|Well, I just got a tin in the mail this morning. I've been quite excited to try the blend and rushed to do so.
Tin Impression: First, the tin itself is beautiful. Peterson seems to understand that visual aesthetics are part of the pleasure for some of us. A keeper for the collection for sure. The tobacco itself is quite attractive as well, great contrast between the dark and light tobaccos. The pouch aroma is deep and almost chocolatey, with the cavendish jumping to the forefront.
First Smoke Impression: As others have said, this is a very light aromatic. I'm used to the "punch you in the face" aromatics like Stanwell's Melange, so this was a nice change of pace. The tobacco was very moist and took a bit to get lit; this in turn lead to heavy puffing and some pretty spectacular tongue bite right off the bat. However, once I got it going, the bite faded rapidly and I was left with a smokey cookies and cream. Thin smoke curls wafted the very delicate tobacco. A sipper for sure to get the most out of it.
I like it a lot. I'll be leaving the tin open over night to rectify the moisture issue which should take care of any problems I have with the tobacco. It clings slightly to the sweater; as I sit and type this I get the faint cookie/cream smell. I can't decide whether this blend would be best suited to a big broad pipe or a delicate small one; I tried it in my Peterson 80S for the first bowl. Probably going to load my Great Explorer Scott next and see if it helps the complexity and "wow" factor to have that huge deep bowl.
If you're looking for a hit you in the face aromatic, this isn't it. But for a delicate change of pace and a fairly complex smokey undertone, this is a good choice. Plus, it just feels "Christmasey"; maybe because of the package, maybe because of the sense memory undertones I have. I'm quite pleased with it and look forward to enjoying my tin over the next week or so.
Merry Christmas everyone.