Hearth & Home Anniversary Kake

Created in celebration of the 1st anniversary of the Hearth and Home line of tobaccos. This is a special blend of Virginias ranging from lemon through brown, combined with a liberal dash of St. James perique, presenting an exquisite aroma and naturally sweet flavor.

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Brand Hearth & Home
Series Signature Series
Blended By Russ Ouellette
Manufactured By Sutliff Tobacco Company
Blend Type Virginia/Perique
Contents Perique, Virginia
Flavoring Rum
Cut Krumble Kake
Packaging bulk, 1.75 ounce tin
Country United States
Production Currently available


Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.31 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 27, 2012 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
The taste is mildly sweet, with a touch of chocolate, a vague hint of cinnamon, and a slight undercurrent of red wine, which likely from fermentation after pressing as there is no wine topping. The rum topping is light, and mildly tones down the tobaccos. The perique adds a complimentary pepper, fig and plum taste, more plum than pepper. There's some grass, earth, wood, bread, tart and tangy citrus and tangy dark fruit from the Virginias, which are the major components. All the aforementioned aspects work in near perfect harmony. Has a mild nic-hit. The strength is a step short of the center of mild to medium, while the taste is a slot short of the medium threshold. Barely has any rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent sweet and mildly spicy flavor from top to bottom. The lightly lingering after taste and room notes are very pleasing. No bite, no harshness, no dull spots, and leaves little dampness in the bowl. The number of relights will depend on how you prepare the tobacco.

There's two things to remember. AK will linger in your pipe, but not like a Lakeland does. Just make sure you ream it well before smoking something else, and expect the first couple of bowls to have the essence of AK. This tobacco can be very moist in the tin, and may need a little dry time, but don't let it completely dry out or you'll lose some of the flavor. You'll enjoy it much better if you do dry it some, and it'll burn better, too. This could be an all day smoke if you so choose. As it ages, it loses a little sweetness, and mellows, and you'll gain just a little more Virginia taste.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 11, 2009 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant
I hesitate to review this blend only for selfish reasons. I, as all veteran pipe smokers, are very finicky. When we find something that rings all the bells in the tower, we get alittle selfish and want the blend to remain available and in-stock when we want to order it. I hope that the life for this kake is long and storied because I think t deserves it.

As usual, I used the reviews on this site to research this tobacco. It was hitting all the right buttons with all the right reviewers. I quickly ordered 8 ounces to try, along with a pound or so of other tobaccos on my list.

At this point, I must give the people at pipesandcigars.com alot of credit. Their customer service is second to none. I would not do business with any other tobacco house if they carried all that I consume. Admittedly, that would be a monumental, and clearly impossible task. But, I encourage you to call and talk to them abou your next order if you have not already. Great people, can't say enough.

The kake arrived in the expected moist condition. I divided it into the 2 ounce portions that I always jar, and left 2 ounces out to try. I fully rubbed out the kake to dry to a smoking level.

If you didn't know better you would think that there was a topping on this tobacco. Of course, there isn't. This is the true range of natural aromas from several Va.'s treated in different ways. Absolutely fantastic!

After acheiving the humidity level I deire, I packed one of my favorite cobs and fired it up appropriately.

The first true light after char will provide a mix of roasting marshmallow sweetness and the dark mustiness of the perique. It is a youthful expression to be sure, but pleasant.

About 5 minutes into the bowl, the tobacco takes on its true character. Creamed coffee, yellow cake, and the ever so slight tang of some orange and red VA. in the blend. The perique is there, but exhibits the full on earthiness that you only get at the start. Fresh turned rich soil aroma is the flavor.

All starts to sing nicely together by mid bowl and the it just stays sublime to the end. The perique starts to shop more of its pepper and strength at the end of the bowl without turning too powerful to enjoy. The balancing act is just magnificent.

Smokes dry, if prepared properly, to the end of the bowl. Slow burning and prefers to be sipped to get all the nuance that is there in abundance. This is a very well done Vaper of a different stripe. Fillmore and Escudo are more of the savory and tangy vaper variety, this is in the sweet genre. But, never even close to cloying.

Please try it and see for yourself. This is one of the top vapers out there and in a class all it's own. There are some tobacco houses that have some catching up to do, because Home and Hearth has created what I think is the first new class of vaper in a long time worthy of near classic reputation from the start.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 02, 2013 Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
I recently acquired a sample of this blend with some age on it, tasted it blind, and must say I was very impressed. The sweet/sours of the Virginias were very well rounded and smoothed out. The Perique was a light condiment touch on the flavor of this blend, but provided a nice backdrop of plum and stewed fruit. Presentation was gently crumbled cake with a few clumps - this held together well despite aging and shipping via post. Overall a very nice experience. I will be purchasing some of this to jar and set aside.

I've found that some age adds a very subtle chocolate note which adds some depth to the stewed fruit flavors that predominate. I've also found that packing this one a bit tighter than usual helps draw out all of the flavor from this sumptuous blend.

Edit: after smoking more of this fantastic blend, I am raising my review to four stars from three. However, I've also recently smoked some new Anniversary Kake and, while good, it was nowhere near the experience of smoking this aged stuff. So guys: set some of this aside to age for at least a couple of years. You will not regret it.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 30, 2009 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
The chemical balance that makes up our personal taste is a funny thing. I liked this blend but not nearly as much as the AJ's Vaper. Yet I think this one might be Russ Ouellette's biggest triumph. This stuff seems flawless but lacks the quirky personality of AJ's that I find so intriguing.

Enough has already been said by others about this blend. I think every Vaper lover should try it, and I think most people will prefer it to AJ's. It's smoother and seems more refined. It just doesn't excite my tastebuds as much.

Russ Ouellette is very quietly making a claim to the Vaper crown. This blend is quite a statement.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 13, 2014 Mild Mild Mild Pleasant
I first tried this blend about 4 years ago and, having aged a portion, have revisited it several times over the years. I did note some improvement in flavor and burning qualities as the blend acquired age, but not on the level of most Va/per tobaccos that I have aged in similar fashion.

The pouch aroma is pleasing, and the cake crumbles nicely. It burns better if it is dried out a bit, and definitely exhibits improvement on that account with age. Because of the price of this blend, it is likely worth trying for there are many who find it an enjoyable blend.

The initial light offers a mild yet somewhat integrated flavor of VA and Perique that merits some unique aspects when compared to other Va/Per blends, perhaps due to the subsequent heat and pressure treatment that Mr. Ouellette does when making his cake tobacco. Yet I find the flavor of the VA's and the Perique to be "muddled" and lacking in the intricacies found in many other Va/Per blends. When sipping "Anni Kake" I find that the subtle sweetness balanced against the distinct tart spice offered by VA/Per's such as PS Navy, Escudo, McClelland 2015, Solani, Sam Gawith SJF, along with many others, is somewhat muted. I do not find this blend to be remarkable as a VA/Per, but there are clearly those who enjoy it for the mild flavor it imparts. The price is such that I believe it is worth trying, but for those who enjoy a more elegant VA/Per, I believe you will find it worth the few extra dollars to look elsewhere.
Pipe Used: Charatan, BBB, DH
PurchasedFrom: Pipes & Cigars
Age When Smoked: 1-4 years
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 12, 2013 Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
One of the bulk H&H blends I got in today is Anniversary Kake.

It's a Va/Per and a true cake; the bag contained a bunch of dark, almost black, 1X3X1 inch moist "bricks" that smelled sweet, like plums and molasses. I got busy jarring the stuff. The room smelled great! The bricks crumbled rather easily into a nice combination of small ribbons and flakes and were easy to jar up. I, of course, kept a small baggie to smoke, leaving a bit out to dry for a while.

It's been four hours now and I just packed some of the H&H AK in a Brebbia Pura Squat Tomato, about a Group 3 or small 4. The charring light was it -- didn't need a true light and only needed one relight half way. The initial flavors are of a sweet bread and plum/fig with a bit of tartness from the virginias. The Perique quickly makes itself known but, surprisingly, this is not the Perique I am used to. This Perique amps up the plum sweetness and while the spice is there, the pepper is almost nonexistent. I thought this blend, as I prepared it for jarring, would be goopy -- far from it. It burns dry and completely to a fine ash.

Anni Kake, while not very complex, does deliver some interesting and unusual flavors. It's hard not to love this stuff. I am very interested to see what a couple years of aging will do.

Anni Kake is yet another unique, true masterpiece from Russ Ouelette. Recommended for everyone, not just Va/Per lovers. Even die hard aromatic smokers should try it.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 11, 2008 Mild None Detected Mild Very Pleasant
I had to get some of this tobacco after reading all of the positive reviews. I can't give it four stars due to the lack of strength, but can certainly agree that it is a very fine combination of Virginia and Perique. I was a little concerned as I neared the bottom of the bowl because the sweetness left and the Perique got a little too strong for me. Subsequent bowls were smoked to just past the halfway point and then dumped. Some may say that's a waste of tobacco, but, its the way I best enjoyed this blend, thank you very much.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 26, 2016 Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant
Hearth & Home - Anniversary Kake (Signature Series).

I've always wanted a Jake Hackert and I got one for Christmas, so that's what this review's done with!

The tin contains a Krumble Kake that's very easy to work with. The parts of the blend that are still in kake form aren't big or plug sized but slim and manageable, and the remainder's just ready to be stuffed and puffed. Of all the Hearth & Home blends I've had this is the only one that leans toward the moister side of things; that's good though, it's not TOO moist.

Any added flavourings have been applied VERY lightly, the smoke's quite natural tasting; exceedingly high quality, but I wouldn't call it embellished. The only flavour that could be considered anywhere near added is a dark-fruit, figgy, raisin, Perique one. But, I wouldn't personally say that's from a topping/casing; it seems natural to me. I find myself struggling to detect much Virginia, it's Perique all the way with Anniversary Kake!

I'd expect a blend containing this much Perique to be a heavy weight with nicotine but it's actually quite mild, and I like the room-note.

It didn't take me long to want to highly recommend this!

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Jake Hackert
PurchasedFrom: Smokingpipes.com
Age When Smoked: One month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 09, 2013 Medium Mild to Medium Medium Tolerable

I just finished off the 8 oz I purchased nearly two years ago. I bought it bulk so the presentation was not of perfect rectangular cubes more like they were tumbled to say the consistency of shredded wheat after milk has been at it awhile.

The blend smokes well, which is odd as it is really moist. It seems impossible to dry hinting at a blend heavily coated with humectants. I don't get a chemical taste at all when I smoke it, rather the spicy dried fruit tastes one would expect from a VaPer. This one is pretty heavy on the perique, which is a plus to me.

Overall, I liked this blend, but did not love it. Will I buy more? Perhaps. There are just too many more Vapers I would like to try first. There are also Vapers that I prefer to this one. Mainly, Escudo, Dorcester, Dunbar, Filmore and Reiner LGF.

I do know that some people, whose tastes and opinions I respect highly really love this tobacco, so with that I do recommend it as it is likely it will be a hit. I think my biggest problem with this one is in the Virginias themselves. The Va seems to be of a lesser quality than most of the Vapers I prefer. By loading up the Perique it is less apparent, but if I want to get hammered by Perique, I would much rather light up some Fillmore. So three stars, but two to my personal tastes.

UPDATE 2/9/2018

I just finished about two ounces of an 8 oz can of this I purchased and while it has not really changed my rating on this blend, I thought it appropriate to point out that this blend has changed since I first reviewed it. The two changes noted are of the actual shape and consistency of the kakes themselves and the way the topping was applied or maybe just my perception as to how it is applied.

To start, the shape and consistency. The first time I tried this blend the kakes looked like little rectangular bricks or, if you have a dog, the shape of the heartworm medicine you feed them monthly. Now the kakes are basically the flake kakes that sutliff makes. This is more a difference in presentation than anything else. As to the consistency though, this batch was drier than that first batch I had. In any case, it still burned with no issues. So these are minor changes. I just wanted to note them so future readers understand my earlier description of the blend.

As to the topping, I didn't even notice it last time. This could have been due to the fact that I bought it in bulk and I think this was the case due to how quickly it flashed from the tin.

My first few bowls were pretty aromatic with a spicy rum type of topping. It almost overwhelmed the leaf. If that persisted throughout the full 2 ounces I would have likely dropped this to 2 stars, but it didn't. It flashed very quickly and left me with the same taste I enjoyed on the first go around 5 years ago.

This is actually an opposite effect to what I experienced with Classic Burley Kake. I am not sure if this is a problem P&C has with toppings across the board as I really haven't smoked much of their aros, but the same thing happened with Classic Burley kake. The difference was when the topping left CBK, it tasted like cardboard. With AK, it just tasted like a good VaPer after the topping departed.

Take these new revelations for what they are, but I still recommend this blend for a good VaPer.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 31, 2013 Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
After reading others reviews of this blend I feel a little guilty about writing this review. While reading my review please remember that all tastes are different and one mans trash is anthers treasure.

People absolutely rant about this blend, and many very experienced pipe smokers list this in their top Virginias. I first purchased this many years ago after hearing the soaring praises, and have tried many times over many years to get to the bottom of this enigma, but alas I have finally thrown my hands up in defeat. I just dont get this blend. It does nothing for me.

I am a Vaper lover, and I have enjoyed some other of Mr. Ouillettes fabulous concoctions, but I cant for the life of me get this blend to perform.

The tin note here is really nice. Raisin and fig. The one thing I did notice in the tin was this was very moist for a Vaper. This had an almost aromatic stickiness to it. I suspect that this is due to some sort of humicant. I must admit, I get very little flavor off of this blend but I think I do detect some sort of humicant taste.

For some reason this one does not strike a chord with me, but others just love it. Give it a shot and decide for yourself.
Pipe Used: Savinelli Trevi 320
PurchasedFrom: Pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: Purchased in 2008
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 08, 2015 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
Every bowl of Anniversary Kake that I have smoked has been a two-part story, one that that doesn’t get very interesting until part two. When lit, the taste is somewhat flat, and almost entirely lacking any of the initial burst of flavor that I would expect from a perique rich VaPer.

Around mid-bowl the smoke gains some body but the flavor is still reserved and seemingly held back. Eventually it improves but it sure takes its own sweet time in doing so, and I have continuously found myself enjoying the richness of the back half of the bowl, simultaneously puzzled as to why it had taken so long to develop.

As far as flavor is concerned, I am hesitant to call Anniversary Kake savory, especially after smoking through and sizable amount of Dunbar. However, I wouldn't exactly categorize Anniversary Kake as sweet either. It sits somewhere in between; more of an earthy tobacco taste with a spicy, semi-sweet rum influenced finish. The room note is okay, but I wouldn't categorize it as pleasant.

This as an okay VaPer with an attractive price point but it doesn't have the balanced flavor, intensity or the sweetness that I prefer. It does have a decent spice kick, and those looking specifically for that may enjoy this.

As a few other reviewers have mentioned, this mixture does trend toward burning a bit hot. As far as Hearth & Home VaPer’s go, I prefer the cooler smoking Virginia Spice, which is a blend that fires on all cylinders right from the beginning. AJ's Vaper is also good.
Pipe Used: Briar
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 03, 2016 Mild Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
This is the sweet dessert of VaPers. It is mild in strength which makes for an enjoyable change of pace. There is an abundance of flavor while keeping a clean short finish. Chocolate is a major component here along with several spices including cinnamon and nutmeg which may come from a dark rum. The Perique here is primarily fruity with fig and plum. It is spicy but not quite peppery until the end of the bowl. The Virginias are smooth, grassy, and sweet. I've never found a chemical note with this blend and I've never experienced tongue bite here either. I view this as a lightly topped VaPer and of its class it deserves 4 stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 14, 2010 Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant
This Vaper is arguably Russ Ouellette's finest masterpiece. It's no surprise that his name comes up more and more often as one of America's best blenders. This tobacco comes with a wonderful tin aroma of figs, raisins and plums. It is moist and needs a bit of drying time. Being a vaper, it should be puffed with care as to avoid tongue bite. The flavor is on the sweet and tangy side of things. I enjoy this most in a Nording Bamboo. I have been told that the demand for this fine weed sometimes is so great that it leaves the warehouse very shortly after its made. I have cellared a good amount and watching AK's color deepen over the past several months is making it tough to wait things out! Highly recommended!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 28, 2014 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Unnoticeable
Holy smokes this is a good one. In my opinion this one lives up to the hype, if it didnt I would say so. It was what I was hoping it was and a bit more. For the VaPer lover it should greatly please. The Virginias were really sweet, and probably the sweetest I've experienced to date and were up front and dominated the first half of bowl. That is something I was looking for as my other vapers are not so sweet and this gives this blend a distinct difference from other vapers. The perique kicked in towards the middle to end and got my nose running with the right amount of spice. I greatly appreciate the easy packing texture of this cake. It also allowed for an easy burn and good smoke. Im giving it 4 stars and I highly recommend this blend. I will buy more in bulk next time. Impressed.

Pipe Used: Peterson silver edition 69
PurchasedFrom: Pipesandcigars.com
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 14, 2013 Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
First blend of Mr. O I've tried-smell is figgish but with an overtone of cheap liquor. Dark tobacco, no kake to crumble, lights fair despite appearing correct in moisture contact. Taste is flat....only sense any flavor toward back of throat, but it's but bland, possibly poor quality tobacco? I don't know, all I do know is the entire tin is on its way to our local landfill, where it joins Irish Whiskey and Sutliffe's Westminster as being the only baccys achieving the title of crappy enough for the trash can... Not at all recommendable, sorry 🙁
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 09, 2013 Mild Medium Mild Tolerable
The tobacco is wet, breaks too easily for a Krumble kake. and the chemical has something vaguely chemical.

I let it dried for a long period but it still felt too wet under my finger.

It smoked hot and was not pleasant.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 13, 2009 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant
Have been smoking a pipe since around '73 of the last century and have tried numerous blends. Having gone through the usual route from highly aromatic to finally settle on English and Virginia-Perique blends as many have. For the last few years I have been ordering from Pipes and Cigars.com with very satisfactory results. Presently have many of their blends and one of the most pleaaant ones is Russ' Anniversary Kake. At first put off by the smell(aromatic-like but uncased, I'm told) of the tobacco sample I declined ordering any but on a whim I re-ordered a small amount and was most pleaaantly surprised. My tastes seem to have changed somewhat and I was much impressed with this tobacco. I dried it out a little(What does DGT stand of anyway?) and it was even better. I ordered a pound of it.

Very satisfied with the resulting dried our mixture and have enjoyed it since. Russ is ,of course a master blender and a bona fide gentleman with a lot of patience and product knowledge. Correspondence with him is both rewarding and educational as it is with all of the gentlemen at Pipes and Cigars.com.

In short: relly fine Virginia-Perique mixture, a fine morning or anytime smoke and a damn fine price. Great job,Guys - Especialy Russ' blending expertise.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Oct 22, 2021 Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable to Strong
Based on the raving reviews I bought two ounces of this blend a few years ago. To my surprise, this blend was awful. Burned hot, no flavor, too moist, and burned my tongue like hell.. I couldn't smoke it. I left it in a jar for a while and then decided to just put it in my daily tobacco pouch and suffer through the rest of it. When someone advices you to dry your tobacco, you better do it. As it was drying in my pouch, my very last couple of bowls of this tobacco were amazing. I couldn't believe how stupid I was to miss it. Moist tobacco makes you relight and puff harder, making the tobacco hot and flavorless.

Sometime later I decided to buy two more ounces just to check it again. I left it to dry overnight and then some, regularly checking the moisture. Once it reached the best moisture I put it in a jar. This review is a bit less than a year of aging in that jar.

I absolutely love those Hearth & Home / Sutliff Red Virginias. They taste like mature wine, dark fruits, lemon, and a bit of cinnamon. This are also the notes I get in the jar.

The Perique provides both mushroom, as well as black pepper notes at the back of the mouth and through the retro-hale.

Once you rub it out and find your sweet spot in terms of moisture, this tobacco is easy to pack and smoke. It's recommended to sip in order to get the most flavor and keep it a cool smoke, but even with a bit of puffing it doesn't get hot. Flavor remains similar throughout the bowl. The balance between the Virginias and Perique gives it real depth and is perfect for me, makes it very comfortable for an all-day smoke. Not overly complex, but has enough there to enjoy every sip.

Medium body, mild-medium strength. One downside to the Sutliff Virginias, in my opinion, is the room note, which is very musty. I recommend smoking Anniversary Kake in a medium-size tall bowl. Otherwise it's harder to capture much of the flavor.

I will no longer be buying two ounce bags of this blend. It's going by the pound from here on.
Pipe Used: Medium-size billiards and Lovats
PurchasedFrom: pipesandcigars.com
Age When Smoked: 8 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 11, 2019 Mild Mild Mild Tolerable
I purchased an 8oz can of this in 2012 based on raving reviews, what a mistake. The tobacco was in rubbed out form not in cake form. After smoking half a bowl my tongue was on fire, I had a burning sensation all over my mouth. I dumped out my pipe and jarred the whole 8oz can, hoping it would mellow down after a few years of aging. Now 7 years later I opened the jar and tried it again, the age has made no difference, it is still unsmokable.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 18, 2017 Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant to Tolerable
I bough this in bulk, and it arrived very moist, loose and clumpy. It smells delicious in the jar, with a wine-like, fermented aroma, and smokes surprisingly light and fairly sweet -- so much so, that it can't stand up to a smoky dram paired with it. After the midway point, I've typically had enough.

The biggest drawback to me is . . . Where's the nicotine?

To me, this smokes like a typical light, bulk C&D blend, which is not a bad thing, but I was expecting something more given all the laudatory reviews.

Pipe Used: Amorelli, Caminetto
Age When Smoked: Fresh Bulk
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