|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|StevieB (1720)||Mild||Medium to Strong||Mild||Pleasant|
E. A. Carey - Carey's Soft Black Aromatic.
The name of this blend could serve as a review, it is indeed soft, black, and aromatic!
Obviously, the mixture's black, and it smells sweet and sugary. It doesn't look wet with water, but it feels heavily cased: some of the blend's stuck together in lumps. The cut's good, all the pieces are about equal in size.
The flavour of S.B.A. is sweet, and although the general flavour's mild, the topping masks a lot of the tobaccos', apart from the sticky black Cavendish; there's no nutty Burley, and no grassy Virginia. The fact that this is basically a sweet, black Cavendish aromatic doesn't particularly set it apart from the crowd. That's not meant in a bad way, it's just like one of many aromatics: a good smoke, but common. What does lessen the result though is the burn: it can be a bit quick. Tongue bite needs careless puffing to make it occur, and the temperature's quite cool.
This is quite good, but it lacks the X-factor to make it stand out in a market that's crowded with sweet aromatics. Mind you, I'll still give it three, it just can't have four!
Pipe Used: Peterson Donegal #03
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: Careys online
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