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Our hand blended take on the old standby vanilla blend.

Vanilla is a tough tobacco to get right. We've been tweaking this recipe for a couple of years, and we finally feel comfortable releasing it to the world. Done wrong, it can bite the heck out of your tongue. This is a mixture of normally cool smoking tobaccos: Green River black cavendish, mild wide cut burley and a bit of Carolina flake for an even burn. We use a non alcohol based vanilla flavoring that enhances the tobacco and is very easy on the palate.

BrandWatch City Cigar
Blended ByErnie Q.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Kentucky
FlavoringVanilla
CutMixture
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Very Mild
Flavoring
Mild to Medium, Medium
Taste
Very Mild, Mild
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2900)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

The very nutty, earthy, woody, lightly molasses sweet burley is more of a team player than a lead component. The brown sugary black cavendish is the other team mate. There is a smattering of grassy, citrusy Virginia cavendish in the mix as wells. The rich vanilla topping sublimates the tobaccos for a fair degree, but doesn’t drown them out. There also a tangy black cherry essence in the background. Has no chemical or artificial notes. The strength and nic-hit are very mild, while the taste level is mild. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no weak moments. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent sweet, mildly creamy flavor that translates to the short lived, pleasant after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. The room note is very pleasant. An easy going all day smoke. Three and a half stars.

-JimInks

7 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30079)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Hmm... no reviews on this yet - a vanilla aromatic???? Odd, that. Anyway, this looks very much like every Lane's 1Q knockoff you've ever seen. Darker browns predominate. Smells pretty much like the usual thing, too. Needs a bit of drying time as well.

After smoking my two oz sample, the thought I keep coming back to is that, yes, this is essentially what we've all smoked many, many times in different guises. However, it's better. It smokes drier, cleaner, and the vanilla flavor seems much more natural. This blend never required the use of a pipe cleaner to sop up the gunk that most standard vanilla blends produce. It had no chemical taste of any kind, and not even an inkling of one. It tastes like it employs real vanilla and not some artificial vanilla substitute. It reminded me of Boswell's Best but this one struck me as preferable. If I ever get a hankering for any vanilla blend, this is the one I'll pick up. If you're a 1Q fan, try this version. It's just better - all the way around.

6 people found this review helpful.