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This Blend is made from Black Cavendish, gently pressed and fermented ready rubbed Virginia and Burley together with bright wild-cut Virginia. Fruity Black Currant and Apple flavours underline the taste of this mixture.

Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringApple, Blackcurrant
CutBroken Flake
Packaging50g Pouch
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Very Pleasant, Pleasant

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Piper@thegates Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Piper@thegates (20)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I bought a 100g tin of this on the spur of the moment while browsing a tobacconist in Germany and to be honest I was a little wary as I hadnt had much success with aromatics in the past. I needn't have worried though because Kir and Apple has proven to be a very acceptable and well behaved aro, it doesn't gunk up my pipes and smokes fairly cool for an aro. The tin note is very strong, blackberry comes through mostly. Easy to pack and maintain, this blend as I say smokes less hot than most aros which is one of the reasons I rate it. One reason I prefer non aromatics is that I love the taste of the tobaccos and their various qualities, with aros including this one, I find that the topping often takes away much of the quality of the tobacco. But this is a blend I go to maybe once or twice a week still and it will remain a favourite of mine when I look for a change. The room note is very pleasant even noticable to me as I smoke, others seem to adore the smell of this weed.

9 people found this review helpful.

PC Plod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PC Plod (59)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

A pleasant surprise.

Frankly I was expecting an aroma bomb. But Kir & Apple is quite a bit more civilized than that. Tobacco quality is high: in the same league as the Peterson aromatics such as Connoisseur's Choice.

Like Peterson's CC, there's a tad more Black Cavendish than I prefer. But the BC doesn't drown out the Virginia contribution. And there's just enough burley for roundness. Very well balanced. One advantage of the Black Cavendish is the easily detectable smell of the side-stream smoke, which I must admit is quite attractive.

The tin notes of black currant and sour apples are unmistakable. And tastefully done. Nice and natural. However, once the tobacco is burning, there's no trace of either aroma. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, because the room note is so good on its own ... I wouldn't want it being spoiled by easily identified aromas which often grow tiresome over time.

Given this tobacco's modest price and high quality, one could confidently rate it at 'Highly Recommended'. However I feel more comfortable giving it a solid 'Recommended+'. Not quite in the same league as stellar aromatics like Halberg Red. But considering its great value, Kir & Apple is a worthy smoke. Especially for the Virginia flake fancier like myself who craves the occasional aromatic.

Pipe Used: Ben Wade Brogue Apple

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Online Vendor

Similar Blends: Peterson - Connoisseur's Choice.

8 people found this review helpful.

jazzmoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jazzmoke (57)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This is probably one of the best of the stanwell tobaccos. It's an aromatic blend, but more on the stronger side, meaning that I recommend smoking it from small and medium pipes. No tongue bite, great smell, nice aroma, good taste. Recommended for danish tobacco lovers.

7 people found this review helpful.

Watson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Watson (20)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

A very special combination with a unique taste!

It has all the advantages of the Stanwell tobaccos (no moisture, burns to the end, no tongue bites, smooth burning) and it is a "clever" mixture.

It shall give that "difference" in every days smoking!

One of my faves of all times together with "Stanwell Melange"!

4 people found this review helpful.

NighTChill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NighTChill (6)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Very Strong

When I buy it, it was an action of curiousity. Well, I went wrong! Normal strength, but from that part ahead... Extremely high room note, not pleasant for the surroundings, the taste is too full, and subjectively bad/for me/. I fully respect Stanwell's products, but this one is totally not one of mine favourites. Although, if you have money, and time to experiment, do not wonder and buy it.

3 people found this review helpful.

Marco1982 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marco1982 (6)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

When I first read the description on the tin, I was really looking forward to smoking a few bowls of the tobacco. It didn't sound like your ordinary aromatic. At least I hadn't had any experiences with apple and black currant, whatsoever, and I hadn't heard of such a thing yet. When you open the tin, there is a strong smell of the added aroma, but you won't find any traces of a tobacoo smell, which is - in my opinion - not a very good sign. Yet, the aroma was at least interesting, so I gave it a try.

The first few puffs made it quite clear, that the tobacco flavor is minimal. The casing dominates from the first to the last puff. Its flavour would be hard to pin down. I'd say that its fresh and slightly sour, but not really intolerable. However, I didn't really taste apple or black currant, so that was a little disappointing.

Smoked slowly, the tobacco gave me some pleasure but I guess I wouldn't pick it up again. Maybe for some hardcore aromatic enthusiasts, who want simply aroma without any traces of natural tobacco, Kir and Apple might be worth a shot. For anyone who is looking for an aromatic which leaves traces of tobacco flavour: Pick up something else!

I guess I should add that I have smoked the tobacco out of a filter pipe, so everything I have said might not be true for non-filter pipes. Anyway, pretty much everything which is said in a review is purely subjective so you should take it as such. Best wishes and tanks for reading. Marco

3 people found this review helpful.

bearded_cavalier Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bearded_cavalier (11)
Very Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I smoke mostly English blends, but like a nice aromatic on summer mornings to accompany my coffee. This one is right up there with the best. Lovely, tasty aromatic with fantastic room note. The taste is sweet and crisp, and lasts throughout the bowl. Burns cool and dry leaving a fine grey ash. Obviously made of high quality tobacco. A hard one to find - I picked up a pouch of this in Spain and wished I had picked up a few more.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: new

2 people found this review helpful.

bobbysmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bobbysmokes (15)
Overwhelming Very Strong Overwhelming Extra Strong

This may be the worst tobacco I have ever smoked. I can not describe the taste other than awful. This blend tasted like chemicals to me. Could not even finish the bowl. I am glad this was a sample and not a buy.

2 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (79)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a favorite of mine. I keep Stanwell blends on hand at all times, and I must admit that I was a bit excited about this blend. The tin note smells strongly of green apples, vanilla, with a slight nuttiness an other subtle fruits (I'm guessing these are the currants). It loads very easily into nearly every pipe I've smoked it in (small bowls and large ones). While smoking, the apple makes its presence known with a slightly sweet-and-sour flavor. It mellows as you smoke it down. As with other Stanwell blends, this one has very little moisture, doesn't goop up your pipe, doesn't bite, and has a wonderful room note. As with Melange, I highly recommend this blend for anyone who appreciates a TERRIFIC aromatic.

Pipe Used: Savinelli's, Boswell, Grabow Lark

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin, 2 months aged

Purchased From: JR Cigars, Statesville, NC

Similar Blends: Other Stanwell blends.

2 people found this review helpful.

riddlefiddle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
riddlefiddle (4)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Stanwell kir and apple is one of the better aromatics that I have smoked. The tin note apon opening is a delightful smell of currents and apple. Moisture was spot on. Not wet and not too dry. I tasted more apple than currents but I guess that's me. The room note is very pleasant.

Pipe Used: unknown briar

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

o3Ho3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
o3Ho3 (28)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Life is full of challenges... so Kir & Apple is like that. If you ever smoked sisha (hookah) is just the same, for you. For people around is a strange smell with a strange consistency. But somehow is pleasant and enjoyable. Try it in party time, is not bad at all. But... otherwise....

2 people found this review helpful.

Lestat Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lestat (1)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant


2 people found this review helpful.

dixcreek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dixcreek (37)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Very good quality aromatic blend. The black current and apple mesh together well. Excellent tin note, moisture content spot on and very easy loading cut. Lit and burned well throughout the bowl. The first bowl right out of the tin was not overwhelming nor bland by any means, just a good solid smoke. Taste was much like the tin note-- which I found to be a natural mesh of quality tobacco and fruit. Flavor sustained throughout the bowl. Did not gum up the pipe and left little dottle. As is my usual process I waited a week before trying this blend again. If any thing the breathing process upgraded the aroma and flavor. If you like trying different aros as a change of pace as I do you should give this one a try.

Pipe Used: no name briar house pipe

Age When Smoked: new and week old and beyond

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

1 person found this review helpful.

J.R. Patton Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.R. Patton (61)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

It's not a broken flake, at least not the tin I received. What I got was ribbon cut, but no big deal. Tin note is strong but highly unique and super pleasant, especially if you like tart fruitiness, which I do. Black currant and green apple...wait, what? I could smell this outside of the shipping box even though the tin was undamaged and vacuum-sealed...that's how strong the tin note is. There appears to be a larger burley proportion than normal, and the blend feels quite dry to the touch. Both being signs of a good aro to me. This stuff smokes excellently, good burn quality typical of what I've come to expect do from Stanwell blends. As far as taste goes, I don't really know how to describe it. If I had to pick one description, I'd say "crisp". Crisp, sweet and a little tart. I definitely don't get any of that green apple or currant flavor hinted at by the smell. I gotta say, I'd never have seen this tobacco on a list and said "there, that's the one I gotta have". Thankfully, it came in a sampler, and I'm glad to have tried it. I plan on getting a few more cans when this runs out, it's just a nice refreshing summer blend in my opinion.

Pipe Used: '34 Kaywoodie

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

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