|It is high time I review an Edwards blend!
I have tried several, and find they share many similarites. High quality dark Burley with ample fullness. A light, but noticeable "essence", easy to pack, easy to light, clean and dry burn. It is no wonder this company has been an old staple of many pipe smokers for decades.
Catalina is a nice mixture that is gently aromatic, yet has a full tobacco taste, attributable to the Burley no doubt. I normally despise black Cavendish, but not in this mix. Edwards black Cavendish is much, much cleaner than most, and without that cloying vanilla taste. Catalina is basically a full Burley mix, with a background of Edwards-style black Cavendish, and a slight coffee flavor.
Edwards Burleys all seem to share a light flavoring that floats in and out of the background. Either you like it or you don't. I find them tasty as they are more traditional American burleys with a full tobacco flavor than goopy modern Cavendish.
Try an Edwards blend. You can get them online from Edwards Tampa or McCranies. Give them a call.