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Here is a blend of very special tobaccos for those
smoking around family, friends or in public. It
has three burley’s, two carolina virginias, cased
with true Vermont or Canadian Maple Syrup. A
cousin of it from an earlier blend of mine has
been highly rated over the years and is a very
popular light aromatic blend. I have with it, like
all my other blends, tried to bring back an
integrity to tobacco blending from the past nearly
forgotten today. A very light sweet smoke lends
itself to a room note that everyone around you
will express an affection for.

BrandSteven Books
Blended BySteven Books
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Virginia
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Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
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DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (595)
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Another 1 oz sample. The aroma of maple is prevalent in the pouch and this one comes a bit more moist than most of the other Books aros. But I found I preferred it with no drying time.

I've thought for quite awhile that making a great aromatic must be one of the most difficult accomplishments in the tobacco world. There are so few of them. It's not hard to add flavoring to a bunch of leaf but it seems to be more of a challenge to make a blend taste like both the flavoring agent and tobacco. Steven Books has once again accomplished the near-impossible. This tastes like tobacco gently sweetened with maple, and it smokes like it would be a fine blend without the maple at all. But the flavoring adds its delicate sweetness and room aroma. The aroma is easily noted as maple but it doesn't enshroud the room. I prefer a bit more maple flavoring and so I prefer C&D's Autumn Evening to this one, even while recognizing that this blend is certainly superior in terms of craftmanship.

As with all of Steven Books tobaccos, this is well worth an audition if you enjoy lightly flavored maple cavendish. Overall, this man is head and shoulders above other aromatic blenders.

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pipelovingcalvinist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipelovingcalvinist (68)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I should start off by saying that I am not an aromatic smoker, preferring bold Virginias and heavy Latakias. That said, I was very pleasantly surprised at the gentle sweetness and delicate flavor of this blend. It is a wonderful morning smoke to go with your coffee, (and pancakes?) Perhaps if I were an aromatic smoker I would give this four stars but I still recommend it highly.

Soli Deo gloria!

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rramstad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rramstad (115)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is a very high quality aromatic. It does not burn nearly as goopy as many of them do, and it has very little bite. The aroma is nice, but from the smoker's perspective, it's an enjoyable burley blend with some Virginia and casing. I may damn with praise, but think higher quality maple flavored Carter Hall and you wouldn't be far wrong.

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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (517)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I was fortunate to come across Mr. Books blends thanks to TR and I am glad I did. I have smoked several other maple aromatics and while some have been pretty good, I have yet to run into a four star one until now. What I find different in the Books aromatics is that they are of light character. They are lightly sweet without the heavy casing that many aromatics (even good ones) often have. When I choose an aromatic over my regular English blends or flakes, the quality of the base tobacco needs to be of top quality to grab my interest. Canadian Maple hits the mark on that point. Unlike many aromatics, the chopped, thin, light ribbons don't stick together when pressed together with my fingers. I can still taste the quality tobacco while getting the nice sweet taste of maple. I often can't tell the room note while smoking my pipe, but my wife was enjoying a bowl recently and it may be one of the best room notes I have ever smelled. Highly Recommended!

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