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A well-balanced mixture of wholehearted black cavendish and naturally sweet Virginia. Fortified with the aromatic variety of hops, malt and vanilla, it exudes an extremely pleasant fragrance.

Blended ByVauen
Manufactured ByVauen
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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renwardhoop (85)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

First time I've tried a Vauen blend (and still want one of their pipes).

Tasty tin fragrance up there with the best of Davidoff's expensive blends. The tobacco is much darker than I expected, almost black with a few wisps of golden brown strands.

Not sure what this smells like, it certainly isn't vanilla and certainly not malt or hops. It's very smilar to Davidoff's blue or red mixture or maybe Savenelli's aromatic blend.

Needs a bit of a breather after tin opening as it is quite moist, but once dried a little (a couple of hours or so) it loads and burns well. Best in a big bowl, I don't think small loaders will do this tobacco any favours.

The taste drifts away about halfway through the bowl and - I don't know why - but it finishes up very wet rather than grey dottle. Could be my style of wet smoking I suppose.

Two-thirds into the tin and it's gone really dry and crusty (and it was a tight round tin, too) and is starting to crumble into a black crunchy substance that you often find at the very dog end of a tin. I have a feeling re-hydrating will kill the flavour off completely.

Bit of a shame that as this is a good blend and well worth trying if you like the lighter side of aromatics. I'd certainly try this one again if opportunity arose, as - inevitably - this is not available in UK tobacconists. There's a surprise eh ?

Pipe Used: All large briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: DanPipe, Germany.

Similar Blends: Savinelli aromatic, Davidoff's Blue/Red mixture, Ashton's Rainy day or Guilty pleasure.

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