|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Corncob3 (69)||Mild to Medium||Mild to Medium||Medium to Full||Tolerable|
Received this in the mail yesterday, along with some Lord of the Manor, Venguer Platinum, Match Hickory and Decatur Soft and Mellow. Have to say I'm somewhat dissapointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice attempt at replicating that classic Vanilla-Cocoa pipe full, but it misses the mark. I barely taste the Virginias. And whatever is there, lacks sweetness and depth. The Burley really stands out, very spicy. Personally a White Burley, like that found in Carter Hall, would have worked more in concert with the other elements in this mixture. There is a hint of chocolate when you light up, but midway down the bowl it goes flat and you guessed it, the Burley spice drowns everything else out. Leaving you with the worst bite. I can't even taste the Vanilla. In short, less pepper and a little more salt so to speak. H&H has some nice blends in this series, but if you can find a can of their Sycaway, it's by far a better choice. In fact upon light up of OTS, I thought they had put Sycaway in this tin by mistake. The bowl also gets hot, even when sipping. I even gave the cob a thorough cleaning and packing before trying this blend. Nothing helped. At least Sycaway is smoother and doesn't overwhelm or sizzle the tongue. If you like overbearing spiciness and flat tasting tobacco this might be your bowl's delight. Not for me. I reluctantly give Old Tyme Swirl two stars. I've jarred some up and praying for the best. Don't know if that prayer will be answered though.
Pipe Used: Corncob
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