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Black and brown cavendish, with burley.

Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutCurly Cut
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The nutty, tasty burley has a slight molasses note, and plays an important backup to the cavendish style Virginia, which offers a little grass, bread, citrus and honey. The unsweetened black cavendish provides a little smooth brown sugar. The mild vanilla topping does sublimate the tobaccos without overpowering them. Has very little nicotine. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a fairly consistent flavor, though the vanilla slightly weakens in the last quarter of the experience. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. Has a pleasant after taste. An all day smoke.

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Haebar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Haebar (52)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Frank's Blend is an excellent choice for aromatic lovers that want a little burley to stiffen up the blend. Gatlin-burlier's aromatic blends are exceptional in the way they smoke cool and dry. The first flavor I tasted when I lit the bowl was a very pleasant vanilla. It has a sweet and smooth character. This blend has some Burley to give it more body and to round out the flavor. The Burley stays in the background and does not nose in on the lead actors, the Cavendish and Black Cavendish. There is a good balance of flavors: mildly sweet vanilla and real Burley tobacco flavor. It is amazing to me how good the Gatlin-Burlier's blends are; they must have a secret or two. This is not a particularly complex or strong (nicotine) blend. The best part of the bowl is the first third, but the remainder of the bowl is every bit as good, just not as exhilarating. I smoked it in a Savinelli Punto Oro 906 bent stacked billiard and in a Missouri Meerschaum. Every pipe smoker should visit the Gatlin-Burlier when in Gatlinburg. It is a fairly small store but big in character; the staff are friendly and accommodating, spending ample time with each customer.

Pipe Used: Savinell Punto Oro billiard, Missouri Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: 3 months

Purchased From: The Gatlin-Burlier

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

The Gatlinburlier Smoke Shop in Tennessee got a lot of play in the 90s in the old Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris as a go to shop for terrific tobacco. I remember calling in and placing an order for a half dozen of their house blends after reading about some of them. Frank's Blend looked somewhat like Prince Albert with its crimp cut Burley but was much darker in color and the flavoring (Vanilla maybe?) left a tasty ever after on the palate once the pipe was out. Not nearly strong enough to make me come back for more, but a pleasant overall experience with a moderately cased burley cavendish.

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Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (78)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Great Smooth Good Morning pipe. Gets in my rotation a few times a year. You can mail order, but definately worth a visiit to the Gatlin Burlier. Richard, the pipe manager, is the repository for all information, tobacco and otherwise. Mike's knowledge of cigars is expansive. Great old fashioned tobaccos and great company.

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