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Lane Limited's Dark Red uses the same rich, toasted and steamed Green River black cavendish blend as their BCA, but instead receives a topping that is a combination of black cherry, vanilla and caramel. BCA fans should love it.

Notes: Released 2016.

BrandLane Limited
Blended ByKristy Pruitte
Manufactured BySTG-Lane Ltd.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish
FlavoringCaramel, Cherry, Vanilla
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2040)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The very rich black cherry topping has depth and is the dominant force of the blend. The vanilla and caramel are background players that underscore every puff. The Green River black cavendish is vanilla sweet. There are no chemical or artificial notes to be found, though I get a minor syrup hit in the last quarter of the bowl. The tobacco is very moist and needs a short dry time, but you dry it too much, you risk losing a little of the strength (but not depth) of the toppings. I found drying it a little improves the experience. Burns slow if you don’t dry it, which will require a number of relights, and you risk goop at the bottom of the bowl if you are a wet smoker smoking a wet blend as well as a slight bitterness. Even with some dry time, it burns at no more than a moderate pace, and leaves a bit of moisture in the bowl. It’s fairly smooth with a little tartness, which becomes more obvious as you go along. The strength and taste levels are mild to medium. The flavors never weaken, and it burns cool without bite. Has no dull or harsh spots. The nic-hit is very mild. Has a rather tart after taste that lingers a bit. The room note will please most people. Two and a half stars due to the moisture and the sour tartness near the end.

14 people found this review helpful.

King T Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King T (9)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild Tolerable

So far this weekend this is what I've smoked most because I like it. It's predominantly a cherry blend of course. But this blend does have character if enough time is spent with it. First off on upon opening the bag you smell a cherry topped Cavendish what is very sweet smelling. I can also smell sweet honey and vanilla. The tobacco is moist and wet enough that you know it will require some time to dry. If a pipe is packed immediately after opening the bag them your fingers will become sticky! Once dried to my liking, packing was as easy as any other blend. Smoked in a cob, briar and a meer, nothing changed on loading up a bowl. Same goes with lighting it. The char light was easy as it could be but you could hear some hissing at times dues to wet tobbaco. Once, like the pipe shined, the blend shined even brighter. Cherry was evident...and very dominant. I know I could smell cherry, vanilla and honey upon opening the bag, however, I could not taste the honey in the smoke. The vanilla is present but at a minimum. What I could also task was deep, dark currents. Like the dried currents that look like raisins. I also tasted a hint of deep raspberry, although this was very minimal. All together this was enjoyable for me taste wise. As for the tobacco flavor...it was all but completely gone.the blend is a mild I'd say, but it is very smooth. The burn was as it should be, conformed and entirely to the bottom. I did get dotted from this blend. But nothing a pipe cleaner didn't take care of quickly. And once the bowl was finished this blend was loaded up for another round!

Pipe Used: Cob, meer, brian

Age When Smoked: Straight from bag.

6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1478)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Lane Limited - Dark Red.

As a rule, apart from a few vanilla's, I don't generally smoke aromatics. When I placed a recent order with Smokingpipes.com I never read the product description when selecting my freebie, so that's how I wound up with this. I can't believe how much I like it!

I'm slightly surprised that more reviewers don't rate the added flavour as much above medium, with it currently having a few mild's in the ratings. I find it easily higher than medium, not too sticky, but very flavoursome. It seems to me, that the cherry rules the roost. The vanilla and caramel aren't unnoticeable, they give noticeable character: the caramel sweetens the smoke quite a lot. The vanilla comes from both the topping and Black Cavendish, this doesn't taste alarming in any way for a B.C. blend: stereotypical. I notice the longer I smoke this the creamier the flavour becomes, as if the slightly bitter cherries are calming down. The smoke's incredibly cool, and is distributed from a good burn: it sustains itself well once it's lit.

Nicotine? On this topic I have an accord with a lot of other reviewers: mild, and the room-note's one of the high points here: lots of cherry, very pleasant.

This isn't my normal kind of thing, but it's a top notch blend:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Savinelli Fuoco 320KS

Age When Smoked: 1 month

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com (freebie)

3 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (297)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

If you enjoy Lane's BCA and their Cherry flavoring then this blend should be right up your alley. The Black Cavendish is as one would expect, very Cavendishy and made with the same high quality Burley from the Green River Valley in Kentucky that's been fire cured and is extremely mild yet flavorful. The topping is very similar to Lane's Captain Black Cherry but with a hint of that delicious Lane Vanilla a la 1Q and Dark Red mixes very well with BCA or 1Q to give a nice Cherry aroma to either of those blends but smokes just fine by itself. Not sticky or overly goopy and lighted / stayed lit easily. Again if you enjoy all Cavendish blends and do not require your Burley nutty or must have citrusy / grassy Virginia's in your Aromatics then Dark Red is a nice change of pace for the Aromatic smoker. Dark Red is also a good choice for newbies as well due to mildness and ease of lighting etc. and since you do not get the bite of say Lane Very Cherry and the potential inferno Paladin as the lack of Virginia's cut down on heat. Finally a bite free Cherry! Good job Lane!

Similar Blends: Lane Limited - BCA (but cherry flavored) .

3 people found this review helpful.

Katelyneharwood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Katelyneharwood (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I am smoking this blend straight out of the bag. No dry time for me. I don't think this blend has to much moisture personally. It is a nice mild Black Cavendish with a beautiful aroma. The cherry is the most prominent flavor but the vanilla is not drowned out. I love this blend and highly recommend it to any aromatic smoker.

Pipe Used: Peterson Killarney

3 people found this review helpful.

CrotchRocket Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CrotchRocket (1)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Was able to obtain a good sized sample of this at the Chicago Pipe Show from a lovely lady from Lane and boy was I lucky to try it. I am not a fan of cherry blends but this one really takes the cake. While the room note is undeniably cherry - the blend is much more complex. You get the taste of vanilla / caramel before the cherry really hits and it's only enough to complement the blend without overpowering it. No chemical taste and burns very smooth. This has now become one of my top 5 blends.

2 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (79)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

My only complaint is that I only ordered one ounce to try it out. This is a great black cavendish. The tobacco is similar to another one of my fav's - BCA. But Dark Red isn't as heavily cased as BCA and still has a fantastic taste and room note. Cherry and Vanilla together - a dream come true! Lites and burns well and it's a real wife-pleaser! Property tax is due this month, so I will have to make my one-ounce stretch until next month when I have tobacco money again!

Pipe Used: Meer

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

wintermute Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wintermute (57)
★★★★
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

When I imagine the aroma of pipe tobacco I always come up with a black cavendish or cherry type smell. I think this is because, like me, a lot of us got our start with something cherry or vanilla because it smelled nice in the jar or pouch. This tobacco personifies what most people think pipe tobacco smells like and the same is true for me as well. When you open the bag, there is a wonderful aroma of black cavendish and sweetness. To me, the moisture level is about right. But I know some like to dry things out for days and then complain that the leaf burns too fast. I have always believed that aromatics should be a little more hydrated than Burleys or English blends. As stated above, the aroma is that of the standard aromatic pipe tobacco. This type of tobacco really needs to be packed in the three stage method. That is, the first little pinch is barely pressed down into the bowl, the second slightly larger pinch is pressed a little harder on top of the first pinch, and the final little pinch is pressed with a firm hand. With a light tamp and a charring light, followed by another tamp and full light , you are ready to go. There is a lot of thick smoke and more actual tobacco taste than you might first think. The cherry only adds a little more sweetness than is found in BCA. In fact, to me, if you simply called this fruit, I would not really argue for it being exclusively cherry. It is that subdued. I do get some vanilla at times, but it is few and far between. This stuff seems to do just as well in a cob as in a larger briar. Although, I can say that a larger briar helps me find more of the complex flavor and nuance of the tobacco. The smoke stays the same throughout the bowl until the last puff. Now, if you need to leave your pipe and come back to re-light it, the tobacco does not really do well for the first bit until it has burned a little while. But it does get back to business soon enough. The black cavendish is top quality and the room note is very pleasant. This is one that most ladies will enjoy and you will enjoy flavor.There is no tongue bite unless you forget that an aromatic is meant more for sipping rather than gulping. But even on that score it is forgiving. The ash is dark and clumpy like any self-respecting aromatic. And it will ghost your pipe. Overall, I love this tobacco because it brings to life the quintessential version of pipe tobacco that has been in my mind for over 30 years of smoking a pipe. The nicotine level is low so this would be a perfect blend for beginners. We often judge most pipe tobaccos against the first few we tried back in the day. I think we do this without really knowing it. I would hope that a beginner gets hold of this blend first and judges many more tobaccos by this wonderful offering.

Pipe Used: MM Legend and McArthur Classic Bent

Purchased From: Pipesandcigars.com

1 person found this review helpful.

WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (79)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is one of the best black cavendish blends I have ever smoked. Smooth, bite free, and very very tasty. This is a great one to smoke after a heavy meal, think of it as dessert.

Pipe Used: Captain Black Yeoman

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

Leaf Packer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Leaf Packer (30)
★★★★
Very Mild Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I have forgotten how many cherry blends I have tried over the years, they all contained tongue burn as a main ingredient, needless to say cherry blends never made the grade. LL Dark cherry is different ,no bite, tasty, and satisfying,BC A and Dark red are the only aro's I smoke and I find myself by passing my English for these two blends.

Pipe Used: Stanwell,Apple bowl savinelli Aurthor 320

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

Ronnstein Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ronnstein (20)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Now this is a black cavendish that I can smoke. I don't reach for aros very often but this will definitely stay in my rotation. The cherry flavouring is not too sweet or heavy, the vanilla is in the background adding it's part, a very pleasant tasting tobacco. What really sells me on this one is the cut, more of a ribbon cut than the rough cut chunky black cavendish that I've had so many times before. It packs and burns very nicely, no snap-crackle-pop like some other cavendish blends. As a basically non-aro smoker I have to highly recommend this one.

Purchased From: smokingpipes

1 person found this review helpful.

TwelveAMnTX Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TwelveAMnTX (28)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I chose to get a couple 1 oz. samples of Dark Red with a tobacco order. I was really interested in trying this tobacco after hearing all the initial comments on pipe forums. I have only tried a couple cherry aromatics, so I was intrigued.

The scent in the bag is not overpowering like some aromatics tend to be, it's seems more laid back. The tobacco is a small chunky cut of black cavendish unlike other cherry blends I've tried that were ribbon cut virginia. I was surprised that the tobacco I received was not as wet as other aromatics. My 1st bowl I tried straight out of the bag & it was a little wetter than it appeared, hard to keep lit at first. It did get a little bitey with me trying to keep it lit. I found letting it dry for 30 - 45 minutes proved to help a lot.

The taste was something I enjoyed, it reminded me of the small town soda shop we used to go to when I was a kid. I actually expected this to be a lot sweeter tobacco, I'm glad it was more mellow. It's like drinking a black cherry soda while eating vanilla ice cream topped with caramel. The flavorings mix & compliment each other well. It's a great tasting cherry flavored aromatic, but not something I could smoke all the time. It's more of something I have to be in the mood to smoke, a treat so to speak.

Pipe Used: several MM cobs

Age When Smoked: fresh to couple months

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Another enjoyable Lane product. As far as cherry flavored tobaccos go, this is very nicely done. The cherry vanilla note is soft on the palate and provides for a nice nuance in flavoring. It is not harsh like a lot of cherry flavored tobaccos and it not all chemically or cough syrupy like some. Lane found a great balance with this one. A little wet. Even when dried it can be wet at the end. Nontheless it doesn't distract from an enjoyable smoke.

Pipe Used: Polinski Oom Paul

Age When Smoked: 3 mos

Purchased From: P&C

1 person found this review helpful.

Mike W. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike W. (7)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

I somehow got 2oz. of this and then ordered 4 more and am awaiting delivery of 4 more. I found it to be fairly moist but still very smokeable right out of the bag and in fact found it lost some of it's cherry flavor as it dried so I keep it hydrated. I had no trouble lighting it or keeping it lit plus it had enough strength halfway through to be satisfying. It is probably the only cherry blend other than maybe Cult that I thought was good enough to buy. The room note is excellent and it is one of the only tobaccos I can get by with in the house.

Pipe Used: Savs, p-lips and MM

Age When Smoked: new

Similar Blends: nothing I have smoked.

1 person found this review helpful.

michaelc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
michaelc (37)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This black Cavendish is by far my favorite. I recently ran out of the first three ounces I bought to give it a good test run. It has exceeded my expectations and I have to get more. It has a great taste and smokes with no problems. I have tried it in several pipes and have had no bite from my briars and my two pearwood pipes. The pearwoods smoke hotter and so this is a really good tobacco to smoke in them. It has a great taste. The cherry topping is present but not so overpowering as to keep you from tasting some of the other flavors in this blend.

Pipe Used: Several briars and pearwood pipes

Age When Smoked: Right out of the bag.

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: BCA but better tasting.

1 person found this review helpful.

Jason h. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jason h. (47)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Been smoking this for a couple of days now, and have to say is pretty good. Its a bit moist, but just as mentioned, I smoked it right from the bag. The aroma is great, and the flavor is definitely cherry, and just a small hit of vanilla. It only required a couple of re-lights, and smoked smooth without a bite. The room note says "I am cherry", and that it is. I bought 4 oz. of this stuff, and so far I am not dissappointed by it. I bought another with this order, and have submitted it for approval, it Sutliff's "Pina Colada".........and it is one of the most aromatic tobaccos I have ever tasted as well. I can smell the bag from here as I type, and its probably about 15 ft. from me.

Pipe Used: Ropp Canadian

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

Pilot Lon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pilot Lon (16)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

As others have noted, similar enough to BCA, but with a bit less vanilla, and a hint more cherry, just not overwhelming. Smokes quite well right out of the bag, the aroma of which seems to be a rich prune cake. A toss up with BCA for me, but definitely a keeper, and well worth trying. As others have stated, should mix very well with 1Q, for a bit more carmel/vanilla hit. Lit well, and stayed lit right out of the bag. Not too wet, and no gurgle or glop at the end. Very cool smoking all the way through. I have a couple of ounces of Russ' Cherry Cordial, and I'm guessing that these two should marry up very well, also. The complexity of BCA seems a bit more pronounced than Dark Red, and stays as one of my top choices. But, this will definitely be in rotation, and I would order more, if it happens to go on sale. Worth trying

Noted that the cherry in the room note stayed present for quite a while. Very nice.

EDIT: Three hours later, I still had that latent cherry taste in my mouth, and it had turned into a medicinal, almost cherry cough syrup taste. Recommendation changed to three stars. I wouldn't get this again, but some may find it enjoyable.

Pipe Used: Aristocob Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch

Purchased From: Pipes&Cigars

Similar Blends: Lane Limited - BCA, pipesandcigars.com - Cherry Cordial (Russ' Monthly Blend).

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DC MacBean Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DC MacBean (26)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This has all the positive attributes of Lane's BCA with a note of Black Cherry that stays consistent if smoked slowly. So far, this is the only Cherry aromatic I have found that will not bite.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob, Briarwood, Pear wood, Cherry wood

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes&Cigars

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Lyle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lyle (30)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

The unlit aroma is sweet cherry. The cherry impression is more like cherry candy or cough drops ("artificial" for lack of a better word) than cherry fruit. It's a bit wet for me, but drying it is a balancing act because it also diminishes the top notes.

In the bowl, it is quite sweet with less cherry. As the bowl progresses, the sweetness seemed to diminish a bit and the vanilla comes forward. When set aside mid-smoke, the topping is still quite strong when the cooled bowl is relit. Typical for this style of aromatic, if smoked hard, the tobacco turns ashy and less flavorful.

I think this blend generally succeeds, and is exactly what it claims to be, but there are better examples of this style.

Pipe Used: Meers and cobs

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