|50g Pouch. Pouch description:"Mixture of golden-brown Virginia and Burley tobaccos rounded with Black Cavendish.Fruity and sweet Cherry extracts with some Vanilla.Extraordinary taste,discreet aroma. AROMATIC/SOFT TASTE"
Bought as a chance purchase in a tobacconist while buying some more Capstan Ready Rubbed and some as yet untried Dunhill Royal Yacht. While i was there i saw this on the shelf and thought it was about time i owed myself a 'cherry and vanilla' aromatic.
Since the hot weather has kicked in i have felt an aromatic urge and wanted someting which didn't clash with fruit drinks and ice pops,or offend others(i generally smoke the meaty ,manure ,coal tar ,rubber-esque ropes ,flakes and plugs ala kendal). And so a light summer smoke was purchased.
I didn't really have high hopes for this,and if it didn't work for me,its usually what i give visitors who might have a curiosity of having a go without me wasting time preparing some of my better stong and meaty shitty high nicotine specials.
The short story is:It lights ok,burns cool,no bite,no soap,leaves a well burned fluffy ash,tastes consistant all the way down the bowl and tastes exactly how it smells.(possibly a first with me with this class of tobacco!).
Really well behaved aromatic,possibly the best archetype of any aromatic i have yet tasted of any baccy in the true "aromatic"class(cavendish style baccy)
Even the base tobacco is actually pleasant as well,and the topping/casing flavouring is for real.
Great room note on the porch - the breeze blows my smoke back at me and gives me a passing pedestrian's impression..Definately a sociable smoke thats or sure.
The vanilla factor is practically omnipresent in any aromatic cavendish i have ever had, and so this was no real surprise (although pleasant)exept here it doesn't try to disguise a poor tasting base tobacco;this and also the fact that the taste remains throughout the smoking session without fade means the flavouring is well cased and infused with the base tobacco ,and not merely a phantom pyrophobic scent that disapears shortly after ignition.
The cherry factor which is the novelty with me(i had not yet had a cherry aromatic)is a realistic and convincing cherry (like in a cherry coke)which doesn't leave me guessing or doubting like other aromatics i have had in the past,or where i have to invent my own alternative jar notes to pretend to myself.
The vanilla supplies a mild fondant cream factor reminicent as of what is found in many a cream centered 'Chistmas selection chocolates' as a light smoother,with a full on juicy lolly sour cherry that is tasted as much as it is smelled which remains all the way down.(AN AROMATIC THAT TASTES HOW IT SMELL FOR ONCE!)
Easy on the tongue lighty toasted caramelised tasting base tobacco,non bitter,combined with definate flavouring i can taste without having to hyper ventilate while burning cool too(for an aromatic)where i don't get any punishment for my rewards.(tasting like it smells and delivering within an easy smoking pace)the baccy doesn't turn acrid on me and the flavouring doesn't turn empty.
Remarkably and unexpectedly the bowl is cool enough to easily remain touching,and i dont feel this is vexing the heat resistance of the briar like other aromatics which either burn like a furnace or dont seem to burn to a satisfactory fluffy ash when sipping.(you know those all or nothing types?)
I feel i must add here what i am actually smoking this in, because i have found pipes to be the biggest variable regarding what is actually extracted from the smoke;its a vintage "Titan" stainless steel stem moisture trap system pipe with quite a narrow gauge stem draught. I have purchased from ebay recently many samples of old metal and nylon stemed system pipes with different inner smoke tube draught diameters for trial and error matching,to get the best golden ration of baccy/pipe combination.
Either Holger Danske's Cherry Vanilla is a very well behaved aromatic, or the Titan pipe has the golden ratio of sympathetic draught for this tobacco which doesn't leave me wanting to try another sample pipe.(maybe both good?) I find nothing to argue with myself about and change pipe for where i would want to bring anything else in or leave something else out.Here its working and so i leave it.
I unscrew the bowl from the moisture trap spoon once in a while to wipe out the condensation goo which re-crispens the taste again when it starts getting muddied. My past endevours with aromatics had been unremarkable in conventional briars which seemed to gurgle and drown in heel moisture just as they were getting tasty,and needed super high temperature and gas lighters to keep going where they would suddenly turn ashy and nasty.(the reason why i went on to clays for a time because they can take the ultimate thermodynamic punishment and were more maintenance forgiving,but they have a small bowl handicap).
The nicotine is not very high and i wasn't expecting or even wanted an ass kicker when i bought this pouch.It leaves me relaxed and mellowed and delivours a good enough carbon monoxide buzz.(i am sure i get something my smokes other than nicotine alone)
This does everything i wish my other experiences of aromatics could of delivered and better.If i had tried this in my early days of piping i expect i wouldn't of written off aromatics so prematurely before going onto englishes etc;this proves that aromatics don't have to be bastard nasty crap when somebody gets the recipe right.
Maybe its the pipe here as well,and i will revisit a few of my petersons because i have a few spare bowls with this pipe and i have only sampled my other aromatics in clay pipes.Maybe its the moisture trap in this Titan simular to 'falcon' which sweetens the taste here and removes biting goo?
Although cool its not a long burner and is over quite soon compared to other things i smoke,but i suppose i can just reload and go if i want more.
This is not a complicated smoke but does and is everything it says on the packet for me. Its never going to be my best smoke thats for sure but for an aromatic it performs admirably and i havent had to appologise for anything.
I am starting to feel lately that i have tried all the archetypes of baccy in the non aromatics sector; and feeling that i am probably not really going to discover any more real novelties other than similar tasting variants between already known pillars,i have pondered venturing into aromatic territory just to give me a bit more of an expanded tobacco plethora as long as i could discover some genuinely well behaved samples.
This Holger Danske baccy seems to be a good start and i might see what else they have.This new aromatic exploration is going to be more about the aromatic properties than the complexity and subtle nuances of taste within the master visionary blended base tobaccos of the non-aromatic sector.I just want a few different aromatic flavours on the shelf with a humble tobacco base.
I am giving it 4 stars which might seem over generous, but its because of what it represents to me in the true'aromatic class'and it takes a lot for me to be pleased when deviating from my usual non-aromatic tobacco course.