|Hmmm. I'm in a minority here, it seems; people whose opinions I respect are giving this stuff five stars! I tried it out of curiosity; didn’t like it at all. The heavy casing is added, I’m guessing, to give some sort of continuity to a tobacco that otherwise would never be the same twice; but the casing - the “bubblegum” flavour – is far too heavy for me. Also, for what is, after all, only a collection of leftovers it isn’t all that cheap. In my opinion, smoking this isn’t worth the small amount of money you save. You might as well buy something decent and smoke less of it. Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn't recommend it.
|I've been hesitating for a while about whether or not to buy this one due to it's nature and finally took the plunge after a discussion on Pipe Smokers Forum so here goes.
The packet aroma for this one is, well, startling is the only word I can think of. It's a kind of sweet fruity smell, almost reminds me of the raspberry or strawberry bubblegum I used to buy when I was a kid. The tobacco inside is very finely rubbed, almost reminding me of those last few scragends at the bottom of a packet, it does make me wonder if this stuff is more floor sweepings rather than the cut offs from plugs and flakes. Nevertheless I ventured forth and packed and lit a pipe - very easy here. Strangely, the fruitiness carries over into the smoke and, while it does fade over full course of the bowl, it still pops up from time to time. As it fades, a nutty virginia, not too unlike St. Bruno Flake, appears as does a good dose of Black Cavendish - strangely nice considering I can't stand the stuff pure - and I can't help wondering if there's some burley in there too given the propensity for holding the flavouring and a little dash of tonguebite. This is quite a strong one though with a thorough dose of Vitamin N.
On the whole then, a very pleasant smoke. As to be expected of this one, the smoke will most likely change from packet to packet, probably why it's so heavily flavoured, yet I'll be more than happy to try this one again and again.