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A cool smoking blend of Virginia and burley tobaccos with a sweet aromatic top note.

Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
PackagingBulk; 25g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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who broke my clay pipe? Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
who broke my clay pipe? (61)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Have smoked this quite a few times and always have some lying around in a pouch or jar.. Pouches can be dry or moist, i don't mind either because the difference has a certain effect on how this blend tastes: it can be quite a transformer. Opinions of it amongst those I know who smoke and enjoy it vary in the taste descriptions which I find interesting ;its as if your own pipe or mouth brings out unique identity in it. Its an enigmatic va/bur I think.

First time I smoked it I felt it was a burley forward (maybe uncased brown Cavendish)ready rubbed with a milky cocoa factor which I think I would attribute to the burley within. In fact anybody familiar in the UK of having had the breakfast cereal of 'chocolate ready brek' porridge ,this was a dead ringer in taste(when smoked in a Brentford pipe outside on a freezing winter porch in the evening).

Later pouches have filled the gaps between my taste and the opinions of others having smoked it moister and in different shaped falcon bowls. It tastes slightly different when smoked indoors. Lately I feel the base tobacco has a more matured Virginia forward citrusy /burnt orange delivery over the burley ; the effect is a slight (and you have to use your imagination) chocolate orange factor of the natural tobacco's , its not an added casing or topping..

Of the aromatic property; yes it has one, and this depending on how dry or moist your pouch is will determine the reasons why opinions differ on the actual overall tasting experience. The aromatic factor is more of a topping I recon ,this tobacco doesn't seem cased to me because it burns too cool and there is no bite. The aromatic taste is of a curious limey/grapefruit with a very green shrubby coniferous slightly bitter but sweet cool taste as well (green tea maybe) : Almost menthol but not quite ; it reminds me of that smell of conifer hedge trimmings and chewing supposedly poisonous berries as a kid(to taste what the birds eat before I would spit it out).. Anyhow I like it for this peculiarity ;also if blown out of the nostrils you get a sort of mild zesty Vicks vaporub pow factor that brings you to your senses.

Similar contemporaries would be the discontinued 'Parsons Pleasure' In the matured and ripe fermented Virginia side of the taste , with a smidegeon of bobs chocolate flake in the burley side of it ;but of the aromatic factor I don't feel Craven aromatic has any equal contemporary ;it is unique but not overpowering either. Really its like the aroma of playing in the bushes as a kid.

Aging or drying the pouch out some does make a difference and delivers a more cocoa burley surprise later. 'Surprise' kind of sums up my experience with this over the last 5 years..

Worth a solid 3 stars * with me.

Pipe Used: Falcon bantam,Brentford

Age When Smoked: New and couple of years

Purchased From: Tescos and online,and anywhere.

Similar Blends: Parsons Pleasure(slightly).

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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1898)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

Craven-Craven Aromatic.

I must admit, I had quite low expectations for this, I think for a moment I was allowing myself to become the proverbial tobacco snob who frowns upon OTC blends!

When I opened my pouch and took a whiff my first thought was 'aromatic?', seems a bit of a misnomer, the only smell I can trace is a woody/cedar one. On the plus side its moisture level is perfect from the pouch, I love it when imminent smoking can take place and that's the situation with this. As I said, it's of great hydration and this takes a massive role in allowing lighting it up to be straight forward and simple. I do enjoy the flavour of the smoke, but aromatic? Come on! Again, like I found upon opening the pouch up the only extra taste I get is a woody/cedar one. Other than that it's your archetypal VaBur flavour, and quite an evenly balanced one at that. I find the smoke medium in temperature and for me it doesn't bite. I would say that the amount of nicotine is mild to medium, and that's medium at a push.

As I mentioned at the beginning, I had low expectations for this based on bias but after a few bowls I am going to make the bold move of giving it four stars. A very surprising blend!

Pipe Used: Comoys Elegance

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: My Smoking Shop

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renwardhoop Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
renwardhoop (147)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Unnoticeable

Some very interesting observations on this tobacco.

Like DrDyson I too have great affection for Craven as a manufacturer recalling my days of cigarette smoking in the 70's with the likes of Black Cat.

Also, like Ex20 I found the contents of this pouch was dryer than a teenagers toothbrush and the consistency, indeed, like old leaf tea.

It was taken back and I insisted the Tesco's personage checked all of the pouches before settling on one that seemed to have retained some moisture. I bet Tesco's won't withdraw those I rejected, and some other poor sod get a dry pack. I have a suspicion that they don't sell many of these anyway...

Ah yes the tobacco.

Dry it certainly is and a pleasant pouch aroma. It has a mild creamy taste, but no room note at all. It's pretty ordinary really and not a million miles from Gold Block.

Together with Gold Block this blend is possibly the best of the supermarket brands.


6 years on and this blend is now called Craven 'Original', and the observations I made at the time are much the same.

The pouch aroma is what lifts this blend above other OTC's. I don't know if this still counts in the UK as an OTC or indeed if it can still be obtained from supermarkets. Certainly since my fun and games with Tesco I've never seen it since, even behind those ridiculous metal shutters where they hide their tobacco products.

If I could get this locally then I'd certainly have it in my cupboard for picking out as a regular smoke, along with St Bruno's flake.

Pipe Used: All of them (briars)

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Land's tobacconists, Stratford

Similar Blends: Gold block, capstan.

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Causeway Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Causeway (8)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable

Tastes just like Clan to me, a tobacco I dislike intensely. Craven came dry in the pouch as though it were some fossilised form of sugar which had begun to break down from indifference or lack of attention. One to avoid. Seriously.

Pipe Used: Stonehaven

Similar Blends: Clan.

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burley bill Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
burley bill (13)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Smoked a couple of packs of this in my early pipe smoking days,before I found a proper tobacconists. The only thing I liked about it was the topping,kind of a flowerey taste, apart from that it burns hot and is harsh. I won't be buying it again.

Pipe Used: briar

Age When Smoked: as soon as purchased out of pouch

Purchased From: newsagents england

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SamH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SamH (31)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Pretty much the same review as Holland House to be fair. I did find this a little 'hot' but that was probably my fault trying to get some strength out of it. Most of these aromatic types can be layered in the pipe rather like St Bruno on Gold Block on St Bruno and so on. I used to do the same with different Gawith flakes/mixtures.

Pipe Used: Billiards of varying makes.

Age When Smoked: Out of pack after purchase.

Purchased From: When it could be bought in shops!

Similar Blends: Holland House?....

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Mild Medium Extremely Mild (Flat) Tolerable to Strong

Oh dear, where should I begin on this... The smell from the pack is actually OK, smells like caramel/molasses; nothing too interesting. The smoke itself is cool but it has some tongue bite and the taste is just flat soooo flaaaaaat. I actually had the taste of really old banana with this stuff. Just avoid this stuff please. This goes as one of the worst tobaccos I have ever tasted. Runner up to Brokum Riff tobaccos.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

In my search for a light virginia burley mix to blend with heavy cased tobaccos I tried this. It was ok, but just would not do. I have tasted far better for blending.

The tin-note was of quite ordinary smelling virginia with a light woody spice from the burley.

it was reasonable to fill, and lit well, a little too well infact as it burnt rather fast and hot. The taste was a mild and rather bland and it tended to bite if drawn too hard.

The room note was pleasing and light and smelt better than the tobacco tasted.

Not horrible but not fantastic a tollerable smoke for a light aromatic bend.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This tobacco was recommended to me by a kindly Scottish gentleman on PSF, and I'm glad I trusted his judgement, as he is a knowledgeable & experienced pipe smoker.

Pack Smell: A light toffee & biscuit (digestive) smell with an overlay of heather and light floral fragrance.I knew that I'd like the smoke as soon as I smelled it.

Taste & flavour: I wasn't disappointed. Just like the pack smell really. Very smooth and cool smoke, and leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth after smoking too. Need to draw at it lightly so it burns lightly.

Room note: light & pleasant.

It's like ronseal, it's everything it says on the pack.

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DrDyson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrDyson (134)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

I have a lingering affection for the Craven name, and a sort of forlorn hope of one day stumbling upon a fully satisfactory Craven Mixture sub (any suggestions?); so I thought I'd give this a go to see if it's any better than the Craven Ready Rubbed that has been so soundly thrashed elsewhere in these reviews.

Bleccch! The man who invented or blended this abomination ought to have been boiled in oil; or, even better, made to smoke it. I confess that I haven't smoked much of it; but I didn't need to. I bought some at Tesco's, took it home and lit up. Shortly afterwards, Klio (cat) left the room with a reproachful look and went outside to bother some mice; I was left alone with this apology for a tobacco. SWMBO was out, fortunately, or I should have been in real trouble.

This is desperate stuff. I feel much more strongly about it than previous reviewers, for some reason. Like its ready rubbed brother, Craven Aromatic is in my view dreadful: coarse, cheap, nasty, and an offence to all right-thinking nostrils. It's admittedly cool and slow-burning; but if ‘aromatic' means ‘smells fit to render you senseless', this is aromatic and then some. Smoke it, and death will lose its sting, but you won't have any friends. This is the worst kind of mass-produced supermarket floor-sweepings, with added smell.

I see that it has its devotees. Well, best of luck to you, says I; each to his own, etc.. Strange, how tastes can vary. Personally, I wouldn't put a match to this sorry concoction again for all the rice in China. A 100% no-no, as far as I'm concerned: awful, awful, awful.

Pipe Used: Peterson billiard

Age When Smoked: straight from the shop

Purchased From: Tesco

Similar Blends: Any number of gimmicky mass-market aromatics..

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

Well I feel that I should put the record straight here a little because Cravan Aromatic has been around for a long time and deserves at least some support. For a start it is the very best pipe tobacco I have ever found over the supermaret counter. It is not harsh and heady like clan, but it is a beautiful and rich aromatic. It burns very slow but with a great nicotine hit so you will not need to keep on refilling after a couple of draws. This is a great tobacco and one that I hope is around for ever.

John Craven ;)

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garydobbs Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
garydobbs (20)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

It burns nice and slow and is not too bad at all in the taste department - reminds me a lot of Clan but with a fainter taste. As a supermarket brand it's much like any other and nothing special. But it is a pleasing smoke and does what it says on the tin.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

This, along with Clan, was one of the first pipe tobaccos I bought - being readily available in 25g pouches. As soon as I opened the pouch I figured something was wrong, although it smelled OK it had the consistency and dryness of loose tea. I smoked about four harsh bowls of the stuff and was going to bin the rest but thought better of it and sent it back to BAT. They replaced it with a new pouch - see below.

The tobacco is moist in the pouch with a sweet mild fruit smell. Easy to pack in the pipe and burns well. However the flavour is pretty nondescript and the smoke has a peppery aftertaste that irritates the back of the nostrils. It doesn't offend but if you're looking for a readily available aromatic seek out Clan or Erinmore as they are much more tasty. This is pretty bland and rough.

Good room note as it says on the pouch - "appreciated by the smoker and those around him"

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

There's not much that can be said about Craven Aromatic: it's just another one of those middle of the road 'supermarket' aromatics.

This is a rather dark mixture of pressed virginias, lighter ribbon and rough-cut leaf. It's scent is not very distinct, being a mix of dried vegetable with a flat fruity note.

Sadly Craven doesn't manage to clearly distinguish itself when smoked. Having a slightly limey back and a generic summer fruit casing that dominates the centre, that is common to countless aromatics.

Nothing to write home about, or to write any more about.

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