|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|ScienceSmoker (14)||Medium||Medium||Medium||Pleasant to Tolerable|
This is the second Chacom blend I've tried. After trying Chacom #2 (Plum aromatic) and having it become my favorite aromatic... I decided to try all the "#" Chacom's. Opening the tin, I actually thought I mixed up #2 and #1 at first... not because #1 is overly sweet, but just because I didn't smell a ton of typical "English" smells. It's sweeter than the typical English. It smells amazing though.
Lighting up, it tastes like a sweet English blend too. I mean, it's obviously not an aromatic, but it is sweet for an English blend, with a nice spiciness too - what I usually think of as that mysterious Oriental spiciness. After the first few minutes, the sweetness fades a bit and spiciness of the Orientals picks up and they come together nicely.
I thought I was a Lat-heavy English blend guy. I love Quiet Nights and Nightcap... but after smoking Savinelli's Essenza Cipriota and this blend, and loving them both, I'm starting to think maybe a ton of Latikia isn't necessary for a great English blend. Without too much of the sometimes heavy-handed Latikia, it seems like I have a chance to taste all the other stuff going on. This is a really nice, complex, sweet and interestingly spicy blend. Chacom is really knocking them out of the park so far.
Bottom line: This is a fairly light, but still complex, sweet, and spicy English blend that's re-writing my idea of what a ideal English blend should be. UPDATE: It's one of my favorite English blends now.
Pipe Used: Savinelli Series III 320
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