Comprising black cavendish, burley and Virginia tobaccos, Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation's Morning Blend is an aromatic tobacco mixture that features a bourbon topping and other sweet notes, pairing perfectly with a cup of coffee to start the day.
I don't normally smoke aromatics in the morning, usually a VaPer or Balkan. The name threw me, I assumed it was a Dunhill Early Morning clone as I stumbled bleary eyed through my cellar about a month ago; I'd only just woken up!! However, it isn't too bad!
The ribbons are fine, not quite shag cut but not a million miles away! Morning Blend's appearance suggests Burley and Virginia but no black Cavendish. The smell from the pouch is a tad alcoholic, somewhat sweet, but not over-the-top. Ever since receiving this I've made sure the pouch has been tightly sealed up whenever I've popped it back, but the moisture was good from the start.
Right, the smoke? To me it's an aromatic VaBur. The Virginia isn't too sweet, nor at all fruity, but quite bright and fresh tasting. This pairs nicely with the rough-tasting, somewhat caustic, Burley. The topping isn't as bitter as I often expect when there's the addition of whiskey/bourbon; plenty of aromatic sweetness but not much piquancy from the alcohol. Not exactly sure what the 'sweet' inclusions are but I get a sort of toffee, slightly vanilla-esc, flavour. The description says it pairs perfectly with coffee? Yes, agreed, a fresh cup of Sumatra is the ultimate match with this! It burns like a champ, creating a cool, bite free, smoke.
Nicotine: below medium. Room-note: nice enough!
Morning blend? Nothing amazing, but certainly worth three stars:
The Virginia provides some tart and tangy citrus, tart lemon, grass, earth, wood, bread, mild sugar, light floralness, and a pinch of spice as the lead component. Right on its heels in terms of effect is the nutty, woody, earthy, burley. The unsweetened black cavendish chips in with a little sugar. The rich bourbon topping moderately sublimates the tobaccos, but has a light alcohol note during the experience, and in the after taste. There’s another sweet topping, though I can’t quite define what it is. The strength is a step past the center of mild to medium. The nic-hit is a couple of notches below that mark. The taste is a rung past the strength level. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent flavor that translates to short lived, fairly pleasant after taste. The room note is very pleasant. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. An all day smoke.
Tons of puffy white clouds of smoke emanate from a nicely packed bowl of a very light-weight shaggish ribbon cut. I want to love it but I can’t. I am reminded of a Lane blend that is similar; maybe BCA? Whatever it is, I hate Lane tobaccos as they are inferior leaves in my opinion and this blend is guilty by mental association to something by Lane. 1.75 stars; round it up to a meh 2. Try for yourself and see what you think.
Rise and shine you loafer! Get your lazy butt up and out of that bed, day lights burning! Oh yes, morning is such a great part of the day if only it would come at a more opportune time. The older I get that more I feel like a hung-over troglodyte on most days. Well, come along with me for now. Grab your coffee and favorite pipe because it’s going to be a glorious day.
Here to enliven your groggy relapse into awakened coherence is Eric Stokkebye’s 4th Generation Morning Blend, a tasty aromatic breakfast of modest Black Cavendish, thickset Burleys, and substantial mixed Virginian varietals. Delectably flavored with bourbon, sugar and other mystery additives, this mixture was purposefully designed as an ideal companion to your morning smoking ritual.
Peering over your steaming mug of java, you’ll be greeted with dense mélange of thin ribbon cut tobaccos. Largely copper tempered, orange, and golden morsels of what appears to be Bright and stoved Red Virginia pillow interspersed with irregular cuts of leafy browned White and Dark Burley. The jetty Cavendish contribution limits itself to one step forward from a literal no-show. For an aromatic, the level of pouch-state moisture is ideal for direct smoking.
What drew me to selecting this blend out of all the jarred Pipe Puffer choices was its incredible aroma; amazing! A refined perfume of creamy confectioned sugar and gentle vanilla lifts daintily over a rich blast of sweet bourbon spice as the initial wave of character. Underneath projections of tart grass and a passive soured nutty wood shape the bottom registration. There was something else stirring within however that instantly formed the image of fresh melon and just fleeting impression of a nutty coffee. A virtual bouquet of color.
Developed as the pouch nose seemed to be, the ensuing taste profile unfolded impressive finesse. Overall, Morning Balance’s flavor well balanced, complex, and agreeably invigorating. This blend demonstrates a cultured smooth confluence of the individual taste registrations. Mostly, the bourbon leads with a tastefully sweet, “caramely”, and fruity zest like a Woodford Reserve; really polished and satiating. This alcohol spice is carefully softened by a gentle dilution of creamed vanilla, that quiet melon element and some molasses/baked sugar accents.
Essentially the Burley and Virginia present themselves evenly in weight and intensity. Hints of the native Cavendish qualities popped through here and there but almost indistinguishable for most of the bowl. With sugary nuttiness and mild wood tones the Burley confers comfortably with a bright citrusy sweet grass emerging from the Virginia. Additionally, the registration shows an interesting piney/evergreen highlight, most likely it was the alcohol topping fusing with the Virginian floridity.
Finally, most appropriate, a relaxed hint of coffee floated inconspicuously in distant middle taste band, I swear it’s not subliminal. Overall, Morning Blend holds a rounded consistent taste for most of the session. The additives do become less pronounced towards the final third of the bowl but remain substantive enough to enjoy.
Of course, Morning Blend extends a very soft, pleasant, and most agreeable room note. It tenders as negligibly sweet, zestfully blushed by bundling the native tobacco attributes of nutty grass. The tobacco burns slow and at a moderate temperature, projecting ample clouds of thick dense creamy smoke.
Low in nicotine and comfortable on the palate this one is. A grand delightful aromatic of upgraded quality and character. So, liven up the start of the day with an obliging bowl of Morning Blend. PS It’s also a great treat even after the sun goes down in case you were wondering. 3.1 pipes.
This is a fantastic aromatic. It is not so thick that the natural tobacco flavors are washed out. The toppings are clear and not chemical tasting in anyway to me. The room note is fairly pleasant, and it burns cool for a aromatic. If you like Autumn Evening, I think you will like this one as well. I do not smoke aromatics often, but this is the one I usually keep around.
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