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Dark cured cavendish. Cool, mild smoke with velvety smooth flavor.

Notes: Zimbabwe blended with Black Cavendish and mild Burley. (Zimbabwe: Virginia flue-cured, Burley and Oriental tobacco).

BrandNat Sherman
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish
FlavoringOther / Misc, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams tin, Bulk
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
Extremely Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

What an extraordinary waste of a marvelous name on a perfectly mundane, utterly undistinguished Cavendish nothing!

580 Liberty is the only Sherman blend worth smoking, I still believe.

3 people found this review helpful.

zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (145)
Mild to Medium Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable

God I hated this. I went out to purchase a tin of tobacco on The Fourth of July to no avail. Every single smoke shop in Southern California was closed, so I was forced to compromise at the local liquor store.

This was the first aromatic that I ever smoked and perhaps this is where my disgust originates. I opened the tin and the paper packaging was soaked in a dark brown syrup that seeped through. I immediately emptied the tin and found that the paper was stuck to the bottom.

After tearing it loose, I found that the can was oxidized clear through. I could smell the metal not from five inches away as the syrup had eaten away at the shiny finish. I immediately discarded the tin and stuck the tobacco in an old Nightcap tin.

It took a lengthy time lighting the thing and when I finally got it smoking all I could taste was the syrup. I even tried watering it down with some Haddo's Delight and after that some Early Morning Pipe, but it was a lost cause.

I wish I could throw this thing into the Grand Canyon. If future archaeologists found this tobacco as the sole artifact of our civilization, they would think we were a sorry bunch. Save the five bucks and buy yourself a yoyo or something.

2 people found this review helpful.

Brotherblue Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Brotherblue (12)
Mild Strong Full Pleasant

This is a dark, rich cavendish with a wonderful tin aroma.

The description on the tin (see above) is right on. It is a very cool smoke--no tongue bite. It is indeed moist, but I was amazed how well it stayed lit for such a dark cavendish. I had previously tried some bulk dark cavendish, but had trouble keeping it lit; it was too syrupy. Now, straight out of the tin this isn't perfect; it doesn't stay lit as reliably as an uncased, or an English blend, but it holds its own. I let it dry out a bit, and that improved things greatly.

The flavor is warm, seductive nougat/vanilla-like marriage, though not overpowering. It is so unobtrusive that there is no ugly aftertaste after smoking it. The consistency is rich and smooth. The room aroma is sumptuous: sitting in another room, my wife and my buddy's pregnant wife both loved the aroma wafting its way from underneath the closed door of my buddy's library as we smoked away. That should be the mother of all room aroma endorsements.

I try to smoke it in the morning if I know I'm going to have a rough day because the after-smoke moustache aroma is as wonderful as the taste. The morning after smell is also pleasant, much like the aroma while its being smoked.

Great tin aroma, wonderful flavor and room aroma, including the day after, no tongue bite; this is a great tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1607)
Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Nat Sherman - 509 Blend.

Like a strong aromatic? Step this way!

I popped this open last night for an evening smoke, I must admit, I really enjoy it. The blend smells heavily cased, and it's jet black. The ribbons are a bit too moist, but nowhere near as sticky as the heavy aroma implies.

This is my kind of aromatic, ticks all of the boxes for what makes an enjoyable evening smoke: thick and heavy smoke, heap loads of sweet vanilla, some nutty nougat, cool in temperature, and a splendid burn. It's very indulgent!

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: very pleasant.

509? A brilliant evening smoke. Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: One month

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Manhattan Twilight came to me years ago as a sample along with some Sherman proprietary cigars. Ledford Miller, an employee of the shop back in the '80s, was always helpful and since he knew that I was a pipe smoker, always included a Sherman sample. He knew I liked Vanilla flavoring on occasion, so, this was my gift. Not sure if Ledford is still around, but if he is, I sure hope he doesn't read TRC. His thoughtfulness in sending me this tobacco (at least, I think that's what it was), was appreciated, but not the half bowl I smoked before dumping the leaf into the nearest trash can. Hell itself could not have been hotter. Take some Vanilla extract, boil it in a pot of corn husks and you'll have a pretty good facsimile of Manhattan Twilight.


1 person found this review helpful.

Longbottom_Leaf Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Longbottom_Leaf (1)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is the first decent tobacco I've ever smoked as a new pipe smoker. I find it quite delightful, and look forward to smoking it each morning with my coffee. I've tried a few garbage pouch tobaccos before I decided to try this, and I am so glad that I did. I payed 10 dollars for a 2oz tin, which was sealed like fort nox by the way. It took a group of three of us to remove the lid off the the thing, but in the end I (the only smoker of the bunch) found the smoke quite enjoyable. Although it was quite moist I found it burned quite well throughout, and had absolutely no tongue bite. I will enjoy this tobacco for quite some time to come.

1 person found this review helpful.

smokeasaurus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokeasaurus (3)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

my favorite smoke so far. very delicious and smooth. great for a relaxing pipefull on the porch with friends. goes great with port, beer, or just about anything else. highly recommend this smoke.

1 person found this review helpful.

L'Italiano Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L'Italiano (167)
Mild Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Blend 509 Manhattan Twilight: this is straight Black Cavendish. Rich, fermented, toasted, flavored Black Cavendish. Too moist. It’s necessary to dry it. The flavoring is mainly Vanilla but I think there is also something else. Now the tobacco: this is a Virginia Black Cavendish. I mean that the main tobacco of this blend is Virginia. I think more than 90%. According to the manufacturer’s indications (Nat Sherman) there is also some Burley and a bit of Oriental tobacco because the base of this Black Cavendish is Zimbabwe (Virgina, Burley and Oriental) with mild Burley. Anyway what you can perceive (tongue, nose, mouth, palate) is above all Virginia. Now the taste. First of all I want to clarify that you can smoke this blend straight in your pipe but you can also use it as a blending tobacco (better). It is sweet and aromatic. If you are smoking a “boring” dull blend, this Black Cavendish is a really sweet seasoning. You can add a little bit of it to change the taste. But we have also to say that this B. Cavendish is strongly flavored and, in my opinion, the flavoring is above all with chemical additives and for this reason I advise people not to smoke it straight. If you want to taste it straight I advise to smoke it very slowly. If you are a nervous smoker this blend is not recommended at all (it leaves a bad taste and an unpleasant “drizzle” in the mouth). Finally in my personal rating system (from 1 to 10) my score is 6 and two stars.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: NAT SHERMAN INTERNATIONAL, Midtown East, 12 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Nobody has rated this review yet. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (117)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

This tobacco showed me what aromatics are: they are the liqueurs of the pipe world. This blend consists of a dark fired Cavendish soaked in a combination of syrup and alcohol, laden with vanilla and some maple flavors, and like a liqueur, should be taken after meals in small dosages.

That being said, "509 Blend" showed me why people enjoy aromatics. The tin note seals the deal: a fantastic blend of rising vanilla, maple, sugar and fermented tobacco scents. It lights easily and burns readily, as if soaked in accelerant. However, the flavor is gentle, without the rough edges of natural tobacco, and it feels more like a soft drink, marshmallow, after-dinner cordial or other treat than the rote process of an all-day smoke. In addition, the room smells fantastic, like people might want to eat it up and come back for more. During the bowl, you mostly taste the vanilla, followed by a flavor of Cavendish itself, which is like a very mellow sweetened Perique. As the bowl goes on, the maple burns off, which is fortunate because it is not necessary with the vanilla in this blend being so enjoyable, and the Cavendish and vanilla flavors merge into something sort of like a custard flavor. Then one sees the genius of soaking tobacco in goop: it burns nearly uniformly, down to a light amount of dottle and a thick grey ash.

You may poo-poo the aromatics if you want, but if I smoked one bowl a day and did not care about nicotine, I might choose this or another variant on this classic style. Then again, I started out with "Golden Burley," which was a vanilla smoked Cavendish mixture just like this one, and found that people enjoyed the scent in public and I liked the mellow, consistent burn and flavor. I can see why 90% of the smoking population enjoys these, having tasted a top-notch aromatic which preserves the smoking characteristics of the leaf. That being said, my own path leads in another direction, and I find myself cutting this blend with Cube Cut Burley on subsequent bowls. But I have found much to enjoy in it, and an understanding of what the majority of pipe smokers desire as a result.

Similar Blends: Blender's Gold - Golden Burley, Lane Limited - BCA.

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Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

This was the third Nat Sherman tin I purchased and the most bland out of all of them. A simple Black Cavendish that really soaked the paper inside the tin. Now Nat Sherman uses very high quality tobacco and very light PG (If any) but still managed to make a goopy / sticky BC mess with 509. Sure it smells amazing and tastes great when mixed but gee it could use about half the moisture it contains fresh. Vanilla Black Cav, the usual BCA / Captain Black Dark type blend, 2 stars just because it wasn't horrible but the worst of the Nat Sherman tins...

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Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (102)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

This is a classic, quality, vanilla aromatic. It is heavy cased/flavored blend. Very sweet. When I initially opened the tin it was close to goopy, but not quite goopy. The blend benefits form airing out as you repeatedly open the close the tin while smoking through it. However, it will always be wonderfully sticky when you pack a bowl. Much of the sweetness is from the black Cavendish itself which gives it the classic burnt-nutty undertone. Quality aromatic. Not exceptional from other standard, quality vanilla aromatics. I bought two tins, one is in my cellar. I usually smoke English/latakia and like a nice sweet aromatic like this, now and then, in the evenings. N.B. One of the new tins form South Carolina. I have a non-S.C. tin of 509 in my cellar from at least 2008. Saving that for my retirement.

Pipe Used: Peterson, kaywoodie, etc...

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Similar to lots of quality vanilla aromatics..

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Joanmabruma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joanmabruma (4)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

My niece has brought me 2oz. Of this mixture from NY. He looks like to me a magnificent cavendish. The critiques as for the flavor, can be for the packaging in tin. Very advisable.

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seasonalpipesmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
seasonalpipesmoker (6)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is exactly what an aromatic Cavendish should be.

It packs and lights beautifully, produces a nice amount of smoke, smokes cool and doesn't bite.

I bought 2 oz of this when I was in Manhattan and should have bought a pound.

Our local B&M has an aromatic black cav, but it isn't nearly as good as the Nat Sherman.

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SirLoirn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirLoirn (126)
Medium to Strong Strong Medium Pleasant

Tin: Strong, distinct and pleasant nougat/vanilla aroma, so heavily soaked in casing that the paper packaging is permeated with a dark brown syrup and even wets the inside of the lid. This is in an old-style tin, so it is probably old, but the casing on the paper and lid is still moist. Oddly, the dark black tobacco, more of a wide irregular ribbon, is not sticky and will not stay rolled in a ball. It has to be the world's record for casing.

Packing & Lighting: Packs easily, the tobacco having a soft, fluffy feel. Lights easily, burns well, without producing much moisture.

Taste & Aroma: A nice, soft nougat, tasting slightly burnt at the end. Unfortunately, a lot of the casing is left in the packaging. No where near as strong as the tin aroma.

Nicotine: moderately strong buzz that lingers

Room Note: decent, similar to aroma

Overall: I smoked drugstore aromatics for 26 years, Captain Black, mostly Golden, almost exclusively, for 18 of those years. One of the better aromatic(cased, flavored) blends I've smoked. Oddly enough, this aromatic blend would make a good transition to non-aromatics, in that 509 is tinned, good quality, no dottle, and has significant nicotine. In the context of an aromatic, 3.7 stars.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A step up from Capt. Black-white. No bad traits. A bit moist as received but dries quickly. Three and one-half star Aromatic.

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CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This offering from Nat Sherman is a pleasant smoke. I tried it in various sizes and types of pipes and found that it behaved the same in all of them. I found it to be far too moist for my taste at first. After a good drying-out, I loaded it up and fired it off.

The casing seems to have diminished considerably in the drying. What was left was a light and ultra-cool smoke. There was not even the slightest hint that this tobacco would ever bite. Sufficiently dried, it lit easily and burned to the bottom without a fuss. It burned so cool in a thin-walled meerschaum that the bowl (in an air conditioned room) barely even got warm. You could easily smoke this all day long, though I suspect it would become boring fairly quickly as it is quite monochromatic. The slightly unpleasant aftertaste I often get from Black Cavendish simply wasn?t there. The room note was quite pleasant and light.

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chaplikc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
chaplikc (135)
Mild Very Strong Mild Pleasant

Occasionally I will try aromatics. I thought I would give this a try out of curiosity. This is very heavily cased and is not what I enjoy for the rare times that I go to an aromatic. My friend smokes this to turn his meerschaums and he says that it turns them quicker than any other blend he has ever smoked. Not my kind of smoke though.

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PaganBoyNC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PaganBoyNC (8)
Mild Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

As someone who enjoys both aromatic and natural blends, I thought I'd give this one a try as a new "dessert" smoke and I was not disappointed.

509 smokes very cool and has a pleasant sweet taste to it. It is definitely a candy or dessert smoke rather than an all-day or any occassion smoke and while it is considerably stronger than many cased blends it is definitely not a high nicotine smoke.

This tobacco is very enjoyable for what it is, although it is certainly far too cased and simplistic to be my primary smoke I certainly enjoy it on some occassions and would purchase it again.

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pxi106 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pxi106 (18)
Very Mild Extra Strong Mild Very Pleasant

A very good quality black cavendish. Very, very, very heavily cased and extremely moist. Lights well, smokes sweet, gunks up your pipe like no other.

High class captain black.

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