I have been working my way through 10 different varieties of Milan tobaccos in the last couple of months, 6 aromatics, 2 English and 2 "other" and they have all been great. All Milan loose own brand bulk tobaccos are exceptional value and they have enough choices to keep the tobacco explorer going for quite a while - I'm going to try and make my way through their entire range one ounce at a time in 2015. Meanwhile, Black Forest. Named I suspect after the extravagence, decadence and sweetness of the dessert cake rather than the mountain fresh high altitude pastures and shaded wooded glens of the western german region bordering the Rhine. The tobacco has a uniform dusty matt black look (Mississippi Mud Cake might have been a better name!,) that is not very appealing visually (at least to me) but isn't so oily to handle compared to some of this genre and once in the bowl, behaves with all the usual Milan good manners. Easyto pack, easy to light, easy to keep alight, smoke at your own pace and don't worry about steam or tongue bite because they are nowhere to be found, just enjoy and savour another "just right" aromatic balance of sweet flavours, tastes and smells that compliment and enhance the tobacco without overpowering it . Another win from Milans master blender.
An oily tobacco that I like to pack fairly loose to get the flavors to come out. I don't notice the vanilla, but can find the caramel. Caramel is a good find in an aromatic in my book. I don't know what 'butternut' tastes like, (or maybe I do now), but there is a wonderfully smooth flavor that comes through with the caramel. I get nothing but compliments from the room note although most people tell me they smell chocolate. Enjoyable to pick up and taste the flavor of the pipe it was smoked in days later. A keeper in the rotation.
Out of the bag, Black Forest smells identical to Nording's Labrador - one of my favorite blends. Upon lighting, it tastes and smells similar as well. Very sweet and latte like. Very enjoyable Cavendish taste as well. It burns very wet, but with no tongue bite. At the end of the bowl though, it becomes far to Sweet for even me. Not a bad blend, but it tastes so similar to Labrador, that the slightly inferior quality keeps me smoking Labrador.
This black Cavendish is very very similar to McClellands VBC. I was going to call it a blend but its not. Just black Cavendish with a Devils Food taste and aroma. Think Ding Dong's from Hostess. This might scare you into thinking goopy and sticky but its rather dry and does not leave anything nasty in the pipe. Probably the best black Cavendish next to VBC and BCA.
I want to like this tobacco, I really, really do, but the caramel flavoring is too much for me. This is sweeter than Milan's Poochie's Blend and reviewers state that tobacco to be "almost too sweet." The initial light tastes great but after a few puffs a thick oily sour taste seems to overwhelm the mouth. I have tried this blend in two different pipes and couldn't get through 1/2 a bowl before dumping it out and loading some Sunset Rum (I highly recommend that blend from Milan) Bottom line, if you like extremely sweet tobaccos give this a try, you might like it. Also, I had to let this dry for 30 minutes before loading, it is heavily cased.
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