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A well-balanced mixture of wholehearted black cavendish and naturally sweet Virginia. Fortified with the aromatic variety of hops, malt and vanilla, it exudes an extremely pleasant fragrance.

Blended ByVauen
Manufactured ByVauen
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (177)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

First time I've tried a Vauen blend (and still want one of their pipes).

Tasty tin fragrance up there with the best of Davidoff's expensive blends. The tobacco is much darker than I expected, almost black with a few wisps of golden brown strands.

Not sure what this smells like, it certainly isn't vanilla and certainly not malt or hops. It's very smilar to Davidoff's blue or red mixture or maybe Savenelli's aromatic blend.

Needs a bit of a breather after tin opening as it is quite moist, but once dried a little (a couple of hours or so) it loads and burns well. Best in a big bowl, I don't think small loaders will do this tobacco any favours.

The taste drifts away about halfway through the bowl and - I don't know why - but it finishes up very wet rather than grey dottle. Could be my style of wet smoking I suppose.

Two-thirds into the tin and it's gone really dry and crusty (and it was a tight round tin, too) and is starting to crumble into a black crunchy substance that you often find at the very dog end of a tin. I have a feeling re-hydrating will kill the flavour off completely.

Bit of a shame that as this is a good blend and well worth trying if you like the lighter side of aromatics. I'd certainly try this one again if opportunity arose, as - inevitably - this is not available in UK tobacconists. There's a surprise eh ?

Pipe Used: All large briars

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: DanPipe, Germany.

Similar Blends: Savinelli aromatic, Davidoff's Blue/Red mixture, Ashton's Rainy day or Guilty pleasure.

2 people found this review helpful.

Annaresti Red Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Annaresti Red (1)
Mild Mild Mild Very Pleasant

Want a tasty aromatic without all that pg and syrup? Enjoy vanilla malts?

This is my favorite aro without a doubt.

Very mild cool smoke.

Tin note is fantastic but not unique. The more malted vanilla with little to no hops.

Taste is malted vanilla for the first half, a very delicious mild aromatic that is sweet but not cloying or syrupy. Like a mellow Cavendish virginia blend and a malted milk.

Can get some gurgle if you're a fast puffer like myself. Certainly ways to avoid that. The tobaccos play a supporting role and I find them to be of excellent quality and cut. Hops flavor whispers in here and there - and when it does you'd SWEAR you just took a sip of some lovely malt beer.

Benefits from a little drying.

Really a wonderful and delicious aromatic all around.

Note: I review tobaccos as I find them rather than as i wish them to be. This, while I prefer VaPers and burley blends, I found this Vauen particularly interesting and excellent. If I said I wanted a quality aromatic with some vanilla, but more interesting and less sweet, and someone gave me this i would find their advice spot on.

Pipe Used: Multi. Clay, mer, briar.

Age When Smoked: 2 months

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1 person found this review helpful.

colonel jpl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
colonel jpl (25)
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Pleasant aroma from the tin and room aroma is pleasant. the taste leaves me disappointed it’s blah and needs to be sipped easy or it get hot fast.i had high hopes on this blend maybe I expected to much it doesn’t deliver for me

Pipe Used: Briar

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

1 person found this review helpful.

BROBS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BROBS (67)
Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

With this one.. I think they truly hit the mark of a "beer" tobacco. When smelling the tin you get the notes of malt/hops and a little vanilla. It's mainly black cavendish, which has me remove 1 star because I feel it needs more brown and tan in the mix. As it is, it's a fairly stout smoke which actually leaves you with the mouth feel of beer. It has a "foamy" character to it and you can taste the hops on your palette. It can smoke a little hot and bite if you aren't careful.. which in my opinion is caused by too much Cavendish. Overall it's a good blend but I probably won't buy it again as I'm not the biggest fan of Cavendish based blends. Room note is decent to good as with most Vauen blends.

Pipe Used: Vauens

Age When Smoked: direct from tin.. and aged in pouch 2 weeks.

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1 person found this review helpful.

HeavyTrees Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyTrees (68)
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Warm pleasant smell in tin with a bit of vanilla and malt. Loose cut looks nice with Cavendish dominant overall dark look with golden brown sparkles in it. Packs nicely and immediately takes flame. Sweet malt and vanilla are clearly there but maybe an almost unnoticeable taste of hops that I wouldn't had tasted if it wasn't in the description. :) Cavendish and Virginia of good quality are well combined with sweet and harsh beer-like flavors. I don't drink much beer but I can imagine them both together well; also coffee or espresso. Sweetness in foreground, this is a mild and nice aromatic that isn't overdosed. Burns nice till end with no tongue bite and doesn't loose it's tastes.

Pipe Used: Vauen churchwarden, Mirage

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Cigarworld

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