginia. The tobacco flavor is mostly sublimated by the toppings, but they peek out a little more after the half way point. I tend to notice the nuttiness from the burley more than the other characteristics from the tobaccos. The pumpkin topping is mild, but rich, and has a nice support system from the light touch of cinnamon and a little nutmeg and all-spice. The vanilla topping is very mild. Hardly any nicotine to speak of, which is often the case for aromatics. Well balanced in every way, it burns cool, clean, and very creamy smooth to the finish with a consistent flavor that does not weaken. No dull or harsh spots, and it won’t bite. The tobacco is a little moist and burns a little slow, but I had no issues with the burn rate. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no goop or dottle.


29 people found this review helpful.

Stutter818 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stutter818 (51)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Oh wow this one is utterly delicious. The bag note is extremely delicious - you will get that pumpkin pie sugary spice smell that will activate salivary glands. Upon further smelling, a pumpkin spice loaf comes to mind too - nuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg. But you also get a hint of caramelized marshmallows. Very nice moisture level - not dry - could tend to lean on the moister side. Lighting, you taste the same flavours that you smelled in the bag. So good. Very, very enjoyable smoke all the way through. Does not bite one bit. Room note is gorgeous. Highly highly recommend getting this limited edition fall blend from Straus. Also - their customer service is amazing. Thanks again!

Pipe Used: Butz Choquin calabash

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Straus Tobacconist

10 people found this review helpful.

The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Sunday Evening Pipe Smoker (54)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Move on over Autumn Evening, we finally have a true Autumn blend.

If you're worried this is going to be too sweet, tasting of pumpkin pie with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, don't. It's not like that -- though the tin note has a scent a bit like that.

What I'd compare this to rather is pumpkin loaf. Have you ever had pumpkin loaf? Basically that's where the pumpkin is mixed up and turned into a loaf that you cut like bread and has the moisture of a pound cake. Well if you try pumpkin loaf, it definitely has a pumpkin flavour, no doubt, but its not the same as having pumpkin pie. Less sweet and spices and more the flavour of the pumpkin with some white sugar sort of sweetness. (Another comparison would be pumpkin pie when served cold out of the fridge. You get a brown sugary sweetness with that wonderful pumpkin flavour, but again, mild on the spice notes.)

That's what this blend is like. And honestly, it really is unique, distinctive and utterly fantastic.

I don't smoke a lot of aromatics, and I'm pretty picky about the one's that I do. This one I'm going to add to my faovurites and look to pick up more. In fact, it has now become my top aromatic.

Well done Straus Tobacco!

7 people found this review helpful.

Berlin90 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Berlin90 (1)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Upon opening the bag you get the pumpkin spice note immediately. Upon further investigation I noticed a nutmeg and a hint of what seemed like vanilla (a cream scent). Smoking was wonderful. The bowl stayed lit throughout the entire smoke; that is after the initial toasting lite. The blend does not arrive mucky or overly moist like most aromatics. Additionally, the blend was free of tongue bite. The flavor was definitely a pumpkin spice and again with the nutmeg and possible vanilla. The flavor was noticeable, pleasant but not overwhelming. Overall, Sleepy Hollow was an outstanding smoke from an outstanding tobacconist.

Pipe Used: Jake Hackert 2014, Joe Case Sleepy Hollow II

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Strauss Tobacconist

6 people found this review helpful.

CincinnatiKid Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CincinnatiKid (2)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant

I am fortunate to be able to drive down the road any given Autumn day and pick up a few ounces of this beautiful blend (provided it us not sold out). More than a few pipe makers/collectors from around the country that I follow on Instagram post themselves around this time of year (Fall) enjoying Sleepy Hollow - and each time I see this - I am filled with a sense of civic pride. The goofy stigma some fellows hold of aromatics as being in someway inferior to English blends seems to melt away when trying this magically delicious and wildly popular offering from Straus. Think of it as a "crossover blend"? Just save some for me, K?

Purchased From: Straus, Florence KY

5 people found this review helpful.

jedibastard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jedibastard (36)
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Im finally trying this ever so talked about blend. Someone gifted me about 2-3 bowls worth a while ago. So i figured id try it now!

Im just going to come out and say not impressed what so ever!!!! Blasphemy......yes, i know. How dare I!

I dont get any pumpkin from this. I get a sweet marshmellowie aroma with maybe a cinnamon back note, or something that wants to be a spice....thats for sure!

From the pouch, it did smell good and was pretty sticky. Took a flame very well like any aromatic does.

Room note smells pretty darn good. A spicy vanilla is what ill discribe it as. My friend is sitting next to me an says he can smell a little pumpkin.

I dont get much flavor out of this. Just a tad of sweetness here and there. It does make my pipe pretty hot. And thats with me puffing ever so slow trying to find some flavor.

Is this the worlds best aromatic? Hell no!!

Is it good? Yea....Sure!!

Will i buy some in the future? Hiiiiiiighly unlikely. I wouldnt want to take any away from all the crazed fans out there now would i?

Im sure i just ticked off alot of people with this review, but honestly.....i think this tobacco is all hype! Like i expected.

Im not disappointed, nor did i have any high expectations.

Its good. Ill leave at that.

Pipe Used: Conway Billiard

5 people found this review helpful.

Chrome in FLA Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chrome in FLA (2)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I purchased eight ounces of Sleepy Hollow last year and cellared some of it. It comes in bulk as part of a seasonal fall blend and has seemed to age just fine. This tobacco is a creamy and rich aromatic perfect for those cool fall days and nights. It's smooth and balanced and the flavors of pumpkin, spice, and vanilla are accurate, but not overwhelming. It's perfect sipped and stays cool to the bottom of the bowl. I didn't find it necessary to provide any more than five minutes of dry time prior to smoking. It was even possible to smoke straight from the jar. I would highly recommend this blend. You won't be disappointed.

Pipe Used: P. Jeppesen Ida Easy Cut Freehand

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Straus Tobacconist

4 people found this review helpful.

MJ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MJ (1)
Mild to Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

An excellent aromatic. Perfectly flavored,. A great smoke that only gets better as it winds down the bowl. No artificial effect. This is a truly balanced aromatic and has quickly become a favorite among my aromatics. A sweet note, a clean burn, and no goop with this one. A perfect aro blend in my opinion. An absolutely great smoke to enjoy among others.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: 0-3 months

Purchased From: Straus

4 people found this review helpful.

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

I was in on the first batch of this season and have been enjoying it ever since It arrived in my mailbox. When I first received the package from Straus and opened the bag, I was greeted with the smell of pumpkin, vanilla, and spice. All the smells co mingle together so well they are hard to pick out individually and form a creamy caramel type tin note as they play together. The tobacco is on the moist side, and stickier than I was expecting. I dry mine out for 30 minutes or so before smoking. The sticky casing of Sleepy Hollow has not been a problem at all. The tobacco performs perfectly in every pipe I've smoked it in, burning to fine ash. The flavor is very good, almost caramel/marshmallow like with good tobacco flavor that stays throughout the bowl. Burns extremely cool without a hint of bite. Room note is fantastic and wife approved. This is a well put together blend and a great smoke, exactly what Ive been searching for, as my social fall/Halloween blend.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Straus

4 people found this review helpful.

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

I received my fall aromatic order and I have a great line up of aromatics in store for the fall. I have a Boswell's line (5) along with my Lane 1Q. Thought it couldn't get much better for the months ahead - but it did. I called Straus and ordered up a pound of Sleepy Hollow and all I can say is wow. This is some seriously good stuff. The smell upon opening the bag let's you know you are in for something special. A great balance of sweetness and spices that let's you know fall is near. Well, when you light it up it only gets better. A great smooth well balanced smoke that doesn't have an artifical effect. Just creamy goodness as the tobacco pulls through. This has me second guessing my rating system because this tobacco is simply that good. If you don't like this one, check your pipe. If it's not the pipe, something may be wrong with you lol. It really is that good. If you are looking for a great fall smoke that others will enjoy while you devour several bowls, I think this is it. There's good, very good, and then there's this as far as aromatics go. Great blend!

Pipe Used: Bjarne $ Rossi

Age When Smoked: 1 week

Purchased From: Straus

3 people found this review helpful.

AdirondackWoodsman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AdirondackWoodsman (1)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

What an amazing blend. Lots of hype on this blend, but this time the rumors were true. Out of the bag it smells like a fall morning during harvest season. Almost good enough to eat. The smoke is smooth and not too harsh, almost no bite whatsoever. The flavor keeps all the way to the last puff, or at least it does for me. Sadly this is a seasonal blend by Straus, but I have to say it should be a bulk blend available year round. Perhaps someday it will be, until then we all have to savor it while we have it. Well done Straus.

Pipe Used: Moretti

Purchased From: Straus

3 people found this review helpful.

3pipeproblem Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
3pipeproblem (28)
Medium Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I had never heard of this blend until I saw it discussed on a Facebook page, and bought 8 ounces based on the recommendation of a learned gentleman with exceptional taste. I'm very glad I did. I guess the test of a good aromatic, to my mind, is how well the taste matches the tin note ; SH really did it for me. Truly delicious in bag and bowl. Although it is very moist and doesn't dry easily, it took fire well enough and didn't smoke exceptionally wet. It didn't bite me and always delivered a rich, sweet, flavorful smoke. This is only available by telephone mail order in the fall, and I will be ordering at least 8 ounces every year for as long as it's available. An enthusiastic 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Briars, corncob.

Age When Smoked: A few months.

Purchased From: Straus

2 people found this review helpful.

Lyle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lyle (32)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

First off, this does not taste like pumpkin. We should all be glad it does not, because a pipe tobacco that tastes like pumpkin (or worse, actually contained pumpkin) would undoubtedly be awful. Maybe this is pedantic, but it might be helpful to some who get frustrated chasing "pumpkin" and instead focus on the sweetness and spices that make this tobacco "pumpkin pie like." None of this detracts from Sleepy Hollow, which is a very successful, tasty blend.

Unlit, this tobacco smells sweet and baking spicy, with aromas of caramel, nutmeg, and vanilla. It's solidly aromatic, but not over the top. It's a little moist for me, but has no trouble drying down.

The smoke smells great, mostly like the bag/jar aromas, but with a stronger caramel, sugar and nutmeg presence and a decrease in spice. Like most aromatics, the actual flavor of the smoke isn't too bold and the nicotine isn't too strong. Unlike many aromatics, it is no trouble to light or keep lit.

Pipe Used: Cobs and meers

2 people found this review helpful.

hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (107)
Very Mild Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Wow... What an aromatic this is! I was really upset last year when I realized I was too late to get in on the wait list for this seasonal blend around this time last year and I was damned if I was going to miss out again this year. Long story short, I was able to secure 8 ounces of this much talked about blend (I was really into watching the Dagner's Youtube channel at the time). It arrived on 09/01/2016 and I couldn't wait to load up a pipe and give er a whirl. The weather was starting to cool and the season was turning, so it couldn't have arrived at a better time, fall is here! Or so I thought. I was really disappointed with it upon introduction but one thing I've learned after many years of smoking a pipe is to never judge a tobacco from first bowl (give every blend a 2 ounce go before making up your mind). Of course I couldn't help but come up with all sorts of negative impressions and my mantra for the entire bowl was, "what was I thinking, this is just another crappy aromatic... a fart in the wind." I was pretty upset that I bought an 8 ounce bag of the stuff. By the second bowl, I had become a believer! This smells and tastes like fall in a pipe! I can discern the pumpkin, the cinnamon and the vanilla. It tastes like these pumpkin spice pancakes I get around this time of year from a local diner. It's delicious and it has a beautiful room note as well. Yes, it's a little on the moist side and it's far from a natural tasting tobacco but it really hits the spot this time of year. Unfortunately, the fall weather that was developing turned out to be just a cruel tease and the heat came back with a bang. It looks like we have more summer to endure here in Central Texas. I can't wait till the cooler weather hits and the families start to gather cause you can bet your last dollar that I'll be smoking this lovely aromatic when I'm feeling festive. My only regret is that I didn't buy more of it cause this is it folks! This is the last year you'll see this blend on the market. You can thank the F. (freakin') D.A. for that along with all the other hundreds of wonderful blends our friends will be regulating out of the industry.

*Edit (9-10-17) Yeah, I just can't deal with this type of aromatic anymore. There is absolutely no taste of tobacco to be found here and the flavorings just seem artificial and worst of all there is hardly any nicotine. I do find that if you mix some Bogie with it that it makes it more enjoyable but on it's own I just can't recommend it any longer. Sorry for my bipolar review, I just can’t tolerate heavy aromatics like this one anymore. However, it is a top quality aro and I really appreciate the theme of it.

2 people found this review helpful.

Haebar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Haebar (52)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is a very good smoking tobacco! They gave out samples of this at the party on the first night of the 2015 Nashville Pipe Show (I highly recommend this show by the way). Anyway, I smoked a bowl of this before I read what it was supposed to taste like. First impression was a well tempered aromatic; I tasted vanilla a little bit but also detected some other flavors, all in good proportions. It may be the power of suggestion, but I do concur that it tastes like pumpkin and spice. It was a very pleasant smoking experience from the perspective of one who usually get burned by aromatics, a very cool smoking blend.

Pipe Used: Captain Black billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: gift (Straus Tobacconist)

2 people found this review helpful.

Trudefense Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Trudefense (1)
Mild Medium Medium Strong

Newer to pipe smoking and this is currently the best aromatic I have had.

Very smooth smoke and its smell/taste is awesome.

I had more of the nutmeg smell and taste over pumpkin.

Really enjoyed and would recommend a try

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

2 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Mild Very Strong Full Very Pleasant

I love this blend, which is odd. I usually don't care for than pumpkin spice type of thing in food. However, its great in a tobacco. Really puts you in a fall mood. Please keep in mind that I mixed this with some strong burley, as I usually do with aromatics.

2 people found this review helpful.

baconboyrlz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
baconboyrlz (1)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Very Pleasant

The tin note was very good, very upfront with the cinnamon. On light up, the pumpkin and cinnamon are coming through and the vanilla files in after, into a nice tobacco flavor. Very good!

Pipe Used: MM Corn Cob, Briar

Age When Smoked: Brand new

Purchased From: Straus Tobacconist

Similar Blends: Sutliff Pumpkin Spice, but better....

2 people found this review helpful.

JimPM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimPM (142)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

And so, my dreadful tale begins. By way of a recent excursion, I found myself within the remote countryside of Westchester County on sequestered mid-evening’s stroll amid the wooded hills and vales that charitably touch the swift rolling currents of great Hudson River. Not yet being precisely sweater weather, the abiding air was nonetheless crisp as October’s chilly timbre was gingerly at hand. From the cordial serenity of a quaint little Dutch villa known as Sleepy Hollow, my sojourn had led me along a forested path of brilliant autumn splendor. There is something uniquely special about the Fall with all its colorful ambience that ingratiates my heart with a defined level of added humor.

As I sashayed along in tranquil gait, I soon observed that the openness of the woodland lane that I presently traversed was made increasingly narrow by a stand of ancient trees, that in effect, formed a natural arboreal closure. At the approximate distance of about fifty yards from my rooting these jagged oaken sentinels stood twistedly tall with a somewhat menacing influence. The abridging doorway arranged by their gnarled and knotted limbs arguably contained the entrails of a decidedly disputable looking partition of the hollow lying directly ahead.

On the sudden there came an insurgence of breeze whereupon the night’s sky grew exceeding dim almost to the state of unnatural darkness given its usual daily course. With that quickening, the closing day’s air gave way to a heightened ominous chill. I shuddered to its piercing embrace as a biting authority set to harrowing upon the rear side of my neck.

To my right, I was distracted shortly by the glimpse of a dazzling cascade of dried and decrepit golden leaves as they swirled erratically over an errant pumpkin patch, of which seemed to appear from virtually nowhere. Either my cursed eyes had failed me or there is something unmistakably incorrect about this matter I reasoned with myself.

Somewhat shaken by this peculiar development, I fixated with more discernment on this run of vegetation with its officiously green elephantine leaves and menagerie of tentacle-like vining. Straightaway I stood aghast. You see the spread of bulbous melons assumed a creepy luminous glow of flaming orange opulence against the backdrop of the now threatening blackened horizon. To make circumstances worse, upon these assumingly harmless tethered fruits, I watched as apparitions of wicked Jack O Lantern features appeared to statically flash and as God is my witness, registered the low sound of primeval giggling. Then I heard it, a thundering of more dire infamy.

From the deeply dark interior of the presumed peaceful hollows came the shrieking terror of piping lore, eek gad! In violation of all human vision, I spied a fiery-eyed steed charging relentlessly towards me as it bore the sinister blackhearted phantom of renown himself. And within this headless devil’s eerie grave-rotted hand, clutched a scarred pouch containing the celebratory seasonal haunting of legendary namesake the frightening Sleepy Hollow. The revenant Straus Tobacconist smoking banshee that pairs a tasteful mélange of assorted Cavendish, spooked Burley, and sweetly moaning Virginia. A foreboding stew delightfully spirited by a ghosting of tasteful autumn flavorings.

With a rather pensive and dreadful gaze, I looked upon the advancement of the mild-bodied bogeyman. Coming to quarters with a forceful halt, it now stood over my entirety, solemnly poised upon the insidiously thumping and snorting muscled steed. I found myself dwarfed by the terrifying bigness of its horrid attendance and a genuine fear began to painfully wretch within my internals. However, there was something strangely alluring just at that. Yes, something indeed that compelled me investigate the contents of the ethereal fiend’s purse.

Thrusting its grim member freely, the saddled monster slowly swung the coveted satchel within foreseeable reach, which caught me gawking in bizarre curiosity. Selflessly grasping the weathered sack from the ghoul’s possession, with a degree of unsettling trepidation, I saw that it revealed a vexing figment of variegated tobaccos. By all accounting the substance queerly floated forward shadowing my vision with a lustful ribbon-cut pillage of darker reckoning.

Witnessing the whole of this Sleepy Hollow blending now, I spied a handsome mixture modeling the colors of the season, golden yellow, burnt orange, decedent brown, and a blackness straight as the pitch of the evening’s looming sky. The leaves showed every inch of fine culturing and fermentation. My hopes were that perhaps this was a clear indication that the poltergeist held within came in earnest with a promise of flavorsome bliss.

Regaining my immediate senses, I was alerted by a memorable wafting essence the seemed to sing. A burst of bright pumpkin spice bundled with traces of cinnamon, nutmeg, lively allspice, and healthy ginger refrained in my presence, gayly harmonizing with a chord of tender creamy vanilla.

A further distant hum seemed to be coming forth by way of a remote citrusy tart voice and some warmer nuttiness accompaniment. Just as I registered these notes a spellbinding arpeggio crossing a scaled aberration of brown sugared root beer spice, bittersweet anise, and determined chocolate overtone sounded with a whispering echo. And finally, a bit native zest formed the crest of the mixture’s enchanting song. To all the heavens, what a perfumed tune this banshee sang friends!

Instinctively I set loose my calabash feeling heartedly possessed by this maniacal aromatic-centric and decapitated figure. A disembodied voice resounding pure phantasmagoria came thus forth, calling to me in a tone of unchambered acrimony it bellowed, “you must smoke my elegant offering dear sir, lest befall to the ills of my unforgiving wrath”. What could I do for heaven’s sake, for I am not of imprudent upbringings. With a nod of consent, I quietly acquiesced to the beast’s bulled warning.

Pinching a pillowy wadding of this spectral concoction I stuffed the bowl of my pipe in quick haste. To the touch it felt not of this world, yet I felt a shroud of comfort fall upon me. How odd this seemed to me, easement posed by the injunction of fear. Is there truly such a thing?

My trembling hands struggled to light the pipe for fear of the potentially horrific outcome should I not submit to the horseman’s command. Mustering every ounce of bravery within my being, I managed to collect my wits and overcome this troubling moment of arrestment. Much to my elation, I was instantly hailed with a wonderfully complete celebration of savory “autumn-esque” flavor.

The serendipity of the Fall quickly swooned over my palate as a fantastically tasteful obsessing of sweet aromatic flavor lent the masterful hand. Rather than mortally horrifying, the prime top-coatings of this Sleepy Hollow mystery were quite amiable in their temperament. For the most part, a politely obliging sweet earthy pumpkin registered as the dominant element within the melee of housed spirits.

Still yet further, deliciously additive spicing materialized, obviously a curious result of some secretive black magic played out by the gruesome rider. Namely, the tasteful gamut of culinary seasonings of note were evoked, dancing beautifully with the foremost pumpkin featuring. With this autumn-like affluence, I was genuinely taken aback by the exquisiteness of its inner soul. Truly enamoring was its triumphant effect!

Continuing on with this spritely indulgence, I soon came to bear with a transient remarking from an indistinct goblin that was manifestly reminiscent of soft baked goods. Perhaps a tell-tale sign of Virginian bread within or some hidden sub-phantom lurking in the shadows of the mixture’s recipe. Additionally, more determined notes of dark strapping molasses and toasted sugar came forth with extraordinary fervor. And as I proceeded to relish the discarnate nature of this specter’s registration, I became further perplexed by a wave of mottled and graceful colorization brought on by a strong basting of fructuous honey, mellow vanilla, and a residing souffle of muffled chocolaty swirling. Fullness of consistent flavor in a word can only describe my relieved reaction.

The impact of the spell originating from the native varietal was of minor disturbance. However, as the bowl progressed the invocation of roasting Burley nut joy and the sweet grassy tang dressed in floral tart of the Virginia grew with added merit. Last there was trailing haunted gasp of eroded zest emitting from the collection of Cavendish that this uncanny spook had aptly administered. This embellishment showed its force at the close of each drawl as it curtained the flowing matrix of flavor throughout the endearing experience.

All in all, Sleepy Hollow’s memorable impressions were orchestrated by the accentuation of the melodiousness and grandeur of the additive coatings rather than embolden native varietals contained within. Nothing frightful at the end of this unsuspected course but rather sheer sweet piping contentment is where the mixture soon found me.

As one should imagine the fragrance evoked by the thick spirited clouds of smoke was as enchanting as the blend’s pouched nose and reveling taste. It posed a heavenly aroma not unlike grandma’s kitchen on a day of delightful pumpkin pie baking for that matter. Although I must attest that the horse-riding phantom did in fact assure the dashed infusion of some alluring earthen citrus spice and dauntless wood as a smiling complement to the lavish bouquet. A most pleasant air by most plausible standards.

Much to my overwhelmed relief, the phantom’s concoction showed no inclination for bite. Nor were there any vile signs of tedious roughness in its lovely texture. As one would have it, the delectable weed singed at a most comfortable cool pace despite the select gratuity of tasteful dressings that had been applied. Clearly a most enjoyable piping adventure in retrospect. Figuratively I lost my own head over its aromatic excellence. Do you reward yourself well with a sitting spell of this fiendish ensemble, for the season is ripe for all its pleasantly haunting goodness. 3.5 Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

RonR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RonR (85)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant


Not a big aromatic smoker but this is one of the best and 1 of 2 aromatics that I cellar. I have to dry it for 4-5 hours for an easy smoke and no flavor will be lost.

Smoking out of a 14 month old jar and flavor holds true to this point. Actual smoke holds up to the tin note which is rare in an aromatic. Wife enjoys the room note.Burns to a white ash.

If there is a downside it is hard to come by, must call to order and Straus can sell out on this fast. I grab it by the pound when the stars align.

Pipe Used: All

Age When Smoked: 14 months

1 person found this review helpful.

Randy Tuggle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Randy Tuggle (46)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

EDIT 9/2019: I think this has some PG added. It's not as good as it was when fresh.

This tobacco is a mild blend that matches one's memories of a typical American tobacco. Room note is superb, not offensive at all. Taste is magnificent. A hint of vanilla with hearty burley, virginias, and black cavendish. Does it remind me of Autumn? Not really - but the name helps it's popularity, I'm sure. Buy several ounces (pounds if you wish) and store it in jars for years to come. My local tobacconist (Christie's of Waynesboro PA) sells a blend called American Heritage that is highly similar. I like it just as much, if not more - thus, I've only given this blend a 3 star rating because a 4-star is available.

Pipe Used: Petersons, cobs, various briars

Age When Smoked: fresh as well as cellared

Purchased From: Straus Tobacconist (phone order)

Similar Blends: American Heritage from Christie's House of Pipes & Cigars, Waynesboro, PA - see

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe Smoking Boardgamer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Smoking Boardgamer (2)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

YouTube Video Subtly sweet and not overpowering at all. Great room/car note - like vanilla sweetened pancakes. Cinnamon pumpkin notes. Even if you're not craving an aromatic, I highly recommend. Deelish!

Pipe Used: Briar

Purchased From: Vaughters Gift

1 person found this review helpful.

Preacher PipeWeed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Preacher PipeWeed (5)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Consider this a VERY POSITIVE 3 star review. I reserve my 4 stars reviews for those tobaccos which are head-n-shoulders above the pack. This isn't quite there, but it certainly is an excellent tobacco that I highly recommend.

This is an unusual, though excellent, aromatic tobacco. The scent and flavoring is themed for the Fall, being cased with vanilla, nutmeg, and unless its my imagination is off, a bit of cinnamon and perhaps some caramel or maple. It certainly has a sweet, pleasing aroma and taste. Other reviewers suggest the cinnamon is "upfront" and stands out, but my nose did not detect anything nearly that strong. The nutmeg seems to be the dominant scent, which is very pleasing. If a Pumpkin Spice Latte was a tobacco, this would be it (minus the coffee taste). Certainly it is the tobacco incarnation of a warm pumpkin pie. As with all aromatics, the smell is stronger than the taste. Also, the taste tends to lessen as you burn through the bowl (this is also typical of aromatics), but the good news is the flavor only lessens, it never becomes foul or unpleasant.

The tobacco arrives very moist, which is common for aromatics. If you pinch some in your fingers then open to allow all the tobacco to drop onto the counter, some tobacco stays stuck to your fingers (indicates high moisture level). Nevertheless, when smoked in my MM Country Gentleman, I have not experienced any "goop" or gurgling (that may be in part to using a corn cob, which tends to eliminate gurgling anyway). Despite it high moisture level, I had no trouble keeping the tobacco lit and it burned down to a nice white ash.

This is the only other aromatic that I have in my rotation. I probably wouldn't smoke it year-round, but as a seasonal aromatic it is a fun change of pace. I anticipate a Fall order each year from Strauss Tobacconist as a way of welcoming in the leaves color changes.

Shipping from Strauss in KY was $9 for 8 ounces (note: 8 ounces of tobacco will completely fill a quart mason jar). I believe they have a flat shipping rate of $9 for all order under $100.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentlemen

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Strauss

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MozzMann Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MozzMann (33)
Medium Medium Very Full Very Pleasant

Tried this blend for the first time in December 2016. It is one of the tastiest and most enjoyable blends I have had in a long time. Going to stock up on this blend when the next batches are available in July 2017. IMO this is definitely my new top blend for 2017. The tobacco is just as it states in the description. It's a fall blend that I will smoke all year... MozzMann 2017 - I'm Back!

Pipe Used: Dunhill Shell 2003 LB

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: Straus Tobaccos-Per waiting list

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RipNpiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RipNpiper (4)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is one of my absolute favorite autumn aromatics. Every year I look forward to cracking this open come October. A sweet caramel-maple-funnel cake flavor that does not sublimate the tobaccos and a room note to match. Along with Cornell & Diehl's Autumn Evening this is a fall classic.

Pipe Used: Peterson 999

Purchased From: Strauss Tobacconist

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Black Sheep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Sheep (25)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I do not normally gravitate towards the sweeter aromatics, and after opening the bag, I was afraid I strayed too far from my preferences. However, I really enjoyed this blend. I smoked it in a bent briar that had relatively wide and deep chamber. I think this helped counter the somewhat moist tobacco. It smoked well and surprisingly cool. The flavor is not overpowering and the room-note is spectacular. I will seek this blend out in the future.

Pipe Used: Peterson Bent

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Prado1200 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Prado1200 (5)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This has probably been the most hyped up tobacco I have smoked. Straus did good...real good. I love it. Girlfriend loves the room note. I even got a compliment from a random guy walking by the house. It has a very nice flavor. The tobacco burns well, smokes well. Very nice smoke. I say it is worth giving it a try.

Pipe Used: Several different briars and cobs

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Straus

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wags888 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wags888 (11)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Delightful. My wife mentioned that the "tin" note was the best (only) tobacco of mine that she's liked. I let it dry for about an hour before inaugurating it in a cob. I smoked it quick and it burned like a champ down to a nice ash. The pre-smoke notes carried through to the smoke. There was a mile pumpkin spice, a bit of that bread taste. I was more focused on the aro notes vs. the tobacco notes, but it didn't taste overly-sticky or under-tobacco. A great smoke that I'm going to move from a cob to a Hackert.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Straus Tobacconists

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Theologia14 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Theologia14 (24)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I would not say that I am an aromatic smoker by any means, however, this stuff is fantastic. I finally pulled the trigger on some of this wonderful blend this past September and have resolved to by a full 8 ounces next September.

With the first light, I get an immediate flavor of molasses, vanilla, and a bit of light spice (nutmeg?). The bowl settles down quickly and will continue to give off the aforementioned flavors, but adds in some subtle nuances about midway through the bowl. I can, at times, get a hint of the pumpkin in the blend, but it is not consistent. This has to be the sweetest blend I 've smoked in a long time, but it is sweet in a good way. It's not a chemical taste at all.

The only caveat I would give is this: It needs a tremendous amount of drying time. I am one who likes a little more moisture to my tobacco that other people, but this one is soaking wet right from the store. I think I could ring the moisture out of this one! Once you get over that it's a great smoke.

Pipe Used: Cobs

Age When Smoked: New from store

Purchased From: Straus Tobacco

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boredwithlife Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boredwithlife (1)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Just Got the First Batch of 2016 and the last Batch unless the laws are changed so thats why i got 1lb of this stuff. Cellaring 2oz so i have 8years storedup. smoking this stuff only in the month of OCT. Smells amazing.

Pipe Used: Corn

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Straus Tobacconist

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