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Cavendish, Burley, Black Cavendish, small amounts of broad leaf Virginia. Good room note, medium nicotine level. Vanilla topping.

BrandCaptain Black
Manufactured ByLane Ltd.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringVanilla
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging1.5oz Pouch, 12oz Tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Mild
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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Pip Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pip (36)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

All pipe smokers have to try this one at least once. And I mean ONCE. From the pouch the initial smell was nice but not in a natural way. Take a deep sniff and you will easily detect the chemicals. The tobacco (if it really is tobacco)was very moist and sticky, as expected.

It burns hot and tastes like burnt cardboard that was dipped in anti-freeze, a nasty smoky sickly sweet taste if you will. The room note is the same very sweet. Its pure poison if you ask me. Blah!!!!!!!! It also funked up my pipe.

After about half way down the bowl I dumped it out and tossed the pouch into the BBQ. You should have seen the flames!!! Crazy!

14 people found this review helpful.

drgonzo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
drgonzo (2)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

The captain sailed back into my life after a long and not much maligned absence. Its nice to know in such a chaotic world that some things remain everlasting. Indeed the Captain is just as vicious of tongue and tastelessly boring as that girl I knew in college. A true bedrock of banality filled with not but regret and remorse.

There are only three reasons to smoke this blend; 1.You bought it and feel bad now that you spent so much on it and are obliged to finish what you started 2. You want OTHER people to enjoy the smell of your pipe and not ask you to smoke outside whilst you suffer in dumb agony wondering if you'll ever taste anything ever again. 3. Your into self degradation and have found this blend as key to expanding your choice of self flagellation.

There is no flavor worth commenting on. There is no Nicotine worth commenting on. The only way to enjoy this smoke is to cut it 50/50 with something that adds some kick and flavor and to use you nose to try and squeeze something of value from the vapid grey smoke.

The Captain will however teach you (with the alacrity of a cruel schoolmaster) to smoke 'cold molasses' slowly as you must remove yourself from all distraction and turn you full faculty to regulating your draw and burn temp such that you avoid suffering confusion as to whether you're enjoying your evening smoke or have in reality grabbed the business end of an acetylene torch.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: 1 week

Purchased From: OTC

8 people found this review helpful.

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

Think supermarket cupcakes; sweet, vanilla, burnt marshmallow, yellow spongecake somewhat cloying aftertaste. And about the same lack of character with overly-dominant, aspertame-like chemical notes.

There are much better tasting and smoking vanilla family aromatics available out there. If aromatics are your bag, maybe Pipeworks and Wilke, or MacBarens.

I don't want to disrespect the Captain, he has led many a pipe smoker into the world of pipesmoking where many other delights await, he is available, he is economical, he is unoffensive to the nearby non-smoker.

When I started with the pipe I bought a pouch, and having few landmarks to compare did not have many complaints at first. As time went on, however, and I tried some higher quality (and, albiet, higher-priced) blends, I came to see this as a uni-dimensional, overly-sweet, with a slightly off-putting chemical hangover taste, aromatic blend. Now I would be appalled to see it burning in any of my prime briars.

The first half of the pouch was smoked, the sencond half has sat in a jar for a few years. Time has not helped this cheap and artificial factory concoction.

A poster child for the reason why you should drive past the drugstore and find your way to the nearest proper tobacconist. First, because the aromatic blends a tobacconist carries will have more clean tobacco flavour without harsh ersatz notes and heavy glycol syrup topping, and second, because your tobacconist, once he knows you have a sweet tooth, might steer you towards some milder sweet virginia blends with light casing that deliver so much more pleasure.

One star would be unecessarily harsh - but redeeming qualities are limited. One-and-a-half probably fair, but two because given the choice at the local gas station or Qwicky Mart, the Captain lets you off relatively easy compared to some OTC nightmares. If I could start over, or if you are new to pipe tobacco, I might steer clear of the cheap aromatics and pick the Carter Hall or Prince Albert from the mild burleys instead.

7 people found this review helpful.

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

Wow, smells like a candy store, always catches one admiration in public. Tastes like I've eaten a badly constructed chemistry set from the most dysfunctional RadioShack in the backwoods. Bleck...Double bleck!!

Smoke in peace, brothers and sisters of the leaf.

6 people found this review helpful.

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

CBW was my 3rd Drugstore blend after the $1.99 Vanilla Cavendish and then CB Royal. A lot of pipe smokers that I've run into only smoke this stuff, a rare few are aware of other better blends.

This is a blend that is EASY to get, the cost of a pouch today makes it overkill when you can get a MUCH better blend(Boswells Christmas Cookie)for much less. Nevertheless, to this day, After 6 yrs of on an off pipe smoking and my recent Full Force Return(and For Good)I still like Captain Black White and keep it around.

I keep it for the nostalgia, being my first blend I liked, and because the pipe smokers I grew up with smoked this and provides the smell that no other blend can to remind me of them.

Smoking slow and focusing on the scent is how I learned to enjoy this. I never put it in my better pipes, but the Dr.Grabow I had when I first smoked this in, is still in use and is only smoked when Im in the mood for this blend. To each his own, and while there are better aromatics, it is important to remember that this is still around for a reason. Enjoy!

6 people found this review helpful.

cm74 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cm74 (3)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant

I'm still new to pipe smoking, so I'm trying out several different blends to see what I like. Captain Black Regular was one of the blends I saw recommended for beginners. so I gave it a shot. To my unrefined palate, it tastes a little like Lane 1-Q, but with less vanilla flavoring. It also left a really chemical, almost plastic-like flavor in my mouth, even stronger after I finished the bowl. I'm eating Altoids like candy to cover over the aftertaste. I'm either going to give away or throw away the rest of the pouch.

It did smell really nice in the pouch, though.

Pipe Used: MO Meerschaum Pony Express

Age When Smoked: Received <1 week ago

Purchased From: cigarandpipe.com

5 people found this review helpful.

cloudconnect Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cloudconnect (10)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

Captain Black White is an excellent smelling tobacco that offers absolutely nothing to the smoker. This stuff is all about room-note, and nothing else. Taste is somewhat like cardboard boxes – you know the smell, that's how it tastes. Little to no nicotine detected. Absolutely awful stuff that some high-profile supposed non-biased reviewers are singing the praises of on the internet. Hmmm, wonder if Lane Limited is paying them. Half a star out of five isn't possible, so I guess this is a zero. BTW, in Canada, this stuff is 35 f'in dollars a pouch!

5 people found this review helpful.

TW Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TW (25)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium Very Mild Unnoticeable

An American friend suggested I try this as a change from my usual non-aromatic English/Balkan and Virginia blends. He smokes aromatics and swears by it.

I was a little wary, because I've always disliked aromatics, but gave it a try.

What can I say? It's "tobacco" for people who don't like tobacco. It's like the "aromas" you can get for the "electronic pipes" that produce a mist of nicotine and assorted chemical-laden fake flavours, only without the nicotine or flavouring. If this were music it would be played in elevators.

Quite pointless.

5 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Bentley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Bentley (17)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

You know the phrase "Garbage in; garbage out"? I think this is what started that expression, because this is definitely garbage.

Why not just fill your pipe with imaginary tobacco, instead of spending your money on this crap? The effects would be the same- i.e. zero taste and absolutely no nicotine. The only way you can tell that you are smoking it, is by seeing the smoke.

The one advantage the Captain has over imaginary tobacco, is that it smells nice- but the aroma quickly becomes obnoxious and then eventually, undetectable.

I hate to see people recommending this as a tobacco for beginners. I had tried this 30 years ago, in my late teens- along with a few other drug-store tobaccos, and quickly concluded that there was no point in smoking a pipe, as I got absolutely nothing from it, except for seeing some smoke in the air.

That experience turned me off of pipe-smoking for 30 years! But thanks to the internet, I am now an educated smoker, and gave the pipe another try- this time, starting out with some good English blends, and some of the stronger stuff, like Irish Flake and 1792- and now, I see what pipe-smoking is all about, and am loving it.

If your 3 year-old wants to take up pipe-smoking, that is something Captain Black MIGHT be good for....

Another reviewer said it best, and I defer to him: "It's tobacco for people who don't like tobacco"!

5 people found this review helpful.

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

Please read my Captain Black Gold notes and add some more chemicals and sweet patisserie stuff.

5 people found this review helpful.

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

I've dabbled in cigars for a decent amount of time and decided to try pipes. I got this and Borkum Riff to try out a pipe. This is less offensive than the Borkum Riff, in fact its not really much of anything.

Being used to cigars I expected some flavor, there isn't much to speak of. Now granted, I'm still learning the ropes of pipe smoking. I feel like each time I smoke I'm getting better at tamping and lighting. It just seems this is so mild I need something with more kick.

This smells wonderful, and it's something to puff on while I search for a tastier tobacco.

It's great for learning. It's not expensive either, so if you're trying to learn the pipe basics and want to do it on the cheap without being offended, try this. But know there's always a tastier leaf out there.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: Puff Smoke, Saline, Mi, USA, (734) 316-2691

4 people found this review helpful.

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

This is potpourri for hipsters. This was the first tobacco I ever tried in a pipe, occasionally still smoke it just for the smell but wish it had some nic to it. In Canada where I am its $22.95! not worth the inflated price, there are so many better bulk aro offerings for a far better price online like Lane Q-1 or RLP-6. Don't waste your time or money on this. Oh and it will soak your pipe.

4 people found this review helpful.

JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (666)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Lots of vanilla and a little honey are the flavors that stand out. I never really got much burley taste though I have noticed a little grassiness from the Virginia. It can get harsh and bitey if you puff fast. But it smells great and back in the days of smoking in public, you could get a date smoking this brand because women love it. As others note, it's a decent beginner's aromatic, and if you can handle it, it'll do for older smokers I suppose. I've tasted worse tobaccos.

4 people found this review helpful.

brightsideben Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brightsideben (2)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I signed up for an account just to leave my review. How this has 3 out of 4 stars is beyond me. It is a complete dud. Rather than stuffing it in my pipe, I may pour this stuff in my wife's potpourri dish; or perhaps sprinkle it on my son's birthday cake. Perhaps I shouldn't go from smoking Nightcap to smoking a pure aromatic like Captain Black White. In either case, this stuff ain't for me. (I'm a newbie, too!)

4 people found this review helpful.

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

This isn't as bad as borkum riff... but other than that I have nothing positive to say. how this is consistently recommended is completely beyond me.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

I did not care for CBW. It was extremely moist and burned hot producing tongue scorching steam. And for as sweet as it smelled in the pouch it had next to no flavor but it did have a pretty good room note. At twice the price ($8.00) of other better OTC blends I will not be purchasing again.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

It's by all means what every new pipe smoker passes trow. I got a 12oz. can but because of mi lack of experience working with mi pipe it took mi months of playing around with it to really get it. Now i occasionally smoke it in the mourning after breakfest with mi coffee, the taste is mild, sweet, nothing to deep to analize just plain white chocolate casing. Still have like 10oz left to go, it will take me a couple of years to finish that tobacco.

3 people found this review helpful.

Roddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Roddy (41)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Update: 3/19/10 If you really want this stuff to taste good then buy it in the can. The pouches are not always consistant. One time it will be great and the next time it's all dried out and almost tasteless. Adding a little moisture to the dried out stuff helps a little but not nearly enough.

The pouches are a gamble. Roll the dice and see what you get. Upping my recommendation but only for the cans.

3 people found this review helpful.

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

As this is one of the most reviewed and renowned pipe tobaccos on the market, the best review would be your own. IMHO, everything that can be said about this product has a ring of truth to it. It's the best at what it is and the worst at what it isn't. Fact: This is one of, if not the most, popular pipe tobaccos available. Fiction: If it's so popular, it must be good. If you are a discerning pipe smoker in search of a quality tobacco product, I wouldn't waste my time on this one. Conversely, if you want a tasty, ready to go, widely available, consistently reliabale, affordable smoke you can light up and enjoy this might be just the ticket. A burger at Mickey D's can't be compared to a backyard burger off the BBQ: and it was never meant to. On the go, a fast food burger can really hit the spot, but if you're willing to fetch the coal, load up the BBQ and take the time required to get the temperature just right and mix some groung steak with all your favorite spices you'll be well rewarded for your efforts. Captain Black Regular is what it is, love it or hate it. Yeah I'll put some in my pipe from time to time, but I certainly wouldn't compare it to the wonderful array of exotic blends on the market today. If you are in the mood for some no fuss, no muss American aromatic OTC, this will do the trick, otherwise look elsewhere.

2 people found this review helpful.

Waldorf Salad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Waldorf Salad (2)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

I'm new to pipe smoking and thought I should give such a popular and mild tobacco a try. The pouch note was nice, a combination of vanilla and mild tobacco. It lingered in the pack I carry every day and was a pleasant reminder that I had the stuff with me and might get to try it soon. I must be getting better at packing and lighting as this was the first bowl of anything that stayed lit for a good while, even very moist right out of the bag. But this is also the first time my Peterson System gurgled. I thought easy burning and liquid buildup wouldn't go together, but again I'm new. The smoke itself was mild in strength and flavor, but just tasted like a fancy cigarette, if that's a thing. I don't know what flavor I want; I just know I don't want a cigarette. The room note was not good according to my wife and I agree based on what I smelled coming straight out of the bowl. On the plus side, I got no tongue bite, which has been an ongoing problem as I learn how to manage my pipe. So a Not Recommended from me. If you want to try the $1 special I keep seeing, you can't go wrong. I wouldn't pay the $10 I did at Walgreen's again. Cheers

Pipe Used: Peterson System

Age When Smoked: 3 months from purchase

Purchased From: Walgreen's

2 people found this review helpful.

Virginia lover Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Virginia lover (128)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I had to try this classic aromatic. The Black Cavendish is the dominant flavor for half of the smoke with some chemical casing that wants to be vanilla. After a while, the chemical enhancement is the only thing that I draw from my pipe. This is the moment I quit wasting my time and reach for a better mixture. I am sorry to say that not even nostalgia, as I smoked this tobacco 20 years ago, could save it from the one star rating. It was a sample from a fellow pipe smoker who now wants to get rid of it. I took it as a comic relief experience after trying so many amazing mixtures. I needed a reminder that pipe smoking is a privilege in these days of political correctness.

2 people found this review helpful.

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

Ahh, Captain Black white. Is there anything more iconic? This is the Marlboro reds of the pipe smoking world. Say what you want about this tobacco, but I must say that any product that has been around for as long as CBW has, and can still be found in damn near every grocery and drug store you come across has to have some redeeming quality. You can call this tobacco terrible all you want, but I am sure there are many tobacco companies and blenders out their who would be tickled to have half the success this blend has.

I am mainly a Vaper smoker. Occasionally I veer from that path, and honestly I will smoke just about anything. Over this holiday season I received two coupons in the mail. One for Captain Black pouches and one for Borkhum Riff. Neither tobaccos are anywhere near my good list, but the coupon allowed for a pouch for only $1 dollar. Living in Vermont our tobacco tax is 91% (yes you read that right). That puts a pouch of Captain black at about $12.99. For $1 I just could not pass it up, and I have to admit the whole thing was nostalgically fun.

The success of CBW is not from in the pipe it is from out of the pipe. The taste, eh, nothing really. The smells both in the pouch and in the room, oh my! Talk about a crowd pleaser!

The cut is ok, it packed well. It stayed lit well. It did not bite my tongue which I was a little surprised at, but I did approach it as a drug store aromatic so I smoke accordingly.

It did seem to leave some goo in the heel of the pipe but that is par for the course in this type of concoction.

Everybody has to try it. You are not a pipe smoker if you have not smoked CBW. If you have not, get off your high horse and check out this staple in tobacciana.

Pipe Used: Designer Berlin Sandblasted

Age When Smoked: Off the shelf new

Purchased From: Kinney Drugs

2 people found this review helpful.

Ethan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ethan (34)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Pleasant

This is absolute S#@T !! In the world of pipe tobaccos available why would anybody smoke this stuff? It will burn your tongue to death, it tastes like pure chemicals, and its expensive! If your considering buying this stuff don't! Do yourself a favor and call Boswell's Pipes and Tobacco and get yourself some real pipe tobacco.

Age When Smoked: new, just opened

Purchased From: local drug store

2 people found this review helpful.

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

It's funny how CB has been around for so long and nobody claims to smoke it. Yeah right. It's not my go to, must have tobacco but EVERYBODY has it in their rotation at one time or another. CB is like self gratification: nobody talks about it but everybody does it;)

2 people found this review helpful.

McKNooB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
McKNooB (34)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extremely Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

This was my very first tobacco (as it seems it has been for many new pipe smokers). I've been smoking a pipe for just two months. I have to say, if I had to start all over again, I wouldn't select this brand.

I'm confused by all the rave reviews of this tobacco, mind you, I am aware that this is all quite subjective. To each his own...

I've gone back to it (mostly because I don't want to waste tobacco) and I have to say, it's no better. It lights ok, burns unevenly, has a bit of a bite for sure and no one around me expresses any favourable review of the aroma. And its expensive. Well, relative to others.

Unremarkable at best.

Apologies to the veteran smokers from a true beginner.

2 people found this review helpful.

beardedhermit Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beardedhermit (30)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Strong

Why anyone would smoke this is beyond me, might as well stuff a marshmallow in your pipe and smoke that.

2 people found this review helpful.

Sinister Topiary Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sinister Topiary (74)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Well, I finally tried it. I suppose every pipe smoker must try it sooner or later. And now I can readily understand its iconic status: easy to pack, easy to light, stays lit without problem, has a pleasant room note, and gives off easy billows of accessible, pleasant, nondescript vanilla-ish smoke, with only an inoffensive hint of chemicals. (Or, in a less generous mood, as Countrygent puts it, "Think supermarket cupcakes; sweet, vanilla, burnt marshmallow, yellow spongecake somewhat cloying aftertaste. And about the same lack of character with overly-dominant, aspertame-like chemical notes.") I can see why it's considered a terrific "beginner's" tobacco. Basically, it wasn't bad at all.

I suppose there are good reasons why it's endured for so long: it's the quintessential, easy, inexpensive, decent blend that would make for a fine all-day tobacco for those who just want to smoke on auto-pilot without any fuss. A lot of people listen to nothing but top 40s radio, watch nothing but Hollywood movies, and drink nothing but Budweiser or table wines. It's a comfort(able) smoke for those lucky souls who don't have a desire to delve further into more refined pleasures, and that's just fine. (After all, the quest, once embarked upon, though fun, becomes interminable and expensive. How much simpler it would be to forego all that!)

As agentlemanfromindiana says, "Despite some of the review on here, it really is a pretty decent tobacco, aka its not great or awful." Ordinarily I'd rate this as a solid two star smoke, but, given its context, it warrants three stars. (Ie: you don't use the same scale to rate your son's wonderful recital performance of Für Elise as you would, say, Alfred Brendel's.)

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I don't know why so many people knock Captain Black tobaccos. I rather like them, and I think extra points should be given for price and availability. The overall quality is better than most people judge. I don't smoke the cherry, but I do smoke the White, Royal and Gold. Of these Royal suits my taste best - it's a little more refined than White with a slightly deeper tobacco taste and less vanilla topping. However the White Regular is also a good smoke with a stronger vanilla aroma and slightly less obvious tobacco taste than Royal. Overall a very nice aromatic smoke, more complex and higher quality than most people judge. I like it and always have a supply in my cupboard. Smokes nicely in my Big Ben which has a slightly wider bore and therefore easy airflow. No wetness. Burns down to a nice clean ash.

1 person found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (1)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

My first tobacco, an old friend, consistent for the 35 years I have smoked it. Sure, there are better tasting, but I still keep it in my rotation. But then I still enjoy Maxwell house coffee and McDonald Hamburgers.

1 person found this review helpful.

Hybrid12 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hybrid12 (18)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I am very surprised to see all of that bad reviews of the Captain. This is not some fancy blend, but its been around a long time and is not going anywhere. It is a built mild for my taste, but remains in my rotation next to the more fancy overpriced tins of tobacco. The smell in the pouch is marvelous and this is one of the best flavored aromatics I have smoked and can be found just about anywhere. To all those that have negative reviews, your palette must be far different than mine.

Pipe Used: Medico Conqueor

Age When Smoked: out of the pouch

Purchased From: local store

1 person found this review helpful.

Kiyle A Winborne Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kiyle A Winborne (4)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Extra Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Overwhelming

Not a bad starting tobacco and here's why:

It is everything that is bad in a blend. I'm not even sure it's not just cavendish with maple syrup added. It shows a starting pipe smoker what to look for because this clearly is not it.

It's something so bad that it's good for a learning experience. I bought 4 pouches and I haven't smoked a single leaf after the first bowl.

Pipe Used: Does it matter

Age When Smoked: 0-5 years is still bad

Purchased From: Gas Station

1 person found this review helpful.

Appalachian Scholar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Appalachian Scholar (22)
★★★★
Strong Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I have tried nearly a hundred blends and only MacBaren VA No. 1 and Carolina Home Blend have ever made it into my regular rotation. Never ever thought a drug store blend would make it into my tobacco rotation. After bad experiences with Paladin, as well as the awful Captain Black little cigars I tried when I was 18ish, I swore off drugstore blends. Then I read the reviews on this site. I first tried this in 2010. Wow! It is an vanilla aromatic with various tobaccos used and delivers a nutty and vanilla room aroma. It has a high nicotine content and highly recommended for someone who wants to quit cigarettes. Not recommended as a beginner's blend for the same reason. I loved it. I still love it. I had no idea I been missing out on this for the first 10 years of pipe-smoking. I now have 4 pipes dedicated to this. It will color a meerschaum within a few years.

Pipe Used: Meershaum, Kaywoodie Dublin, Basket Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Rite Aid, Ingles

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (93)
★★★☆
Mild Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I cannot believe I have not reviewed the Captain. This is actually a very good blend in that it has a great aroma and topping, was very innovative when it first came out and I do believe a very good beginners smoke. Where it fails is the over the top use of humectants but if I was going to sit on a shelf for years and years I would need a little help too but the PG really beats your mouth up. I much prefer RLP-6 which is the same ingredients and topping but without the PG additive. If I had nothing else or had a coupon for a dollar pouch, then sure I'd take a ride with the Captain but I have 1Q and RLP-6 so why waste my time and hurt my mouth? :-) Wives and girlfriends love it, everyone carries it and a lot of people started on it. So three stars for the good aspects..

BTW a 1.5 ounce pouch is $8.99 at Walgreens now, very expensive compared to lets say Peter Stokkeybe bulk which is a much higher grade IMO.

Pipe Used: Cobs, Dr Grabow

Age When Smoked: Gosh who knows

Purchased From: Everywhere

Similar Blends: Lane Limited - RLP-6, Mac Baren - 7 Seas Regular Blend.

1 person found this review helpful.

oldcodger Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
oldcodger (33)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Captain Black Regular (White) is the best selling packaged pipe tobacco in the United States. By far. Bud Lite is the best selling beer in the United States. By far. So is Captain Black Regular the best pipe tobacco available and Bud Lite the best beer available in this country? Not exactly. But the sales do reflect the fact that a lot of people like them. There is an unfortunate tendency for people who do not prefer very popular products to be condescending toward those who do. I am not overly fond of Captain Black White myself, but I find no reason to ridicule its many admirers.

What is Captain Black Regular? It is a combination of black cavendish cavendish, burley, and Virginia. The pouch mixture is mostly blackened leaf. It has one unquestioned strength. The room note is outstanding, like that of toasting marshmallows. Smoke this tobacco and you are almost guaranteed a comment of, "Oh, that smells good," from non smokers.

The taste is surprisingly restrained for a tobacco with such a pronounced room note aroma. You get the vanilla, and a touch of chocolate, but the taste is not at all strong. The nicotine level is low.

This is an exceedingly moist tobacco. Yet, surprisingly, it burns well and is not difficult to keep lit. With a restrained sipping technique a pipe full can last a long time, and many of those who smoke this tobacco exclusively can prolong the smoke for an extended time.

The Captain promises an "exceedingly mild" blend. It can be when smoked slowly with a careful puffing technique. Smoked rapidly, this is not an exceedingly mild tobacco.

Likewise the smoking technique affects the moisture problem. A carefully restrained puffing cadence does not eliminate the goo, but it does keep it within reasonable bounds. Puffed rapidly, Captain Black Regular will yield a gurgly pipe.

Given the necessity for careful smoking technique, Captain Black Regular is probably not the best pipe tobacco for a beginner, for novice pipe smokers tend to puff overly strong.

I smoke aromatics about one quarter of the time. I find Captain Black Regular to be a decent but not outstanding smoke. Personally I prefer both the Captain Black Royal and Gold to the White. I give the White high marks for the room note, but find it quite ordinary otherwise.

As with other aromatics, there is ghosting of flavor in succeeding smokes. I usually restrict smoking aromatics to my cobs, meerschaums, and Dr. Grabows.

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pop pops pipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pop pops pipe (25)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Ok first off the Captain Black available today shouldn't even be considered. Many new to pipe smoking grab a pouch of this and say yuck ! There was a time when the Captain sailed, pre 1986 Captain Black was quite different v than the present one. It was exceptionally good back when it was sold in solid metal cans with the little pry lever built onto the can. I smoked this back in 1979 to about 1984 and it was different then, it was good ! The ratio of black to Burley was more Even. The black had a smooth velvety feel to it, it looked pretty in the tin. The smell was rum and vanilla evenly, and it was sweet and zesty, actually tasted good ! It was so nice and I heard the earlier pre 80s version was even better ! It's a shame newbies co guy lent smoke it the q at it used to be. There are tobacconist that will make the old version or close to it. I have a local guy near me who blends it himself using all stokebye tobacco and no Lane slop. It is as close as I remember to the old blend, fresh, sweet, colorful in contrast, cool, no bite, rum and vanilla flavor. As for the new stuff it is cardboard soaked in vanilla ! The new stuff is not even rateable!

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

Oh Captain Black the staple of the new pipe smokers, every pipe smoker should experience Captain Black Regular atleast once. I do not hate the Captain, it has led many a legion to the wonderful world of pipesmoking and I am sure it will continue to do so.

The Nitty Gritty

Tin/Pouch Note: Very sweet, vanilla and a cornucopia of some unknown chemicals lest it be the infamous Chemical X ?

First Light: Hmm didn't I just did a charlight and did it even caught fire? Second Light: Phew okay, I can puff some, ooops, there it goes again.

You will certainly enjoy the Captain once it catches fire, the first half is a sweet delight, mid bowl it loses everything and I mean EVERYTHING, making either your pipe gurgle or frustrating you with even more relights. It's like a greedy Mistress which wants more and more of your time and everything.

At the end of the bowl it will harden into a tough burnt cookie and you will wonder whether it has some life left or not. It is wise to just get rid of the black ash then.

Will I recommend it to others? Atleast try it once.

What is more better than the Regular Captain? Try Lane-1Q. It's affordable and won't make you frustrated like a teen trying to get to second base.

Best use of Captain Regular? Leave it in a pot-pourri dish, the room will smell good.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Country Gentleman

Age When Smoked: Fresh from the pouch and air dried for 30 mins

Purchased From: www.cigarsindia.in

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

Room-note, room-note, room-note:

Captain Black Regular was the blend I first started smoking. It smells strongly of vanilla out of the pouch, and upon burning leaves a rather-quite-lovely fragrance lingering in a room. Which, when I first started smoking, was most important - I wanted a perfume more than anything, a tobacco that wouldn't leave me stinking.

The Cap does just that, here - but not much else.

When I was a beginner, that was fine. But as time has passed and I've experimented with other brands and blends, I've found other smokes much more satisfying - even if they didn't leave the room smelling like a patisserie.

I come back to the Cap'n now and then mostly out of either nostalgia for more youthful times or because the stuff is cheap and readily available.

If you're new to smoking pipes, and interested in an aromatic, this is a good place to start.

But I would encourage you to explore - there is much out there I promise you'll find far more satisfying.

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

I have smoked Captain Black White on and off for many years now, at the same time enjoying the very similar Lane Ltd. RPL-6 and BCA bulk products, but when it comes to availability CBW can’t be beat, it can be found where ever tobacco of any type is sold, so when out and about its CBW. A simple fuss free lite aromatic that is both mild and bite free. But I should emphasis that this blend (IMO) is quit mild and non-remarkable. For me just perfect when I’m busy doing whatever, but still looking for that ever satisfying gentle Nic hit. Evidently scores of other pipe smokers feel the same considering CBW has had such a huge sales success for decades now. For those FEW that have not tried this stuff, you can still buy a12oz tub for about 30 bucks, whether you’re a beginner or a old-timer these basic old drug store blends and corn-cob pipes still have allot to offer. Within its genre CBW is an easy 3 stars.

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peterpiper111 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
peterpiper111 (7)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I'm new to pipe smoking. Of all the brands sold at the drug store, Captain Black seems to be the best smoke I've tried.

I tried other blends and brands, captain seems to take it home for me. I do have issues keeping it lit, but once its burning, the flavor is similar to a sweet, spicy flavor that is extremely pleasant. I could sniff this smoke all day long. Funny thing is, a girl I know hates tobacco smoke altogether, and I just met her tonight and she said I smelled really good. I smoked captain in the car.

Needless to say, the stuff could be made into cologne. You smell like a real man while you smoke captain...seriously. I like the mild taste, pleasant aroma, and overall recommend this tobacco to anyone trying pipe smoking for the first time. Needless to say, yes, there are many better brands out there. On a budget, this stuff is the best you can buy from a standard gas station/tobacco shop.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: Brand New

Purchased From: Tobacco Outlet

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

Great all day smoke. I don't know how you can give this less than 3 stars. One of the best aromatics. Easy to keep lit and no bite. Pleasant room note for non smokers. What more can you ask for? Every pipe smoking forum will mention Captain Black positively when speaking about aromatics. Great for beginner pipe smokers and old timers alike. There is a reason this tobacco is readily available at many places.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Captain Black. I do love this stuff. It's easy to pack, light and keep lit and my wife thinks it smells good. Tastes good too. I taste smooth vanilla and chocolate and I can even pick up on the roasted marshmallow that I've read of in previous reviews. I usually smoke Va's, light aromatics and the occasional english, but do find myself smoking this often. My only complaint is that after smoking this exclusively for a few days I do find myself wanting something with more tobacco taste. However, Captain Black White still gets smoked in my pipe at least once a day. It's a very good aromatic at a decent price and easy to find.As on Egyptian market you can find but the captain series also the borkun riff and the erinmore flake and mixture only!!i think it is the better choice with the erinmore flake i keep both on my rotation.

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Oom Paul 73 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Oom Paul 73 (4)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This blend offers a great vanilla aroma that is very tolerable for a room and is quite pleasant, it's taste is mild and does not overwhelm you with flavor, Captain Black's white is definitely one of best products they offer I am now interested in trying their dark.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I guess this blend is great for first-timers. It's a great way to show beginners what casings can do to tobacco, and a way to get cigarette smokers to like pipe smoking. The first bowl I had was average, and left me wishing I had some Navy Cavendish to make up for it. After that, I couldn't stand having a full bowl the second time, and had to quit half way through. Since then, I left it in a corner as a potpourri that actually gives off a great vanilla scent to the room, but never had it again. Seriously, the vanilla is overpowering. Besides that, after those two bowl, when I got a good Virginia in it, my briar was already tainted with the vanilla! I had to have some other four full bowls to get it to a pleasant level. If you're gonna try it out, please do it in a cheap corncob.

I know I have a bias, since I found out that I'm not that into aromatics, but thought I could help someone choose a more suited blend for their tastes. I apologize to those who enjoy it.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This has got to be the goopiest, tongue-bitiest, PG-ist, nastiest aromatic tobacco ever. I like when people smoke this around me. Room note is fantastic. But the smokers themselves have got to be masochists. New smokers, for the love of God, try an aromatic from Boswell, C&D, McClelland, Lane. Anything but this chemical soup. See my other reviews for some aromatics that even a non- aro guy can appreciate. This stuff is junk-weed. I question as to whether it contains any actual tobacco, or is the pipe version of sheet tobacco. Get some 1Q. Throw this stuff in the fire.

Similar Blends: Lane Limited - LL-7.

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eaglessj Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eaglessj (5)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

If you want to smoke a pipe for others pleasure or just so you can be seen smoking a pipe then this is the tobacco for you. Zero flavour. Smells awesome when someone else is smoking it. It is also a very cool and dry smoke with no bite. It is the most fake smoking experience I have had to date. I think even those cheap toy bubble pipes would offer more smoking pleasure :)

If you are a beginner give it a shot. If your looking for a nice tobacco to bulk up on and enjoy regularly bypass for sure. Try some boswells or hiland cigars black gold.

BTW @ Mr. Bentley, how could something be undetectable and obnoxious at the same time? lol

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

The first bowl of this left me undecided. I left it alone for a week or two and like the others have mentioned it developed a better character and tasted much better. It's still not something I would smoke regularly but it wasn't too bad. It's pretty mild with more tobacco flavor. It's mild with a touch of sweetness and a taste of vanilla, maybe some chocolate and marshmellows over a campfire. It smokes pretty well, cool not much bite but the taste can be harsh if you push it hard. Towards the end of the bowl it gets a little ashy tasting. Not one that I tend to smoke all the way through, but I'm starting to like it for a quick fix. It is what it is, cheap easy to find pipe tobacco, but I agree that it's probably the best from the Captain and one of the best drugstore blends you can smoke. I won't knock it since it sesms to have a strong following. It's a mild, everyday consitant smoke. Smokes ok, very nice room note and you can find it anywhere. It's not bad, but not something to rant and rave about. I notice it leaves a taste in the pipe, but I honnestly didn't find it too goopy or messy. It's been smoked for years by many who love it. It's a timeless classic, and not bad for a smoker on a tight budget or even a starter tobacco.

1 person found this review helpful.

Sniper3 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sniper3 (26)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Smoked a lot of this when I was younger. There are certainly worse "Drug Store" blends out there. Good in a cob - wouldn't want it in one of my Dunhills. A good starter smoke when nothing else is avaliable. Can burn hot and goopy. It has stood the test of time - so that says something for it.

1 person found this review helpful.

feedsasquatch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
feedsasquatch (19)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

Update I took away a star because I have discovered much better aros over the last several months. Aroma gets this blend an extra star, but not two. If you want good flavor, I think 1Q is better...

Unlike many of the reviewers here, my pouch wasn't too moist, it left minimal residue on my fingers when I handled it.

I'm new to pipe smoking, and thought I like mild blends, but Captain Black White is too mild. Don't get me wrong, it has an amazing aroma, but the flavor is in the words of my wife, who doesn't smoke, "watery." It really isn't very satisfying. There's little or no nicotine, little flavor, takes some work to keep it lit, and has a somewhat nasty aftertaste. On the upside, it won't give you tongue bite no matter how quickly you smoke it, and it's cheap. This is meant to be smoked when your in the presence of company that may be sensitive to smoke, and wants something that will smell sweet, unlike Perique ;0)

Because of all the goop the blend leaves behind, I refuse to smoke it in a briar, and instead only smoke the blend in a corncob. I'm worried it will permanently ruin my briars.

I'll give it two stars because it's a classic blend, and it smells awesome. But I won't return to it again because it lacks tobacco flavor and strength.

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

I tried this one once on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised. You can get a foil pouch for under five bucks if you are a little strapped for cash, and it is altogether not a bad smoke. The flavoring/casing is a strong and sweet vanilla, which might be cloyingly so to primarily non-aromatic smokers. Still, not a bad tobacco to give a try if you are in the mood for a change of pace.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Fair enough, the world, much less this forum may not need more discussion on one of the world's most recognizable pipe tobaccos. With that in mind, I will try not to repeat what has already been said about it in detail. Yes, it's everywhere, it's arguably inexpensive (except here in Canada, where no tobacco is inexpensive) it's loved, it's maligned, and like the old death and taxes routine, it's there and there's nothing you can do about it.

This tobacco is often refered to with a quaint, archaic description used by the pipe smoking community, the "drug store blend". This both references and conjures images of a time when drug stores were the 7-11's of their day, where in addition to pharmaceuticals could be found all manner of household items, usually of the cheap and fast variety. A pouch of Prince Albert and a bicycle tire repair kit might constitute an average sale. You didn't go to the drug store to buy fine tobacco, your town had a "tobacconist"(miracle of miracles), who actually blended the mixture himself. You went to the drug store to buy tobacco that was cheap, available, and definately mass produced. This is the heritage of both Lane Limited and it's most famous product, Captain Black "White".

Perhaps this still used "drug store" reference is an indication of how old fashioned many pipe smokers are, regardless of their actual age (I'm certainly guilty). What I feel is being missed, or maybe only vaguely touched on, in the reviews, is that this is not only a mass produced "drug store blend", it is a "NAME BRAND PRODUCT". In pipe tobacco it is "the" name brand product. Like Coca Cola and the Big Mac, this is a very high profile (a colassal understatement) product owned and endorsed by a major corporation. As such, it is subject to the barrage of scrutiny and contentetion that such fame inevitably brings. Conneseurs look at it as unwashed, the masses never question it (they probably think it's the ONLY pipe tobacco), and those of us somewhere in the middle all have our varying opinions. These opinions are based on many factors of taste, class, exposure and sometimes, even the quality of the product itself.

Ah, the product itself. Somebody here called it the "Old Spice" of pipe tobaccos. I think of it more as the "Oreo Cookie" of pipe tobaccos. Ever notice how many cookies try to copy Oreo, and none of them get it right? You'd think it wouldn't be that tough to replicate a cookie, cola, or pipe tobacco but guess again, product formulas worth that kind of international trade are closely guarded secrets. Oreos are supposed to be chocolate, I guess, but they don't exactly taste it. It's a hard flavour to put your finger on. The Captain is supposed to be vanilla, I guess, but doesn't exactly taste it. Just try the originals back to back with some of the hordes of other little chocolate cookies and trade grade vanilla pipe stuffings, and you'll see what I mean. It just has a flavour and aroma that are hard to describe, and unlike any other. Captain Black may not be the pipe tobacco against which all others are measured, but it is the pipe tobacco against which all other mass produced, aromatic "drug store blends" are marketed.

I don't believe it is a terrible, or even a bad tobacco. If it tasted like burning tires, nobody would buy it, no matter how gullible they might be. A Big Mac is not prime rib. A Big Mac is, however, a carefully created, easily prepared sandwich which is very predictable, inexpensive, widely available, yet still generally enjoyable to most people. If that desciption happens to remind any pipe smokers of a brownish weed they've encountered in a white pouch with a sailboat on the top, it's no coincidence. If you're tired of it, it's time to head off to the tobacconist, or the steak house.

I enjoy Captain Black's vanilla meets raisins meets old furniture at the antique shop sort of essense. My grandfather never smoked it in his pipe, yet it somehow sort of SEEMS like he did. I buy better tobaccos, and for that matter cheaper tobaccos, which I greatly enjoy. Pipe tobacco is one area of life where I really get to exercise my penchant for trying new things. However, I never seem to be without this stuff, and I've never smoked a bowl of it I didn't enjoy. Am I a victim of the corporate machine? In this case I think I'm more of a willing participant. Some people will not like it's flavour. If someone finds this harsh, they weren't cut out for pipe smoking. Some will reject it because they prefer other types of blends, more latakia, less sweet. Some will even never try it and turn their noses up on the basis that it lacks "culture". Culture, my friends, is all around us.

P.S. - I personally find the Big Mac kind of disgusting, don't really like the sauce that much. I LOVE the Quater Pounder with Cheese.

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

This stuff is everywhere. Many start off their pipe smoking careers with this or its numerous siblings Royal, Gold, and Cherry. This is probably not the best idea, as they tend to smoke a bit wet. Non smokers love the smell (usually), and vanilla is pleasant in small doses. There is just no way to know if you like tobacco, as you never really taste it. It has become twice as costly as other drug store tobacs in my area, and for that I'll probably never buy it again...I agree whole heartedly that this is the Old Spice of the pipe tobacco world!

If you enjoy this, give Lane's RLP-6, or BCA a shot. They are much less costly, and burn a little better.

1 person found this review helpful.

akaiser77 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
akaiser77 (52)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Captain Black is probably the best-selling pipe tobacco in the world, and its room note is the classic pipe scent that many people associate with our hobby. It's readily available virtually anywhere and is sure to please even the most rabid tobacco haters around us.

So why don't I like it much? I am, after all, a confirmed aromatic lover, a man who won't touch latakia but likes nothing more than to settle down with a good book and a smoldering bowl of Mixture No. 79. Captain Black would seem to be somewhere up my alley. However:

1) It's really not that cheap, at least where I live (Eugene, Oregon). It cost me $5.49 for an ounce and a half. I could buy the same amount of 965 at my local tobacconist's for approximately the same price.

2) Yeah, it tastes good, but the overwhelming vanilla-ness of it gets old rather quick, at least for me. I like a blend that keeps my interest (hence my love of the complex and aristocratic Mixture No. 79); with Captain Black, there is nothing but vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. Yuck.

3) This is harsh tobacco. The chemicals in this blend don't give me tongue bite, but they do give me GUM BITE. Yes, gum bite. My gums are always sore after a bowl of the Captain, and it can be rather harsh on the nose during smoking.

I'm glad that so many of my fellow pipe men (and women) have a liking for Captain Black. More power to you, especially you much-maligned aromatic lovers out there. However, this old sailor didn't care for it much.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Wanted to note that the description above should be "Rich black cavendish and mellowed burleys, exceptionally mild, delightfully aromatic".

Guys, I'd have to say that this tobacco is exactly what it claims to be. I am becoming more fond of this blend - and I used to make fun of it. I initially bought some when I was close to being financially broke and couldn't really afford anything else. Also,it was so available. At the time I just smoked it down without thinking much about it. Then I tried it about 6 months later and I'm just really surprised at how much I like it. I'm a guy who loves the English blends. Some of my favorites are Nightcap, 965, Early Morning Pipe, and Frog Morton on the Bayou for reference. I'm also fond of Virginias including Marlin Flake and I like Pease's Stratford etc. What's my point, well, I don't make fun of Captain Black anymore. I like it. It has its place in the rotation and when I smoke it, I really find that it is a refreshing switch from the more introspective English blends and the pure Virginias. I don't find that Captain Black gums up my pipe or anything like what many folks report. Let the bag air out a bit. Also, smoke it a bit slower,and swab the deck if you have to!

Everyone likes a donut or a pastry every now and then. Thats what the Captain is for me,and with no calories. I actually wouldn't mind buying a whole coffee can size of the stuff to have on hand and to let it age a bit. Dudes, sometimes quality can lurk right out in the open at your local drug store. Enjoy! But don't be ashamed of the Captain! The stock I'm finding around here is high quality.

Ok guys, what I want to know is how many of you sent away for the "helmsman" pipe advertised on the inside cover?! (was it any good.....?)

1 person found this review helpful.

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

Captain Black, a relatively inexpensive Cavendish tobacco produced by Lane Limited, is considered one of the most popular drug store pipe tobaccos and sells readily across the country.

The pouch aroma of Captain Black is that of vanilla. The contents of this blend include Black Cavendish, Burley, and African Virginia tobaccos. This tobacco has a heavy casing, which imparts the somewhat monotonous candy aroma to the blend.

Captain Black has a short ribbon cut which is predominately black interspersed with brown/yellow colors. Packing of this blend is easily accomplished and the initial moisture is at a decent level.

Captain Black becomes lit almost instantaneously without any problems. The initial burn seems even. The room note can be said to be fair and similar in respects to the fragrance of burning sugar. As the smoke continues the moisture becomes progressively worse and the pipe gurgles more and more. Giving the tobacco time to dry has no great affect in diminishing the moisture that accumulates while smoking. Considering all of these characteristics, the humectant, Propylene Glycol, is certainly utilized in the manufacture of this blend and undoubtedly is applied in an overly liberal manner. This unfortunate over usage of the humectant is the culprit of the wet, goopy smoke.

The taste of Captain Black can be quite harsh. Hardly any real tobacco flavor and thus true substance can be detected over the overbearing candy taste of the applied casing. A somewhat horrid aftertaste completes the experience. Little bite is given off by this blend and the tobacco does yield a decent amount of white aromatic smoke.

It is widely understood that Captain Black is either a beginner?s tobacco or the preference of those who consider it their staple smoke due to its low price, easy accessibility, and perhaps mediocrity. With all things considered though, this is a very poor tobacco. Many tobacconists carry other low-priced bulk aromatic blends by Lane Limited that are quite similar to Captain Black but far superior in quality.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

This stuff has far to much vanilla glycol! The Captain got it righ with the royal blue package- he really needs to stick with it. Why smoke this when the blue tastes way better? I tried this because I liked the blue and found out that other than attracting ladies in heat it was better to stick with the royal which does a fine job all on its own!

1 person found this review helpful.

BriarNorth Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarNorth (49)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Pleasant

Everybody gets started here because it's cheap, readily available, tasty, good-smelling etc. What no one tells you is that the extremely high moisture content makes it impossible to smoke this without gouping your pipe and leaving a huge wad of dottle. Don't look for a good cake all the way down your bowls any time soon--not going to happen. It is so mild, the tendency will be to smoke it fast, thus exacerbating the gurgle and goup scenario already present. Smokers converting from cigarettes may be mighty disappointed with this weed, as it will taste nothing like what you are used to (cigs are decidedly not sweet and goupy) and it has almost zero nicotine, so you will find yourselves jonesing even after numerous bowls. Try Rattray's Old Gowrie or Bjarne's Flake Deluxe, two mild, well-behaved Virginias--and jump into your pipe-smoking career with both feet. Use this stuff only when absolutely needed: for new girlfriends, when you're out of real pipeweed, and...I guess that's it!

1 person found this review helpful.

mikej262 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mikej262 (4)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Everyone says that Capt Black white is a great tobacco for new pipe smokers. I AM a new pipe smoker (less than a year), and I DO like Capt Black White. I like that it lights easily, packs in my pipe well, stays lit once I get it going, smells great, and does NOT bite. I enjoy the nutty vanilla smell and taste. Yes, my local Walgreens drugstore carries this in the pouch size, which I suppose means that it is produced in HUGE quantities for the masses. Well, I am one of those masses, and being able to get it easily is not a drawback in my book. I may not smoke Capt Black white forever, but I will probably always have it around as a change of pace or as a "standard" between trying more exotic tobaccos.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I am very surprised that this blend is not one of the top reviewed tobaccos in the database stats. I am sure that the majority of the reviewers has tried this blend at least once in their lifetime.

This blend can be habit forming. The vanilla is quite scrumptious. CBW is smooth, tasty, and soft (no bite). Room note very pleasing. Anti-smokers will compliment it's aroma.

This stuff can be found "everywhere". It must be very popular. I know people that smokes this blend by the pound!!

Although quite tasty, I have one big problem with this blend as well as for other "candy smokes". .....I can not have vanilla for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snack, supper and a nightcap. It amazes me that someone can eat/smoke this "all-day-long"!! .....I have tried to smoke this blend as a daily, but by noon; I am sick of it!

Final Grade: Good tasting, Good Aroma, No Bite. ....Candy Addicts will love this blend.

As for me: ....I have never had much of a sweet tooth.

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Nimrod Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nimrod (29)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

This is one of the first tobaccos that I ever tried. Having smoked an unfortunate number of aromatics I can say that this stuff is better than most of the bulk aromatic stuff you find at the tobacconist in those glass jars. Stays lit well, little tongue bite, doesn't run people off. Having found English and Virginia blends, though, I've largely sworn-off aromatics but I'm sure I'll smoke Captain Black again one day, especially if the closest thing I can find to a tobacconist is a drug store.

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masalem Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
masalem (1)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Strong Very Full Very Pleasant

I mixed 1/3 of Davidoff mixture blue (tasteless tobacco) with 2/3 of CBW and the results was really great. I recommend this Strongly. CBW full of chemicals and strong taste and smell, mixing it with Davioff blue WILL Dilute and balance the taste and smell also the moisture. It is very great mixture.

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incognitopoet Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
incognitopoet (22)
★☆☆☆
Overwhelming Extra Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable

An priest at my church, back in 1990, smoked this stuff. I always felt so special having a smoke with him in his office after weekday morning mass.

Within a few months, I realized that the church and the tobacco were not for me. Like many drugstore tobaccos, this was cheap leaf soaked in a wet chemical topping. If there is a hell, this is what is smoked there.

I can't recall any actual flavor, just lots of heat and chemical taste. I had to throw the pipe away.

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

Not terrible, but not good either. The flavor was not there for me, but I smoked a full bowl anyway. I don't plan to purchase CBW again. I enjoyed H&H better.

Pipe Used: Corn Cob Classic

Age When Smoked: 1year

Purchased From: Smokin Joe's

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

Captain Black - Regular (white), is an ok over the counter pipe tobacco. It seems similar to the 7seas - Gold Blend, where the burley is the main component.

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Alparoleofficer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alparoleofficer (8)
★★★☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

To be a gas station blend it is a good stand in for when you cant make it to a true tobacco store. It is similar to some more expensive blends in its smoothness.

Age When Smoked: 2 Months

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

The impression that I got from a pouch of CB regular is, well, nothing. Very unimpressive. Not great, not terrible, just unremarkable in most ways. Pouch note is positive with vanilla possibly some caramel. Room note follows suit. This is as simple as it gets, cheap Cavendish with an overdone artificial topping. You get bored with it after half a bowl. If zombies smoked pipes, this would be their weed. When I get done with a bowl of CB regular my only reaction is "Well, that was pointless"

Royal is the same as regular, Gold is much better, Cherry much worse IMO. I'm done with the Captain.

Similar Blends: CB Royal..

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

Okay. I bought this just to try it, and I totally regret wasting my money on such a novelty inkling. It was stupid of me. I should have listened to the bad reviews here. If the reviews say "Tastes like cardboard" - take heed. That is exactly what it tastes like. I like a lot of the STG tobaccos - a couple of them are my favorites. I don't know if it shows integrity that they haven't outright changed this stuff, and kept it tasting all low-end like the loyalists like...but this is below codger, man. This is just outright rank. STG is certainly keeping it real by maintaining this in the form that makes it so popular with OTC people. For the money, though - $12.00 at Rite Aid, I could have gotten something really decent. Not worth the experimentation, man, that's for sure. Smells great...really. The tobacco smells awesome, the room note is awesome - - tastes disgusting. There's a weirdness that permeates, too. Very distinctive, very nasty and will stick on your tongue all day. Yuck. I got this the hell out of my pipe as soon as I possibly could. This stuff's nasty.

Pipe Used: Laxey Manx Meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Rite Aid

Similar Blends: Dog Poop; Cardboard.

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PhillyB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PhillyB (40)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I am not generally an aromatics person. I like my tobaccos to be a little more natural or savory, not really all that sweet. But every once and a while I get a sweet tooth craving and have nothing to really fill that application in my stock. Captain Black Regular may fill that void when my Savinelli Black Cavendish runs out, mostly because of availability (it is freaking EVERYWHERE) and price (about $4 in PA just south of where I live).

The pouch smell is cloyingly sweet, like overly sugared candy. The taste is much more mild, and I get a mostly Marshmallow Fluff and slightly vanilla flavor. The room note is likely one of the best aspects to this tobacco. Everyone who has been around it has loved it, saying things like "I could swear you were toasting marshmallows." Great for being around people and when that sweet tooth comes a callin' and the wallet is hurtin'.

Just as an afterthought, this blend can bite a little if smoked unfiltered but gives me no issue in a filtered cob.

Pipe Used: Missouri Meerschaum Legend

Age When Smoked: fresh

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Rev. Avery Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rev. Avery (9)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Honestly,

I find this the blend I enjoy the most. I've smoked from low end to high end as far as reviews go and if on a desert island I'd want this along.

Perhaps my tastes are different from most but I have no complaints. This consistently satisfies me ... and I guess in the end that's all that matters :-)

Rev. Avery

Pipe Used: Natural corn cob

Age When Smoked: Tub

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codyp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
codyp (65)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This blend started off decent. Kind of wet out of the pouch, kinda coarse cut. Half a bowl, it wasn't terrible, but wasn't awing.

After I got to the end, I had to give this one a one star, just because of the tongue bite and chemical taste.

Not impressed.

Pipe Used: AKB Freehand Meerschaum, H.I.S Egg Bent

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

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Kraft1994 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kraft1994 (54)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Overall, not as bad as i was expecting. I've heard nothing but bad about Captain Black so I was expecting unbearable tongue bite and chemical flavor but really its not that bad. It will bite you if you smoke too fast. Flavor leaves much to be desired. Its a little on the chemical casing side but there is also a nice light burley flavor in the background. Also it burns rather fast. Room note is mild and sweet. That same little chemical presence is also in the room note.

Overall, Captain Black is a mild, cool smoking light aromatic. Not really my thing but not terrible.

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Hunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hunter (38)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

A nice, inoffensive aromatic. One of my favorite go-to blends when I am in a pinch. Inexpensive, mild, easy to smoke with a nice room note. The vanilla topping is noticeable in the pouch and at the match, but are not excessive. Flavor stays with you almost through the entire bowl. Nothing really outstanding about it, but nothing bad either. Probably the first pipe tobacco I ever smoked, and is still readily available everywhere.

Pipe Used: Cob, briar, meerschaum

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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KD8TZC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KD8TZC (2)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Since this is my first review here, I thought it best to review the first tobacco that I ever tried to smoke in a pipe.

I recall my great uncle smoking this stuff and all the wonderful memories I had at their place. The smell was always like seeing a friend whenever I came to their house and it has a very special place in my heart.

I have had many people tell me that they love the smell of this smoke. I have not tried too many other tobacco's so I'm not sure how to compare this to them, but I know it is a very simple tobacco.

At times, it will burn a little moist... some of that could be my fault too with puffing a little too fast. This is one of my go to blends for now until I expand my horizons.

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: 1 year+

Purchased From: Various

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

My 1st review. Well put it this way if I was in a pinch and needed to smoke I would go to the gas station and get me some of this stuff. I really think as far as the gas station blends this is the king. Mild, tastes good, smells good.

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The Right Reverend Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Right Reverend (35)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

Great room note, but there are so many other better choices than this. The taste is extremely mild if anything at all and thus its mildness gives an ashy aftertaste in the mouth. It burns okay but uneven. It also burns a bit hot so watch out for occasional bite. One of the better choices at a drugstore when you are caught without anything else, but I have trouble finishing a pouch.

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Morhamster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Morhamster (8)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

burns very quickly. Tangue bite is unevitable. You can feel chemicals in every breath. If you want your room smells good than go and buy smudge stick. I suspect that it has nicotine inside.

I respect other reviews, but it is not good for me.

(it is expensive also)

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Honzz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Honzz (10)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I have noticed some differences between 2 regular blend pouches.Both are lane limited production the logo of lane limited is on the lower center of the face side of the pouch the other is on the right backside of the pouch,one (zesty flavour adventure in pipe smoking),the other(flavour pipe smoking), on th frontside of the pouch one has(aromatic mixture of black cavendish and melowed burleys) the other (rich black cavendish and melowed burleys delightfully aromatic) I think there is a bit difference in the amount and quality of black cavendish in both also the aroma is more strong and somehow artificial in one and the other has less aroma but more batural any advice!?

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Strichetto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Strichetto (16)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

Bought in a pouch in Switzerland in 2013, at average price for drugstore tobaccoes, or, maybe, even cheaper... not a bad thing. Very well prepared and packed: double pouch (a sealed plastic sleeve over normal pouch) preserves umidity and flavour at best; perfect nearly rough cut, a nice mix of colors, good scent (maybe too much, but so good...).

Scent: very good, just a bit... intrusive, everything in the drawer smells of it!

Taste: the real limit of this tobacco, a poor taste. And an unsatisfied mouth after smoking. About strenght, it's too weak, by me.

Room note: nearly fantastic, all women smile, before cough... too much sweet vanilla aroma casing? Like in a candy & pastry shop. I don't know how much is too much, maybe when you are sickened, but not before.

Burning: correctly slow, burns in a perfect way.

Best Briars: another little problem: don't use your precious EM dedicated briars, it leaves a not bad but persistent ghost scent.

Well, I'm not an aro tobacco fanatic by sure, but sometimes a good room note is pleasant and useful... If you like aromatics, try it. Two stars and a bit more than half.

Purchased From: Switzerland

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Batman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Batman (3)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

This was the first tobacco I ever smoked. It was great that first time, and has been pleasant ever since. Has a tendency to smoke a bit hot, and bite some, but that could just be my inexperience as a pipe smoker. Either way, a good vanilla aromatic as far as I'm concerned.

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Durham270 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Durham270 (3)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This was the first pipe tobacco I ever smoked. I have smoked a lot of very popular higher priced and high end tobaccos since I started smoking and I still come back to good old Captain Black 'White' original! It's a very mild easy smoking tobacco with no tongue bite whatsoever. I've had many compliments to the room note from nonsmokers. I've tried all the Capt. Black blends and this is still my favorite. It's cheap, available everywhere. Try it, you wont be sorry you did.

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Lebanese Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lebanese (2)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

As I started pipe smoking a year ago,the only tobacco which I smoked was Capt.Black white.It was recommended for me by my dad who was a pipe smoker in the early 80s.He told to smoke it because its mild with low nicotine level.On the personal level,I liked it first but then after a while it became more of a disgusting tobacco for me.There are plenty of better aromatics than CB white.I recommend it for beginners who are just starting to learn the noble art of pipe smoking as for me there are still many things to know but not with Capt.Black white although I received 6 pouches from a friend of mine.I still smoke it every now and then,but not on my list.I smoke it when there is no other thing to smoke.

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

By the Numbers: Flavor: 2/4 Burn: 3.75/4 Room Note: 4/4 Value: 2.5/4 Average Score: 3.0625 = * (minus one, see below)

I had not planned on trying Captain Black, but since I found out I could contact Scandinavian Tobacco Group for a free sample, I gave it a whirl. The three main things Captain Black White (CBW) has going for it are as follows: 1) It has a great room note. 2) It produces smoke like a pot-bellied dragon. 3) You can find it anywhere. In terms of flavor, this blend offers very little to my pallet. While there is nothing in the flavor that is very offensive, there is also nothing that impresses. Aside from the hard-to- describe, kind of leafy-tangy, run-of-the-mill tobacco flavor, there is, perhaps, just the faintest hint of sweetness. I would note, however, that my pallet does not seem to pick up on sweetness in pipe tobacco very well. Nevertheless, there is certainly more sweetness in the air around you than in your mouth when you smoke Captain Black. I would also note that there is a kind of ashy aftertaste to this blend that, while it is not terrible, it is kind of "blagh." On a side note, it is a little goopy. While smoking, my pipe cleaner would come out of the stem much more brown than with my typical tobaccos. Also, CBW does irritate the mouth and throat a bit. To my tastes, there is nothing really going on in CBW that is not going on in less expensive, finer tobaccos. It's not terrible, but it's not great. For those looking into entering the hobby, you could request a free sample (if they are still running this promotion, that is), buy a Missouri Meerschaum pipe, buy some pipe cleaners, and use a wide-head screw for a tamper. Doing so, you could try pipe smoking for $8 or less. But, unless you are trying Captain Black for free, I would go with something else. I am new to the hobby and cannot make too many recommendations, but I find Boswell's Best to be a tobacco in the same realm as CBW that is 1) less expensive, 2) less irritating, 3) less goopy, and 4) has a cleaner after-taste. Also, I understand that RLP-6 from Lane Limited is essentially CBW without preservatives. I cannot speak to that as I have not tried RLP-6, but when you can get RLP-6 for less than $2.50 per ounce, the value kind of blows CBW out of the water even if it is not quite the same. In short, CBW is not bad, but it's not great either. You could do better with something less expensive. As my numbers above indicate, by itself CBW would earn a low three stars. But, as a consumer, I have to take back one star to reflect that the buyer can do better for less. Sorry, Captain.

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

For a drugstore brand Captain Black white is pretty good. Yes, it IS sweet. Yes, there IS vanilla. What are you expecting? It has pleasant room note, decent taste (if you are prepared for something "sweet") and smokes well. Lit right up and smoked right through. I would not buy this instead of, say, a good Dunhill blend, or Stokkebye or even Lane's better blends (Captain Black is produced by Lane), but I would buy this if there were no good tobacco stores nearby and I was out. I certainly recomend it as a "beginner tobacco." The one drawback is it's price. Everywhere, that I have found it, all Captain Blacks have been rather pricey for an OTC.

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smile tolerantly Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smile tolerantly (3)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

I recently began pipe smoking again with this and was not disappointed. Mild, no bite, lots of vanilla. Easy to light and keep lit. I was walking in Central Square, Cambridge, MA and was "escorted" by 3 lovely ladies who were enjoying the scent, and two of them were cigarette smokers! Too bad I'm married!

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

My first pipe tobacco. Very pleasent smoke, nicely filled my work shop with pipe smoke. May try blending it with other tobaccos. Over all very nice.

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

I don't usually smoke drug store blends and these are Just My first impressions.

Capt black gold was my first tobacco, and I hated it. It ate my tongue, gave me a headache, and didnt taste like anything. But still, it made an impression on me, and till this day I think of the capt black smell as the pipe smell.

I just picked up a pouch of white after contemplating it for over a month. No way I thought at first, for honestly, it is not that cheap. I figured I can put that money towards "real tobacco". But, I am very glad I bought it!

For some reason, fall time is aromatic time for me. Also, after going on a nearly year long english extravaganza, and a more recent cornell and diehl english exploration, I am taking it easy on the heavy blends for a while, and focusing on the more simple ones. I have now been smoking long enough to notice that, unintentialy, my tastes change in an almost circular rhythm. And, Captain black white is very pleasing to my present mood.

Anyway, it smells like toasted marshmallows and vanilla, and tastes similar. The taste is not very strong, and you can sort of forget about it. It is not too overly sweet. Many straight virginia blends, and even some english blend are sweeter. I am not sure how old my pouch is, but the tobacco was very, very dry inside of it. Perhaps the seam broke, but it was still wrapped in plastic. Overall good smoke for what it is. Burns great, smokes great, just a little hot if you smoke too fast, and it stays lit forever.

Definitely worth a try.

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

My first tobacco ever was borkum riff. And it was so bad, that I almost threw away my pipe along with it. But I decided to give pipe smoking another chance with captain black white, and that was when I fell in love with pipe smoking. This tobacco is a must for beginners, and an easy everyday smoke for the rest.

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Starbase3055 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Starbase3055 (8)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Good taste, very little bite, slow burn. Good choice for beginners.

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

like many others, my starter tobacco. its a go to smoke when you cant find anything else.

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alfa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
alfa (6)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

MY first pipe tobacco. not bad for beginner,But if you really like pipe smoking try to find something else.

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

This is a great smoke to share with an other friend who starts smoking the pipe, it's neutral, kind of fruity, cheap and it smells great in the pouch. But if you're searching for and everyday smoke, it's not really that.

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

Nearly sickly sweet, tastes of vanilla and the head of cheap (chemical)whisky. No - or at least undectable amounts of nicotene. I can see why it's recommended to beginners, it's ready for a smoke out of the pouch, doesn't burn hot nor bite and smells good.

I won't be buying another pouch though.

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ConfederatePipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ConfederatePipe (3)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

This was one of the first tobaccos I actually learned to smoke properly. First few tries with others produced a lot of bite. This one smokes cool and is good for beginners. I buy this at the Food Loin in town, but it does not smoke like it's cheap(around $4). Taste is very sweet. Lights and stays lit easily but bottom ends up sopping wet and won't burn. Mix in some fresh tobacco and it should relight.

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gsbergman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gsbergman (6)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

The first tobacco I ever smoked. I still enjoy the taste. Not my absolute favorite tobacco anymore, but once might have been. Just a good ol' standby smoke, that I rotate in every couple of days just to mix it up a bit. Easy to find at almost any store. Certainly when the "Apocalypse" hits on 12/21/12, this may be the only tobacco you'll be able to find easily. I've tried other Captain Black blends but don't care for them as much as the white.

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

Nothing I can say about the good Captain is going to break any new ground, but I will say this. This is the stuff that stays in my travel pouch. I always have this trusty and reliable blend with me at all times. Is smooth and cool outta a cheap cob. When I first started the hobby I was close to giving up as the first few experiences werent that great. But I gave the Captain Black pouch I saw at my local Rite Aid a shot and enjoyed it.

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brogreggblues Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
brogreggblues (45)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Captain Black White:

I wasn't crazy about it, but I never was fond of aromatics.

Having said that, this blend is not the worst aromatic blend I've tried. Paladin Black Cherry gets that distinction. Nor is CB White the worst OTC blend I've tried. Velvet gets the nod, there.

I agree with MagnusMaximus' excellent review: for what it is, Captain Black is fine. Certainly comparable with many other higher-priced aros I've tried from Boswell, for example.

If you like aromatics, chances are you'll like this blend.

I won't buy it again. If I want to smoke something sweet, I'll smoke Classic Burley Kake.

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

I am comparing this to only other aromatics I have smoked. Not as sweet as CB Gold, but a nice smoke and good if you want more tobacco taste vs. CB Gold. Also, my wife loves the aroma of this vs. other aromatics by far. Tastes how it smells. Nice mild and tastey smoke that smells great.

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

I just finished smoking this entire pouch over the last few weeks. I found this to be a please smoke, I enjoyed it and its taste and others in the room enjoyed the smell as well.

However I did find that it was very moist and I had to relight a couple of times. (this may have just been my bad packing) I did find that if you puff to much it will bite a bit.

Overall for a mild pleasant smoke I do recommend it.

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MHRook Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
MHRook (2)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is my favorite tobacco. My uncle has smoked this daily for as long as I can remember, so I have a lot of great childhood memories tied to the aroma of this blend. The smell of this tobacco when you first open it is pure bliss. Great room note, good taste, no bite. Perfect for beginners.

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

The quintessential starter tobacco, and in my case the very first pipe tobacco I ever had. Extremely mild, no strength at all, but a nice enough flavor when it pokes its head out. Very smooth vanilla taste, room note and pouch scent. My daily smoke when I have it around. It isn't something you miss, but it isn't something you want to run out of. It can range anywhere from bone dry to moist when you first open the pouch, but as long as it's not brittle to the point of crumbling to dust, it won't bite nearly at all.

3/4 stars because while it's king of the drugstore brands, once it leaves OTC-land, nearly every other tobacco on the market kicks its tail.

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TallPuffO'Burley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TallPuffO'Burley (152)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Very Strong Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I finally finished the big tub I purchased in November, a day or two before rifle season started. I had just started smoking a pipe a month and a half earlier when bow season started. Had a pouch of this and thought it didn't get any better than this. After trying some other blends my interest started to fade.

Eventually it became too sweet, and taking the advice of someone below, I mixed with Carter Hall and this became my hunting staple for deer season 2011. I am happy to be through with it, however, and look forward to smoking something different this year in the tree. I will not repurchase this as I have discovered some aromatics that I enjoy more than this.

I will say somewhat recommended and only to a beginner who does not know where to start, but once the direction is found. You notice the chemical taste and a cloying odor that even a long shower has difficulty displacing.

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Carbon cake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carbon cake (9)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I was packing for my vacation and did not have the room to take a jar of tobacco with me so I went out a bought some capt. Black. I usually smoke a lot of the petersons tobaccos and I was unsure how good a drug store tobacco would be but I love my pipe so I packed a bowl and was very pleased with the smell and taste of this tobacco . It stayed lit and I really didn't have to tamp it too often. It has a nice cool smoke and little bite ( slow draws are the key) . It also has a very nice room note too. I totally recommend giving this a try at least . I think this found its way into my tobacco collection/horde

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

My first tobacco and a fond memory it is. The first thing you notice is the wonderful sweet smell. It burns well and is pleasant and a little sweet. Medium low nicotine and low in taste and mouthfeel.

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

Captain Black is truly an aromatic tobacco blend. The pouch aroma is top notch with its vanilla whiskey smell. In my opinon, this tobacco sometimes gets a bad rap because it is an OVER THE COUNTER tobacco. Captain black burns clean and stays lit for most of the bowl, and the sweet smell of vanilla and whiskey comes through at once. It burns cool and has a sweet taste of vanilla and whiskey if smoked slowly (which is the key to really enjoying this blend). I have had nothing but great reviews on the room note. This blend is a must for ANYONE who enjoys a good aromatic tobacco.

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

Very Nice aroma in pouch. Perfectly moist in pouch. Lights good and burns evenly. Smokes pretty smooth and has a nice mild to medium taste. The room note seems to be very pleasant. I've smoked this continuously since I've purchased this pouch. I have found it has some bite, but not bad. Burns at a good temperature and seems to stay lit most of the time. I am very pleased with this tobacco and would recommend any other pipe smoker to give it a smoke. Will definitely be buying it again.

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

Captain Black "white" is my main smoke on a day to day basis. I should note that I have briar and corn cob pipes in my collection and for reasons I do not know this tobacco is excellent in a cob but just ok in a briar. Non smokers love the smell of this tobacco, and it will stay lit for the whole bowl with some tamping from time to time.

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Earl Grey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Earl Grey (15)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I liked this stuff when I first picked up the habit. It's available everywhere, so that's a plus. It was all I smoked for a while. I would recommend this to anybody new who would like to try out the pipe experience. Your taste will change with time, but The Captain is a good place to start. He's raided all of the drug stores, supermarkets, tobacco shops--a true pirate!

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

I will start off by admitting that I don't like, and I generally don't smoke aromatics. Yet, I think, for what this is, it's three-star tobacco.

Since taking up the pipe, starting with a pile of aromatics, and then trying a decent English blend and realizing that all my aromatics tasted excessively cased and harsh, and tended to bite my tongue, I've left them alone. Now, a couple of years ago, I was in a tobacco shop in a not-so-great part of Minneapolis, just to see what they had. They had copious quantities of the typical "drug store" blends, and I was uninterested. Not wanting to arouse the ire of the shopkeeper or his mates, however, who didn't look so savory, I decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and I bought a pouch of the nearest thing at hand, which was Captain Black. I never even opened it, just threw it onto the lower shelf of my tobacco hoard, and it's been through three moves with me since then. Today, I found it, and decided to give it a try.

Opening the pouch reveals tobacco that is still nicely moist, a good smoking consistency. This attests to the longevity of the humectant used, since I doubt Lane ever designed this pouch with aging prospects in mind. It's a pretty good consistency, with a few stems and tougher pieces, and the smell is of classic vanilla aromatic. Packing and lighting are both simple and straightforward.

The tobacco burns very nicely, and surprisingly, smokes very nicely as well. I could detect a little bit of a chemical tang in the first couple of puffs, but that disappeared quickly, and it provided me with a cool, flavorful (for what it is) smoke.

I think I can see why this tobacco is so popular. It has a very mild flavor, of tobacco and vanilla -not enough tobacco to be offensive to someone who wants to smoke an ice cream cone, but not enough cloying flavor to make the smoke unpalatable. Really, it's almost possible to forget you're smoking anything at all. The flavor is very light, and the aftertaste in the mouth is very light too, and not at all unpleasant. These characteristics would make this tobacco ideal for an all- day smoke for someone who had to use their hands and couldn't fuss and fiddle with their pipe every thirty seconds, and who likewise couldn't afford to be distracted by tongue bite or an overly complex flavor profile. One could get one's nicotine fix in pipe form without having to actually taste the tobacco. Hence, it's no surprise to me that this is very much a mass-market smoke.

It would also be very good for theatrical circumstances, when one really wants to be seen smoking the pipe. It's quite tolerant of heavy puffing without developing fangs, it sends up voluminous clouds of creamy white smoke, and it leaves a most delicious room note. Smoking this in a pipe with a wide-open draw, it was relatively-quickly reduced to naught but medium-grey ash. Would I go out of my way to purchase Captain Black in the future? No. However, it could prove useful to keep a pouch of the stuff around, and if I'd started off smoking this, I might have a better opinion of aromatics overall. I am envisioning using it in some blending experiments, to see if the lack of flavor with a pleasant room note might be useful in making heavy latakia blends less stinky, while not unduly mucking up their flavors. Can't hurt to try, right?

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

after reading reviews for this tobacco it was slightly talked up and got good reviews but i was disappointed. it was very marshmallow-y and after several bowls it defiantly was not my favorite from captain black.

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

sweet tasteing very marshmellowy reminds u of being a kid around a campfire it has a great room note definantly worth tryin even tho its a grocery store brand its worth the cash also it very affordable.

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

A tobacco that I would really like to get into but just can not. I remember my grandfathers smoking this and walking past a table with that plastic pouch resting there and thinking how cool, how distinguished how old school, i loved it. Well, fast forwarding to present and having tried capt. black, I feel its just too mild not enough tobacco flavor not enough kick to relax and just plain not enough of what i consider a pipe tobacco worth smoking, I will of course finish off the pouch and reminisce of those old folks with there shiny capt. black pouches resting on coffee tables.

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

CBW was my first experience with pipe tobaccos. After smoking my fair share of other blends I believe a review is finally in order.

Upon opening the pouch I detect a very sweet aroma, a strong casing somewhere between vanilla and mild whisky, with little tobacco scent. The toby is very moist straight from the pouch, almost too moist. After a few bowls I had to let it dry with the pouch open for a few hours.

It packs and lights reasonably well, although the smoke lacks body and the casing flavor is hardly noticeable after the first few puffs. The room note and smoke aroma is delicious, reminiscent of a bakery and toasting marshmallows - there is something unnaturally good about it.

If you want a crowd pleasing aroma then this is a winner, but due to the lack of flavor I find it somewhat dissatisfying. One other note on this blend, I find it consistently turns into a soggy mess by the time I near the end, so I advise against smoking it to the bottom.

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

I tried this tobacco just the other day for the first time. The room note is excellent but as far as taste goes,it just isn't there. Completely undetectable. Not just of the flavoring, but also of the tobacco. I need that tobacco flavor in a brand. It was as if I were puffing on an empty bowl but still getting smoke. I even smoked it in several different pipes including a cob, but that didn't make the slightest bit of difference. I gave this two stars and the only reason I gave it an extra star was because of it's very pleasant room note and aroma.

The brand does have a few redeeming qualities however. I would strongly recommend this tobacco to anyone new to pipe smoking and/or someone who has no prior experience with smoking tobacco in general. It also would be ideal for anyone smoking at say a family gathering or event, and is very unlikely to be offensive to anyone odor wise. This blend would also be suitable for blending.

Hate to give such a classic brand such a low rating, but 2 stars it is.

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Precourt93 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Precourt93 (8)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Great Starting Tobacco, but not a keeper in my book. This was my first tobacco but after trying some of the better aromatics and trying to go back to this, i found that it isn't that great at all. I agree with the statement that every pipe smoker should try it once, or twice if it suits you. But it shouldn't be a keeper, there are so many different types of tobacco that are better than this and you should experiment with those.

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (59)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Mild Tolerable

After having a right old moan about not being able to get Captain Black in the UK I actually got some from Germany, followed by the other two blends as a swap from a kind chap in the USA.

Was it worth busting a gut to lay hands on ?

Well, yes and no.

It's what I call a 'friendly' blend. What I mean by this is although it isn't a major player in the aromatics field in terms of taste and room note, I find myself reaching again and again for this stuff in between my pipe rotation.

It isn't a sickly chemical brew like some or a nasty biter like some of McBaren's horrors.

Yet there is something about it that draws you. Whether it's that slightly sweet caramel taste or the easy load straight from the pouch I'm not sure.

I've heard it likened to McBaren's Seven Seas blend, and I have to say it is very similar. That's true ; this isn't a million miles away.

I thought I might get bored of this blend but I'm halfway through the pack and still returning for a bowlful.

It's something of a favourite on here and now I can see why, without really nailing down the reason.

It should be interesting to see what the other blends in this range are like.

If you are a UK smoker and want to try this blend you won't be disappointed if you manage to track this blend down. If you can't then buy Seven Seas.

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PaulMcCoy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PaulMcCoy (1)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

If you smoke aromatics you should love this one. The aroma is fantastic. Marshmallow, and maybe vanilla? I haven't had the opportunity to smell this from someone else's pipe yet. Burns very nice and even. I've never had to relight with this tobacco. On the down side It's tasteless. It costs a little too much where I'm from, about seven bucks, and there is some bite to it if you're not careful. I might buy it again if I'm feeling nostalgic. Id definitely give it a four in the aroma department, but I need to taste something.

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TexasTobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TexasTobacco (7)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Don't let anyone scare you into the idea that drug store tobaccos are all bad. Now, there are some really bad ones out there, but Captain Black White has earned itself a place on my list of decent tobaccos. I don't find myself buying a pouch every week, or even every month, but when I just want a good, sweet, simple smoke, this stuff is just fine.

This blend burns very well... I hardly ever have to relight, and it generally stays even throughout the whole smoke. The room note is very sweet, but I find myself getting a little woozy from the sweetness after smoking for too long, so I don't smoke this one unless I don't have anything else.

Like I said, don't let anyone tell you that all drug store tobacco is bad. It's all about what you like, and if you are a new pipe smoker, I think you may like this one.

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Redd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Redd (111)
★★★★
Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

Most will hate to admit it but the one blend most of us started out with is still a good hearty rich enjoyable Smoke. For many years I didn't want to give in and buy it. Because I thought my taste were so far above this blend. But you want to know like many I was wrong. YES,There is no Latakia Turkish Oriental and it isn't blended in small batches with cool tin art. It is what it is. A good all day smoke women love the aroma very pipey and the smoke is ever so good. So come on and Enjoy a bowl.

Well what can be said about this blend that hasn't already been said. Good Bad or Indifferent This blend is an American Classic. It should be called Captain America. After smoking all the other top shelf blends of many differnt tin and bulk type latakia, Oriental Turkish, Flake and Shag ect. It is always good to come home to a blend that has been good since I was a kid.

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wolfdreamer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
wolfdreamer (25)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I bought the Royal and the White in bulk and find myself coming back to the White over and over again. I let this sit for awhile after trying it and am enjoying it a lot. Goes well with a coffee in the morning or at anytime. Very pleasant scent/taste and room note. Highly recommend.

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

Great value for the money. Finding myself wanting more. Will definately be in my rotation just to keep my living room smelling sweet for company as i get complaints regarding the english blends i usually smoke.

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fervor06 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fervor06 (11)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

.... The Captain of the ship had decided. I was to walk the plank. I had made a seemingly small mistake.... or at least I thought it was small; but to Captain Black, it wasnt. To put it simply, I had made love with his woman. You see, Black always kept that fiery Spaniard, Isabella on the ship; always. She never left, so needless to say, she was rather lonely. And I, having seen nothing but gruff pirates and fish was often tempted with this forbidden fruit... But let me start from the beginning.

On one night the captain had left to lay raid to a Royal Navy vessel with the men, and left me to swab the deck. The nerve... I was one of the best guns on the ship... How could he? But shortly thereafter my abandonment, I wouldst reap a reward.

The opportunity struck as I was cleaning the captain's quarters as per my instruction. And there she was; the fair skinned Isabella, changing before my eyes, unclothing herself as her eyes pierced into mine. There she stood before me, fully unclothed, pleading with me to take her there in the Captain's bed; I gave in... to my great pleasure... 6 times on that moon's rise to be exact. I had never been with anyone quite like Isabella. She even remarked on my size, saying I "out gunned" that of the noble captain. As we lay there, sweating after making love like wild animals, I craved my vice, the only thing that could appropriately cap off the night. I had to smoke. The captain had always kept in his possession his prized pipe, and I concluded... Why not? I had already taken use of his woman; why not delve into his sacred stash? All I needed was the key around Isabella's neck, which she gladly gave me, due to the fact that my balls hung low, they wobbled too and fro as well.

I smoked the pipe tobacco wilts once again laying "siege" to Isabella's booty. The tobacco was mild and delightfully aromatic. Once the sun began to rise, I covered my tracks well, but not well enough for Ole Captain Black. He detected my presence in his chambers the moment he arrived on the ship. How, still remains a mystery to me. Never the less, he was furious. So I walked. At the end of the plank I turned to the crew and bid farewell, blowing a kiss to the Spanish beauty. Then to the captain, I turned and said "Seems to be that I was the captain of HER ship!!" Then I jumped, plunging into the depths of the sea.

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Betz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Betz (6)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

It is my belief that this is one of those tobaccos that every pipe smoker should try at least once. For a drug store tobacco (and no, let me make this clear, I am NOT a "purist") it truly is a pleasant surprise. The wonderfully sweet smell of rich, black cavendish is just as delightful in the pouch as it is in the pipe. Room note is equally pleasant. Taste, however, is less than to be desired. And, in my opinion, the nicotine content is relatively weak. Other than that, an all-in-all decent smoke. Give it a try!

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

From Lane Limited:

"Dear Mr. Brown

Thank you for taking an interest to our products Captain Black Pipe tobacco, in which I am very glad to answer your inquiry.

None of our Captain Black pipe tobacco variants contain alcoholic flavoring. In general, when we use alcoholic flavorings for other pipe tobaccos, then the alcohol itself will perish quickly and before it reaches the consumers.

Thus smoking pipe tobaccos will not cause smokers to obtain alcohol in their body/bloodstream."

Kind regards / Med venlig hilsen Hans Greibe Hansen International Junior Brand Manager

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vespa Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vespa (12)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Tis the holiday seasonand and the Better/Half asked me to find a pleasant tobacco that would'nt be objectionable to the folks who dont find the room-note of my English/Balkan blends that I Love to smoke, as we make are rounds to holiday gatherings. So I figured what the hell and grabed a pouch CBW when I went out the other day. My Pops smoked this stuff by the tub full when it hit the market back in the 70's and I loved the room-note when I was a kid, Mom also never had anything bad to say about CBW. I think I may have smoked a pouch or two at the begining of my pipe smoking career back in the mid-late 80's until I was turned on to english blends in the early 90's. Now to get back to CBW I fired up a pipe-full this morning with my Cup O Joe and when the Better/Half got half way to the kitchen she was asking what is that "Wonderful" smell was, so CBW has passed the room-note test. Taste wise? well it's CBW I find it as a mild aromatic with some tobaco flavor. I like the way the burly peeks it's head out every once in awhile. I guess Pops knew a good thing after all. If your looking for a smoke that wont offend those around you pick up a pouch. You can find this stuff just about anywhere that sells tobacco hell you may even make a few friends who dont even smoke, and at about 5 bucks for a pouch there will be No Harm / No Foul if you dont care for it.

Your Brother in Smoke

3/4 Stars

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Konstantinos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Konstantinos (1)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

I beleive this is a great tobacco.You can stick with it all day and satisfy your need for nicotine and taste as well. before using it i highly recomend to let it dry for a couple of days especially if you are a new pipe smoker. Chears!

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Shamie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Shamie (3)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Full Strong

This is a good everyday smoke, and really good when your on budget.

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Devoto18 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Devoto18 (4)
★★☆☆
Medium Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I wanted to like this. I really did. After three bowls I decided it just wasn't for me. The other reviewers are right about the chemical taste and it being cheap tobacco. The smell in the pouch (the pouch was about perfect on moisture content, by the way) was awesome. Wife said the room note was okay, but I've smoked better.

I've been looking for the pipe tobacco that my grandfather used to smoke...it smelled like he was smoking whipped cream. When I smelled in the pouch I thought this might have been it, but alas, no. If you're used to premium tobacco I wouldn't recommend this.

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

Is is one of my favorites. The tobacco smells nice in the pouch. But the taste and smell of the smoke is just great. It burns evenly with a good temperature. It also bites my tongue a little.

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CoolPilot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoolPilot (64)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

4 stars because despite its cheap price, this tobacco is simply good. Milder than other expensive aromatics like Sweet Vanilla, but it also costs half the price! The White pouch has nothing to share with some danish or vanilla-flavoured blends: flavour is wonderful, and taste too. The only defect is : too mild. But hey, it makes it also an all day smoke for the same reason. It will not ruin your pipe, leaving no strange aromas in there. Well done, Captain.

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

For those who love Captain Black; no explanation is necessary. For those who don't; no explanation will suffice.

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Pipe Puffington Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe Puffington (17)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Not a bad smoke at all. But have lots of pipe cleaners. Loads of pipe cleaners. Price wise I wouldn't consider this cheap tobacco either. 7-8 bucks for 1.5 oz isn't cheap.

I'll still prefer Captain Royal a bit more. Its not as wet.

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

Smooth, sweet and oh so easy to keep lit. The taste is of mild tobacco and marshmallow – quite sweet but definitely not syrupy like some aromatics. The room note is fantastic and loved by every one of my friends, smokers and non-smokers alike. “Now THAT is nice!” is typical of the comments I get when putting a match to this blend in company. Not freely available in my country, which means my appraisal is not influenced by herd-like labels like “drug store” blend. My only complaint is an occasional artificial taste – best described as the taste one gets when inflating plastic swimming pool toys by mouth. For me, a 50/50 mixture with Carter Hall is a match made in heaven. It eliminates that dreaded artificial taste, cuts the excessive sweetness, and adds mild tobacco taste – all while still producing a very good room note. Three stars on its own; four stars when blended with Carter Hall.

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Thbg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Thbg (25)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Everyone loves the way Captain Black smells...I think that is well documented.

It is good quality tobacco, but the cloying sweetness of this blend gets to me after awhile.

I like to blend 1 part CBW to 4 parts H&H. I spread it out and let it dry overnight and then jar it. As with all good mixtures it brings out the highlights of both tobaccos while masking the faults.

Happy sailing.

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

This is the absolute classic pipe tobacco for the beginner or, in my case, a way to reminisce on the past. My great grandfather smoked this, my father does from time to time, and I knock a few bowls back from time to time. It is a very mild smoke. Depending on how fast you draw it can bite but very quickly cools down.

I understand many people on this forum might not like it because it is an aromatic or that it is just a cheap easy blend to obtain. I give you all this challenge, age this tobacco. I am sitting on some that is 17 years old and is absolutely fantastic!

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RyeWhiskey Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RyeWhiskey (43)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I read the reviews and decided to give this a go. Like a few people it was my 1st OTC that I purchased. Upon opening the pouch, I found that it smelled great, and it had a nice course cut look and really looked like some nice tobacco. I have found that this smokes great in a cob or a briar. I've also noticed that I have to leave it out to dry and then it will smoke all the way down 'almost'.

If you don't dry it out a bit, it will leave a wet mess in the bottom of the bowl and it will only smoke halfway down. That being said, it has a very pleasant room note. I have a great time smoking this tobacco, but it doesn't have much taste, so I smoke it more for the room note than anything. When I used to think of pipe smoke before the word room-note meant anything to me, this is the smoke I would have imagined.

I will always have some of this on stock, and can't find anything wrong with it. I'd give it more like 4 outta 5 stars but the option is not available. Too each his own, but I like this tobacco and will try the other Captain Blacks eventually.

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dmdesignillustration Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dmdesignillustration (1)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Extra Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

Tried this because my girlfriends dad had told me it was what his friend smoked back in the day and he found it delightful. I did not. Ignoring the warning of my tobacconist against smoking what he said is considered "drug store tobacco" I thought I should at least give it a chance. I was wrong to do so. It is disgusting. Anyone that has sampled premium natural pipe tobacco or cigars will be overwhelmed and disgusted by the excessive chemicals used to process Captain Black. There was a bitterness accompanied by strong tongue bite with every draw. After smoking it left disgusting dark residue on my tongue and in my mouth. If this is the only tobacco available to you, I would suggest you choose a new pastime rather than smoke this. I through away the rest of the pouch.

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

Very creamy and buttery. Good tobacco for the price.

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

When I was 14 one day I visit my father friend's, one of them smoke his pipe and room full of very pleasure smell, I keep it in my mind and after 21 years today for the first time I smoke it :) same aromatic and affection Tasty, very delicious, and so pleasant relaxation I LOve It :) You Should try it one time at your life

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

About two years ago as I was transitioning form cigars to pipes I was able to sample CBs Regular on a hunting trip. I was really impressed! Now that my horizions have expanded a bit and have ventured into other blends that have more appeal I can still say that CB's wasnt that bad, and a good introduction as far as im concerned. Has some tounge bite and so, so taste but the aromatic aspect more that makes up for it. Recommended especially for someone just entering pipe smoking.

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TobaccoOnFire Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TobaccoOnFire (8)
★★★★
Very Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I found out that the corner store around me sold Captain Black so I decided to make it my mission over the summer to smoke my way through every blend of Captain Black they had so let's get this review going.

Opening the pouch you get a sight of the broken flake tobacco that is mainly a Black Cavendish base with some Cavendish and Burley added but seriously this blend is HEAVY on Black Cavendish. The Pouch Aroma is great it smells of cookies and vanilla and it shows off in the room note and most people should love the room note. Just be warned the taste is mild so be ready to slow down and look for the small notes of vanilla and buttered cookies that show up in this blend.

My final verdict is if you want a good,mild,cheap everyday smoke with a good room note then pick up this stuff.

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

This past year, a good friend enticed me back into pipe smoking after 30 years away from it. Being a research scientist, I systematically tried about 15 different types of tobaccos/blends. Ten were Cornell & Diehl blends, one was a HOW Revelation match by Altadis, one was Frog Morton On the Bayou, and the others were drugstore brands. I kept written notes on my reaction to them all. Overall, they were stronger than I like. Some were MUCH stronger than I like. Frog Morton was very good but too pricey for every day smoking. However, one of them, which I tried on my friend's recommendation, was inexpensive and quite mild. It was Captain Black white label and seemed mild enough for me, but was a bit insipid. It did have a wonderful smell, however, something that my wife likes. (That is good, because she hates the idea of my smoking anything after 30 years of abstinence!) So, I thought, "Of all the stuff I tried, this one I can take and can afford, even though it lacks "character." What can I do to put a little interest into it?" I have always liked latakia, even though I hardly knew what it was in the past. That is why Frog Morton appeals to me. It is pretty mild and has a smokey latakia taste. So I ordered some blending latakia and mixed up a blend of 2/3 Captain Black white label and 1/3 latakia. I have to say this blend has my name on it. It is a mild, inexpensive blend that I ALWAYS enjoy. I get the nice campfire aroma from the latakia (can really smell and taste it) in a very mild smoke with a room note that is great. So I am now looking at Captain Black white label as a kind of base to blend with. I have ordered some perique and turkish to try blending in next. Stay tuned and I will let you know how it goes.

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (113)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

If you like aromatics, this is all right, I suppose; if you don't like aromatics (and I don't), you won't like this. It's a black Cavendish blend with a fairly obtrusive casing. If it's supposed to taste of whiskey, I don't get it. Personally, I found it hot and thought it tasted ordinary and cheap, nor did I much care for the room note that other people seem so inclined to praise. Same with the pouch note: I don't see why tobacco should smell of anything except tobacco. It burnt quickly, but I don't mind the fact that a bowl of it is soon over. Maybe I smoked it too quickly; also, my sample was rather dry.

CBW is an example of the kind of tobacco invented back in the day when manufacturers wanted to attract younger pipe smokers who didn't want to be associated with the traditional type of old codger tobacco; hence the novelty room note that these 'juvenile' blends tend to have. It seems to be a cheap and cheerful smoke in the USA, sold everywhere. In the UK, there's no such thing as a cheap tobacco, and it isn't particularly easy to get hold of. I tried it out of curiosity, but I wouldn't buy it again. I'm aware, though, that I'm probably being unfair (if you don't like aromatics, why review an aromatic blend?); so I'll say “somewhat recommended,” because there are lots of aro smokers out there whom this would probably suit as an all day smoke. I can't understand why anyone likes stuff like this, but I know they do. For what it is, then, and if you take it slowly, it's not too bad. Certainly, as an aro, it's a world away from some of the Borkum Riff horrors.

Pipe Used: Falcon

Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the pouch.

Similar Blends: Quite a few gimmicky aromatics of the same type.

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

Certainly a classic in its own right. Smells like a dream come true. I loved the first bowl or two. After that, I could no longer tolerate the cloying sweetness and have yet to finish the pouch I purchased a year ago.

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djwesp Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
djwesp (1)
★★★★
Extremely Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Texture: Coarsely cut with different lengths and colors of burley and cavendish.

Bagged Aroma: Awesome smell of vanilla and mocha notes.

Light Packed: Burns well dry, room note is awesome, no relights necessary, ash is bright white. Taste is almost not even there. No tongue bite if tobacco is dry enough.

Hard Packed: Burns okay, room note is more cigar like (not quite as nice to the people around you), occaisional relights, ash is greyish-brown. Taste is of chemicals and processing. Tongue bite is hard, all the way to the back of the throat.

SYNOPSIS:

When consumed drier than normal and lightly packed, this thing is a lady magnet. Totally amazing smell! Little to no taste. Great for being in public!

If your grandfather/uncle hadn't smoked it, you wouldn't exist. The room note is that good.

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rhogg Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rhogg (10)
★★☆☆
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I am not a huge fan of aromatics. Most of them immediately cause my sinuses to get stuffed up. I do not have this problem with most of the VAs, English, or Balkans blends I prefer. Having said that my local B&M carries mostly aromatic blends, and I am learning to like them.

Nothing strikes me particularly wonderful about this tobacco other than the memories it brings back of my grandfather. It is not bad, or great.... somewhere in between, and just average for me.

If I am in a pinch without good tobacco this can be found about everywhere and for OTC tobaccos this comes in second to Prince Albert in my book. Not a bad place to hold, because I actually like Prince Albert, and smoke it voluntarily:) However, there are just too many things I could put in my pipe that make Captain Black (White), not worth buying unless I can't get something really excellent. In a pinch it will definitely fit the bill.

The only thing keeping this tobacco from ranking 3 stars for me is the harsh after taste. It coats my mouth with a bitter nastiness that does not fade quickly.

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Pokey Nipple Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pokey Nipple (7)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I'm recommending this as opposed to highly recommending it because there's something a little insipid about it. I smoked a bowl of this last night, but was pretty buzzed. Struck me as a little insipid. I have smoked it sober as a judge and it struck as a little insipid then, too.

It's a vanilla, I think. Lane's BCA is much better. I'm somewhat recommending it because I think all pipe tobaccos deserve a chance, pretty much. Life is too short not to smoke a pipe.

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kiowapipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kiowapipe (17)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I think I'll throw in my two cents on this classic OTC. Ah, Captain Black. I would confidently wager that in the history of pipe smoking no other tobacco blend has caused as much disappointment as CBW. It's nearly a universal rite of passage for neophyte American pipers to give this one a try. The pouch aroma and room note are both so damned enticing. To me, this one has the ultimate nostalgic "Grandpa" factor. Most of us who have tried this had an epiphanic moment of "if this smell is what pipe smoking is about, I'm going to smoke a pipe every waking hour for the rest of my life." But then of course you have to taste it, and the epiphany is rapidly followed by the crushing (to a greater or lesser degree) realization that pipe tobacco doesn't always taste as good as it smells. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this disappointment in CBW has single-handedly turned off a hundred thousand new pipe smokers. But enough about the cultural phenomenon that is CBW- as to the blend in its own right, it really isn't that bad, it's just not very good. It's a pretty standard OTC-grade black cavendish mix. Hints of toasted marshmallow and vanilla. The pouch aroma and room note really are wonderful, but the taste can be rather ashy and harsh, and sometimes it can bite. Also, for some bizarre reason, this seems to command 'premium tobacco' prices. Where I live, CBW goes for twice what the other OTC blends do. There's nothing wrong with liking aromatics or OTC blends or black cavendish blends, but you can get something in the same vein as CBW which is twice as good for half the price. Please, do yourself a favor- if you're thinking about trying CBW, or you have tried it and sort of liked it, have a look around at the other blends that are out there. Browse around this website and other pipe forums. Take a look at the Boswell aromatics or the Lane aromatics or whatever your local tobacconist (if you have one) sells in bulk out of those glass jars. I'm certain you can find a blend that has all of CBW's good traits with none of its bad traits, and probably for half the cost. I'm tempted to give CBW one star on account of the premium price for cheap quality, but I can't make myself do it. Two stars to a venerated if imperfect old classic.

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

Good to try getting into some aromatics. This was my first brand of tobacco. It smells fantastic, like a nice whiskey. It's very sweet tasting, and bites like hell if you puff even a little too hard. Ghosts the pipe a bit. But it can be found anywhere, is probably nostalgic for a lot of pipe smokers, and is enjoyable.

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

Being a first time pipe enthusiast, I scoured the internet for information before making my first purchase. This site was one of the first things I came across and it is the reason I chose this to be my very first tobacco.

Even though I'm sure I puffed it like a chimney, The smoke never really became too hot or bit my tongue. I was mildly surprised by this because everyone I spoke to said that no matter what, I WOULD get bitten.

The flavor of this tobacco is a whole different story. It smells amazing in the pouch, and is quite moist. It packs well and burns for a long time. Although I was outside and had to re-light it quite often, it had a really pleasant taste. A sweet hint of vanilla with a small nutty effect. Smoking it outside provided an even more relaxing experience and helped to cool the smoke in the winter air.

I didn't get to experience the room note but bringing my pipe back inside and having the smell on my hands gave me a somewhat good guage of what it is like.

I recommend this for first time smokers.

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

Mild flavored whiskey and sugar. You can feel these flavors in your mouth very welllllll, It's one of my favorites! But if you like bitter taste, I would recommend that you don't try it ;)

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

I'm quite new to pipe smoking, and this was the very first tobacco I had ever tasted from a pipe. I was interested in pipe smoking, and had seen online that Captain black was affordable, and was an excellent choice for a beginning smoker. Overall, I would have to say that it was not bad advice.

First off, the smell of the tobacco itself was very pleasant, my friend described it as "date-like." The smoke itself was very light, and initially had a nice vanilla taste, as well as a nuttiness that went well with a sweeter tea. The smell of the smoke, however, was phenomenal. I was complimented all night on the scent, and actually was introduced to a few people simply because of how intoxicating it was.

My only complaints, is that it was extremely harsh on my tongue, and I had at the time a long-stemmed pipe. Some of that bite is was in part to my inexperience, but to say that Captain Black is forgiving to the burgeoning pipe smoker would be a mistruth.

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

A lot of people bash this stuff for being cheap drug store tobacco. It is a fantastic smoke. My favorite thing about it was how easy it was to smoke. I smoke to relax. This stuff practically smokes itself. It may not be the best smoke ever, but it's never disappointing.

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B.E. Goldman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
B.E. Goldman (1)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Reading some of the other reviews of this well-known tobacco, I am reminded of the collegiate of up-nosed avant-gardes who populate the pipe-smoking community. It's no wonder that when many peope imagine a pipe-smoking chap they envision an snobbish demeanored 18th century English wasp textile-baron archetype.

"Lovey, I shall dine in three quarters of one hour, alert the staff!" "Yes, dear!" "Hmmmhmmm...yes, yes... and then after our dinner of baby seal snouts and braised elephant ivory I shall retire to a puff of smoke in the drawing room to plan the company budgets and sign yet another stack of dead-peasant filings... then perhaps murder an orphan child for sport."

Yes, Captain Black Regular or "White" IS an aromatic tobacco. Yes, it IS a "pharmacy-blend". It's also what half of our fathers, grandfathers, and uncles smoked. And for good reason. Captain Black Regular is smooth, mellow, and satisfying. This coming from someone who has tried many tobaccos, from your Prince Alberts and Carter Halls to your Reserve 1928s and your Revelations. The Captain packs quite nicely, lights without a fuss, and then ALWAYS burns down to the quick producing a fine white ash. It's also extremely easy to find, is faily priced, has absolutely NO tongue bite, and comes in a rather air-tight canister that makes for a consistent smoke.

The room-note is, in my humble opinion, unmatched in any tobacco out there. My significant other is quite fond of the smell as well. Trust me, it's hauntingly good. It's the kind of smell that, when smelled, reminds you of things past. Personally, I think of puttering around the yard raking leaves, mowing the lawn, roofing the garage, and detailing the GTO.

As for the taste... heh. Well, it's all a matter of taste isn't it? To me, the taste is light and airy with some more brutal undertones at certain times throughout the bowl. It tastes of sweet vanilla with a nutty undercurrent at times (especially at first), and then evolves (or devolves if you wish) into more of a toasty marshmallowy taste. It is best sipped with something sweet to accent it (such as a diet mountain dew or sweet tea) and not such a "coffee-paired" tobacco like say... Hal'o the Wynd. Certainly an all-day tobacco though, never wearing on my taste and forming the backbone of my rotation of favorites.

One caution though... DO NOT BUY THE POUCHES. The tobacco inside is dry and flavorless. ONLY BUY THE CANISTERS. You probably won't regret it.

So, this is MY opinion on the famous old pirate. Take it or leave it, but certainly consider it.

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

here's the thing: captain black white smells incredible and it's difficult to argue that smell isn't a part of the pipe smoking experience.

since this particular brand is often recommended to novice pipe smokers i would like to weigh in (as a relatively new pipe smoker) about some of these issues that may have been forgotten years ago by more experienced smokers - i'll get back to the topic of smell in a second.

1.) i disagree that new pipe smokers should be recommended this tobacco. the reason why is because no aromatic - no matter how good it smells - will ever taste the way it smells. this tobacco is no exception. the taste on it's own is disappointing. it's bland and almost non-existent.

2.) for a new pipe smoker this tobacco WILL bite the tongue. i think the reason for this - casing aside - is because it's so difficult for the novice to gauge how quickly they are smoking it, that they inevitably smoke too much too quickly.

3.) i think a new pipe smoker should always be given a sample of a high quality English blend (my personal recommendation is Squadron Leader, or something similar) so that they can determine for themselves how full-bodied tobacco tastes as it burns.

Here's what I will say about this tobacco - i love blending it with a fuller-bodied English blend when i want to smell the wonderful room-note of captain black, but want to actually taste tobacco that doesn't bite the tongue.

I've read about this technique elsewhere in these reviews - and I certainly don't lay claim to this idea - but if you haven't tried it, I highly recommend blending this tobacco with an English blend. you really do get the best of both worlds.

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polaris Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
polaris (9)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Nice blend. Easy to find. Soft to the tongue, burns evenly. Nice option for a beginner.

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

Good ol' Captain Black. I do love this stuff. It's easy to pack, light and keep lit and my wife thinks it smells good. Tastes good too. I taste smooth vanilla and chocolate and I can even pick up on the roasted marshmallow that I've read of in previous reviews. I usually smoke Va's, light aromatics and the occasional english, but do find myself smoking this often. My only complaint is that after smoking this exclusively for a few days I do find myself wanting something with more tobacco taste. However, Captain Black White still gets smoked in my pipe at least once a day. It's a very good aromatic at a decent price and easy to find.

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

.... The Captain of the ship had decided. I was to walk the plank. I had made a seemingly small mistake.... or at least I thought it was small; but to Captain Black, it wasnt. To put it simply, I had made love with his woman. You see, Black always kept that fiery Spaniard, Isabella on the ship; always. She never left, so needless to say, she was rather lonely. And I, having seen nothing but gruff pirates and fish was often tempted with this forbidden fruit... But let me start from the beginning.

On one night the captain had left to lay raid to a Royal Navy vessel with the men, and left me to swab the deck. The nerve... I was one of the best guns on the ship... How could he? But shortly thereafter my abandonment, I wouldst reap a reward.

The opportunity struck as I was cleaning the captain's quarters as per my instruction. And there she was; the fair skinned Isabella, changing before my eyes, unclothing herself as her eyes pierced into mine. There she stood before me, fully unclothed, pleading with me to take her there in the Captain's bed; I gave in... to my great pleasure... 6 times on that moon's rise to be exact. I had never been with anyone quite like Isabella. She even remarked on my size, saying I "out gunned" that of the noble captain. As we lay there, sweating after making love like wild animals, I craved my vice, the only thing that could appropriately cap off the night. I had to smoke. The captain had always kept in his possession his prized pipe, and I concluded... Why not? I had already taken use of his woman; why not delve into his sacred stash? All I needed was the key around Isabella's neck, which she gladly gave me, due to the fact that my balls hung low, they wobbled too and fro as well.

I smoked the pipe tobacco wilts once again laying "siege" to Isabella's booty. The tobacco was mild and delightfully aromatic. Once the sun began to rise, I covered my tracks well, but not well enough for Ole Captain Black. He detected my presence in his chambers the moment he arrived on the ship. How, still remains a mystery to me. Never the less, he was furious. So I walked. At the end of the plank I turned to the crew and bid farewell, blowing a kiss to the Spanish beauty. Then to the captain, I turned and said "Seems to be that I was the captain of HER ship!!" Then I jumped, plunging into the depths of the sea.

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

This is the 2nd tobacco i tried after switching from cigarettes. Found it quite pleasing at first but quickly found a chemical taste i did not like. Overall not bad and the wife likes the way the smoke smells. I have since found Smokers Pride Black Cavendish mixed 4-1 with Prince Albert a much better smoke.

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Dhisey91 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dhisey91 (1)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

this blend was one my grandfather frequented during my youth and I love it. Its cheap, but the room note is amazing, my girlfriend loves the smell. The taste is simple.. a white cream taste. but its so simply beautiful. hardly any vitamin N. but its a classic and I love it, my go to smoke.

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FunnyPipe727 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FunnyPipe727 (20)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild Pleasant

For those of you who have just come into the art of pipe smoking, this is a good blend to start with. Packs easy, is uniform in consistency, and is not that bad overall. Simple, sweet taste, with no real complexities. It's a timeless American classic. If you're looking for that blend you're grandfather used to smoke, but can't quite describe the smell, chances are it's either this or Prince Albert. Most pipe smokers back in the day smoked cheap everyday blends. This falls right into that category. Nothing terrible about it, nothing special either. The room note is very nice, and the taste is pretty good too. Nice, clean and simple. Plus it's GREAT for cake building. Always burns to the bottom, and there's never a bite in a bowl. I recommend this to anyone just starting out on the pipe smoking adventure. It won't bite, it's consistent, and hard to screw up. Excellent starter's tobacco. Best of all, it won't break the bank. Even for the experienced smoker, this is a good neutral blend to have in your rotation. It's good for a quick, mild smoke.

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Aomalley27 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aomalley27 (4)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

Take this from the standpoint of a novice pipe smoker who has just begun to become reaquainted with the noble past time. This tobacco, while pleasant enough in the aroma and taste department, leaves me yearning for more nuance, more depth, to the tobacco. I'm a cigar smoker switching over to pipes, and I like the tobacco to mature or develope different characteristics throughout the smoke. While the sweetness is initially pleasant, it bores halfway through the smoke without developing any unigue characteristics. It maintains that bland, sugary flavor throughout, without depth. Not awful, but not original.

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

Good for the new pipe smoker any of the cpatain blacks are. Its mild , no tounge bite and very esay to find.

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KahveDelisi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KahveDelisi (45)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Best of all CB line but not good enough to get 1 more positive review

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

Maybe because i'd seen this at every Drug Mart in town, I wasn't expecting much, but the low price drew me in. I read that the "White" pouch was supposed to be the best, and i'll admit, this is a pretty nice everyday smoke. My favorite part of this experience was after smoking in my car, I returned later to find that my car smelled of delicious baked vanilla. Sweet! Great stuff for the price.

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echo5kilo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
echo5kilo (3)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This Tobacco has me perplexed as to why it's so popular....It really has no taste. Cheaper black cavandish like from Walgreens and a few others are actually way better. The Blue package Captain Black is way better than this. But i tend to stay away from Aromatics now. But it is nicotine and it does in a pinch. As far as OTC's go and new pipe smokers. I tell people starting out get a burley blend like Prince Albert or Carter Hall and a nice cob. It tastes better and most people are dropping cigs so the transistion wont be as hard.

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Coltrane Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Coltrane (26)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I purchse this aeromatic on ocassion when I can't find the Borkum Riff Black Cavendish or China Black Whiskey. It's a nice mixture that has a sweet creammy characteristic. It can bite on ocassion if you don't watch it and can smoke a little wet but other than that is a nice. I get a lot of compliments from older women about the smell when I'm smoking this blend and how it reminds them of their husbands who have passed on; it kind of makes me feel sorry for them....but it's a nice blend. I will often times mix some latakia in it to give it a little morebody.

I recommend this blend for seasoned smokers who like aeromatics and even new smokers looking for an easy smoking blend that is east to find and won't hurt the wallet.

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Max1a Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Max1a (29)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

I forgot my pouch recently and stopped in a "Shop-N-Rob" on my way to see what they had for pipe tobacco. There among the thousands of packages and cartons of cigarettes, way back behind the rolling papers, blunt wrappers, roach clips and glass crack pipes was a display box of Capt. Black white. I bought it for some ridicules price and went to my truck. I pulled open the pouch and was hit by the most god-awful smell of chemicals, PPG and who knows what else. I knew I couldn't smoke this as-is so I spread it out on a newspaper to air out and dry out. Three hours later (after sitting in my parked truck in the hot sun) I checked it. Barely dry enough to smoke, I packed it up and set fire to it. The first puff was bad and it got worse from there. I am not a tobacco snob, I will smoke darn near anything that will pass for tobacco.....Capt. Black white does not. The actual component tobaccos are probably not that bad, but their treatment of those tobaccos borders on criminal. It leaves a really bad taste in your mouth, stinks up your olfactory so it is all you can smell and flavors your pipe severely as well. Steer clear unless you are trying to stop smoking (this stuff will help in that respect, you won't want to smoke if this is all you have!) I wish there was a "ZERO STARS" recommendation for "you gotta be kidding me" Try at you own peril!

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

Well I guess if you're going to start you might as well start here.This was my introduction to pipes so many years ago and I still remember the room note as my grandfather was never without his trusty pipe and this blend was his poison of choice.All in all this blend is a great starting point for anyone who want to start smoking pipes.Easy to pack,takes to well to the match and you can puff as hard as you want and it never gets hot or bites.Cakes well without gooping up the pipe and burns to the bottom without too many relights.I do think it does better in larger bowls but a corn cob to a meer will do. Does it have the layers of flavour and mystery that some other oriental or english blends have?NO.But it is what it is and you should take it as such.An easy smoking arro that wont break the bank and actually tastes like something.The room note won't make you any ememies either.

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ccwman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ccwman (6)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Here's a salute to the Captain. I started on this ship when in college and a journey with the Captain is smooth, routine and very pleasant to the ol' nose. I continue to travel with the Captain, although I very often disembark at other exotic tobacco ports of call. He's patient, though, and allows me to reboard and regroup when I'm ready to do so. Fond memories indeed!

Interestingly the flavor in the cob revealed a marshmallow taste that lingered just long enough to billow the sails and then faded away. In a briar, I never detect a flavor but the room note is always pleasant and the smoke thick enough to float upon.

I'd say any port in a storm works for CBW. However, Mac Baren's Seven Seas Regular (in a white tin) may be tacking favorably towards the Captain. He better watch his starboard side!

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

This is the tobacco that started it all for me. After reading a few forums I headed to Walgreens and picked up a cob and a pouch of this. I headed home and smoked my first bowl that evening.

It tasted OK to me, but the wife loved the smell. Even our neighbor came out to catch a whiff. I guess the ladies really like the smell. For some reason I can never smell the room note so I will take their word for it.

It was easy to light and smoke and I really enjoyed it. This may be purchased again but not for a while. I want to venture out and taste the diversity for a while. I am sure it will be purchased again sometime.

If you are going to start smoking a pipe I would probably recommend this as a first time smoke. Easy to find, and easy to smoke.

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Carbide Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Carbide (3)
★★★☆
Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant

Very gentle smoke, was good for what I paid for it. It's much more satisfactory for a drug-store blend than any other I've tried. It's very straight forward, non-complicated and simple--but in a good way. Everyone around me commented how great it smelled, and, maybe more importantly, no one commented on how much they thought it stunk. I like this blend to smoke around the non smoking public.

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

I gotta' say, this isn't as bad as I was expecting it to be. Didn't bite me, decent and simple flavor (if you can get past the chemical taste) and the room note is amazing. I've had the same pouch for about 6 months, so I don't smoke it much, but when I'm in the mood for it nothing else will do...which I guess makes it something I'd recommend.

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Mr.Wilson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr.Wilson (3)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I don't care if you can buy it at 7-11, it's a good smoke. It smells great out of the pouch - like chocolate - and has a room note that justifies it's claim to a "world famous aroma". It burns great and never bites. It is somewhat one dimentional though, so I like to sanctify it by mixing in some Presbyterian. I call that a Rev.Black haha. Some may be horrified by that bit of sacrelige, but personal preference is the name of the game isn't it? Availibility meets respectable quality - I recommend it.

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SakamotoFan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SakamotoFan (12)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

This is one of the first tobacco's I've tried. I enjoyed it a lot...at first. Long after getting my pipe, I met up with a friend who coxed me into smoking with him the horrible cigar-like clone of a real cigar known as a "black'n'mild". Being used to real cigars, this thing tasted like garbage. I then realized that this trashy taste was the taste of the captain black white I've been smoking. Haven't touched it since. I recommend it as a first try for new pipe smokers only.

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

Thought I'd try a popular drug store brand. I didn't hate it, but it's pretty boring. Left a wierd fuzzy aftertaste in my mouth. Burned well, but my pipe was pretty goopy after. The flavour of it was very mild, hardly detectable. Smells nice.

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neoclassical Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
neoclassical (9)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

CB white was the first pipe tobacco I ever smelled from my friend's dad's stint with pipe smoking. When I picked up a pipe I decided to try it. It is similar to Tinderbox's Chartwell in looks and package smell, and just as good tasting. If I can't get Chartwell, I'll smoke CB White. It is particularly good from a corn cob IMHO, and has that nutty flavor I've been searching for. I don't think it is overly flavored/aromatic. All of my first pipe experiences were from bulk blends like the Tinderbox, Lane, Consolidated, O'Leary's Smoke Shop (RIP) so for "slumming it" with an OTC, I have to admit I like CB White alot more than I thought I would.

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S.Hylan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
S.Hylan (2)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Ah, memories! This was almost my first tobacco and I smoked this for a long time because the fine room note actually came through in the taste, though somewhat reduced in its intensity. I enjoyed the flavor scenting my beard, moustache and pipe. My wife LOVED the aroma (that got it a third star)!

Packed well, easily lit and I could usually get an hour of pleasure from it. I especially enjoyed pushing the smoke out through my nose. It wasn't gooey and left my mouth in good condition. But it was subject to inconsistency- either too wet or more commonly, too dry and stale. Almost no nicotine and light in character. Due to politics, this blend disappeared in the EU about the year 2002.

Good choice for beginners and public smoking.

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Smoking-To-Port Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoking-To-Port (13)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Very Mild Pleasant

Yes,Yes,Yes...you are all correct.It is what it is.Sweet,fluffy marshmallow Easter bunnies.and yet...it is such a guilty pleasure.It carbons the tops of my aro pipes,and makes the bowls and stems a little sticky.So what!All my pipes get a good cleaning after a smoke and I enjoy shining and polishing them anyway.Sometimes I just crave the sweet stuff and this is one that I will give in to.Not everyday by any means---but sometimes the mood just strikes.I don't need a can,pouch will do---stays fresh just long enough to finish.I always have a little around---a treat for myself or to share with a friend who might like to try.

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Kashmir Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kashmir (19)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

This was my very first pipe tobacco many years ago. If sipped gently past mid-bowl, it does offer a nice taste of licorice or vanilla to my mind. Of course, the room note is very pleasant and sure to get compliments in public or from the non-smoking public in general. Someone said the Capn' Black aroma is a "Lady Magnet" and I must concur. But to be honest, Capn' Black (White) has VERY little taste to it. You could say that you can barely tell if your smoking tobacco. This is as far as you can get from a good English or Balkan blend, or a Va/Per flake. Nevertheless my mood sometimes brings me back to Capn Black (White) since its so readily available, and relatively cheap. Again, if sipped it does offer a nice taste, although very mild with no backbone or any real tobacco flavor to it at all. I don't notice any "goop", and for an aromatic it does burn to an OK fine ash. I tried cutting it 3:1 with an English blend such as GL Pease Westminster to give it some flavor, and while interesting it is by no means a vast improvement. Be sure to try it at least once, who knows, you may end up liking it a great deal. I know some smokers who do. Two and a half stars only from me. Cheers,

Update August 2010: Aromatics are known for using cheap Cavendish and Burley tobaccos as a base for the strong sugar-based casing that typifies the blend. And Capn' Black (White) is no exception. For those of you who enjoy Capn' Black (White) but want more of a tobacco taste, or perhaps more taste than that afforded by the cheap Cavendish and Burleys this is for you: Why not attempt an "Aromatic Balkan". I add in a 1:1 ratio Capn' Black to Balkan Sasieni (the 16 oz. from Cup O Joes rather than the original blend of Balkan Sasieni from Peter Stokkebye Tobaksfabrik A/S - the latter is good as is on its own). The blend from Cup O Joes approximates but does not replace the original in my opinion. Although not an aromatic smoker (I prefer English and Balkan blends almost exclusively, with a little take of Pressed Aged Virginias from McClellen or sometimes Escudo in a group 2 Dunhill), I have always had a soft spot for ol' Capn' Black (White) from my early rambling days in the high desert. I would recommend this 1:1 Capn' Black (White) : Balkan Sasieni (16 oz from Cup O Joes) to anyone, who wants the sweetness of Capn' Black (White) but also appreciates the depth of the Virginia and Orientals afforded by the Balkan Sasieni. In short, the latter replaces the bland Cavendish and Burleys background of Capn' Black. Try it yourself and let me know what you think.

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

Some people bash this blend, but the smell of CBW will always hold a place in my heart. My grandfather was a navy guy, and he smoked CBW every day in his old beat up dublin. A lot of life lessons were imparted with the smell of this in the air, as well as a lot of fond memories during winter months. This tobacco burns very well for a drugstore blend, and has a roomnote that can draw women from a mile away. Burns fairly mildly, and as long as you don't push hard, won't goop your pipe. I find myself smoking this during winter, and remembering all those wonderful winter afternoons when all you can do, all you want to do, is watch the snowfall and read a good book.

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

This is the only Captain Black tobacco I still indulge in after all my years as a pipe smoker. I get a craving for it once or twice a year. I smoke 6 or 7 pipefuls and am contented.

The room note will convert the worse anti-tobacco nazis out there.

It doesn't cloak and wet your pipe like CB's Blue and is enjoyable to smoke once in a while.

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Boston Bill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Boston Bill (11)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

I found Captain Black Regular/White to be too harsh for my tastes. It might be that this blend contains Burly, which I dislike, but I found that the flavor was too "burned" and acrid in my mouth to enjoy. I've tried several pouches over time, and they've not gotten better.

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yinyang Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
yinyang (45)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

Well, I give this review with two caveats:

1- I haven't smoked this in months, making this a less than ideal review... and...

2- I have learned I do not like black cavendish....at all. Maybe, as a condiment, I dunno, but as the main player, yech.

That said-

Not bad. Just not good. It comes off as a benign, at best, vanilla laced aro. Yes, my limited childhood experience says it's one for the ages...

However...

It smokes like all the other black cavendish dominated blends I've tried...heavy on the scent, weak on the flavour.

If, (a big if), you smoke to please the crowd, you're doing ok. But, if you smoke to enjoy the experience, this probably won't do it for you...minding the fact I know what a good cigarette, and even better cigar, can mean as far as individual sensory pleasures go.

It doesn't help it goes for $5 a pop at retailers around here. So what if I can find it easily? Most (all?) bulk (read: good) tobacco's go for less than that for an ounce 'round here. Do yourself a favor and read these pages...they can steer you right without the common BS outlay of money so many beginning pipster's are forced, obliged, to drop around here.

My .02

-Kyle

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mwins123 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mwins123 (4)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

I do love captain black white. The aroma is pleasant and the taste is fairly nice. It is an enjoyable smoking experience. I would recommend it as a fairly priced and tasty treat. Not bad for the all day puffer as well.

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

I finally picked up a pouch of this at my local drugstore and opened it with rather low expectations.

I'm happy to say I was very pleasantly surprised - it's very hard to not like Captain Black, and I can see why it's a top seller.

It smokes very easily, is mild and smooth, and has a delicious vanilla/rum/clove/something flavor that gets better as you smoke it.

This would be the perfect introduction to the beginner pipe smoker, and I'm sure I'll be enjoying it years from now. It's nice to know that as long as there's a drugstore nearby, I'll have something consistent and satisfying tobacco to enjoy.

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Mr. Smithy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mr. Smithy (3)
★★★★
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Strong

ill be 100% honest...............

i used to be a big fan of CB light..............then i went on a quest for aromatics. looking for the perfect vanilla.

i came back around to trying the white! i actually found it in some ways lighter than CB light?

i highly recommend the creamy vanilla taste provide by white. no need to mention the room note.

i had recently tried other "classier" brands of pipe tobbaco, only to find my tongue scorched no matter how finicky or carefull i was. Capt. Black White has none, no matter how you punish it.

compliments a variety of drinks id imagine. coffee, etc. i have recently found that iced tea and this are wonderful in the backyard while lounging under the shade of my favorite tree.

call it a "drug store" tobac............ill take simple, tasty, and consistent!

im home.

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

It is so easy to disparage the so called "Drug Store" blends and refer to them as garbage. But we all have to remember (I try!) that these reviews are only opinions and not "Truths!" In my opinion, Captain Black White is a comfortable, easy smoke. Some might say boring but I find it satisfying when... I'm in the mood for it! And that's the key, isn't it? I don't want to eat steak every night no matter how much I like it. So although the taste is not exciting, it's been around all these years for a reason - It's just right when the mood hits you.

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paulw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
paulw (34)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is my old stand by, when I can't get my favorites I'll buy this, you could call it roughing it, that's what I call it! but it gets me by!

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Pike Mopers III Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pike Mopers III (6)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Not a particularly interesting tobacco. I bought some because I decided to head to a local tobacco shop instead of order some nice tobacco online for my first pipe tobacco endeavor. It is not cheaper than high quality blends, in fact it was slightly more expensive than most blends that I have since purchased online. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone as a first tobacco as it will leave a sour stain on your opinion of pipe smoking, like it did for me at first. Luckily, I discovered decent tobacco and threw away the remaining Captain Black. Garbage.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Smoking a pipe off and on for over 40 years means one has smoked quite a bit of tobacco. I have never made a habit of smoking any of the high-priced brands or blends. Never made sense to me, because the so-called 'drug store' brands always worked just fine. I don't think I've missed anything, really. Captain Black White is one of the very best. Mild, cool, no bite, no sludge. Great stuff. Room note very nice. I would recommend it to any pipe smoker, with no reservations.

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

I found this to be much better than the blue pouch and I do keep a pouch of this on hand at all times, as I find it to be a nice in-between smoke when I am out of the higher-end tobaccos. It travels well and smokes quick. I am still working on a pouch I bought almost a year ago, and it keeps getting better with age. This is definitely a working man's tobacco with almost no bite to speak of.

I smoke this in a Dr Grabow Grand Duke straight.

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Storm Watch Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Storm Watch (25)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Ah, my first review. Going through the drug store stuff first.

CB White is an enjoyable little smoke. Nothing complex about it, just a fairly good aro. A bit pricey compared to other drug store stuff. I pay nearly double what Carter Hall costs me. While others might claim this is only a good 'starter' tobacco I've been smoking dozens of different blends over the years and still like this stuff. Try to get the tubs if you can. The pouches tend to dry out on the shelves too easily and it changes the taste.

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happy jack Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
happy jack (25)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

Again, the Captain is over rated, a beginner's smoke, thats all. You can get better quality with "Smokers Pride, BC", real good inexpensive bc, without the toxic goop. Why do I say somewhat recommende?, How else will the new pipe smoker learn if not by trial and err, what and how could he compare and discern with.

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

A very mild tobacco with a lot of additives. The room note smells good, but the tobacco itself is weak.

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Newbie2010 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Newbie2010 (12)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Strong Very Mild Overwhelming

I read the reviews here and how everyone heralds this and I went out to the local grocery store and purchased a pouch for a little over $7. I'm sorry I did, too, because I could have bought too many other kinds of tobacco, far better than this one, for less than that price. Hell, I could have just about bought two pouches of the Prince Albert that was right next to it with $7. This certainly did not and will never go into any of my briars. I smoked it in a cob. It's very wet out of the pouch, so I let it air out a bit. It packs well, lights well, but I'm not sure what the 3-star fuss is about. It produces a lot of smoke and a room note that goes from pleasant to sickeningly sweet to overwhelming. In fact, I open my "cellar" (closet) door where my I keep my tobacco and I can smell Captain Black. And you would think with that aroma there would be some kind of flavor. There are hints of it, but with that room note in your nose, you would be hard pressed to taste anything. I hate to say it, but I think this pouch is destined for the trash. Don't waste your money.

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

Despite having smoked a lot of OTC tobacco, I somehow missed Captain Black White until recently. Like many in that category, it is mild -- maybe because that is where every body starts off, at least in the states. CBW has some good qualities. It has a pleasant aroma and stands a good chance of being tolerated by non-smoking family members. I think the aromatic aspect of it is not overdone. It packs and burns well, and I personally have no problems whatsoever with it being too wet. For me, it smokes pleasantly down to a fine white ash. I find it enjoyable in the flavor category. I expect to keep CBW or something similar to it around, and I prefer it over some more-expensive tinned aromatics.

As for chemicals and all that, I think it is pretty well established that virtually all pipe tobacco is treated with propylene glycol at this point, and I tend to think this is a non-issue.

All in all, a recommended rating.

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

There definitely seems to be a lot of nostalgia about this blend, but I can see how this stuff might make for some sweet memories. The first pipe I smoked was Borkum Riff, I think it was bourbon flavor. I didn't touch another pipe for 20 years. You guys who started out on Captain Black were the lucky ones.

CB White is a notch above most drug store tobacco. It's not complex or subtle, but it's actually surprisingly tasty. Smells delicious. Simple, Sweet & Cheap. Nuff Said! 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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ivycap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ivycap (63)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

Very mild, great smelling pipe tobacco. Great for beginners who don't want anything strong. It has almost no taste, like smoking vapors, while the roomnote is amazing (vanilla like). You'll get a lot of compliments. Eventually, it will leave you wanting more flavor.

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

Like so many others Captain Black was my first endeavor in pipe smoking. All I can say is I'm still smoking pipes and loving them. Captain Black is what you buy at your local drugstore, not the premium stuff you get online/tobacconist. Do not go into it with high expectations. Besides that fact, some days it smokes wonderful, others it indeed taste like sawdust. Every once and a while I will go back and give it a try and I'm treated with something new every time. Looking past its inconsistent smoking, Captain Black is still worth a try, especially for beginners. It also is very easy to pack, I always get it perfect even though it comes so moist. If anything Captain Black is just a care free and fun smoke. Anyone willing to give it the time of the day can enjoy. On a side note, I would have to say it comes in a very attractive looking pouch/tin. The smell of the tobacco is very pleasant, in fact I like to keep a empty pouch next to my computer I like it so much.

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

Like so many others, this was the first pipe tobacco I smoked around 5 years ago. I had more fond memories of it back then so I kind of regret buying a pouch recently. I remember this being sweet, smooth and overall pretty damn good.

I guess my tastes have developed, because right now, I'm not tasting much of anything. It's still sweet and smooth, but almost impossible to believe that there is tobacco in the pouch - it has no punch to it whatsoever. Kind of like non alcoholic beer.

It's cheap, which is a bonus, I guess. Though this wouldn't sell if it were expensive as it doesn't offer much at all.

It's moist out of the pouch, but oddly enough, it packs perfectly, and lights perfectly as well, despite being moist to the point where it literally sticks to your fingers.

Of course, the taste doesn't develop and it basically goes nowhere. You're left with lots of sweet smoke but that's about it. The people around you will probably enjoy more than you, the smoker.

Still though, it's not bad. Easy to pack, light, and requires absolutely no effort to keep lit. It never bites, either.

Good I guess when nothing else is around. Two stars.

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

Definitely my favorite in the CB family.

Keeping in mind in which class the CB tobaccos belong, easily accessible and inexpensive, this is a good tobacco.

A pleasant room note, good taste and smokes very well for a moist tobacco. Though the latter does produce quite a bit of "gravy" it doesn't smoke as hot as say CB Royal, and the tongue bite never seems to kick in. In fact, one can puff on a bowl of CB White as a mad and the tobacco seems to behave very well for a drug store brand.

I always keep a pouch of CB White in stock.

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Shawn_M Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Shawn_M (43)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

This makes a great tobacco for someone just learning the pleasures of pipe smoking. I suggest smoking it in a corncob as it tends to be sticky and leaves some residue in briar pipes.

Otherwise its an ok blend with no surprises, but no disapointments either.

Although this is most likely the most popular "drugstore" blend, I prefer Blender's Gold or even Smoker's Pride over CB, but thats just my personal taste.

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Kissphantom05 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kissphantom05 (20)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is my tobacco for when I am in a pinch. The availability of this tobacco is high and the price is wonderful. I can smoke it anytime. It is not bad to me, although a great man once said it tasted like sawdust. To each his own right?

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

I had never tried this well-known tobacco, and was prepared to be disappointed after Captain Black Gold (I am spoiled by having a fine local tobacconist with excellent house blends). Instead, I was very pleasantly surprised; for a high-profile brand-name tobacco, this is very good. A blend of Cavendish including black C., it might be too sweet and sticky for some, but I liked it.

A good first-pipe-of-the-day smoke; not too strong, not too heavy; very easy on the tongue, and a satisfying smoke in my jumbo pipe. Good choice for new smokers and for when only the drugstores are open. I would not recommend it over custom blends, but taken as a popular commercial tobacco, it has my endorsement.

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

My beloved Uncle Mike used to go through cans of this stuff. He often let me dip my pipe into his stash and thought, it's not bad, but what does he see in it? He also introduced me to Ed's Continental 51, which I found to be superb! I bought a pouch of this a few years ago and I'll puff on it, because the room note reminds me of him. It's not the worst of all the drugstore offerings out there and one of the few that doesn't bite me. If you can't get something better, this will do. Oh, it tastes like Vanilla extract, mixed with black Cavendish.

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Fellow traveler Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fellow traveler (64)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I will admit this is the first mix I smoked. It was fun, it was pleasant. It is smooth, mild and tasty. It can be blown out your nose and the aroma of the burning tobacco is pleasant for the smoker and non smoker alike. Vanilla? yes!! Whiskey? maybe! Other stuff? Most likely, but you will never guess what.

On the Altidis site a FAQ is "How do you tell a good cigar?" The answer from one of the largest tobacco manufactures in the world: "Consistency"

That is what CB White is all about. If you buy a pouch, a tin, or a 40 foot container of it, it is consistent. You will not be disappointed because it changed.

But sooner of later you will change and then perhaps move to other things. That is what happened to me, I just grew tired of the taste. Maybe it was the change of the season. I will try it again, but not anytime soon.

Try it, you may like it, you may love it, or not.

To mix a similar but better less expensive version try this: 50/50 mix of Lane 1Q and Peter Stokkebye Nougat

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Mike__P Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mike__P (87)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

A perennial best-seller, Captain Black White is a noteworthy blend -- the one that got the whole thing started for me 25 years ago, the bridge to dozens of other fine tobacco mixtures that I've discovered since. I recognize that most of us wax nostalgic when it comes to this one, but let's give kudos where they're due. I probably would have never heard of Cornell & Diehl, Esoterica, Sam Gawith or Greg Pease if it weren't for CB.

If you smoke it correctly, it will reward you with a a cool, dry, sweet and satisfying smoke, and will burn to a fine grey ash with just a bit of goop to clean up. With the temperature topping 90, it's a nice choice over more "serious" Balkan or full Viringia blends.

I would also HIGHLY recommend, if you're new to the hobby, that you also try another OTC, Carter Hall. By comparison, Carter Hall delivers a solid, nutty and natural Burley tobacco flavor that is lightly sweet. It will open the door for you to explore the thousands of high-quality tobacco blends from around the world.

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

My first tobacco - just like a first love, always memorable. I used to smoke this along with Sir Walter Raleigh in my MM cob way before I knew anything about balkans, english's and virginias. I just bought a batch of this and it's still the same. Brings back lots of memories. I enjoyed it very much despite the fact that I smoke alot of other "hoity-toity" tobaccos these days. Sometimes a good OTC blend can put things back into perspective. I read a review on here somewhere (sorry I don't remember who it was) about these OTC blends. They stated that if it was good enough for gramps and dad, it was good enough for them. I have to agree. Sometimes I just want something to smoke, not to ponder over, savor or fuss about - just to smoke. Captain Black White fits the bill nicely - now where's that box of Sir Walter Raleigh...?

* 1st of the drug store blends.

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

The two measures I use to avoid an emotional evaluation are: 1- Am I going to buy it when finished? 2- Am I going to miss it in the long run?

Captain Black White is a good pipe tobacco. The best thing about it is its flavor and the room note it gives. I haven't try different kinds of tobacco without flavors, but I can say it is not the kind you want if you are looking for the taste of a pure tobacco. The flavor is overwhelming.

One another good thing about it is that is is available ( I live in Syria, Latakia) and inexpensive (three dollars for 50gms).

One bad thing about it is that--compared to unflavored tobacco-- it is wet.

To conclude, I like CBW because of its flavor, and it leaves a pleasant smell that sticks even to your mustaches/beard. It tastes good, but to be honest, it does not taste like professional. Currently it is the most kind favored by me among the available ones (I have tried all the rest of flavors by Captain Black, I also tried Clan, Borkum Riff Orange and Honey, and Erinmore Mixture), but I am looking to try more professional, more delicious brands. I've tried Dunhill Early Morning, and it is far more better, but not available now. -------------------------------------------------------- Two Years Later: Captain Black White was missed in the markets here for two years, and so I had to go trying other brands and blends. I tried Davidoff (Danish, Scottish, English, Red), Mac Barren (Navy Mixture, Navy Flake and Plumcake), I've tried Borkum Riff (Orange and Honey, Pure tobacco), and all the rest blends of Captain Black. After my experience--and now captain black white is available, I find it among the best pipe tobaccos I smoked. Davidoff Danish mixture, red mixture, and Captain black white are my number one, next comes captain black gold, Davidoff English mixture and Mac Barren Plumcake).

And yes, CBW burns well, and seldom leaves dottle if you knew how to pack it and smoke it properly.

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

Not a bad taste, but I found it left a horrible (in the same sense as artificial sweeteners) odor in my pipe afterward.

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pandabearzx2 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pandabearzx2 (18)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I don't know why it took me so long to try this, but now that I have I am happy I did. I was very satisfied with Captain Black White. I know now why it is the best selling tobacco blend!

You are first hit with a good vanilla smoothness... And then there is a bit of spice flavor. It tastes like cloves to me. There isn't a ver strong tobacco flavor but I think if it were mixed maybe 75% CBW with 25% straight burley it would be the perfect aromatic!

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

This is my second time trying Captain Black. My first time trying White Label, a decision that was based on the reviews on this site. I think that if/when I come back to Black, I'll go for the white again.

I would rate this blend as tolerable. Not my favorite person in the room, but I don't feel so uncomfortable with it to leave the party. The room note somewhat a classic tolerable aro.

Keeping in mind the price point and availability (no tobacconists in my area), I'm giving this pouch an extra point and can see myself picking this up again sometime when the budget demands. This is not a go to for me because I do not require an aromatic.

=Note=

Halfway through the pouch, I took one of my favorite "Outlaw Jose Wales" cigars (Backwoods Black & Natural) and mixed it into the pouch, less the wrapper leaf. This was a delightful experience and a big improvement. I'll be making this combination again.

Careful with this one. Its tempermental. Two Stars

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ItarPeyo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ItarPeyo (19)
★☆☆☆
Extremely Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

To me it didn't look like tobacco, didn't smell like tobacco nor did it taste like tobacco.

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

Captain Black was the first tobacco I ever smoked (in a pipe). I was introduced to this tobacco by a Turkish Shop worker in Mosul Iraq. I always say that this was the tobacco that made me fall in love with pipe smoking.

I still find the old Captain great to smoke. I have it in a daily rotation. This is a very inexpensive tobacco and is easily found at the local drug store.

I would recommend that anybody first starting out, should at least try it. You might find it ending up being your everyday.

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cGriffith Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cGriffith (1)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant

This, Captain Black, is my favorite tobacco.

To me, it is a good, inexpensive tobacco; it has a great smell to it (my kids love it, they think it smells almost chocolate -like), it is one of the few tobaccos my wife does not mind me "fuming up the living room" with. I've read plenty of foul reviews for this tobacco and personally feel they are unwarranted opinions of tobacco "elitists". I would recommend this brand/flavor to anyone looking to take up this very enjoyable habit.

The flavor is not too overpowering like i have experienced from several more expensive tobaccos, it rarely bites (you'd have to really puff the hell out of your pipe to get it to), stays lit without problem in a proper pipe and rejuvenates quite nicely if you slip up and leave it exposed.

I say if you are looking for a nice full bodied - aromatic tobacco that wont break your budget. Go the Captain. You'll be happy you did.

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

The guy below said it perfectly... "This black and gold Cavendish smells of yummy vanilla and marshmallow or is it cupcakes?" - Vanilla and marshmallow... Not at all Whiskey flavored or scented. Not sure who made that mistake. It is a mistake though.

This is a great tobacco for a beginner and will almost certainly get you hooked on pipe smoking. Great flavor, easy burning tobacco with a wonderful room note.

Can bite if you pull too hard on the pipe and the taste can be a little harsh, but compared to other drug store tobacco's this is head and shoulders above the competition.

Give it a try...

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CenTex Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CenTex (15)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The smell conjures up memories of my grandfather. Inherited a large tin from an uncle. I really wanted to like this, but there is a sharp taste to it that I just cannot learn to love. Maybe that is the whiskey. It will bite and my wife is not enamoured of the room note. Easily lit and easy to keep lit. OK once in a while, but there are better aromatics out there in the same price range.

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

I have been extremely short on cash lately and have been looking for some good, inexpensive tobaccos that I can enjoy on the cheap. After doing a little homework on the matter, I decided to try both Prince Albert (of course a nonaromatic) and Captain Black White. A friend's father has smoked this for years, and I loved the aroma, but knowing it was both an aromatic and a cheap tobacco I have been quite opposed to trying it until now.

I purchased a pouch of both today and have since smoked the Captain Black twice out of the cheaper and older of my two pipes, fearing that it might ruin my nicer pipe. What a surprise! The aroma is, of course, positively warm and lovely, but what I wasn't expecting was how much I could still taste the tobacco rather than a heavy vanilla/whiskey flavoring. After the first two minutes almost all I taste is tobacco with a very slight flavoring to it. I have a tendency to puff a bit too hard, too fast (which is why I've so long preferred cigars) and this tobacco stood up to that beautifully, offering virtually no tongue bite to speak of. If I could smoke indoors and properly relax, this would be totally absent as I found myself more inclined to smoke slowly.

This tobacco was not sickeningly sweet like Guilty Pleasure, it smoked cool, it wasn't very sticky to the touch, it smokes nice and dry without gurgling, and it lights and burns beautifully without any need to be overly meticulous in packing the bowl.

The price, the aroma, its burning quality, the pleasant flavor of the tabacco itself, and the absence of many of the unpleasant qualities found in Guilty Pleasure make this tobacco a very pleasant surprise for me. Basically the only drawbacks I can find in this are that I prefer a stronger tobacco in the nicotine department, however this is still perfectly fine. A large bowl of this is still quite relaxing. Beyond that, I adore the richer, fuller bodied flavor of tobaccos found in good nonaromatic blends, like the illfated Dunhill Durbar, Frog Morton, and My Mixture 965.

I recommend this tobacco to anyone not averse to smoking an occasional aromatic and to anyone looking for a pleasant, quality smoke for cheap. This cost me just over 6 bucks for a 1.5oz pouch. Compare that to the 15 bucks I recently paid for a tin of Davidoff English Mixture (slight disappointment in quality, huge disappointment in price) which contains just a bit under 2 oz, I think the choice for me is obvious.

If you despise aromatics entirely, this might not be for you. If you, like me, crave rich and smoky latakia, this may not be for you. If you need a whopping dose of nicotine every time you smoke, this probably will not satisfy without a huge pipe. But if the only thing holding you back from trying this is the touch of snobbery I'm personally so often guilty of, it's DEFINITELY worth swallowing your pride and trying a pouch of this.

It's certainly not the best tobacco I've smoked, but it's pretty damn pleasant and for the money it is hard to beat. My first impression of PA was pretty good, too, but I need to smoke more of that before I feel it will warrant a review. Despite having only smoked a small amount of this, I feel confident that I will likely return to Captain Black in the future. I could even see it in regular rotation in the future. As I get close to finishing the bag, I will try to remember to update my review.

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

Smells great in the pouch, but nothing more. You can do a lot better with one of C&D's aromatics for the same price. Check out their Captain Cool beld, Very similar in smell but altogether better. Don't waste your money or brier on this unless you; well, like it.

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pipesmoker33 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pipesmoker33 (5)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is my all time favorite tobacco. Very smooth, mild flavor. Lights and burns very well with little to no bite. Very nice room note. I perfer this to any premium tobacco i have tried.

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JLong Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JLong (35)
★★★☆
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

I smoked this pretty regular back in the early 80's so lighting up takes me back.

This is good no nonsense drug store tobacco. Not the greatest tasting but I like it well enough. I'm not getting any soapy top not like I do with some drug store blends. Just a hint of chemicals maybe. I don't sense much for flavoring either. It tastes like tobacco. It's smooth and has body. The after taste is rather pleasant.

Captain Black loads, lights, and stays lit easily straight out of the pouch. It's great for inattentive smoking with very little muss and fuss.

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Hopkins1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hopkins1 (7)
★☆☆☆
Mild Extra Strong Medium Very Pleasant

This blend is like sawdust compared to good tobacco.

Try it if you want to know what you were not missing out on.

I suggest burning this in a wood fire at Christmas instead of letting its smoke touch your lips.

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beren911 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beren911 (5)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I give three star to Captain black white because it is really an awesome tobacco to star smoking pipe. It is also extremely easy to find in most drugstore or convenience store, and when you just finished the last tin can of your favorite, it is the next best thing. I began smoking this as my first tobacco ever and it is the one I used to introduce some of my friends to pipe smoking.

You can definitly feel some virginia behing the cavendish cure that give a sweet taste to an already sweet tobacco, if I had to define the thing, i'd define it as a ''dessert'' tobacco, immediatly after a meal, with a glass of rose(Wine), it is awesome, i also recommend it with a little shotglass of peach shnapps.

Also, the roomnote is really awesome with that tobacco. I often smoke at my friend place where is roomate used to hate when we smoked cheap cigar, but the time he entered the room after we smoked captain black he was like; Guys: What is this awesome smells.

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Cancerman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cancerman (13)
★★☆☆
Medium Mild Full Pleasant

Just tried my first bowl of Captain Black White, it's a real harsh tobacco, not at all what I expected. The taste is not very good and I almost dumped the bowl half way through but decided to finish it. Then afterwards I noticed that I had a nice aftertaste that lasted quite a while (probably the casing as I usually don't smoke aromatics) and the smoke smell on my hands and clothes was pleasant (I smoke outside so don't notice a room note). It also has a good nicotine kick, that plus it's cheap price I imagine gives it good ratings.

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Old Northern Smoky Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Northern Smoky (33)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Ahoy me mates! Jump aboard the Captain's White Ship and take a smooth and yummy voyage courtesy of Lane in the U.S..

It is no wonder that CB White rates so well. This black and gold Cavendish smells of yummy vanilla and marshmallow or is it cupcakes? Whoever said its flavored with whiskey needs an olfactory transplant. Who cares, it smells great! And this soothing aroma is what lingers in the room when lit.

Having tried this, my favorite C.B. Royal has to take second place when it comes to American aromatics. The white is equally moist so you need to let it dry or else you'll have to jump ship near the last quarter bowl where it gets steamy and a bit harsh. There's lots of gurgle to let you know that this is a wet bakkie.

Once drawn into the mouth the tongue gets coated with a creamy, ever so slightly sweet taste. If you're looking for some sort of tobacco aroma or taste, forget this one; its just too heavily cased for that. But despite my best efforts I could not get this to bite which was a relief to my poor tongue. I found no after taste once done.......I could still enjoy my dinner.

For all you beginner pipers, you must try this one. Frankly, I'm sort of annoyed with the purists who like to pin C.B. as a "drugstore" tobacco. As a matter of fact, here in Quebec, pharmacies, a.k.a. drugstores to you Yanks, are prohibited from selling tobacco products, thank God!.

The one negative is that at $20 for a 50 gram pouch of this U.S. produced tobacco it is 3$ more expensive than the Eurpoean imported Sail which I also like. Go figure, there should be no duty on the imported U.S. blend and duty on the European import but the European is cheaper! I don't get it since the U.S. import should be duty-free???????

If you live where no tobacconist exists, as I do, you can't go wrong by stopping at the nearest depanneur, a.k.a. convenience store and forking out the $$ for this C.B.. Well worth the price as far as I'm concerned. Weigh anchor, Captain, and smooth sailing!

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

Ahhh the captain. Makes me feel like Fletcher Christian: Captain Bligh seemed like a friendly fellow until you took a long voyage with him, but then out from under the pleasant exterior, he would always be snapping at you. And don't mess with his breadfruits! I like the smell in the pouch and the taste (at first), but it becomes intolerable as I smoke it and I usually can't finish the bowl-have to throw him overboard. The flavoring is pleasant at the outset, but becomes progressively more and more artificial and goopy. There seems to me to be some delayed-reaction tongue bite as well. I would recommend Gold as a better choice with this brand.

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Nickandhispipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Nickandhispipe (4)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Very Mild Very Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I have been smoking for a little over a year now and in that time I have tried many different tobaccos. One night I was going fishing and decided to stop and buy some after reading some good reviews on here. Now normally I had been smoking aromatics from a local tobaccanist that had a medium taste and Extremely pleasant room note. Captain Black White was awful in my opinion, with little to no taste and an ok smell. It burned hot and was dry within a week even being kept in a jar. I wouldn't recommend this tobacco to anyone.

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Old Puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Puffer (42)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Should have reviewed this a long time ago. Have been smoking it for about 2 years and it has become one of my go-to baccys when I can't decide what to smoke today.

CBW comes in about perfect moisture content for smoking which, combined with a nice cut, makes it easy to pack and light. Good quality tobacco with no sticks or too many 'fines'. No problem lighting or keeping lit, smokes cool, no bite, no surprises. Leaves a slightly grainy dark grey ash with no bad after odor or taste in the pipe or mouth. Only thing that keeps it from a perfect score is a strong taste that starts building up near the bottom of the bowl.

Although this has no outstanding uniqueness, it is very friendly. Can't really call it an aromatic, Balkan, Oriental or English. Somewhat reminiscent of Carter Hall which I have learned to like a lot.

Will always keep this on hand in quantity since it seems to mellow with age. Also highly recommend it for beginners

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

I have had a pipe on me long enough now to know what I like. I do not feel like a new pipe smoker anymore. I was smoking CBW for a week while waiting to visit my local tobacconist and buy some "Non drugstore" tobacco. I finally made that trip and bought 3 different high end blends. I can appreciate what they are and will try many more in the future. The "good" blends were right next to the CBW at 3:30 in the morning when I went fishing with a friend and yet I grabbed the CBW pouch and throughly enjoyed 3 bowels of it before noon on the boat! Until I find something better or a good reason CBW will be my default or at least top 3 tobaccos.

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

First of all i have to say that i am a beginning pipe smoker, so i have been using this site a lot and reading a lot of reviews.

I came across this brand and since i am a college student and i don't have much money. Plus in my whole home town almost nobody smokes pipes; consequently, i have no tobacconist in town. I was at rite-aid and saw this brand and then read all these reviews.

Everybody said for a beginner it is a good tobacco experience, so i tried it. first of all a lot of people said that it was very moist or goopy in the bag, IDK if i got a bogus bag or since nobody smokes pipes where i live, its mabey been sitting there for years but it was not moist at all, quite dry actually. The flavor of it wasn't overboard either, a lot of people said it tasted soapy or like a candy bar, i tasted some vanilla and some whiskey flavor, but the tobacco stood out, i could really taste that. But, the aroma was a little disappointing, a lot of people around me liked the smell but i thought it would be way more pungent. all in all i liked it, i will be keeping it until i get some more doe and start online shopping!

So, im adding to this review, i was smoking a bowl of this stuff when writing this review, which was like 5 hours ago. So i left my house since then, and just walked into my room right now, and i smelled that wonderful aroma everybody was talking about. I now love CBW!

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

I first tried CB Blue a few years back, was not that impressed but wanted to give a different variation a shot. This is a very nice smelling blend (in the tin) and the aroma is great while burning (sweetish, sort of vanilla). It burns cool but only produces a light to moderate amount of smoke and I found it difficult to stay lit. The taste is nothing like the aroma and it left quite a nasty feel and flavor on my palate. This was nice to try as a really sweet indulgence and people love the aroma of this blend when out and about, but for me this is too mild, not flavorful and leaves me with a disturbing taste.

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

CB White is a great "drug store blend." My only real beef with this tobacco is that it is almost not there in the taste department and has a tendency to burn hot. Other than that a good smoke with pleasant aroma

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

This is the best of the CB blends. The casing and flavouring used is among the best ever made and delivers an outstanding roomnote. It is a moister tobaco so it can leave some gooopy mess on the pipe afterwards, so prepare your cleaners. Taste is very mild, does not offend the tongue at all. It has mild taste, but not so fullfilling. It is nevertheless a good aromatic tobacco and I would recommend this to any one who enjoys an occasional bowl af an aromatic blend. My wife loves the smell as well. I love it too.

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

I got a box of 5 pouches of CB White once on a whim at Duty Free.

I live in hong kong and pipe tobacco is very rare. ordering online is usually the only way. most 'cigar divans' barely carry a pouch/tin or two. Even the dunhill store is spartan on pipe tobacco.

CB White it good for its price.

As others here have stated, once it dries out, it is a reliable unbiting smoke. Very mild in flavour; with a scent of figs and vanilla. The room not is very good and no one has ever complained to me about it (unlike most the Latkia blends I use).

But, the mild flavour is not really a positive in my book. It doesn't stand out at all. I've tried too many other blends in my 8 years of pipe smoking to say CB White is anything beyond 'average' or 'adequate.'

The only analogy I can think of is CB White is like a cold Budweiser. If you are into better crafted beer, you can still get by with that cold Bud.

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

this was the first pipe tobacco i had ever tried, and that being said my first impression (as good as it was) may be have been bit biased. at first it is hard to put a finger on the flavoring; i have two words. Fig Newtons. at first i enjoyed this as a new smoker both because it was mild and tasty, and because it smelled great.

After trying many other tobaccos, i returned to this and still find it very pleasent and tasty. this stuff is great for new smokers as it is mild enough that it won't scare anyone away, yet it has a nice sweet taste. furthermore, you don't need to hunt for a specialty tobacco shop as it can be found at most drug stores and even wal*marts.

i will definately keep this at the top of my list as an inexpensive yet fully satisfying smoke.

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Ghost1974 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Ghost1974 (10)
★★★★
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

My first review, and it had to be for CB White!

Unlike many of you here, this wasn't the first pipe tobacco I tried but it was the first one I really liked, and I always go back to it no matter what other blend I may be using. I never run out of this. There's just something comforting about reaching for the White package that I just can't let go of. I've even gone so far as to mix it with other blends that I didn't really dig, or I knew I wouldn't touch as often.

I've found it to be more enjoyable when it dries out somewhat, and I've never had a single pouch NOT be moist upon purchase. It never bites, and it burns much better in my opinion. The aroma is classic pipe, generally unoffensive to others, an ideal situation for those of us who happen to love this blend and smoke it often at home. This has never gotten me banished outside, like I'd go out there anyways! ;0)

Mild is an understatement, but I'm not a fan of anything with a big kick so it works for me. If this means I have pedestrian tastes so be it...I also prefer Fruitopia over champagne, so I guess it makes perfect sense...

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Cantrell Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Cantrell (9)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I picked up a pouch of this at my local pipe shop and tried it in a Cobb right away. the flavor was downright unpleasant.

came back to it a few days later after stuffing it in a glass jar to let it breath, and tried it in my favorite brier. What a different experience; very smooth and buttery taste with a great room aroma, nothing to call home about but a well rounded smoke non the less.

For some reason I cannot stop smoking this stuff, yet Im not too impressed with the flavor. what the heck is going on here? nico content seemed mild enough...

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jshrader13 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jshrader13 (16)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Alot of 'pipe snobs' turn their noses at drug store tobaccos, but I'm very glad I tried this one. I like Captain Black - White very much. Some say it has notes of vanilla, but I don't really detect any flavoring. I'm not even so sure I'd put this in an aromatic category, except to say that it has a very nice pouch aroma and room note. Many have reviewed Captain Black, and I'm sure I can't add much to what others have already said about this blend. It's a classic!

I recently stocked up when I found a local drugstore having a 75% off "going out of business" sale, and I bought out the last of their stock of Captain Black. I got each pouch for under $2 each! I'm going to cellar most of what I bought and see how it fairs with another 6 months to a year of aging on it.

Right now this is my 'everyday' smoke, when I'm looking for something predictable, satisfying, and very pleasant.

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

The flavoring is extremely soapy which is true of most cheap aromatic blends. This tobacco I would not recommend to anyone mostly because there are a lot better "beginner" tobacco's out there that had body, flavour, and a nice aroma. Don't waste your time.

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

I read that Captain Black was good "beginners" tobacco, so I picked up a pouch at CVS. 7.99 for the pouch. Upon smelling the tobacco, it kicks you in the face with a white chocolate frosting smell. I wasn't too impressed so far, but overall Captain Black seems to get decent reviews. So I packed a bowl and lit it up. My first puff was very cool, but the overwhelming sugary syrup smell was not to my liking. I felt like I couldn't taste any tobacco or smoky flavors at all. All I could taste was cheap grocery store ice cream. I couldn't finish half a bowl.

If you've never tried ANY tobacco before this might not be a bad one to start with, but in my opinion, you may decide that you like a little more of an earthy, smoky flavor with your tobacco and not a giant white chocolate candy bar instead. But I think if your at all interested, you should at least try it and decide for yourself.

UPDATE: Let your leaves dry out for a bit and the taste is not so IN YOUR FACE! I've had my pouch for about a week now and the drier the tobacco gets, the more pleasant the taste. I still can't detect much tobacco but the aroma is very nice compared to many other drug store tobaccos.

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krg1000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
krg1000 (135)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

I picked up a pouch of this on a whim from Wally World because I started with Royal when I first started with pipes. The aroma is somewhat similar to its Royal cousin. I usually put room note as pleasant if it does not drive my wife inside running in terror. We even had a conversation while I was smoking some earlier. I find the taste smooth for a "drug store" brand. Not a bad change of pace from the English blends I have been smoking of late. I would recommend this over the other styles in the Captain Black series to get started in this great hobby of ours. All in all, I am pleasantly surprised at how good this does seem to be.

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

In the case of CBW, it is hard for me to divorce nostalgia from objectivity as I associate the aroma of this tobacco with childhood--this being the blend my dad smoked. That said, I feel that this is the most agreeable of the Cpt Black series and I will still pick it up on occasion. It is a favorable aromatic and a decent introductory smoke for the beginner...although it has, in my experience, tended to burn wet.

Edit: After a many year hiatus from this blend, I picked up some CBW after visiting the corncob pipe factory in Washington, MO. Having given up smoking for the most part, I found myself without any tobacco so I "relapsed" and purchased CBW. You know what, if it's smoked slowly, sipped, it's a pleasant smoke. A sweet (probably from the PG) anise/licorice aroma with a very agreeable room note makes this blend tolerable. Yes, it tastes like, well, nothing, but it's other qualities redeem this classic blend IMHO. Smoke this in a pipe reserved for aromatics or one of your "knock around" pipes.

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Rusticsmoke90 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rusticsmoke90 (6)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Wow! This is one of the first brands I have tried as I began my pipe smoking career. A bit satisfing but seems a little on the dull side. I agree that SWR is better but this is a good brand too. I like Captain Black White the best over the gold. Cant speak for the other colors; I haven;t tried them. I say that this is another great brand that is worth investing the money for. It smells great and leave a fine room note. I have found that Capatain Black White is one of my most favorite brands in the "drug store" market. I recommend it for the price and for its avalability along with its great taste.

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NJE03 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NJE03 (5)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

This is definitely worth trying. It smells and tastes pleasant. It has a hint of vanilla, rather sweet and nutty. It doesn't usually bite but can get wet toward the bottom of a bowl.

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

My first review on my first tobacco. Firstly let me say that i'm still very new to the pipe, and so my experience is limited.

i have to say I enjoyed my pouch of White. It had a very nice room note that a friend likened to s'mores and a sweet, pleasant vanilla nutty taste. i had some problems with tongue bite, but i'll attribute that to inexperience more than the tobacco. I've since moved on to some higher quality stuff, but i'll definitely keep a pouch of this in rotation once i get a few more blend under my belt

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

Captain Black White is the second of the Captain Black line that I've tried (Royal was my first-- please refer to review). This is THE most ubiquitous pipe tobacco available in my area. In a few cases, it is the only pipe tobacco the store sells. I had to break down and try a pouch.

I like the basic, but quite classic look of the pouch. The tobacco itself is extremely moist, with a light and dark ribbon cut mixture. Smells fantastic, and is very sticky on the fingers. Drying it out awhile doesn't seem to help much. I'm told that I-Q is the bulk version of this, but the I-Q I've had is not much like this (perhaps it's actually the bulk version of Royal). Upon lighting, you get pretty good flavor, close to the way it smells. It's a challenge to keep lit, and will bite if drawn on too hard or often. Decent smoke volume, great room note, but not a ton of "smoking satisfaction" for the experience pipe smoker-- nicotine level seems almost non-existent.

I like this stuff-- it would appear that a lot of people do. It's great for a once in awhile smoke, or as something to smoke around others, who WILL like this smell. It's nice to know it's there as an available choice when you want it. Just be sure and smoke it in a dedicated aromatic pipe or a cob.

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

The EU version of this blend (I understand there is significant difference from the US one) is very low quality- ice-cream topping, ridden with chemicals.

The only reason it gets one star is because it features prominently in the sensory memory of my undergraduate years where I would burn it at least 6 times a day in the same savinelli (which has surprisingly survived this..).

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Arrostos Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Arrostos (7)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Thanks to its flavoring, it earns two stars. Captain blacks are much too chemical to make me fond of them, but if there is nothing better in the cellar, i will survive with this one.

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

By far, my favorite of the Captain Black blends. My father smoked this out of a pipe all throughout my childhood, so when i light a bowl, it takes me back. I find the taste sweet with a bit if nuttiness on the finish. i find the vanilla aroma wonderful in a room. This is also one of the few tobaccos i smoke on a regular basis that my wife won't head for the hills as soon as she hears the click of the lighter. A great everyday tobacco. I have even mixed this brand half and half with some prince albert when i want a change of pace. It adds a bit of vanilla and is good with the nutty flavor of the P.A. tobacco.

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

I have been smoking a pipe (seriously) for about 15 years now. Early on , when I first got started the pipe smokers who befriended me had recommended that I start with a higher grade tobacco. Looking over my shoulders some 15 years ago I remember Sullivin's Gentleman Mixture being my first love. After it went away for good, I smoked many others and have had as few favorites as I do best friends, not many. To sum up my overall smoking experience I wood think of myself as a connoisseur rather than a pipe snob. This brings me to Captin Black White. Because of my, pipe up-bringing, I had'nt really even considered smoking a drug store tobacco, after all, its not thought of as a high grade, is it? Folks I'm here to tell you, I think it is! Thats if your not a pipe snob. I purchased my first bag yesterday and can't put this stuff down! I smoke Peases' Westminster for cry'n out loud. I have went a long way just to say, step back, consider trying it and don't let anyone stop you! It s realy good.

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robvolume Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
robvolume (9)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I love the white. The taste and aroma are just wonderful. Always burns well too.

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d'Pappy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
d'Pappy (4)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

As I'm new to the pipe smoking hobby, I'm giving this brand/blend a go for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I can get it locally for about $20 Canadian per 50-gram pouch. 'Yikes', you say? Well, that's Beautiful BC, Canada for you. ;) Secondly, as it's locally available, and seeing how this discussion group placed it in the 'recommended' category, I thought I'd give it a whirl.

It smokes very nicely through a MacArthur wanna-be Buescher corn cob (long stemmed) I got off eBay. Has a kinda sweet taste to it that I'm finding works for this newbie smoker. The fragrance, too, is very pleasant. Yeah... I can do this blend till the cows come home.

Till the next time, cheers from d'Pappy

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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".

I'll be short. I find it to be an ok tobacco to smoke all day. Its a good daily smoker if you like aromatics.

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apostle228 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
apostle228 (4)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

i had never really had any interest of trying this tobacco at all. everyone always bashed it and said it was crap and whatnot. well, a few days ago i finally picked up a pouch, figuring what the hey, maybe i will try it. first off, it honestly was not as wet as everyone always says. a little damp, yes, but nothing too bad. also, everyone says that its very sweet and that you can taste the chemicals like crazy. i did not find it very sweet at all really, and the chemical tase wasnt really all that prominant at all. so, basically, i dont really see why everyone hates it. sure, its not the best your money can buy, but it certainly isnt horrible. i would definitly reccomend this to a newbie smoker or anyone who likes a very mild, pleasent smelling smoke. i might have to keep a tin around for when i have company who wants a try or something. overall, 3 stars.

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Corncob160 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Corncob160 (3)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I'll always remember when I was young and my aunt and uncle would babysit me. My uncle would sit and puff away on this while he told me all about the glory days of the Yankees. I cherish those memories and every time I light up a bowl of this it takes me right back. It had a rather moist feel out of the pouch but a few minutes in open air prior to packing will remedy that. Overall I had a very pleasant experience with this tobacco and would recommend to any new smoking.

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Pipe4ever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipe4ever (198)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild Very Strong Very Mild Pleasant

Captain Black (white) is definitely a delicious smoke with a good nutty/chocolaty sweet undertone and it is easy to pack and smoke with delightful room note, good burley flavor and a consistent quality, I like to buy a pouch of this from time to time and I would recommend the same to anyone.

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bosbilliard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bosbilliard (9)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I decided to try Captain Black White since it was such a classic tobacco. Many reviewed it as an overly sweet, goopy aromatic but I wanted to try it for myself. After drying it out for a bit the first time, I found it to be pretty good. It definitely has a vanilla undertone that can be detected with slow puffing; however, fast puffing can definitely heat this up quickly. I also find it burns when pushing it out through the nose. The taste stays the same pretty much throughout the bowl, and I didn't detect any sourness. Overall, a decent smoke and something to try for a classic, flavorful pipe tobacco with an awesome room note (the room note of this pipe tobacco is what always reminds me of pipe smoking of the past).

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suicune Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
suicune (23)
★★★★
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

I cannot see why many people find this tobacco bad. For me, this was a wonderful experience. It is a mild tobacco, the room has a wonderful smell and, if smoked properly, it will not bite the tongue. You will not even feel something on the tongue with this. Altough it is a very cheap tobacco, it is a good smoke, recommended for every smoker, whether it is a beginner or an advanced one. However, I gave it three stars because you cannot enjoy this very much: it burns really quick. But, in the end, it is a confortable tobacco: it is cheap, it is easily packed, it is easily lighted and smoked, it has a pleasant aroma, what can you ask more?

UPDATE:

Gets one more star. After a few months of aging, the aroma matures and the blend has almost a perfect balance between aromas and the tobaccos contained. I will definitely buy this again.

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

It looks like tobacco, but it does not taste nor smell like tobacco. For those who happen to be around while we're smoking it, the aroma is divine; for those who actually puff it, it's taste is very much OK ? but hasn't even the slightest resemblance with the flavor of proper /Nicotiana tabacum/. I'd rather say that it tastes like vanilla marshmallow vapour?

I'll keep a pouch of this at hand, just to please the lady visitors when I'm in a hurry to smoke and don't intend to harm them with a proper tobacco-like tobacco's aroma?

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BBlevins Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BBlevins (102)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium Mild Very Pleasant

Why isn't this properly listed under Lane's products? After all, it is a Lane ltd. product. It isn't exactly rocket science.

The drugstore counterpart to Lane's RLP-6. Unlike RLP-6, it contains some ribbon cut tobaccos rather than being all rough cut. Therefore, it burns faster and hotter. Also contains higher levels of humectant to increase shelf life. Other than that, there is no difference. A decent aromatic but it's negative attributes as described gain it only two stars.

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doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (195)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

I have smoked Captain Black White on and off over the years because I think it has one of the best room note aromas of any tobacco I have ever smelled. That rates it 4 stars from the perspective of the non-smoker. However, I never appreciated it all that much since it had little taste and flavor, and smoked too wet with residual dottle. I give it 2 stars based on this. Why did I pick it up again from time to time after having given it up? It was that fantastic room note. If I had another pipe smoker in the house, I'd be tempted to pick up a pouch and have them to smoke it just so I could smell it again!

2.5 stars for me when all is said and done.

UPDATE 12-29-09: According to the description for CB White in the Dan Tobacco Catalog, CB White is now blended in Denmark: "As close to the original as possible - Made in Denmark under license." Perhaps this is why I have noticed a change in cut as well as taste. I believe Orlik to be the manufacturer. Before Orlik changed their website, they had it listed and described the flavoring to be that of vanilla, chocolate, and licorice. No whiskey whatsoever was mentioned. They also blend a Black Cavendish No. 1 in a 100 gram tin with the same design as CB White against the white background with gold border. They also listed the ingredients similarly. The new Orlik link takes you to the Scandanavian Tobacco Group (STG) and the Black Cavendish No. 1 is now listed under the Stanwell brand. The flavoring is listed as vanilla and caramel. There is no longer a pouch listing for the CB White, nor is Orlik mentioned anywhere on the new site as a blender. The original Orlik site had a great variety of blends that they manufactured and only a few of them (not even half of what was originally listed) are listed on the STG page under the Stanwell label. Very confusing to say the least!

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

What can i say, this is a real bowl of happiness for me, i love this stuff and smoke it all day. The room note is terrific, the taste is velvet smooth and quite sweet. The perfect smoke all the time.If Lane LTD ever discontiues this like so many other of my favourites, i think id put down the pipe for good.

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Bentley Cavendish Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bentley Cavendish (4)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I'm a newbie to pipe smoking so my review is meant for those at my stage of smoking. This was the second brand of tobac I tried and found it to my liking. I get a lot of compliments on the room note. You can spend $6 on a Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipe and around $7 for a 1.5 oz packet of Captain Black White and have a jolly good time puffing away quite a few bowls before you need to restock, which means pipe smoking is well within the reach of most budgets and it doesn't have to be godawful.

Some folks swear by this brand and, particularly, the White. It took about two weeks for me to realize I was developing a sweet tooth because of this tobac. Someone aptly described the flavor as "roasted marshmallow". I found this more true of the tobac out of the 12 oz tin versus the 1.5 oz packet. The tin tobac was also much wetter than that of the packet. No major complaints about either, except I found it easy to "o.d." on this blend versus the Captain Black Royal.

With everyone so hot for "vanilla" flavored coffee, candles, etc. any newbie with that sensibility should find this to his taste, but that doesn't mean there aren't better brands or blends out there (and then there's the whole "addititives" issue). Since I am on a tight budget I invested in a tin of White and am letting it air out a bit to dry before filling and lighting. Using a filter to catch all that moisture results in a very nice smoke. It's also a reasonable substitution for a hot fudge sundae after a meal if you want to look at it that way, since it tastes very sweet to me. (wink)

In addition to the nice taste people will come up to you and compliment you on the room note and ask what you are smoking, or -- if they are familiar with the aroma -- even inquire "are you smoking Captain Black?" A very useful ice-breaker.

Since it's well known, easily obtained, priced within reason, and satisfying enough for a newbie to chew on for a while before investing in pricier blends from a tobacco shop, I recommend it but wouldn't give it four stars until I've got a year or two under my belt and tried more blends to see what I come back to most often (and why). But, for now, it's pretty delicious and unpretentious.

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proc2000 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
proc2000 (7)
★★★☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I've smoked the Captain for 10+ years. I enjoy the Gold and Blue varieties, but the White is "comfort food" version. I keep a tub of this around and go to it often. You know what you get with CB White. An aromatic with a light flavoring. I always detect vanilla and chocolate. It has a very good room note.

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

Captain Black White. I would guess the most commonly found drugstore brand in America. Heavy Chocolate and Light Vanilla taste. Room note is very nice and strong. Makes a home smell of chocolate. Can bite very easily however and must be smoked cool and slow. It does have a light chemical aftertaste as most store brand types usually do. For a store brand that is easily found it is perhaps a good choice to hold you over till your good stuff gets there. I also enjoy it from time to time just for a change. I have smoked this for nearly 20 years and like to keep a little around. I believe it gets somewhat of a bad reputation from the higher end smokers that it doesn't deserve. Good but not Great I would say.

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

my first rated and most frequently smoked between captain black line. jet black cavendish with sweet taste to it and a very friendly aroma. packs very easily and burn clean if smoked slowly (however dottles will be there no matter how slow you smoke). pair nicely with chocolate, coffee or even tea. if you are to dive into captain black tobacco make sure you pick this one up as a control group. similar to lane smoker pride black cavendish with a little more topping to it.

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PipenGuitar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipenGuitar (15)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Mild to Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Very Pleasant

The previous review says it all. I smoke it when the occasion includes non-smokers. Everyone loves the aroma, so my job is done!

Update: Well, after experimenting with higher grade tobaccos and better pipes, I don't think I'll ever purchase this again! Not to say one shouldn't try this blend but one would find that it is purely an aromatic and nothing more. It's like drinking a wine because it smells like...well, I guess it would just smell like wine. But anyways, there is no FLAVOR to this tobacco and FLAVOR has become the crucial characteristic I look/taste for in tobaccos I choose to explore. Changed to 2 stars for this reason.

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

Let me say at the outset that I really enjoy CBW. I have been a pipe smoker for 20 years, and although I have several declared favorite "luxury blends," this is the one inexpensive and readily available one I find myself reaching for again and again. Yes, it's a "drugstore blend." This is not necessarily a bad thing. I'm a writer and editor, and the words "drugstore blend" mean it's pretty readily available in a drugstore. Judging a tobacco based on wide availability is like saying you don't drink Pepsi from vending machines if you can get it at a grocery store. Give me a break. Most of the reviewers here have been honest and open-minded; however, they few that have bashed some "drugstore blends" because you can get them without spending $5 an ounce at one particular tobacconist absolutely KILL me. Are we rating tobaccos here, or are we voting on inductees into our local A.F.& A.M. Lodge?

Anyway, on to the tobacco. No, this isn't very complex at all, but the beauty of this tobacco is the consistent quality of simple flavor, pouch after pouch, can after can. No matter where I get it from or when I open it, I know what I'm gonna get...a simple, honest, good-quality, old-fashioned smoke. It's a necessity in mixed company, and in my two decades of pipe-smoking, I've never had one complaint from CBW. It has a delicious room note, and if I had a nickel for every time an attractive woman came up to me in a restaurant or lounge and started up a conversation with me simply because she liked the smell of what I was smoking, I could afford a Tsuge for every day of the year.

I smoke this blend in what I prefer to smoke most: no-nonsense, blasted Meers like Manx, Pioneer, Barling, etc., and it's a beautiful, well-behaved smoke. If it smokes "wet" for you, dry it out. I'm not crazy about humectants, either, but let's face it, folks...they're almost a GIVEN in the hobby today, unless you grow, cure, stove, and blend your own leaf. Anyone who smokes CBW and complains about things like a wet smoke and tongue bite doesn't really know how to smoke a pipe correctly...and no, just because you've been smoking one for years doesn't mean you know how to do it optimally. Every tobacco is different, to an extent, and one has to learn how to take advantage of subtle differences in smoking qualities. And yes, even "drugstore blends" can have subtle smoking qualities. If packed and lit and smoked correctly, CBW will provide a consistently smooth, cool, dry, well-behaved smoke. For me, this one smokes down to a dry, powdery grey ash. No dottle at all. It does impart essence to briars rather quickly, so if you like this one, dedicate one briar to the Captain exclusively and keep it clean and maintained. Or smoke it in a cob or a real pipe-smoker's Meer, like me. This one provides a consistent smoke regardless of the shape of the pipe, too, which I find I like very much.

No, this isn't Pipeworks & Wilke's Rumcake or #191, both of which I love. But the girlfriend, a confirmed anti-smoker, loves the room note and never complains. That's reason enough right there to keep the White Captain at hand, in my humble opinion.

I've never recommended this to a newbie and have them put off the pipe habit because of it. This is a great smoke for beginners and experienced pipesters alike. I like this one while I'm writing...I can enjoy my habit while doing so and concentrate on the words...not on a high-maintenance bowl.

Sign on with the Captain, even occasionally. You'll be glad you did.

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

My first review on the site and I felt it should be appropriately on the first tobacco I smoked and my fathers favorite. The Captain white is in my opinion the best starter tobacco there is, it lets you know where the midpoint of tobacco resides. There are definitely better and worse when it comes to all aspects of selection. Captain Black White is the nexus of tobaccos it should be the beginning, and when your palate becomes muddled with too much euphoria, it should be the end. My experience is not too deep or too varied but knowing the base of your tobacco taste is priceless. Captain Black white is a must for beginners and experienced alike.

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tonalsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
tonalsmoker (30)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Full Very Pleasant

Now this tobacco takes me back to a nostalgic time in my childhood,I proudly remember the tasty aroma of this smoke in certain places before the smoking ban got really strict.Fast Forwarding in life,this became my first pipe tobacco to ever smoke.Getting a good firm puff even today,even from all the aromatics I've experienced I must say Captain Black White will always be a treat, it has everything you could in a pipe tobacco.The Black Cavendish to me wins the prize in the tobacco blend-your experience upon first smoking this tobacco will be a hearty meritage of cavendish and cavendish with a vanilla topping.Keep your fingers crossed and hope it never gets discontinued.

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Silver Spigot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Silver Spigot (18)
★★☆☆
Medium Strong Medium Very Pleasant

This blend starts out sweet, then turns bitter towards the end of the bowl; in addition, this is not a good daily smoke, as several bowls tend to cause tongue bite. Try the Royal instead, or Dunhill's A21000.

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

I pretty much started out my pipe smoking with the Royal version of Capt. Black. I have to say that I prefer the Royal over this stuff. This has too much topping for my taste, and for that matter, it's one of the reasons I no longer smoke the Royal blend anymore either. I bought a pouch of this, and I'll probably finish it off, but it's not something I will be buying again. I found my personal favorite OTC blend in, Carter Hall. But if you like a really sugary, vanilla flavored tobacco, you might like this. It's fairly mild, but too sweet for my palette.

Randy W...

Update: One thing I've come to a conclusion about, is that my taste buds must be doing some kind of flip-flop, when it comes to tobacco flavors. I recently bought another pouch of this tobacco from my favorite tobacconist, and he must have gotten a really fresh batch of the White Blend. The flavors were outstanding. Mild yet flavorful. This last batch was really very very good. I'm down to the last bit in this pouch, and I'm definitely wanting more. Go Figure! Makes me wonder how it tastes coming from the tub?

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

The Captain has circumnavigated the globe many times, and continues, by all accounts, to be the most sold blend in the world -- or at least in North America, I think.

Like all fellow briarhood brothers, I have bought 1.5 Oz pouches many times. For three reasons: First, when I did not know much about tobacco, and there was the White Captain on a shelf; Second, when I wanted to confirm whether or not the blend might have something going for it; Third, when I actually wanted a mild, unassuming aromatic.

I give the White Captain three stars, not because it is a great blend or a milestone in imaginative blending -- it isn't; but because it is consistently what it is. Like Macdonalds' French fries, you know what you are going to get, and you are very seldom disappointed.

As with all the tobaccos I have smoked, the Captain's flavour, room note, strength and other features does depend on the pipe you use, but the advantage of the Captain is that it usually tastes the same, no matter which pipe you use.

My latest purchase has been a pleasant surprise. For once, I can taste the tobacco, and the leaf seems drier than usual. Is the Captain improving, or is it just the pipe?

Don't buy this if you are looking for a memorable pipeful. Buy it if you want a low-maintenance smoke and a steady flavour, no tongue bite and a lot of smoke. I will probably always keep a pouch of this at the ready.

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the boss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
the boss (6)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

STRICTLY CHANGE OF PACE FOR ME..........ESPECIALLY NICE IN MIXED C OMPANY.....A DEDICATED PIPE HELPS ALOT, IT REALLY DOES GET ZESTIER THE MORE YOU SMOKE IT.

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

Though there is nothing particularly complex about the blend, it is significant in that Lane Limited and the Captain Black line are the most widely available in the world. Primarily a Burley/Va Cavendish blend, it has a vanilla over note that everyone recognizes. Mild to medium in flavor, I recommend this to every smoker.

It was the first tobacco I smoked over 20 years ago when taking up the pipe. I still keep it around, in bulk, to reset my taste buds.

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

Okay, the best thing you can say about this blend is that it's a babe magnet. Women fall all over themselves trying to get their hands on the man smoking Captain Black. I guess in that regard alone, this may be one of the finest blends ever bestowed upon mankind. (-;

But, on the other hand, I am already married to a beautiful woman (she even likes the smell of latakia, can't get any more beautiful than that), so, I can forego this blend.

Is there a pipesmoker who has not tried Captain Black? It is mild, tastes like vanilla flavored prunes and will not bite no matter how hard you puff. It stays lit well, and is even cheap enough for Jack Benny. If I am out and about and find myself without any quality leaf for my pipe, I don't mind taking the Captain for a cruise...as long as it's a short one.

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al1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
al1 (58)
★☆☆☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Very Pleasant

Unfortunately this is not really good. It tastes of chemicals more than vanilla or tobacco. Evil, wicked bite lurks in the second half of a bowl of this.

I smoked this and borkum riff whiskey (very putrid also) when I was first picking up the pipe years ago because it was easy to find. So I guess you know I don't reccomend it to anyone who likes a good tasting chemical free smoke. If you like to smoke only because others think it smells good you might find it useful.

I'll stick to my Mcclelland's. I'll pass on this one.

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

superising little to no tunge bite & goes oh so nicely with Macbaren cube

goes well with much anything! its like your culebra & smoking to!

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

Pure vanilla. Awesome. How can one review a timeless classic?

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

Very nice in the morning with a cup of coffee. A pleasant easy smoke.

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

Captain Black White is apparently the most widely known and best selling pipe tobacco. If you have never smoked it, you must try it. It obviously has many fans to remain such a good seller for so many years. The ladies love the aroma. My eighteen year old daughter came home recently and said she had met a man at work who was smoking a pipe tobacco the smelled really good. She said she asked him what it was and it was Captain Black White. She said I should start smoking it and that I could get it at the grocery store for four dollars.

Well, I've smoked it before and will probably smoke it again. It has a great aroma and a fair taste. I taste vanilla with chemical overtones. I don't know if the chemical taste is artificial flavoring as a topping, Propylene Glycol, or both. Its moisture level is a bit high for my preferences and it will leave a wet dottle with a pungent odor at the end of your smoke. Be sure to keep plenty of pipe cleaners on hand when you smoke this blend. I would rather be in the presence of a pipe smoker smoking Captain Black White than I would smoke it myself. The classic "pipe aroma" is here if that is what you seek. I give Captain Black White three stars for all of its attributes.

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

Ok, I know this one has been beat to death with reviews but I think it deserves the opinion. This is the very first tobacco I have ever tried. How can anyone NOT like the room note of this most popular drugstore brand? Yes, it?s cheap and the quality may not be the most ultimate but it has a well recognized room note to many. This blend brings back memories to many who have experienced ?grandpa? smoking this. It?s been around for ever and is easy to find. I can?t say this is my favorite as I only smoke this one when I am out of anything else. A cheap smoke and a bit boring if you are used to high grade aromatics as this one has a ?chemical? tasting casing and does not taste very natural. I noticed a huge difference (for the better) when smoked in a meerschaum.

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

I really like this one and whenever i search for sweets after lunch or dinner I pick this. It is not my everyday smoke because I do not have an everyday smoke anymore. I sense a bit of burley which I really like and it would be great if there was more burley there. It burns quickly, never bites and it tends to leave me starving for more nicoteen, but it nevers upsets my stomach as others do..., in addition frank's method suits to this very well and you will really appreciate its taste ( I use frank's method only for this bacco).Is suitable for aromatic smokers, or people who want to lose weight and light smokers. I have also mixed it with some latakia for blending and is really great, you know heavier, lasts for more time and it goes really well with latakia, the taste is so different it reminds me this exotic taste of clan but a lot better, try it seriously!!!

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

Ok I will be honest, out of all the Capt.Blacks this one I have never cared for.If your going to do Capt.Black do try the blue and/or the Gold, if Blue is hard to get(which it is not)than try gold but the rest STAY AWAY!!! Do Not Puff Hot!!!and it will not bite back BUT the taste I say nah! The smell is ok, but that's it. Try Blue or Gold pouch first timers STAY AWAY FROM THE WHITE POUCH!!! NOTE: THIS SMOKE THOE IS GREAT TO PRACTICE THE ART OF PIPE SMOKING FOR THE BEGINNER,IF YOU CAN SMOKE THIS STUFF AND NOT MAKE IT BITE BACK YOUR ON YOUR WAY!!!Then spend alittle on what you will soon figure out to like. GOOD LUCK!!!(you'll need it)

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Hot_Wings Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hot_Wings (1)
★★☆☆
Extremely Mild None Detected Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

Pipe: Savinelli-Medium Size Briar, Tapered Bulldog Style

Cake: Light cake of cheap BTC vanilla cavendish from Albertsons

Age of Reviewer: 35 years old

Age of Tobacco: New Bag Package from Store (not in tin)

Smoking Experience: I have only smoked a pipe for a few months

Pack: Full Bowl, Medium Pack Density

Smoking Area: Indoors, small room, no wind

Accompaniments: Dr. Pepper beverage

Captain Black White Label has a spiciness to it that, to me, is very nice. It is also heavier or richer than the really cheap stuff in the supermarket. You know, the ?value brand? tobacco. I did not notice any noticeable taste other than just tobacco. I am glad to say that it didn?t really have a ?bad? taste at all. I actually like this because there is nothing worse to me than smoking a tobacco that has an awful taste of soap or ash.

So far, I have only smoked a few different kinds of pipe tobacco. I had some Tinder Box Very Cherry that tasted like I was chewing on a bar of soap and I didn?t like that at all. There really isn?t a noticeable smell to Captain Black White Label except a kind of spice of some kind but I can?t quite put my finger on it. It is rather subtle.

As well, it has more body and complexity (for lack of a better word) to the smoke that is definitely better than the value vanilla cavendish (bag states that it is from BTC inc.) that I bought at Albertons. There is almost no tongue bite to it at all to the Captain Black. The aftertaste is just a plain tobacco aftertaste as far as I can detect. The spice of the smoke goes well with the Dr. Pepper that I am drinking with it. Many people have stated that they do not like this blend because it doesn?t have much of a taste, but I fully appreciate that it doesn?t have a bad taste to it. Instead of trying to wash away a bad taste, I find myself fully enjoying drinking the Dr. Pepper that I have. I don?t even feel the need to spit as I sometimes do with other blends.

The room doesn?t smell flowery of overpowering with any noticeable single ingredient type smell. I do smell the spice a bit and some kind of sweetness like a mixture of sugar and honey, but that?s about it.

So far, I think this is a wonderful pipe smoke for those occasions when you might be around unfamiliar public, like the outside smoking deck of a new place, or when you have guests coming over that you don?t know very well. The lack of any discernable taste or overpowering flowery smell is a plus if you are also enjoying other things that do have very distinctive flavors in them, such as a strong drink or meal.

A lot of reviewers stated that it is bland and I agree except for a slight spice scent to the smoke. The bag does say, ?exceptionally mild? and it is. But that is only a negative in certain situations. In my view, this blend has almost no negatives except in what it may lack. To me, that makes Captain Black White Label a very important type of pipe tobacco to always have on hand. It won?t offend anyone that?s for sure, smoker or bystander alike. It won?t compete with your drink or food and if the room that you are in has some other overpowering scented candle or whatnot then your smoke smell will not detract from it, but only add some spice and sweetness to it. I can certainly see myself playing a good chess game while smoking this and having full confidence that because it is so mild it will not distract me from the game. I also won?t feel like I am wasting a good complex bowl of pipe tobacco because of the game and not concentrating on the smoke.

All in all, I can see why so many people smoke this blend of tobacco on so many occasions and in so many places. Obviously this must be why all the regular stores may carry it. Just know that when they say that it is mild that is exactly what they mean. To fully enjoy this smoke I think that you should have a very flavorful spiced drink with it or spicy food as you will be left wanting some kind of flavor to go with the spice of the smoke. And yet, if you are doing something else, then you won?t get upset because you may have missed the nuances of the smoke.

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corncobbuddy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
corncobbuddy (1)
★★★☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I had bought a pouch of this when I was camping in Kentucky along with a cheap corn cob because i had forgoten my own pipe. at time i had only smoked one bowl and was satisfied with it.

now that i have returned it has been sitting in my room for a couple of months and went just out of curiosity to this site to see what kind of review (if any) it got. i read the bad reviews and the good ones and i figured id try it again and see what i thought of it when i was actually trying to take notice of the flavors.

i was very pleasently suprised. it has a very pleasent aroma and once you get it burning steadly a very nice nutty sweetness. for an extremely cheap tobacco that you can find at pretty much any drugstore or gas station i highly recomend for the poor smoker. this is going to be my new feild tobacco for long hikes in the woods.

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

Near the beginning of my pipe smoking I went through a pouch of this, but found the moisture, the difficulty of keeping the tobacco lit, the acridity towards the latter part of the bowl and discomfort to the tongue too much to handle.

Recently I was caught in a situation where declining a bowl would have caused offence, so I tried it again. Somethings never change.

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

This stuff is great for a poor college student like myself. There is a CVS nearby and iv'e tried the three brands they have. 1) Admiral's choice (vanilla and cherry)__this stuff is cheap, aromatic, and generally good but very goopy unless you dry it out for a few days (always find a puddle in the bottom of my pipe and its a mess to clean). 2) Borkum Rift (bourbon whiskey)__although the reviews on this site for this stuff is good, my first experience with it has ruined it for me. After two days of opening the pouch it had dried into a paper like chunk, which my friend commented it saying it looked like paper confetti. 3) Captain Black (white)__this stuff is basically my all around tobacco. It's aromatic (me like), flavorful, and doesnt bite. It goes great with my Patriot Missouri Meerchaum pipe or any other corn cob because it'll absorb all that extra moisture. I recommend this to anyone who is money watchful and not near a tobacco shop.

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bullof7battles Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bullof7battles (7)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Best used as an air freshener. I'm getting so I can't stand vanilla cavendishes anymore

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PipePaladin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipePaladin (78)
★★☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The only think I really like in this one is the rum taste and the sweet room aroma! Apart from that nothing really special going on in this one...Its a tobacco for the bystanders to enjoy but not for the smoker himself...

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Kfeinson821 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kfeinson821 (3)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

Out of all the Captain Black blends this is the most common and popular. With a clean pipe it produces a really gentle smoke, but after about half a bowl it starts to bite. Because it is just a drug store blend it is not the most flavorful, or aromatic, but as far as drug store blends go it exceeds most expectations.

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

A'hoy There, Tis Captain Black...But be not afraid, For this tobacco has'th no spunk....aye, tis smells like a dream, it does. but be not fooled, for ye shall be plundered of dignity when ye smoke'th it. yon Tobacco shalt be cast to the briny deep.

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

Ah, the timeless classic... Captain Black (White). Can't go wrong with this. Everyone knows of this tobacco, and everyone has smoked it at one point or another.

It's very mild, mellow, and just has that traditional "old school" type of vanilla flavoring. This is just like the stuff your grandpa smoked back in the 1950's.

If you run out of your favorite tobacco, or the smoke shop is closed, you can always find Captain Black at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc... It's everywhere.

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

12-16-2007 - Much like other reviewers the Captain introduced me to pipe tobacco. I enjoy the pouch aroma (raisins and rum come to mind) and the room note is fantastic.

It packs well and smokes cool if you're patient. This is my everyday smoke. Though I am a fairly new pipe smoker, Captain Black-White is an enjoyable blend that is easy to find and hasn't disappointed.

pipemojo

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

THere has already been a lot said about this tobacco both good and bad. The bottom line is that a lot of us have started with this tobacco and moved on from here. I still like this stuff every now and again. It blends annoying aromatics down well and smokes great by its self. There is nothing remarkable about a smooth vanilla Cavendish except that this one has so little room note that it can be smoked anywhere without much fuss. It burns a bit irregularly and a bit wet on the bottom, but in a cob who cares (in one of my Dunhills, hell no). If you have never tried this tobacco, you owe it to your self to give it one try, heck it might only cost you a dollar or so.

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

Not much to add to the very interesting reviews already posted. I agree with ALL of them, except I have not had a problem with its burning qualities. And yes... THAT room note. It is the only tobacco that I have every smoked that consistently causes strangers to compliment me.

If you are looking for a highly aromatic mild pipe tobacco, this may be the stuff.

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The Irish Apologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Irish Apologist (5)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant

When I first started pipe smoking like many others before me, THIS was the tobacco I first tried....Now, I am a lover of aromatics and from time to time dabble in English mixtures however this Captain falls flat.

The flavour, or I daresay lack thereof is just.....Blah! the chemical-vanilla is vulgar and the only flavour that can be detected.

As has been said many times before the room note is the ONLY redeeming quality to this blend.

Once in a while I retry it and always come to the same conclusion, The Captain went down with his ship...

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

weather If you like aromatics, or you don't, You probably have already tried this at some point. Either you love it or hate it. Personally, This or Lane RLP-6 is What I keep in my favarite Humidor and smoke most often.

I like trying different kinds of tobacco and like both traditional AND aromatics, depending on my mood. Cpt Black White is what I have liked for several years (close to 15) and I keep going back to it.

It DOES have a drawback. It does tend to get wet after a little way down the bowl. You also must clean your pipe after EVERY smoke and even go through it with some solution every once in a while or else it will taste like,,,, Well, You Know.

Maybe it's just me, but I like the sweet flavor and aroma. It goes great with my coffee. I also like the way my house and car smell after smoking it.

I have never had it bither my gums.

This is one of only a few drugstore blends I will smoke (although I will give any of them a fair chance).

If you are not an aromatic fan, Don't waste your time. But if you are, This is easily obtainable, but make sure that you get a fresh pouch.

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hiimjeff1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hiimjeff1 (1)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

Although I do like the taste of this one...I wouldn't really recommend it, I won't be buying it again anyways.

You have to re-light it alot, it doesn't seem to want to stay lit for very long.

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Chris08 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Chris08 (37)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

I am completely re-writing my review of this and deleting the old thoughts.

Decent simple smoke that gets wet and bitter toward the bottom. Typical of a heavy aromatic in this regard. This being said, Captain Black does taste nice for the first half of the bowl.

This tobacco is best used as a blender. Buy some of this to keep around to tame harsh/bitter tobaccos or to add character to some home blends. It makes a decent smoke mixed half and half with Prince Albert.

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

A very enjoyable tobacco that doesn't bite if smoked properly. It packs well, burns evenly and is an adequate smoke if drug store blends are all that's available to you. Not as high in quality as it's counterpart, RLP-6, it is a suitable substitute if the higher quality version is unavailable.

The room note is pleasant and you will undoubtedly receive many compliments on the aroma. A very flavorful aromatic blend.

It does often become harsh at about 2/3 down. I attribute this to a high humectant content and being made with less than high quality leaf.

When RLP-6 is unavailable, this will provide an adequate substitute, but only tempoarily.

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

This one has more black cavendish, and the pouch aroma is stronger.

Like the Royal version, everybody LOVES the room note, but the fact that it is so over cased that it's impossible to keep the pipe dry, and almost impossible to finish off a pipe ful 'till the end, prevents me from wanting to smoke it further.

But, if you want to make non smokers friend, you will win them with this one!

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flyrod6057 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
flyrod6057 (18)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Yup. That's tobacco.... Excellent room note; fair flavor. Not amazing by any stretch, but pretty good, and smokeable any time. I have a bunch of it set aside for when the mood strikes me. (And for the record: the mood doesn't strike too often.) The casing comes through to the point of almost being overpowering. My personal thoughts are that this is best when blended with something else. However, if you're interested in getting complimented on the room note, then this is a great choice. Everyone downwind seems to like this. Smells great in the pouch, too. The aftermath of this weed is the sensation of one's mouth being laminated with whatever they used to flavor it as well as the PG used to keep it moist (I have a can a year old that's still too wet for my taste.)

Long on presentation, short on delivery. A mediocre tabac at best. Definitely better blends out there at a better price.

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

I am new to pipe smoking and have tried many high end aromatics so I had to try this stand by smoke. I have to say, for this being a drug store tobac, it's not bad...... but it's not good either. The pouches aroma disappears in just a few day and the strong vanilla flavor disappears too. The first three day or so of the smoke was great but the longer it was open it dropped in quality. In addition, the heel of the bowl always seem to leave a sticky goo in my pipe that didn't smell or taste good (smoking that is). But not bad for a "cheap" tobacco. I will stick to W.Ø. Larsen's Signature Blend though.

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

Mild, slightly sweet very little flavor discernable to this puffer. Perhaps this reviewer has been smoking more heavily flavored aromatics for so long that my taste buds have been overloaded but I just cannot detect much flavor in this blend, for me much too bland. On the plus side no bite and great room note. I can see where this would likely be a great blend for those new to pipes, but beyond that I don?t get its wild popularity.

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

What can I add that has not already been said? This is a standby tobacco, one that almost everyone had tried. Legendary for its room note, I have yet to find anyone that doesn't like it. However, I notice that the pouch aroma changes the longer its been open. It seems to lose some of the heavier vanilla/ chocolate character.

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OLDTIMER Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
OLDTIMER (39)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

Captain Black White, is a wonderful heavy Vanilla cavendish tobacco. The taste does not change much all the way down the bowl. No tongue bite here, and burns fairly dry. If you are not much into aromatic type tobaccos, stay clear of this blend, but if you are like me, give the old Captain a try.

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

Shiver me timbers........it's Cap'n Black !

This one has a legion of followers, then again, so does Britney Spears (homey don't play that, either).

This one smells great and that's where the positives end. As a fully recovered CB Gold addict, White never appealed to me. The base tobaccos of a couple other entries in the CB series seem to be better vehicles for delivering the Chemo-Vanilla Goop.

As CB White is no longer inexpensive in pouch form, I can find no reason to recommend it, other than room note. As Pipestud suggested, CB is a babe magnet (I could tell you stories but you probably wouldn't believe them). There are MUCH better tasting aromatics out there.

So, no thanks, matey. Aaargh.

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

This has been my everyday tobacco for the past several years. Sure, it's a "drug store brand"' but that only means it's very accessible. Lane produces some fine tobaccos, and this is one of them. Black Cavendish blended with a little Burley leaves you with a most satisfying smoke. I've NEVER experienced tongue-bite with this blend. I still find myself returning to the Captain every fifth or sixth bowl. At $5.25/pouch, how could you not? Now that's consistency!

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WeeWillie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WeeWillie (3)
★★★☆
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is my standby tobacco - I smoke it on weekdays from morning until the end of the work day, generally going through 3-4 small bowls a day and about 1-1.5 oz. a week. I reguarly get compliments on the room note and even got a compliment from a known "anti-tobacco" co-worker in the past. I generally smoke this out of a short stem pipe (4" from end of stem to bowl) and have yet to have a problem with bite. It will definitely "foul" your pipe with its essence so if you plan to smoke more than a bowl or two then I would consider dedicating a pipe to this blend. It does tend to be a bit gummy and leave a heavy residue behind, so if you're not used to regular pipe cleaning then you'll get a chance to hone your skills. Since I live in the bright sunny south, the thick, sweet aromatic smoke from this blend gets to be a bit much for me on those 95 degree days with 80% humidity so I will mix it (~60/40) with another readily available brand (Sugar Barrel) and let them marry for a couple of weeks in a sealed jar. This mixture ends up being just right for me during the summer months. In my experience it mixes well with just about any VA blend, but had a pretty disgusting experience with a mix of this and Penzance (YUCK!). I have notice that there seems to be a slight difference in aroma and taste between the pouches and the 12 oz. tin but this may just be due to differences in age or storage conditions (I get the pouches from a local Wal-Mart while the tin comes from an open air tobacco outlet where it is regularly exposed to sunlight). I will say that I have never reached for this blend on a weekend, but after 5 days of regular smoking I need a couple of days with something else. I don't think that I'll ever be caught without a bit of this blend on hand and its high availability helps to ensure that.

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BEN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BEN (58)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

The first pipe tobacco I ever smoked, Captain Black White Label. I still revisit it occasionally, and I still truly enjoy it. I have other aromatics now that I like better, but you cannot go wrong with The Captain. A tried and true blend that has stood the test of time, if you have not already tried this, I highly recommend it. I can still remember going to a Church festival with my Grandparents back in the late Eighties. I was 18 and had just started smoking a pipe. EVERYWHERE I went at that festival, I recieved compliments on The Captain's Aroma. I smoked it faithfully for more than a half a dozen years before moving to English Blends, VaPers, and Higher End Aromatics. But I pick up a pouch about once a year, and revisit many fond memories. My only complaint is the current COST for a pouch. When I started smoking The Captain back in 1989, it was $1.44 a pouch. NOW, it is $5.15 a pouch a the local Drugstore! My Premium Aromatics are in many cases, cheaper than this! But still, I buy it...you just can't keep from visiting tried and true old friends!

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vartman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
vartman (3)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

I've been smoking for a couple of years, but until now, I'd not tried Captain Black. The only other "drugstore" brand I'd smoked was Prince Albert, which I actually liked for being a nice, no nonsense smoke. Mostly, though, I enjoy Virginias, latakias, and perique blends, depending on mood and season.

Today, though, I got curious and picked up a pouch of Captain Black at the store. I have to say: so far, I'm enjoying it.

Yup, it's really mild and doesn't have a ton of taste. Yeah, it's not exotic or terribly exciting. But it smells great, tastes nice, and it sure as heck doesn't bite.

What you're getting here certainly isn't a complex tobacco. What you're getting is an enjoyable, inexpensive smoke that you might find yourself coming back to more than you think when you just can't come up with something to smoke instead.

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

Drugstore or not this blend has launched many pipe smoking carers.This was also my first daily blend when I started.A pleasent fragrance emits among clouds of smoke and is really my wifes favorite blend for me to smoke.

A mixture of lite tan and black cavendish,with what I would call a vanilla topping.To me this is probally one of the most consitant blends in taste that I have smoked.Easy to light and to stay lit.For me the biggest drawback,but this is for all aromatics is it can tend to burn hot if not nurtured.

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Xeneize Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Xeneize (275)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

The perfect tobacco for somebody else to smoke when you don't feel like smoking, or to smoke when you're not in the mood and you're not likely to enjoy RLP-6 either.

The woody flavor is too strong for me, but it's nice for a bowl now and then. Tongue bite is low for such a strong flavoring, and it burns nice and cool, with low to none moisture. High quality for the price.

Again, its strong point is the room note. Hardly matchable.

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

Being a longtime fan of aromatic tobaccos it is fitting that I write my first review for Captain Black. Regular Captain Black, or Captain Black White, is a staple tobacco in my collection because it has provided a consistently pleasurable experience for many years. Mild to (perhaps) medium in overall tobacco strength, the feature that sold me on Captain Black years ago when first starting off was the flavor. Vanilla and sweet. I wanted (and still desire) pipe tobaccos that have sweet flavorings, and Captain Black answered the call.

I learned later on, while smoking other very sweet aromatic tobaccos, that tongue bite is a serious problem with some blends, however I have not found this to be true with Captain Black White. If smoked steadily and slowly, the Captain produces a consistent vanilla flavor without much bite at all, in my experience, and a room note that everyone loves (in fact, I find it is sweeter to smell than it is to smoke).

While tobacco snobs may put their nose up to this flavored blend, its popularity and availability throughout America is testament to its fine qualities and universal appeal.

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Pipeline Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipeline (206)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

This is one of the very first blends I smoked that did not come from a jar- a dubious distinction, particularly since I bought it in a foil pouch. I loved the aroma lit and unlit, but that is about it. Ubiquitous, but so is sin.

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

LATER COMMENTS

I did a test on how much I like the particular blend. I took the pouch together with all my other open pouches and carried it in my handbag for some 10 days. I DID NOT REACH FOR IT NOT EVEN ONCE!!!

In the meantime I managed to locate some tins of the equally expensive W.O. LARSEN "Ultimate Luxury" Blends (Signature, 1864, Old Fashioned). Signature is quite comparable in terms of Aroma but 10 times higher quality.

So I started trying to use up the CB White pouch by diluting it in less aromatic blends. The "Wood Taste" would pop up and consistently destroy all of them - even when the blend was so much diluted that I could hardly smell it. Today I just threw the pouch away.

The tell me that the US version is very different and far superior to the European one. Oh, well, tough luck. Until I come accross the US version, I will not bother with this horror again. So, downgrade it to NOT RECOMMENDED...

ORIGINAL

I really like the pouch smell. It is quite strong too; an open pouch will easily dominate the surroundings.

The Room note is OK - I do not get as enthusiastic comments as other reviewers mention, but nevertheless it is OK. As some other reviewers point out, it also carries some notes of burning wood - both in the taste and room note departments.

This is not a popular blend around here - so it is not easy to get. I was very eager to try this out; I kept bugging my tobacconist. But overall, now that I have tried it, I am somewhat disappointed. I still nurture some hopes about Captain Black Royal - which is even harder to get - but I will not be bugging my tobacconist much. I am just too afraid that it will be a disappointment too.

The blend is sufficiently strong for me to tolerate and smoke as a "standalone". I still dislike the intense "wood-like" flavor. Therefore, I would tend to mix it up with some less aromatic blends.

Just like other Captain Black Blends, it lights easily and burns evenly, without overheating or scorching my tongue. Simulatneously, it is very expensive in my area, not worth the money.

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Satc001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Satc001 (64)
★★★☆
Very Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Here's the deal, if you can get Lane's 1Q, do it because it is better due to the lack of humectants and all that jazz. But if you can't, and you are going to smoke an over the counter drug store tobacco, pick this one. Captain Black is good, period. Sure, it tastes like vanilla and chocolate and is heavily cased but it is the best widely available tobacco. Much better produced and easier on the palate than Borkum riff, Prince Albert, and the like. Stick with the Captain, it will be smooth sailing.

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

I can't really say anything new about this classic among classics, of course pipe snobs will always dismiss it as a soft "drugstore brand", whatever... their loss. I mean... for what its meant to be, captain black always delivers and I'ts regarded by many as the quintaessential pipe tobacco, to begin with the room note is the stuff of legends, I also think it's a good tobacco for newbies as well as the more seasoned smokers, Of course it's mild and sweet and heavily cased with vanilla, so if you're up for that kind of thing, well, then just go on, an indulge in it. Of course you can't just live on this stuff forever (as some ppl do), I myself have kind of outgrown it, and moved on to other tobaccos either english blends or different kinds of aromatics (I'm mostly an aromatic smoker, I admit without any guilt) but I stilll love it, (I always keep a CP royal). If you're into english latakia blends you're probably gonna hate it, but if you like sweet mild tobaccos, this might be heaven. Sometimes I do agree that it's a bit too sweet and overwhelming, and it leaves a a funny aftertaste, but as I said before, it's a tobacco to keep around, but not to smoke every day. Still the best captain black is the royal (blue)

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jw62 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jw62 (2)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Captain Black White and Blue tobaccos are really the best OTC buy you can get (Blue is my choice as it is a bit stronger than White). The white package is perhaps the weakest of the two but still very good, and a good choice for someone just beginning pipe smoking. It is a very cool smoke, burns slow, has a wonderfull aroma and a pleasing-enough flavor when slowly wiffed out thru the nose. I cannot recall a single time when this mixture has ever bit my tongue (even some of the more expesnsive blends at tobacco shops can burn the back of your skull out if not smoked properly). The only reason why I give Captain Black White a 3 rating is because it is only surpassed by special blends from a professional tobacconist. I don't know about this particular mixture being a lady killer or not. The ladies seem to like the aroma of any kind of pipe tobacco. Then again, I doubt smoking a pipe just to attract women is worth the possibility of wrecking a lung and/or destroying the sinuses, but to each their own.

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DoctorThoss Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DoctorThoss (146)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

I usually have a pouch of this somewhere, stuck in the back of a closet or in my glove compartment, for those rare moods in which I'm craving this particular blend (usually for nostalgia reasons, or when I've managed to fry my tongue on VA-based blends and I'm not in the mood for Carter Hall or Prince Albert). It IS a classic, even if folks like me to tend to disparage it on most days. It's the quintessential drugstore aromatic, and I still know people who've never tried anything but this. It's probably the most inoffensive offering on the market -- just about everyone likes the room note, it has surprisingly little bite for this type of mixture, and it burns well. But using the term "inoffensive" here is damning with faint praise -- there's not much to recommend this blend, IMO, although it does have its uses.

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hoo-boy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hoo-boy (17)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

When you are out and about and run out... of smoking 'baccy you can always depend on The Captain to see you home. The beauty of this blend is you can find it anywhere, it inexpensive,its smokes cool, smoke it all day if you so choose, The ladies love the room note. The downside, If you like a big hit of nicotene then it is not for you. if I was starting all over with the Pipe I would learn with the Captain. I always keep some handy and reach for it a coupla times a week. An old standby hoo-boy

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mel51us Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mel51us (47)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Captain Black White was my first Lane limited product many years ago. I was attracted to it because of the room note. I found this to be my everyday tobacco for many years, and I still smoke it quite a bit. CBW has a very pleasant, creamy vanilla flavor that is not overpowering. It burns well and stays lit. I would highly recommend Captain Black White to any pipe smoker, beginner and veteran alike.

06162006 After being introduced to non aromatic blends, particularly some from Peterson and McClellan, I no longer enjoy Captain Black. The casing just spoils it for me.

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cavendish guru Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
cavendish guru (6)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Very Mild Very Full Very Pleasant

A drug store classic for sure. I like to keep away from saying "drug store blend", because you can buy it at most all local grocery stores, but a vintage tobacco I have saw in drug stores and corner stores tine and time again since the days of old. Most of the time around where i'm from (central PA), i'm pretty limited on what brands stores have to offer.Captain Black is always there a lot like my tried and true dear friend Skoal.

The first blend I tried after buying a corncob pipe.And even after investing a few more dollars ($3.59 for a knockoff Dr. Garbo), I wouldn't be afriad to smoke it in there to lightly taint my pipe for future smokings.

I found this pipe can be mixed with any flavor, and give it boost to maybe a duller flavor like sir Walter Riley, that almost needs to be used with CBW to keep it from clogging.

Being so moist, I face a lot of cloggings from this when I smoke it. I cleaned my cheap pipe a few months back and got what resembled road tar out of the mouth piece....(blame that on me if you will). This stuff if it was in a sealed tin could probably last until the second coming. I thought I got a fresh batch of chew spit when I first bought a pouche. Indeed it was ripe I don't know how old, but it didn't matter. A good smoke until the last pinch.

For Room Note: I've had nothing but great compliments from smoking Captain Black. Several weeks back, I was out on a date with my lady friend and I even got her to take a few hits from the pipe. So gentlemen, the ladies love this blend along with other aromatics. Being as young as I am, a lot of my friends don't expect to see someone like myself smoke a pipe. I got teased about looking like Sherlock Holmes and being the pipe guru of my city but they all support my habit and I talk to them about the fine blends of the world....Captain Black being the first one I always speak of

So for sure 4 stars.........hell 10/10

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caddad Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
caddad (53)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I remember the Old Yankees coach , the infamous Billy Martin, doing a television commercial for this blend when I was just a kid. I remembered Billy , though when I came of age and started smoking a pipe. I purchased my first pouch of Captain Black because of that commercial I?m sure. There is really no telling how many pouches of this tobacco I have smoked since 1983 but there have been many. I remember a tobacconist telling me that he had the bulk replacement for this in a jar, but it was not the same. Yes it is just a ?drug store blend ? but it has to be the most consistent tobacco in the most well recognized pouch in the world today. And you know, it is very good. I have graduated to English blends and now prefer my aromatics when I smoke them to come from C&D and McClelland. But I have to tip my hat to the old standard where it all began for me. This is what I gauge a vanilla blend by, and there is no doubt that whatever they put in here for the room note is magic. I?ve thought of putting it in a potpourri burner just because people seem to just eat it up. If they took it off of the shelves I would be mortified. I rarely visit my old friend the captain anymore, however the memories are great, and I must say, if my wife had here way- it would be all I ever smoked.

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

I recently retried many of the drugstore blends that I had forgotten long ago in favor of those pesky tins. I found that many of them were too bland or too heavily cased to be at all enjoyable to me now. There were some surprises though, the Captain Black line was actually quite good for my aromatic cravings.

Captain Black regular, or white as it is called here was my second choice of the line. I found it to have that classic smell every one refers to, but more woodsy than I remembered. It reminded me of a campfire that was burning vanilla beans. It tastes rather woodsy as well and has a strong vanilla topping, too much vanilla for me. I found the smell and flavor I remembered in Captain Black Royal, the dark blue pouch. Royal had a lighter vanilla flavor without the woodsy components. I would not turn this away, but I would always purchase the blue pouch first.

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FenderGtrsRock Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FenderGtrsRock (3)
★★★☆
Mild Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

An old standby, and known by nearly all pipesters. This tobacco is a classic drugstore blend, thus very easy to aquire. I picked up a 12oz can at CVS for approx $21.00 (slightly expensive.)

It is quite mild tobacco flavor, tounge bite is virtually non-existant. You can puff away on it without worry of turning your tounge into a substance similar to bacon.

It is very strongly cased with a Cream-ish/vanilla flavoring. For some people it may be overwelmingly so. If you like sweets and such, this is a great blend. It is also not very complex, all you will taste is "That" Cream/vanilla flavor. I personally like it alot, and it will always be on my pipe shelf.

The room note is what attracts many people to this blend, it is a quite lovely creamy vanilla scent. Ladys love the scent of it, definitely the "old spice" of Pipe tobaccos. The room note tends to linger for quite a while as well. To many people it is reminecent of their grandparents.

The taste is not bad, but not particularly strong either...still being smacked in the face with the creamy vanilla taste.

I would reccomend this to beginning smokers, or any that like sugary sweet tobaccos. In my opinion every pipester should give this blend a try once in his life. you might like it.

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

Hey it's not a 4 star tobacco but for a drugstore blend, it's a good old fashion cavendish. How can ya disagree? Not an everyday smoke but when I feel like a classic cavendish, i reach for Capt Black.

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Lancelot Gobbo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Lancelot Gobbo (23)
★★☆☆
Very Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

For many a year I smoked this, having been seduced by the room note. My wife felt it was more acceptable than my prior favourite, Balkan Sobranie. It is an easy smoke, and mild enough to puff as hard as you want. The White pouch was the nicest to me, with a vanilla/coconut scent that was so more-ish. The others, gold and blue, didn't do much for me at all. With the passage of years I find non-aromatics more interesting and satisfying.

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

I was at the Supermarket and had meant to pick some of this stuff up for quite a while, given its popularity and generally positive reviews. Since I've only smoked one other aromatic, I'll have to compare it to that--Nat Sherman 509, Dark Cavendish--which is the worst of the worst, in my opinion.

I found Captain Black to be generally dry, not caked in syrup like 509, and though certainly strong, not overbearing in tin aroma. It was mild, didn't gunk up my pipe or smoke wet, and was actually very pleasing. The added Burley provided a nice little punch that was much welcome.

I had such low expectations for this stuff that I couldn't help but be surprised. As for value, I got home and checked the receipt, and noticed that I was charged $7.99! Damn that bloody Ralph's...I have to start pricing tobacco before I buy it. What a rip..but I would pick it up again at $3.99, which appears to be the going internet rate.

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Mephisto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Mephisto (32)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Strong Very Mild 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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Dougster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dougster (31)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I smoked this blend for years when I was a younger pipester. I had one pipe, and I smoked several bowls of this every day for years.

It's a good smelling tobacco, and the taste isn't bad. It is readily available although it is pretty expensive for a drugstore blend. Nowadays I go for something like PA or Half & Half if I'm buying a drugstore tobacco, but my tastes have changed.

I would give this a higher rating, except I seem to have developed a physiological reaction to this tobacco. I'm not sure what chemical additives are in it, but it has a bad effect on me now. When I smoke this I get an itchy feeling like I have a hairball stuck in the back of my throat. If I stop smoking this it goes away, if I start again it comes back. No other pipe tobacco that I have tried seems to do this to me, so I can only assume it is from excessive PG content or some other additive. I intend to try Lane 1-Q or RLP-6 as an alternative. I have no problems with Lane LL-7.

Bottom Line: smells good, tasty, overpriced, too much additives.

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

I was given what I was told was Captain Black White (it came in a ziplock bag as a bonus when I bought a humidor on E-Bay). However, after reading the reviews here, I questioned if it was CBW. My nose could detect no vanilla whatsoever, but instead a smell not unlike spice cake (my favorite). Also, the flavor had a taste of a spicy mixture as well. After finishing the bonus bag, I bought a tin from a tobacco shop and it had the same spicy taste and aroma. So, I guess where others smell vanilla, I smell spice. (Cooking is one of my hobbies, so I know I can smell the difference.) I find that CBW burns cool without any gurgle and leaves a fine white ash at the bottom of the bowl. One light and a few well-timed tampers is all I need for a pipeful. It's available almost anywhere, so if I should run short of tobacco on my travels, I can usually find it. And that's about the only time I would probably buy it, but then with no remorse. It's not a bad smoke by any means, although the flavor is a johnny-one-note. I just prefer a lot more body in the smoke itself.

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PipeSmoker45ACP Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeSmoker45ACP (11)
★★☆☆
Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant

This stuff was all right. One dimensional with not a whole lot to experience. On the other hand this stuff is really good if your smoking it for what its worth. Never bites and its fairly sweet. Its a blend that you just put it in and smoke. no concentration required so its great if your driving or mowing the lawn or doing something while your smoking. It may end up being a regular for me but only for those times when I want to smoke and don't want to think about it at all.

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

Every so often I catch my wife in the kitchen in the middle of the night, eating one of my signature chocolate creations in the dark. I can't say squat, because she occasionally catches me with a bowl of CBW, whereupon she gives me one of those "if-this-gets-out-you'll-be-ruined" looks.

Laugh if you will, but the good Cap'n has probably started more poor souls down the path of destruction than any single blend. For that alone, it's worth a casual retry, just as I'll occasionally visit the old neighborhood to check out my old haunts, only to discover that.....

you can't go home again.

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

You know, I am a beginner. I mean, pipe smoking, actually... And all advisers, I asked about a blend to begin, told me "try this!" in one accord. Well, I've tried... Camille Corot said that the impression is everything... Yeah, my first impressoin was amazing! French painter was right... Of course, I've had nothing to compare, but that was beautiful combination of taste, scent, sensation of process as a whole. Even a little tongue bite, came through, has introduced a spicy note in the process. I've tried a lot of others after that, but I always return to CBW. Perhaps, it's kinda first love...

BTW, I feel thirst during smoking just this tobacco. It does not disturb me, but interesting.

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

For a Lane aromatic, Captain Black White is a decent tobacco. I purchased it in a 1.5 oz. pouch for $5 and think that one can get higher quality tobacco for less money, but it is not a complete waste of cash. It is less goopy than I imagined it would be, though that PG quality to the tobacco is definitely there. The aromatic aspect is also surpringly subdued at the beginning of the smoke but crescendoes towards mid-bowl and quickly decrescendoes at the last quarter bowl. This aspect is creamy sweet with a slightly floral edge--perhaps like a good irish cream. I have had no problems keeping it lit or smoking it to the bottom of the bowl. It burns to an even gray ash and leaves only a little residual taste in the pipe that will be pretty much eliminated in one or two bowls of another tobacco. Probably its biggest plus, the room note is very good and even non-smokers tend to like it. The casing is ever-present and defines the character of the smoke, but it is not unpleasant or overwhelming. I prefer to temper its sweetness in a clay, but a small meer or briar can work as well.

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PaganBoyNC Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PaganBoyNC (8)
★★★★
Mild Strong Medium Very Pleasant

While often touted as a cheap, disgusting blend I have found this to be a cheap, quite pleasant blend. I have smoked a pipe for about a year or so and have only just recently tried it, while re-ordering another favorite aromatic (Middle Earth Blend) I simply couldn't resist adding a pouch just to try -- it being so cheap and "classic."

It lights easily & stays lit, has a sweet vanilla and mild but definitely present tobacco flavor that lasts from the beginning to the end of the bowl (it never goes sour, although it never develops any real complexity either) and has no bite whatsoever. It can smoke slightly wet, but I've seen far worse.

This has become one of my favorite aromatic smokes when I'm in the mood for something light and sweet. I could not smoke it exclusively, as it would bore me, but for what it is it's really quite good and you certainly can't beat the price (I've had far "classier" aromatics that I wasn't nearly as pleased with). A definite staple in the rotation.

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

I have to throw my two cents worth in on Captain Black White since I smoke so many over the counter blends. I do not like this blend except for the nice aroma it gives off. It might be a nice intro tobacco for someone starting out, but it doesn't taste like tobacco to me. I started smoking aromatics when I was younger and got sort of burnt out on them. Now I dearly love all those classic American over the counter burley blends like the Prince or Kentucky Club but they taste like tobacco. Plus there are lots of neat Americana stuff to collect, like old ads and tins, with those real old timey blends. The other thing I like about over the counter blends is their low cost but this is expensive for drugstore tobacco. I would suggest going to Rite Aid and checking out their aromatics at half the price if you can't get to a tobacco store.

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DeltaSnake Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DeltaSnake (31)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

This is one of the few drugstore tobaccos I do smoke once in a while. It's frankly about as good as most black cavendish/burley blends you will find in tobacco stores and generally at a cheap price. Although I've found Walgreen's Black and burley blend pretty similar for an even cheaper bargain. I smoked it primarly because of a financially tough stretch, and this is what I could afford literally, and I don't smoke it now at this moment. However, if times find me short of cash, this is one of the blends I'll be happy to stuff into one of my cheaper pipes and enjoy. We sometimes forget that pipe smoking isn't just about tobacco, but the experience, and I'm glad to know this old friend is still around.

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

Like many pipe smokers, this is the first brand of pipe tobacco I ever had. People call it a drugstore blend, which I suppose it is, but the quality level is above that (though still below tins). The taste is pretty strong vanilla.

Like everyone in here says, the aroma is awesome. The smoke has a sweet, vanilla-esque aroma that is really something. I can definetely see how people would want to smoke this in front of company that might be traditionally hostile with pipe smoke. To my surprise, I had at least a few people comment on how good the aroma was.

Despite what everyone else in here says, I had a difficult time keeping this stuff lit, even when I gave it time to dry (and it -never- dries).

Overall not a bad blend, though maybe not the best beginner one (it's too harsh and doesn't stay lit very well).

Edit: Meh, I reduced the positiveness of the review. The thing is, this tobacco is quite harsh. I don't know what it is (added chemicals? burley?). The biggest blow to this tobak for me is the fact that it isn't actually cheap. They sell a 1.5oz pouch for $4.79 around here, and the truth is that it's actually cheaper to get more or less the same thing out of a jar, minus the bizarre chemicals and probably with higher quality leaf. Plus, the same "lady killer" aroma comes out in pretty much every vanilla aromatic. And hey, it'll keep the pipe snobs from ruining your mystique to women by complaining about a drugstore blend.

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elpheasant Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
elpheasant (6)
★★★☆
Very Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

I just had to try this famous stuff.

I'm a huge fan of the aromatics, which surprises me since I usually tend towards the stronger, darker tastes in food, coffee, beer, etc.

Captain Black White is a very heavy aromatic, but it's also a crowd pleaser. The pouch aroma is delicious. It smells good enough to eat! The mild taste of vanilla is present the entire time, it really doesn't develope much beyond this, but it tastes so good that I don't mind it. It packs nicely, lights easily, and smokes pretty dry, although a little warm. It leaves a nice grey ash. The aftertaste is a little gummy, but again, it tastes good, so it doesn't bother me. There is no bite to this tobacco at all, and for a drugstore blend, it's well worth the money.

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

I always keep some of this around. My dad smoked Captain Black when I was a kid, and I guess part of the hook is the nostalgia of it.

This is an attractive looking-tobacco. I love the pouch aroma. Room note is great - to me when somebody else is smoking it, I detect a 'toasted marshmallow' smell. Taste is very smooth and enjoyable. Vanilla, yes, but also a bit of spice too.

There is a bit of a wetness problem if you smoke it too fast, so just go slow. Problem solved! I have found this to be the case with just about every 'drugstore' blend I have tried. I have never had a bit of tongue bite from Captain Black (White).

If you've never tried it, you should. A nice aromatic. Don't expect a lot of complexity - there isn't any. That isn't what this tobacco is all about. It's a nice smooth, cool, pleasant smoke that I just keep coming back to.

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miles o'toole Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
miles o'toole (7)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

A great tobacco for beginners (as I am). Can't complain with the availability, nice room note, mild burn rate, pleasant taste. It gets a bit goopy in the bowl as it burns down, but I dont mind as I smoke this blend in a Missouri Merschaum corn cob. A great lunch hour smoke. Same goes for the Capt Black Royal (blue pouch). I found that the vanilla mellows out a bit as the pouch is allowed to breath over time. Definitely appeals to non-smokers and those sensitive to cigarette or cigar smoke aroma.

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PipeNeophyte Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeNeophyte (10)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant

While, admittedly, I am very new to pipe smoking, my friends have allowed me to try a number of the 'drug store' brands and this is by far the best, in my humble opinion. Admittedly, I'm an aromatic smoker, and I like a sweet, smooth, light smoke. This tobacco is all of the above.

My only complaint is that it's not very rich or complex, and it gets sort of repetetive about half-way through. Also, I wouldn't finish the last fifth or so. I didn't find the last fifth particularly unpleasant in and of itself, but it was a very jarring and rapid transition from the light, smooth vanilla to a somewhat more piquant tobacco flavor. If you like roller-coaster tobaccos, feel free to ignore my advice, but I just found it sort of ... I don't know, disturbing.

I hope to upgrade to a better tobacconist brand very soon, but this will surely hold me over for now.

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Well, I've been smoking for a few months now, I've had some changes in thought.

This tobacco is not quite the roller-coaster I thought it was. I can now smoke a full pipe of this stuff without problems. I was just smoking it too fast, so my recommendation is to take it easy with this stuff if you're new. I still think it's a great cheapo tobacco, and if it was all I had available I'd smoke it without complaint. But if you want something similar but not quite as wimpy and with a bit more complexity for about half the price look for Admiral's Choice Vanilla Cavendish at your local CVS.

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BriarLaw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BriarLaw (85)
★☆☆☆
Very Mild Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

I was out driving this evening and realized I did not have my pouch with me. So I stopped at the drug store and picked up a pouch of Captain Black White.

I can remember many, many years ago years when my late father would drive over to the drugstore (with me and my little brother in tow) for a pouch of Captain Black as a change of pace from his regular Tinderbox blend. He would smoke it, but never stuck with it for long. Now I understand why. It was mild, slightly sweet, and smelled nice. It just did not have any umph.

So while I was not crazy about Captain Black; it reminded me of my dad. For that, it was wonderful.

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

When I tryed this tobacco back in the early 80's I quite liked it. It was mild,full of flavor,very zesty, and didn't bite. The aroma was to die for. It smelled like chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. This is when they packed it in a thick tin with a pry up lever built into the lid. Inside the can you found a very black fire cured cavendish and bright ribbon cut {although it looked almost shag} burley. Well Iv'e tryed this blend recently and I thought it was terrible. The taste and the zestyness have dissapeared! The black tobbaco has faded to a burnt sienna almost. The aroma has changed too. This isn't the Captain Black I remember ! It also ruins your pipe and you can't get the taste of this tobacco out of your pipe unless you clean it with alcohol, brandy, or whisky. I will not keep this blend on hand. I wish you could still get Black Clipper. That was the best of the drugstore type black aromatics Don't waste your money,pipe cleaners, or your brandy on Captain Black.

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

Ah, Captain Black White. To me this is much like Old Spice is to cologne. A old favorite in a white container with a ship on it that regardless of the more fancy stuff I buy to replace it, I always go back to it. Both were my introduction to their respective products. Old Spice being my first cologne and aftershave while Captain Black White being my first ever pipe tobacco. The aroma alone brings back great memories. But above that is just an all around great smoke. It has a slight vanilla taste that is just great never over powering. While not a complex tasting blend, I simply adore its honest simplicity that I never tire of. Perfect to smoke in my cheapest corn cobs to my most expensive Meerschaums. I actually use this to break in all my expensive pipes as it never builds up a lingering flavor or aftertaste and grows a nice even cake. I would recommend this for beginners too since you really have to try hard to get it to bite and when I first started smoking a pipe I was strictly a cigar smoker so I tended to smoke the pipe hot and hard that caused bite in almost every other tobacco I tried. Not with the Captain. Always smooth and inviting. The room odor is classic pipe and the odor that entices one to take up pipe smoking over cigars or nasty cigarettes. Very easy to locate and if bought in the can instead of the pouch, also one great bargain. I have spent more on tobacco and do have expensive blends in my rotation, but over all if I had to pick only one tobacco ever to smoke again this would be the one I would choose over and over. Consistently good, rich, aromatic and pleasing to the palate time and time again. Total pipe smoking perfection.

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (574)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Captain Black is one of the most popular "drug store" tobbacos out there, and quite frankly, I'm surprised that I was the first to write a review on it.

Aroma right out of the pouch is unquestionably vanilla. Just the right humidification too. Packs easily and evenly. Easy to keep lit with vitually no bite at all, all the way to the bottom.

The tobacco is made of black cavendish and burley. The taste is a farly mild to medium tobacco flavor with a hint of vanilla, much like a toasted marshmellow at a campfire. The room aroma is just as tasty.

I find this to be a regular smoke for aromatic smokers, but not for those who like English blends. This is my everyday, all purpose, working in the garage, balance the checkbook smoke. It can be found just about anywhere and is inexpensive.

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

A famous architect once said "Less is more". He could have been talking about Captian Black - white. There is something to be said for this tobacco,while it is not very complex and very simple, it has lots to offer and does not require alot of thought. It is eaisly smoked, has a nice flavor(vanilla)and has a wonderful room note. I really enjoy smoking this puttering around the yard. It is a smoke that I like to have almost daily (only one bowl)in my rotation.

This simple man likes this simple tobacco.

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Griff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Griff (2)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant

This is a great tobacco if you are not the one smoking it. It smells great, especially to the non-smoker. However, it is so sickly sweet, it is unbearable to smoke.

New smokers may enjoy its mildness but I suspect this brand has turned off as many new smokers as people who stick with it.

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mesacactus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
mesacactus (21)
★★★☆
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

We all know, that this is a "Drug Store Blend", or even a "Supermarket, Walmart, 7/11 Blend" But, does that make it a bad tobacco? Captain Black is the most popular tobacco in the United States. More of it is sold, than all bulk or tin tobaccos combined. Why? is it because people simply want to torture themselves, and smoke a bad tobacco? Or, is it that Captain Black, is a good overall tobacco? Yes it is a sweet, cavendish style, flavor cased, tobacco. But is that bad? NO! This is good stuff. It is cool, has a good ribon cut, is tasty, and has tobacco flavor. Some people say it burns to wet. May I suggest they pack it right. I have never had a wet bowl smoking Captain Black. I sometimes think there are just too many snobs in pipe smoking, and that is one reason many people won't take up the pipe. So I say lighten up. Relax, and take a sail with the Captain. You'll like the destination.

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

I do not want to say I cut my teeth on this tobacco, as I was introduced to about ten years into my pipe smoking. I was in the Army at the time in Europe when the Post Exchange received their first shipment around 1974.

This is an excellent tobacco for the pipe smoker as well as the beginner as it does present itself as a very cool, and non-biting of the tongue. IMO this tobacco really started the tobacco world of aromatics come alive. I know while in Europe they could not keep this on the shelves as every pipe smoker was buying it up, and at the same time enticing a new audience in becoming pipe smokers.

I buy a pouch every now and then just to reminiscence my past

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

When I first stared smoking I tried a few store brands and 1-Q, at that time, this was one of my favorites. I dislike 1-Q. I like a tobacco that is pleasant for the people around me when I smoke it. I am usually around people. Opening the bag presented a very pleasant smell creating a desire to hurry up and start smoking it. It packs well and unless packed wrong tends to stay lit with maybe one re-light. If you are a person who tends to puff more often than you probably should, Capt. tends to stay cooler than others I have tried and if getting too hot, cools down fast. The taste at light up is the same as at the end. A little boring but at least you know what you are getting. If smoked too much over a short period of time it does get a little heavy and the vanilla will get on your nerves. It is cheap and a good basic smoke. For now it is a regular rotated tobacco for me and will probably stay that way even after I find others that I like. A great beginner tobacco.

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

One of the first tobaccos I ever tried. Every once in a while I'll pick some up for nostalgia. Still smells great, still tastes good. The fond remembrance at the first light turns to boredom halfway down the bowl. No variation - I prefer a bit of complexity.

Perfect for a new pipesmoker. I envy anyone who has made this their brand. You are saving a fortune.

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Fluno24 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fluno24 (2)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

Yes i am new to pipe smoking. I've been smoking for a year an a half but mostly Cigars. I tried Captain Black White after having a somewhat pleasurably experience with Captain Black Royal Blue. As of right now i really can't affoard any better and am quite content with its extremely mild flavor. There is really not much else to say that hasn't been said, I smoke this when i'm out with my friends and can't afford a good cigar, but i only buy cigars because i do not know much about pipe tobacco. Overall as everyone has stated if you are looking for an occasional smoke with a pleasant or are just beginning (like myself) aroma CBW is probably the way to go. I know eventually my tastes will mature, but for right now Captain Black is keeping me into Pipe Smoking; I couldn't ask for much more.

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

I like this blend alot for many reasons. As many smokers, it was my first smoke, but also along with my first trip alone on the other side of the continent, so it's aroma always brings back wonderful memories. The smell never seems to displease anyone around me and, most importantly, never dipleases me either. The fact that it is available almost everywhere is certainly a huge asset...if you are, like me, an incorrigible procrastinator!

Not the best, but definatly a very good, affordable and accessible tobacco.

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

Remember the old Billy Martin TV commercials for Captain Black? I always remember him saying, "Never a bite in the bowl." Ahhh, the nostalgia of Captain Black. Who indeed hasn?t at least tried this venerable blend? I too cut my teeth (so to speak) on this brand and I still enjoy it today. I think Hawkeyeted hit the nail on the head when he described the taste and smell as toasted marshmallow. I also think it has a hint of a fruit aroma. Sure it isn?t the most complex tobacco around, but if you want a nice and mild, readily available and reasonably priced aromatic blend then you could do far worse than this. This is a good smoke for when you are puttering around.

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

Like others have mentioned , Captian Black is probably one Of Americas most popular drug store pipe mixtures. I've smoked CBW on occasions when I ran out of my custom blend and couldnt get to the pipe shop. I found it to have a pleasent sweet taste and a very pleasing aroma without a bite. I've even had non smokers approach me in Bars and Resturants to tell me how good my pipe smoke smelled. In my opinion CBW would be the ideal blend to introduce a new comer to pipe smoking.

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imago Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
imago (63)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

I never realised just how accustomed to "gourmet" tobacco I had become until I recently bought a 12 oz. tin of this. For years, I had avoided OTC tobacco and, after smoking this, I can see why some people might like it. It's smooth, light in flavour, and not overly complicated (which can be a good thing and a bad thing). The flavour and aroma (courtesy of the casing more than the tobacco itself) was pleasant enough, and I didn't notice the goop that I tend to get with more upscale aromatics. Despite these accolades, the tobacco is not complex enough to spark much interest. It serves quite well as a staple in one's tobacco rotation, but I wouldn't want to limit myself to smoking this blend. As a matter of fact, if I were to smoke more than one or two bowls of this at once, I would need a quality Latakia blend just to cleanse my palate.

Beginners will probably love it due to the fact that there is no tongue bite and to its room note.

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

I'll give this an "I smoke this on occasion" though I haven't for some time. Why? Because I think it is one of the best beginner pipe tobaccos available, and I love being around someone else who is smoking it. The room aroma cannot be beat.

True, it has very little flavor. But no bite, no burn. I smoked quite a bit of it once upon a time, and to diss it just isn't right. I also think that the "not my cup of tea, do not plan on trying it again" choice makes it sound like a bad tobacco, as opposed to one that is simply outgrown as the rest of the world of tobacco is discovered.

Good to talk about you, old friend.

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Flatcap Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Flatcap (7)
★☆☆☆
Mild Strong Full Pleasant to Tolerable

They say the Captain Black we get here in Europe is not a faithful representation of the American original and I hope for all you guys stateside that's true! I smoked my sample in a corncob pipe to get that authentic all-American experience. It all started well, lit easily and tasted smooth and colourful. Enjoyed the first bowl and decided to go for another soon after - possibly a mistake, by the end of the second bowl I found the sweetness of the tobacco had become sickly in taste and I struggled to get through the remainder of my pipe. Got up to walk to the local village Inn and it was all I could do to avoid throwing up from the candy-sweet mixture. I prefer Latakia and English blends and perhaps these aromatic and drug-store varieties are not for me. Feel I should search out a pack of US imported 'Captain' before I finally lay my demons to rest but at $18 for a 50g pouch over here, I'm not sure it's really worth it.

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

I don?t think there is any relatively young pipe smoker out there who has not at one point tried either Captain Black White, Lane?s 1Q,Borkum Riff Bourbon, Clan or Gold Block (if English)/Prince Albert (if American). Of these rather common and easily obtainable blends, I believe Captain Black is perhaps the most popular and in many ways the best one, although Prince Albert should be set aside in the sense it is one of the few non aromatic drug store blends. In reading the previous reviews I get the feeling that most of my fellow smokers express a legitimate nostalgia regarding this blend. I couldn?t agree more. Many a pipe smoker owes CBW his/her initial acquaintance with what is properly defined as a ?gentle art? rather than a habit or vice. The abundance of chunky vanilla flavoured Black Cavendish, with ribbon cut brown and light Burleys has become something of a classic. Not difficult to pack, though it may take some time before actually get it going, and virtually bite free, this mild to medium strength smoke is truly satisfying and pleasant. Most non smokers (or at least non pipe smokers) readily accept CBW as "the" traditional pipe aroma, to the point that some friends once told me I should quit smoking that ?cheap? stuff (referring to My Mixture 965), and go back to what they called the ?classy and elegant? CBW. With all of the above reviews I definitely recommend this either as a beginner?s tobacco or else as a nice, now and then change of pace, especially if in the need to please one?s company.

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

Have to reconsider the review below. In 1980 CB White was my first pipe tobacco in my very first pipe. I was 20 years old. Now that I'm 50 I find myself returning to that good old standby that never seems to disappoint. A great first tobacco, and one to return to on those cold fall and winter days.....

--------------------------------------------------------------- Perfect tobacco to introduce someone to pipe-smoking. Smoked it for three years straight when I only knew one other pipe smoker and didn't know better.

That powerful vanilla aroma brings back memories but as the taste buds mature it becomes something difficult to return to with any regularity.

A convenient and decent alternative if you're on the road and run out of your good stuff.

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

In my student days, I smoked a lot of Captain Black. For a "drugstore" tobacco, it has a lot going for it. It tastes good, if you like vanilla, it won't bite, and it burns fairly dry and clean for an aromatic. If I was stranded somewhere and couldn't find anything else, I wouldn't hesitate to smoke this now. I have a pipesmoking friend who smokes CBW constantly and I have to say women like the aroma--always a big plus. This is not a blend that will knock you over with complexity, obviously, but if all you need is a simple, quality aromatic, this will probably do it for you.

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