Skandinavik Arabica is a unique mixture of flue cured Virginia and full bodied burley. Part of the blend is gently pressed and rubbed up, while the other part is loose cut. This special preparation ensures a smooth and pleasant smoke finalized with notes of Arabica coffee beans and fine vanilla.
Always good basics for the Skandinavik brand, I've appreciated the generous Burley presence instead the more classical (and boring) black-cavendish that you always find in an aromatized mixture. The other positive thing I found in this tobacco is that really attracts the attention of the people around you with positive comments, so a very good and pleasant room note. Despite of those positive aspects there's some cons that made me vote 2 stars for it. 1) The really fake, sweet & candies (Elah) flavor; almost nauseating in the top casing smell, a little less in taste but, also annoying 2) The always present problem of the Brand: humidty. All Skandinavik tobaccos are moist, a good practice is to take your charge out to dry before smoking (and also to get rid of that exagerate candy smell!) 3) The vanilla flavor overhelm the coffee flavor and making the name "arabica" a joke to me. I rather prefer to smoke a coffee cigarillo, waaay better. 4) boooooring! Not an all day tobacco for sure!
Type: Medium-full aromatized mixture ; Contents: Burley, Virginia ; Flavor: Vanilla (Vanilla and Vanilla), Coffee ; Cut: Ribbon, but mixed with a more thin cut, like shag ; Humidity: Moist & Wet, but tendent to dry very quickly ; Lighting: Variable, dependent to the humidity level, pretty difficult with the fresh opened pouch ; Pipe recommended: I really prefer to smoke it with bent pipes with medium size bowl
Arabica is a pleasant aromatic. Opening the pouch you are greeted by a sort of "capuccino" flavour. Tobacco is mainly of bright colour with some "black dots", not wet but a bit sticky. I should correct my presentation of this product, and say that the cut is mostly medium-short ribbon with a very minor part of broker flake. The leaves appear to be good quality and soft; I found very few pieces of stem. One light is enough to keep it lit, then it delivers a good volume of sweet smoke, a slightly citrusy note to be remarked. Never hot or biting, never heating up the bowl. Short sips will keep your palate safe from the typical "waxing" of the aromatics. The strength remains always on the mild side. The flavouring reflects more - and very pleasantly - on the nose than the taste buds. The blender has not used a heavy hand. The body is a bit weak, I'm just thinking to reinforce it with a small part of Kentucky (one Toscanello Coffee flavoured should be enough for my scope). Nice experience indeed, as a change of pace. I do not intend Arabica to be for daily use.
I am a bit disappointed by this blend. I was expecting a strong presence of coffee, but I felt close to nothing of it. The overall taste is rather bland and uninteresting. In the pouch it is somewhat pleasant, but I could not smell any coffee. It is instead a rather bland liquory smell, with vague notes of vanilla. It burns easily and it's relatively dry with no tongue bite, but the strength of the tobacco is rather weak and unimpressive. I can't comment on the room note. The pouch says 4 out of 5, but I have the feeling it's not really a tobacco that makes people around you smile in delight. I may give it another shot just because every tobacco deserves another chance, but I would not recommend this tobacco. It's ok as a standby if there's nothing else around, or for first-time smokers, but with so many more interesting mixtures out there, there's not a lot of reasons to indulge in it.
Come tutti gli Skandinavik che ho provato (non molti, grazie a dio) questo tabacco è una vera fetecchia. Gli Skandinavik sono, per quanto mi riguarda, dei panettoni dolciastri brucia lingua per neofiti che molto presto cambieranno tabacco, scoprendo i veri tabacchi ed affinando così i loro gusti. Purtroppo molto reperibili, sono il classico errore da principiante.
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