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A savory blend of Virginia and burley Leaf with velvet black cavendish. Aged in whiskey barrels for precisely one month, this mixture smokes smooth and heralds a marvelous aroma of tropical fruit and hickory nuts.

Manufactured ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus, Other / Misc, Whisky
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

As I do enjoy a cased Burley and/or Black Cavendish from time to time - particularly in the evenings, I decided to give Rainy Day a try since all of the Ashton blends that I have smoked appear to be very nicely put together with quality leaf, even if I don't enjoy the blend that much. The Cavendish did present a nice aromatic taste and the Burley added a little punch without adding any addition flavor that I could tell. If you prefer aromatic blends that tend more toward the taste of tobacco, you might enjoy this one. It is mild and does not bite.



8 people found this review helpful.

artielon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
artielon (6)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

When tin first opened very strong berry flavors. First some effort to get lit and some tongue bite. When properly lit burned very easily smoking it very gently (which it demands). Very cool smoke and very relaxing! Quite pleasant aromatic flavors - this will be one of my favorites - a rainy day not required, just a peaceful setting.

Pipe Used: Falcon Coolway with filter

Age When Smoked: fresh from tin

Purchased From: Töölön Sikarikauppa Helsinki

6 people found this review helpful.

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

A l'ouverture de la boite, le mélange de tabac va du jaune doré au noir. Il s'en dégage une odeur de fruits exotiques ainsi qu'un peu de whisky. C'est une odeur tiède et doucement fruitée; un parfum d'été indien. Le tabac n'est pas trop humide et ne nécessite que peu de temps de séchage, il peu donc être fumé rapidement. Sa coupe relativement fine permet un bourrage et un allumage aisé. Au fumage le goût en bouche est très agréable et ne pique pas la langue. On sent très bien les fruits exotiques, le whisky est quant à lui très léger. En ce qui concerne la noix de pécan, celle ci se trouve en retrait, plutôt en arrière gout lors des grosses bouffées. La fumée est moelleuse, un petit peu sèche peut être parce que le mélange n'est pas autant sucré que les autres tabacs de ce genre. Le fumage se fait de façon régulière du début à la fin avec une pipe correctement bourrée. En ce qui me concerne je trouve cet aromatique très plaisant à fumer. Peu sucré et cepandant très doux, c'est un moment de bonheur et d'appaisement à chaque bouffée. L'appelation "Rainy Day" sied à merveille; il a fait mauvais toute cette semaine chez moi, et j'en ai fumé dehors a l'abri de la pluie, ce qui m'a procuré un peu de couleurs dans cette ambiance morne et grise. Cela me fait penser à une jolie carte postale colorée qui vous arrive du bout du monde alors que c'est la fin de l'automne...

5 people found this review helpful.

LondonCalling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LondonCalling (12)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

I'm not normally an aficionado of aromatics, as I find almost all to be sickly-sweet, cloying confections blended around a base of tobaccos of pretty questionable quality. I do however very occasionally smoke them around Christmas, almost invariably to my disappointment, when I'm looking for something with an inoffensive room note I can smoke indoors. Rainy Day however is an exception. I bought the tin on a whim, and subsequently reading some of the reviews was preparing myself for another disappointment. Sure enough, there's a strong scent on opening the tin: which I think I've finally identified as predominantly tangerine; and there's definitely something of nut there too, (though quite what hickory nuts smell or taste like I've no idea). But the appearance of the stuff was the first surprise: a roughly-cut mixture of bright Virginias, brown burleys, and Cavendish which in appearance screams quality, and seems to have precisely the right moisture content. It packs well, lights well, and burns politely. But the best part is the flavour. Almost all other aromatics I've ever smoked - with the exception of an old Dunhill My Mixture long out of production - rapidly lose their intended flavour pretty shortly after lighting, leaving either a nasty mutated form of the essence, or simply a rank taste of burnt matter mixed with sub-standard tobacco. Rainy Day however is different. The flavour stays undiminished and accurate down to the bottom of the bowl. And around half way down the bowl there emerges alongside it a lovely flavour of Virginias of some quality. I feel the flavourings of most aromatics are hopelessly overdone. And on this front, Rainy Day is an odd beast. It's true that the tin note suggests to me the stuff has been overdone too. But once alight, the flavour comes across as surprisingly subtle. Some people clearly feel this blend bites like a rabid pit bull. Whilst I can feel it has some potential for bite however, it certainly isn't problematic in the way of, say, a pure Virginia smoked too fast, and should cause no problems to all but the most senitive of tongues. As for strength, most aromatics I've smoked seem to contain no nicotine at all, but Rainy Day is different on that count too. While it's certainly not going to knock your socks off, there's definitely enough strength to satisfy the average smoker. Would I add this to my list of regular smokes? I certainly don't class it as an all-day smoke, as I'd soon tire of it. But as a regular change from unflavoured tobaccos I'd certainly recommend it.

Pipe Used: Great big Royal Danish freehand

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Golden Butterfly tobacconist, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK

3 people found this review helpful.

Zero_Gravity Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zero_Gravity (5)
Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I really enjoy this brand. I bought a tin expecting something stronger and more aggressive. I was pleasantly surprised to open the tin and find it very "happy" and "friendly" as I like to call it, smelling of fermented or dry fruits like figs or raisins, and packs, lights, and smokes almost perfect.

Best bang for buck, and a high class baccy to boot!

3 people found this review helpful.

DEN-C1956 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DEN-C1956 (32)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

after the 50g tin of 'consummate gentleman' has now been finished i moved on to a 50g tin of 'rainy day' now this is a very nice gentle smoke, very relaxing and quite sweet, and its a lovely aroma, i quite like to odd aromatic blend and this is no disapointment, not much tonuge bite but the get the best out of this tobacco it needs to be smoked slowly and its quite fast burning so take it slow and it will reward you, the room note is very nice and overall a nice tobacco you can relax with at anytime. im going to buy more of 'rainy day' soon.

Pipe Used: peterson

2 people found this review helpful.

Giovanni Palomino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Giovanni Palomino (21)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

The Tin aroma is as a liquor matured with notes of citrus, in Mr. Brog Navi black pipe is where I enjoy this mixture, does not burn very hot and doesn't need many reencendidos which makes enjoy even more his smoke, the nicotine charge is soft making it pleasant and quiet the smoke note in the room is very good is like a wine matured with very citrus notes although the liquor feels really Whisky.

1 person found this review helpful.

Der Pfeifenraucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Der Pfeifenraucher (63)
Mild to Medium Extra Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Cigarette tobacco with oranges, mangoes, and/or rum. This is not a pleasurable tobacco in any sense. It tastes bad and burns like a beast. I got this on a whim at the tobacconist because they didn't have what I really wanted and the tin description sounded pretty good. Upon opening you get a very heavy handed orange/mango uppercut. Pack it, light it, puff it, and you'll discover satan himself dragging his sizzling orange peel ass across your sad and sorry mouth parts. Smoked three bowls and called it off. Only my second one star review.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: new?

Purchased From: Timothy's Fine Cigars, Bay City MI

Similar Blends: Borkum Riff Limited Edition 11 degree North.

1 person found this review helpful.

Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
Overwhelming Extra Strong Overwhelming Pleasant to Tolerable

This smelled like lucky charms. A little fruity and a lot of sugar. After opening the tin the smell really hits you. I packed this very solid with 3 pinches into a large pipe. On first char ring it really grew and I had to tamp it down quick. On second light it rose up again but stayed lit. I chuckled because it is not often I fingers a tobacco that will burn my pants. The light really brings out the fruit smell even more. It really was a bit overpowering. It seemed like that the flavor just kept coming in and out over and over again. I smoked slow for about 45 minutes and tried real hard to like this. It just did not work for me. The roller coaster flavor ride was just to much. It never settled down. If you want sugar and fruit this might be for you. Me I will pass this on to the younger crowd. At 6.49 a tin someone will like it.

Pipe Used: Stanwell

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: Cigar Planet

1 person found this review helpful.

Telling it how it is. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Telling it how it is. (73)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

The closed tin already very strongly smells of what is to come. When you open the tin the entire room is filled with a very strong smell of undefined fruit, some alcohol note and sadly some slight chemical note.

Packing is easy as can be. Lighting is incredibly easy and the tobacco burns on its own for a very long time. Its rare that, without aiming for it, i can smoke a tobacco down to the very end of the bowl without relighting even once.

Sadly the taste is something you have tasted a dozen times before: fruit, hickory and again some slight alcohol note. Its just nothing special although nothing bad or boring either. And if you are amongst the lucky ones not getting tongue bite from it, it is even good.

But: it causes mad tongue burn and has a clear tendency to smoke hot, no matter how slow and gentle you puff away. I was stuck with this blend on a hike in the mountains for a couple of days, else i would have tossed it out after half a dozen bowls for the reasons above. It is halfway bearable if you let it dry out alot and use charcoal filters. But still not pleasurable.

It burns down to a very fine ash and the room note is very strong also, smelling like any whiskey laced tobacco.

I am guessing that this tobacco is treated with combustion agents, which causes the incredible burning properties as well as the tongue bite alot people experience. But i do not know that.

I really wanted to like this tobacco but for its evil properties and its commonplace taste i only can give it one star.

Do i recommend this blend? I do recommend this blend if it does not cause your tongue leaving the body due to pain. So please, by all means, get a sample first before buying a tin or you just might regret it!

An anecdote on the side: we where in the woods and i was packing a pipe as i was ahead of my group. From afar (100m or so) they already where smelling my pipe and strongly too, but i have not even fired it up. That is how strong the tin note is!

Pipe Used: Aldo Morelli 187, Silvano Lungo, B. C. Provence

1 person found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1644)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Ashton - Rainy Day.

What an un-lit aroma! I cant particularly give the smell a definite identity, all I can say is it's a great aroma being lively, fruity, with a touch of liquor, and a good tobacco hit, one of the best aromas as of yet! There isn't an issue when it comes to the hydration amount, mine is fab'!

I get this lit, with ease and straight away I am impressed with the flavour. It's by no means a harsh aromatic, there is a very good selection of tastes, all reflecting the un-lit aroma, some whiskey but I find that the lightest addition with the fruit/citrus taking the lead with an almost pineapple note to it. The balance of the different tobaccos is an impeccable one, neither of them take the spotlight but they all have an equal share.

Vitamin N I find to be just right: not strong and not weak. The room-note resembles both the un-lit aroma and the taste: not too heavy, quite fruity with good tobacco notes.

Three stars.

Pipe Used: Rattray Six Friends

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I am not a fan of aromatics - I smoke mostly straight VA or VaPers. That being said, this provides a nice smoke if smoked gently. Smoke it hard and your tongue is not going to be happy.

Pipe Used: Tinsky bent

Age When Smoked: 1 yr

Purchased From: 4Noggins

1 person found this review helpful.

PuffPuffKeep Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PuffPuffKeep (8)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

It's tangy. It's a little fruity and leans towards the citrus side. Smoke it improperly and it will bite you.

The name alone should tell you this is not an everyday smoke. It's got that flavor you want to try every now and again. It's ok.

puff puff pass...

1 person found this review helpful.

MyWay Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MyWay (2)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I received a fresh new tin from Switzerland today and popped it open. Tasty and relaxing, leaves a fine citrus/tropical fruit room note. Burned hot in one of my small briars. Was that a trace of tongue bite towards the end? It was kind of hard to keep lit, even after padding it down. I would definitely purchase more of this in the future just to have around. The taste and aroma are definitely appealing.

1 person found this review helpful.

pencils Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pencils (43)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

This is the most forward of the Ashton's aromatic blends I have so far attempted. In many ways it is massively flavoursome, but suffers from being a biter which The Walking Dead could employ. The open tin is akin to MacBaren's Cube, with the spicy Juicy Fruit immediately obvious. None of this is lost when packed and lit - it is a huge flavour bomb of burleys and virginias which have been doused in casings that infuse every puff. In the nose, it proves pretty sharp to the point of harshness, and my experience has been of a fast burning and almost volcanic temperature. Does it taste of tobacco? Yes, but it is a very potent mix of added ingredients which mask the base constituents.

I would only recommend this to those who love aromatics; there is no middle ground for uncertainty in the strength of what is added. Avoid if you want something gentle!

Pipe Used: Several

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Turmeau, Liverpool

Similar Blends: Other Ashton aromatics..

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periqueguy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
periqueguy (43)
Medium Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

Although most Ashton blends are quite good, I found this blend almost vile. Over cased and over flavored. Not a positive smoking experience even for aromatic fans.

Pipe Used: cob

Age When Smoked: 4 years

Purchased From: NA

Similar Blends: nothing.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (249)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Smoke this right out of the tin and it can be cloying and can bite, but let it dry out and it becomes a really nice blend that I am enjoying very much. It claims to have a nutty, fruity flavor which I don't taste at all, but I do taste the whiskey in it and it gives it a smooth sweet taste with the VA sweetness coming though, the burley giving it body as does the black cavendish. In the tin, it gives off a sweet aroma and smells typical of an aromatic. It is composed of rough cut ribbon flakes and run the gamet as to color, from light brown to dark almost black brown. Dried out it packs very easy and lights right up and stays lit giving a very slow nice burn that burns right down to the bottom of the pipe into a powdery ash. NO dottle and no wet crud at the bottom of the pipe. This is a very tasty relaxing smoke for me and the room note is very pleasant and will make friends for you. The leaf used in the blend is quality, has a velvety hand feel and it is a top notch aromatic. I recommend trying this but like I said, let it dry out some and you will be rewarded.

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Smokey45 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smokey45 (16)
Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

This is a tobacco that I actually liked, but, after opening it and trying a bowl, I thought it was much like a tin that I already had opened: "Dan Tobacco Treasures of Ireland - Shannon."

Same sweet and fruity flavor, though not as sweet and pronounced as Shannon. Also, I've started to wonder what manufacturers are thinking when they label tobaccos. Does anybody here think of sweet and fruity scents and flavors when they think of a RAINY DAY? I for one don't. On a rainy day, you're just never going to beat a good English blend, which "Rainy Day" is not, nor pretends to be.

It's a pretty decent tobacco, sort of a "Shannon Lite" if you will. My wife liked the room note, and it is a nice, pleasant smoke, best suited for a mild after dinner pipe.

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (106)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Very Pleasant

The trouble with most of these aromatic blends, whether it be Petersons, Ashtons or Sam Gawiths, is they always invariably smell fantastic when you open the tin.

It rarely follows through on the smoke. Rainy Day is not an exception.

It has a little more character than Winding Road, which, on refection, was pretty bland. The best bit is, of course, filling the pipe time, what a superb aroma. More or less what it says on the tin.

Traces of the aroma hang around for a few puffs and then just dissipate. It goes out a lot and has a rather sour smell at rest.

I had a surprise when Mrs RH commented - favourably - on the smell. She doesn't often pass comment, unless its really strong or horrid. So it scores highly on the room note.

In conclusion then, yet another brew from Ashtons that promises a great deal at tin-opening time but inevitably disappoints.

Don't think I'd rush to buy another tin.

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A unique aromatic. Like a Carmen Miranda hat with all that fruit, but tropical fruit. I really liked the tobaccos in the blend, and the flavor, but I can't smoke aromatics like this all the time. It was not as overpowering as some. It is definitely a hit with the ladies or with nonsmokers.

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

This leaves a film feeling in my mouth and the last half of the bowl has tastes of motor oil.After tin was opened some time the tobacco was still wet/moist but the fruit aroma was disappearing rather fast .

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geocritter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
geocritter (20)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Ashton's Rainy Day is an interesting aromatic; full flavored, but with a flavor which reminds me more of smoking a tangerine than anything else. I never did pick up a nutty flavor, but it was almost a tangerine-guava-passionfruit taste/smell. Easily lit, didn't require extra lights. First third of the bowl yielded a heavy volume of smoke which was somewhat moist and very fruity, almost sickeningly so; the Virginias and Burley's didn't come out in force, but the cavendish was much more noticible. The 2nd third of bowl became more dictated by the virginias and burleys, with much of the casing becomig burned off. Had to be careful not to scorch tongue here!! Smoking slowly yeilding a nice taste. Final third of the bowl cooled down considerably, with only the taste of the virginias coming through, with a hint of the casing, but noticibly less bite (either from burning off, or my taste buds are numbed, don't know which). Flavor became kind of scorched-tasting. Little to no dottle remaining; fluffy dark gray ash.

All in all, a fragrant smoke which can be enjoyed by those who aren't huge aromatic fans but occasionally find it enjoyable, and will certainly find love in the hearts of aromatic smokers. Pure english blend purists, however, will probably find this way too fruity for their liking. And yes, it does taint the pipe afterwards. I don't know how long that will last, but I could still detect it after smoking 2 bowls of a latakia base, if that tells you anything.

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