Here in the Netherlands this is a quite popular tobacco. People like it because it's sweet, but not overly, sickening, toothachingly sweet and because it's considered an easy, forgiving smoke here.
As someone in our Dutch pipesmokers forum stated it once: there's nothing exceptional or exciting about it, but it's a tobacco without any real cons, which in itself is an acomplishment already. For a cased mixture it burns quite easily, you really have to suck your pipe like a maniac to get some tongue bite and it has a pleasant, sweet aroma and room note.
excellent to go along with your morning coffee! sweet honey-ish fruity chocolate/vanilla. this tobacco refuses to go out even with minimal care. with this tobacco for me, the sweet tobaccos begins, less sweet/flavorfull is a more pure tobacco for me, even more sweet are the ' candystore sweet' tobaccos.no wet dottle, no tonguebite no matter what you do, atleast for me, and especialy in the morning i can be a hasty puffer. smokable in all bowl sizes, although i perfer mid-size. the former pride of niemeyer as i once heared some one say.. recommended !
However I am not a great fan of aromatics, this tobacco is not bad when you want something totally different as usual. My wife likes the smell of it very much. It is indeed sweet but sometimes I like that. It does not bite at the tongue and at the end in the bowl only grey ashes is left. If you like the aromatics then this is a must-try.
This has been around a lot longer than any Borkum Riff offering. It is a typical Dutch Cavendish with the typical redolence of maraschin liqueur. Not a he-man taste, to be sure, but just as in certain giddy Summer days I like rock candy in my Dr Pepper (err...and some gin, as well) I'll get in the funny mood for this smoking charlotte russe, too. Variety, you know?
Perhaps I am being unfair. I have tried this one only once. It is a strongly cased mixture, rather moist, with a pronounced flavor comprising dark chocolate, raspberries and some licorice. It not only is very aromatic, but the taste is equally sweet, almost sickly sweet. The tobacco comes partly in ribbon cut and partly in rough cut chunks, covering the light and dark brown as well as the black spectrum. IMO not very different from Sail Noir (also blended by TN).
I imagine that the casing agents are responsible for the difficulty in the lightening and smoking characteristics of the blend. However it does not burn hot. It is mild in terms of strength and, as with many Dutch blends, it tends to render the palate dry. Presumably this is TN?s answer to Borkum Riff?s Black Cavendish. Recommended only to die-hard aromatic smokers.
I wanted to like this tobacco. I like liquorice and alternative tastes. First it was too wet and tasted like a moist hairy fist, so I let it dry in the pouch for a relight months later. Now it tastes like a confusing slap in the face. Tastes like a combination of flavors that shouldn't be together. Add tonguebite.
I'll give it one last shot at some point. I'll try to not smoke anything else beforehand for an honest final review. As I said, I really do want to like this tobacco
Want something distinguished, full of flavor, sever individual notes, multiple hints and with a kick? Pass on this one. However, do you want a tobacco that literally only needs one lighting, is mild, your family actually will complement you on and leaves the room smelling pleasant? Go for this one. It is smooth, no harshness, lightly sweet and burns evenly. Ideal for indoor, walking, fishing, you name it.
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