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Cross cut light Burleys with Virginia flake.

BrandJohn Middleton, Inc
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Cavendish
FlavoringCoffee, Cherry, Whisky
CutRibbon
Packaging1.5oz Pouch
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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The Right Reverend Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Right Reverend (32)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Well, wanted to try this before it was gone since it was put out of production. This leaf is kinda neat. Upon opening the middleton pouch arrangement and was struck by a strong cherry candy smell. Not mediciny mind you, but strong, I could barely smell the burley. On lightning and enjoying the bowl though the opposite was achieved, a light nutty burley ( of the middleton variety, which I like) with only the slightest hint of cherry. Where did the scent go? In the roomnote which is pleasant burley cherry scent. It burned like other middleton products, fully, and a bit quick. No mess in the pipe like most aro's. Bite? You could make it bite, but then you have to be trying. Shame it's gone away, not some super fantastic aromatic but as with Carter Hall and the Prince a solid porch sitter, all day smoke with a bit of cherry.

Pipe Used: Clay, Cob

Age When Smoked: From newly bought package

2 people found this review helpful.

Steden Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steden (84)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

it was given me by Clarkus (Steve, thanks again), he told me it’s perfect for summer so I planned to preserve it for the warm season but … a fight against curiosity is a hard thing! Cherry has been a pleasant surprise, the pouch smell is heavenly: cherry of course, and something else that I can’t describe but the whole effect is very pleasant, the taste is fresh and slightly sweet but not cloying, the base tobacco is mild and pleasant. Bites? Honestly I haven't experienced any bite, may be a personal chemistry or a cadence on puffing. Thumbs up!

Pipe Used: briars, cob

1 person found this review helpful.

northernpiper31 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
northernpiper31 (2)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

tobacco searchers here is the honest review for cherry blend. This tobacco is a burley, and it has a light cherry flavor, I am a burley smoker and I enjoy this tobacco often. This blend is just a standard burley with a little cherry topping. Now this blend will bite if you cheef, I myself have only had tongue bite once but I was smoking it on a wiindy day, this is a good blend to atleast try. Remember every palate is different.

Similar Blends: Many other "over the counter" blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (100)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Tolerable

I hadn't smoked Cherry Blend for years, but picked up a 12 oz tub a few weeks ago at a grocery store because it sported a big orange $3.99 price tag. This was never a regular smoke for me—and won't be in the future—but I think it's a pretty solid blend.

The reason Cherry Blend never became a regular for me is because it is very reminiscent of other Middleton products—especially Prince Albert. I like Prince Albert just fine. Cherry Blend tastes like Prince Albert with a very light topping that reminds me of cotton candy. If I smoke two bowls in a row, I don't even notice the topping on the second bowl. It's just a fairly pleasant, hazel-nutty Burley. That's how mild and subtle it is.

Cherry Blend will never replace my preferred tubs of Burley—Prince Albert, Kentucky Club Continental, Carter Hall—but if I see another tub for 4 bucks, I'll probably pick it up.

1 person found this review helpful.

Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (83)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A contender to Borkum Riff for world's worst pipe tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

Clarkus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Clarkus (26)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Like many, this was one of the first pipe tobaccos and perhaps the first I smoked when I started smoking a pipe in 1967. All I recall is that it bit like a mongoose. I suppose that was because I was a cigarette smoker and simply had no idea how to smoke a pipe in the first place.

I have been smoking traditional American burleys almost exclusively as of late and am especially fond of Middleton products. After reading the reviews, I just had to have some. I was unable to find any sold in a pouch so I ordered a tub. In for a penny, in for a pound.

The pouch note was extremely mild but definitely cherry. The tobacco is neither wet nor dry but actually is perfect. The cut is like Grape Nuts cereal but a flake.

I haven't hit on any cherry flavor in the smoke except the feeling in my mouth I get when eating sour apple hard candy. Very nice tartness. There is nothing heavy about the tobacco; just nice light burley. The label says it is "Zesty" and that pretty well nails it.

I'm a pretty moderate puffer so bite is no problem. It burns a bit fast but not hot. If I want a long smoke I just fill the pipe up again and continue. No ashy taste toward the bottom and no goop in the pipe.

I've smoked it in a Peterson Dublin brier and a couple of cobs. I prefer the cob for this - actually I've come to prefer cobs to briers generally. All the money I've spent on briers over the years and end up preferring cobs. Who would have guessed?

As to the rating, I give it a solid three; this is a tobacco that burley lovers should at least give a try. This tobacco is mild in every way and very pleasant and refreshing.

Update: I can't stop smoking this stuff. I now prefer it over Sugar Barrel as it is more refreshing and I love the zestiness and clean aftertaste. Also, I get zero bite from it. I'm giving it an extra star as an all day tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (555)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Having just smoked Top Black Cherry from G&H and thinking that it might remove my bias against cherry blends, I finally popped the pouch of this I've had in my cellar for a couple of years. Unfortunately, this one doesn't make its case nearly as powerfully as TBC.

Mostly burley with a bit of sweetening, the flavor wasn't the problem with this one, it was the bite. With a gallant effort, I was able to keep the sting to a reasonable level but it still diminished the overall experience greatly. The "cherry" flavor was more of a sweetener, and I didn't taste coffee or whiskey, but there was something else in there... perhaps a hazelnut or something? Couldn't put my finger on it. It was hard to taste beyond the sizzle. For my tastes, this was a one-star blend but I gave it two because if it hadn't bitten me, I get the impression that the flavor was pretty decent... and if not, at least it wasn't a goopy mess like many aromatic blenders seem to like to produce. Closer to SWRA than to a pipeshop bulk cherry blend. The flavor seemed closer to actual cherries than to frosted cherry poptarts. Worth a try if you can tame the bite or, probably more appropriately, if your body chemistry is compliant.

1 person found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (550)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

One of the two worst tobaccos I ever tried, Middleton's Apple being the other. I should have known better. It burns hot, scorches the tongue and should be sold with yellow crime tape around the pouch.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dr. G Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. G (12)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Very Pleasant

One of the more enjoyable blends encountered during my ongoing tour of the "drug store" tobaccos. This one really takes me back to my earliest memories of the pipers of my old neighborhood. My parents were considerably younger that all of our neighbors, and literally all of the older men would sit around in the evening smoking pipes which I greatly enjoyed. This one and Half & Half were ubiquitous with the "old guard". Indeed, the room note of Cherry Blend is not only one of first tobaccos I remember, but it is one of my first memories period - its that memorable and pervasive. After trying a dozen or more cherry blends, I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of cherry-infused tobaccos. That said, I found this to be largely enjoyable and easy to smoke. My example came in a 1.5 ounce pouch. Moisture was just right. Pouch aroma was unmistakably cherry, though not overwhelmingly so. Appearance was lighter and darker brown flakes giving the look of a burley/Virginia rather that the darker cavendish. Packing and lighting characteristics are excellent - a standard 3-part packing, one charring light, and it was off to the races. Good burley-forward tobacco flavor smoothed out by the cavendish. Here's where it gets confusing - as distinct as the pouch aroma is, you really have to search for the cherry flavor which is a pleasant surprise. No tongue bite at a slow cadence. Room note is delightful - nostalgic bias notwithstanding. At five bucks, its a steal. Of all the cherry blends, this is a front runner for great value, easy smoking, and that one- of-a-kind room note. Recommended

1 person found this review helpful.

Ozark Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ozark Nick (2)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I've now had 3-4 bowls of this and I'm updating my review.

Very nice, sweet tobacco flavor. I do detect a cherry flavor, but I really have to look for it. Let me state for emphasis though I do not consider that a bad thing, I think it is just about right.

Not as easy to smoke as Carter Hall, but not nearly as difficult as some other baccys I've tried. All in all a pleasant experience.

My buddy came over and smoked a bowl with me the other night, and for the first time I really got to smell the "room note" and I found it very nice. In fact, I think I might say it is "the" smell I remember from other pipe smokers which originally drew me to this hobby.

A big factor in my liking of a tobacco is in the aftertaste it leaves. The last time I smoked this baccy, it left me with just the slightest hint of cherry in my mouth all day long. And it was very very nice. Not overpowering, just a little taste if I stopped and thought about it.

I didn't experience any tongue bite, but if you puff like a steam locomotive I think you'll find it.

Right now this is tied with Carter Hall as my favorite, but I suspect it might surpass Carter in the near future.

1 person found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (187)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

The first tobaccoreviews.com review for 2011 and a Happy New Year to you all!

I smoked this on and off during my early piper days and always found it to be a pleasant experience. Nice tobacco pouch aroma; very subtle on the cherry. Always lit well and smoked without bite. No moisture, no goop, no mess. always clean by the bowl's end. Never was there a negative comment when I smoked it in mixed company. On the contrary, I always received the highest of compliments, especially, "It smells just like my grandfather's pipe used to smell." Good, old-fashioned tobacco taste. One of the great American drug store blends. I always liked tobacco packaged in a foil wrapper within a box. Thewre's something very nostalgic about it.

Take care in filling your pipe and smoke it slowly. You will be pleasantly surprised. For me at present, always a nice change of pace smoke, and good for reflecting on the years that have gone by.

1 person found this review helpful.

TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cherry Bld… Having at one time or other, smoked most drug store blends, my memory of Cherry blend (late 1960's) was at the very least, an agreeable smoke, certainly not deserving all the negative reviews found on this site. Could it have changed that much? So to satisfy my curiosity I bought a fresh pouch, containing today's product to find out. Reading the box this baccy came in, there is no mention of this being a aromatic, and the only mention of anything cherry, is its name. Sounds to me the idea of this stuff being a goopy, heavy cherry aromatic, is simply not the case. What I did find, was a blend where the somewhat strong tobaccos, provide the dominate taste, with a mild cherry casting, that only slightly shows up in the smoke taste. Sounds like the description of a good smoke to me.

After smoking this baccy in a variety of pipes I found the simple cob, the way to go. Briars seem to bring out a stronger tobacco taste, at the cost of the many delicate flavors this blend is capable of. The secret to these delicate flavors, is no secret at all, no different than smoking a fine Virginia for example, sip and taste, sip and taste. Nothing new there, just SOP with most blends.. I smoked bowl after bowl of this stuff, to get a good feel for this blend, and found it to be bite free. Not saying an aggressive puffer won't get bit, but I experienced none. Light up and burn was typical of a burley blend, easy light up, lots of smoke, and stays lit, to just short of total tobacco consumption, leaving only some ash and a few charred flakes to clean out, no wet goop, no special clean up. or for that matter no moisture at all. Bottom line; You do your part in smoking this old timer, it will provide you with a real decent smoke, as it has been doing for decades. Chronic complainers need not apply. 3 stars

1 person found this review helpful.

dt753 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dt753 (12)
★☆☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant

They should re-name this "Mad Dog", because that's what it bites like!

I really was wanting to like this blend, but I just can't stand the bite. As I am a rather heavy smoker (10 to 12 bowls a day), and the fact that I like other OTC blends (PA and Carter Hall), I figured this might be an addition to my rotation. I am sorry to say, it will not be. It bites, has no detectable cherry flavor, burns hot, and seems to be a little light in the nicotene department.

After trying 2 bowls of this stuff, I gave the rest of the pouch away.

1 person found this review helpful.

Seth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Seth (1)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The first couple times I sampled this tobacco, I was distraught to the extent i almost tossed the pouch in the trash. However, I dismissed my disgust for the blend as the result of being new to pipe smoking. I forgot about the blend and sampled other blends until i felt i could really evaluate a good smoke.

Still, after all of this time, I truly dislike this blend. At the moment of this writing, I was reclining in my smoking chair in the garage, puffing away, evaluating this blend in order to record all of my reactions and thoughts quickly and accurately.

What I noted:

Tongue bite- first thing, I got a horrible tongue bite. Even while smoked slowly, the tobacco bites at your tongue the whole smoke.

Cherry flavoring- to be blunt about it, there was none. The blend lacked flavor all together and was rather bland.

Aroma- The scent was not a cherry scent either. However, this was the best part of smoking this blend, besides for the part where I put my pipe up for the night...

Dry- this blend was incredibly dry. perhaps it was just the pouched variety, but the tobacco was terribly dry and didn't give an enjoyable smoke at all. Hard to keep lit- For as dry as the tobacco was, it was incredibly hard to keep lit. I had to light up about 5 times in the first half of the bowl. On most full bowls i only re-light about 2-3 times.

Over-all judgement: Personally i thought that the tobacco was way overpriced. Especially with the poor quality. I have smoked many cheaper drugstore tobaccos that yielded a far superior smoke. I wouldn't reccomend this blend.

I didn't doctor it up as some of you have. I realize that this may have improved the smoke considerably, however, my review was based on how the blend was as the blenders sold it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this review and hopefully you may take something useful out of it to increase your smoking pleasure.

Seth,

1 person found this review helpful.

caddad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
caddad (53)
★☆☆☆
Strong Strong Overwhelming Pleasant

Had high hopes on this one. Even went looking for it after reading a review in a magazine. Very disappointing. Burned my mouth and nose no matter how careful I was with it. Actually had to toss the rest as I just could not finish it! May just be my metabolism however I will not buy this again.

1 person found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Decent cherry aromatic, a little on the bland side but otherwise o.k. This does not offend the pallette as Borkum Riff Cherry Cavendish can do, it was not as goopy either. I must warn you to smoke slowly though, it gave me nasty tongue bite and I smoked very slowly. I won't buy this again.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tom Bruce Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bruce (19)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Overwhelming

This was one of my earliest blends back in the mid 1960s. And I liked it a lot. It's an easy tobacco to use, cheap, available almost everywhere, actually tastes like it has some real cherries in it, and gives off a tremendous mouthful of smooth smoke. But I'll never smoke it again. It is the only pipe tobacco I have ever smoked that got me kicked out of the house. I was at a family reunion and it wasn't just one person, but several who asked me to either change tobaccos or leave as the smell was just too sickly sweet. And as the saying goes, you can pick your nose but not your relatives...so...

1 person found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

08-25-04 Like many, this was my first blend. I still have my notes on this, so here goes:

Appearance and aroma: well typical black and brown ribbon. Aroma is cherry, but not as strong as some other aromatics I have tried.

Packing and lighting: easy to pack, if packed loosely, will light in 3-4 lights

Initial Flavor: typical cavendish with the cherry right there.

Mid-Bowl: the cavendish is still in front, cherry not as tart.

Bottom of Bowl: Not much build up of strength, but can get ashy and yes, this is cheap tobacco. I keep getting undertones of cigarette flavor (blagh!). The cherry is still there.

Overall: I suppose I could have started my pipe smoking with worse blends, but now, I can't smoke this stuff anymore. I just don't like cherry of anykind anymore. But for those of you that do, this might be one you might like due to the fact that the casing is not overpowering as some other companies' versions.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

1 person found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (82)
★★★☆
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

What can i say... this blend is 1.25 a pouch here in north georgia.I like burley.The cherry flavoring is mild.It is not soaked in cherry flavor.This blend has to be one of the easiest blends in the world to light and keep lit.Put alot in the pipe because it will burn quickly.. not hot ..just quick.The aroma passes the wife test.A friend of mine started smoking the pipe and was getting frustrated with keeping his pipe lit.. so i bought him cherry blend and he was and is thrilled.A great beginer blend and an inexpenceive burley blend with a sound burley flavor!Hey .. for the money youve got to give it a shot!!!

Edit : 2/2014 ... it's been a few years since I wrote the above review . It costs 3.25 nowadays .. Nothing has changed with this blend in my mind ... I still love it . If ya get bit by this blend then youre more than likely filling the pipe to loose or spazzing out

1 person found this review helpful.

Skilling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skilling (80)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It's amazing of how many "drug store" brands there were when I was a kid. A couple of my buddys and I probably tried them all at one time or another. This blend made the list.

Although one of the best cherry blends available, after a couple bowls, I was pretty well done for awhile.

This blend starts off sweet upon lightup but does taper down a bit. The cherry stays in the background.

Not bad if you like cherry.

I've never been crazy about Swisher Sweets or Cherry Blends.

1 person found this review helpful.

PhillyB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhillyB (27)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is amongst the more pleasant aromatics I have tried. That can likely be attributed to the fact that it is also one of the most mild and simple aromatics I have tried. Out of the pouch it smells like cherry Kool-Aid. taste is of slightly nutty burley and sweet cavendish, with just enough cherry topping to taste and make the room and your clothes smell really very nice. Will bite if you freight train it, so go slow and enjoy.

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Earl Grey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Earl Grey (15)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Middleton's Cherry is one I have always enjoyed. I'm not big on aromatics, but this one is very subtle. When I was a newbie, this one beat out the Cherry Almond I was smoking when there was still a Tinder Box where I live. Why do so many of us go for cherry tobacco when we first start out?

The first tub of tobacco I ever bought was Middleton's Cherry. It's a good one to start with. It's a pleasant tobacco and the cherry flavor isn't overbearing. It's not in my regular rotation, but I always keep a pouch around. It will always bring back fond memories for me.

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atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (26)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

The name of the blend should say it all, Cherry Blend. Unfortunately, it does not. There are expectations which are just not met. I'll say right off that it did not bite, even right out of the pouch. And it did not leave a "goopy mess" as some other aromatics might. It also did not have any flavor, at all. The first half of the bowl was actually quite innocuous, not cherry, but not bad. The latter half of the bowl was just ashy and lost any trace of what might have been flavor. I was expecting a strong and noticeable charry scent. It was disappointing in the sense that it did not deliver what its name says it is. Is there a reason to buy a tobacco that, even with no bite, has none of the flavor advertised? No.

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wodanick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wodanick (1)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Puh-lease people! This is one of the two worst tobaccos I have EVER smoked, the other being Middleton's Apple. Both have relatively the same flavor, which in itself isn't a bad flavor if you can get past the sensation of your tongue being on fire. This tobacco has one of THE worst tongue bites I have ever experienced. Even the plastic tipped cigars in the store with this blend in them have tongue bite. I hate to have tobacco go to waste, so when I have gotten my enjoyment out of a blend and still have some left I add it to an air tight jar. The entire contents of this package went into the jar. It bites SO bad that every bowl from the jar is a scorcher. Save your tongue, smoke something else.

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TobaccoMan2012 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TobaccoMan2012 (28)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Ok let me start off saying that I have avoided aromatics and classic OTC blends for a while. This one is rather interesting.. It needs to be packed in the bowl more tightly to get a decent smoke. Lights easy and stays burning. Not too much of a cherry taste, like the description says on this website I can taste a smooth cherry flavor with almost a coffee flavor as well. Not too overpowering at all. I think I will make this my lawn mowing tobacco in the summer, something to smoke while riding the lawn tractor. The only reason I give it three stars is that it has some moderate tongue bite when first lighting. Well I'm about to enjoy another bowl of this in my Brigham Voyageur pipe right now!

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ctyankeepiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ctyankeepiper (13)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I got to admit I found this tobacco while browsing a local smoke shop for better quality tins (they didn't have any). I had the plastic tipped "cigars" which I enjoyed when I was younger and didn't know what good tobacco was and thought" ehh why not...lets see how bad this bites me". I ended up walking out with a pouch of this, a pouch of Mixture No 79, and a huge no name cheapo painted pipe. I loaded up the cheapo pipe, lit it, and there was that familiar taste of the cigars minus the paper wrapper taste and flavor and the cheap plastic tip. As I got further down the bowl there was no signs of bite, and I could pick up a ever slight hint of cherry, and the room note from what I could smell was ok. Would I make this an everyday smoke, no, but it's ok for an every now and than smoke, and will grab another pouch to keep in car just in case.

PS the pipe as it turns out is a decent smoker and holds a huge amount of tobacco. Just don't know how long the cheap paint will last as it's already starting to bubble up a bit around the rim.

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JerseySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JerseySmoker (11)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I bought a pouch of this on a lark.

To be honest, it did smoke fairly well, no bite, etc. I did happily smoke half the pouch that day.

Three days after I opened the pouch, it turned into a block of fuzzy mold.

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manxman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
manxman (13)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Just couldn't find the cherry, coffee or whiskey flavors that Middletons claims. Just tasted burley. A bargain smoke here in Connecticut at around $5 a pouch when the other name brands go for about $7.75. IMO, this is a 2 star smoke, Middletons Apple is a 3. I smoke it in a hardwood Missouri Meerschaum using a Dr Grabow filter cut in half. I change the filter about every two bowls. The pouch was fresh when I opened it. This was to be expected as it's a sealed foil pouch inside a cellophane wrapped box. No tongue bite for me.

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ecce_ego Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ecce_ego (12)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I found a supermarket that sells all kinds of tobaccos, so I'll be reviewing them all. I wanted to try this one because I've been wanting to try a cherry blend for some time. It smells very faintly of cherry in the pouch, but I detect very little cherry taste. The room mote is great, but the tobacco is what I taste. All in all a good tobacco that is a nice price. Great right from the bag, nice big rough cut.

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Orion Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Orion (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I'm under orders from my wife not buy any tobacco on-line till my birthday (April 15th!) So I took her literally and tried to find something decent in the Brick and Mortar smoke shops in the area. Not that I couldn't last on the stack of tins in the basement. I ended up bringing this home, as my mother in law was recently recalling fond memories she has of a cherry blend her grandfather used to smoke. I was prepared for a disappointment seeing it sit there on the shelf in a card board box. I was surprised when I opened the pouch to find such balanced moisture and color in the tobacco. It's aroma was distinctly cherry and burley. I was nervous to pack my Peterson as the last time I tried a new tobacco in that pipe it was very disappointing altogether, as it was bad enough for me not to finish the bowl! So I cautiously packed my small clay pipe with a thimbleful of the the blend, noting how the flakes seemed moist but not greasy like most cheap tobaccos I've tried. A few quick puffs and I taste gray... after a couple good tamps a light cherry tone manages to rise above the burley. Good enough for me! So I pack a full bowl and give it a couple false lights before I kick off the big show. As I expected the larger diameter bowl brings out the cherry very nicely and balances out well with the burley. Once again the blend surprises me by the lack of the chemical taste I associate with cheap flavored tobaccos. It burns very evenly and the first 3 quarters of the bowl are light, billowy clouds of cherry and burley. Towards the bottom of the bowl the moisture makes for a slightly dense smoke with strong almost plum cake taste. I set the pipe down, happy with the victory over my brother in a game of cribbage, and a bowl of surprisingly enjoyable cheap and readily available pipe tobacco! About 5 minutes later that chemical taste sneaks up on my tongue, but nothing that a pint of Founder's Red Rye IPA can't wash away. A well rounded tobacco with a very good flavor to price ratio!

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Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (78)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Not my favorite aromatic but nice enough to buy a pounch now and again. Very mild flavor and nice sweet aroma. I wouldn't buy this by the tub or make it my every day smoke but I can easily see how some would. Worth the try.

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Thbg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thbg (25)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

In the immortal words of Ralph Wiggum, "...it tastes like burning...".

Every few years I try this blend again, but I simply can not find a way to smoke this that does not sear my tounge like my Weber kettle grill sears a ribeye.

I really can not offer more to this review as I can not get past the initial pain that this tobacco has inflicted on my mouth time and agian.

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Coos Yellowknife Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coos Yellowknife (3)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This was one of the first pipe tobaccos I ever tried long ago. I liked it then and still like it today. Hard to find tins of it but can find it locally in pouches. I guess I will have to order a tin online.

The only thing I do not like about Cherry Blend is it is not as good if it drys out. It tends to have a bit more bite when it is dry, even when smoked slowly. This will not keep me from smoking it. I just make sure it does not just sit around for along time.

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wosbald Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wosbald (111)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The tub aroma of this plug-cut burley cavendish is of sweet cherry Life Savers, though not overwhelmingly so.

The basic creaminess of sweet burley dominates the flavor whilst the backup of cherry flavor is ingratiating though not domineering.

Cherry Blend is a cheerfully and sweetly pleasant blend which manages to retain a tobacco- forward profile and which is a suitable candidate for all-day puffing. It will certainly ghost a briar and seemed best in a narrow to medium gauge chamber.

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apipeareyouserious? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
apipeareyouserious? (21)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I've fallen in love with this tobacco. I ordered a couple of pouches online (it's not available locally, been looking for a year!) and have been really impressed. When I opened my first pouch, I noticed that I needed to break the tobacco up...it was all clumped together, but really an excellent moisture level & ready to smoke immediately.

I've found that the best way for me to smoke this stuff is on the verge of going out. I don't get lots of smoke with this one, but the flavor is tremendous. Pulling too hard immediately fires it up & threatens to bite, and the flavor turns to a harsh burly/chemical mix, but keeping it right in the sweet spot gives this really nice mellow nutty tobacco flavor coupled with a tangy sweet cherry flavor that's just so nice, maybe like eating a pecan with a dried cherry? It's not a mindless smoke for me yet, but I'm working on it! Added bonus: this stuff still tastes good even after the pipe's gone out. I'm ordering a tub or two for sure.

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Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (106)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This stuff is middle of the road - not the greatest blend available but certainly not the worst. It is the best of the cherry blends. It doesn't have much bite and it doesn't smoke goopy. My wife has a low tolerance for aroma of pipe smoke but she doesn't seem to object to this blend. The leaf used in the blend is decent quality and the casing doesn't completely overwhelm the natural taste of the tobacco as is the case with most other blends. If no other tobacco is available and I have to settle for an OTC blend, Carter Hall would be my first choice, SWR Aro second, Middleton Cherry third.

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rrackley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rrackley (3)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Like many who noticed the nice aroma of this tobacco while around others who were smoking it in the 1960s and 1970s - and who imagined that young women might be favorably impressed with them if they smoked it - I started out with Middleton's Cherry Blend in a pipe I bought with it in a drugstore while in college in 1972. I don't remember if it was a Dr. Grabow or Medico pipe, but I'm sure it was one of those two brands. I immediately became aware that pipe tobaccos don't taste when you are smoking them the way they smell when someone else is smoking them - and got a serious lesson in tongue bite. After a package or two of Cherry Blend I moved on to other brands that came in pouches in convenience stores with names that suggested fruit flavors and, if they didn't bite like Cherry Blend, left me feeling like I had been eating a bar of perfumed soap instead. Then, I discovered shop-blended tobaccos and pipes that did not have filters or gimmicky metal plumbing inside at a shopping mall pipe store, picked up some hints on how to pack and puff for mildness and flavor, and left the drugstore stuff behind.

A while back, I saw some Cherry Blend for sale at a drugstore and decided to buy it just for the nostalgia. It felt fresh in the pouch and I decided to give it a try. I sprinkled it into one of my large-bowl old GBD pipes, packed it fairly loosely, gave it a good light across the top, puffed gently once it was lit and got an awakening. I actually enjoyed it. In the same way that I can enjoy a bowl of Carter Hall or Prince Albert these days, anyway. It still didn't taste the way it smelled, but my nose enjoyed the cherry aroma that it could pick up as I puffed. It wasn't bad as a no-nonsense tobacco flavor.

I realize that my poor memories of Middleton's Cherry Blend have more to do with the way I packed it for too hard a draw and then puffed like crazy to keep it lit when I tried it almost 40 years ago, before I knew better. I am going to keep some around to enjoy from time to time now that I know how to enjoy it.

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chgo.piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chgo.piper (36)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Now, just hold on a hot damn minute... I smoke and thoroughly enjoy fine tobacco blends as much as the next man. But, I don't know why this tobacco is getting such a bad rap. Cherry Blend yields good honest burley taste with very subtle cherry flavor. Certainly worthy of 3 stars (IMO).

UPDATE 10/18/2013: For the past few months I've been smoking a lot of burley lately and I've been really enjoying Cherry Blend, especially with my morning coffee... This blend and Granger as well.. I been enjoying it so often that I feel it's my duty to raise it to four stars. "Just a good old tobacco from way back when"

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hockey01 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hockey01 (28)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Cherry Blend is "King of the Tongue Biters"--always has been, always will be. It's hard to believe anyone could smoke this stuff and report of no tongue bite. If you get no t/b from this, your tongue must be like shoe leather.

"Like shoe leatha', Chah-lee. Shoe leatha already."

The room note is what really attracts one to this blend in the first place, but I can think of a hundred other cherry-flavored blends that also have attractive room notes and won't have you sprinting for the nearest water fountain to put out the 3- alarm in your mouth.

Use it for mulch?

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Fellow traveler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fellow traveler (64)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

On a trip to Boston for business I choose not to take any pipes and bought a cob and a bag of Cherry Blend at CVS.

It burns hot, and leaves a lingering unpleasant aftertaste. But tastes OK while smoking if you can keep the heat down.

I left the pipe and rest of the bag in the airport garbage can.

Try Gwaith Celtic Talisman for a different cherry taste sensation.

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

It's obvious that the negative reviews of this fine tobacco are written by competitor blenders/sellers.

I started smoking Middleton's Cherry Blend when I was a mere lad freshman in college and 18 years old. This month I'm 67 and still loving it.

I've had complete strangers walk up to me and tell me they "love the smell of my pipe."

It has no bite and is always a smooth, easy smoke.

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mwins123 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mwins123 (4)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This was one of the first pipe tobaccos that i tried when i began smoking my pipe. It burned a little slow and didn't hate it, but went ahead and tried a different brand and flavor before i had finished the pouch. In my opinion it is a fair flavorful smoke for a cheap tobacco, but wouldnt recommend it for an all day smoke.

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ivycap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ivycap (63)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I'm quite surprised this tobacco hasn't gotten better reviews. Given it's not the highest quality tobacco in the world. But this is the classic American Hallmark of tobacco. This is the blend all of our grandfathers enjoyed for decades. The smell of it brings us back to our childhood.

Anyone who has smoked tobacco long enough knows that most aromatics don't taste like they smell. So what! Middleton's Cherry tobacco tastes like tobacco! It's about 60% burely and 40% virgina (and no cavendish otherwise the tobacco would be black). I like the taste of tobacco, gentlemen, and if you don't you shouldn't be smoking a pipe.

It is mild, non-goopy, no soapy aftertaste as with some aros, and tastes like a standard virginia/ burely. For such an affordable price that's all you need ask for.

All I can add to that is try smoking this in a fresh Missouri Meershaum Diplomat. For some reason, it seems to bring out that cherry nuance a little better than in my other pipes.

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paulw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
paulw (32)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This is one of the better cherry blends without the goop, and the nasty chemical taste ,smell. I've smoked this on and off for years

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Storm Watch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Storm Watch (25)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Not really happy with this stuff but better than some cherry blends. It is not something I would buy all the time. Have to say it burns well though it may ghost your pipe. If you like cherry you might like this mild blend. I'd take nearly anything else over it. I'm not much on aros.

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Mountain Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mountain Man (23)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The problem with my puoch of tobacco is that it was too dry.With aromatics,the flavor leaves with the moisture.These tobaccos have stayed on the shelf for so long,that the flavor has evaporated/dried out.There was no cherry flavor left in my pouch,and it was so dry that it would burn hot if not careful.I rehydrated the tobacco,wich helped with burn quality,but does nothing for the lost flavor.The only thing I like about this tobacco is the room note.

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Uruss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uruss (7)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't know...this blend just didn't do it for me. first of all, if you aren't careful, and I mean very careful, it'll bite like the devil. I didn't get much flavoring on light up, I didn't taste anything till about halfway through the bowl. may be because I was concentrating on my scorching tongue? who knows, but I don't think I can recommend this. If you want an "OK" cherry tasting smoke, give Half&Half a try. it sure as heck wont bite as hard as this.

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happy jack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
happy jack (25)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I was on a budget, and bought a whole can of this without ever even trying this Ol time "OTC", OMG, when I opened the lid I thought the cherry was cough medicine, so I packed a bowl and smoked this tumble weed, nothing but bite and heat, there is no flavor here, " well some, more burley than Virgina or Cavendish. Sorry to say, but this is a "NO WAY".I tryed several bowls, and sadly had to throw my money away,...But not in the trash this went, I was determend to get somthing fore my money, so I spread this around several of my rose bushes for bug managment,...I guess my taste were right cause the bugs dident even bite. The roses were wonderfull that year. I make NO recommendation for this, there are other cheaper ways to grow great roses. If your on a budget DON't buy a big can or bag of something you never had," Hey we live and learn", get some granger or Half and Half, both are friendly to the toung, throat, nose, palet, and walet. I love aromatics, and all tobacco is and has aroma, but as for tast, we detect by way of nose and the sences of sweet,sour, salty and bitter, I know Im taking alot of time with this I guess Im speaking largly to the beginners, cherry is wonderfull, but I think it is a tobacco that needs a companion. I do enjoy the little cigars from this Company. Pass on this, but if you decide to try some buy a pouch, give it several bowls, if you dont like it, throw it in one of your wifes plants, if you do like it may I suggest a dedicated pipe,cause this can haunt. 1/2 star, only because this can be salvaged if blended with a straight cavendish, or used as an insecticide.

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Roddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Roddy (41)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I gave this two stars only because it's better than Paladin. But then anything is.

There is some cherry flavor here but it's not overpowering. Be careful, this stuff could bite you if you go to fast. The tobacco itself is rather boring with the cherry being the only highlight to speak of. If you're broke and like cherry then go for it. Be advised that smoking too much of this stuff can ghost your pipe.

For folks who say it has no cherry flavor at all you have to realize that some of this stuff sits on the shelf for a long time. Heavily cased tobaccos tend to loose their flavor after awhile.

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Dr. Grabowski Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Grabowski (4)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I find it to be very dull. Not much cherry aroma and no distinct flavor. As far as Middleton products go, stick with Carter Hall, I think it's superior in every way.

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pandabearzx2 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pandabearzx2 (18)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

For a drug-store blend, this isn't bad. I'm not judging it on the same scale as a blend from a reputable tobacconist, of course. But within its league it is worth a try.

It took me forever to get the "cherry" taste. The trick is that whe you draw the smoke, pull it across your tounge very deliberately. Then you get a very nice note of cherry. The tobacco itself is rather... Boring. And I also don't care for the cut. But generally, it is an ok drug store blend. Worth a try for someone who wants a mild aromatic, and doesn't have access to some higher quality tobacco.

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DrugStorePuffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrugStorePuffer (6)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Until recently I considered myself a die hard cherry smoker, Carter Hall may have changed that, and tried some of this stuff. Not much going on with this blend. Upon opening the pouch I was not impressed by the smell. The "cube cut" also did not appeal to me nor did the dryness. Lighting up did nothing for me either. Not much taste...burned hot...not an overly enjoyable room note and it just did not burn well. After two pouches I doubt I'll ever buy another. I prefer a stronger cherry taste and I did not detect much cherry at all in this. The only plus was that there was no bite. Overall I just found this to be flat and bland.

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AcworthAl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AcworthAl (20)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Nostalgia was the reason I purchased this. It was one of the first blends I ever smoked, I am not crazy about Cherry Blend, not sure why, perhaps I just do not like the taste. However, I took a tin to work, we can smoke outside, and fellow employees seem to enjoy the smell. I will say that it smells better than it smokes.

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Glorfindel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Glorfindel (57)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Light cherry flavor/room note, not goopy and just dry enough right out of the pouch-box it came in. Nice medium strength, good quality tobaccos - no floor sweepings apprent to me at least

For $2.89 + tax at my local package (beer) store and the above stated solid qualities - this could be an anytime-go-to blend.

price, dependability of the smoke, availability, and for not being pretentious ----- 3 stars *

Good Draw to You!

Glorfindel

4-30-09

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Demetri Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Demetri (93)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am not an aromatic smoker. However, I do occasionally like an aromatic for a change of taste from my usual English style blends. For years Sail Green was that alternative for me but I cannot locate any locally here. I have tried various vanilla cased products over the years and enjoyed none of them. Yesterday, while awaiting an Rx refill at local supermarket I saw a 1.5 oz. pouch of this for $2.79 and bought it on a lark. Stepping outside for my 30 minute wait I tried a short bowl of this. Pouch aroma was very subtle which I took as a positive. The product was very dry (and not the damp swamp that the Captain Blacks seem to be) - another positive. Lighting up, I found a pleasantly light flavor and aroma. Strength was adequate. It was moderately hard to keep lighted, but not overly so. It did burn HOT, but bite was not harsh at all (maybe my puffing/pull style). I did not finish the bowl and chose to knock the unburned load out. At bottom of bowl was a 'soup' which I was glad I did not reach. I tried a second bowl last night in sun-room and wife exclaimed,"That smells nice". For less than 3 bucks, and the rare times I would smoke it, I won't toss the pouch but keep some around.

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Harpua0077 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harpua0077 (31)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is an interesting Cherry I don't have much experiance with cherry flavors. Now I love these as little cigars, but as a pipe tobacoo it is much like a cough drop without the menthalyptus. Add just a touch of Menthol cigarette tobacco and you got yourself a good cough drop blend. At least it works good for bad breath. It doesn't stay lit well, and it burns super hot. I can only smoke half a pipe before the briar is so hot I can't hold the pipe. Would I buy this again, I guess since I do like the cherry flavor on rare occassion. My personal notes have this at a 5.2 just because of the lack of tobacco flavor and the heat. By the way the wife doesn't like this at all but my Uncle does.

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Auroraboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Auroraboy (22)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I wanted to like this much more than I actually do. Loving Prince Albert and Carter Hall as I do, I was hoping that this companion brand of theirs was as good.

The packaging is great, the 1.5 oz. pouch as attractive and convenient as the others. The cut and appearance is where it begins to veer off. It seems to have more of a cube cut, like tiny flakes -- almost like red pepper flakes, which unfortunately brings me to the taste. I like the smell, kind of clove-y, though nothing that brings "cherry" to mind. But hoo boy, light it up, and it burns your tongue like an overdose of the aforementioned pepper. I've come back to this one several times, adjusting my puffing speed, experimenting with cobs, bowl size, etc., but the bite is still there. I see no reason for this, other than whatever topping they're putting on. Seems like this could be cherry-flavored Carter Hall, which might be nice. But rest assured it's not. It's a shame, because I do want to like it.

Update: Since my last pouch of this, it's stuck in the back of my mind because I enjoy P.A. and Carter Hall so much. I grabbed another pouch several days ago, and either I'm smoking my pipe more skillfully, or my body chemistry has changed, because the aforementioned bite was barely evident, the flavor came through much more nicely, and all the pleasant aspects of the packaging and the cut/look of the leaf are still the same. I'll be keeping this on hand more often, and continuing to hope for the best. The better Middleton brands are some of the pipers' best friends in this tough economy!

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tonalsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonalsmoker (30)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I remember trying this blend for the first time when I first started smoking a pipe I bought Middleton's simply for the cherry flavor that we all love the smell of and imagine being just as tasty through the pipe. I huffed and puffed on the bowl craving that cherry flavor and scalded my mouth from my lack of patience and no smoking technique.I remember saying to myself 'no wonder this sucks I got it from a drugstore,not a tobacco shop'.And that was my perspective on drugstore blends except PA and Granger.Fast forwarding throughout the years I have tried numerous tinned imports few very enjoyable and certainly not worth the money or reviewing.Years later I returned back to Drugstore burleys which to me satisify me more than my previous smoking experiences over many years.Then it hit me,I was in a convenience store one night and saw Cherry Blend behind the counter curious as to what my tastebuds would experience after all my smoking experiences I purchased some.My experience was very pleasant,it lit very nicely and contained a tasty tobacco mixture when savored slowly and the cordial cherry taste was enjoyable.Middleton's Cherry Blend has earned a place permanantly on my shelf and still enjoy this old-fasioned smoke today.

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Frosty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Frosty (37)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This review is based on the little foil pouch, which in my experience with other tobaccos is never as good as the tub, but I didn't want to spring for a tub in case it bit. Well, as expected, the foil pouch, although perfectly sealed, yielded bone dry tobacco. I expected this, and rehydrated the contents in a small plastic tub with a paper napkin soaked in distilled water. After proper hydration, I tried it in a number of pipes, and it's not too bad. There was no bite, and I detected no cherry aroma or taste, but rather a butterscotch aroma and taste, which really reminds me of Middleton's Hickory. I suppose the tub would present the better version, as is almost always the case. This is a cool old retro Codger Burley, and I might just spring for the 14 oz tub. Like most of Middleton's products, this is a nice mellow all day smoke, smooth and predictable. This may also be a good blender for my own use. Try the pouch if you wish, just be sure it is properly hydrated, otherwise you will not experience the smoothness of the blend. 2 stars for now, I will buy a tub and may upgrade later.

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

I am not a huge fan of aromatics but this is a mild one. I bought a pouch, it was ok. Nothing to be excited about. Taste was fine, room note didn't seem to be bothersome to anyone and I got no bite. A friend purchased a can/tub of this stuff and it was amazingly different. Much better taste, a little flavoring and great room note. I smoked a few bowls of his before buying a tub for myself. I like this when in public places (now and again). It can go out now and again and it WILL bite your tongue if smoked too fast! Sometimes I get bit when I'm not smoking fast. I find that Cavendish tobaccos bite me more than others. It seems that the longer you let this stuff sit the better. I smoke this mainly in an older Ropp pipe and a no name poker. The shape is great for this tobacco. The casing is very mild and I don't feel like I am smoking cough syrup like many others. I think I'll always keep a little bit of this on hand, the tub should last me a very long time.

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churchwarden398 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
churchwarden398 (18)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Like several on this site, I joined in the hunt for a good cherry blend. This definitely not it. My local tobacconist, at the time, had a very nice cherry blend. However my cash flow was not condusive relying on that source everytime. I bought this in hopes of finding a less expensive but good cherry blend. This did not turn out to be the case. True, it was not as goopy as the Borkum Riff variety. To me, it was like smoking a light cherry scented soap, if that is possibleor even imaginable. In my hiatus from pipe smoking I found a decent cherry favored chewing tobacco. I am satisfied to have my quest for the perfect cherry blend to have ended there. I have resumed my love of the briar by treating them to Balkans or Scottish Mixtures. I will give this two stars.

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Top Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Top (3)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Strong

Smells like soap. Tastes like soap. Smells like Dow Chemical's version of cherry. Turned me off aromatics for years and I still won't smoke a cherry blend. Wouldn't use if for fertilizer.

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Nick O'Teen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick O'Teen (90)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Not the worst of the drugstore cherries but that's no excuse to smoke this fodder.

On a positive note : it's better than Rattray's Terry Red (which runs a distant second to smoking old gym socks).

* 1/2

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WeeWillie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WeeWillie (3)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

If I was to sum this blend up in one word it would be "OUCH!". I used to get a nice cherry blend from a local bookstore when I lived in Wisconsin and was hoping to find a replacement in this blend - unfortunately I didn't. I tried smoking this out of a Nording Freehand, a churchwarden, a Grabow, a Savinelli, a Dunhill, and a Peterson and got the same result from all - extreme tongue bite. I generally smoke 7-8 bowls of tobacco a day and consider myself to have a pretty tough tongue, but this blend felt like it reduced my tongue and gums to a pile of ashes. It took about 2 days to recover from each of my experiences with the blend and get the charcoal taste from my mouth. Drying the blend didn't seem to make any difference either - dry or wet it still bit. The room note and aroma are pleasant but that is where my good experiences ended. I have only thrown out 2 tobaccos in my life and this was one of them.

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rlaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rlaw (13)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Another ok tobacco. I could not pick up on any cherry but it may have just been the package I happened to pick up. It burned hot and had some bite but not too bad.

Nothing great, nothing real bad.

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (141)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This stuff really isn't bad, it's just not very good. I had expected more tongue bite and a cloying sweet taste, and was pleasantly surprised to encounter neither. On the other hand, I found nothing remarkable here. It's worth trying if you're on a budget or like aromatics, but I don't plan on buying more.

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Wriggles Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wriggles (44)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Years ago, I never liked this stuff, but the aroma and room note was positively delicious. After reading mostly positive reviews on this site, I bought a package at the super market a few months ago.

I loaded a corncob, expecting to dump it out after a few puffs, and lament the waste of $ 2.50. I was shocked to actually enjoy this tobacco. The taste was flavorful, almost not cherry, but a hint, along with a great tobacco flavor. I finished the first package, and soon bought 3 more packages. The last package had to be rehydrated, but still smoked with excellent flavor.

Because it can be purchased everywhere, I will smoke Cherry Blend regularly. I think my prior dislike stemmed from my exclusive use of briar pipes at that time. Corncob pipes bring out the best in this tobacco. In a briar, Cherry Blend is much harsher.

Update: I bought a canister recently at the supermarket for 13.99. This stuff is even better in the can. Great burley flavor, with a hint of cherry. Smokes great in a Nording Freehand or Kaywoodie, in addition to a cob. Really amazing tobacco for the price. Very highly recommended.

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South Mantis06 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
South Mantis06 (12)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

For an OTC blend- not bad. I was skeptical. I smoked Cherry Blend many moons ago and didn't care for it. I would have given it a one star back then. For whatever reason, I was impressed with it considering the cost. It's really not too bad a smoke. It ain't an IRC or Mac Baren caliber, but for the price- hey, I like a Bud now and then too. Doesn't have to be a Heine's all the time. Not bad at all.

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (75)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

If it didn't say cherry blend on the can, one would fine it difficult in trying to pinpoint what the actually flavoring might be. This is not your typical cherry tobacco. Comprising dry brown rough cut burley with a varying degree of cake and some lighter virginia flakes in the American sense. The aroma from the tin is actually complex with underlying notes of deep sweetness like honey or maple syrup with a mild to medium dark cherry character, not at all bright and tangy like a usual cherry cavendish. The smoke is dry with a rounded and slightly darker sweetness and similiar but stronger aroma. This can seem to burn a little hot, so slow methodical puffing as should be the norm. I feel this really is among the better burley based tobaccos from any manufacturer. the reason is Middleton has cased this burley tobacco just right, just thoroughly enough with sufficient and appreciable sweetness for a round smoke. The contrary is so often my complaint in regards to premium burley products that are bland and smoke like dry paper, so listen up you Danes and Germans! I'm having a good time with the Middletons lately and I think I'll stick with them and Chery Blend as my burley based blend of Choice.

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Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

While certainly not the best cherry blend available, it is smokable. It's primarily just Carter Hall with some cherry topping added. It's not bad, just not remarkable. For cherry tobacco lovers, it will do in a pinch but not worth going out of your way for.

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akaiser77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
akaiser77 (52)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

One of the nice things about being a pipe smoker is that you can change your mind. The original review I wrote here for Middleton's Cherry Blend was unnecessarily harsh. Trying this blend again, I have revised my earlier assessment.

This is a quality burley blend and comes in attractive packaging, just like Middleton's other big sellers, Prince Albert and Carter Hall. However, unlike its brother blends, Cherry Blend is a light (very light) aromatic, with a pouch aroma that is simply delicious. It's understated and slightly fruity, with a nutmeg overtone. Most appetizing.

When lit, Cherry Blend offers no-bite smoking pleasure with a mildly sweet room note. "Cherry" is not how I would describe it, but it is pleasant. It also has the virtues of being cheap and readily available. All in all, pretty good stuff.

I think the first reviewer of this blend has either never actually smoked Cherry Blend or has it mixed up with something else (Paladin's Black Cherry, maybe)? There is no "explosion" of flavor here, nor anything akin to "chugging cough syrup." That review is very misleading. What we have here is good burley, making for a good smoke. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Loboatomy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Loboatomy (36)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Again, I have a predisposition for this type of tobacco, and as these things go, Cherry Blend is one that I find myself smoking more and more. No nonsense burley with a hint of cherry casing. Like all burleys, it must be smoked slow with ample "nose time" to really appreciate the flavor. I smoke this almost exclusively in a cob. The cherry casing is far less pronounced in this than some other brands, and doesn't overpower the smoke at all. Room note is alright according to the lass... This is an easy tobacco...easy to pack, easy to light, easy to smoke, and at somewhere around $2/ pouch or $13/tub, easy to buy.

As I recommend with all of these american burley types: Go slow...sip the smoke and let it waft up your nose and let it dance on your palate. Smoke it out of a bowl that is long and narrow and pack it fairly tight. Don't hesitate to knock out the last 1/4 of unburnt tobacco when it begins to taste hot and ashy...think of this as a worthy sacrifice to the gods of pipedom.

Recommended

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Black Seamus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Seamus (56)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

There's not much to say about Middleton's Cherry Blend that hasn't been said already. I enjoy Middelton's Walnut and Prince Albert, so I thought I'd give this one a go. I'm glad I did.

I would describe it as an aromatic blend for those who dislike aromatic blends. Lightly sweet and nutty with a nice room note. It goes great with coffee, and, like most Burley blends, it's wonderful in a cob with a cup of coffee on the side.

Recommended for the Burley lover.

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squonk12 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
squonk12 (4)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is what I am currently smoking, and find it to be enjoyable. Little bit of a bite, so go slow. Does smell like a type of wild cherry, has a bit of a wild cherry taste with a hint of maple. The two packs I bought were not as fresh as I have had in the past, so it burns a little dry and quick in the bowl. I do consider this an aromatic, with a pleasant room smell, although not as overpowering and syrupy sweet as some cherry cavendishes such as Super Value. Would, and will smoke it again and would recommend this brand.

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pipeinlefthand Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeinlefthand (4)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I must say, I thoroughly enjoy this mild OTC tobacco. I had to try it, as it was my dearly departed grandfather's favourite. I remember fondly it's wonderful aroma, both in the pouch and when smoked. Therefore, I had some trepedation in smoking it myself, for fear it would turn out to be some wretched choke of a nyquil soaked oak-leaf. Thankfully, I was wrong. I should have had more faith in Grandpa Lou! This is a mild burley with the lightest of casings. I believe many people's perceptions of such tobaccos are based on what they are prone and accustomed to smoking in the first place. Smokers of heavy aromatics tend to wonder "where's the flavour?" while those who smoke no aromatics at all find the casing jumps out at them. I find this to be neither of those extremes. Decent burley with it's "bread baking" sort of flavour, and a sweet fruity undertaste which never overpowers. I find no bite at all, but this is to be smoked slowly, it is mild, and trying to puff more flavour out of it would probably scorch you poor tongue. It is my first smoke every morning, in a Dr. Grabow full bent Hillcrest with a paper filter, and as was mentioned in previous reviews, is great with coffee. It smells great to me in the pouch, and this could be purely nostagia on my part. My love of the room note could be nostalgia, too, but so far everyone around me seems to like it as well. It is, of course, not a complex tobacco, and it's not a cherry-jolt, but considering it's low price, availability, decent packing and burning qualities, I feel one could never go wrong. It's probably as good a beginner tobacco as any. Lastly, it comes in a cool package which bears the same symbol as when grandpa smoked it. When removed from the cardboard box it's contained in an old-timey foil pouch labelled "Middleton Cherry Blend" and nothing else! No warnings, disclaimers or pictures of rotten gums and lungs! How civilized!

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (256)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I used to smoke this years ago, and enjoyed it. These days, I can't find it in the pouch, and I have not bothered with getting a tub of it. Maybe someday...

It is spicey, slightly sweet, with a nice room note. It is a very different beast compared to any modern black cavendish blend.

It is not top shelf Burley, and you will need to go slow on it. It is very much at home in a filtered Grabow, Medico or Missouri Meerschaum.

My dad would smoke this, and also blend it in various proportions with Carter Hall.

It was Middleton's best seller about the time I was born (1967)and it was the basis for Middleton's first pipe tobacco cigars.

It is a decent, light aromatic. It is very good with a cup of coffee and the morning paper.

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BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (61)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Wow, heres a golden oldie! One of the first blends I tried, many years ago. Simple, very lightly flavored, easy to load and light. An unpretentious smoke, and, wonder of wonders, the last third of the bowl has no bitterness, even with relights. Smoked slowly this is as cool and dry as anything out there. I found a big tub of this for $13. If you like burley at all, this is worth a test drive.

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DUPE.1512 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DUPE.1512 (196)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I just love the simplicity of Middletons Burley blends and keep a large tub of Prince Albert, Carter Hall, Kentucky Club, Hickory and Walnut on hand all the time. I gave this one a try and found it to be a decent smoke. The cherry flavoring is subtle and this is not stickily cased but instead on the drier side with good burning properties. Along with the other Middleton offerings this is just a simple no frills smoke that while not a bell ringer, is certainely pleasent and always consistant like an old friend.

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workingstiff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
workingstiff (39)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

For a cheap aromatic it is not that bad. I have found that anything that says cherry I usually won't like. This on the other hand is more like a regular burley with just a little flavoring. It bites more then most, which I figure has so something to do with the flavoring. There are so many over the counter tobaccos I like more then this one. It does however leave a fairly pleasant smell in the pipe which is a good thing. It is cheap which is always another good thing with me. The taste on the tongue wasn't overpowering. I just might try another pack, one of these days, and ponder it again. I need a category that says, I might smoke this on ocassion. Many people must love this because it is very widely sold. I think that like so many of the over the counter blends it grows on you with use.

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tobaccoman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tobaccoman (19)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

One reviewer said this reminded them of a stewed fruit aroma, right on. My initial reaction to opening the pouch was not a good one. I used a cheaper italian pipe by Certezza for this one in case the after shock fouled out the pipe beyond repair.Suprisingly the smoke was quite dry and honestly the flavor reminded me more of a whiskey than a cherry. I experienced no bite and will at least finish the pouch I bought.upon emptying the ash there was no wet heal and the aroma left in the pipe is a pleasant cinnamon .

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EconoPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EconoPipe (15)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I have mixed feelings about most cherry blends. Most cheery blends are horrific and the worst of tobaccos with casings or aromatics. The only other cherry blends that I liked were Lane Limited bulk Very Cherry, Captain Black Cherry and Paladin Black Cherry. I like Middletons Cherry Blend a lot. It has a unique pouch smell that is nothing like cherry really, but more like fermented fruit. This tobacco has the right moisture level never being too moist and it follows the one light rule. I have never had any goop in my pipe from this and it does taste good in an array of pipes from corncobs to briars. I would smoke this blend slowly, as it will start smoking a bit hot it puffed on too hard. The flavor is very unique. The Natural flavor of the tobacco really shines through and tastes like a good quality burley with just a hint of cherry flavor in the background. The aroma just is wonderful and pretty much is the quintessential cheery blend pipe tobacco aroma everyone remembers. When I am in the mood for a cherry blend that is not as strong as the Lane Limited Cherries or Paladin, I reach for Middletons Cherry Blend.

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pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Virginia and burley, nothing spetacular about them of fair quality. The flavoring is good and so is the aroma. It doesn't smoke like the candy shoppe cherry blends available and thats why I like it. I do this one when Im in the mood for somthing sweet. Not a super dry smoke but a cool one for an aromatic. Has a cherry-spice flavor.

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omegapd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
omegapd (81)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I've smoked this off and on for so many years that I can't remember when I first picked it up. It will always be in the rotation somewhere...

Like many other OTC brands, the big can smokes a lot better than the pocket pouches and it certainly gets better after you open it and forget about it for a few months. Dry to the touch, with a super pouch and room aroma, the only negative thing I can say is that the blend does bite a little. I find a meerschaum seems to help that problem.

If the bite could be lessened a little, it could be an everyday-all day smoke for me...

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Le'Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Le'Pipe (11)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Cherry laced gun-powder,but I digress. The principal of my elementary school used to smoke this brand. I know this because I spotted the box on his desk on one of my visits to his office. Ahh those were the good ole days, when the school principal went strolling down the hallways puffing a pipe and sticking his head in the occasional noisy class room. The only reason I can reason give for trying this product is the nostalgia trip I was on one day. Could this pipe tobacco possibly taste as good as it smelled back then?...Well hell no..Of course not. In fact the only thing missing is taste. Unless hot air is a new flavor. No doubt people still love the aroma of Cherry Blend. As far as any additional merits of this tobacco,they are non-existant.TONGUE BITE is not optional. Further evidence that good memories are enough sometimes.

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WNDE Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WNDE (69)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I?m inclined to agree with Mesacactus that the cherry flavor in this blend is very mild. I was expecting a much more hearty cherry flavor but I mostly got tobacco taste (not that there is anything wrong with that, of course). It has a pleasant pouch aroma and upon smoking the cherry flavor didn?t engulf the taste buds but stayed in the background like a good aromatic should. I just found the tobacco taste to be rather boring though. This is a nice aromatic if you want a cherry blend at a reasonable price but don?t expect a thrilling smoke.

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SFC/E7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SFC/E7 (93)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

This has got to be one of the most sicking sweet smelling tobaccos I have smoked, I sure do not remember it this way back in the early 60's

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mesacactus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mesacactus (21)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I am not what you would call a tobacco snob. I smoke everything from "drug store blends" to expensive English blends, and everything in between. I usually will find enjoyment in almost any tobacco I smoke, with few exceptions. No exceptions with this tobacco. This is a good tobacco. Not great, but good. Burns well, with flavor, and a nice aroma. But, let's talk about the flavor a little. The name had the word "Cherry" in it. When I bought this at my local supermarket, I was expecting a taste of cherry. There was none. Instead, I received a nice all around tobacco flavor. Nutty Burley, sweet Virgina and, and a little Cavendish thrown in. All in all, a faily complicated blend for a "drug store" tobacco. But, no Cherry! Ok, maybe, just maybe there was the slightest hint of cherry, or at least a note of added casing, but not much. If you want a smoke, that people will like to have about, and you like tobacco flavor, this might be the blend for you, bit don't expect cherry. Right now, though, I'm going to have a Cherry Life Saver.

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RebelPipester Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RebelPipester (12)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

This pouch stayed in my office drawer for several months. With the experience of Prince Albert still etched in my brain it was hard to open this. One day when I had forgotten to bring a pouch with me and didn't feel like opening one of my expensive tins I unwrapped this.

This is Cherry! The burley in this blend just soaks it up. What is surprising is that this doesn't stay wet after opening like many other blends covered with humidifying agents.

This can be smoked easily since this is a shag type cut, just light up and enjoy. Don't smoke too fast or it will get real hot. I find this is a great blend for smoking on long driving trips.

The unfortunate aspect of this blend is that it at times tastes synthetic/chemical like.

All said this is the best bang for the buck, and would probably go well in a corncob. It finishes up goopy so don't smoke this in an expensive briar (as if you would...).

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Jaybee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jaybee (76)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Although I smoke this tobacco only occasionally, I think it is one of the best "drugstore" tobaccos around. The cut is good, it burns "reasonably" clean, it's economical and readily available. I wonder; would it rate better if it were more expensive and more difficult to find?

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

What a surprise...I like this cheap stuff! I gave it a whirl about six months ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. The cherry flavor is there in a non-cherry sort of way, if that makes any sense. I liked the leaf's cut and taste.

If I had to pick a "drug store" blend as the one I had to smoke for the rest of my life, this one and Carter Hall would end up in a tie. And that surprises me because the two blends are quite different.

If you are a coffee lover, try a bowl of this with your next cup. The flavor combination is delightful!

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fortezero Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fortezero (11)
★★☆☆
Extremely Strong Extra Strong Very Full Strong

Ahh.. Middleton's Cherry.. this was the first tobacco I EVER smoked, as as such, I felt a review would be in order. This was smoked originally (and only) in a few missouri meerschaum corn-cobbers, and I wouldn't recommend it in anything else. Ever. Upon tearing open the sack, the overwhelming and headache-inducing aroma of rotten cherries exudes from the bag into the nostrils and sinuses of the subject doing the sniffing. The tobacco packs as well as any small cavendish-cut tobacco will, not as well as some finer blends, but nonetheless, an acceptable packing. When the flame approaches the tobacco, the smoker will truly get a hint of what's to come; the explosive flavor tastes almost like you took a big chug of cherry syrup. The burn on the blend is fine, I suppose, all things allowed; it is a very goopy, syrupy aromatic, and thus, the burn is usually going to be a bit on the uneven side. In addition, being a syrupy aromatic, there is a fair amount of steam involved in the smoke which always means---tongue bite! Although I would in no way recommend this for a serious, ponderous smoke, it is kinda fun to smoke it just to revisit the time when cheap aromatics were really cool because they tasted so good!

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