|A cool, satisfying, mild blend, eh? I'm here to tell you that Craven Ready Rubbed is a tobacco completely without character: one of the worst I've ever tried, and I've tried some beastly stuff over the years.
I bought a pouch of CRR in the vain hope that it might be something like the old Craven Mixture. It isn't. It really has nothing to be said for it: nondescript in every way - taste poor, room note poor, everything poor. There's no casing/topping that I can detect, but the tobacco itself seems to me just cheap and tasteless. Virginia, Latakia and Turkish? Sorry, I just don't believe that there is any kind of respectable tobacco in this horrible apology. You could smoke the fluff out of your vacuum cleaner and get about the same degree of pleasure and satisfaction.
My local Tesco always has Craven Ready Rubbed on the shelves, so there must be people who like it. Who can tell what will appeal to others and why? Personally, I can't imagine why anybody buys this dismal garbage twice.
Update (17th October 09): Well, I went back and had another stab at CRR, just in case, in my disappointment at finding that it's nothing like Craven Mixture, I had misjudged it. I hadn't. It's dreadful stuff, without body or flavour or any kind of distinction. To my mind - and I'm pretty tolerant, on the whole - it hasn't a single redeeming feature. Avoid, friends. Avoid at all costs: I wouldn't smoke this again to please a dying grandmother.