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Mild, golden Virginias, that posses a naturally high sweetness, are mixed with a mild Black Cavendish. A fresh flavor of exotic fruits and a touch of Bourbon Vanilla is added to make this an extraordinarily mild blend.

BrandTorben Dansk
Blended ByDan Tobacco
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringBourbon, Fruit / Citrus, Vanilla
CutRibbon
Packaging50g Pouch
CountryDE
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Medium to Strong
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Than Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Than (14)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

ORIGINAL 1/25/2007~ I love this Stuff!!!!!! Blue Note has a distinctive aroma and taste that are hard for me to describe without just saying "FANTASTIC". And I'll use my wife's description for its tin note, "Smells like Fig Newtons." Yeah but it smokes like a dream! Treat it nicely and you'll fall in love with it too!

UPDATE 10/22/2008~I think my pallette has matured, Ino longer find this to be as phenomonal as in the past.I still love the smell and taste, but for some reason the quality between tins is horribly varied, this one bites like a rabid goat. I'm docking it a star. If you only smoke aromatics, still give it a shot.

3 people found this review helpful.

Gun Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gun Smoke (15)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Flavor? What flavor? Like smoking stale air. In fact, you can get the same profile by going to the nearest gas / petrol station and putting your quarter into the air pump and inhaling.

DISCLAIMER: DO NOT try this at home kids. The example given should only be conducted by professional air hose aficionados.

See you at the car wash.

2 people found this review helpful.

Hawkeyeted Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hawkeyeted (14)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

As far as aromatics go, this one is a tolerable smoke.

The tin note is of a vanilla fruit basket, of sorts.

Packs well, but I recommend letting it dry out beforehand. Though it does burn hot, it will stay lit as you let it cool. Pacing your smoke will help. Mild nicotine content.

Most of the Dan Tobacco line is too cased for me. This however is one that I'll keep around as an occasional dessert.

2 people found this review helpful.

rattler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rattler (9)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

Perfume flavored tobacco. Bites, bites and bites some more! Yuck!

2 people found this review helpful.

pipesmokenyc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipesmokenyc (2)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Plum Cake. Open the tin and think Christmas... this tobacco smells like a plum pudding cake. It packs easily with just the right amount of spring, lights easily and stays lit, and the room note is a real crowd pleaser (there are times when this is an important consideration, no?). You get what you pay for. There is true quality in this aromatic blend. No goopy casing here. Tired of slurpy-gummy aromatics? Give this a try. Burns dry to the bottom of the bowl producing a nice grey ash and very little dottle. A nice all day smoke.

2 people found this review helpful.

Inquisitor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Inquisitor (155)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Strong Mild Pleasant

I went the gamut with this one. Disliked it the first time I tried it, as it is very sticky and the vanilla bourbon casing is vaguely nauseating. Tried it a few months later, and thought it was the best aromatic I had ever smoked. So, I ordered 1/2 pound. Another several smokes confirmed that this has virtually no tobacco taste, and the casing is cloying. My search for the perfect aromatic continues.

Nonetheless, this continues to be a favorite of many, so give it a try.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1005)
★★★☆
Very Mild Strong Mild to Medium Strong

Oh my...what an aromatic, and that's aromatic with a capital A. This is the sweetest blend I have ever tried and certainly one of the most unique. It is not goopy or gunky, just plain sweet. I smoked a whole tin in just three days because it was so different.

Having said the above, I will never purchase this blend again. Once was enough. I personally enjoy pipe tobacco that tastes like tobacco. Blue Note is cotton candy disguised as tobacco.

Aromatic fans, listen up. This will be your creme' de la creme'! Don't let Sherlock taste it though, he'd turn over in his grave!

2 people found this review helpful.

HotSoup Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HotSoup (9)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Chemical taste if you don't dry it. Also it has a tendency to get very gunky in your pipe. The taste once dryed a bit is purely casing. I don't Recomend it even for a beginner. Over all I don't care for it

1 person found this review helpful.

Schwetty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Schwetty (15)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant

This is an aromatic for the aromatic lover! It is a very high quality virginia/cavendish blend that is good looking in the tin. The aroma upon opening the tin is very, very pleasant. I almost felt as if I were in the islands.

I tend to smoke crossover blends. And have gotten away from pure aromatics. This came highly recommended, so I gave it a try.

I found this blend to be mild in strength, and very pleasing with regards to room note. The flavors were that of coconuts, rum and vanilla with undertones of a nonspecific spice. The aftertaste is pleasant, and the burn is clean with no gloop left in the bowl. I really like this blend, but need a bit more substance to be truely satisfied. Perhaps a touch of oriental, or latakia would add complexity and make this blend sing for me.

That being said, I would recommend this blend for the true aromatic smoker, and will probably keep a tin of it around for a nice lighter change of pace.

1 person found this review helpful.

Fofo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fofo (81)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Flavor: Not a lot of flavor. The tobacco flavor comes trhough but it's too mild.

Complexity: None. Pretty one dimensional.

Aroma: Pleasant at first. After a few bowls it's pretty easy to tell it's all chemical.

Tin Aroma: A bit sweet for my taste but not bad. Smells a lot better than it smokes.

Room Note: One of the best. Pretty heavy with vanilla and doesn't smell like cheap perfume.

Burning characteristics: burns good with few relights. Can be hot and bitey if tempted. If you smoke too fast it'll gurgle and leave some junk at the bottom of your pipe.

Cut/Moisture content: Loose cut. Moisture content is good, not too wet not too dry. Pretty good for a cased aromatic.

Overall: Not bad for an aromatic but not something I'd buy again. The tobacco used is of quality and the topping, although too strong for my taste, isn't overpowering. However, there is very little tobacco flavor which is a turn off for me. I'd recommend it for the aromatic lover who wants to move away from the drug store aromatic and get something better crafted.

1 person found this review helpful.

DakotaPeacePipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DakotaPeacePipe (33)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

A full flavored aromatic, very pleasant fruity tones, slightest hint of vanilla. Biggest drawback it burns hot, hot, hot. Not for steam engine puffers like me.

1 person found this review helpful.

theThinker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
theThinker (2)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Blue Note gives the room a light vanilla note. No comparison to Da Vinci, however. The taste is an overtone of vanilla nut, which is nice. However, there is an element of tongue bite that I just can't seem to get around. I keep a tin as an occasional smoke. See my review on Da Vinci.. also being a former CAO formula, it's future production is up in the air.

theThinker

1 person found this review helpful.

Big bad Jon Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big bad Jon (232)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

With a room note like this tobacco how could you go wrong? Well to start the tobacco is very wet, which should not be a problem just dry it out right? Well if you do that the flavor goes from strong to almost non-existent, and the tobacco on its own is not good enough to justify smoking. Depending on how dry the tobacco gets, it is either a VERY sweet (vanilla and strawberries) or just plain flat. The tobacco does smoke a bit hot and if not taken care of, will either burn your tongue or have trouble keeping lit. The only way to "enjoy this blend is to smoke it in a cob, then you do not have to worry about the wet stick stuff in your fine briar. Be warned try this stuff in private and decide if you like it. YOur wife will love the smell of this one.

1 person found this review helpful.

sentenza Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sentenza (5)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

sometimes i like aromatics too. but this is too much, too sweet,the smoke is quite warm and dull.it's very difficult to taste the tobacco,i only felt the heavy body of vanilla and aromatic added.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I enjoy good aromatics. This is not one of them.

Dan's Blue Note may smell good but then again, so does a scented candle. I don't smoke scented candles either.

This one tends to burn hot, bite and tastes like a seat on a crosstown bus.

My apologies to Blue Note's legion of fans but other than the room note, I have nothing to recommend about it.

1 person found this review helpful.

tim_up_north Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tim_up_north (7)
★☆☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Got some of this as a sample...after so much press...I had to try it.

I really like aromatics, and was hoping this would be the one.

I was disapointed. For the first 5 minutes the odour is divine but it starts to taper from there. Room note after the fact was not as sweet as I expected. A great strolling about town smoke for others I suppose. 3 stars for 'passer by enjoyment'

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My Quick Notes:

Very moist from packaging , strangely good/easy to light, very gurgley, extremely wet smoke (bring cleaners for while you smoke), no bite for me, one dimentional tobacco. Hrumph? What am I missing?

** UPDATE

I can say I tried the famed Blue Note.

It was found lacking.....moving on.

1 person found this review helpful.

tobaccoman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tobaccoman (19)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

When I cut the 8oz bag open I was hit by a fruity (been described as fig newtons which is accurate) smell. I immediately knew I had smelled this before but couldnt remember where, then it hit me... Rattrays Terry Red Only much heavier than that.. Moister level was acceptable The flavor was there the whole way which for an aromatic is unusual. One thing that stood out to me was this burned to a dry white ash usually reserved for quality Virginias and Englishes. That was nice to see.. Someone here stated to treat this tobacco like a fine lady and that is also accurate.. It got a bit warm on me and wanted to snap my tongue in protest. Good Qaulity stuff which after one bowl I can say Im glad i bought it but unless it grows on me at a later time I probally will not add to this 8 oz bag.. I cant imagine age changing this blend much... Anyone feel differently or have expereience with an aged supply ?

1 person found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (140)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I managed to get a sample of this in bulk, and was excited to try this very much reviewed blend. I was immediately taken back by the smell in the pouch, vanilla with vinegar possibly, I could detect no bourbon flavor or smell.

Upon lighting I was disappointed to find a standard aromatic on the level of Captain Black Gold. I was further confused by the room aroma, smoky, like an English, not at all fragrant; so this isn't even pleasant for those around you. I won't be buying this again, but it might do something for you, a tobacco liked by so many must have some appeal.

1 person found this review helpful.

LearnedHandsome Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LearnedHandsome (10)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild Tolerable

I liked everything about Blue Note - the name, the tin design, aroma, the nice golden colored tobacco - except actually smoking it.

Blue Note is a cigar store jar aromatic dressed in a nice tin. The tins cost about $8. I have had a dozen aromatics that were better in every way in the $3 range.

Blue Note has a strong and sweet tin aroma that does not hold up when smoking. After taking in the tin aroma, one expects a number or flavors to be involved but only vanilla shows up.It starts out sweet but completely bland. It loses the sweetness and then it is just bland. It does not burn well. Even the aroma is weak and boring.

I do not smoke many aromatics, but if I were going to smoke an inferior blend, I would choose one whose price reflects its quality, something like 1Q.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

10/08/2004:I don't smoke this often but I am uprating it to that catagory because it is tops in its' class...which is Aromatic tobacco. The initial smell on opening the tin is...room deoderizer! Really this stuff is pungent! Handle with care. This is a great aromatic tobac. Smoke it in a cob or Grabow. I think the scent would permeate anything it comes in contact with. If you like strongly flavored, sweetened tobacco blends with some real tobacco taste ....this is it! If you are not sure try to beg a bowlfull before purchasing. I think this is one of those love-it or hate-it blends.

11/16/2006 Update: No longer in my rotation. Too "over the top" in scent and flavor. Still recommend for Aromatic lovers.

1 person found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (73)
★★☆☆
Medium Extra Strong Medium Overwhelming

Somewhere alone the line, Blue Note seems to have become the world's most popular premium aromatic. Every pipe smoker I know has tried it and a fair amount love and swear by it. I suppose that I can see why. When, for the latter half of the twentieth century, aromatic has meant a base of poor quality Burley treated with all manner of preservatives and flavoring agents that really only serve to ruin a pipe, a full flavored aromatic made with high-end Virginias and black Cavendish such as Blue Note would indeed be an enthralling discovery.

Once again, the ingredients of this blend are of the highest quality and what I can determine of the flavoring is indeed natural, complex, and even inspired. There is one thing that serves to detract from all things in Blue Note's favor, however. This is that it burns hotter than a bank robber's pistol. Virginia tobacco hath a high sugar content as it is and will burn hot if improperly prepared or smoked; the sugary syrups that are heavily ladled onto Blue Note in blending only augment this. In years of smoking Virginia I have rarely experienced tong bite, but Blue Note torched me every time. As a result, any nuances of flavor that could have been experienced either from the leaf itself, or from the well-intentioned aromatic agent, were rendered moot. Another unpleasant aspect was how I had to keep setting my pipe down because the bowl and even the stem kept getting literally too hot to handle.

There are some good aromatics in this world. I find that the classic American school of blending has done them the best. The Base tobacco must be Burley of the finest quality, bright and red Virginia are veritable condiments, and the aromatic agents, whatever they may be, though deer tongue and liquorices were always popular favorites, were not sauces so much as essences sprayed over the blend. Such was the pinnacle and such does Blue Note fail to achieve.

Regards,

A. Morley Jaques

1 person found this review helpful.

Bezoar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bezoar (14)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I only recommend this if you have no use for you tongue. I finally smoked this tobacco, it is extremly dry in the tin. and let me say, the stuff did burn, but it tasted like my favorite china black fire cured. and it burned the hell out of my tongue.

at least it was free.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Rooty,tooty, fruity vanilla. If you love full aromatics, this is a nice one. Burns drier, and has better tobacco than most blends of this genre. It should as it is tinned, and is not cheap. Too sweet for me, but the quality is good.

1 person found this review helpful.

Lochinvar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lochinvar (71)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

A strongly aromatic offering. I could smoke this maybe once a year. It is pleasnt for an aromatic. Nothing like some of the other Dan tobaccos, which are.....um....brutal. Whatever pipe you smoke this in will be your Blue Note pipe, so dont test drive it in your prize Dunhill if your not sure.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ravenwood Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ravenwood (4)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Whoosh of deep vanilla on opening the tin; very moist; mild bite; felt like smoking a vanilla bean; honestly, I just didn't care for it.

~~~ Whim investment.

1 person found this review helpful.

workingstiff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
workingstiff (39)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Except for the price, this is a fairly good smoke. I find that it burns well and has a decent room aroma. It's taste is a little unique but not at all unpleasant. The smell of it, as some have mentioned, does stay with the pipe for awhile. I don't like to spend much money on tobacco, call me cheap. I generally look for good bargains or sublime experiences and this one is neither to me. It was worth a stop in my tobacco tour and I am sure it appeals very much to some people. The people in the tobacco shop told me that it is the best selling aromatic from Dan Tobacco. I find that there are other smokes at a fraction of the price, like Prince Albert Cherry Vanilla or a Captain Black blend for examples, that I can fire up when I smoke to please my wife rather then myself. There are always lots of good things to spend the dollars on that I save.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dougster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dougster (31)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Holy fruitcakes, Batman! Opening a tin of this stuff smells like you are in a pinapple strawberry coconut cookie factory. This tobacco is all about topping, so if you are expecting any kind of natural tobacco flavors then look somewhere else.

Flavor wise, I find this stuff to be kind of bitey and rather harsh on the tongue. It does have a strong fruit flavor more than anything else. This stuff is probably best used as a crowd pleaser to be smoked at picnics and such. I smoke a bowl every once in a while at home, just for a change, but overall this doesn't do it for me.

For an aromatic type tobacco, I think its a bit too harsh on the tongue to be really enjoyable. I'd also recommend smoking this stuff in your dedicated aromatic pipe, or a corncob, because I imagine the flavors would taint a briar for ages. This is an interesting tobacco, and I'm glad I tryed it, but I don't think I'll be getting this again.

1 person found this review helpful.

Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Professor (67)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Blue Note, from Dan Tobacco, is a terrific blend for non-smokers in that the room note is extremely pleasing. If you smoke for your own pleasure, however, and not for others (I am being cheeky), this is a blend that will have to pass like a cricket ball into the wicket. Indeed, I cannot sing praises for Blue Note. My wife, however, commented on its pleasant tropical coconut odour; I gagged through the puffs--a real turn of the tables. Fortunately, the flavour is not stuck on my palate or in my pipe (after a thorough cleaning of the latter). As I am not a dedicated aromatic smoker (I try one every now and then on a whim), I am giving this two stars rather than one to be fair to those who are aromatic smokers as I gather they will like Blue Note immensely. For me, I will try something else and sing another day.

1 person found this review helpful.

zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (134)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Strong Medium Pleasant

If Juicyfruit were a tobacco, this would be it. Excellent base blend, horrible topping. That's in my opinion, though. It's very distinctive, I'll give it that, and some people really love this stuff.

My natural instinct upon opening this up was to try to place the aroma. I read someone describe the smell as a grape bubble gum..that would probably be more accurate.

I popped a tin at the local tobacco shop and some old guy loaded up his pipe, did a ton of complaining and just plain gave up. He promptly bought a four ounce bulk latakia house blend to "correct" his pipe. Then he gave me a scolding. It was hilarious.

What more can I say? If you're an aromatic buff or want something adventurous, you've got to try this.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pkloop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pkloop (41)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Fruity vanilla taste. Fruity vanilla room note. Very wife friendly tobacco and gets positive comments from her when I smoke this. I tend to tire of this one rather quickly however. 1 tin at a time and I'm good for a while. The tobacco quality is excellent and you can taste the VA's after 1/2 bowl when the flavoring burns off. I've gotta smoke this one carefully as it tends to nip me if I overheat it. All in all its decent but I have my other "fruity" tobaccos I prefer more. And they cost much less!

1 person found this review helpful.

sasha Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sasha (228)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Strong Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

If you like vanilla-cased tobaccos, this is for you. As far as quality it's good indeed, neither hot not wet if you don't rush too much, and the flavour in the tin is resembled enough during the smoke. Pay attention, because the flavour will stay in your pipe for a long time.

1 person found this review helpful.

Ebola Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ebola (10)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Strong vanilla; coconut scent on opening can. Burns dry after initial light and no goo in bowel. Taste much like scent with vanilla. coconut and some other fruity taste. Actually quite good aromatic with underlying quality tobacco note. Not everyone's cup of tea.

WARNING: WILL STAY WITH PIPE!

1 person found this review helpful.

smokey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokey (120)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Strong Mild Very Pleasant

i was ready to hate this one as soon as i cracked the tin. an overwhelming sweet aroma nearly bowled me over! it actually smells a lot like another dan tobac, sweet vanilla honeydew. like any aromatic, it is a little harder to pack and light than an english or burley blend. be prepared for several relights before you hit the bottom of the bowl and it will probably leave a bit of wet dottle. took my first draw and was surprised at how well i liked this blend, even with all the sweetness. it's not something i could smoke all the time, as it would wear out its' welcome in a hurry. but for a change of pace, an after dinner smoke, or one that your company won't complain about, it works very well. be sure to have a dedicated pipe for it, this is one that lingers for a long time. one other note to all you single guys out there; the ladies absolutely LOVE this blend. wish i could have had some 30 years ago! two stars, but it might be better for your social occasions.

1 person found this review helpful.

Lord Cavendish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lord Cavendish (5)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

This tobacco bites, literally. It burns very hot and wet while causing extreme tongue-bite, even after i tried drying it out and in a different pipe. Any pros are outweighed by the fact that Blue Note is just not smokeable.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This is one of several aromatics I've tried with a strong plum type sweetness as a background. This is too sweet for me, and I'm an aromatics guy! I didn't find the bourbon or vanilla. I had to let this dry out as it was quite wet, and that also toned it down a bit

1 person found this review helpful.

LoisKelly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LoisKelly (55)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

The classy tin and sizable fan base may fool the uninitiated and the Eurotrash, but to any lover of pure tobacco this blend must be considered...

country bumpkin in a can.

1 person found this review helpful.

Zone Smoke Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Zone Smoke (199)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Blue Note is one of the many perfect aromatics to keep on hand if your only concern is room note.

It has a berry like taste and aroma but is rather moist for a tinned product and will leave quite a bite for most.

There are far better aromatics available for the smoker who wants the qualities of a more enjoyable tobacco without the bite.

1 person found this review helpful.

Pipe Guy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Guy (23)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

After hearing so much about this baccy, I just had to try it. I'm not disappointed!

The pouch aroma of this tobacco smells a lot like butterscotch. In my opinion, the smoking flavor tastes like a sweet butterscotch. Room note seems to be butterscotch and vanilla.

If you're into aromatics, you might want to at least sample this tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Strong Medium Pleasant

10-15-04 I usually give a detailed review, but this blend just did not work for me at all. Smelled good in the tin, but it wasn't tobacco that I smelled! This just burned too hot for me regardless of what pipe I used and the flavor did not taste good to me once flame was applied. I much prefer "Evening Stroll" for a vanilla aromatic. Sorry! After half a 50g. tin, gave the rest away. Rating: 1 out of 5 points, to each, his own...

1 person found this review helpful.

OlFacty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OlFacty (11)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

I must say that I purchased this tin from the reviews of another website, let just say that the reviewers over there must have completely different tastes.

Moisture content was a little moist in the tin but a few days in the jar worked wonders. The aroma was full of fruity sweetness enhanced by vanilla, enough to make your mouth water.

Blue note packed easy, held a light nicely and smoked straight through the bowl leaving a light-gray ash.

Emerging flavors were vanilla, vanilla, vanilla, and a fruity sourness that progressed all the way up the bit. The tobacco did seem to burn a little hot around the mid bowl but mellowed back down (almost like I just had packed it slightly tight mid bowl).

So far the only comments I have received were that blue note carried the ?traditional pipe aroma?. If you are looking for a crowd pleaser this may work. In the right crowd this would definitely be a pleaser but you can never make everyone happy.

I would recommend this to those who like the fruity aromatics, but I don?t plan on stocking it in the future?. But don?t get me wrong if I found a tin in my mailbox or received it as a gift I would find a way to enjoy it!

1 person found this review helpful.

Elric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Elric (34)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Medium Tolerable

I enjoy most types of tobacco but this one completely struck out with me. What is unusual is that it is very similar to another Dan blend, Sweet Vanilla Honeydew, which I love. From my viewpoint, they took Honeydew and started adding "stuff" in a misguided effort to improve it. In this case, that stuff took the form of a fruit topping that doesn't at all gibe with the vanilla. Despite the tobacco being first rate leaf, it has simply been ruined by the blender's exhuberance. I mailed my tin off to a fellow ASP member who could more properly appreciate it.

1 person found this review helpful.

thedigger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedigger (17)
★★☆☆
Mild Extra Strong Overwhelming Very Pleasant

GOOD FOR SMOKING IN PUBLIC!!! Best smelling tin I've ever opened but I find it way too sweet to smoke on any kind of regular basis. It smokes ok, but bites my tongue and jaws. One positive thing: while not being a good smoke, this blend will impress others with it's sweet smell. UPDATE: I have the same tin that I bought 6 months ago that's dried out some; now that it's much drier, it doesn't bite my tounge any more.

1 person found this review helpful.

Esoxhunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Esoxhunter (60)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

A local tobacconist recommended this as a blend whose taste would rival the sweetness of its aroma. Nope. A nice aromatic, but since aromatics aren't my cup of tea I'll probably pass on this in the future.

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preppypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
preppypipe (57)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

Well it sure did smell good in the tin!It also smelled good to those around me!My pipe sure smelled like it for a Long,Long time after smoking it!Just a bland tasting aromatic tobacco here.Heavily cased with something that resembled fresh fruit.(if your gonna try it smoke it in a practice or tester pipe unless you want it with you forever) If you do'nt like your candy in a pipe bowl steer way clear!..Preppypipe ====Update Sept. 1st "04"=== I gave this blend one more try as I needed an aromatic to smoke in a social situation and I had a tin of this collecting dust in my tobacco cellar aging for a few years. Well...It still sucks! I did'nt really imagine the flavor would have impoved,and I was right.How very,very bland!....

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Beer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Beer (298)
★★☆☆
Medium Very Strong Medium Pleasant

Very similar to Sweet Vanilla Honeydew (so I recommend you to read my review for this tobacco, too), both in tin aroma and in smoke flavor. They are almost identical: the differences lie in the presence of a subtle fruity essence to Blue Note in addition to the dominating vanilla, and in a noticeable helping of black cavendish. As with SWH, it is a quality aromatic, very sweet and sugary (the tin aroma is almost nauseating) but not excessively goopy in comparison. The flavoring seems natural enough (though strong), and the room note will please most non-smokers. Not really my kind of tobacco (I get easily nauseated by its excessive sweetness, and when I finish this tin - which has been open for three months and isn't empty yet - I will certainly avoid buying another for some years), but highly recommended if you want an aromatic different from the thousands of drugstore cavendish blends that plague the shops.

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Daniel Morlan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Daniel Morlan (50)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

The tin smells of strawberry, raisin, and vanilla. It's very pleasant. My only wish is that these smokes could taste more like they smell. The tin was an absolute chore to open, but most tins are.

The taste is good. Even if I draw too fast, I get a different taste (that most consider bad) but I still enjoy it. I do regularly burn my tongue. I can never seem to help it. I just do, but the flavor (which is totally unlike the smell, but still good.) Is somewhat fruity, but what you're really tasting is the virginia tobacco. Cavendish doesn't have any real depth, but it provides a slight smokiness. There is a sweetness that the virginia provides, and the only pain in the butt is keeping the pipe clean smoking these. There's always a wet residue left over when I smoke these too fast, and unfortunately, I do most of my pipe smoking whle driving. (Thus not paying the attention I should)

I've outgrown this blend, but it's fine for beginners.

Daniel J. Morlan

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CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Blue Note?. What an aromatic! Wow, this has to be the sweetest pipe tobacco I have ever had. The flavor is supposed to be fruit, but all I can taste is the vanilla bourbon that comes off as a caramel flavor to me. Very bold, very sweet, and a room not that will have people smiling.

It burned amazingly dry and cool for such a heavily cased tobacco.

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Briarabbit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Briarabbit (116)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Middle of the road Aromatic with good Virginia tobacco,cavendish,and some flovouring that compliments the tobacco well. A good starter tobacco,with little bite.

1 person found this review helpful.

PipeSmoker45ACP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeSmoker45ACP (11)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Blue Note was pretty tasteless to me. Smelled alright, didn't bite, smoked ok, but just had nothing to really offer. If you are just starting out in pipe smoking this is a blend for you, if you have any experience however, u will want something with a little more to it.

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BobThePipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BobThePipe (2)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Strong

About a year ago I tried my first tin of Blue Note. Several tobacco forums had people recommend this blend for those who like aromatics and so I wanted to give this a try.

When I first cracked open the tin, I was overwhelmed by the fruity smell. It was very pleasant and seemed like something that should be eaten rather than smoked. The tobacco was very wet and needed to dry a bit.

When I fired up my pipe, the room note was pretty strong but I particularly like a crowd-pleasing pipe blend. This tobacco fits the bill in this regard, that's for sure. Everyone that would smell this brand commented on the great smell.

It seems like Blue Note burned a bit hot and I had a lot of tongue bite. That would be because the tobacco doesn't lend itself to a lazy enjoyment. The sweet flavor/smell seems to make me smoke it more quickly as if I was eating a piece of cake. Hard to eat sweets at a slow pace!

Initially I thought I found "my" aromatic. However as the months went by, I was disappointed with the lack of substance to the tobacco. Yes it smelled nice but after a bowlfull, I felt like I had just had a bunch of smoke - it seemed to become more like eating cotton candy than having a slice of rich pastry. It left me unsatisfied.

I am on the fence on this one. On the one hand it meets my needs for a great smelling tobacco and something that tastes sweet. However, I also feel like I waste my time after my smoke because there isn't anything else to this brand. I may keep it on hand to share with other pipe smokers that I run across that like aromatics and that have never tried Blue Note. Otherwise I am not sure I will use this more than sweetening up the room.

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Horse Bodotes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Horse Bodotes (19)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Strong Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I purchased a tin of Blue Note on a whim; mostly because I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about. I am not a fan of aromatic tobaccos in general, and this one is no different.

Upon opening the tin, the aroma is cloyingly sweet and (to my schnoz) sickeningly artificial. I find myself hoping that it tastes better than it smells. The well-cut ribbons appear to be mostly dark Cavendish, with a few errant strands of lighter (Virginia?) wandering about. The blend is moist, but not as wet as many other cased blends I have tried.

Upon lighting up, I am presented with a very sweet, cool, dense smoke. There is no tobacco flavor whatsoever. Mid-bowl, the flavor is slightly less sweet and a bit deeper, but is still very consistant with the start of the bowl (this is not necessarily a good thing). A bit of gurgling, but drying out the ribbons might fix that problem. The finish was not pleasant - hot, raspy and still sickeningly sweet.

It's a good thing that I smoked this in a cob, because after three bowls over two days I think that any briar exposed to this blend will be marked for life with the essance of Eau de Dr. Pepper. The aftertaste in my mouth was both oily amd soapy, reminiscent (to my buds) to canned black olives.

In case you can't tell, I do not care for this blend. When I want a little sweetness in my smoke I rely on the natural caramelly goodness of a quality Virginia blend like 5100.

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Eulenburg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eulenburg (193)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

Danish Cavendish aromatic candy in excelsis. Piquant, peut-être, but seek ecstasy elsewhere, mes amis.

1 person found this review helpful.

flakeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flakeman (13)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

Shouldn't tobacco blends actually taste like tobacco? or is it the flavouring that is more important? In this case I think they actually left the tobacco out. But they used good quality flavouring.Pity, but tobacco smoking IMHO means you actually have to taste some tobacco. Where is it in this blend?

1 person found this review helpful.

Paddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paddy (125)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extra Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

Good quality tobacco. A liqueur essence. Sweet and fruity. Oops! Should have known better. Excuse me while I clean out my pipe. Paddy

1 person found this review helpful.

Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Strong Full Very Pleasant

Wheww!!! Talk about a very intense aromatic! This stuff has the most flavoring I have ever tried in an aromatic. It has high quality leaf however- and that truly makes all the difference. Although you can taste very little tobacco over the casing- what you can taste is most definitely virginia. I love the vanilla boubon aroma in the can and can pick up a bit of cherry as well. This aroma is from this point on the predominant taste and smell for the whole bowl. Needless to say other people absolutely love the room note. I have taken to mixing it with McClelland's bulk #5100 half anf half for a little bit more tobacco flavor and fullness. I still can't say that this is one of my favorite tobaccos- purely because I am not a fan of aromatics. However, I can recognize a quality tobacco when I smoke one and this is definitely that. If you want to try an aromatic with quality leaf anf casing and don't want to smoke a bowl of propylene glycol- give this stuff a try. You won't be disappointed!

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TnT Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TnT (7)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Tolerable to Strong

I found Blue Note to be a quality blend that is one of the few aromatics I've tried that doesn't seem to be over-cased. It was slightly too moist when first opened, but only took a day or two after opening the tin for the moisture level to be just right.

This tobacco burns well, stays lit (after air drying in the tin)and I didn't notice any after taste left in my pipes.

My wife didn't like the room note, but then, I'm one of those fortunate fellows who's SO prefers the smell of natural tobaccos.

Smokers who prefer aromatics should give this one a try and smokers who prefer naturals, might one to try this one when around non-smokers.

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Starving Student Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Starving Student (4)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Smells like vanilla and strawberries upon first opening. Looks nice..lots of golden va and black cav in there. A little too much moisture..let it air out for an hour and you're fine. The first light is nice and pleasant. Lots of the casing flavor but not too much tobacco flavor. This continues for the first half of the bowl and becomes somewhat annoying. At the halfway point the casing burns off and I'm left with..well..what am I left with? Pretty much nothing. I find the casing pleasant enough if you're in the mood for something sickly sweet but the tobacco blend is either fouled by the casing or just can't stand on it's own. It never develops into anything worthwhile. This blend does nothing for me and I don't plan on trying it again.

1 person found this review helpful.

Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Extra Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

Smoking this is like eating Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls while standing in the perfume department at a drug store .

1 person found this review helpful.

rjm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rjm (10)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Strong Very Mild Tolerable to Strong

There are many pipe smokers who 1) appreciate quality tobaccos and 2) really enjoy this blend. I like to think that I am in category 1, but I am definitely not in category 2. This tobacco is far too mild for my taste. When I finish a bowl, I don't feel as if I've smoked at all. More importantly, the flavoring- which to me tastes like plain M&Ms candy-is absolutely overwhelming, smothering whatever tobacco taste may be present. Even worse, the flavor does not change as you smoke; it's the same one-dimensional M&Ms taste the whole way down. Perhaps most damning is that the flavor stays in the pipe long after you've thrown or given away the stuff. Having said this, I might at least recommend this to a novice pipe smoker who has no previous experience smoking; the mildness may appeal to you, at least for a while....

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Polaris82 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Polaris82 (14)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I bought my first tin of blue note over a year ago and still have most of it in my humidor. Not an everyday smoker so tins will last a while. The first thing that is noticeable about BN is that heavenly aroma. Like what has been said before over and over is it is similar to a bakery. There is also a fruitiness to it. One of the best I have ever put my nose to. BN comes moist out of the tin so air time is a must. It has taken most of a year to get it to dry to my liking. As with most aros this does bite but aging helps immensely! Take your time with it when its in the pipe. Slow smokers will benefit the most when it comes to BN. This aspect is the only reason this doesn't get more stars. This is definitely a crowd pleaser.

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ewlship Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ewlship (14)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Blue note is one of my favorites. The tin never seems to last me long enough. Upon opening the tin, I find a pleasant blueberry smell, which reminds me right away of my mom's home made blueberry bread. Smoking it is just as enjoyable, to me the taste is of blueberry and cinnamon. The smoke has a wonderful aroma and friends always ask for a pinch. It stays lit well, I never find I need to relight a bowl. Even though it is a sweet blend, my bowls don't get messy or goopy. The smoke has a nice thickness to it, and even a bluish color. I have not been let down by this tobacco, or many of Dan Tobaccos other blends.

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ZenSmoker916 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ZenSmoker916 (5)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

After perusing the range of reviews I decided I had to sample this blend. As everyone has said, the casing is quite strong. The vanilla was most noticeable to me, with a bit of citrus in the background.

I tend to smoke slowly, which keeps more of the flavoring in the taste of the smoke. With this method I found the flavoring very pleasant, with no bite, though a little wet. The room note was, as others have noted, equally nice. It's not going to floor you, but it's an easy smoke. All-in-all I would recommend this for those in the market for a softer aromatic.

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ErichPryde Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ErichPryde (9)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

After reading a couple of exceptional reviews of this tobacco and how amazing it was, what with its blend of Vas and black cavendish, I ordered a tin online about a year ago. I'm not certain that I have been more disappointed with a tobacco purchase.

The first major problem I had with this tobacco is just how present the casing truly was. This is a blend that advertises the presence of virginias for the sake of the virginias, but why are they important if the tobacco is so heavily cased that all I taste is chemicals, "bourbon" (that is, vanilla beans FROM bourbon, not bourbon whiskey) vanilla corn syrup, and berries?

The second major problem I had is just how incredibly uncooperative this tobacco truly was. I tried it fresh out of the tin, and it burned chemically hot and gave me the worst case of tongue bite I've had since I was brand new to this sort of thing. In fact, perhaps it was worse.

Okay, so I just opened the tin. I'll let it sit a bit, that will help, right? No... it still bites like a copperhead.

Fine. I'll air the tobacco out for a while, let it dry. Yet it still gurgled, hissed, popped, and bit angrily.

If I must, I will smoke a tobacco that doesn't taste like much. But if it won't cooperate with me under any circumstances whatsoever, you can darn well forget about it.

This does have a wonderful tin note and may smell like roses to the people around me, but it completely fails when it comes to taste, texture, & bite. I'm sorry folks, but I don't smoke a pipe for bystanders and in my experience most bystanders seem to fall into the "I don't care if you smoke or not" and "OMG CANCER!" (and I'm not sure that I blame them!) categories. There are those exceptions that like to smell smoke, I agree- but they may be fewer in number than they once are. I won't smoke a tobacco that gets a 10 out of 10 to a bystander when I could smoke a 8 out of 10 that I like.

Stick to your tobacconist's blends (Wilshire, or for goodness sakes even black russian), or perhaps one of the W.O. Larsen aromatics.

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Capt Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Capt (120)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The tin aroma of this blend is absolutely amazing. Packs and lights with ease, probably the best room note available today.

The only draw back is this blend can bite, and I mean horrible. I tend to be a fast smoker anyway, and any blend with VA can bite me to a certain degree. This blend does however mellow out with age and dry time.

If you want to be the center of attention, pack your pipe with this. I have quite a few 8oz bags cellared for the last few years, and it is only getting better!

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sailorjosh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
sailorjosh (4)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Good quality aromatic. The smell in the tin is amazing, makes you want to eat it with a fork! Packs and burns well. Has a very berry like taste to me. If you're looking for a good quality, tasty, nice smelling aromatic, this is a good choice!

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Mr. Big Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Big (223)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A very smokable aromatic. For some reason the German/Danish tobacco blenders can make a tobacco that has pleasant aromas and don't taste like sour/bitter Burley like our US blenders. This one tastes and smells like vanilla & coconut with a hint of citrus while still tasting like a quality tobacco. There are some similarities to Petersons Connoisseurs Choice, however, I feel BN is smoother and without any bite. I may not smoke a lot of this tobacco, but I will keep some around for a change of pace.

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Susanna Hoffs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Susanna Hoffs (74)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

As my experience with trying tobaccos not available in my native country (U.K) continues whilst I holiday in the State of Florida USA, my next stop was 'Blue Note' by Dan tobacco.

Previously I had heard this was the aromatics to beat all aromatics, and I must admit I have been keen to try this for a while.

Upon opening the tin, the leaves were very bright, and the cut was an almost haphazard cacophony of different shapes and styles (Shag, Ribbon, broken flake). The aroma is very bubble-gummy and it's clear that this will smell pleasant upon lighting.

Once lit I was expecting to be bowled over by a rich array of vanilla creams, berry's, molasses, fruit, etc.. However I found that whilst a nice aromatic, that was all it was...nice.

It reminded me a little of Petersons Connoisseur's choice. However I find CC is a much richer fuller aromatic with more pronounced fruitiness than Blue Note, and as such I prefer the former if given the choice.

So Blue Note is quite nice, and will please those around you with it's sweet aroma. However for a deeper richer more potent and luxurious aromatic there are others available that trump Blue Note, such as Petersons CC.

Still it's another one off the list of 'Not available in the UK' blends that I have sampled whilst abroad.

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CornCobBob61 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CornCobBob61 (10)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I enjoy both aromatics and english but I prefer aromatics.Up to now my favorite was Berry Cobbler by Boswell (and still is from the point of view of sweetness ).But BN has such a wonderfully blended mix the overall taste is better.This one moves to the top of my reorder list and will be a permanant addition to my rotation.

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M.Toney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
M.Toney (53)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

I found this blend to be almost identical to Solani's 131 Red Label blend in tin aroma & similar in taste with slightly more strength. Also nuances of Peterson's Sweet Killarney come to mind. This one is a true crowd pleaser for sure. Fairly comfortable on the palate for an aromatic, although not much of the enticing, sweet aroma comes through while smoking.

The tin aroma is such that one might be enticed to find a spoon & dig right in. It leaves no goopy dottle in the bowl but it will leave a ghost in there for the next couple of rounds. I don't smoke many aromatics these days & this review is based only on the merits of an aromatic blend. Therefore, IMHO, Dan Tobacco Blue Note merits three stars.

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

I agree with most of what has already been said about this tobacco. The tin aroma is incredible, and translates into a somewhat pleasant room note. However, I don't find this tobacco mild at all. It's actually pretty strong, at least as far as aromatics go. I would only recommend it for those looking for an aromatic with a distinct tobacco taste and a decent amount of nicotine.

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TK Pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TK Pipe (101)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Blue Note... Great aroma king, in fact the aroma is so full and rich I think it plays with your sense of taste, not sure which is which. The vanilla, tobacco topping idea is nothing new, it's just that BN does it so well. Similar to 7 seas gold, but richer. Easy to light and stays lit, with only a faint tongue tingle, it's easy to manage. For me this is a recliner blend, as inactivity will allow the smoker to appreciate the interesting changes that this stuff goes thru, from light up, to bowl bottom. After all, that's an important part of what makes this blend worth the asking price. Not necessarily my go to blend, but for what it is, 3 stars. Personal rating 2.5 / 5

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Sea Green Sky Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sea Green Sky (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Pleasant

The review by Wagon25 was spot on. I don't smoke Blue Note often but I really enjoy it when I do. This is one of the few tobaccos that I order in quantity.

As an extra added bonus SWMBO doesn't complain when I smoke it in the house, the room note is just that nice.

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cigarsarge Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cigarsarge (2)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

I bought a tin that was several years old. I'd heard this was a nice aromatic. I popped it open to a aroma of whiskey soaked fruit cake. The paper in the tin had change color to a light brownish yellow...Nice sign of a bit of age.

The tobacco inside ranged in color from yellow to brown to black. Just the right amount of moisture was noted.

The tobacco packed well. After a charring light I re-lit and began to smoke the bowl. The flavor reminded me of an ice cream my grand child likes...Confetti Cake made by Schwans. The citrus and vanilla were the biggest players rounded out by the sweetness of the Virginia and Cavendish. The room note was good.

I don't smoke many aromatic tobaccos but this is one I'll keep on hand.

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BronxBriar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BronxBriar (10)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Just had it for the first time. Found it to be a wonderful morning or all day smoke. Nice even burn, white ash, dry. Nice balanced taste.

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

I love this stuff!! I think I have just found my new favorite aromatic. It has such a fantastic unique aroma from the tin and to me the wonderful room note is quite nearly what I have tasted from the smokers end of the pipe. To me, this is one of the rare ones where the room note nearly matches the flavor. It definitely passes the wife test for aroma. I found the tobacco to be a little wet from the tin but burns well to a fine ash after allowed to dry for a while.

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Coltrane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coltrane (26)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This was one of the first aeromatics I tried. From the tin it smells of strawberries and cream and has a nearly sickningly sweet aroma. It burns wet and has some trouble with lighting, unless you let it dry out for a while. The cavendish peaks in every now and then but the whole experience is dominated by the topping; which for me is a little over bearing.

It has a tendency to bite if rushed so be careful when you try this stuff. Oh, also make sure ytou use this in a pipe dedicated for aeromatics; it will ruin a pipe you use for your English blends. I will reluctantly recommend this to people who really enjoy aeromatics and don't like the taste of tobacco too much.

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boxertwin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
boxertwin (10)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

this tobacco smells like blueberries and vanilla too me. it's not a hit you in the face smell like other aromatics. The flavor is mild, it doesn't taste like much too me. Most flavor I get is in the nose and it's good. There is a noticeable ash after taste that goes on for a long time that is reminiscent of a cigar. I'm not a post-taste cigar fan however so this is not my favorite. I have only smoked two bowls so far in two different pipes to see if I got a different experience. It is not bad, it's just not my favorite.

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Mackle R Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mackle R (2)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I must say.. This is not bad. It is the only aromatic I like. It does taste alot like it smells. It truly reminds me of smoking a birthday cake. I smoke it in a cob because I dont have a pipe I want to taint with aromatics. Give it a shot. I smoke it mostly to please others. If you smoke this after a big bowl of english you will find the cake I speak of.

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apipeareyouserious? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
apipeareyouserious? (21)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

I really hoped this was "the one", it smells so amazing in the tin & the room note is absolutely phenomenal. I tried this over a year ago for the first time, and couldn't smoke for a week while my tongue healed from the burn. After trying a couple more times with similar results, I decided to let my tin sit for a while before trying again. Fast-forward to about 14 months later, and this stuff still burns the ever loving snot out of my tongue. Know what's worse? The taste isn't there for me, either. Flaming tongue for a smoke that I find tremendously unsatisfying. I'll keep what's left of this tin, maybe another couple years will mellow it out.

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Tallsouth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tallsouth (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is absolutely delicious. It's like there's a cake burning in my bowl and I'm sucking the smoke. The only bad thing is that the heavy flavoring seems to make this tobacco obstinately hard to keep lit.

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hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (30)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Strong Full Very Pleasant

This is it! This is the aromatic you have been looking for! This here tobacco will appeal to the non-aromatic smoker. It's the ONLY aromatic that I've found where the smell actually translates to taste. It's wonderful! I find it to be a great morning smoke, as I reach for it 7 days a week. Of course, it did take some time before I was truly blown away, it kinda creeps up on you and then becomes positively addicting. It's nothing like all the other countless aromatic tobaccos I have tried before, this actually tastes like tobacco. So if you, like me, have been wanting to find a good aromatic to throw into your rotation, than look no further. Essential.

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Windstrider Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Windstrider (8)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium Very Pleasant

Pretty much everything that can be said about this blend has already been said. I enjoyed it and though it won't be an every day thing with me, I will definitely pick this up again from time to time. The flavor is good, true aro without completely covering what is obviously good quality tobacco. It produces no gurgle and the room note is outstanding. Smokes cool if sipped, although if you push hard I would imagine it could bite you. The only problem I had was keeping it lit, although this could be because it was my first try from Dan and packed either too loose or to tight.

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Sorringowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sorringowl (8)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is a nice aro that's not too heavily cased. Usually Black Cavendishes are too irritating on my sinuses but this one is done well and it's really nice and smooth. Great room note too.

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Wagon25 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Wagon25 (14)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Most of what can be said about Blue Note has already been said. But here's my two cents.. If your wife or girlfriend can't stand the smell of your pipe tobacco, try this. I've devoted a pipe to this one mixture alone, mainly because I know I'll always smoke it because my wife loves sitting with me while I do. In fact it's only the second one she's really liked (the other being a "maple" mixture). It makes this whole pipe smoking thing more "us" and less "me," at least with this blend. I actually enjoy English blends more, for a stronger hit and a little more sophistication. That said, this blend does in fact change as you smoke it. It starts out tasting like it smells--fruity, vanilla-ie, etc. But it seems to develop a fuller, smokier taste later on, which is very nice. Blue Note burns extremely well; I don't get the "goop" others have mentioned. The tin scent is out of this world; when I opened my first can I had never smelled anything like it. And that translates into an outstanding smoking experience. I highly recommend.

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Room Note Professor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Room Note Professor (39)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

One of the very best full-blown aromatics on the planet!

I taste a congruent mix of vanilla, caramel, coconut and a drop of peach brandy. The taste is rich and buttery. Yet, unlike most aromatics the tobacco taste shines through. Yum! The sweet tanginess of the Virginia leaf contributes to a good mouth feel. The only complaint I have is that this blend can burn unpleasantly hot.

Turning to the room note, it is top notch. To all the young brothers who want to turn female heads with their pipes, this is your tobacco.

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takkun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
takkun (9)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Wow! This is what an aromatic should be: a pleasant room note, a flavoring that doesn't overpower the tobacco, and a well-blended choice of leaves that compliment the topping. The tin and room notes are very strong and almost candy-like. In my opinion, this strength doesn't come through nearly as strong in terms of flavor to the smoker, but is still present. The topping comes off as sort of a berry liqueur, with a bit of coconut and vanilla as you progress through the bowl. Out of the tin, the tobacco comes fairly dry and at the right humidity for smoking. I haven't been able to get this to bite yet. Definitely too sweet for an all-day smoke, but I love it for sitting outside on a sunny day. The sidestream's ability to turn heads is a nice perk, too.

Also, I second the remark that the packaging looks like some sort of discount cleaning solution. CAO really ought to lend Dan the services of their package designer...

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BowHunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BowHunter (12)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

Probably not my cup of tea, but...is there any tobacco there?

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paulw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
paulw (32)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I like the vanilla bourbon flavor, but it can burn hot enjoy with caution!

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gj Michelob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gj Michelob (4)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

As I abandoned cigarette smoking, I became compulsively attached to Balkan Sasieni which is my 3 bowls a day blend. However, Blue Note is my first morning smoke, delightfully suitable to accompany an unsweetened cup of black coffee.

It is a true, cased aromatic, yet most competently and attentively tailored using -as many reviewers noticed- quality ingredients, and a fine quality tobacco leaf beneath the topping.

I cut the leaves into smaller pieces using a large scissor, and gently “gravity” fill my bowl. This blend seems to work better in a larger size pipe bowl. I smoke it in a straight large bowled Meerschaum and in a Peterson XL 315. Also results are increasingly improved after about 5 to 10 bowls, when a decent layer of “cake” has formed in the designated pipe, In my –albeit limited experience- I find these measures required to facilitate a consistent, easy burning smoke. In fact this blend calls for a patient, calm, pensive smoke, and if done accordingly it will reward tenfold. I find it FANTASTIC.

Many Aromatics I tried will leave behind an appetite inducing cake-baking-like scent, while burning your tongue with stabs of a diametrically opposite, repulsive taste. Blue Note is in a different class, and one I keenly recommend if you are attracted to aromatics but have been too often disappointed by their treacherous appearances concealing an "ugly witch”.

[a footnote of style: the name, “Blue note”, and the packaging label, with two lines of a red music score running over a blue background, are as distastefully cheap as a discount bathroom detergent. Perhaps, the blender did not believe in this Aromatic's success and afforded it a hurried graphic design. If so, poor foresight; it is indeed one of the most popular tobaccos on the market. As whimsical as it may sound, I store it in old Dunhill tins, much more elegant as they are, to forget the irritating nuisance of the original Blue Note packaging.]

Conclusion, I generally despise Aromatics, yet I Highly recommend this.

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puffcloud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
puffcloud (11)
★★★★
Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Search for yet another aromatic continues; hearing wow-s! from the tobacconist I pick up a pack of the note.

The Experience: good quality leaf, after some experiments moisture content of 76% is where it really showed the inner beauty. First 5-10 smokes were good, but nothing really spectacular; here I was willing to conclude my testing, but then… here I am not sure, is it the matter of the pipe, maybe some airing? Whatever it was, the note exploded with texture and full bodied spectrum of a well balanced aromatic. Exotic fruits, I would say yes, by all means; the vanilla a bit missed me but I did pick up a hint of something herbal & sweet.

Audience verdict: aka ‘the woman test' was passed with flying colors The afterthoughts: I will definitely buy it again; just a great aromatic!

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pipeslayer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeslayer (16)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

I am not a big aromatic smoker. I prefer English blends, Balkans, and VA/VAPer blends, but this is a really nice smoke. It has excellent tobacco flavor, and is comprised of top quality leaf. It's got excellent complexity and body, and its rich flavor makes it extremely satisfying even though it is not as strong as I might like. It is heavily cased, but this does not overwhelm the tobacco, and I find it to be a very nicely balanced blend. The flavor and aroma have been referred to as cotton candy-like, and I agree wholeheartedly. This is a good thing, too. It tastes fantastic. There have been complaints about keeping it lit, and about goop in the bowl, but I have not experienced either. It burns easily and cleanly, and doesn't bite. I love this stuff, and along with Celtic Talisman, it is high on my list of favorites.

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rajuncajun Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rajuncajun (1)
★★★★
Medium Strong Medium Pleasant

Little Debbie cakes, every fruit you can imagine and absolutely no bite. What a perfect combination. Not something I would want to smoke everyday but certainly one to have in your rotation. It really does need a pipe dedicated just for this blend. If you love an aromatic you have got to try this one. It does leave an after taste but one that I enjoy.

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babysinister Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
babysinister (46)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

I just recently tried this blend for the first time. I'm an English/Balkan, Virginia, VaPer, and VaBur smoker. Despite these eclectic tastes, aromatics figure really low on my list of baccy preferences, and I smoke only what I consider "quality" aromatics, such as Sillems Black and W.O. Larsen's Old Fashioned. But Blue Note is really blowing me away. I was a bit timid approaching it as I've read a lot about the sugar-kick cotton candy taste. But wow, what an enjoyable smoke! I do enjoy a mild easy smoke very often, so I think that must have helped me enjoy it more than I initially expected. That, and I have a sweet tooth. Usually, vanilla flavored aros just make me sick, but this one, with its vanilly milly talcum aroma is a drooler. Of course, YMMV. But that's my take and I'm sticking to it.

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

Tin note very smooth and inviting. Smokes without relight from pre burn. I packed it medium loose and sipped at this blend. So far that seems to really bring out alot of flavor. Smokes cool, I pulled it at times. No gurgling that I noticed as well. A great aromatic in my opinion. :)

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Traderbob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Traderbob (24)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

After smoking more of this I downgraded my recommendation to "Recommended". As I smoked more I noticed a bit more of a coconut smell, which I liked.

I smoked my first bowl of this while visiting in my local pipe shop. This tobacco was a little moist out of the box which matches up with what I like. Good "fruity" smell and taste upon lighting. I packed my first bowl a little too tighly and got a little bite - but that's not the tobacco's fault.

Good smooth aromatic smoke. Second and third bowl were even better. I don't have the actual stats on the nicotine content, but it seemed to be a little stronger than what I am normally used to. This tobacco generated a good, pleasant room scent and was smooth through the entire bowl.

Maybe a little too much sweetness compared to my normal MB smokes, but I will keep some of this around for morning and/or ocsassional smoke.

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Mr.Dark Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr.Dark (9)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

This stuff is pretty damn good. The smell out of the tin and out of the smoke is quite nice. The fruit and vanilla blend together extremely well, although at times during the smoke they tended to disappear. Not my favorite aromatic, but highly enjoyable nonetheless.

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flagg1122 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flagg1122 (15)
★★★★
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is one that had to grow on me. The first tin was just uh...another so so aromatic. I really thought the smell was great...a chocolate candy bar with vanilla sprinkles. The smoke was an average taste...not great. I gave the blend one more try and somehow I fell in love...I really do not understand it, but there it is... For my money, one of the best aromatic blends around.

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jvande7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jvande7 (15)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

First off, let me say that I am a novice. Just bought my first pipe this week. I work downtown Chicago so I have the distinct pleasure of stopping by Iwan Ries almost anytime I like. I dropped in there and a very helpful staff member set me up with a pipe, pipe tool, cleaners, leather pouch, and suggested a few tobaccos to get me started. Dan's Blue Note was one of his suggestions when I told him I was looking for Aromatics that would not bother the wife. I think it was $12 for a 50g tin of Blue Note, which didn't bother me since that's pretty much the cost of a pack of smokes downtown- but the guy said everyone loves this stuff and they'd probably sell even more if it wasn't so pricey. I'm still breaking in my new pipe, and I should mention that at this early point in my piping career, I'm primarily an Aromatic guy (which seems to be common for beginners). I've smoked a few bowls of the Blue Note and I really enjoy it. It's my favorite tobacco thus far (for what that's worth). It won't bite, and if you set it out to dry for 15+ mins before smoking, it stays lit very well. I smoked it indoors at my buddy's place and everyone there enjoyed the room note. Sweet and enjoyable, I'll definitely be buying more. Oh and upon smelling the freshly opened tin, my wife declared- "it smells like raisins" but she says that about every tin. If you like aro's, this one should not be missed. If you despise aro's, well then why the hell are you reading this review? I gave it 3 out of 4 stars only because there is no 3.5 star rating.

UPDATE: this is a heavily flavored aromatic. Berries and vanilla. Smells FANTASTIC, and tastes almost as good as it smells. It will ghost your pipe so be careful what you smoke it in. My favorite example of a fruity aro. I've heard it actually ages very well due to the VA within - even though most aromatics don't gain much from aging.

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

Tin aroma is alluring and is as stated in the Tin Description. It reminded me of a quality, homebaked fruitcake. I like any good tobacco blend, including quality aromatics and this is an exceptional aromatic blend. "The Germans always make good stuff." Drying out a little works best for me & a bit of rubbing out is required as there are pieces of flake mixed in with the loose stuff. It burns cool with no tongue/palate discomfort. It burned about as good as any non aromatic and I didn't experience the goopy dottle that some have attested to. BN immediately became one of my favorite, flavored aromatics along with Solani's 131 Red Label and Peterson's Sweet Killarney. If you are in the market for a quality, flavored aromatic, treat yourself to some BN. "Two thumbs up," as it were. Therefore, my rating, based only on the character of a flavored blend, Blue Note merits four **s!

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

A great aromatic blend for the fledgling pipesmoker. It is a popular, readily available blend from most tobacconists, and there's a reason for that; it's good. It is one of the few blends that actually tastes like it smells. I enjoy good flavored aromatics and this one fits the bill. One of the bros on this site made a very good observation which poses my question; Why are non aromatic smokers even reviewing aromatics? So what if it smokes a little wet? So what if it leaves a little syrup or "goop" after the smoke? That's what pipe cleaners are for. I guess I wont go to the gym anymore, since I have to shower afterward. And i'll stop going to the gun range 'cause I have to clean the firearm afterwards. Oh and I'll stop having sex with delicious women, since I have to clean up all the wet goop afterwards. Smoke what you like bowlbrothers and take care of your pipes.

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bigjonburley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bigjonburley (64)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Since the beginning of my pipesmoking tenure, I have fallen away from a preference of aromatics, but I guess we all look for something different now and then. I decided to purchase some aromatic blends that are popular with the guys on the board. Blue Note is very pleasing to me. In the hot GA summer months, some of my favorite blends, just don't mix with the 90+ degree temps we have. Tin note on this blend is pleasant and slightly fruity. The vanilla is not too prominent. Sweetness abounds once you put it to flame. I'm smoking this blend in a xl315 peterson, and will probably just dedicate the pipe to it. This is a dessert tobacco for sure. Very fruity, I'm thinking of caraemilzed peach and cherry. A touch of vanilla mellows any acidity associated with fruit essences. I love it with earl grey tea. Like all aromatics a slow smooth smoking technique is used. No wet gurgle to speak of when smaoked in this manner. No tounge bite eaither. Very pleasant to bistandards, yet the pleasure is all for the smoker. I thought that aromatics were for a different breed of smaoker that I would never relate to but, I have to say that this one is making me rethink all that I once believed. I love it, and will be trying alot of other blends that I put away in the past. I can't wait to try Devil's Holiday and some others. I believe that I was prejudice against aromatics because I just didn't know how to properly smoke them, in the earlier years of pipe smoking. Will definately be buying more.

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Tallman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tallman (35)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

If you're looking for a pleasant, mild aromatic for the occasional smoke, this is a good one. I couldn't smoke it everyday, just too sweet...but it is a nice change of pace. I have smoked it in bulk and from the tin, and it CAN cause a gurgle...but not too much so that I would refrain from enjoying this pleasant, "dessert" tobacco once in a while!

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colt25314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colt25314 (41)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Blue Note is what every aromatic should strive to be. It is made from the finest tobaccos and flavored with great care. It is in a class of its own. The room note is fantastic and the flavor is of both tobacco and a hint of what to me is vanilla icing. Recommended for those who like the taste of tobacco and need a good room note when in mixed company. Buy a tin and give it a go even if you are not inclined to smoke aromatics it is that good.

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BBK357 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BBK357 (7)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A very lite and flavorful tobacco. The opened tin smells like fruit and nuts, very nice. I have gone through a few tins, some are more moist than others. I like mine dried a bit more. It smokes well, with a very lite fruit and nutty hints. I think this is perfect for a new pipe smoker who does not want to start with something too harsh. I also like to experiment and mix this with other tobacco.

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Kerdy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kerdy (43)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I have heard so much about this blend and wanted to try it. Even though my tastes are leaning to more English type tobaccos, I will always enjoy an occasional aromatic.

I tried the bulk blend. This has a very fruity smell. Packs well and took two charring lights to get it going. Keep in mind I was outside on a slightly windy day reading a book, so this may have influenced my rating. I will rate it again later.

I was trying to be cautious about tongue bite and didn?t want to puff to aggressively. It kept going out on me. It went really well with my flavored coffee though. I made it about half way through the bowl as I realized I was beginning to puff to hard and fast in the attempt to keep it going. I dumped it out and noticed some moisture build up in the bottom. Hey, it?s an aromatic, after all.

I think this would be a great indoor smoke. Something to please the people around you and without any outside influence, something you could take your time and enjoy without being worried about tongue bite. I didn?t get bitten, but I also didn?t finish the bowl.

Try it, you will either like it or not.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This is similar to Sweet Vanilla Honeydew but with red fruits topping and without the vanilla, good sweet aromatic, the casing is very nice for an aromatic, the tobacco is medium quality, this is a good aromatic, must have for your aromatic tobaccos collection.

I rather prefer Sweet Vanilla Honeydew.

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strongirish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
strongirish (234)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I smoked this in a fresh cob because so many reviews report the shadow, the gunk and it has received a lot of less than glowing reviews. First off upon lighting it up, I wondered wheres all this burst of flavor? It smells great and slightly sour in the tin, but I did not get much at first, not even a great aroma. Understand that I am more of a burly man, not much of an aromatic man, and don't really like vanilla flavoring.

So... I did notice that even though I puffed fast trying to get the flavoring, it just would not burn fast for me, was ever so gentle on my tongue, and did not put out a lot of smoke like a lot of blends. I kept with it anyway, I mean I have a full tin, and about halfway down through the bowl, I started to notice that, gee this is pleasurable. As it burned down more, I really started liking it and it started to smell great! By the bottom of the bowl, I thought, WOW, this is good stuff and is great with a cup of tea! While I would not make this my regular daily, it is a good treat smoke, and one that the aroma would WOW people around me. So, I think I will be keeping a tin around for when I feel like a sweet. I did notice my mouth grew dry, so it requires a drink in hand, but so what, I always do anyway. This is a terrific aromatic, even for someone who does not tend towards them. Try it!

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

Blue Note has become one of my favorite blends. It has a berry and vanilla taste with a touch of nutty background. I find it has a pleasant room note, and easy on the pallet. It does need to be smoked cool however and will bite if smoked hot but not harshly. It does tend to dry the mouth out a touch also. I highly recommend this blend for aromatic smokers that prefer a sweet but not too sweet smoke.

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Austin Allegro Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Austin Allegro (3)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Having heard a lot about this, I decided to try it and was not disappointed. In the tin it smells like fruit cake. I thought, oh-oh, another gloopy aromatic. But not at all; it smokes cool and dry (I didn't detect any burn), mildly sweet at first turning to a slightly saltier, more biscuity taste toward the end. Not much nicotine or tobacco taste, but that's a plus in some ways. It would be a good tobacco for beginners or those who like Shisha pipes. Roomnote is fantastic; married men beware, it will gravitate women towards you at parties...

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Vandaahl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vandaahl (8)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I decided the buy a tin after trying a free sample of the stuff, send to me by Dan Tobacco. The tobacco smells fruity and looks great! And is of very good quality! Definitely worth a try! Especially for the aromatic lovers.

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Glorfindel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Glorfindel (57)
★★★★
Medium Strong Medium Very Pleasant

This is an excellent medium VA aromatic. It reminds me (dare I say it?) of Royal Yacht with regard to its VA components, strength, taste and nicotine level.

The fruity-vanilla topping is great, fig and raisin essence with vanilla developing as the tin mellowed with air exposure. I liked this one and found I had finished a tin quickly, as good a sign as any that I really liked it. It does burn hot and rapidly so enjoy cautiously, perhaps letting your pipe sit occasionally till it almost goes out, then puff away again.

This is a new classic. Well done Dan. A solid 4 stars.

Good Draw to You,

Ethan "Glorfindel" Dickey

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Doc Jake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Doc Jake (23)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

When I first started into tinned tobaccos this was my first one back in 2002. I recently purchased a new tin, and found that it was more wet than usual. A little drying made it all worthwhile. While I am now a predominant English blend smoker, I can still go for a soothing moderately sweet bowl of this. The casing is there, but it is perhaps one of the mildest I have encountered in flavored aromatics. The tobacco really does speak for itself in the mixture with the casing like icing on the cake. The only key is to savor the puff and not train along or you will encounter some bite, but a relatively mild one. All I can say is, if you want desert after a good meal (like an English blend) this is it.

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rhapsodyofmetal Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rhapsodyofmetal (42)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is my new favorite aromatic! I love the combination of the Black Cavendish and the Virginias. The taste is that of vanilla-nutty goodness.I give this a 4.0 out of 4.0. Yes, it is that good.

Tobacco is very wet but even so it lit and stayed lit very well.

1/3 of the bowl is very sweet, almost to much but I like things in excess. Got a huge hint of vanilla and Bourbon.

2/3 bowl was very sweet but died down a lot, the Virginia's were coming through,finally.

the end of the bowl is a bit burnt so I will update it when I can describe it better.

This will be for special occasions only, it is just a treat that I can only savor for the best of times. Merry Christmas to me!

There are two types of aromatics for me: 1.Taste like tobacco but give a sweet smell that I use for company,only. 2.This aromatic that tastes and smells the same. A+

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

I bought a tin of this based on other reviews I have read. Upon opening the tin, the aroma was awesome. This is one of the aromatics that I felt like I could jump in and eat it! The moisture level was perfect and lit up well. Immediately, I felt like I was eating one of the best heavy deserts I have ever eaten. Immediately, I could taste the special heavy vanilla flavor. It was like a very unique sweet bourbon vanilla with a rum note in the background. The taste remained the same down to the very end. The aftertaste of this blend is very pleasing. The flavor is all over the board on this one but very pleasing indeed. The best way to describe this blend is like having sweetness dance all over your tongue! Never burned hot but made me wanting to load another bowl. Like I said, it?s like eating the best desert you have ever eaten.

If you are looking for a crowd pleaser, this one is definitely it. You can almost always count on complements even from non-smokers. The room note is awesome to say the least. This is my favorite aromatic hands down. Well worth the 4 stars!

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PfeifenRaucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PfeifenRaucher (53)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

So many have chimed in this one, and with such extremely different views, that I will make my assessment brief. Although this stuff smells/tastes wonderfully sweet and is made of high quality tobacco, the casings fade away faster than any other aromatic that I have tried. I have found it is vital that this blend be stored in an air-tight container, even if you plan to enjoy it pretty quickly. Otherwise, you risk being left with little in way of taste (which comes almost exclusively from casings). There is very little nicotine in this stuff (which can be good or bad depending on your style) and it can REALLY bite if smoked too quickly. The casing tend to really fade to the background toward the last third of the bowl, so I tend to not to finish it.

With all these caveats, Blue Note is a MUST-TRY for all who enjoy aromatics as I find it unlike any others. I always have some of this around for when I am in the mood for a super-sweet tobacco.

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renoguard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renoguard (17)
★★★★
Medium Strong Full Very Pleasant

If you like sweet aromatics, You'll probably LOVE this stuff. If you don't like them, you might as well pack it up and send it to me.

The only thing I don't like about it is it is a bit hard to light, and a little bite if not smoked slowly. I found it to be pretty good. I will have to get another can to give a better analasysm since it has been about 2 years.

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Sumosized Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sumosized (7)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

As a new pipe smoker, I bought a tin of Dan's Blue Note at a tobacco store while on vacation. I could remember reading about this blend a year ago hen I tried the pipe and gave it up but could not remember what I read. I bought the tin thinking it was highly recommended.

When we returned to camp, I anxiously opened the tin to discover a very sweet aroma. I filled a bowl and suffered through a nasty, tongue biting smoke. When we got home, I realized this blend has MIXED reviews, so I let a bowl sit out in a stainless steel bowl for 8 or 9 hours to try it again.

Wow, once it dried, it was a very sweet smoke. I had a few relights, but no different than the Virginia I smoke daily. It really is "cotton candy" in a briar. Having a sweet tooth, I kind of fell in love with the blend. I'm sitting here now with the tin open and enjoying the aroma. I should let the entire tin dry for a day so I can enjoy it without preparation, but just haven't got that far yet!

Enjoy, SUMO

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Blue Note smells like pear drops taste: slightly sweet and slightly sour. It comes dry in the tin, and smokes dry in the pipe. There are aromatics that I could smoke all day - Mac Baren`s Navy Flake, Plumcake, Scottish Mixture; Larsen`s Curly Cut, Flake Cut; Amphora Full Aromatic etc. - and there are aromatics that I can smoke on the odd occasion. Blue Note is the latter kind. To the aromatic smoker, it has its virtues. One only has to compare it with the Borkum Riffs and the such like to see the superior quality of Blue Note.

`Tis the season for hot winds, temperatures in excess of forty degrees Celsius and experimenting with aromatics. Blue Note has been a pleasant enough beginning.

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Flintlock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flintlock (14)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Update: I forgot to mention that no matter what size bowl I smoke this out of, I get a dry smoke with no dottle. Did I say I love this stuff?

I purchased a tin of Blue Note in my search for that perfect aromatic. Perhaps there is no "perfect blend", but this comes very close. A drug store tobac it is not. The contents are of high quality ingredients. I enjoyed it so much that I started buying it in the 8 oz. bag.

I am not quite sure why there are complaints about the moisture content because I have not had such problems. If I did purchase a tobac that was too moist, I simply let it dry a little before smoking it. I would rather it be too moist than too dry and crumbly. Makes sense to me.

As far as Blue Note smoking too hot, I have had absolutely no problems. I have smoked this all day long with no ill effects.

I love the fruity taste myself and can taste the tobacco underneath the casing. I have not received any complaints about the aroma. Even my next door non-smoking neighbor complimented me on the smell. Definately a crowd pleaser.

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EAL Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EAL (36)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Blue note has stiff competition with other aromatics in my rotation that smoke better, taste better, and are more economical.

I'm not a big fan of fruity type flavors in my tobacco - even in an aromatic, and this one is fruity, but I'm not basing my overall review on that bias.

The blend is extremely sweet which only aggravates the intensely shrill high notes from the sour fruit flavor and tangy Virginias. There are no real bass notes to balance it out. It will bite easily which is a real downer for any aromatic - when I reach for a aromatic I'm looking for a comfort smoke that requires no concentration.

Blue Note just doesn't deliver. I can understand why some like it, but it isn't my idea of a good aromatic or blend in general.

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LondoMollari Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LondoMollari (11)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Being on a crusade to find the sweetest tobaccos made I only have one phrase that comes to mind: oh hell yeah!

Upon opening Blue Note, you are hit, no, flogged with a mixture of fruit and vanilla scents. (If you don't like aromatics this is your cue to close the tin and mail it to me instead of throwing it out!) The tobacco is ribbon cut and packs easily. My tin also had the right amount of moisture.

The light... Putting a match to Blue Note yields a different experience than one would expect. Immediately you're hit with a hot, biting smoke as you puff to get it going. It took me a while until I learned exactly how to smoke this stuff, but when I finally did (slow and deliberate is the key) it rewarded me with a very sweet flavor. Yes, Pipestud mentioned the taste of cotton candy and he isn't far off the mark. This is vaporized cotton candy!

So, if you're on a quest to find the sweetest, most nauseatingly sugary tobaccos out there like I am, capture this one and put it on your trophy stand. It's quite a specimen.

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speckchaser Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
speckchaser (22)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A German import,stylish and finely tuned like a Mercedes.One of my favorite aromatics that stays in rotation,2-4 bowls a wwek.

Little chunky at times but with some extra rubbing,smokes fine in a small bowl,large bowls can lead to gurgling goop.Room note,well I have had alot of complments,smokers and non-smokers.

Can burn a little hot but with controlled puffing and sipping an exciting burst of taste.A favorite desert smoke

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RebelPipesterII Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RebelPipesterII (11)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Okay, I have to defend my blend. This is an aromatic's dream. Very full room note pleasing to most and has sometimes a sweet tangy smell and flavor. However, you have to be patient and smoke this cool in the winter probably 50F or below. Can't puff away like you would an English, more of a Virginia and the weed in this blend is always top notch and don't buy in bulk because some evil tobacconist's...well maybe that's what they are call a bulk blend Blue Note...which is not DAN tobacco. Okay, I'll make a more detailed less infamitory review later...either you love it or hate it, but I'll introduce any new pipe smoker to this blend before most...happy new year everyone!!!

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Red Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Red (8)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

12-5-06:THIS IS A COMPLEX AERO: WHEN OPENING THE TIN,A WAFT OF VANELLA,HONEY AND FRUIT FILLS THE AIR. A VERY MOIST RIBBON/FLAKE/PLUG CUT OF VERY NICE VA.AND BURLYS I THINK. A SOMOWHAT HARD TO LIGHT TOBAC,BUT ONCE GOING IT IS QUIT FRUITY,WITH A HONEY NOTE TO IT. THE TOBACCO IS QUIT GOOD WITH A NIC.KICK THAT SUPPRISED ME(GREAT. THE FINISH IS QUITE SMOKY/NUTTY AFTER THE TOP DRIFTS AWAY BU NOT ALL THE WAY IT JUST MELLOWS DOWN A LOT. THIS WILL BE IN MY TOBACCO LINE UP A WHILE. IT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WOULD WANT TO SMOKE DAY-IN AND OUT.

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Kiltman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kiltman (5)
★★★☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

If you are going to smoke an aromatic, let it be this one. No goopy burley, or drugstore foo here, but a great blend of Virginias and black Cavendish tobacco cased with tuti-fruiti-vanilla stuff. The tin aroma makes you want to grab a spoon. It smells that good.

The room note is fantastic. No one except the nastiest nanny will complain about it.

The tobacco is rich and dark and comes in a broken cake mixed with ribbon. A lot of reviewers have said let this one dry out and you will have a much better smoking experience. If you?re an impatient type (and I know there are at least few of us that get bummed when we can?t have a fantastic smoke right out of the gate) rub the tobacco out. It?s broken cake; rub it out to your desired consistency. It will dry out and become easier to pack and keep lit.

As to smoking?the casing is really heavy, but about mid-way through the bowl the VAs and Cavendish really come into their own. Unlike a lot of aromatics, Blue Note is chock full of quality tobacco. It is not the ?dregs swept off the floor of a Swisher Sweets factory? as an English smoking friend once complained.

This blend is highly recommended to all aromatic briar friars, and to those devotees of the pipe who are looking for a change of pace from their Balkans and English blends.

A word of warning: do not smoke this in a pipe you plan on using for any non-aromatic tobacco. It will taint your pipe something fierce and the Latakia blend that you love like a mistress will taste like a shoe full of flowery foot powder.

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bilbohooker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bilbohooker (12)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I have a love/hate relationship with this tobacco. As far as taste and aroma, it is the best aromatic I've ever smoked. The problem is the burning qualities. It smokes very hot and wet. I recommend this tobacco, but, I would advise mixing it with a mild burley or virginia. A good occasional smoke when you want an aromatic.

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F. Prefect Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
F. Prefect (24)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

Just by reading the 70 plus reviews already written, it's not hard to imagine that this is, what might be called, a very unusual blend. I smoke aromatics about half the time and have tried more than I care to remember over the past 15 years, but this one stakes a claim. One of the attributes of any aromatic that I like is that it comes through every time I lite it up. But one of the special attributes of Blue Note is that it is never completely predictable. Whether it be in a different pipe or just my taste buds being in a "different mood", I'm almost always greeted by a small but noticeable "surprise".

There is always the noticeable taste and fragrance of vanila, but also a myriad of fruit flavorings and others that are a complete mystery, floating around in the background.

For me, this is not an all day tobacco, in part due to fact that it is difficult to find in anything but 50g tins, but without doubt it will have a place in the old tobacco cellar.

F. Prefect

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RyanM Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyanM (3)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

I bought this based on some of the reviews that laud it as the near perfect aromatic. Thus far in my foray into pipe-smoking, I have smoked exclusively aromatics, so such a frequent comment was irresistible to me.

I agree with the reviewer how called this Juicy Fruit in tobacco form. In fact, that is exactly what it tastes like. It smells good enough in the tin to eat, and the room note is flowery fragrant. I smoked a bowl of this in the car one day before picking up my girlfriend, and she mistook the aroma for "a really good air freshener." It certainly will not offend, and will more likely attract non-smokers.

As for the tobacco itself, the variety of cuts make it burn really well. Typically all it takes is one lighting to get through 75% of the bowl. The taste doesn't change much with a relight either. I have not noticed the true tobacco flavor which many others have noted to occur towards the end of the bowl. It tastes like tropical fruits all the way down to me.

While I like this, it probably will not become a staple smoke for me. I just can't handle the same strong fruity flavor all the time. I'll definitely keep it around, though, for when the fancy strikes me.

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

First things first, I must state that this review is a bit tentative. I'm not quite done making up my mind about this stuff, so a couple more bowls are needed...

That being said, let's get on with the review. This tobacco has hands-down the strangest tin smell I've yet encountered; almost like flowery perfume. It had a nice mixture of colors and cuts, but it's also unbearably mosit in the tin. Let this stuff dry out before smoking it.

Upon getting it going, it tastes of vanilla and fruit, though I can't say precisely what fruit...my taste buds need to recuperate after a longtime cigarette habit. Though it's pretty good about staying lit, it is nevertheless a badly behaved blend. It smokes quite warm, especially when smoked fast or further toward the bottom of the bowl. It also has the dubious honor of being the first blend I've smoked that made a pipe cleaner come out nearly black. However, consensus is that it smells rather good.

Aromatic smokers will love this stuff, so it gets two stars on those merits. I'll update this review if my opinions change, but I honestly don't see that happening.

=UPDATE=

After smoking this blend a bit more, I am happy to say that I was wrong! In between the initial review and the update, I let it dry out more (an absolute must with this stuff), and the two bowls I smoked after additional drying were much better behaved. The smell is also a definite crowd pleaser; I've received many positive accolades on it. While this is still by no means something I'd smoke regularly, it is a nice change-of-pace and smoke-around-others blend.

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Silver Satin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Silver Satin (5)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I believe I may have found my new favorite tobacco. My wife also gives this one two thumbs up (as opposed to thumb to nose), and found that it does not offend her whilst riding in the aerostar with the windows mostly raised. Bought this 50g tin at Iwan Ries and have been smoking the hell out of it and got NO tongue bite whatsoever. It does smoke a little wet but leaves little dottle, and I like the different cuts of tobak, and packs well too. Smells in the tin as good as it tastes. I will smoke this one regularly.

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

Fantastic Aromatic. Very similar to CAO's Moontrance Cigars...bourbon, vanilla...really a treat. There is no better tobacco for room note; no complaints when you smoke this!

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rsvp2rip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rsvp2rip (27)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I don't know what all the hub-bub is about. I don't think this blend is trying to be anthing it ain't. It is a cased aromatic Danish blend. If you don't like aromatics or the typical vanilla and wiskey Danish tobaccos then don't bother disapointing yourself. That said, I find it stonger in smell than in the flavoring. Underneath all the bean and booze you do find yourself with a quality VA taste...but you got to look hard. It gets easier to find after the halfway point. Hey, I like aromatics and VA's so I quess I'm in the minority if you read everything on the web. 8 out of 10

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mdnghtramblr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mdnghtramblr (7)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Another one to try if you are an aromatics fan. The flavors n this tend to be a little strong, and it burns a bit wet if you get in a rush with it. I have only had one tin, but I did enjoy it. Nice tobacco if you are in the mood for a vanilla sort of flavor.

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Tony B Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tony B (8)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I was gifted a sample of Blue Note from Dan?s Tobacco to try. Upon opening the pouch I was greeted by a pleasant aroma of vanilla with underlying notes of burbon. As the tobacco had a bit age the moisture level was excellent.

As I packed my first bowl I noticed the different cuts of tobacco but had no trouble with getting a nice pack on my pipe. The tobacco seemed to be of first-rate leaf.

I found the tobacco to light and burn well with just light tamping throughout the smoke. At mid-bowl the flavor is slightly less sweet and a bit deeper, but is still consistent with the start of the bowl. The bowl finished with a light gray ash with very little doodle.

I like this tobacco for a change of pace smoke

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Joseph Durham Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Joseph Durham (16)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This will be a tobacco that will be in my regular line-up. For this reviewer, the tobacco is better when smoked in a large bowl.

No need for constant tamping, stays burning. As others have noted about tounge bite, I disagree. I am use to smoking cigs. for four years, and smoked three packs a day. I smoke the pipe heavily, and received no tounge bite.

If you are breaking away from a constant routine and are trying something new, go for Blue Note.

This is one for me, until something better comes across my path.

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alabra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
alabra (5)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Sometimes you just have to trust your best friends when it comes to recommendations because as I read the reviews here, they seem overall to be 'mixed.' But I LOVED this stuff! A friend recommended it and I was not disappointed. Upon opening the tin, it has a scrumptious nose, to the point where I almost wanted to eat it. Even when I am not smoking anything, I sometimes just open the tin for a good whiff. The secret to this blend is in the nose - it has one of the best room notes I've ever encountered. Light a bowl of this and the wife (or girlfriend, in my case) will swoon - she'll cozy up to you and cuddle. It's basically sweet, yes - but far more complex than most Cavendishes. Fruity and slightly nutty, but never overwhelming. It is very gentle on the nose - and irresistibly alluring. My only criticism is that, especially if smoked too fast, (1) it has an unexpected bite, and (2) it has a little more of a nicotine kick than I like (and I normally smoke full-bodied English/Orientals, too). For that reason, I cannot give it a full 4 stars. It fully deserves three-and-a- half stars, but there is no such category here, I guess. This will be one of my staples and, yes, I will recommend it to others every chance I get.

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Railroader Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Railroader (9)
★★★★
Mild Strong Full Very Pleasant

What can I say??? I love this stuff. It's like smoking a honey bun. Top quality tobacco, as heavily flavored as it gets. The wife ASKS me to smoke this in the house, and says it makes my moustache smell good. What's not to like? Admit it....you can still smoke your "real tobaccos" and this too.

If you have not, get some and try it out. I won't tell on you.

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

Like a sunday! A aromatic treat for sunday.

Smells great!

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Mephisto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mephisto (32)
★★★★
Mild Very Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Burns well, good quality leaf. Others in room generaly like the smell more than any other I have ever tried. sweet taste is somewhat strong, but easy to take. So...good for: easy going out, no need to relight often and good smell. Good to have around as part of your options. This is the out in public and around the house blend. Very mild and not too hot.

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

The mixture is made up of golden and black tobaccos loose cut with occasional bits of plug. The scent of the blend is dessert like. More specifically, a vanilla cupcake with coconut sprinkles! Though I had to restrain myself from giving it a lick, I was a little leery of it being overly sweet. Smoked, however, the taste reminds me of a cross between MacBaren's Vanilla Cream and Captain Black?but with the addition of a light coconut essence. The taste, in fact, is not as nearly sweet as I would expect from its tin aroma. Best of all, this is a quality tobacco that lights easily and burns very well. It has, of course, a very pleasing room scent that anyone would be hard pressed to find offensive. This might be one of the best places to start for the beginning pipe smoker.

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

Tin Opening - Vanillas dominate the aroma, mild vanillas though that doesn?t overwhelm you unlike some of the thicker artificial bulk blends out there.

Packing-Packs well in every pipe I?ve smoked it in.

Lighting-Two matches and a tamp.

First Impression-The vanilla aromas waft out and delight the room. The tobacco tastes like an aromatic should, primarily tobacco slight nuances of topping mingled together.

Mid Bowl-Midway through the bowl, the flavor mellows out into an excellent smooth aromatic. This smokes very cool, cooler then any other aromatic I?ve ever smoked but you have to keep from puffing to quickly or it will get hot like any aromatic. Some flavoring is still present but the tobaccos dominate the flavor.

Finish-By the end of the bowl, the tobaccos are the only tastes left as the toppings have pretty much burned off. As a testament to the quality of the leaf, this smokes well all the way through.

Over all-An outstanding smoke for when an aromatic is desired. I am biased as it is my favorite aromatic.

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Adguru Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Adguru (20)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

OK, I tried this because Frenchy is constantly pushing it as the ultimate aromatic. It just may be, but I can't say it changed the world for me. I found it dry as I opened the tin, but I suspect this was not as it should be and that maybe my tin had been opened previously. It smelled exactly like Peterson's Sunset Breeze in the tin. Packed well, lit well, and burnt very well to a white ash, very well behaved. Tasted identical to Sunset Breeze but, I would choose Blue Note over SB becasue it is well behaved. My old standby aromatic, Black Bellied Tree Duck, still seems to be an equal, if not better than Blue Note. I don't see any complexeties here, just an amoretta-vanilla aromatic. Maybe it will grow on me, as it has Frenchy.

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1ManCircus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
1ManCircus (2)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is perhaps my second "non-Lane" tobacco. I'd recommend it to a beginner, as the blueberry/peach/marshmallow/whatever taste disappears just before it bites at your tongue. A lot of people have remarked that the tin smells lovely. Personally, I find it rather obnoxious and somehow reminiscent of eating too much cotton candy and getting sick. The "wife rating" is P/T because I generally smoke outside and therefore can't smell it on myself. The best compliment I've received is that it's "better than cigarettes, that's for sure." Not bad for the money, and worth a shot. I'd judge this, while not my personal favorite, likely to be somebody's.

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MozzMann Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MozzMann (32)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Full review coming soon.....10-15-04 Update:10-30-04 All Hollows Eve me Boy! Blue Note is a great smoke, the taste is full and has a great roomnote.The flavor is of exotic fruits and a nice shot of Bourbon Vanilla. It is one I will keep on hand always. People this is a nice smoke overall, not as harsh as it was rated up above. The aroma is fine, it doesnt stay in your pipe after your done,its not overwhelming. Its a good smoke, but we all have our own opinions. Blue Note is on my top 5 list ranked #2 under my top gun of Town Topic at #1. Happy Halloween Yo! MZMN

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

In deference to the poor reader who has already read more than twenty reviews of Blue Note, I'll add just a brief note. Blue Note, like Disneyworld, is terrific for mindless summer slumming. Life in Disneyworld is not one to which I aspire, but in small doses, and especially in summer, diable, ont de l'amusement.

NB: Dedicate a pipe to this. The flavor sticks around like a broke brother-in-law.

Update 7/30/04. This is now the second season that I have smoked Blue Note during the stupefying heat of high Central Texas summer. In July and August this tobacco works when I don't even want to look at my matured Virginias and pedigreed Englishes. Blue Note is made of good tobaccos, doesn't bite or turn bitter in the bowl, and the sweetness seems just right when you're contemplating installing enough air conditioning to suck small dogs up into the return vents. Call me a girly man, if you like, but then come down here, and deal with this heat, and we'll see what you smoke. Rating upgraded. I'll probably smoke this for two months next summer, too.

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Bobbior5907 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bobbior5907 (24)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This was the best aromatic of which I was aware . . . until Cornell & Diehl's "Autumn Evening", that is. But while I consider "Autumn Evening" to be the best aromatic out there, "Blue Note" is a close second. Naturally, one must like aromatics to like Blue Note. I don't think anyone who smokes English-type blends on a regular basis will ever like aromatics. I myself have never gotten to like Latakia and I've been smoking a pipe for 25 yrs. While I prefer more natural blends of Burley, VA and/or Perique, really don't mind casings and flavorings as long as the tobacco in question retains significant body and strength. Fortunately, Blue Note has said body and stength in addition to its superlative aroma and excellent flavor. Much like House of Windsor's "Field & Stream" or "Bourbon Street", I believe underlying the fruit and vanilla aroma there is good tobacco flavor, body and strength. Unlike some aromatics, one is not left with tongue biting, tasteless hot steam halfway down the bowl. This is quite good all the way down and is relatively moisture free, especially for an aromatic. I find Blue Note to be satisfying, which, in my opinion, is the ultimate test. In conclusion, I give Blue Note a grade of "B+".

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p.smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p.smoker (16)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

i tried blue note after i had smoked sweet vanilla honeydew.i think the two are compairable to each other.the blue note is more fruity than the vanilla honeydew but each smoke and taste some what the same.dont get me wrong,i like them both.i just smoke sweet vanilla honeydew more than i do the blue note.i love aromatic tobaccos so i really enjoyed the blue note.it packs easy and burns nice.the tin aroma is wonderful.the family liked the room note and that makes me happy.i will keep this one on hand and smoke it on occasion.if you like a good aromatic tobacco,give this one a try.

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tonyshih Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonyshih (1)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I like that the high sweetness,yielding a mellow, rich smoke. Make me feel so good.

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2ley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
2ley (11)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I got my start on aromatics, like many. I enjoy, on occassion the Black Cherry blends, Irish Blessing, and such, although lately I've moved more and more into English blends.

That said, Blue Note has become one of my favorites. It smokes nicely, and creates a nice fluffy ash at the end.

The room note is great, my daughter loves the smell, and the taste is interesting, rather smoky.

The aftertaste is nowhere near as strong as with most aromatics, and I haven't noticed much tongue bite either.

All the way around, this has become one of my tops.

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primekart Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
primekart (3)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

When I read the reviews on Blue Note, I tried to put my hands on the tobacco, but could not find it in Israel. Being in Spain and England last year, I could not find it there also. I e-mailed Dan Tobacco in Germany and they were kind enough to send a sample package. It was delightful! It was all that I could hope for. So I asked a friend to bring me 3 tins from New York City. It was a disaster! The tobacco was unpleasant to smoke, acrid and harsh. I had to throw away the tins. Suddenly, the Importer of Dan Tobacco in Israel started to import Blue Note in 50 Gr. packs . It was the same pleasant and wonderful smoke that most of you are describing here. Could it be that Dan Tobacco manufactures 2 different blends under the same name?

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SFC/E7 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SFC/E7 (93)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I smoked Blue Note a while back, I believe the only reason I stopped was I started smoking a lot of custom blends for about five years or so. Being I love a good aromatic I will be the first to say I'm bias, although, if the fruity were not in Blue Note I believe it would be a carbon copy of their Sweet Vanilla Honeydew which I also enjoy smoking. Blue Note is good for an occasional smoke, and I do just that.

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Fazby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fazby (37)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is the only aromatic that I like. I have tried a lot of others but this one stands alone. There is the delightful aroma, but even better, one can actually taste tobacco.

In the case of most aromatics I have tried, while I thought I would like them, I could not finish a 50gr tin or bag. I buy Blue Note by the 250gr package so I always have some on hand.

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CJ Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CJ (45)
★★★☆
Very Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant

I normally do not smoke aromatics. This, however, is an exception. This blend is all about aroma. Both in the tin and in the air, it has that unique aroma that non pipe smokers think what pipe smoke should be. In fact, I can barely taste the tobacco. This is one of the few blends where I can smell the aroma while I smoke. In fact, the aroma takes over and masks any taste that I would normally have. Luckily, it is a very pleasant aroma. For an aromatic, it does not bite. I picture people floating in the air as they do in cartoons when getting a whiff of Blue Note Aroma....?as they are drawn to its source. In many ways this reminds me of Iwan Ries Three Star Blue except that Blue Note does not bite. In fact, for an aromatic, it burns dry, does not require re-lights, and finishes with a very fine, light gray ash. I bought this in bulk, and will keep it around for an occasional smoke, but only in a Meerschaum. I see no reason except for future availability to cellar this. I cannot not see it improving much with age.

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augiegus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
augiegus (48)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Strong

Blue Note is a fave of mine. It is a tobacco that is consisting of various types of tobacco of various sizes. I do not like to rub out tobacco preferring ready-rubbed blends and till I read the other reviews I never considered doing so with this blend for it burns and draws well as is. I find the scent descriptions curious Blue Note smells like Blue Note. I have yet to find such a sweet smelling tobacco that does not burn the palate. I truley doubt there ever will be for to be sweeter smelling than this blend would be overwhelming. It is not an overwhelming taste though and that is possibly the genius of this blend. Please note I like aromatics and Virginia based blends but am not a fan of Latakia... which tastes medicinal to me. I recently bought this in the 8 oz bag form and must report it is the same taste as the tin, more affordable, and not as moist.

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EzKennyD Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EzKennyD (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Strong

The minute you open the tin you know you are in for a treat, it is almost too sweet but the people around you who don't smoke actually want you to light it up (well a few of them). To me it tastes like blueberry's and is very sweet. I do like the taste. This is also the first tobacco that I have smoked that everyone I was around wanted me to keep smoking it. I am actually alowed to smoke this one in the house. The anoying thing is when I am outside with groups of poeple some seem to follow me around just to get a wiff. Again it is very sweet so if this is not for you don't try it. But I think for the price of one tin it is worth a try.

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Alex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alex (2)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Full Very Strong

Blue Note seems to me to be very much like Solani 369, just not as refined. Upon opening the tin, the vanilla smell overpowers all the others. The tobacco was overly moist, but being a newbie I put it in the old Peterson meer anyhow. The tobacco lit well, but did not stay lit for very long. The bowl needed constant re-lighting I was instantly greeted with a very full body vanilla smell and taste. While not completely over powering, it was very strong to me. Important note that while strong, the taste was pleasant.

I was also greeted by quite a bit of gurgle (probably from over moist tobacco) and at the bottom there was so much goop it was difficult to light.

The room aroma left a little to be desired, and remained for well over 24 hrs without any other smoking being done.

All in all, not a bad smoke, maybe better if dried out first. Definitely not an everyday one though.

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NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (260)
★★★☆
Mild Strong Mild Strong

Extremely sweet aroma in the tin and the room that receives rave reviews in public. I just wish the taste was quite as good; too sweet for me as a steady but enjoyable for a change after a meal. However, this tobacco quality is much higher the the heavily cased domestic drug store aromatics. Golden VA + black cavendish in a nice mix of cuts that burns evenly. Was slightly too wet when the tin was initially opened and it was easier to pack and keep lit after drying slightly. If you enjoy aromatics or are looking for a major change, give this one a try.

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tillmanj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tillmanj (73)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Strong

Tin Aroma: The tin says that it smells like 'exotic fruits and a touch of bourbon vanilla.' I smell sugar, vanilla, and sugar. The smell of this is almost nauseating it is so syrupy. If the taste is anywhere near as cloying as the smell, this will be a short experiment.

Physical Characteristics: Pleasant to look at in the tin, this is a nicely balanced mixture of tan, brown and black pieces, in a sort of crinkly ribbon cut. It packs well, but fluffs up immensely on the charring light. Seems that Dan Tobacco loves to ship their tobacco sopping wet, which is not a plus in my book. Tobacco is taxed by weight, so I would rather pay for tobacco, not water or Propylene Glycol.

Notes: I was hoping for something refined and dignified when I first encountered this, along the lines of Ashton's Original Oldchurch, but this is far more like Dan Tobaccos other Aromatics I have smoked, most notable being the Ocean Liner series. A word of warning: whether you like this tobacco or not, you will need a pipe dedicated to just it to try it. Nothing seems to hang on to the bowl like this does. Hell, it even left an aftertase in a meerschaum. On first light, it becomes obvious that this is not nearly as bad a tobacco as the tin aroma would lead one to believe. It is obvious that the base tobaccos used in this blend are of a high quality. My theory is that this is another Dan Tobacco blend (Copenhagen: Cavendish), cased to the gills and repackaged. The first half of the bowl always makes me think: 'this must be what it would be like to smoke good Virginia tobacco in a pipe that had been smoked by an aromatic lover for many years.' Not exactly what I go looking for in a tobacco blend. That said, the aromatic component does calm down a bit after the first third of the bowl, and tapers off to about the two thirds mark. It never completely goes away, but it becomes mild enough to allow you to really get at the excellent virginias underlying this vanilla and sugar madness.

Verdict: As many others have said, this is liable to be about as non-offensive a pipe tobacco as you can come up with, but that really is a piss-poor attribute to sell a tobacco on. This is a good bit over the top for me, but I could heartily recommend it to any aromatic smoker, as it is of the highest quality.

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Sceny Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sceny (66)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Mild Tolerable

Many people whose opinions I've read seem to feel that this is one of the best aromatic tobaccos out there. It is indeed very good, the tobacco high-quality and the smoke cool and bite-free, but I tend to prefer other flavors in aromatics myself. Nevertheless, I absolutly recommend that anyone who likes good, well-done aromatics try this one. The tin aroma is strong and very unique - it smells EXACTLY like grape bubble gum! It took me forever to place the smell, but I finally remembered it from when I was younger. The appearance is also different from most tobaccos: blacks, browns and tans in many different sizes, from large chunks to unrubbed flake to short, narrow ribbon. The moisture level is average to a bit high, and packing it tricky due to the varried nature of the blend. It does light easily, however, and burns well, needing a below average number of relights. For the first third, the flavor is mixed. I can sense the grape gum flavor, but I think I'm mostly smelling it rather than tasting it. The smoke is sweet but not overwhelmingly so; the taste is not nearly as strong as the smell. The casing, while strong enough, still merges nicely with the tobacco base without overwhelming it. The added flavor is somewhat of a cross between grape/vanilla and something else I can't place, while the tobacco is very mild and good but uncomplicated. There is also no bite at all, and the smoke is very nice exhaled through the nose. In the second third of the bowl, the casing lessens somewhat, though it is still present. The natural tobacco flavor is very mild, not full or complex but plesant regardless. There are no moisture problems with this blend thus far, and still no tongue bite. The smoke is smooth and thick. In the last third of the bowl, there is a bit of gurgle, taken care of with a pipe cleaner. The grape/vanilla taste is still the strongest note in the flavor, and the main feature of the smoke is mildness. It finishes quickly leaving some moisture at the bottom of the bowl. Overall, this is a good aromatic blend. It smells wonderful, and leaves a very nice room note. While I prefer other flavors in my aromatic tobaccos, I can see why many people love this one. If you enjoy aromatics, by all means try this!

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pokrsmokr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pokrsmokr (32)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Tolerable to Strong

Blue Note is a tobacco I keep around to impress the ladies. No, really, I am serious. It is one of my 'public' smokes for those times when even a sweet virginia flake with a slight topping is too tobacco-ey. Blue Note never fails. It is clear upon opening the tin that this is a quality tobacco, not merely crap tobacco sweeped off the floor and sprayed with sugar. The tobacco is a broken flake form. The tin aroma, I msut admit, is my favorite tin aroma of ANY tobacco. It smells so delicious that I want to grab a spoon and chow down. Yes, it smells THAT delicious. The fruity/vanilla flavoring is fairly intense when compared to the tobacco but seems to relinquish the taste monopoly a bit and allow the sweetness of the Virginias to gain prominence as it approaches mid-bowl. Be warned, it can burn rather hot. As with many other true aromatic tobaccos, watch your tongue. I usually allow it to dry out a bit as it is too moist straight out of a new tin. The room aroma is as phenomenal as the tin aroma. It is comforting that I can actually enjoy a smoke when the situation warrants an aromatic. Highly recommended to both aromatic lovers and those English/VA smokers who are looking for that 'acceptably' aromatic tobacco to smoke around the impressionable young ladies in public. :)

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bobcat13 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bobcat13 (8)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is another aromatic that I like a lot. This blend is composed of lighter Virginias and Black Cavendish, mostly in broken flake form, possibly necessitating some rubbing out, depending on your preference. It bears stating that the Black Cavendish in this blend is in the European fashion and not the (potentially) goopy, PG laden US variety. The tin aroma is good enough for me to want to stick a spoon in and eat it out of the can! (Dan describes the aromatic components as exotic fruit with bourbon vanilla.) Like Ashton’s Original Oldchurch, the base tobaccos here are of a very high quality, making this a unique aromatic. The taste is of a Virginia mixture with some hints of fruit and vanilla that don’t overwhelm the blend and which dissipate as you smoke farther down the bowl. The aroma in the room after smoking isn’t quite as concentrated as the tin aroma, with the natural tobacco smell being quite apparent.

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