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Matured Golden Cavendish tobaccos.

BrandCaptain Black
Manufactured ByLane Ltd.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsCavendish
FlavoringOther / Misc
CutRibbon
Packaging1.5oz Pouch, 12oz Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Mild, Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Pleasant

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Vesperinus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vesperinus (1)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

One of the most popular of the cheaper tobaccos. Totally OK for it's price. When smoked in a briar pipe it may give an unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Now when I smoke it in a corncob pipe it smokes like a charm. No bitterness, no bite. Try it in a Missouri meerschaum and you'll be surprised.

7 people found this review helpful.

JHinTX Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JHinTX (1)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Like many others, I started out smoking CBG and enjoyed it then as I do now. Some reviews of this blend dismiss it out of hand and I can't help but believe that their expectations were higher than a tobacco in this price range would warrant. If you're looking for a complicated blend that will challenge your palette, this is not it. If however, you are simply looking for a change of pace and/or a smooth, enjoyable aromatic, then by all means give the Captain a chance. I agree that it is best suited to a corncob and definitely should be smoked slowly.
On a side note, as a long time cigar smoker I can attest to the fact that how a tobacco is stored has profound effect on the taste. With that in mind, it would be best to buy a sealed tin or better yet, buy bulk from one of the online retailers that specialize in pipes and tobaccos. I believe that you will find this much better than the pouch that has been gathering dust on drugstore shelf for who knows how long.

Pipe Used: Nording Signature Freehand, Missouri Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: various

Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com

Similar Blends: Mac Baren 7 Seas Gold.

5 people found this review helpful.

atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (29)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild Tolerable

I have to agree with most of the reviews here: if you have a choice, get Capt. Black White (or regular). It tastes better. This feels just lighter in every way. Also, like most people say, smoke it slowly and gently or it will cause tongue bite. Still, it's not the worst I have smoked, so I Somewhat Recommend it.

5 people found this review helpful.

mnadz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mnadz (35)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

When speaking of just aromatics, I find this just as good as CB White but in a differant way. Since cavendish is virginia tobacco treated, those that enjoy the mild and mellow smoke of Virginias, should enjoy this all golden cavendish blend. Very mellow and actually sweeter in taste than CB White. If you want sweet, smoke this. If not as sweet, smoke CB White. I did not experience tongue bit, which is unusual because I am a fierce puffer. Wife loves the aroma of all CB blends vs. all other aromatics.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

This is my "go to" fodder. If I'm not in the mood for a strong flake or sweet fruity aromatic or just want a nice plain old smoke to enjoy with a blank mind....this is it. Like Coke or Pepsi I think it's fair to say we all have our old stand by. Captain Black Gold is mine. This is the tobacco I first smoked in 1993 when I smoked my first pipe and it has been a permanent member of my library of tobaccos. It is simple, it is always reliable (haven't noticed any anomilies) and it is easy to find. I find that this tobacco burns nice, slow, cool and mellow on the tongue. I can throw It into anything from a corncob to a meerschaum or a high end briar it's just that simple. It's my wife's favorite when it comes to room note

Pipe Used: Many styles, shapes, materials

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Jade Smokers Corner

2 people found this review helpful.

Patryk Georgevitch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Patryk Georgevitch (9)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I started my way into pipe smoking while remaining far away from CB. Everyone said it would be a cheap tobacco and that no real pipe smoker should give it attention. While listening to others is not always a helpful deed, when it came to CB Gold, NONE OF THEM COULD BE MORE WRONG!

It is not premium tobacco, I admit, but Captain Black is Captain Black! And it is popular for a reason! It is a great aromatic! Really wet in the pouch, I leave it to dry up for a couple of hours every 2 weeks. and a 30 minutes dry before the smoke would be great so it does not wet the bowl.

One downnote is that after smoking 2/3 of the bowl, the aroma is lost, but guess what: I AM INTO ENJOYING THOSE 2/3 OF THE BOWL! Fills greatly in the bowl and lights up very well!

For a quick choice of take-me-everywhere aromatic, I strongly recommend it!

Pipe Used: Vauen, Chacom, Peterson

2 people found this review helpful.

Puffingstuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Puffingstuff (81)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

I used to know a man who only smoked this and nothing else. Capt'n Black Gold is sweet and mild, a golden shag like cavendish. The pouch aroma makes you want to eat it like hay. Lights easy,stays lit, smells nice. Of all the Capt'n's blends this is my favorite.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Ah it smells good. A really enjoyable smoke with a fair price. The most pleasant feature of this tobacco is its room note. I like its taste too.

2 people found this review helpful.

Der Pfeifenraucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Der Pfeifenraucher (21)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

The Gold blend is the best that the captain has to offer and it's pretty damn good for what it is. Straight golden Cavendish with much less topping than the captain's other offerings. The ribbon cut is excessively moist out of the pouch. It smells of vanilla cupcakes in the pouch and in the room. Packs, lights and burns well with a little drying time. If you try you can actually get the flavor of the tobacco through the casing which I like, the cavendish is given some respect here and not treated merely as a medium to deliver the topping. CBG doesn't really want to bite but will if provoked so it's best to take it easy and give it the time that a pipe really deserves anyway. It leaves a crust I the pipe that flakes away with a pick. I like this blend best as a light puff after lunch but in the evening it lacks the N required for proper relaxation and reflection. Nothing complex here just a decent tobacco with a not-to-pushy amount of a very pleasant flavor. A little added burley would make this a real winner.

Pipe Used: Grabow briar, MM hardwood

Age When Smoked: 2 months

Purchased From: local yokel

1 person found this review helpful.

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

The Good Old Captain Black Gold was my third tobacco I tasted after the horrors of Erinmore Mixture and a slight surprise with Captain Black Royal. I would say it's a nice welcome to the Captain Black Series. So here we go with the review.

Tin/Pouch Aroma: Excellent, not overpowering like Captain Black Regular and also fortunately misses that Chemical X smell I experienced with Captain Black Regular.

Smoking experience: I would recommend airing any aromatic for atleast 15 minutes before packing your bowl, it will allow extra moisture to evaporate giving you very few relights. The first light was really good and didnt actually required tamping or relights till I reached mid-bowl and after the second light it smoked perfectly till the end.

This tobacco is quite mild, tasty and a little bit complex. I would occasionally get taste of vanilla and something sweet without being overpowering like the Regular version. Very nice smoke for when you are relaxing and working on something and can sip on it slowly enjoying it with your mouth and yes with your nose. The bowl finished with relatively smoothness and ease and the only con I see in this tobacco is the black burnt cookie crust it leaves instead of turning into white ash. You can simply break it with a toothpick without touching your bowl and drop the ash in the ashtray.

One word of caution: Do not smoke this in a briar pipe, it will become bitter and the moisture will creep the stem into your mouth, instead, use a corn cob pipe with a medium to big size bowl and you will have a blast.

However, if you have better options like Lane's 1-Q, go with that. I reserve CB for when I can't get my regular tobaccos. It is not a third grade tobacco but rather a mild distraction when your main show is not available.

Get a tin and not a pouch !!

2.5 out of 4 stars.

Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Erik Nording 190

Age When Smoked: 2 weeks

Purchased From: www.cigarsindia.in

Similar Blends: Captain Black Royal.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

First tobacco I smoked. Even then it seemed sickly sweet. Moist to the point of being soggy, it was hard to keep lit.

I'll move on.

Pipe Used: Corncob and Brindisi Briar

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

o3Ho3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
o3Ho3 (28)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Whatever you say here... for me was a very a pleasant experience 20 yrs ago and probably because of that still is but I admit today is not the same like back then or my taste changed somehow. Anyway the smell is enjoyable and taste too. A little advice (in my opinion) IT IS NOT FOR PUFFING. lol... Start slow and sty on it!

1 person found this review helpful.

J.Wellington Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
J.Wellington (5)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant

Better than Mac Baren's 7seas Gold! If you like drugstore tobaccos, and Gold blends, you should give it a try! The only minus, which I experienced with Mac Baren as well, is that the tobacco burns a lot! Maybe gold blends tend to do that, I don't know. Still new to the world of pipes!

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Pleasant. If you want to buy a pouch, do it only if you like drugstore cased stuff.

Keep your expectations low and you should be fine with this blend.

If you hate drugstore tobacco, do yourself a favor. Don't buy it and don't review it in here. ;)

1 person found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (163)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Sweet mixture of Mild, Golden Cavendish Tobaccos. Excelent for people that enjoy sweet aromatic tobaccos, but with not so much strong in nicotine. This is for me the second between the better Captain Black Blends, after the Royal.

1 person found this review helpful.

FearIsAPhobia Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FearIsAPhobia (1)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This was the first pipe tobacco I tried, and I won't be buying it again. This is a very bland tobacco; there is barely any taste there at all. There is a very slight sweetness to it at the end of a draw, but this tang of flavor is gone by the time you get halfway through the bowl. Any flavor that was there (and there isn't much) disappears, and from then on you are just blowing tasteless smoke. Also this stuff will bite you hard if you overwork it. Not recommended. Buy yourself a tin of some good tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

Blue Bayou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blue Bayou (59)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Strong Mild Pleasant

Very heavily vanilla cased shredded drugstore blend. Billowing clouds of sweetish smoke smell like Chai Tea. OK in a pinch for when you run out of the good stuff. Best mixed with XXX Black Rope to make up for its many deficiencies.

1 person found this review helpful.

Marvin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Marvin (3)
★★★☆
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

i liked this tobacco. much more than the white which gets consistently better reviews however is much more sweet than this one. the black has a better more full flavor and is very satisfying for a corner store brand tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (59)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I finally managed to get a pouch of Captain Black White from Germany.

I had been wanting to try for some time and it wasn't quite what I had expected. But then pipe tobacco can be like that. An anti-climax.

I mean it's got favorable reviews in here but what one smoker finds to like in a blend another does not.

Oh, it's not bad. As a supposed supermarket shelf tobacco in the US it certainly compares favorably with anything on these shores' supermarket kiosks.

We have St Bruno, Condor, Gold Blend, B & H, Drum plus something called Pall Mall, a brand I thought was only cigarettes which seem to have invaded our corner shops in the last few years.

Captain Black has been likened to MacBaren's Seven Seas, a brand available only by internet where I live. It shares a pouch fragrance with Seven Seas although with little more alcoholic nuance.

This tobacco seems quite moist although loads from the pouch and lights and burns with little maintenance.

However - and even virtual beginners will know this - the initial aroma from the pouch only follows through to the smoke in 95% of cases. This is where the similarity with MacBaren's Seven Seas stops.

It doesn't taste of anything much even after the initial light and that's its downside really.

No bite even when pushed.

It a pleasant enough smoke and Mrs RH has made no comment so we can assume the room note is pretty ordinary.

Worth dragging it across the pond ?

Nah not especially, buy Seven Seas instead.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Its was my first tobacco, i while loved when smoked. The Smell oh! so wonderful, pitty that lasts a few days only. On air enjoy who are around you. But after know others better tobacco, you see that if not be careful its burn your tounge, and bite a little, so i hope that one day i find a similar of this but with more quality.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dr Pipeflake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr Pipeflake (8)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Having tried others in the capt. Black line (white and Royal) and found them to be suitable available-anywhere blends (not my first choices, mind you), I gave the gold a try. Although I know other reviewers said it brings more tobacco flavor than the other capt. Black blends, it also brings much more bite for me. May work for some but it didn't share the acceptability of the original or Royal. The Cherry didn't work either but that's another review...

1 person found this review helpful.

BigCountryPipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigCountryPipe (5)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

This stuff is great its a nice sweet smoke, This is one of my all day smokes and the wife likes the room note.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This was the 3rd pouch I tried out of the Captain Black line and I must say I am satisfied with everything about this. Opening the pouch of ribbon cut tobacco you get a nice smell that resembles I hint of vanilla and gives a realistic preview to how it tastes. It has a hint of vanilla taste with some Mildley sweet undertones from the Golden cavendish. That reminds me this blend is 100% golden cavendish and nothing but. It packs nice and burns fine it's not a hot smoke so it's fine in my book. Room note is nice most smokers but some people (women) have told me it smells like cigas but screw them this tobacco to me couldn't smell better.

This tobacco seems to have the most flavor out of the lot of Captain Black pouches so if you don't care about the room note pick up this but if you want a happy medium of a good room note without much sacifrice in flavor then stick to Captain Black White.

1 person found this review helpful.

NedF Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NedF (22)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm not quite sure what it is about this one, but I particularly don't like it. Whereas the White and Royal initially grab my attention with their over-the-top casing, the Gold never even made a good first impression. The vanilla-ey-ness comes across as almost as chemical-fruity. Stick with the White blend if you insist on Captain Black.

1 person found this review helpful.

poppa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
poppa (3)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

An oldie and a fair one. This is used when ever you are in need and all you can find is a drug store that has Captain Black. I'm sure that it works out well for a beginner, helps ease into the pipe experience. All and all it wasn't an unpleasant smoke but it wasn't noteworthy either. I would say for a beginner try it for someone that smokes more then once or twice a week move on.

1 person found this review helpful.

tleek Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tleek (51)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

This was the first pipe tobacco i ever smoked. The day after i turned 18 i got a horrible pipe and this tobacco. I don't know if the pipe is to blame but i absolutely hated this tobacco. At first it was ok then i found a real tobacconist and got a house aromatic that made me detest cb. It is the only tobacco to ever give me tounge bite. Has no flavor. The only reason for the second star is the nice smell and the small possibility that the horrid pipe had anything to do with it. I may have smoked it in a cob as well tho. All i know is i hated it enough to throw the rest of the 8 dollar bag away after about. Five or six bowls

1 person found this review helpful.

smokincoyote Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokincoyote (19)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Was feeling nostalgic and decided to pick up a pouch of this stuff.

The flavoring is something like vanilla?sugar cookie dough or (insert something sweet here). It was a wonder that it any pouch aroma at all, because like most (if not any) drug store tobaccos they have been sitting there for a long time, and in some cases a VERY long time. Wouldn't surprise me that a box of these pouches have been passed around store to store only selling a few each time through the years. May be possible that the last person to buy a pouch from that crate/shipment was your grandfather. SO take heed and be wary of 'pouched' tobaccos and instead reach for tinned/canned ones.

Despite this stuff being almost too dry to save, it came back well once put into a tobacco pouch with a button humidifier. With that said, maybe the flavor was destroyed from age and tobacco gone stale. I tried it anyway, and got through a couple pipe-fulls. The taste was fairly flat, not as bad as some (IRC THREE STAR BLUE) but the tongue bite would not let me enjoy this stuff no matter how hard I tried. Tongue bite is something to be expected from aromatics, Captain Black, and most drug store brands yet this didn't have anything going on that would make the bite bearable (such as Capt'n Black White's AMAZING room note and OK flavor)

How pipesmokers could possibly let loose a beginner on these aromatics is beyond me, its borderline sadistic.

(come to think, if I didn't like someone I'd tell them to smoke this stuff first and say something along the lines of: "this is the best beginner blend, if you cant deal then don't smoke a pipe".. Not sure if I've met someone that I hate that much and wants to start smoking a pipe)

Just stay away from this one, or any Captain Black's tobacco save for the white---and with the 'white' only smoke if you love aromatics, and are experienced enough to avoid the tongue bite and or tolerate it.

1 person found this review helpful.

The Persian Slipper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Persian Slipper (29)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I got a can of this from a fellow pipe smoker for Christmas. He knew that I loved Captain Black, but he didn't know which blend. I've been smoking on CB Gold for the past several weeks and I must say that it is a pretty good blend. Out of the can, Gold contains a good about of moisture. The cut is ribbon and it packs well with any method. The tobacco looks to be a predominately Virginia blend, with a little bit of Cavandish tobacco throughout. It takes well to a match and doesn't bite, even if you abuse it. But, for best results for flavor, sip it. For the first two-thirds of the bowl, CB Gold is sweeter than White. Down on the last third, it starts to lose its steam and the flavor gradually dissapears. The bowl will probably girgle some throughout, but it is nothing that a little sitting time won't cure. Although Captain Black Gold is really good, it still won't replace the regular. For all CB and aromatic smokers, stick with the white label and let this one compliment your rotation.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

My favorite pipe tobacco of all time !!! I loved the smell of it as a kid, and I love looking at it and smoking it now. It is the most consistent pipe tobacco I know of in terms of all aspects you may think of.

The color is uniformly a beautiful bright yellow gold all through. The cut is so perfect, it is a beautiful medium ribbon cut with nice fairly long elegant lacy strands, and I never ever find even the smallest or thinnest stem in this premium blend. Wow !!! I can stare and marvel at this beautifully perfect tobacco for minutes. And it's moisture is just right.

The smell is perfect right out of the pouch. It is not too much, nor not too little. Just right ! The aroma is bright, modestly sweet, perfectly perfumed with some warm yet uplifting and energizing mellow honeyfruit, all welcoming and embracing.

Lighting is amazing. It is instant and even intuitive in a sense, like driving a BMW. I never light more than twice, I usually light just a little bit once and it quickly just takes off. Wow !

The smoke smells perfectly marvelous and is nice and thick white. It smells modestly sweet, mellow, fruity, and golden all in one. The taste is superb...perfect. I get this instant stimulation and energization in my mouth right when I light this stuff. It is like this pleasant widespread vibration...somewhat of a tingle. Never any tongue bite or heat. The more I puff, the better it gets, the more the body builds up into this nice thick creamy white mellow smoke, and the more I can taste. There is so much potential in this blend. There is this widespread fullness of an everpleasing and ever so present and well centralized taste of modestly sweet and just enough fruity and honey oaty gold tobacco, the great core and ever emanating essence of this great blend. Furthermore, you can actually pick up more and more complexity too. I can do whatever I want with this blend, I can sip on it and it will stay lit forever, or I can smoke it like an intake system of an F1 car and get a nice big plume of super full bodied delicious mellow sweet golden tobacco goodness. Surprisingly, this blend never gets hot, nasty, sour, or bitey.

Captain Black Gold is the best and most dynamic pipe tobacco ever !!!

1 person found this review helpful.

BigNick Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigNick (34)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I truly enjoyed this smoke, i have been stuck on CBW and have not been to apprehensive to try anything else based on other reviews i have read. However, I was yet again in Rite Aid and they had it and i just had to try. I was actually impressed. I thought it was going to be harsh with lots of bite. not the case!

Smell in bag is great, color is wonderful, packed loosely( which made for a better smoke)

the taste was mild and not a lot like CBW, but some hints of vanilla and i tasted a little bit of a trail mix flavor (which i wasn't expecting at all), but the taste of the tobacco was definitely present, some vitamin N kick in it. I smoked it slowly and got almost no bite. Room note is not bad, doesn't smell as great as CBW, but still smells quite nice.

had a hard time keeping it lit at the bottom of the bowl, but other than that it stayed lit through almost the whole bowl. The bowl surprising didn't get too hot, unlike CBW which burns the hell out of my fingers.

Doesn't get four because I've had better, but for a beginner or on a budget, TRY it. its not to shabby!

(addition) I would recommend not drinking anything carbonated after or during this smoke, your mouth mite feel a harsh bite. I would also recommend not mixing with this blend, it isn't very satisfying.

1 person found this review helpful.

Appalachian Scholar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Appalachian Scholar (22)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Strong None Detected Overwhelming Unnoticeable

When I was younger, I saw a cartoon where a giant rolled a huge cigarette out of a bale of hay. I tried this myself when I was 13 or 14 and it tasted like burnt hay. The experience with Captain Black Gold brought back those memories. Its only redeeming quality is to add tiny qualities to more harsh blends in order to take the bite out.

Pipe Used: Basket Pipe, Corn Cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Ingles

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Sinnbad11 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinnbad11 (1)
★★★☆
Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant

This tobacco, while not terrible, is not really good either. The casing is overpowering compared to the tobacco and there is no real tobacco taste. The flavor pallet is nice enough but, there is something cloying, perhaps chemical about the flavor. I bought a pouch from the local drugstore that may have been sitting there since the place opened, and the tobacco was very dry. I attempted to smoke it like that and I had no tongue bite, I didn't have tongue bite when I rehydrated it either. I guess I would recommend it to new people due to the low strength and pleasant flavor combination (vanilla/honey/caramel) as well as the widespread availability.

Pipe Used: Frabenver straight billiard, Peterson 306

Age When Smoked: Unkown (very dry)

Purchased From: Rite Aid

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

Im a Captain Black fan, its a regular rotation for me. I typically smoke the original (white) but the store was out so i grabbed a can of gold instead. Its far more bitter than the white, difficult to keep lit due to moisture content and certainly burns the hottest out of the whole captain family. Id smoke it again if i had to, but doubt id buy it again unless options are slim. Probably geared to the burley fan (as far as the captains are concerned) but the White is still tops for me.

Pipe Used: Capri rustic billiard

Age When Smoked: 5 year old can (original lane production)

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (655)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

It burns well... way too well. You have slowly sip it, and even then, you get tongue tingle at the least. The flavor is very mild and sweet with a light vanilla hit, and not very interesting, though I wouldn't say it's flat. As gold cavendish blends go, it's okay, but not exciting, and altogether too one dimensional for my personal taste. But if you're looking for an unobtrusive, all day smoke, and are a gentle puffer, this will do for an OTC.

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Perique Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Perique (84)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

In what can only be considered a golden age of pipe tobacco, with a multitude of fine and even extraordinary blends a mere mouse-click away, the persistance of the Captain Black line continues to surprise me. Gold, like its cousin "White", is heavy on pouch and room note and weak in flavor. Smokes hot, with a pronounced chemical aftertaste, and will burn up the unsuspecting tongue.

Living as we are in a renaissance of excellent aromatics with such blenders as Pipeworks & Wilke, Boswell's, etc, and even the fine Lane and C&D bulk blends, it amazes me that so many pipers still flock to this PG-laden, weak sauce, chemical mess. The good news is that if there ever is a societal melt-down or zombie apocoypse, the enterprising pipe smoker will be able to enter a drug store 50 years from now and find this tobacco still moist.

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AmdisShikariBrone Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AmdisShikariBrone (5)
★☆☆☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I picked up a pouch for the low price and the rather good reviews and I dont think I could be more disappointed. the pouch smelled wonderful but smoking it I could find no flavour other than smoke. It tasted like smoke. not like tobacco but smoke. I found it to be stronger than other tobaccos. usually I feel nothing from smoking a pipe but smoking a few bowls withing a few hours has actually gave me a slight buzz, nothing bad or unwanted but still it was there. I cant say im a fan of it at all and will defiantly smoke something else given the chance. my only thought is that I got bad quality. Because when I opened my pouch it was absolutely dry, so dry that a stem was able to break my skin like a splinter. and there was what seemed like way to many stems. did anyone else have this problem?

Pipe Used: corn cob

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mrvalentine Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mrvalentine (5)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Not for me. Might smell good to those around you but not a very good smoke. I Like CB silver better than this but nothing beats a good tobacco and yes they are out there

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EADG Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
EADG (3)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I don't smoke a lot of this, preferring as I do the various non-aromatic styles, and I rarely smoke it straight. But here's the deal - most of us who live with other people need to find "indoor" tobaccos. And this typically means mixtures with fragrant top-dressings, commonly referred to as "aromatics". That's what non-smokers are talking about when they say "I love the smell of pipe tobacco". And the fragrances of the various Captain Black blends virtually define this category. Like all CB blends, Gold is very fragrance-forward, so even a small amount of it in a mixture will yield a room note that will have your wife (girlfriend, boyfriend, whatever) ASKING you to smoke your pipe in the house. Try mixing 1 part CBG with 2 or 3 parts matured Virginia - I particularly like 1 part Three Nuns, 1 part Capstan yellow and 1 part CBG. CBG is cavendish processed Virginia with the aforementioned top- dressing, so it blends beautifully with matured Virginias. The result is a mixture that retains the full, delicious flavor and creamy body of the matured Virginias, while producing that sure-to-please room note (and it won't bite your tongue or dry out your mouth, which CBG smoked straight definitely tends to do). Mix it one to one if you want your partner to climb up in your lap when you're smoking.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

What can I say? Garbage! Adulterated crapola. If in a little town with a CVS and they have this I will buy woodchips and smoke them instead.

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

One of the good flavors CB has. Bites the tongue a little but smoking slowly will result better...Little hard to enkindle but comparing to other CB flavors this one is really nice.

Pipe Used: Briar Pipe

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slashes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
slashes (4)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Smells good in the pouch but thats about it,there is little to no flavor while smoking,save your money and get something better.

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TobaccoMan2012 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TobaccoMan2012 (28)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A good value tobacco.. Tastes nice and burns well, stays lit too.

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bearsy87 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bearsy87 (10)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Great buy for the money. I can smoke this all day and it doesn't burn my tounge and i never get sick of it. If you are new to pipe smoking or just love aromatics this is for you!!! Also try Captain black White. I can't believe people can dislike this widely available and great smoke.

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tomspeed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tomspeed (22)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

This is nice tobacco but really this is another things that this company made 20 year ago I can very good remember my friend smoke it and smell really same like somebody cooking vanilla chocolate Really so nice vanilla smell, Who knows what happen please? Many friend tell me maybe this is not original tobacco Any way I really like Captain black tobacco :)

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Tom Servo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tom Servo (58)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Out of the pouch, Capt. Black Gold is steeped in Vanilla maybe not as much as the White version, but not as defined either. The vanilla here smells more like a Vanilla cookie or cake batter, but there's something more artificial in the pouch aroma with this version. Like the White version, there is no discernable aroma of tobacco from the pouch.

Packs and burns OK. Careful puffing helps the bite somewhat.

Very mild, quite sweet, vanilla fades significantly as the smoke progresses. Chemical taste is worse than Capt. Black White, and this stuff coats the mouth with some unidentified substance - not pleasant. Simple flavor - not unpleasant at first - goes downhill pretty quickly. Mild notes of clove, burning paper, even plastic, creep in halfway down the bowl. Room note is OK, but not as pronounced or as pleasant as CB White. Seems to get sweeter near the end.

If you are in a pinch, broke, or cheap as hell. Stick with Capt. Black White. The Gold blend is not worth messing with at any price. However, good or bad, life's too short for drugstore tobacco. Support your local (or online) tobacconist, and do yourself a favor.

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

Tastes good. Easy to keep it lit. Nice amount of vapor. Recommended.

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polaris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
polaris (9)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Tolerable

Nothing special. If you smoke a little faster than normal, this blend will not forgive you. Terrible tongue bite.

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Thwarp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thwarp (16)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Room note is very nice. You'll get compliments from just about anyone. But if thats why yer smoking a pipe then you shouldn't be smoking a pipe.

First off i cannot reccomend this for a new smoker unless they like pepper tongue (not tongue bite) A new smoker will tend to try and puff this out like a chimeny and ruin their palate. Its considered an armoatic and armomatics are just not a good place to start. (read reviews on Carter Hall if you are a new smoker having a bad start) Then get some Carter hall.

If you are moving into cheap frills, drugstore aromatics then knock yerself out. Enjoy your pepper tongue. There are a ton of better aromatics out there to cut your teeth on besides this.

I'm sorry to Capt Black tobacco company, I just cannot recomment this blend and brand and I think with your international success and reputation as producing a cheap armoatic line then I think you have the experience to do much better and get back into the real pipe tobacco competition.

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pipe row19 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipe row19 (25)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Typical captain black blend its ok i guess theres just not much taste its very mild. Once again i would recommend this to new pipe smokers, i liked it when i was new just dosent do it for me now. Most drugstore blend are good for new pipe smokers every now and then i like to smoke Captain or prince albert or sail just go back to my roots.

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Arkie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arkie (106)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Extra Strong Medium Pleasant

Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhh... No offense intended to those of you who like this stuff but it is the absolute worst blend I've ever smoked. It's like smoking incense and it's even worse than Paladin. It is sticky in the pouch and it leaves globs of tarry goop in the bottom of pipe bowls. It tastes similar to the way coconut scented suntan lotion smells which would be alright if it brought visions of poolside bikini clad beauties to mind but the cloying artificial taste (of the tobacco - not the bikinis) gags me. If curiosity compels you to try it, use a cheap cob. It ghosts briar for a long time. Maybe the other Captain Black blends are better but I will never try them. If you buy some of this wretched crap I suggest you throw the "tobacco" away and smoke the pouch it came in.

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tmoney Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tmoney (24)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

This stuff smells wonderful, unfortunately it lacks where taste is concerned. I'm not really a big aromatics guy, so this was okay. Tongue bite comes easily with this tobacco and it will leave your bowl and step wet with moisture. Let it dry a bit, or just make sure you clean well after smoking this stuff.

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Claudius Stradivarius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Claudius Stradivarius (171)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Bland, bland, bland. No nicotine whatsoever...

I give it two stars only because it could be a good introduction to pipe smoking for a beginner...

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Boston Bill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Boston Bill (11)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I liked CB Gold a lot better than CB White/Regular. The tobacco flavor is better, the burn is better, and the aroma was better too. This blend does taste "golden" to me, very sweet.

Not a bad choice for a drug store brand, but just know there are better things out there.

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ynrozturk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ynrozturk (40)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

It burns hot, it bites, and doesn't have much character or depth. Quite frankly, there's no point in smoking this. So do yourself a favor and don't.

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

This blend reminds me of honeydew virginia laced with lots of vanilla, smells great smoked, and unsmoked, tastes great but burns hot be careful!

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

I bought the bulk blend of the Cup O Joes, 16 oz of Captain Black Gold, so don't think this is the same as the tin or pack of CBG from stores. However the blend from Cup O Joes is super, very mild, ribbon cut, pleasant aroma, very litle bite, hardly any moisture residue. Right now it is my favorite smoking tobacco as i can smoke it all day without tiring of it. Slight nutty taste.

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muntajab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
muntajab (11)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

To me, it is the second best blend in Captain Black (white is the best).

I've tried Captain Black Gold in both carbon filter and steel filter pipes. Carbon filter pipes work better than steel filter pipes with CBG as it is wetter than unflavored tobacco; however, I did not find real obstacles in smoking it with steel filters. It is is finely cut, it burns well and leaves but little dottle in the bowl. It tastes good and has a good aroma.

To add a little pleasure to your pipe smoking you may want to add a little whiskey to it (like wetting--not soaking-- a piece of cotton with whiskey and fixing it to the inside of the cover of the tobacco jar with some something like a buckle) and keep the jar tightly closed in a dark place. The next day Captain Black Gold would gain much better quality. In case you find that your CBG got wetter than it is, leave the jar open in fresh air (but not in direct sunlight) for a short time or until you get the level of wetness that suits your smoking.

In the absence of a more expensive tobaccos, White and Gold Captain Black are my alternatives.

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ivycap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ivycap (63)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

My Captain Black Gold came in a very fine ribbon cut. I love the look of it. It reminds me of the old fashioned paper easter grass, the really fine cut kind that hangs together when you take it out. This blend's taste is comparable to W. O. Larsen Old Fashioned (possibly better) and is cheaper by the ounce. It tastes as creamy as it smells, without being goopy or wet. Kind of a Chocholate and vanilla base. Beautiful. One of the best aromatics anyone could buy. I recomend buying the tin, not the pouch.

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

a lot of people dont like this blend. i love it it was my first blend and honestly at like 6 bucks it isnt too bad. easy to get lit and this is one that is good for just raking leaves or doing yard work. for what it is it is good but there is always a better blend

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meanmrmustard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
meanmrmustard (34)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Like Manischewitz wine, this tobacco is not great, but not bad. It does it's job, is available everywhere, and is over priced for the quality you get. If you are looking for a distinct Vanilla flavored tobacco, look elsewhere, this would be too mild for a vanilla lover. Was a decent smoke when I started out, not a biter, but is a bit bland for my tastes now.

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tpatriarche Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tpatriarche (23)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

I agree with most reviewers; this is a pleasant mild blend, although without a strong character, good for beginners or when you're smoking a lot, or when only the drugstores & supermarkets are open. One of the best of the brand-name tobaccos I have tried, although it leans more toward Virgina than Burley which I prefer. The vanilla flavouring is not overdone IMHO.

This also a good blending tobacco to stretch your supply of a more expensive blend. I have made my own "Morning Mix" from this tobacco plus plain Burley, mild Syrian, and a touch of black Cavendish; perfect for the first pipe of the day.

** NOTE to Site Maintenance: as other reviewers have commented, this is (at least in Canada) a shag (fine long-cut), not a broken-flake cut as stated in the Summary.

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Watson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Watson (20)
★★☆☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This one is my first contact with the world of pipes. The kiosk owner recommended this to me as the most suitable for the new beginner... But due to my inexperience I permit it to give strong tongue bites. This happened because it is a very moist blend and it needs to get dried first. After that, I mixed it with Skandinavik Mixture just to enhance the aroma and the result (for my inexperience) was delightful but “burning”. I mixed two low quality blends just to get the nicest (so far) room note. Captain Black Gold has a rich Vanilla aroma, has no black Cavendish flakes inside and I cannot recommend it anymore, unless it's impossible to find something else to put in your pipe… If you are a Vanilla fan, try instead Stanwell's Vanilla, it just Rules!

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Cantrell Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cantrell (9)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I don't have the years of experience that many smokers on this site have, but I now know enough to stay away from this crap. yechh!

Update: ok ok, in all fairness I tried this straight out of the bag the first time I smoked it (Bad idea). Let this stuff dry for about a week in a glass jar and it's fairly decent. I puffed it slowly in a longer churchwarden-style pipe and got a very nice maple taste with hints of honey and almonds. toward the end of the bowl it almost got too sweet like a pure cane sugar, sadly I cannot get this stuff to finish off dry...

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colt25314 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colt25314 (41)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Extra Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Very pretty gold color. Hotter than the sun and burns the toung. The flavoring is SUGER and a lot of it. I is by far the Inferno of pipe tobaccos. Stay away from it unless you like it (-:

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

Greetings Fellow Pipers from the Banks of the Ouachita,

I am reviewing a 3-year of pouch of CB Gold that I found in an old Swisher Sweet box that I used to stash some pipe sundries. I was running out of my other more "serious" leaf, and thought I'd give it another try before dropping some coin on a new blend.

To my surprise, the leaf was still moist enough to pass the Charmin Test (squeezable with no breakage), and perhaps the incidental aging caused it to improve in performance.

The pouch aroma hits you in the honker like a teenager's cologne after his first shave...its obvious its an aromatic but not memorable in that after a couple of days I don't even remember what aroma it was. It was pronounces but pleasant.

Packed fine and stayed lit for me. I did get slightly bit by this bowl, but I am finding that may be caused by the pipe I am using as it burned wet. But I do seem to remember relegating this pouch to a drawer after getting mouth-raped by this stuff a couple of years ago. I would therefore classify this as a tempormental leaf as the problems may be the resulting combination of the piper, the pipe & the choice of pipe weed.

I'll recommend this to a beginner whose looking to experiment without denting the budget. I have not tried other CB labels, and may not ever as I am not intrigued to delve further into the brand. I'm happy at this drug store price point with Prince Albert, which trumps GB in my opinion in Price-to-Value ratio. Give it a try if your a floater, thats what makes this a hobby.

Without Me Its Just SOME,

AWE

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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

My favorite Captain Black. I seem to remember it was good for blending (in small amounts). Also the only Cap'n with whom I could stay on board for the entire voyage. If I get this brand again, when I am on vacation and out of tobacco and can only find a drug or grocery store, it will be this blend, unless they have Prince Albert or Half & Half. I have some White and Royal lying around and try them once in a blue moon, but can never finish the bowl. I have to either jump ship, or mutiny and throw the captain overboard. Too goopy. This one is the least goopy, to me anyway.

1-29-11 Not so bad, really. A discussion on a pipe forum made me want to try it again, and it is not so bad. Not so bad (I will reiterate), but there are better.

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Blade One Star Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blade One Star (9)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I like the taste of this tobacco, how it lights, and the aroma. The problem I have is that it really bites my tongue. I'll put it away for a while, but it seems like it bites more each time I smoke it.

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Alguhan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alguhan (140)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

Well it is one of other unfortunate experiences of mine when I was just a beginner.

If you are not thinking of your health and if you are smoking just to smell good, like a sweetshop, here you go! Lots of chemicals and sweet bonbons awaiting for you.

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viscfab Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
viscfab (81)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This version of CB lacks a bit of taste and aroma when compared to the original white version. It does not have black cavendish on it, only golden cavendish tobaccos - burley based stuff. It is pretty mild and light but lacks the enjoyment the white version brings. Even so, this blend is much more decent than many other drugstore blends out there and it is IMO an OK smoke. Casing is not as strong here and a tobacco nutiness can be perceived if you smoke gently. Nevertheless I will not be buying it again... too bland...

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Colby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Colby (9)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Only previously trying CB White before, I was curious to see how the Gold differed, and you can definitely tell a difference. Someone stated below that CB Gold was more of a real tobacco flavor whereas CB White tastes like cheap vanilla ice cream IMO. So I have to say that I did enjoy this more than CB White, but I'm not gonna go buy a tin of it. My pouch was rather dry upon opening, so I might experiment with adding some moisture to see if it brings out any more flavor. Smoked in a briar, I puffed pretty steady and no bite and smoke was nice and cool. Flavor was sweet but not overbearing, and there was more hints of real tobacco flavor coming through. Cheers.

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Meisterlowin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Meisterlowin (16)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Having stepped away from pipe smoking for a year or two, I (foolishly)favored expediency over quality and went to a local gas station to acquire what I thought was tobacco but, unbeknownst to me, turned out to be what tasted like a harsh blend of wood chips and shredded underwear. Having tried Captain Black white in my younger years, I thought that the gold variety would be a step-up...but it was not the case.

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Rusticsmoke90 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rusticsmoke90 (6)
★★☆☆
Very Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

Ahh, couldn't even get a taste. This stuff has an unfamiliar smell. It is very blahh. Nothing to it. I won't buy this again.

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Gigilos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gigilos (24)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is possibly the best of the Captain Black series. Having stated that, one needs to note that CB are heavily cased, overtly artificial blends which don't qualify as good tobaccos.

As with the white one, this features in my own early memories of inhabiting the pipe-world and thus gets a star out of personal "affection".

If one finds oneself in a drugstore (or "periptero" in its greek version) the best choice among cheap aromatics would probably be CB gold. Burns and packs well (the cut is quite interesting- long ribbons) with significant bite. Avoid in any other context than that of necessity.

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bjshouma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bjshouma (6)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

While I like this blend not entirely as well as the whilte label, this blend offers it's own varying shade on captain black. I personally tend to prefer the sweeter virginian varieties, however this is probably the closest blend of Captain Black to actually tase of tobacco. The room note is probably the best quality of this tobacco, it has a very mild taste and i used it to mix in an unusually strong cherry blend i had received as a gift. like i said, i prefer a sweeter tobacco, but the nuttiness was a good change of pace, and probably a good starter tobacco.

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

Of all the "drugstore blends" out there, this is one of the best among the aromatics. The subtle flavor adds very little moisture to the bowl. The flavor is a fragrant, somewhat sweet burley; you can detect a nuttiness but it is overshadowed by the aromatics. It burns well and mixes well; I used some to blend down a mix that had too much Perique in it. It adds body and burley flavor to a mix.

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Dr. Grabow Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr. Grabow (4)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I need to start by saying that I recommend all pipe tobacco because I feel everyone is different with different tastes. "To each his/her own".

Of the Captain Blacks I find this one to be way better of a smoke than the Royal....of the three the most natural tasting (for Captain Black)...its a good choice for a beginner to start with.

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Harpua0077 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harpua0077 (31)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a pretty decent tobacco for what can be found at the drug stores. I would say it has a wonderful room note, it smokes well, burns smooth. I would say it is good but costly for what is found at the grocery store. My private notes have this at about a 6.7 my wife I think is in agreement.

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BBlevins Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BBlevins (102)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

It looks and tastes like Lane HS-3 with added humectant. Not something that I'll smoke twice.

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BingCrosby Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BingCrosby (48)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The notorious captain.. that beautiful aroma.. but what else to mention.. not much.. a great introductory blend that will be popular as long as it is produced.. but one which if smoked regulary will become nauseating.. i like it on occassion but it is a little bit ill behaved and not very natural tasting.. i like the smell in the tin (or bucket if you will) more than the aroma when smoked.. very enticing.. smokes very moist - maybe you should dry it out a bit.. but i get a very chemical flavor.. and even if i blend it with other things it dominates and destroys.. i tried adding a little rum to it which helped with the flavor but not much with the smoking - it became even harder to smoke.. well well what was i excpecting?

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Dr.sadik Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dr.sadik (100)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

this is a love and hate tobacco for me and one of the very few blends that can assault my tongue like a rabid dog. this one gonna be the lightest cased captain black blend,,its a tobacco that i wont recommend unless u have no other choice,,yet the casing is decent and it hold fire well and burn to white ash no moisture and the aroma is acceptable to many, if smoked slowly it can sometimes yield a cool smoke.

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

This was surprisingly good for a drug store tobacco, and also i was surprised to find that it is made by lane limited...but suffice it to say i did not enjoy this tobacco, it burned a little hot, maybe needs a good dry, but tasted to much like chemicals, it burned my lips giving them a chapped feeling and when i would lick them it tasted unbearable.

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Eonwe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Eonwe (22)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This was a pleasant surprise. A fellow pip smoker at work smokes this and nothing but. He always tells me I waste my money on the tobacco I smoke when there is Captain Black Gold to be had. I have tried the good Captain's "White" blend in the past, and really wish I hadnt. But the Gold wasnt that bad. First off though, its not really that cheap, I paid 5 bucks for a pouch...not cool. But on further inspection, I liked the way the leaf looked as opposed to the gutter sludge that CBW resembles. Light ribbons with some dark here and there. The smell was better than the CBW as it wasnt as strong in the chemical dept. But while CBW took to flame like a dream, Gold starts off great, and then goes out without warning, like a ghost in the night...oh well. The taste is pretty good, and again just a slightly tuned down version of the CBW flavor.But ZERO tounge bite!!!!...Toward the end of the smoke the flavor change to a more naked tobacco taste as the topping fades away. and now for the kicker...I actually detected nicotine!!!...which blew my mind from reading opposite impressions from the other reviews, and from smoking CBW, which had none. well there you have it gents...a not so in-expensive good tasting cavendish....there is better out there...and there is worse...enjoy!!!

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

If you step up to the counter at your local drug store and they are all out of CBW the sure go with the gold. Not my favorite b/c of the somewhat chemical tasting flavoring. After a few weeks becomes harsh and sour toward the bottom of the bowl. Other than CB White I would not waste my money (for other than nostalgic or sentimental reasons) on this particular brand.

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bostonsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bostonsmoker (6)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I would recommend this tobacco for breaking in a new pipe. It has a nice smell and an okay taste. This is my favorite out of the Captain Black smokes.

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smokerings86 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smokerings86 (4)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Tolerable

It's worth a try, you might like it and it won't exactly break the bank. I found it an easy baccy to pack and smoke. It burned ok, keep it slow and it nips only a bit, reef on it like a cigarette and you won't taste your chilly for a week. The smell hangs a bit, I find this with most aromatics, but particular CBG it sticks to you clothes, your pipe, everything. It gets nauseating after a while. I smoked a bowl and soon after got a sore throat. While I was smoking I found it had the flavour of light brown cav. and humectant. If you like aromatics, go find a B&M or website that has cheap house blends, they won't have nearly as much chemical flavour. This is just as bad as their poor excuse for cigarillos. If you are full bodied cigar smoker or a fan of "english" baccy this is a waste of time, don't bother.

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Vrbas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Vrbas (7)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I mean, it's Captain Black. C'mon, who hasn't tried at least one of their blends?

Anyways, my experience was w/ my roommate who told me to smoke w/ him because our apartment smelled like butt... so my review may be a bit sketchy mainly because i have no idea how long he's had the bag lying around and because i wasn't really paying attention when i was smoking it.

The pouch aroma is that of vanilla to me (seems to be a popular aromatic scent regardless of flavor descriptions). Packed nicely, lit and burned evenly and produced plenty of thick smoke. The taste is nothing special, if i remember correctly. Just your basic aromatic blend w/ a cheap leaf. I think it tastes good, but again nothing amazing. The room note is particularly pleasant, but other than that there's not much to recommend about this brand.

I will say, however, i will keep some CB on hand as i will randomly have cravings for a heavily cased cavendish that has been around for some time and that has been a mainstay for at least 70% of smokers out there, new to experienced in my opinion. This and BCA will satiate my random, heavy cavendish cravings.

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Papillon6 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Papillon6 (17)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

I'm giving this for four stars because it is(to me) unaguably the best of the Capt Black line. It's sweetly complex with little tongue bite. It has at least three flavour notes to it, the natural golden cavendish taste followed by a sweetness that builds, that follows a lightly earthy taste. If you are a Capt Black fan and haven't tried it turn off your computer and go get some right now. It's the only Capt Black I stock up on. All other CB tobaccos are pretty good to great but this one they did their research on. For the money there may not be a better bag out their. It tastes like a high end blend for a low end price. Since it's mild nicotine wise a newbie will not regret trying it. Good job guys on this one.

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SpanishSmoker1978 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SpanishSmoker1978 (4)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

For the first timer this smoke is great.I smoke it sometimes and this tobacco is what I call the in between smoke.A cross from the white pouch and blue.I will not go on and on to much about this smoke exept to say it is not bad at all for the price.Do Not Puff Hot! that's all I gotta say about that. (First timers go for it Capt.Black Gold is not half bad)...

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thedstnguishdgntlmn Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
thedstnguishdgntlmn (360)
★★★☆
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Hey! It is CAPTAIN BLACK GOLD! What did you expect? Balkan Sobranie? A classic inoffensive aromatic mixture. This stuff is like Pro Wrestling. We all like it once in a while, but none of us will admit to that! Enjoy it for what it is.

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Tantric Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tantric (263)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

I haven't smoked this one in over a decade, but I remember it as quite the crowd pleaser. Less aromatic than Blue, and not as fruity as White, Captain Black Gold is a good beginners' tobacco.

Mild, subtle, and extremely polite (I can hardly see anyone upset by its room note), this semi-chocolate/vanilla blend should be smoked very slowly, as it does have a tendency to bite, and if over puffed it burns hot.

There is a certain resemblance with Gold Block, but whereas that British blend has most certainly a Virginian base, CPG is basically a burely-cavendish, very mellow and monochromatic. Still, if thinking of taking up pipe smoking, this one is a good tobacco to start with.

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Pipepundit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipepundit (168)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

The first couple of puffs are almost pleasant, but that is all that I find positive about Captain Black Gold.

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

This is a good example of something that smells better than it tastes. It smokes well enough, and starts out rather pleasant, but once you make it to the bottom of the bowl, you'll be glad it's over. It burns well, almost too well (a bit hot), and seems to be better once you let it sit for a while, but even then it's hard to recommend.

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

I started out on this stuff, because I didn't know what else was out there. The first third of the bowl is great, the second third is okay, and the final third is like smoking the tar off of the Captain's boot. It's the goopiest aromatic I've ever smoked. And the casing! It actually made me feel a bit ill after every bowl. I smoked this stuff until a friend was kind enough to introduce me to English blends. I am now reintroducing myself to aromatics, with some trepidation, lest I encounter another blend like the Captain.

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

A good taste / perfect smell aromatic for the beginner. Nice cut, good pack and a decent burn. I believe that CaptainBlack Royal is much better, but hard to find. Nevertheless, there are much better aromatics out there..

What i did once and made it great was the addition of a pinch of cigar leaf (partagas)!

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htduck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
htduck (23)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

I tried captain Black Gold because the reviews I've read are sort of mixed. I smoked three pipe loads to give it a chance and where's the dock because that's the end of the cruise, Captian. It was more aggravating than anything else. One star.

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pop-pop's pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop-pop's pipe (96)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

It's okay. Too confectioned in my opinion. Doesn't compare to Milan's aromatics. This is a quick tobacco so if you like a long smoke, get a McArthur corn cob!

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Dan, Cordoba Man Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dan, Cordoba Man (9)
★★★☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Well, just checking out the local variety which amounts to about 8 to 10. We have no tobacconist in our area, so you have to know what's available local for when you run out of good stuff. This is one of the best I've had from a supermarket/variety.

The wife likes the room note, although some others are better. It didn't seem to have much flavoring at all, very natural gold cavendish. Nice cut and one that I would run out and buy again sometime while waiting on an order from justforhim.com

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

Of the Captain Black line-up, I thing this is the mildest and less sweetened blend. Not bad, quite enjoyable, VERY mild Virginia with a noticeable vanilla topping. Good if you want a mild, sweet smoke with a good room note.

I might get a pouch every now and then just for the sake of variety, but at 8 bucks a pouch I can find better out there.

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WillardFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WillardFan (68)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I've been sitting on a pouch of this for about 2 years. I had it in an air tight container, but I'm not so sure about the quality of the container. On opening the pouch, it still had a pleasant scent, not overpowering, just pleasant. I loaded up a bowl in my everyday pipe, and this pipes' seen more action than a hooker on payday. Anyway, the first thing I noticed was that it burned hot. I was taking baby drags off this thing, and the tongue bite was terrible. I still prefer the Royal Blue to this one. Is there anything I can mix with this to cool it off a bit? I liked the room note on this, but my tongue won't handle this as is.

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Guyrox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Guyrox (131)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

A string of long, thin cut golden bakkie, with a pleasant aroma.

A bit less cased than Captain Black Blue, and White, and significantly less pronounced on the nicotine and strength side; this is a very, very mild tobacco.

Perfect for the beginner; as a matter of fact, strongly recommended for a beginner.

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DakotaPeacePipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DakotaPeacePipe (33)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Very mild with no bite, and not much of anything else either. Bland is the only way I can describe this blend, slightly sweet but any flavor beyond the generally sweet undertone is not discernable to this reviewer. Nothing otherwise objectionable just an absence of flavor, a disappointment.

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ABSSiegel Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ABSSiegel (21)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I found a pouch of this I had forgotten about in one of my cases of pipe and tobacco accessories. It was atleast two years old and opened only once. I filled one of my Oom-Pauls up and fired away. What followed was a somewhat enjoyable hour. The tobacco still tasted fresh with nary a bite. It was the typical Capt. Black experience. Not bad, but I've enjoyed much better. I anxiously got back to enjoying an English blend after smoking the Captain.

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

I smoked a lot of cans of this puppy in my younger daze(sic). The only Captain Black I ever liked, Gold smells great, never bites and is a decent drugstore aromatic.

But alas, tastes change. I'd recommend this to a newer pipe smoker. CB Gold is probably too pedestrian for most veteran smokers.

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

This is a mainstay blend. Cavendish and a simple, smooth, vanilla flavor. A solid flavorful smoke for the price, $3.50/2oz. here in the south. If I can't have my "fancy pants" internet blends from around the globe, Captain Black will do everytime. Light to medium taste and nicotine. No frills and dependable. Its no longer in my daily rotation as my tatses have changed, but an old favorite nontheless.

This tobacco has made many a newbie, including me say, "this pipe smoking thing might be my gig."

Yep, its a recruiter, and the pipesmoking world is in its debt.

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savage Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
savage (2)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I've just started to smoke pipe tobacco, a switch from cigars. I found this to be a very easy tobacco as a begginer to use. It lights well and the smoke is cool, mild, easy on the palate. Plus its widely available where i live as I have no tobaccanist near where I live. It is leagues ahead of borkum riff in my tastes or the other drug store brands. In addition the room note is ofter commented on whether they smoke or not, there aren't too many cigarette smokers who can say the same about their brand of smell.

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DrY11 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrY11 (39)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

This is by far the most popular Captain Black where I reside. I do not understand this.

In any case, I cannot stand it as a "standalone" tobacco. I may mix it in with other stuff to produce a more mellow taste or a more pleasant room note.

On the positive side, for such a highly aromatic blend, it is surprisingly easy to light and maintain. It burns somewhat hot but at least it does not scorch the tongue.

Probably due to Taxes etc, Captain Black is the most expensive tobacco in my area. It simply is not worth it.

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Backwoods Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Backwoods Piper (50)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

I was up north ice fishing and lost my day pouch of VA flake so while I was in the local market buying supplies I picked up a pouch of CB Gold. I thought to myself Grandpa used to smoke it so it can't be all bad. I forgot Grandpa used to consider A&C Grenediers fine cigars.

This truly is not what I would consider horrible tobacco though I would never consider adding it to my rotation. It packs nicely and lights evenly. CB has very little true tobacco flavor and way too much vanilla topping flavor for my taste. Unless you allow it to dry out for a while it will burn very wet and require frequent relights.

I can only give this blend 1 of 4. I would only consider smoking Lane Limited Captain Black if I couldn't find any A&C Grenediers.

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Helmsman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Helmsman (18)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Next time you mow the grass take a handfull and soak it in coke and dry it in the attic for a year.

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giturra Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
giturra (31)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

this was the very first tobacco I ever bought, at the time I loved its heavy vanilla taste, and I still ocasionally do, but it's far from the place it used to have in my heart. I still will recommend it to anyone starting to smoke, as I believe it to be mild an nice tasting, just not complex or satisfying enough for more adult palates that crave for something stronger and more tobaccoish. I still use it to mixe it with more latakia heavy tobaccos. First great love, still gratefull, and one of the nicest room notes in the OTC brand of tobaccoes. I just out grew it I suppose...

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Maimonides Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Maimonides (70)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Availible anywhere, it is pleasant but weak. Good for novice, of in a lack of better. Weak vanilla.

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loosewatches Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
loosewatches (108)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

The world's coolest cucumber, my Father, sent me a pouch of this in a shipment of baccies about two years ago. I smoked a couple bowls while driving from Tirol through Salzburg. The flavor was not bad at all, though it did glop up my smoking device. If the nicotine level were upped to the 10th power, it might have enough to notice. I haven't smoked it since and if fact gave him back the same pouch while visiting. I guess that says enough. Talking with Dad the other day about CBGold, I said it wasn't bad, just not my style and that it had no nic. He said, 'oh, wow, to me it's pretty strong, that's why I like it. Thanks for bringing it back.' So there's two reviews for free. For me, it's a one star blend, but gets an extra star for Dad. (he's a four star)

Maybe they should change the name two Extra Star and sell it in the little cat food cans. I think it would sell better.

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Palmer Eldritch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Palmer Eldritch (6)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This tobacco has the presumable light flavor and strength of most captain black blends. Pretty much a constant flavor and predictable smoke. A lot better than something like captain black cherry, but not as good as white.

I also have a question (don't know if this is the place for it)... has anyone tried to order from the captain black pipe offers on the inside of the pouch recently? I saw mention of it in earlier posts, but they were from a while back. The website from which to order is no longer existent, and I cannot get through to the toll free number. I don't just want to send my money in to an order no longer being offered... Maybe I just have an older pouch?... I really don't know. Anyone who has any info on this would be of great help... Thanks

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

This stuff smells wonderful, if you love vanilla. The sample I tried was a bit too moist, and there was definitely a tendency to nip at my tongue if I was careless. I left it alone for a week to dry a bit. The taste is very soft and sweet. A confection in a pipe. A bit too sweet for my taste these days. I lean more towards the natural tobaccos, and I had difficulty staying interested in it. It isn't as inexpensive as it once was, and I doubt I will buy any more of it.

I believe the pipes offered on the pouch have been discontinued, and in fact are now collectables, much the way the old RJ Reynolds Grabows are.

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D'Jullius Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
D'Jullius (19)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Tolerable

I was out, It was there. Nice pouch aroma and light flavor. Very light vanilla. It is adequate in a pinch.

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

Not bad, but as this is usually right next to Captain Black Royal and C.B. White, I would pass. It has a similar vanilla room note to C.B. Royal but much less of the flavor. It tasted like plain cavendish with no topping to me. I would call this C.B. light. This is definitely the least appealing of the Captain Black line. If your after that classic taste and smell buy the blue or white pouch.

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Bugenhagen Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bugenhagen (6)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

I usually never touch Captain Black, but recently I ran out of the good stuff and while waiting for a new shipment of quality leaf, I went over to the local drugstore in hopes of finding something to tide me over.

It was a choice between Borkum Riff and Captain Black, so I chose the latter, in the Gold pack. I prefer the Gold to the other Captain Blacks because the vanilla topping is more subtle, and because the ribbon cut cavendish without hunks of Black Cavendish is easy to smoke and less harsh on my throat.

The pouch that I bought was at just about the right level of dryness; not crispy and dusty, yet not goopy and sticky either. It smells nice and loads into a pipe with ease. This is a great cheap tobacco for someone to start out with because of the way it packs in the bowl. Packing a pipe properly is, in my opinion, one of the hurdles that a newbie has to jump in order to become a successful pipe smoker.

When first lit, CB Gold gives of a strong vanilla aroma and taste, but that soon gives way to a mild natural tobacco taste. The vanilla never goes away, but it doesn't utterly kill the tobacco flavor either.

This is a quick smoke. I averaged a bowl in about 15 to 20 minutes. And despite this pace, it never got hot.

Overall, it wasn't a very satisfying smoke. It took 3 or 4 bowls to satisfy the way one of my regular premium tobaccos does. After a while I got really tired of the vanilla flavor. Luckily the UPS truck showed up today with a tin of Marlin Flake and 4 oz. of McClelland 5100 Red Cake.

Not bad for an emergency replacement when nothing better is available, and a good choice for a first try at pipe smoking, but I won't keep any of this around unless I again stupidly run out of the good stuff.

Bugenhagen

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smoking247 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking247 (4)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I have to admit that I like to keep a selection of drugstore brands around, I prefer to reserve my better tobaccos for moments when I have the time to appreciate their complexities. Of the CB series I find the white too goopy and the others too bland. This blend burns well and consistently to the bottom of the bowl while having plenty of what I'd call a simple flavor. I find that after smoking this I can better enjoy what a Dunhill or Mac Baren blend has to offer.

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prinakis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
prinakis (13)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

The first thing i noticed about this tobacco is that you can find it everywere, so i figured " that means something". The first guy i saw smoking pipe had all the captain black series. So it was my turn to try it... I don't understand what is all about this very "funny" tobacco. It's so mild that i think i eat an ice-cream, the taste is so sweet and over-aromatic that is for me the better way to stop smoking pipe. Not for my taste, i give 2 stars only for the room note. I forgot to say that my pipe had this smell for 2 days.

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

As an aromatic, this seems to be made with good quality leaf: you can see that by the fact that it smokes pretty cool, not extremely wet (for an aromatic,at least)and you won't need to relight a hundred times. It keeps the flavour throughout the bowl, and that's another good point. A good tobacco, if you like aromatics, and it isn't expensive, which helps too!

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

Captain Black Gold is a very good tobacco. It has a great roomnote and it smokes very cool. It is a great mixer as well and I will always have a pouch of this in my stock...ENJOY! MZMN 6-27-05

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

I believe the time has come for someone to do a comparison of the Captain Black line of pipe tobaccos from Lane limited. I have decided not to review the Red or Cherry Flavor as it is so different from the others and if you like cherry then you do, if not then only the others are relevant. This leaves:

Royal ( dark blue pouch ), Light ( light blue pouch ), Gold ( golden pouch ) Captain Black or ?Captain Black White? ( white pouch ).

Light ( light blue pouch ) :

The pouch says carefully selected tobaccos. It is a fine ribbon cut of toast colored light tobaccos. The tobacco is the driest to the touch of all the CB and also has the least noticeable pouch aroma ( which is still strong. It is still the same CB smell with an almost yogurt like quality or mildness to it. OK this stuff burns like an oil soaked rag. Produces a decent but short lived smoke and tastes of almost nothing and just kind of dries the pallet. The room note is perhaps the least pleasant of the CB but this is still within the famous pleasant room note of CB barely but not unpleasant. This is so light that it is probably the only one of the CB series that I could actually recommend to the novice as an almost non smoke ( I think one should try something like an English first as it bites less and will develop better skills so I wouldn?t recommend any CB to the novice, but hey whatever ). I personally wont finish the entire pouch or keep this stuff around. Burns to salt and pepper ash and leaves small black dottle in bottom of bowl. Somewhat harsh on the mouth more so than the other CB at least for me. The worst of the CB for me.

Gold ( golden pouch ) :

The pouch says matured golden Cavendish tobaccos. It is a fine golden ribbon cut. Not as dry to the touch as the Light but still somewhat drier than the others. It is however now getting sticky as are the others with exception of the Light. Same CB pouch aroma but stronger than the Light and weaker than the others. It boarders on that mellow yogurt like roundness to the aroma and the more overwhelming aroma of the other CB flavors. This stuff burns like wild fire, smoke is in good quantity but once again dry and short lasting somewhat aggressive on the pallet and hot. Light and I would recommend it over the actual Light as it has some flavor key work is some. Now we get that famous CB room note in a stronger sense. Once again small moist black dottle and a more salt than pepper salt and pepper ash. Better than the Light but worse than all the other CB for me. Won?t finish it or keep it around.

Captain Black or ?Captain Black White? ( white pouch ) :

The Pouch says rich black Cavendish and mellowed burleys. It is a kind of ribbon cut but shot and stubby. This is the stickiest of all the CB. An overwhelming pouch aroma the strongest of the CB. That famous killer room note and also somewhat harsh on the gums. Burns relatively well fore such a wet feel. Decent smoke but not heavy or very thick. I think of all the CB this is the most common and if only drug store brands are available and the Royal is not stocked then this is an acceptable alternative. The old standard is just that an old standard and will be around forever. I say give it a try once. I won?t keep it around but might smoke a few bowls of it since I have the pouch here.

Royal ( dark blue pouch ),

The Pouch says aromatic black and golden Cavendish. A ribbon cut of black and golden Cavendish. Somewhat sticky to the touch but not as much as the white. A good burn and decent smoke but not heavy and doesn?t last. The pouch aroma is strong but not as overwhelming as the white. Good room note with that expected CB smell. I think this is the best of the CB series. An acceptable smoke and the better of the drugstore finds. I wouldn?t pass up some GLPease for it but if nothing else is around I would reach for this over the others on the local hardware store shelves. I guess give it a try and se what happens. Yes watch out for the heat and bite if you are used to better tobaccos especially if you are used to English blends as the fine ribbon cut Cavendish?s laden with topper will burn hot and wet.

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

This is a better smoke then Captain Black White, at least for my tastes. The cavendish doesn't absorb the flavoring like the burly does in the White, making it less noticeable. While I still prefer a simple burley blend for my grocery store tobacco purchases, this is not bad for a aromatic. The price is a bit high since if I can make it to a pipe store I can select from jars of better aromatics, if I wanted one, for less money.

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audioman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
audioman (3)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

First of all, I don't care for the regular Captain black White that seems to be so popular. I was bored with what I normally smoke and thought that I would give the Gold a try. I was quite surprised by this tobacco. No tongue bite at all. It takes a little tamping and re-lights to get it going, but once it's going, it smokes well without very many re-lights. My wife likes the pleasant room note which is nice since we are entering into the Autumn and Winter months and the windows are all closed. I like smoking this while listening to classical music and find that it enhances my relaxation. If you like aromatic blends, give this one a try with your favorite music and perhaps a fine cup of coffee, but I do not recomend smoking this while drinking beer or wine as the flavors do not mix well and the beer will make your tongue burn (perhaps from the tobacco casing). I find that straight Burley is good with beer or wine.

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

I'm sure this is tobacco,it says it is on the package. This AROMATIC pipe "tobacco" smells good enough in the pouch to eat. It is fine ribbon/shag cut packs well,and lights like that charcoal that already has starter fluid in it,and thats only because the tobacco has so much flamable aromatic agent in it. There is no tounge bite but there is no tobacco tatse either.No thanks.

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CaptnDan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CaptnDan (242)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I tried Gold after White and Blue, and I just don't think it stacks up. It has the typical Captain Black cut and feel - that is, lots of PG.

I like the other Captain Black offerings mentioned above, this one just didn't do much for me.

By the way - I have noticed questions about the Captain Black pipes. I bought all three (Yeoman, Sentinel, and Helmsman). They take 6-8 weeks to arrive. All three are what I would consider a good value for the money spent. In fact, since two of them are less than the going rate for a Grabow in the drugstore, I would say pass on the Doctor, and go with the Captain. Even the Helmsman at 25 bucks is a good deal.

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Harley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Harley (5)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I felt left out, as I had never smoked Captain Black before. After smoking and tasting this, I can say it is very similar to 1Q. It is good to know that any local liquor store or drug store that I am near carries this tobbaco and I can fix my Cavendish jones.

The pouch that I purchased was very very dry. That was fine because it burned pleasantly, without a lot of need for relights nor goop at the finish. If it were more moist, I can see how the other reviewers could call it overly sweet.

To be honest, the flavor was quite mild, almost like smoking air. I don't think of myself as a presumptious pipe smoker, nor do I worry about where I purchased the tobacco or the cost. I would smoke this again. The room note was quite pleasant. I am sure this is quite the crowd pleaser.

Haha, I also ordered the pipe from the Captain Black Pipe offer for $21.95.

Update for Scotpipe - I will let you know how the pipe smokes when I receive it, I am not expecting much, but thought it would be fun to have as a collector's item.

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scootpipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
scootpipe (9)
★★★★
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Unnoticeable

This is not a review but a question for "Harley". I will try and delete it later.

I was wondering how his review would be on the pipe he ordered from Captian Black. I have seen the offer on the back flap and thought about ordering one. I was just wondering how you liked it. thanks - scootpipe

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

I finally broke down and purchased some of this blend. My tastes are usually for fuller balkans and english blends, but after being shamed by a fellow pipesmoker who believes this is the best tobac He has ever smoked, I gave in. I went to my local Drugstore and plunked down $4.00 for a 1.5 oz pouch. Upon opening you are greeted by golden cavendish and a delicious vanilla topping. I easily loaded the ribbon-cut into my Ferndown Dublin dedicated to aromatics and gave it a whirl. Lighting was easy, no relight was necessary. Flavor: VANILLA. About mid-bowl the casing mellows and the mild cavendish begins to assert itself, which is not saying too much.It finishes nicely with not too much goo at the bottom of the bowl, nothing a pipe cleaner can't take care of. This is a mellow, smooth aromatic. Tongue-bite? Not possible. This blend is a perfect beginner blend and I guess for what it is, it is a classic. This is definitely a nostalgia blend which can trigger many memories, the room note caused one of my customers to recall her father due to his smoking this blend while she was growing up, I suppose that is one of the positive parts of our hobby. Okay, okay, I won't be a tobacco snob anymore (God willing). Rating: 4 out of 5 points (for an aromatic). I will definitely smoke this on occassion. Enjoy...

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ZionThePissed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ZionThePissed (9)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I just bought a bag of this myself not too long ago, hearing so many people saying my Tinderbox Midnight blend smelled alot like Captain Black. I had seen it in the drugstores and shied away from it after my tastes had developed. But, I thought I would give it a try. It definitely is pleasing, giving off a mild vanilla scent that is very pleasing to others around you. Reminds me of the blends the older men used to smoke in the pubs in Winchester.

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

The quintessential beginner's tobacco, but worthy of an occasional visit from any level of pipe smoker.

Pleasant vanilla aroma and casing. Check. Smooth smoking. Check. Tongue bite-free. Check. Forgiving. Check. Clean burning. Check.

Like Captain Black Blue, I always have time to smoke this. I especially like this tobacco while in public places like the coffee shop or IHOP. If I'm to meet my friends for a good 4 hour discussion at the kaffehaus, I like to swimg by the store and pick up a pouch of this on the way. Non-smokers like it, cigarette smokers feel inadequate around it and I enjoy the ease of mind that comes with not having to worry about tobacco. This is meant to be enjoyed, not analyzed and sweated over like a premium, complex tobacco.

Good stuff. Good rating. This Cap'n likes this Captain's cut.

Edit Note: I just wanted to add that smoking this in a MM corn cob is probably the best way to enjoy it. Those corn cob pipes smoke so well that you wonder why they aren't sold for three times their price!

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

Being the aromatic pipe smoker that I am, I will smoke this occasionaly, generally if I'm out and about and need some tobacco when there nothing open but the grocery stores.

I cannot really say anything is actually bad with the tobacco as it has a nice Vanilla aroma, a sweetness all of it's own, no tongue bite, and smokes quite easily.

There is a little gurgling or wheezing that can be taken care easily. I do find that once the tobacco nears the bottom of the bowl and I tamp down a little it sounds like frying bacon.

All in all not a bad tobacco, but I do not believe I would make a steady diet of it either.

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WNDE Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WNDE (69)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I found this to be a mild, straightforward aromatic blend. It has a soft vanilla aroma in the pouch and maintains this vanilla taste throughout the bowl. The room aroma is very pleasing. I doubt that I could make this my everyday smoke as I would like something a little more complex and I would grow weary of the vanilla after awhile. On occasion when I want a simple Cavendish smoke, however, I will smoke this.

Update: I've downgraded my review because I doubt that I will buy this again unless desperate. There is just too much good tobacco out there to waste money on this unless you can't get to your tobacconist.

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Spuds Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spuds (14)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Full Tolerable

The pouch aroma is good. A nice touch of vanilla is present. I couldn't wait to try it out.

That was as good as it got. This burns well, and doesn't require a lot of relighting, but I found the taste to be strong and awfull.

This is the first tobacco I ever bought for the pipe. This remains to this day the only tobacco I ever threw in the trash.

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Skilling Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skilling (80)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Good beginner smoke.

Another vanilla clone. Nice smell, no bite taste.

Said to be close to Tinderbox's Sunset. However, I thought Gold was sweeter.

One dimensional. One or two ounces and I was vanilla 'd out.

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

I tried thi as an initial tobacco. I didn't much like it, bu I really don't know why. I much prefer Drury Lane from Edward's (not yet in database). Maybe it was that vanilla casing- the "bag aroma" can make one nauseous if you smell it long enough- too much casing? I'll try it again after I've tied a few more blends. It's cheap.

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

Read my review of Captain Black White, and kick up the flavor wheel one turn and you've got Captain Black Gold!

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

This blend was a surprise for it had what looked like a decent ribbon cut burley Cavendish. Not the shag cuts of some other Grocery Store blends.

The smell from the pouch is of a sweet vanilla. It is obvious this is a heavily cased Aromatic blend. Personally, the smell is very pleasing and sweet, and it doesn't even describe the smoke.

As this is smoked, it goes from a vanilla, to a pastry, and then finally has a little fruity aroma. The flavor also transforms in a similar manner.

One problem with this blend is that the quality of the blend tends to be questionable. One time it was purchased and the cut was heavenly, with little to no stems. Another time it had a bit more shag to it and stems were everywhere. This is not typical of the Lane blends that have been purchased in bulk. If this weren?t the case, this would be a real regular in the rotation.

Of course, if you do not enjoy burley and/or Aromatics you will not like this blend, it has a slight re-light factor, when re-lit it has a sometimes-nasty aftertaste if it has been sitting in the bowl. It clears quickly, but sometimes it may put you off.

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Paul Tatum Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Paul Tatum (86)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Very Mild Pleasant

I cut my teeth on this tobacco and made many friends by smoking it in public . I no longer smoke it as my tastes have changed over the years , but I would recommend it for the beginner , especially for breaking in your wife to your new hobby .

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

This is a perfect tobacco for the beginning smoker; it's sweet but it's forgiving, not biting the tongue of the too-rapid smoker as hard as some. Also, it's readily available in drug and discount stores, so it's convenient.

The golden Cavendish has a strong vanilla casing, giving an immediate pleasant aroma and flavor. This tobacco doesn't require much relighting and the long ribbons pack springily. The flavor gets a little overwhelming and almost boring if Cavendishes aren't your preference, but mostly it's a soft, pleasant smoke. It's also good for a new pipe in that it quickly cakes the bowl.

Coming in a pouch, the tobacco is apt to be on the moist side and may require some airing until it's dry to the touch. It's not a complex tobacco, but it travels well in your fishing-tackle box or glove compartment.

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