|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|the_german (219)||Medium||Mild||Medium to Full||Pleasant to Tolerable|
Buying a tin at DanPipe at half price, because they were delisting this blend from their inventory, I figured if it were really awful, I could dump the rest without beating myself up for having spent serious money on this. The text on the tin was not really promising: "Sweet Cavendish." Many people will read "Black Cavendish" into those words...
...and opening the tin, there is none in there. This is a classic Cavendish, not that black, crumbly stuff. The tin note is nicely sweet, with flowery-spicy untercurrents (the VA and Orientals in there) with something slightly earthy (probably the Burley) humming along in the background. The leaf is bright yellow to brown, a short ribbon cut that is easy to stuff. Moisture is OK for me, but others may want to let dry for a bit before lighting up.
And lighting up, the flavour is nicely sweet, with a gentle spice and some body from the Burley, and given the prominent mention of Cavendish on the tin, an amazing amount of Oomph. Nothing to blow one away, but this is certainly not a weak blend, either.
Sipping is the ticket; this blend will burn down easily, without relights, and give a satisfying flavour with some variations; the topping is applied sparingly and therefore does not influence the smoke or the room note. The latter of which has been described as "pretty good" to me.
Apart from the cut, I am much reminded of Exclusiv Royal, with less Orient and Burley, and the VA replaced by a VA-based Cavendish (?). The quality is on the same level, so I recommend. It's not a bell-ringer for me, so not the Full Four, but for those coming from Aromatic country wanting to try out real 'baccy (and those from the English corner wanting to dip their toes in sweeter waters), this is very highly recommended indeed.
Pipe Used: Brebbia Junior, MM Popeye
Age When Smoked: approx. 6 months
Purchased From: DanPipe
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