|After trying and enjoying Maple Street, I thought I'd give a few of their other blends a try.
Upon opening the tin, I detected a faint vanila scent, but not much else. If there is a topping or casing, this vanila might have come from that, but I don't think so. In no way would I classify this as an aromatic.
The coarse cut produces little chunks of tobacco about the size of a BB, mixed in with a good amount of loose tobacco. Packing straight out of the tin vs. rubbing it out didn't seem to make that much of a difference in the smoking quality. It is a bit more moist in the tin that it appears, so I recommend drying it out a bit before smoking.
It was a bit resistant to charing, requiring a second match to properly char and a third to finally get a good light. It smoked best hot, requiring careful attention to avoid scorching the tongue.
The flavor was difficult to ascertain until I got to my second bowl. I suppose it comes closest to toasted whole wheat bread or perhaps a toasted bagel. Occasionally, I encountered a faint bit of soapiness mixed in, but it would fade in an out, not apparently timed with how far I was through the bowl.
Being generous, I gave this 2 stars. It wasn't bad enough to deserve a single star, and I suppose this flavor might actually be attractive to a different pallette than mine. That said, I won't be buying a second tin of Sutliffe's French Quarter.