|This is really a delightful tobacco. First impressions showed a mix of ribbon and dark leaf in the bag of C&D'S usual quality. I could not stand the initial aroma. Reminded me of movie popcorn butter. I gagged. Let it air overnight. Next morning was more caramel and vanilla extract with a smoky Latakia undertone.
I initially smoked with great trepidation in a Grabow "big pipe" I use for aromatics. no filter and have sampled about 7-8 bowls of this. The closest styled tobacco I can compare this to is Samuel Gawith Chocolate Flake and Altadis Count Pulaski....flavored aromatics with Latakia.
Tobacco lights and burns without fuss. The initial flavors/aromas are caramel and sweet with Latakia more in the background. mid bowl, the flavoring becomes less pronounced and the burley taste and Latakia smokiness takes control. Near the end a little virginia sweetness is periodically discerned. But, it must be noted that this mixture is never Latakia fwd, nor do the aromatic qualities disappear. The room note pleasant, but does have some Latakia which I love, but some others find unpleasant.
I recommend this blend. It's a winner and a good change of pace tobacco when you want to sample aromatics or something unique without the negatives of typical aromatics like gurgling, etc. It's well behaved and burns all the way down. Give it a try.