|Another package from Dan Pipe, another adventure. There is not much of a story behind my choice of this blend; I saw the description in the online store and decided I had to try it.
The tin aroma may lack in the typical VA grassiness, but it more than makes up for that in full tilt sweetness; these leaves must have been left unharvested until the last possible moment.
The ready-rubbed tobacco is a little uneven and needs a little extra rubbing here and there, but it fills easily and takes to the match well enough.
Right from the first puff, the aroma and the taste are both deliciously sweet, with honey-ish notes. The taste develops a little during the first half, becoming a highly satisfying sweetness with no bite or bitterness. The smoke leaves a sweet aftertaste on the tongue. The touch of vanilla noted in the description I could not detect; it must be extremely light.
GOM burns down well once lit (a friend who tried it had some trouble getting it started), and right down to the very last crumb the taste and aroma are simply top notch; the residue is a fine grey ash with no dottle whatsoever.
For such a sweet and, overall, light-seeming tobacco, there is a quite satisfying nicotine punch in there that makes me want to light up the next pipe of this blend right now, only a few minutes after finishing the previous one. Pure VA pleasure, highestly recommended.
-- update 07-27-09 -- My nose must have been on vacation before I wrote this review; I can make out the vanilla quite clearly these days. But that is the only change in opinion; it still is one of the best tobaccos I have tried to date.
-- further update 07-30-09 -- having spent the afternoon at Dan Pipe, and having had a long and very interesting conversation with Michael Apitz, I have learned that GoM is practically identical to Sweet Vanilla Honeydew, minus a goodly amount of the vanilla sauce. I am surprised, because my impression of SVH was that it was far less strong than GoM. I guess my palate is too used to strongly aromaticized tobaccos being weak. Then again, I really do get a good kick out of GoM, which I don't get out of SVH. *shrug* Guess I'm only human after all.
-- another update, 05-12-11 -- downrating; this tobacco no longer meets my standards for an outstanding blend. It is quite good and recommended; just not one to make me jump up and down with glee.