The black cherry was tart and more like regular cherry. I didn't get a pineapple taste, but that must have been what caused a mild acidic hit, and a slight syrupiness in the last quarter of the experience. There was a slight tangy fruit sweetness that I think came from the red Virginia, but the tobacco flavor was minimal, except near the finish. I got a hint of vanilla and a little sugar, which must have come from the black cavendish. The nic-hit was very light. Didn't bite, but needed to be smoked slowly to avoid warmth on the tongue. Burned a little fast, and left a little moisture in the bowl. Needed an average number of relights. Was an all day smoke.
I wished this one was still around (Russ O). I bought a small tin of this with a few others to try right before they went out of business. I blew through it in record time not even realizing it. All of a sudden gone. You have to like sweet and flavored smokes to enjoy this. The flavoring was pretty strong compared to other cherry tobaccos. You didn't have to ratchet up the draw speed to get flavor. Flavor that is weak in many blends causes me to puff harder without really thinking about it kind of spoiling the rest of the bowl upon realizing what I have done when everything is over heated. That is a self control issue I guess. I didn't get pineapple but it must have enriched the cherry flavor because I compare all cherry blends to this still and that was a long time ago.
I've tried several different cherry blends, and "cherry pineapple" sounded interesting.
Some cherry blends are artificial (Lane's); some are more natural and smell like real cherries (Guy Wallace's tasty cherry blends). House of Windsor's Black Cherry, on the other hand, reminded me of a sweeter, lighter, candy-like maraschino cherry rather than a darker cherry.
The tobacco was very soft, but it was also very dry. Not a major problem, but I like tobacco that's slightly moist.
Loading and lighting was easy. BC smokes well without gooping-up the pipe. Also, BC didn't fry my tongue like a stereotypical junk cherry blend. I didn't detect any pineapple in the smoke.
Black Cherry is pretty good as far as cherry blends go. If you are looking for a gentle, dry-smoking cherry blend that isn't like cherry cough syrup, consider this one. I may or may not buy this blend again.
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