|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Rich Weinkauf (6)||Mild||Mild||Mild to Medium||Pleasant|
I threw in a couple pouches of Mark Twain original with my last pipesandcigars.com order. Thought I needed to broaden my horizons after smoking a lot of English and Balkan blends.
In the pouch I detect notes of coconut and vanilla. Some reviews elsewhere note a whiskey topping, but vanilla and coconut are the major notes found in straight bourbon, so maybe whiskey.
The description of this tobacco categorizes it as an aromatic. However, the flavoring isn't on the same level as you might find in some of the more in-your-face aromatics. The pouch notes are nuanced, balanced, and mix with tobacco aroma so that the initial impression is well-crafted use of casings and top notes.
The blend smokes in a balanced manner also. The burley is balanced with the virginia to produce a creamy, dense smoke that doesn't bite the tip of the tongue or the mid-palette.
I taste brazil nuts, coffee, hints of caramel and a touch of tartness. The character of the smoke is relatively constant through the bowl, with notes of cocoa appearing about halfway. A little black pepper shows up about halfway through, but not overpowering, and a nice change to note during the smoke. While the pouch note has vanilla and coconut, neither of these flavors are tasted.
The room note is nice- with hazelnut, saddle leather and rye toast aromas- which transforms my garage man-cave into a a New England drawing room (if New England drawing rooms had pipe wrenches hanging on their walls).
This is very like Carter Hall, but lacking the dominant chocolate flavors until later in the smoke. If you like Carter Hall, or any of the high-quality match tobaccos like CH, you'll probably like this.
This tobacco is a nice, easy-smoking experience. Pairs well with most beverages, hot or cold, alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
Pipe Used: Crown Manolo Spot Carved 9mm
Age When Smoked: Fresh from pouch
Purchased From: pipesandcigars.com
Similar Blends: Carter Hall, Chatham Manor, Carter Hall Match.
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