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This is an unusual mixture, because it contains no Latakia, yet still has the round, rich flavor one would expect from this style of tobacco. Liberal quantities of Orientals and a special Virginia Cavendish made with Eastern Belt Carolina leaf combine with Black Cavendish to make this a tobacco that will satisfy a great variety of tastes.

BrandMcClelland
Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionUnknown
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Strength
Mild
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Pleasant

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

Satisfying, anytime smoke. Good with a morning cup of coffee. This would be an excellent "crossover" blend for an aromatic smoker wanting to switch to "English" or an English smoker wanting something to enjoy in mixed company. The lack of latakia means a pleasant, not cloying, room note and a smoothe, less spicy palate. It seems very moist in the bag, but burns nicely with few re-lights. No bite at all. The last few puffs, if you smoke all the way to the bottom, can be a little harsh, and you will scorch your briar, as I did, if you are not careful - but otherwise, a solid three-stars.

4 people found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (38)
★★★☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

I concur with Toytruck?s review of 07/16/2008. My take on 2050 is that it is a ?flavored? blend ? and probably only the Cavendish component at that ? but it is a far cry from cheap drugstore brands that reek of chemicals. Snob that I am (or sophisticate that I try to be), I never intentionally buy a flavored or ?cased? tobacco; but on occasion I do blunder into them. So it was with 2050, and I think it is a really nice smoke: cool, dry, and tasty. For me it delivers tastes from the dark side: deep prune / raisin / fig? and something that suggests a high-end semi-sweet extra dark chocolate (semi-bitter might be more descriptive.) I think I've experienced a similar dark taste like this in something called Chinese Bead Molasses. Well, despite the flavoring (I resist using the words ?casing sauce? for this blend), there?s no mistake: you?re smoking tobacco, not chemicals.

Though my supply is moister than I prefer, it is in no way sticky; and there are no packing, lighting, or burning issues. For me this is just a little bitey because I?m an eager puffer when I get something this tasty. It gives a mild nicotine hit and burns cleanly to the bottom leaving a whitish ash. No goop, no gurgle, no dottle; and your next bowl of burley will evict any flavor ghost that lingers in the bowl. I tried this in various briars, which were OK, but I highly recommend smoking this in a clay ? heavenly!

Reserve this ?guilty pleasure? for those occasions when your usual tobacco genre seems to stop working. This provides a delightful change of pace for the tired palate. Quality stuff.

4 people found this review helpful.

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

For those looking for a mild everyday Tobacco I believe ths is it.Not as cloying as some of the other aromatics that McClelland produces but a simple blend that can be smoked all day.There is a slight sweetness that complments the Virginias from Black Cavendish.The Orientals are not in your face but weaves in and out as you go through a bowl. The blend did appear a little wet at first but a few hours of drying time eliminated that.Did not burn hot in any size bowl that I tried,however the larger bowls produced a little bit more residual juiceso have a pipe cleaner standingby. The aroma was aromatic almost like an Asian ginger.The main sniffers,my wife and two daughters did not complain of the aroma,so it passed the in the house test.

3 people found this review helpful.

Bonneville Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bonneville (27)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

Picked some of this up at the recommendation of my tobacconist. I'm a VA smoker, mostly. But this one caught my eye because of how unique it is. IT IS DELICIOUS. Don't understand the negative reviews here. There is a deep Cavendish flavor. but the Orientals add a really nice dimension to the sweet flavors of the Cavendish. This is a very unique blend that might be confusing to some. But I definitely appreciate it for what it is. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: Rattray's Craggy Root

Age When Smoked: unknown

Purchased From: Beehive Cigars, Salt Lake City, UT

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I got this in a McClelland sampler.

At first sniff I get a bit of vanilla and cloves. Upon lighting I find are very agreeable blend of flavors going on, with less of an aromatic quality than I expected at first whiff. The casings are there but the orientals come through with a mustiness that I like. I know, musty doesn't sound good but there it is. There's plenty of sweetness from some VAs and the cavendish, and a somewhat creamy feel. Bit of a baked good thing going on.

Is it an aromatic? Well, When it's called "cavendish," I sort of expect something along those lines. As such, if I'm not careful I can get it gurgling and a wet bowl at the end -- seems to depend a bit on the pipe I use. But it hasn't bitten me. This is definitely not like a drug store blend that smells like candy and tastes like dookie.

Furthermore, faulting it for not having latakia is like faulting rum for not being whiskey. That said, I could see adding a bit of Cyprian to the mixture for a touch of depth and smokiness.

Purists will definitely be repulsed by this heretical blend. Me, I'm too uncultured to know any better, so I just go ahead and enjoy this tasty tobacco.

2 people found this review helpful.

PipenGuitar Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipenGuitar (15)
★★★☆
Extremely Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I like the way this blend reminds me of Frog Morton Across the Pond. It's not as flavorful or as English-y but it's good enough to try. I don't think it's anywhere near as bad a drug store blend. Those leave horrible, horrible things in your pipe. This blend didn't leave much; just a bit of excess moisture. I suppose if one would smoke this out of a freshly opened bulk bag then perhaps it would leave some gunk. My 2 ounces came from an opened and almost empty bag which probably helped dry out the blend a bit.

2 people found this review helpful.

Noorrmm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Noorrmm (193)
★☆☆☆
Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Why McClelleand calls this an Oriental mixture is beyond me. The pouch aroma is decidely that of an aromatic, neither particularly light nor heavy. Part of the aroma is vanilla, the rest eludes me. The flavor is a hybrid, Virginia with some milder Oriental (Basma or Smyrna perhaps) and a goodly dose of flavoring. Whether the addition is cased into the Cavendish, or addded as a topping is beyond my capability to determine, nor do I care to persue it. For me, not worth finishing the trial package.

On the plus side, for those looking for an upgrade from drugstore aromatics, this would be a good choice, as it burns cleanly, fairly dry and cool. The pipe remains clean, and very little aroma lingers.

2 people found this review helpful.

NEWMAN Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
NEWMAN (263)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I thought that I'd try a good aromatic in the hot weather. When my wife commented that it smelled great in the pouch and then in room aroma, I suspected trouble. Usually I'm smoking for my pleasure and not others acceptance of the smell. Although a nicely prepared mix ~ 50% red/brown VAs and Orientals and 50% black, the black cavendish or others in this blend are just too sweet for me and overpower the smoke from start to finish. However, those that prefer a stronger aromatic might enjoy this cool smoke without a hint of bite. Many black cavendish blends have tended to smoke wet for me but this one was fine. Dedicate a pipe to this blend since the flavors are imparted, linger and influence many subsequent smokes. I return to my norm of VA flakes and natural tobacco taste.

2 people found this review helpful.

KinnScience Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
KinnScience (29)
★★☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

A pleasant all day smoke, this tobacco may not be for the die hard English lover. However, it is precisely what McClelland's intended it to be. A mildly sweet, and somewhat nutty, all day smoke with a touch of Eastern spice, and complete lack of bite. This is a very forgiving tobacco. There is little or no "cloy" to the component, it lights and burns with ease, and it makes for a marvelously cool and dry option for when one is multi-tasking and cannot attend to one's pipe as readily as if they were in sitting in their leather chair sipping a cup of tea (or scotch if you prefer). There seem to be some who do not like the blend. As for myself, this also is not really my style of preference for tobacco. But remember, we are talking about preference, not blend quality. Also, I believe we all have found that our tastes, over the years, will change. Thankfully we have a great multitude of blends to choose from, and we have what is IMO the best tobacco house in the world, right there in Kansas city. If you don't like this blend, So be it; that is the beauty of McClelland blends. One can always opt for a slightly different angle on the blend, and if you believe a touch of Latakia would add to this blend, then try 2045, or if you want a bit more Latakia, go for the 2040. If you prefer a more traditional English or simply want a lot more Latakia, you could try the 5110, or 5125. And those are just the bulks. There are many tin variations to choose from as well.

McClelland's doesn't miss much. They don't simply blunder along tossing in varied tobaccos and suddenly come up with something by accident. If a smoker had a preference for something different, they offer adjustments to a great many foundations of blends, for the smoker's enjoyment.

Pipe Used: BBB billiard,Cob,Radice billiard,Upshallbilliard

Age When Smoked: 4 yrs

Purchased From: smokingpipes.com

Similar Blends: a bit of the "Frog", and a few other oriental w/ Cavendish components.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

I don't like sweetened black Cavendish for the most part, and in this particular blend, it sticks out like a sore thumb. The other components seem nice, but the Cavendish overwhelms them and makes it a sticky vanilla mess. It does not bite, though, and so for that, and the quality of the other components, I'll give it two stars. Tends to be very wet in the bag, takes a long time to dry out, and IMHO isn't smokeable without drying.

Update: Once it (finally) dries out a bit, it isn't as goopy, and the vanilla is still strong without being totally outrageous. Frankly to me, a weird blend, with the spicy nature of the orientals being almost entirely masked by the sweet Cavendish.

1 person found this review helpful.

Tallman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tallman (35)
★★★☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I bought this in bulk back in April and it's been waiting on me to get back to it. I don't have much to add to the reviews of my esteemed fellow puffers...this is a good smoke! I enjoyed it from top of bowl to bottom. Burns clean, no goop...it's not my every day choice, but I will smoke it more often than I have previously!

1 person found this review helpful.

DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DK (586)
★★★☆
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Very Pleasant

MINOR UPDATE 3/13/09

I smoked a bowl of this tonight and noticed something new. I finished and left the room for about half an hour. Upon returning, the remnants of the room aroma (still very noticeable) was decidedly Oriental rather than black cavendish aromatic in nature. Oh, and the oriental becomes more noticeable in the taste with a bit of drying out before smoking. Like many of the finest blends, it changes its character somewhat with some drying. Less "cased" aromatic and more oriental aromatic. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL REVIEW 12/19/08

The emphasis on the blend is "cavendish". It is an aromatic. Thankfully, it uses high quality leaf and is low in casing so it's not the goopy, wet smoke that aromatics often are. The oriental comes through as a wisp at various times but it is mostly the black cavendish that comes through, made lighter tasting by the virginia.

This is an aromatic for people who don't like aromatics. Light and lightly sweet, nice room and pouch aroma. Not high on flavor or terribly interesting as a nice VaPer would be, this tobacco is what it is and ain't what it ain't. This will certainly not be my all day smoke but it is probably the best quality aromatic I have ever smoked, and will be a continual if occasional companion.

1 person found this review helpful.

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

After reading the other reviews it seems that many are reviewing this tobacco for what it is not rather than what it is. It is not a latakia blend and should not be downgraded for that. It is a mildly flavored oriental blend. It has a sweet flavor and aroma with hints of vanilla. I had received this a while back as part of a sampler package and avoided it because of many of the reviews. That was my loss. One evening a couple of weeks ago I decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. This is not a drug store aromatic that leaves an artificial taste in your mouth. It is quality tobacco with a lightly sweet flavoring which does not overpower the taste of the oriental tobaccos. It also leaves a very nice aroma in the room that is most noticeable when you leave the room and return. I am leaning more toward this for an in-the-house smoke due to its very pleasing smell. This is not my favorite tobacco. (That would be McClelland's 2040 Cyprian Blend.) But it is a nice change of pace for a sweeter flavor and a pleasant aroma.

1 person found this review helpful.

Dov of the Galilee Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Dov of the Galilee (22)
★★★★
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This here blend is one that I could live with if I was stuck with only this one for the rest of my life! It has everything an all day smoke should have- long lasting flavor with out the bite or heavy odor, good burning and easily acquired. Many pipe shops carry this and put their own label on it so if interested ask for it by the mfg. number.

1 person found this review helpful.

constantsmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
constantsmoker (62)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

You can't hit a home run every time, but this blend is not as bad as described elsewhere. The pouch aroma was a subtle lemony/spicey fragrance. Predominantly black Cavendish and Virgina, the Orientals do make their presence known, although faintly. The blend lights easily, burns evenly and doesn't bite the tongue. Room note was pleasant. In comparison to McClelland's other 2000 series bulk blends, 2050 comes up short, and perhaps its the absence of Latakia that disappoints. In any event, it's worth a try.

1 person found this review helpful.

Kunsan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kunsan (33)
★★★☆
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

This is an interesting pipe tobacco that fills a gap in the market - an English style without any Latakia. For those who detest the smell or taste of Latakia, or for those who like Latakia but are aware that other people might not find the smell tolerable, this tobacco is a godsend. It has all the qualities of an English, but without Latakia.

I bought a 2oz sample because I was interested to try out such a tobacco. I'm one of those who find myself feeling a little self conscious smoking Latakia near other people, and this is particularly so in nearby coffee shops that have a smoking lounge or terrace where I'd like to be able to enjoy a meaningful smoke but without disturbing others with the pungent Latakia smell. I also wouldn't ever smoke Latakia in my home, but do occasionally smoke an aromatic indoors. Something a little stronger and more interesting would be welcome.

Having said all of this, I'm a little lukewarm about this McClelland blend. Yes, it has a slightly spicey Englishness but without much depth. There's a small amount of creaminess towards the end from the virginias, and a reasonably pleasant creamy aftertaste as well. But I didn't feel that I wanted to rush out and order this tobacco. That feeling might develop as I get near to the end of my current 2oz bag, but at the moment I'm thinking "hey, this is okay" rather than "wow, this is wonderful".

This is a perfectly okay smoke that fills a niche. The quality is good. For these reasons it deserves at least three stars. I do, however, feel that it lacks depth. I like the slightly spicey flavors, but miss the deep creaminess that is evident in some proper English blends. However proper English blends contain Latakia, which this blends deliberately avoids. So although it's not perfect and could do with more depth (IMHO) it is pretty much a fait d'accompli that if you want an English style but without the Latakia smells, this is just about the only tobacco that fits the bill.

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Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
★★★★
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

McCelland Bulk No. 2050 - Oriental Cavendish

Star Rating = 4

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst

Pouch Note = 8

Room Note = 8

Flavor = 8

Bite = 8

Burn = 8

After Taste = 8

Raw Score =48

Rated Percentage = 80%

Comment = Smooth, Mild, good Flavor, a little zesty but not overpowering

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Johnny River Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Johnny River (17)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I had this cellaring for a year or so and got into it today. The smell to me is anise like. The cut is like most of the McClelland Orientals - a little rough cut that needs only a minor rub. The quality of the tobacco is good but the taste is rather monochromatic throughout the bowl. It tastes like it smells. Nothing grand here and if you don't like the smell (again, I think it is anise) you probably won't like the taste.

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

This blend is a nice Oriental flavor but is missing something, LATAKIA. The predominate flavors are of the Cavendish tobaccos but the Orientals shine thru from time to time. The VA. tobaccos make the blend sweet but I miss the smoky taste found in Latakia blended orientals.

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Spike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spike (296)
★☆☆☆
Mild Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

09/26/2004: A good flavored Oriental with too little punch to hold one's interest. Have used it to tone down other tobaccos that I find too flavored. Would probably make a good mix with a strong Virginia-Perique Blend.

11/27/2006 Update: The only one in this series I couldn't warm up to.

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lensman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
lensman (30)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

I had to double-check that I was actually smoking a McClelland product once I began puffing on this blend. I cannot understand why such an esteemed tobacco company would place its name on this drugstore mix.

2050 is all about that black Cavendish stuff -- sticky sweet in an unpleasant way -- with the Oriental making a cameo appearance. What Oriental is present finds itself in undeserving company. This blend is a bad idea, and poorly executed. Thankfully I bought only two ounces -- yet I've no idea what I'm going to do with it.

A waste of time and money, and I cannot recommend it to anybody. McClelland sorely disappointed me, and for the first time.

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Black Dog Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Black Dog (25)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

As others have said, this tobacco is only a short step from your typical drugstore cavendish. Cavendish, VA, Oriental, "raisiny" smelling topping. I have an 8 oz bag which I will smoke through, but won't buy more. There is nothing remarkable about this either good or bad, but with so many other fine tobaccos available, there's no reason to buy more.

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huffnpuff Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
huffnpuff (44)
★★☆☆
Mild Mild Medium Tolerable

I got this at an ounce .Im glad i did not buy more.2050 is rather weird at first light the orientals peaked out then slowly goes dowm to a the more cavendish taste . For me the best part of this smoke session was in the middle of the bowl and after before it starts tasting ashy. My wife did not like this to much but tolerated it. the scent is a head scratcher I cant place the smell.but it is 50/50 for me. I will go on to find more tobaccs.

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Rusty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rusty (38)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild Tolerable

I was attracted to sampling this blend based on its description. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. On arrival, my purchase was over-moist by a long shot, and even after a whole day of drying remained rather sticky and gooey. Too much PG, maybe? The pouch aroma was also unusual, and not too pleasant. Sort of like a fermented prune juice. It's an easy smoke, no bite or harshness, but otherwise just another variety of the ubiquitous black cav aromatic with a sweet and somewhat cloying room aroma. From my perspective, not one I could recommend.

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Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (76)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was a little suprised as to what this blend was really like as compared to it's label description. I thought it would be something like the green label line but without the latakia, boy was I wrong. This is more in the class like the China Black blends, a base of moist black generic-like cavendish with some oriental blended in. I was initially disspointed but have found some merit with this. There is some of that vinegary tang in the pouch aroma, characteristically McClelland which may be thier choice of preservative and anti-fungal agent as opposed to something like propylene glycol. This vinegary tang along with it's spicy herbal oriental componet produces an interesting aroma like cedar spice. I have grown to like this the more I smoke this but would be better if the black cavendished was replaced with a all virginia loose leaf stoved/cavendish base perhaps with a slight flavoring similar to the black cav.(light vanilla?) but drier. Captain Black smokers and the like might like this one as a change of pace thats' not to far off thier beaten path.

-Cautiously recommended

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Aldo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Aldo (31)
★☆☆☆
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

A sample of this was sent along with a larger tobacco order.

It has a very pungent aroma in the bag. It smokes cool, with high notes similar to day old dishwater, with full bass notes reminiscent of rotted chicken fat. Seemed to leave a greasy taste in the mouth.

I tried this on three separate occasions in three different pipes. Never could finish a single bowl. Really not my cup of tea, as they say.

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omegapd Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
omegapd (81)
★☆☆☆
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

I don't know what made me try this stuff in the first place. I guess I wanted to see how an English/Aromatic crossover tasted without latakia. In short, I hated this blend. It was and still is goopy wet and bit like crazy. The cavendish part was flavored with something I can't figure out and it's not good whatever it is. A waste of Orientals...and money on my part.

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

Another AROMATIC in disguise. I'm a big fan of the McClelland bulk 2000 series, in general. Bulk 2000 Fragrant Virginia was disappointing for lack of flavor, but 2010, 2015, 2020 and 2035 are stellar, in my book. So as I approached my sample baggie of 2050, I had great expectations. I mean, yummy McClelland Virginias and non-Latakia orientals? Maybe something like Fez? Hardly.

There is very little tobacco, or any other, flavor to this blend. Perhaps the Virginias and Orientals were severely Cavendished, had their flavors sucked out. The next step would have been to load this puppy up with PG, and some undiscernable melange of casings. It smokes cool, smells great in pouch and room, but that's where the blend ends. Even less flavorful than #2000, I traded this.

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

This is a nicely made, non-biting Cavendish. Nothing less, nothing more.

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