CAO Eileen's Dream

Inspired by CAO's flavorful Eileen's Dream Cigarillos, this blend begins with a base of quality Virginia and black cavendish leaf and then infuses the same with a frothed cream that's been laced with superior Irish whiskey and coconut milk, followed by a subtle mixture of hazelnut paste, ground almonds, cocoa and vanilla extracts.


Brand CAO
Blended By Scandinavian Tobacco Group
Manufactured By  
Blend Type Aromatic
Contents Black Cavendish, Cigar Leaf, Virginia
Flavoring Cocco, Cocoa / Chocolate, Cream, Irish Mist, Nuts / Beans, Vanilla
Cut Ribbon
Packaging 50 grams tin
Country Denmark
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Very Pleasant
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.91 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 03, 2023 Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant
Mostly known for its market position as a leading provider of premium cigars, CAO selectively brands this featured mild Scandinavian Tobacco Group aromatic mixture within the folds of their extended product line of choice smokables. A well-trained, intensely top-coated selection of Black Cavendish and assorted Virginian strains forms the essential baseline of the recipe. Stylishly arriving in a fashionable shamrock adorned tin, Eileen’s Dream gets the full Gaelic up reeling with a sweetened jig of lively Irish Mist whiskey, posh cream, milk of coconut, savory white chocolate delight, a quaint nutty emulsion, and a final blessing of Mother Machree’s very own enhanced vanilla.

Opening the tightly sealed cannister unveiled a densely packed mass of skillfully crafted thin ribbons of refined copper and golden-browned Virginian leaf. These strands are handsomely clustered with an equal gathering of blackened coarse-cut pieces of European styled Cavendish. An emanant fragrance flushed with a veritable plethora of notable elements opulently greets the senses. Get ready for it’s a long one indeed. In specific, this most original tinned aroma nurtures a spicy note of spry whiskey, sweet cream, some cloying nuttiness, hints of softer fruity-vanilla, sugary chocolate, bright tarty grass, and the graces of regulated sour and passive wood elegantly lifting with impressive splendor. Whew! To merely say that Eileen’s Dream has a bolstered state of exciting fragrance would be a shabby declaration of the simple truth.

Let me clearly say, this mixture is one of those compulsory aromatics that has been on my hopelessly doomed trial list for a sheer eternity with not much follow-on action at that. Yet selectively nudged by the impetus of Muttnchop’s February Blend Club agenda, finally I was forced to move forward in pulling the forgotten dusty tin from the ridiculously bloated hoarding I call a personal cellar. And now having smoked the blend as prescribed by the reverent hosting emcee, shamefully, I am somewhat beside myself for unwisely burying it into the far reaches of neglectful oblivion.

In prefacing the ensuing taste profile, at least for the first two thirds of the bowl, Eileen’s Dream proved to be effectually top-dressing privileged as no real great surprise. Even so, I detected the native tobaccos daintily registering in the procession of composite flavor, although somewhat curtailed at best. However, about the last third of the pipe, the strengthened effect of these coatings attenuated to a level that allowed for the pleasant influence of the citrusy laced Red Virginia to push through, still comfortingly sweet and seasoned with an attractive natural herbal woody flair. On that note, I should disclose that the smoking of this blend was surprisingly a slow metered experience, meaning the extended duration and accompanying savor that followed were quite impressive for a heavily infused aromatic.

Upon striking the charring light, I could tell immediately that this mixture would prove to be an intensely complex excursion, as the first waning faux notes of the sugary bliss proceeded to hit my palate with celebrated introduction. Once the pipe came to practice with proper smoking formality, the magnificence of Eileen’s very dream was put on display for my captured discretion.

With unreserved candor, an energized swell of colorful moving pleasantness overcame the initial tasting. The tobacco proved to exercise no delay in coming boldly forward with a sweet dense creaminess in line with French-styled vanilla expertly fused with the sugary succulence of milky white chocolate. Taken back by the assertively enchanting specter, I found myself genuinely charmed by this character of tremendously buttery, malty, and elegantly cultured brilliance; straight talk my friends.

As I became less fixated on the latter, my sense noted the equally prominent bundling of the resident liqueur as bracing evidence of its presence projected with tandem embellishment. For itself, the Irish Mist came into notice, primarily recording with a healthy impression of spirited alcohol spice, a dark sugar/honeyed herbal quality and just a manageable glimpse of a very delicate cherry-like fruitiness on the trailing accent. The confluence of these two principal streams defines the standard persona of this mixture’s leading characterization.

Furthermore, I soon discovered a pacifying lower nuance contained by the combined bands of flavor was annotated by a burnished nut-centric note. Specifically, what registered were indications of the thinned soft chocolatey undertones of toasty hazelnut and the bitter, blanched affluence of standard almond. These nutty condimental projections, when combined with the overtly sweet whiskey spiced coalescence transpiring above, solidified the uniquity of character of the blend’s memorable and complex persona. And as a final perplexing development, I consistently sensed a mystery seasoning that expressed itself as something between nutmeg and of all imaginable things, paprika. As to the native varietals, in adding to what I have already mentioned, the Virginia resided constantly on the core bottom mostly of Red attributes, primarily herby seasoned salty wood with an occasional bright flash of floral tinge. Not to mention, the Bright itself did manifest a very light tangerine-like/citric accent which surfaced as an amusing bonus feature.

Optimally functioning in its fundamental capacity of smartly melding flavors, the Cavendish directly rendered a facet of sugared earthiness that was strong in the base profile. The magnetism of its zesty worth was well felt within the nasal passage that is for sure. Final assessment revealed a bit of soiled, soured wood painted with a spearmint hearted climax as the trailing finale of its essential contribution.

And what can I say of Eileen’s Dreams expired room essence other than exquisitely delightful. As one should imagine, the luxury of fragrance evoked by its hearty plumes of candied smoke is nothing short of very pleasant by final judgment. Just a succulently sweet and light-bodied marriage of all the assorted condiments and principally the earthy woodiness of the Red leaf seemed to come in unison to produce perhaps one of the finest aromatic traces that I have chance encountered. It was as if I stepped into Willy Wonka’s factory on get a free shot of Wooden Cork Day my friends, as that provides a close approximation of the experienced scent of this mixture. Too much satiating goodness in basic terms.

If you are so inclined to engage in a trial of this quality STG production, discovery will expose that the critical mechanical features perform at a level commensurate with honest blending excellence. Again, for a heavily alcohol and flavoring steeped tobacco, being Virginia focused at that, the burn was consistently even and modest in temperature. The smoke quality itself, as well as the moving flavor streams, were delectably creamy with no harsh edging in the transitions. Moreover, the mixture posed no discomfort whatsoever in terms of disrespect to the palate. And last, the mellowing savor of the excitable complexity led to a stellar smoking indulgence.

So, there you have it folks, my bottom-line on this one, I liked Eileen and her dream told. 3.5 Pipes
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Dec 24, 2022 Mild Medium Medium Pleasant
I'm generally not an aromatic smoker, but I still had higher hopes for this one. The description makes it sound more elegant and complex than it smoked in my experience. There is far too much Cavendish for me in this blend, almost to the point of overwhelming everything else. The flavoring was one of any of the dozens of run-of-the-mill Vanilla Cavendish blends out there. And it smoked a bit harsh. A very mediocre blend.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jul 10, 2022 Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant
Not sure if I can beat Old6String review but this is my take. The tin note was very pleasant, aromas of cocoa, Irish cream and a nutty hazelnut.

This is the second of the CAO blends I’ve tried. The first of which was Moontrance, which I enjoyed but had traces of a chemical taste toward the end. Unlike Moontrance, Eileen’s Dream did not have any chemical taste at all.

It was a pleasant smoke all the way to the end. No tongue bite on this one. I had a few relights, but that was attributed to packing too tight. The second round was much smoother after allowing it to dry some and a lighter pack. This is definitely one of my favorite Aromatics. Enjoy!
Pipe Used: Savinelli 614
PurchasedFrom: The Briary / P&C
Age When Smoked: Fresh
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Oct 07, 2021 Mild to Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant
The arona once u opened the tin is magnific, supreme, i had to hold myself not to take a tobacco strip and eat. IMO the best aromatic, nothing less than it. You dont feel the heavy chemicals the 'aros' used to carry. Doesn´t cover your tongue in a thick layer of PG. Burns very well, no need many relights, smokes dry. The tobacco flavor is the main actor here, the background switches from cocoa to vanilla, nuts and cream. The cigar leaf provides the body that the aromatics are not used to have. its a grade AAA tobacco you should give a try.
Pipe Used: many including briar and cob
Age When Smoked: straight from the tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 09, 2021 Medium Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant
White chocolate and vanilla bean with a hint of what reminds me of Malibu Rum liquor, though there's supposedly no coconut in this blend, it's probably the Irish Mist liquor I'm picking up.

I'm an aromatic fan and this one is pretty good, though it has that CAO chemical taste in the back there, hidden. Stays lit and smokes just a bit hot but not too badly with a pleasant room scent. Tobacco flavor is mostly non-existent.
Pipe Used: Peterson Anniversary
PurchasedFrom: Cigar Bid
Age When Smoked: 1 month
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 21, 2021 Very Mild Medium Medium Very Pleasant
*this does NOT contain cigar leaf as noted in the description above*

Smoking now:

Let dry for a few minutes from the tin. Tin note isn’t as strong as I thought it would be. Smells like an Irish cream. It’s nice.

Lights and packs well and stays lite for an aromatic. Tastes of light creamy vanilla, hazelnut, and toasted sugar. The cavendish gives it sweet toasty sugar notes. It’s mild, pleasant, no harshness or chemical taste. The retrohale is nice. I pushed it slightly in a meerschaum and it didn’t get harsh or bite. Corncob pipe had the same results. The room note is non offensive and pleasant. The flavor stayed pretty consistent.

It does taste like it smells. So bravo. For an aromatic it’s pretty good. Flavor stays pretty consistent though out the first half of the bowl. Does leave some moisture in the bowl as expected .

If I need an aromatic to smoke around people, I’ll reach for this again.

*update* Nov 21, 2021

As I finish the tin (yes it’s been this long) I’ll give my final thoughts. Sweet, a mild tobacco taste, no bad aftertaste, with a nice room note. It does taste as it smells and that’s what I want from an aromatic. If you like aromatics or need one to smoke around people this is a good one.
Pipe Used: Meerschaum
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Feb 15, 2021 Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant
When I started smoking pipes many years ago I took on a few blends: Borkum Riff Bourbon Whiskey, Captain Black Original, CAO Eileen's Dream, and Peterson Sherlock Holmes.

I decided to get back to all of these and review them after all these years. See if they bring any memories, do I recommend them or not now that I got more experience?

Here's my #4 and last review: CAO's Eileen's Dream.

First of all, the tin note is outstanding. I mostly get Vanilla and coffee, maybe with some dark chocolate. One of the best tin notes out there.

There's a lot in it when you smoke the blend and I'm not sure I can detect it all. Whatever it is, it has a perfect balance. The cigar leaf is very mild and only adds a bit of volume to the mixture. The black Cavendish is noticeable, as is the sweet Virginia base. In terms of added flavor, the vanilla takes the lead and maintain its flavor throughout most of the smoke, backed by that same coffee note and bit of dark chocolate that I got from the tin note, which gives it a beautiful twist from the other Vanilla blends. This is not a super-sweet blend, though.

Comes in a little moist. Let it dry for a bit. Ribbon cut, easy to pack, light, and smoke. Doesn't get too hot, doesn't bite. The flavor is fairly consistent. Average number of relights. Can be an all-day smoke.

Mild-medium in body, mild in strength. The aroma is fantastic and will make people around you happy.

There is a famous Israeli song that begins with "May it never end". That's what came to mind when I reached for my almost empty tin. I'd buy a few more tins of this blend. When it comes to aromatics, it's definitely one of my favorites.
Pipe Used: Savinelly 106 Billiard, Stanwell 242 small Pot
Age When Smoked: New to 1 year
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 13, 2021 Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant
The creamy vanilla & white chocolate note is apparent when first opening the tin, and upon first lighting. A bit of hazelnut comes through as well, though doesn't seem as strong. All of these flavors I get throughout the entire bowl, though everything fades as you go. At times I do get a bit of the virginia tobacco especially towards the end. It lists cigar leaf but I have not yet detected it during a smoke.

Fairly moist, and leaves moisture at the bottom of the bowl. Didn't notice I had to relight it more than normal.

Amazing fragrance, and an awesome combo of flavors as you smoke. A must for the aromatic lovers.
Pipe Used: Brebbia Sabbiata
Age When Smoked: Fresh out of the tin
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Aug 11, 2020 Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
The cream and chocolate make up the bulk of the blend for me. There is a slight whiskey note to it, but it's not as pronounced as the other two. The cigar leaf (which I didn't notice at first) adds some good strength to the blend to keep it from being overly aromatic. Very well balanced, and one I'd recommend, however, it loses some of it's flavor later during the smoke, which is why I can't give it four stars.
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Nov 14, 2019 Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant
Been smoking for the past week and it has grown on me, possibly because it has been dried a bit since receiving? In any case this is a fine smoke. I find that the subtlety of the flavor is the best part about this aromatic. We wouldn't get the chocolate truffle taste if it was too strong or sweet and the Irish cream would be masked. It's not something to smoke if you want a lot of tobacco flavor, and I don't think that is the point of it. It is a nice subtle smoke with a hint of cocoa and a pleasant room note, great for smoking around non-smokers and great with a coffee or as a desert replacement. Not an everyday smoke, but that is why we try new things. I certainly recommend keeping a tin around.
Pipe Used: Karl Erik Freehand Briar
PurchasedFrom: Cigarsinternational
Age When Smoked: One Week
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