|I bought this earlier this year (2006) at an e-tailer's sale.
The tobac provides a soft smoke that is cased with a somewhat synthetic vanilla/coconut flavouring. Imagine having coconut cream pie with your garden variety generic vanilla extract rather than with vanilla beans--that's what this reminds me of.
Sometimes, when you are with friends and its late, you feel like having that generic slice of pie rather than the $8.00 slice at Wolfgang's. You're there for the conversation, not the dining experience.
Well, so it is with this tobacco.
Personaly, I do enjoy F&C. I would readily buy it again, but at it's sales price of $5.00 USD for a 100 gram tin. I would not pay full retail.
It packs easily, burns like a dream (one char, one match, no sparking PG). Experience it with slow sips and it's like desert at Ma's in early Fall.
Tobacco flavour does indeed slip through, including VA's heated sting if your too ambitious. The flavour of Cavendish bounces off the vanilla casing, giving that illusionary coconut sensation.
This is not as refined as MacBaren's Vanilla Cream, but then again, it isn't really meant to be. Instead, F&C is a simple, utilitarian, working man's vanilla offered in an upscale tin. And I must say: it does have a tasty room note.
Granted, there are far finer blends out there. However, I do enjoy Ocean Liner F&C as a change of pace (I mostly smoke Burley based tobacs). So, I'll pick another tin next year, but only if it should happen to go back on sale.
Now, please excuse me as I follow that room note....