|Got this 1.5oz pouch as a complimentary extra with an order of tobacco from pipesandcigars.com. Pouch smells like vanilla granola with raisins and dried figs. Hardly a trace of the expected “cheap aromatic” chemical note. Really pretty pleasant. Cased to the point of hiding any hint of the tobaccos used. But the vanilla aroma is pleasant enough.
Once lit this stuff really is light. Vanilla is not overpowering, Tobaccos come through in quiet tones of Burley and Virginia (maybe?). Sweet, dessert-like, baked cookies, sweet grass, even slight cinnamon notes. Sweetness increases as the bowl burns down. Near the bottom of the bowl, develops a sort of stale ashtray taste which makes it hard to smoke it all the way to the heel.
Better than your run-of-the-mill drugstore blend. But generally, too mild, too weak, too boring. It’s obvious this is lower grade leaf like most bargain aromatics, but the casings are pleasant and don’t taste quite as chemical-like as most bargain blends.