I think I've searched about 50 years to find and settle on Whiskey Biscuit Gravy. I've tried hundreds of brands since college. As noted, it is strikingly similar in taste and aroma to Shortcut to Mushrooms. But this one is slightly sweeter -- and that's a plus in my book.
It produces thick clouds of smoke but does so with absolutely no tongue bite. That is a MAJOR consideration for me. Any bite and that tobacco is never used again. At the moment, only this one, Shortcut to Mushrooms and Carter Hall qualify in that department. I have smoked many other mild tobaccos, but various reasons drove me away from them.
After discovering Whiskey Biscuit Gravy two years ago, I ordered it in tandem with Shortcut to Mushrooms. I've noticed, however, that Shortcut always tops the popularity list, while WBG never appears. Slightly panicked, I inquired whether WBG would continue to be made. The responder laughed and assured me it would.
Absolutely five stars for me. Keep the burners, people. I want a pleasant smoke, not some test of masculine ability to tolerate pain. These pleases me, and those around me.
Well, I asked for it so I guess I should be the first to review it.This is the truest and purest crossover blend on the market.The vanilla black cavendish is expertly married with what I believe is a sweetly cased Latakia. The result is a sweet baked bread with spicy undertones.As with all of Just for Him custom blends it cannot be described. It needs to be experienced. It is close to Bufflehead's 3 Oaks with a lot of vanilla. I love it. 4 of 4 stars!
Bready vanilla with a hint of smokiness and a hint of spice. Needs 30min of dry time to avoid excessive relights. I’m not sure whether to call this an aro or a crossover, but it’s really good. I agree with another reviewer that a pinch more Latakia would make this truly awesome. Definitely more complex than basic vanilla, it has some complexity and a great mouthfeel. Everyone around lives the smell
sorta get the yeasty baking bread or sour dough bread taste. wish it had a little bit more latakia. no bite whatsoever even when i sometimes tend to smoke very fast large puffs. very easy to smoke and a nice experience.
WBG is a coarse cut aromatic with a mixture of sweetened black cavendish, vanilla, and Latakia and a whiskey topping. I saw it recommended on a forum as a replacement for the wonderful Shortcut to Mushrooms, which is no longer available.
The tin note is of vanilla and campfire smokiness with a hit of whisky. It smells delightful!
Upon lighting it up there is a distinct brown sugar taste, along with hints of honey and vanilla and of course a bit of tart whiskey. Under that is a salty, leathery essence that comes to the forefront as the bowl burns down and the tastes evolve.
The tart notes hit the back of the throat. There are peppery notes coming through with vegetal undertones! I sense a faint dark fruit as well.
I would not smoke this one while doing other things! It's a thinker! This is the first tobacco in quite a while that has challenged my ability to see all the tastes and aromas!
So the million dollar question is, how does it stack up to Shortcut To Mushrooms? I'm happy to say it is quite similar (although markedly different) and very enjoyable. In the same family for sure. It has the same earthy, leathery experience as well as the sweet vanilla juxtaposed with it. Everything is just turned up to eleven with WBG. Where as ScTM was a relaxing smoke, this is more engaging and challenging. More "in your face". Sweeter on the sweet parts. Earthier and more leathery on that end of it. Also there are tart and spicy notes that aren't in ScTM at all.
Overall I really like it. I recommend it to people who miss Shortcut to Mushroom, or just adventurous smokers who want to try something different in the aro department! 5/5 Stars.
Pipe Used: MM Cob
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: Just For Him
Similar Blends: Shortcut to Mushrooms, Hunting Creek.
This one is very similar to their Shortcut To Mushrooms. Like STM, Whiskey Biscuit Gravy is a sweetly cased, coarse cut, Latakia/ Black Cavendish blend. The vanilla is again used for flavoring. The main difference for me is that WBG is a milder version of STM in that the Latakia is not as pronounced, and although sweet tasting, it is not as sweet as STM. As the Latakia is not as dominant with this blend, the vanilla flavoring comes through a bit more during the smoke - very subtly and not at all cloying. With STM, the vanilla did not really provide a true vanilla flavoring, just an overall sweetness which, although a bit much, did work very nicely. Also, as with STM, I feel there is some spicy Kentucky in the blend making it overall very flavorful. As such, I prefer WBG over STM. WBG is very cool and dry smoking as well.
I guess one would classify WBG as an aromatic. It certainly is not at all the typical overly cased, goopy aro black cavendish. It is a sweetly cased, light Latakia/Black Cavendish that will satisfy both Latakia and aromatic fans.
Received this in a trade. I mentioned I like sweet English blends so I was sent some of this. Never heard of this before and smoked it blind.
Course cut, dark in color with a few bright pieces in side. Smells like vanilla and Latakia. Very pleased. Not too wet, the consistency like good topped aromatic.
First light and the vanilla topping is apparent. Dark sugar, vanilla, and that herbal smokey Latakia that I crave so much. I love aromatic or sweetened Latakia blends and this one is one of the best I’ve had. Plenty of Latakia to keep you happy, and plenty of sweetness too. Reminds me of mixing Molto Dolce with Latakia in it. However this has more body than that and some spice to it. Room note isn’t too bad either. Retrohale is pleasant. The flavor is pretty consistent from start to finish. Left some moisture in the bowl as expected. Not an all day smoke but repeatable. Enjoy it slowly as it is like an aromatic. Slight spicy mouth tingle but no tongue bite. Very pleasant smoke. An excellent crossover or sweetened Latakia blend. Very flavorful and sweet.
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