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Iwan Ries


More black leaf than light for dark cavendish fans. This wonderful tasting blend has an aroma that will make friends for your pipe wherever you take it.

BrandIwan Ries
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish
FlavoringOther / Misc, Vanilla
Packaging50g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Sweet with a few sour and toasty, tangy notes, with a light spice hit. Vanilla and a touch of cocoa are the main flavors. The tobacco taste is minor. Has very little nicotine. Won't bite or get harsh, but I wouldn't puff it like your life depended upon finishing it fast. Burns reasonably well and fairly cool, with a smooth, very consistent flavor. Needs few relight, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. Has a very pleasant after taste and room note. A good dessert and coffee companion that's also made for smoking outdoors, though the room note will give others a craving for some cake.

3 people found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (107)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Jeez ... this stuff rocks big time ! It's the one in the white package . It smokes Cool , no bite , smokes slowly and evenly , great roomnote for sure .... but all that aside , the Flavor is great ! Like the description says , it's mainly black Cavendish with a whisper of Oriental , which doesn't sound like anything too unique ... but it's the blend and the flavoring . Kind of a mild spice .. hell , I don't know but it tastes great to me . Honestly , out of all the American style Cavendish blends , this one has blown me away . The oriental leaf is what makes all the difference and gives it it's uniqueness . This one really rocks and I wish I tried it 30 years ago . The great thing is , is that you can still taste tobacco in the background of the flavor .. quite a ways back , but it's there and it's Heavenly Edit : 3/2014

This is my favorite Aromatic Cavendish smoke . The room note blows everybody away more so than any other Aromatic I smoke

I'm convinced that this is the best American styled aromatic ever. ..... Its my favorite . If i could give it 5 stars, I would

1 person found this review helpful.

Geronimo Von Klaus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Geronimo Von Klaus (76)
Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

What a delight!

I was expecting a PG goopy mess with some tooth staining sweetness, and what I got was easy to pack, light and smoke, with no bite, no goop, no fussing around, just a good stock aro with nothing spectacular but nothing wrong either.

Sweet is the main thing, not overly so, can taste a bit of the tobacco in the background, the smoke is a real crowd pleaser, but unlike some others of this kind, it doesn't smoke so hot that you suffer to please everyone around you.

For a solid smoke that will stay lit for an eternity and not need messing with, why not?

Pipe Used: corn cob

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: IRC

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Stogie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stogie (26)
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I purchase a fair quantity of this in pouches from Iwan Ries just about every year on our pre-Christmas trip with my wife to Chicago. So far, it is my favorite aromatic tobacco. I'll admit, I haven't tried that many aromatics, but am increasing my sampling of these as I am working closer to getting a pass to smoke in the house!

I have learned that I prefer a tangy, even sour, taste profile in my tobaccos and tend to lean toward Oriental and McClelland style Virginia's as these tend to provide the taste I am seeking. This tobacco purportedly contains Oriental tobaccos (although not shown in the list above) which may explain why it seems to achieve the sour tang I prefer.

Along with having an absolutely fantastic room aroma, this blend also seems to behave well in most pipes for me. It does cause a gurgle in some pipes, however, it leaves only a small amount of dottle. This tobacco generates some bowl heat for sure, but isn't too abusive to the tongue.

I also find that this is a great outdoor tobacco. Often, when filling a pipe to take along on a hike with the wife and boys and beagles, it recives lots of compliments from passers by.

If you are looking for a quality aromatic with a pronounced tatse characteristic involving a bit of sour/tang, then give China Black Fire Cured a spin.


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naglinjsh Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
naglinjsh (1)
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

Taste of mold, one of the worst tobacco I've smoked.

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Old Schoolr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Schoolr (12)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I received this in the Altadis sampler & it is one of the better blends in the assortment. It gives a sweet yet somewhat spicy smoke & has a pleasant room note. I did find that it is better if left to dry out slightly. This is definitely ?that? kind of aromatic which makes English blend & Virginia smokers think of Log Cabin or Karo syrup & causes pseudo-intellectuals to wail, gnash their teeth & rant about the blue collar pipe smoker. China Black is good in a filter pipe or a cob. The cob eliminated the tendency to gurgle that I found in a briar if I packed the bottom of the bowl too tightly. My only compliant is that if I was careless & over packed the bowl the last part of the smoke would get wet & bitter. Start out w/ a light fill; pack slightly heavier near the top & you?ll get a nice aromatic smoke. I only found it to bite if I smoked it like a locomotive climbing a hill. I can find this in local drug-stores which is no mean feat in an area where drug-store blends are usually restricted to Captain Black Gold & maybe the White. I rate this as better than CB Gold or White. The typical tobacco shops bulk Black & Gold?s are probably better on the wetness scale but don?t have the spiciness of this blend. I?ll smoke it again.

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wintermute Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wintermute (59)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I have tried all of the China Blacks from the large tins and they are all very good. Fire Cured is the best, in my opinion. It has a woodsy smell and it doesn't bite. The tobacco is moist but lights and burns easily. However, packing it into the pipe must be done correctly. That is to say, by using the three stage method. The room aroma is sweet without smelling like a candy store. It really does sort of smell like a fire place. The taste is very mild and won't cause you to have to think too much. There is a richness that comes from the flavor and not the tobacco. This is one of the few good tasting tobaccos that the wife will let me smoke around her. By the way, this review is based on the Three Star 16 oz can. I am not familiar with the other versions of this.

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SopwithCamel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SopwithCamel (255)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

This blend is a nice, mild, black Cavendish. It packed easily, lit easily, and burned with no trouble. I found it had a toasted coconut flavor to it. It smells wonderful.You will not taste much tobacco flavor. Sure, it has some PG, but not more than most other otc blends. Just pack it a bit on the loose side and puff slow and gentle. Need I say you will need to smoke this in a pipe reserved for aromatics? I had no trouble with tongue bite. The bottom line, is if you are looking for a mild, sweet, but not cloying aromatic, and you like coconut, this is worth a shot. It is indeed very good with black coffee. If you need a natural blend, with a heavy charge of nicotine, you will hate it.

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pipeman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipeman (14)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

i found this to be a up and down smoke,it started out dry and sweet,but half way down the sweetness disappeared and my pipe started the gurgle that heavily cased aromatics can be famous for.the sweetness came back just a little after half way,but didn't last and smoked to fast this will definately heat up the pipe.all in all i thik its good for a beginner,preferably smoked in a straight pipe,or a cobb .i liked the aroma,although it didn't seem to last long.

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zulujerk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
zulujerk (145)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This baby is sweet, like eating a spoonful of maple syrup. It's wet out of the pouch, though tends to burn evenly--including your tongue. Others have remarked that smoking this blend is like puffing on hot air. I find the opposite to be true. I'm not talking about a big tobacco taste, but there's enough to keep things interesting. Very much along the lines of Captain Black White. So watch out, and don't expect a miracle.

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Uban Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Uban (53)
Mild Strong Mild Pleasant

For the rare foray into the world of aromatics, this stuff is a crowd pleaser. People tend to sniff happily at the aroma, which is VERY sweet but not overwhelming. Smoked in a tiny pipe, it can be a fairly pleasant change of pace. Is must be smoked quite gently to avoid burning the tongue, but its powerful casing gives the decent cavendishes a creamy smoothness. Not bad with a cup of strong black coffee.

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Pounder 5000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pounder 5000 (178)
Very Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

This is only for those who have no personal care for their tongue. It has a very classical pipe smoke aroma that is pleasing to the masses, but is so thouroughly drenched in glycol that I defy you to dry this out enough to not parbroil your tongue. There is the slightest interest from the addition of orientals but not enough to be worth it. I got it in a free sample pack, so at least it was free! If you want cheap drug store tobacco, stick with Captain Black Royal and save your poor mouth!

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

This tasted like a step up in grade of leaf from Captain Black White to me. It burned a bit more dry than the Captain, but had that same heavily cased taste to me.

If you like sweet blends that will not bite your tongue off, give this brew a ride in your pipe!

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