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A tobacco for all seasons, the right aroma and the
right taste make this our number one selling
tobacco! Natural flavors from Vermont honey
and vanilla beans are combined with Virginia's and
matured Kentucky Burley to create this mild, slow
burning cavendish blend.

BrandPipeworks & Wilke
Blended ByCarole Burns
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringHoney, Vanilla
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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furious Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
furious (29)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is the best aromatic that I have ever smoked and one of very few aromatics that I keep in my regular rotation of mostly Va. blends. Carol at P&W is a master blender and I have nothing but the highest of praise for her efforts. No. 191 tastes of high quality burley with a little Va. and a light casing of vanilla and honey. A perfect autumn smoke for the park or at a gathering where even the snottiest of the anti-smoking nazis would have a hard time finding an objection to the odor. I love this stuff.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

Aromatic tobaccos have been mostly absent from my rotation since discovering English (natural) tobaccos around 9 years ago. It was around then that I realized that aromatics, while smelling nice in the room, mostly tasted bad in the mouth. Periodically I have since tried various aromatics, hoping that this one would taste as nice (not necessarily tasting the same) as it smelled. But each time I have been bitterly disappointed. Well, I have to say that Wilke's No.191 is the first tobacco to break this otherwise hard and fast rule. An all around excellent blend!

For the trial by fire I brought out a 50s Masterson's freehand (group ~4 bowl size) that I keep handy for new and exotic tobaccos. Being more used to flakes, I felt like a bit of a novice again with the moist ready rub presentation. So I left it packed on the lighter side. It took a few matches to get his going evenly, but once lit required no re-lights throughout the bowl.

My initial impression was fairly benign: “It's an aromatic, nothing special”, I thought. But as the smoke progressed a few things became apparent. The casing is very smooth, a delicate honey. I'd rather call it honig (setting off fond memories of Württemberg). In the beginning, the tobacco seemed very muted, overshadowed by the yet subtle flavoring. But after a few minutes, at the time I usually start bracing for that typical acrid, turpentine-like condensation that always betrays the aromatics true composition, that of cheap leaf soaked in the unrequited hope that all flavorings transition gracefully through burning—yet, here, there was nothing of the sort. I couldn't believe it. The smoke continued pleasantly, a testament to well chosen tobaccos married to a masterfully proportioned, pyrophilic casing.

About midway through the bowl the natural tobacco flavors started to rise up from the background. A hint of spice, I suspect from the burley; but otherwise smooth Virginia sweetness. By the end, the natural tobacco flavors equaled that of, and complimented, the delicate topping. Truly, I find this blend outstanding among aromatics. Zero tongue bite. It burned evenly all the way to the bottom, to a fine grey ash. The room note is subtle and pleasing—and not at the expense of a terrible tasting smoke and a sore throat.

While this is not my favorite tobacco (I am more of an English flake fan: à la Penzance), no. 191 still deserves 4 stars for being among the highest quality blend in its class.

4 people found this review helpful.

strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (236)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

If you like aromatics but have been bitten in the past, give this one a try. This is a blend made by a one women operation that really knows how to blend aromatics. First off, this is a mixed blend of light, medium, and dark leaf tobaccos with a rough cut and smells wonderful in the pouch. It packs very easily and lights up with the first light as it is not too moist. It stays lit and fills the room with a heavenly aroma. A sweet, fragrant full room note that even my son, the antismoke law student says he likes. I have had many nice comments on the aroma. It has a full sweet taste, vanilla but not overdone, but the honey comes into play on the tongue as well. I also taste a touch of cherry in this but not in any way a cherry blend. It does leave a sweet smell on my clothes and mustache and beard but in a pleasant way. This blend has the lowest bite factor of any other aromatic I have smoked. The only way it will bite is if you try too and then it's hard to get. This is easily an all day type blend. It burns down to a grey dottle and ash at the bottom of the bowl. It will leave a slight ghost in the pipe but it burns off with a smoke of something else.

This is a very nice blend. I wish it were not so expensive compared to most other aromatics, but worth it.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

The owner was gracious enough to send me a couple of ounces of this free with my order, asking me to let her know what I thought. Of all that I ordered, this was the best of the lot! Perfect blend of flavor and aroma, burned nicely ( I only had to re-light once because I got to talking!) No tongue burn unless you really REALLY work at it. Overall, a wonderful blend that will be at the top of my next order. I highly recommend, especially for newer pipe smokers like me.

3 people found this review helpful.

SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (517)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

About 90% of the time I smoke English/Balkan blends or VaPer's. When I take the rare journey into aromatics I look for a clean, sweet smoke that doesn't turn my mouth into a blast furnace. Carol at P&W has a lot of great blends so its no surprise that this one is top notch. I can see how this might be an all day smoke for those that enjoy flavored blends and a great "go to" for those that are just looking for a change of pace. #191 is smooth, sweet, burns dry and more importantly, cool for an aromatic. It does come wet in the pouch, so plan on ample drying time. It's no mistake that this is so highly recommended. If your an aromatic smoker this is a must for the rotation and if your not, it's worth a try anyway.

3 people found this review helpful.

Mike Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike Toney (44)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Strong Extra Full Very Pleasant

Exceptional!!! Think of everything you would want in a Vanilla flavored aromatic and you have this...Number 191 Honey-Vanilla Blend. This tasty treat probably ended my quest for a quality vanilla blend. After drying this out and lighting up, I was simply overwhelmed by the aroma, sweet taste, mildness & burning characteristics. Burned great with nothing left but white ash. Sampled in a new pipe and still delivered. I can't add anything more to all the other praise this blend received except treat yourself to some...you'll be glad you did. I've already placed another order & will be jarring and cellaring a large quantity of this stuff to have on hand at all times. The sweet flavor is still lingering in my mouth thirty minutes later. Therefore, IMHO, this blend deserves nothing less than my rating of four **s!

3 people found this review helpful.

greekthinker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
greekthinker (18)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

There seems to be any number of aromatic blends with the word "vanilla" in the name. This is one more, except its not. Too often the promise of vanilla turns out to be a pipe dream (forgive the pun). This blend gives you what you paid for. It tastes like vanilla and it smells like vanilla, sweet vanilla. Additionally, the blend is mild on your tongue. The only bite you'll get will be due to packing or puffing too aggressively. It is a blend I might suggest for a biginner, although I think this brands Rum Cake would be a better choice. It burns well, tastes and smells good. Vanilla is obviously popular in aromatics and I think this is probably as good as other vanillas I have tried and I think better than most. I can not imagine anyone looking for a vanilla aromatic who will be disappointed with this blend. Update: Several bowls later, my view of this blend is somewhat changed, but not fundamentally. Simply put, I like it even better. The aroma is what really gets to me. Towards the end of the bowl it becomes a bit less sweet which is just fine by me. It also smokes right down to the absolute end with nothing but white ash at the bottom. Although the blend came a little on the moist side, no gurgling. No matter what you think of this blend, one thing is absolutely sure, the quality of the tobaccos used is first rate. This is not commercial junk. First class, as are all the blends (4) I have smoked from P.W. Wilke.UPDATE: After smoking this blend for a couple of weeks my opiniom of it has changed again. It is great. This is without a doubt a top shelf aromatic.

3 people found this review helpful.

proc2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
proc2000 (7)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This might be the Holy Grail of aromatic pipe tobacco. It tastes wonderful. There is a nice balance of honey to vanilla, but it never gets too sweet. You can taste the tobacco and it works in harmony with the flavoring. It doesn't burn hot and smokes dry to the bottom. Yum.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

Usually sticking with Virginians and English blends I decided to try a few aromatics after reading the positive reviews for Pipeworks and Wilke. This blend was not ordered, but thrown in to my order as a sampler - glad it was, since it is a fantastic change from my usual smoke. The flavor is natural and doesn't hide the true taste of the tobacco used. And like others, my anti-smoking-wife likes the room note as much as me. Looking to try more from Carole soon.

3 people found this review helpful.

SirGawain Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SirGawain (5)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

The second blend I ordered from P&W, and arguably, my favorite aromatic of any custom blender. I smoke this primarily in a blasted Tanganyika meer or a well-loved Jobey Stromboli Extra bent apple briar, and it has never disappointed. It is a dedicated smoke in a fine old one-knuckle bamboo-shanked funnel meerschaum that is an old pal of mine.

Folks, this is what real aromatics are all about, and if more aromatics were like this, quite frankly, there'd be more English-blend devotees out there smoking aromatics. The blend is deep without being harsh, smooth (with earthy bottom notes), and VERY satisfying. Carole is a MASTER at pairing toppings with tobaccos. One of the best qualities of this fine blend is that, while it is very aromatic, it does not in the least smoke "wet." I attribute this somewhat to her use of powders (primarily) rather than liquids as casing. There is no chemical or "propylene glycol" taste, and I find the nicotine level just right. Although the flavor develops different attributes as one progresses through the bowl, the STRENGTH of flavoring is consistent from charring light to last puff...without even the slightest hint of bite at all.

Upon lighting, the honey is in the forefront, without being cloying in any way. Although honey is widely used in aromatics as a flavoring agent, I find that the true taste of honey is often overwhelmed by other, stronger flavors in some blends. Not so with this one. The rich taste of honey, although it takes a backseat to the tobacco flavors starting round mid-bowl, is present to the very last. I have recommended this to smokers of more mundane aromatics who are "scared off" by the heavier English blends. This is a decidedly easy foray into "real tobacco" taste. The quality of leaf Carole uses is very high...I myself can "feel" the difference when filling my pipe. Cavendished tobaccos can be overused at times by some blenders, but the toasted cavendish is married perfectly with the brightness of the Virginias and the good, solid taste and burning qualities of the Kentucky burley in P&W's #191. It's one of the qualities that make the flavor of this aromatic so rich and earthy. I am reminded of the taste of a good, dark stout, slightly sweet. As a matter of fact, I very much enjoy pairing this with a pint of Guinness draught...but as a testament to its versatility, I like it with Sam Adams' cherry wheat, as well. It's a very nice compliment to the pronounced "cherryness" of that brew, and a good pairing since I myself am not very fond of cherry-cased aromatics. WmZiggy said this was "right in there with a brandy and soda," and I know what he means...it pairs well with one of those, too. This one smokes clean and dry, to a dark grey ash, right down to the very bottom of the bowl. The room note is absolutely delicious...heavy, but not overly so, with a rich tobacco aroma that is enhanced but not overpowered by the honey and vanilla scents of the casing. The girlfriend is a confirmed anti-smoker, but even she requests that I smoke this because of the room note.

I can't say enough good things about this blend. I give it a solid four out of four stars, and heartily recommend it to aromatic as well as English fanciers. If you are of the latter stripe and try this, you may find yourself reaching for this one as a pleasant alternative for the palate.

Hats off to Carole for this wonderful smoke...small wonder this is her #1 seller. This truly is "a tobacco for all seasons." Try a few bowls and you'll see why.

3 people found this review helpful.

the boss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the boss (6)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

this tobacco is simply incredible. real tobacco taste is present. the honey and vanilla comes out to play alternately. the big difference is i'm told by carole at pipe works and wilke that vanilla "powder" is applied and honey "powder". this makes for an incredibe tasty smoke. no goo. will not bite, and can be a long smoke by packing just a little more tightly. at first, about 3 or 4 bowls, it was an ok smoke. but i was breaking one of my cardinal rules. do not judge a tobacco until you have gotten all the residue and oils out of your pipe from previous tobaccos. it took about 4 oz's to accomplish this in a bari pipe that i have had since 1972. only after the 3 0r 4 oz's were smoked, is when this tobacco really started to shine. and i mean shine. will not be without it. i now order a pound at a time. you will receive positive comments on the room note. i enjoy smoking my pipe at a bar. very few will let you. i usually don't ask, just light up. all the cigarette smokers, the bartender, other patrons ect give positive remarks. it's hard enough to smoke anywhere fellas, why make it harder on our selves with foul smelling tobacco in public? i have smoked probably over 75 % of the tobaccos in this data base, and spent a fortune doing it. do your self a favor. try this tobacco and please don't post a review until you have dedicated a pipe to it, and you have smoked about 6 oz's. i guarantee you'll be ordering by the pound also. one other thing. i have now got into the habit of taking my pipe everywhere. sometimes just holding it, other times clenched between my teeth. why? because if we all band together {the pipe smoking community}, i feel we can make a difference. but instead we hide. were letting the goverment take everything away from us. band together and be proud of our habit, or hobby, or whatever you wish to call it. most folks are tolerent of pipe aromas. i would make these same statements even if i was a non smoker!! this has become more than just down right silly. it's just not right. we have a right to live our lives the way we wish. band together and be PROUD. THE BOSS

3 people found this review helpful.

thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A much better version of Riptide by JUST FOT HIM or Christmas Cookie by Boswell. Caramel type flavor and pleasant taste. A little dry and not too sweet. Good for a diversion. 3 stars

2 people found this review helpful.

lustra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lustra (170)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

If you enjoy smoking aromatic tobaccos, you can't go wrong with this blend. It tastes like tobacco, mostly, its aroma will lull the hordes, and it smokes cool and dry. The fine folks at Pipeworks and Wilke sent along a little sampler of this blend with my last order of Nut Brown Burley, and I enjoyed the couple of bowls I smoked. But, perhaps more to the point, my wife LOVED the stuff, or I should say the smell of the stuff, enough to ask me to smoke more of it in her presence sometime. Friends, I've never had a request of this sort before. I'm not even sure my feeble brain can comprehend this sort of behavior from my wonderful but smoke-hating wife. So I recommend this blend if for, nothing else, than it hastens the cooing of women. Or of at least one woman. Smoke this stuff and you, too, may someday be allowed to emerge from your man-cave with a pipe in your mouth and a gleam in your eye... :) :) :)

2 people found this review helpful.

SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This a very mild, very pleasant, discretely cased American aromatic. It arrived at the perfect moisture level, and packed easily, using only one match to light. The flavor is sweet honey and vanilla, with that hint of spice that lets you know it is from Pipeworks and Wilke.

I do NOT want a heavy, chemical casing on my tobacco! This blend is nothing like what Lane or Altadis puts out. The tobacco flavor still comes through under the casing, and it is good tobacco flavor at that. I smoked this outside, but the aroma was quite pleasant and unmistakably honey-vanilla. Very nice.

This blend can burn a little on the hot side, but nowhere near MacBaren territory. In fact, this tastes a bit like a MacBaren blend ,sans the brimstone. Just go slow and easy, and you'll be fine. Unlike many aromatics, this will not saturate the bottom of the bowl with moisture.

Recommended to the lover of mild, sweet aromatics, or those in quest of a top quality "social" tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

cranse iron Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cranse iron (2)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

The will compete with any other high quality aromatic out there. Outstanding blending, real tobacco taste along with quality casing. If you like aromatics, Pipeworks and Wilke is the place!!!

1 person found this review helpful.

Ismokeadapipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ismokeadapipe (21)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This tobacco could be an all-day-aromatic for me. I appreciate the time in the casing and blending of this tobacco. I am an aromatic fan by preference...and I go through a rigorous evaluation process when recommending an aromatic...this one...I would recommend to the even most picky of tastes. Great blend...just Masterful

1 person found this review helpful.

Country Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Country Piper (12)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Although not much of an aromatic smoker, this one is an exception. One might expect some glop/goop from such an aromatic but not in this case. This stuff smokes great down to the very last. Although moist upon arrival it was easy to light and full of flavor. Carole puts together the very best aromatics anywhere. Her flavorings are of the finest quality and she is a pleasure to deal with. I Cant say enough good things about this tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

final_id Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
final_id (35)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Enjoyable. Tangy. Nice consistency. Not as much honey or vanilla as I expected. Interesting but nothing special. Didn?t burn my tongue at all, did gurgle a great deal. A-.

1 person found this review helpful.

Gordy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gordy (16)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

The Vanilla-Honey is a light touch. A mild, nondescript and average blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

Sojang Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sojang (13)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

High grade, rich, very smooth, excellent. It smokes cool to the bottom of the bowl. The honey added to a light vanilla casing is just right.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This blend has reinvigorated my interest in black Cavendish- based blends. It is smooth, clean, cool, dry-smoking excellence. 191 is absent the chemical-manufactured tastes that seems to plague just about every aromatic, black Cav blends I've tried over the years. Four stars for aromatic devotees.

The leaf is of high quality, with constant natural tobacco flavor, uncloaked by the vanilla-honey topping. The Kentucky seems to me fire-cured because of a spicy note wafting in and out at times during the burn. The vanilla-honey seasoning is fine and survives from match to heel.

This took a few charring lights after an easy pack into small and large bowls (The bigger the bowl, the more I liked this). This will burn moderately slow if desired. It can also handle aggressive toking.

While not in any way overwhelming, the nicotine and complexity present in 191 says that it is not a blend for novices. The side-stream aroma is delicious and inoffensive. I think the spicy undertones makes this nudge out Vermont Maple Cavendish as a more interesting blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

OLDTIMER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OLDTIMER (39)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

What a wonderful blend.The aroma is just what it says honey and vanilla.This is one of the most aromatic tobaccos I have ever tried,and boy am I glad I did.The flavor stays with you all the way down the bowl.if you like aromatic tobacco try this one.

1 person found this review helpful.

BigBen53 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigBen53 (21)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Wilke No. 191 Delightful. opening the Pouch smells delightfully, and i smoke a bowl full a non biting mixture, Virginia's and matured Kentucky Burley are mixed with a Natural flavors from Vermont honey and vanilla beans tobacco delightful. burn cool all the way down to the bottom of the bowl, if you like Vermont honey and vanilla beans this is the tobacco for you. i love it I'am puting This in my tobacco cellar,

I smokes it consistently in any pipe,I Love This Tobacco it is charming

It is hard to get bit by it unless you really puff it.

A.) I like it's taste delightfully a nice aromatics

B.) I like that it's not biting.

C.) It is easy to smoke, and flavor stay thougt out the bowl.

D.) The Wilke No. 191 lasts and lasts. the aroma in the room is delightfully,

this is a wonderful tobacco, and i give it 4 star

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (105)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

4/09/2014 - As I come back to 191 after ten years I fins that I really appreciate this blend much more than I did. That's kind of backwards as most pipe smokers start with aromatics and graduate to Virginia and English blends but I now can well appreciate the lack of chemicals and PG in an aromatic. This is very expensive now but the quality is there through and through. Upgrading to three stars!

This blend is the same blend as their RumCake blend but with a Honey-Vanilla topping. When i opened the bag i definatley smelled Honey and Vanilla, just like Edwards Honey Bucc. But it was dry, like C&D dry, so i called Carole and asked what they used.Maybe i got a bad batch? She tells me that they use real Vanilla powder and Honey powder as a topping. Makes for a cool dry smoke with no goop or heat.

1 person found this review helpful.

crrbassman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
crrbassman (9)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I've stayed away from aromatics for the better part of 20 years of piping because I couldn't (as SteelCowboy put it) find an aro that didn't make my mouth feel like a blast furnace. I'm (as many others are) working my way through P & W's entire line and decided on my most recent order to try some of Carole's aromatic offerings, based on how good everything else has been.

This is one of the best aro's I've ever smoked. It's the only one besides Lane 1Q and BC-A that doesn't tear up my mouth. It won't bite your tongue, no matter how hard you go at it. Quite tasty and not over-topped so as to mask the tobacco flavor. Incredibly good stuff. If you haven't tried it, call Carole and get some. Today.

I just now finished a bowl, standing outside my hotel, after a long day of business travel. A quite satisfying end to a 20+ hour day.

Highly-recommended.

Pipe Used: Stanwell Legend bent Dublin

Age When Smoked: About 5 days

Purchased From: P & W

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

Remember the candy, bit - o -honey? Well, this is it in a pipe. It's good for an all day smoke. I enjoy it with coffee.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: right out the bag

Purchased From: pipe works and wilkie

Similar Blends: Scottys butternut burley.

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A.E. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A.E. (22)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Wilkes #191 is a delightful, subtly elegant aromatic blend. The very nice character of this blend is founded in the light, well balanced flavoring of the tobaccos and toppings. No cloyingly sweet vanilla or honey - just the right touch of both, letting the tobaccos come through. Very well done. Ms. Burns clearly knows what she is doing as a blender. I give it a solid 3 stars.

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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (88)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Presentation is ribbon cut, moist, with a nose of honey and brown sugar. The jar note is subtle, not at all cloying. While moist, this blend takes a match readily, and burns remarkably cool and dry with zero tongue bite, even when pressed. The pouch aroma translates directly to the taste: honey, baked sugar, a touch of vanilla bean. The flavoring is very consistent throughout the bowl and coats the tongue with a very pleasant, subtle honey taste.

While the complexity that leads to a lengthy review is not present, that's not why one picks up an aromatic. And, while not a rotation blend for me, I've found this a delightful change of pace. When the occasion calls for an aromatic, or you are simply feeling generous to those around you, this is an excellent choice that won't burn your mouth or goop your pipe. Regarding the room note, Mrs Perique asked: "Can I eat that?"

This is a superior aromatic and it's easy to understand why this is their top seller.

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jacques1960 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jacques1960 (27)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Extremely well made with superior, consistent burn; unlike most aromatics, dry to the touch, and no relight required.

Serious pipers take note of Pipeworks & Wilke; there is magic here.

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Wellpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wellpipe (48)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I got 2 oz of this in a sampler, and I can see why it is so popular. A gentle smoke with soft and sweet honey flavors drifting in and out nicely supported by the quality Burley / VA. This is the first aromatic I've tried that is listed as Burley / VA based (as opposed to Cavendish) and I really like it. It burns nicely and relatively cool and dry. I did not notice much nicotine in this one. The room note is superb - definitely classic vanilla but with a manly undertone. Perfect for evenings with the wife on the back patio.

Update 9/2012: I must be getting spoiled on my English blends, because the flavor in 191 just doesn't seem to hold up for me any more. Still a very nice aromatic - adjusting to a solid 3 stars.

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

fantastic. this is by far my favourite all around pipe tobacco, and favourite "flavoured" i can smoke this every day and not get tired of it. for a stronger smoke, i'll rotate blends, but when i want a smoother, less harsh, pleasant smelling blend, this is it. every time. i really can't recommend this enough.

if you are a hardcore blend smoker, this may not be for you, but if you ever reach for mild flavoured smoke, and haven't tried this one, buy it. today.

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

One of my top 5 blends to smoke. A mild tobacco with a good hint of vanilla and a slight taste of honey when smoked slowly ("sipped" on). My room note expert (wife) likes this blend. A cool taste, no tongue bite. Packs well and stays lit the bulk of the smoke. Enjoyed in a large Ben Wade freehand the last 2-years. Does well in larger bowls for me. Flavor continues well throughout the hour-long smoke. A great smoke, though I'm a sucker for Burley and cavendish.

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N7COF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
N7COF (56)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I'd say one of the better aromatics out there and worth a try.

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

I was given a little 1 oz. sample of this tobacco with another order. I found it to be a pleasant, inoffensive aromatic that won't leave your pipe with a lot of glop in the bowl; burns clean to the end; room note is pleasant but not overwhelming or cloying; no tongue bite at all.

Sometimes you want an aromatic that doesn't whistle, "HERE I AM!"...but just smells good. This is that kind of blend and you can smoke it all day long. Carole makes a nice blend here, worth trying.

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castello man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
castello man (13)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Not bad, but innocuous at best in my opinion. If you don't like your tobacco highly cased, then this might be for you. I prefer mine on the sweeter side, and I really didn't get ANY honey or vanilla on the palate or nose.

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sanjuro40 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sanjuro40 (2)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is one of my favorite blends. A great balance of honey, vanilla, and a smooth, creamy smoke. Not overwhelming, great flavors without a chemical taste. Burns clean and dry for me.

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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (595)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Hard one for me to rate. I'm splitting the difference and awarding this one 3 stars. I give it 2 for my personal taste but a 4 for accomplishing what few aromatics do, in my opinion. This review is based on a 5 bowl sample that Carole sent with my 4 2-oz sampler.

This is classified as a honey and vanilla aromatic and that was spot on. Interestingly, I tasted no vanilla at all. The vanilla came out in the room note. The flavoring I tasted was the honey. The problem is I don't like honey very much, at least not in tobacco. :) I smoked it because Carole was nice enough to send it and I finished it because, as I mentioned, it does what few aromatics do - it couples a high amount of tobacco taste with a hint of the aromatic flavoring. The tobacco taste ruled the roost and was tinged with just enough honey flavoring to satisfy a honey lovers sweet tooth. Very intriguing tobacco. I did not care for it and I won't buy any but if you love honey in your tobacco, I recommend you jump on this one immediately. It's a pipe tobacco lovers aromatic and nothing short of a stroke of absolute blending genius. For that, it deserves 4 stars and my highest recommendation.

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Marshall Law Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marshall Law (50)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Not much flavor or interest here. Room note is decent and far surpasses the taste. Good quality tobacco but overall a very average, nondescript light-vanilla aromatic. Tobacco flavor in the mouth is a bit stale and ashen. Plenty of other vanilla aromatics show this blend to be somewhat lacking. Something in this blend's aftertaste reminds me of cigarette smoke, which turned me off after each bowl. I smoked a wicked rich and delicious bowl of Raven after this, and gave this bag away. Aromatic smokers looking for P&W quality should perhaps check out this company's very good Cherry Cavendish.

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Piper4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piper4ever (11)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Blend No. 191 from P&W is what I could call: mild to very mild Vanilla blend with a pinch of Honey that do not overpower the natural tobacco flavor, although it leaves a mellow aftertaste that can be carried along for hours, this blend is one of the most popular of the Vermont's tobacco house and it deserves this reputation since is a well originated blend, maybe a little mild for my taste but always showing the traces of quality of P&W.

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rlaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rlaw (13)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

When I first got this I thought it was just ok nothing that stood out. But the more I smoke it the more it grows on me. Real mild and has a good taste.

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Big Nick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Nick (72)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I love accurate tin descriptions, it makes reviewing so much easier. This stuff is Great !!! Smells Great! Burns Great ! Tastes Great !

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Cantorman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cantorman (7)
★★★★
Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Just a lovely tobacco, smells yummy and tastes just as good. Really one of the only aromatics I like.

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cigarman43035 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cigarman43035 (15)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This pipe tobacco is wonderful! The room fills up with a great honey/vanilla smell and then you get to taste it! It is nice and sweet! This is now my favorite blend so far, because there is no bite and its full of flavor! Carol must really blend all of these tobaccos like they say she does because I am positive its not just a whole bunch of bulk tobaccos mixed together and then called a "custom" blend, it really is!

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WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (66)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

I ordered a sampler of 5 tobaccos from P&W and this one, in the pouch, reminded me of the drug store Black Cavendish so popular among Americans. I worried it would also be the death of my pipe with goop in the bottom and burnt tongue to match. Well I was wrong on all accounts. As with the other 4-star reviews, I found this a delightful aromatic (spoken by one who swore them off many years ago). As one who smokes Virginia based flakes, this is a wonderful change-of-pace tobacco.

The Black Cavendish predominates with honey and vanilla flavors. It is sweet. It burns well. My sample was not sticky and contained no broken leaf and dust. It was perfect moisture content burned well with subtle changes in taste notes as the smoke progressed, but always dominated by the Black Cavendish. This is a great desert tobacco, right in there with a brandy and soda.

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

Pipeworks & Wilke blends have never let me down and I just had to give this one a try by the description. I judge/give my opinion on room notes based an my girlfriends opinion, who is a non-smoker as sometimes it?s hard to base a room note if you are actually smoking it. So, with that said, the room note is pleasing with a sweet vanilla/nut flavor. The blend burns exceptionally well and I have never had to continually light up. At first, the sweet vanilla/honey flavor with a slight nutty backdrop, comes out with just the perfect mix of tobacco to create a pleasing taste. As the bowl burns about half way, I noticed the tobacco flavor picks up a bit more and the sweetness of honey dissipates and becomes more of a bold flavor while still remaining a pleasant taste. Does not have a lot of flavoring that is all over the board but just a ?one sided? pleasant sweet vanilla/nut that makes this blend an ?all around? aromatic. I have never been disappointed with any of Pipeworks & Wilke?s blends as they have always been a favorite of mine. I rate this a 4 star based on having no tongue bite, burning exceptionally well, and a pleasing taste. I don?t think you would be disappointed in ANY of Carol?s/Pipeworks & Wilke blends!

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Classical Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Classical (13)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Another wonderful blend here from P&W. The flavor is actually pretty complex and always interesting to me. It burns well, leaves the pipe clean and dry and I don't get in trouble when the smoke stays in the room too long!

The other reviews here were right: This is near the top in a crowded field of fine vanilla aromatics. It just has so much more to it than just one flavor. This blend can restore one's faith in the principle that one can have fine tobacco and aromatic flavors in harmony with each other.

Accompaniment: Beethoven Violin Sonatas.

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SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (115)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This honey-vanilla aromatic is very pleasant and bite-free. English lovers are best served looking elsewhere. But if you seek a sweet (but not overly so) tobacco, you owe it to yourself to try this bulk blend.

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

This tobacco has a wonderful flavor and aroma. After not having any for months, it is a great change of pace. There is something very satisfying about this blend and I'm happy to have received a new parcel of it.

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akaiser77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
akaiser77 (52)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is not your average aromatic. No. 191 is a pungent, flavorful, cool burning, non-goopy blend with a unique flavor. I don't normally like black cavendish in my tobacco, but it is used here with restraint, and the result is exceptional. You really could smoke this all day, with your tongue and dignity intact.

Though Butternut Burley has gotten a lot of rave reviews as a high-quality aromatic, I think No. 191 blows it out of the water.

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

In the crowded field of vanilla aromatics, 191 is a contender.

Real tobacco flavor with a mild topping. Very nice room note.

This is not my favorite vanilla aromatic, nor my favorite P&W aromatic, but it's a good one.

Being P&W's #1 seller, chances are that you'll like this one.

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