The Aromatic pipe tobacco family is a broad one. Being defined as a blend with a significant top flavoring, it’s one of those categories that is often very easy to apply, but can be murky as our personal perception of flavoring and our interpretation of that vague word “significant” aren’t going to be harmonious for all pipe smokers. But what does?
Some take a hard disposition with Aromatics, seeing them as a less refined pipe tobacco, where flavoring covers the subtleties of tobacco flavor. Some Aromatics may be more-or-less defined by that flavoring, others may feature that topping as a feature that isn’t eclipsing (for many, where the categorizing gets foggy. But the fact remains that most pipe tobacco sold are Aromatic blends, and more than worth our exploration.
Note: To avoid including blends that have high scores with few reviews, this list is created by filtering for blends with 100 or more reviews, are currently in production, and choosing the 9 highest rated among the results. The rankings, review counts, and ratings are accurate to [date] and will be updated periodically.
Pipesandcigars.com - Scotty's Trout Stream
Reviews: 104 | Avg. Rating: 3.42
Scotty's Trout Stream, an exclusive pipe tobacco blend offered by pipesandcigars.com, is a masterfully crafted Aromatic. This simple pleasure of a blend combines the smooth and mellow qualities of both Golden and Black Cavendish, creating a harmonious smoke for a range of palates seeking a to the point pleasure, perfectly balanced to not bore, but not too busy or cloying.
Lighting up Scotty’s Trout Stream, the Golden Cavendish offers toasty and bright vibrance, while the creamy Black Cavendish offers a thick and satisfying smoke that envelops the palate. Atop these tobaccos, we have caramel accompanied by unspecified toppings—perhaps vanilla or maple. The result is a butterscotch sensation that is well portioned for a flavorful yet mild smoke.
Reviews: 108 | Avg. Rating: 3.42
Extravagant is the right word to characterize this mixture. We have revolutionized the traditional old English art of blending. The main ingredient is the finest spicy smoky latakia. By adding highly aromatic black cavendish, this blend becomes smoother. A small portion of burley gives a slight toasted aroma, and a pinch of bright Virginia brings a subtle sweet note. Mellow, but yet full bodied aromas of honey and fruit essences result in a unique flavor. This tobacco will surely be a delight.
Sillem’s Black challenges our immediate associations with an Aromatic blend with a forward Latakia smokiness. The staple of English blends is however rivaled by the flavored Black Cavendish, introducing rich sweetness. The fruit and honey topping offers an interesting contrast to the dark, earthier Latakia flavor, while greatly complementing the Burley’s subtle nut and molasses and Bright Virginia grass of the base.
Mac Baren - St. Bruno Flake
St. Bruno Flake is a classic, timeless pipe tobacco. Though St. Bruno’s history is long, it’s been produced by Mac Baren since 2006. Even many of those pipe smokers who are cold on Aromatics find favor with St. Bruno Flake. The floral and fruity top flavors are evident, but well balanced with the Virginia base and bold Dark-Fired Kentucky. Another example of an Aromatic that features one of the condimental tobaccos spicing up the mixture. With full flavor and body, this is an Aromatic of its own that has stood the test of time, even through changes in manufacturer.
Boswell Christmas Cookie
Boswell's Christmas Cookie pipe tobacco is a delightful and festive blend that captures the essence of the holiday season in every puff. The blend combines fine Golden and Black Cavendish, creating a harmonious marriage of flavors. Vanilla and a hint of spice give Boswell Christmas Cookie its festive flavorful character—coming together to replicate the comforting and nostalgic aroma of freshly baked Christmas cookies. The Golden Cavendish contributes a natural sweetness. The Black Cavendish rounds out the blend with a gentle creaminess.
Sutliff Molto Dolce
Sutliff Molto Dolce pipe tobacco is a decadent Aromatic blend. Opening the tin releases a tantalizingly sweet aroma evoking immediate allure for those with a penchant for dessert-like tobaccos. The blend consists of carefully selected Virginia, Burley, and Black Cavendish, topped with a mixture of creamy vanilla, velvety caramel, and a touch of honey
Upon lighting, Sutliff Molto Dolce delivers a remarkably smooth and mellow smoke that envelops the palate with a delightful sweetness. The Virginia tobaccos contribute a natural, citrusy brightness, while the Burley adds a subtle nuttiness and depth. The toppings create a rich and satisfying tobacco blend that remains pleasantly consistent throughout the bowl.
Lane Limited BCA
Reviews: 168 | Avg. Rating: 3.23
Lane Limited BCA (Black Cavendish Aromatic) pipe tobacco is a highly-regarded blend known for its smoothness and rich qualities. The aroma is deeply sweet, with notes of vanilla and a subtle hint of whiskey that adds dimension to the blend.
Upon lighting, Lane Limited BCA, the natural sweetness of the Cavendish is complemented by a gentle vanilla flavor, creating a delightful combination that is both pleasant and easygoing. The room note is particularly pleasing, making BCA an excellent choice for those who enjoy a tobacco that not only satisfies the smoker but also company. Smooth, simple, and reliable, BCA showcases the timeless appeal of quality Black Cavendish Aromatics.
Cult Blood Red Moon
Reviews: 121 | Avg. Rating: 3.16
This dark, decadent blend combines fire-cured cavendish, bright Virginias and burleys with the delicious aromas of natural Royal Ann cherry and dark chocolate. A bit sweet, extremely rich, and unquestionably smooth.
Cult Blood Red Moon is one of the most appreciated Aromatics today. Burley, Virginia, and Cavendish are topped with cherry and cocoa flavorings for a decadent Aromatic tobacco.
Cult Blood Red Moon hosts a well-balanced interplay of flavor. The Burley gives body while the Virginia contributes a natural sweetness and bright accents. The Cavendish adds a velvety smoothness to the blend. The cherry flavoring imparts a fruity sweetness without being overly artificial, and the subtle hint of cocoa brings a layer of depth and richness. Together, these elements create a harmonious smoke that delights throughout the bow
Reviews: 108 | Avg. Rating: 3.13
Stanwell Melange offers a unique Aromatic experience—somewhat of a departure from the more classic Cavendish based and generously topped Aromatic.
Black and Golden Cavendish are present, offering a sweet smooth delivery, but are joined by nutty Burley, sweet and grassy Virginia, and Orientals. The latter brings floral and herbal notes and a light spice for a creative Aromatic approach that sees the tobacco flavor playing an import role. These flavors marry with the vanilla and apricot for a dynamic, nuanced mixture. Well worth a try for those who are inclined toward Aromatics that are not saturated, or Aromatic lovers looking to branch out.
Hearth & Home Classic Burley Kake
Reviews: 101 | Avg. Rating: 3.11
Classic Burley Kake is a new blend that pays homage to old time burley flakes and cakes. Using Tennessee and Kentucky burleys, ranging from lighter white to darker mahogany, and a bit of matured red Virginia, this sliced cake tobacco is a traditional American style blend. We start with four different types of burley, the aforementioned Tennessee and Kentucky, plus two different premium white burleys. Then we add a red Virginia for a maple-like sweetness. Then we use all natural flavors: cocoa, rum and anise and steam the tobaccos with the flavorings and firmly press and slice it. The aroma is mellow and pleasant, and the taste is lightly sweet with a large volume of smoke. Hearken back to a simpler time when the sight of a pipe in someone's mouth while walking down the street was common, and the scent of pipe tobacco was everywhere.
One of Russ Ouellette’s finest offerings, which is really saying something of a blender with no slack of renowned blends. Hearth & Home’s Classic Burley Kake is a unique treat that boasts a distinctive cut one might call a Ready-Rubbed Crumble Cake. This is another wonderful Aromatic that defies some of the expectations that the genre carries. Numerous grades of Tennessee and Kentucky Burley’s are thoughtfully mixed with Red Virginias. These tobaccos are doing more than the vehicle for the toppings, they offer a woody, nutty, and sweet mixture that makes a wonderful complement to the cocoa, rum, and anise top flavorings.
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