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Very rich and aromatic...a perfect desert tobacco. Creamy vanilla and dark chocolate flavorings with molasses added for smoothness upon light up and throughout smoking.

BrandTinder Box
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Molasses, Vanilla
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild
Mild to Medium, Medium to Strong, Strong
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Nick Papageorgio Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nick Papageorgio (1)
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Medium to Full Unnoticeable

Wow. Have been smoking for 40 years. I ran out on a trip, and my friend that we were visiting with said, try mine. Well, I backed up a little bit, but said I would. WOW, I loved this stuff. Have been smoking Captain Black ( different ones ). This was great. Excellent taste, NO bite, lots of smoke, room note was great. Even my clothes did not smell after smoking. ( wife loved that ). About the best tobacco. Drove 40 miles out of my way to get some before we left. Then found a Tinderbox when I got home. Just the best stuff.

Pipe Used: Comoy guildhall

Age When Smoked: 64

Purchased From: Tinderbox

Similar Blends: Captain black dark, but much more flavor, but lighter..

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PipenGuitar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipenGuitar (15)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

My Fiance loves this aroma. Need I say more?? It smokes like a typical aromatic but not as moist as some. Perhaps a little drying time and careful puffing will do the trick.

2 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (180)
Very Mild Strong Medium Pleasant

The smell in the pouch was of chocolate covered cherries, even though there is no cherry topping here, that was the smell I got. Once lit it tasted like coffee liquer and chocolate, rather pleasant.

Black Russian smoked well and did not disappoint, but it is rather one sided, coffee flavor all the way down with no real tobacco taste underneath. Recommended for those who enjoy sweet aromatics and aren't looking for much in the way of tobacco leaf flavor.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

On a recent trip to California I had the chance to stop at the Tinderbox, the last time I had the chance to was back in 2007 when Tinderbox was still open in Las Vegas. I had smoked Black Russian back then and had not had the chance to since then but I sure remembered it when I stuck my head in the jar, the Molasses aroma is very unique and once you inhale it you will not forget it. My mother (who hates smoke) actually said it smelled very nice (which is the highest compliment she can give on tobacco and remarked that I should stop smoking the other "Crap" around her.... BR is your classic Black Cavendish with a Vanilla /Chocolate topping ala RLP-6 or Captain Black White but the addition of the molasses really makes it unique and adds a creaminess without upping the sweetness so it's a very rich blend that's perfect for dessert after a large dinner. One must dry BR out for awhile to reduce relights and muck accumulation but IMO it's worth the added inconvenience. I really enjoy this blend, even more so when substituting 1/4 of it with a strong burley.

Purchased From: Santa Monica Tinderbox

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RyeWhiskey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyeWhiskey (43)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Great tobacco among the aromatic class. Tobacco has a nice dark look, with some chocolate, molasses aroma. Like was stated, a slight hint of vanilla thought not too much. Smokes nicely, nice bit of tastiness here and there. Very pleasant to smoke, unfortunately I have finished the three ounces over a month ago, so the exactness isn't in my mind.

I never had to relight, nor did it bite the tongue. Nice casual pace, steady as she goes and this goes down to ash. Gotta dump out the ashes though, they tend to kill the pot. Great ARO, I do miss it in my rotation, and will pick up more than the three ounces next time around.

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Jallen49 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jallen49 (24)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

First, let me state that I smoke mostly aromatics and bought this one solely by the smell (bought bulk). And to add, I had not been smoking that long at the time and really would still consider myself a beginner as far as taste bud development goes...

As I said it smells wonderful. A sweet molasses smell with (IMO) hints of chocolate. Can't say I could detect much vanilla.

As far as smoke goes, like any other aromatic, this puppy can get hot, and be prepared for a relight. A tasty tobacco if you stay relaxed and smoke it slowly. I enjoyed the taste of the cavendish (molasses and chocolate), and as others have said, you might even be able to catch some vanilla or coffee notes.

If I could rate in halves, I would give this 2 and a half stars.

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sagesmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sagesmoke (14)
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This came in a boxed set with 3 other Tinderbox aromatics I bought in 2004. In the pouch it smells yummy, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. In the pipe, however, it lost it all for me. Like others have stated, I experienced more bite than flavor. Also had something in the background a bit metallic-like, although it could be that this didn't age well.

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Meisterlowin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Meisterlowin (16)
Very Mild Very Strong Medium Pleasant

I'm not a tremendous fan of aromatics, generally speaking, and wouldn't have bought this but for the "prompting" of my better half.

That said, Black Russian offers a surprisingly nice smoking experience in my opinion. The aroma of the leaf to me was of chocolate with a hint of vanilla. When smoked, the tobacco itself seemed to have little body but the room note was pleasing. Maybe it was just a Twilight Zone moment, but this blend actually burned all the way to the bottom with only one relight.

Occasionally, there was the hint of a sweet aftertaste that I did not find altogether pleasant and it did have a mild bite. Otherwise a good, clean burning, crowd pleasing smoke.

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