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A light golden Cavendish with a hint of Vanilla; our mildest and most popular.

BrandNat Sherman
Blend TypeUnknown
Packaging50g Tin
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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Tom Bombadill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Bombadill (89)
Mild Mild Medium Very Pleasant

This is my first review of the New Year. I am snowed in here in Boston, MA where we are experiencing approximately 70 inches of snow in 17 days. Still, our spirits and the tabacky are holding up. I should note that I usually smoke English blends but enjoy aromatics periodically. Usually in the evenings and definitely after snow shoveling.

NS 314 is a light, not heavily cased aromatic. (I bought he tin six months ago and from the back label it appears to have been blended by Lane Ltd.) It has a delicious, light cocoa smell in the tin but it is not a "chocolate" aromatic. Looks like three tobaccos in the mix: A light colored brown and darker brown ribbon cut Virginias with a smattering of black Cavendish. Burns consistently, with no tongue bite, to a gray/white ash. Geat room note. Smokes with a uniform flavor throughout the bowl, like most aromatics do. It's advertised as "slightly" aromatic and that sums it up. Smooth Virginias, slightly sweet, maybe a touch of vanilla and a touch of cocoa. I will definitely buy several tins to cellar. I only do that with a handful of my favorite tobaccos. Maybe not good for new smoker. A tobacco lovers aromatic. This rates 4-Stars for me!

Pipe Used: Perretti, Peterson, Kaywoodie, Dr. Grabow,

Age When Smoked: 6 months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Any first-class aromatic..

3 people found this review helpful.

Fountainhead Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fountainhead (16)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I am usually not a big fan of aromatic blends; I own them to be diplomatic with non-smokers.

This blend, however, has changed my perspective on the murky world of aromatics. It has no bite, has a mellow and mild flavor, and has one of the best aromas I have ever smelled. It is a light vanilla aroma with a subtle hint of almonds or walnuts. It burns very well. Truly a masterpiece of the aromatic variety. Definitely going to stock up on this one.

3 people found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (176)
Extremely Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I picked up a tin of 314 and 307 recently, both at different ends of the Cavendish spectrum, 314 a Golden and 307 a Black Cav/ Burley. Mixed together you get a top shelf 1Q or Captain Black Royal, smoked by themselves there is still loads of flavor being that NS uses nothing but the best toppings and tobacco's. A light Golden Brown Cavendish that has a natural Vanilla topping, reminds me of a Vanilla milkshake. No bite even if puffed hard and a crowd pleaser. If you like American Style aromatics but are afraid of PG and chemicals, pick up some Nat Sherman, you really can't go wrong with anything they produce...

2 people found this review helpful.

beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (102)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

This is something that I used to smoke in small quantities a decade or so ago alongside various other Nat Sherman products—cigars, cigarettes, cigarettellos. I remember it as a delicate and enjoyable vanilla aromatic. But you can't step in the same river twice, I suppose.

I found a tin of this at my old residence last year and finally got around to dipping into it. It's entirely possible that the 8 or so years between my purchase of this 314 and smoking it over the past few days have been hard on the tobacco, but I'm not sure. What I once perceived as a quiet vanilla aromatic is now practically mute. It's still a mild tobacco, but far too mild to bring any pleasure. The big challenge with this stuff, however, is the serious bitterness that has developed in this weed. It's genuinely unpleasant to smoke and may well be a candidate for the big blue bin.

But back when I was much younger…and perhaps when the tin was fresh…this was a mild, pleasant smoke.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

This is the tobacco that I started smoking a pipe with. It remains the only aromatic in my rotation of English and Virgina tobaccos.

I must admit that it does tend to smoke very wet, as stated in previous reviews, however, nothing colors a meerschaum faster or better then this blend. If you haven't tried it in a meerschaum you're missing the real flavor of the blend.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I'be been smoking pipes for about 3 years now. During that time I have tried quite a lot of different brands and blends. It seems to me that most of the reviews are slanted in favor of non-aromatics. It's almost as if many feel the the "goal" is to move up to non-aromatics because that's the best there is.

At my ripe old age of 55, I've decided that the only thing important is to smoke what YOU like. That all that matters.

That said, I have come to the conclusion that Nat Sherman's 314 is my favorite blend. It isn't too overwhelmingly aromatic and provides me with a clean, cool smoke that is very flavorful. As a bonus, the room note will win friends as well. It loads and lights easily and burns all the way down with little, if any, relighting.

It's truly a delight and a great all-day smoke for me. I highly recommed it.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I like Aromatic blends for a change of pace or to recover from some of the stronger tobacs. This one smells delicious. It reminds me of Christmas cookie dough. The taste is quite mild and it smokes very smoothly. The only downside is that it is a smoke of short duration. If you are looking for a very high quality American-style Aromatic, this is about as good as they get. Recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I am sorry to disagree with my fellow pipe enthusiasts,but I find this to be an excellent aromatic. The blend has a vanilla casing which is really quite pleasant.The room note is outstanding, and the blend itself although one dimensional, is extremely flavorful and exceptionally mild.I experienced no tongue bite,and a very rich and satisfying flavor remained present through out the bowl. If you like McClelland's Mellow Mack i would suggest giving this a try.

2 people found this review helpful.

romaso Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
romaso (36)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a tasty vanilla on top of good but extremely mild tobacco. The vanilla is full and sweet enough to qualify as a dessert smoke for me, which I turn too on occasion, similar to Stokkebye's Vanilla Gold.

1 person found this review helpful.

emmbee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
emmbee (174)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Sorry, I meant to post this at the 314 reviews, but inadvertantly posted it at 307. I didn't realize it was called City Island Dawn, as that isn't indicated on the red rosy tin.

In the tin, this stuff smells almost like Senakot, a chocolate laxative. I almost passed on it, but since I used to love Nat?s cigars so much, especially the Union and University, I decided to try a pinch from an open sample tin at Jack?s Tobacco, Milwaukee. I was not disappointed. This is one of the finest, creamiest aromatics you?ll every try. It?s a soft blend of aromatic golden and dark Cavendish. Yes, it?s definitely a heavily cased American aromatic, so stay away if you?re a hardcore English smoker. Unfortunately, the downside is that whatever this stuff is cased with leaves a coating on my tongue that?s soapy and waxy. It also tends to leave some sludgy wet dottle in the bowl. I prefer McClelland aromatics because they don?t fuzz my tongue. But for one who enjoys an occasional ice cream sundae with their tobacco, and likes the pleasing fragrance of nougat and toffee ala McClelland Best of Show, you will enjoy this from time to time.

Two and a half of five stars

1 person found this review helpful.

CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
Extremely Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

It would appear as if Rick Piatt took a peek into my tasting notes when he wrote his review. I have to agree with him 150%

You have to give credit for truth in advertising ? the description says this is their mildest blend. It has to be.

I didn?t chance a treasured briar on this one, I smoked it in a cob first. Then as an experiment, I smoked it in a Kirsten ? just to see how wet it really smoked. After I smoked it down as far as I could, I checked out the amount of water in the pipe. I was amazed. I wouldn?t have thought a bowl of tobacco could hold that much moisture!

1 person found this review helpful.

RickPiatt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RickPiatt (16)
Extremely Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Nat Sherman 314 is bland in every way.

The tin when opened gives a strong vanilla cased cavendish smell that is inviting to the aromatic smoker. If there is anything besides cavendish here I sure can't find it. The leaf is ribbon cut and monotone in color like the color of honey.

When first opened the tobacco is a bit on the moist side. Packing when it is this moist will surely provide a lot of gurgle. Now to the first problem with this tobacco, if you let it dry out for more than a 15 minutes (the least IMHO that is needed to control the gurgle) the flavor begins to get flatter than flat almost as if the vanilla evaporates in the drying process. If smoked in a group 4 or larger gurgle is unstoppable. Attempting to control the gurgle, I smoked it in Savenelli 6mm and Vauen 9mm balsa filter pipes which helped tremendously. Even so, I still used more than one pipe cleaner to keep the condensation down. And, before I forget, when tried in a Peterson system pipe, it filled the reservoir - don't go there.

Strength: This is the mildest tobacco I've ever smoked (7 years smoking now). I notice no nicotine increase throughout the bowl.

Flavoring: As I previously outlined, this tobacco has a strong vanilla casing that is overpowering to say the least. It's a nice mix with cavendish, but is so monotone that the tobacco simply won't keep your interest for more than a few bowls. I never made it through the entire tin quite honestly.

Room note: This tobacco will make friends for you! People seem to love the aroma. While not as strong as some of the "cherry" blends, the aroma is definately a sickly sweet cavendish.

Bowl Experience: If dried out for about 15 minutes, the bowl lights quite easily and will smoke to the bottom with only a few relights (only needed because you're constantly using a pipe cleaner to stop gurgle). It burns down to a nice grey ash but it is hard to get 100% of the tobacco smoked. I noticed towards the very end of the bowl that all hint of the vanilla casing is gone and the flavor gets somewhat bitter.

Nat sherman calls this their most popular blend ... I can't see how that is possible. If you like aromatics I would suggest you try Nat Sherman's #307 instead. The flavor is much better and the gurgle, though still present, is less than this blend.

Legacy: The vanilla casing will stay with whatever pipe you smoke it in for a few bowls. Smoke it first in a cob in case you don't like it.

Possibility: This might be a nice tobacco to use as an ingredient in blending - if you wanted to add a slight touch of vanilla cavendish to "your custom blend".

Bottom line: If you love cavendish and vanilla is heaven, this is for you. Try it in a smaller pipe first (only to control the moisture).

1 person found this review helpful.

Alhaji Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alhaji (23)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a very flavorful tobacco. A delightful, no-bite aromatic blend. My first and only Nat Sherman thus far. Whatever the topping(s) used - I seem to taste Vanilla and Toffee and Caramel, not necessarily in that order - there was no serious interference with the quality of the smoke.

To the chagrin of 'anti-aromatists', I dare say I enjoy this blend whenever I smoke it. Unlike many aromatics, the flavour is constant and consistent throughout the smoke. It does not become flat and tasteless and boring. As an ocassional 'sweet tooth', it is a good break from other more complex tobaccos.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

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