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Notes: Mark Ryan wrote of this blend: Avanti is an old brand from Cellini that we test marketed at the 2014 Chicago show. We have no current license agreement to manufacture and no current plans to continue unless market demand dictates. Tobaccos include black cavendish, double toasted burley, air cured and Virginia tobaccos. It has seven proprietary toppings that I am not at liberty to disclose.

BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Other / Misc
CutRibbon
Packaging50 grams Tin
CountryUS
ProductionNo longer in production
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Medium
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
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JimInks (2040)
★★★☆
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

The double toasted burley is indeed toasty and nutty with a slight sharpness, and takes a light lead over the Virginias. The Virginias are grass and hay with a bit of citrus. The black cavendish provides some brown sugar in a complementary role. Blender Mark Ryan said that there are “seven proprietary toppings that I am not at liberty to disclose.” Toppings are, next to Orientals, the hardest thing to figure out most of the time, and I can’t figure out which ones this product uses. They do somewhat sublimate the tobacco taste. I sense both a dry and a sweet wine, and something that gives a feel of alcohol. I’m thinking both red and white wine are in the mix, particularly the latter. I’m no liquor expert, but the presence of one or more is obvious to me, and I suspect drambuie is one of them. I also get a hint of orange and a slight floral essence. Burns at a moderate pace with a sweet, consistent flavor like none I’ve ever tasted in a tobacco blend. A smooth, cool and dry smoke that leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl, and hardly needs a relight. Won't bite or get harsh. Has a little nicotine, and a nice after taste and room note. Not quite an all day smoke.

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