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A deep brown coarse cut cavendish with some black. A very prominant buttered-vanilla pouch aroma.

BrandSutliff Tobacco Company
Blended ByCarl McCallister
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish
FlavoringCream, Vanilla
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2367)
Mild Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

As this is Mountain Pass in bulk, I'm essentially repeating my review of MP. A black and golden cavendish aromatic with a creamy, buttery vanilla custard flavor. By intent, you won’t get much tobacco taste here, except for a touch of honey from the gold cavendish. Coarse cut with some ribbon, and lightly moist, the entrancing aroma from the tin translates well to the flavor of the smoke and room note. Has little nicotine. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns clean and cool with a rich consistency of taste from start to finish. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, and needs an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant after taste, and can be an all day smoke. It somewhat reminds me of Boston Cream Pie with a little extra chocolate.


15 people found this review helpful.

romaso Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
romaso (43)
Mild Very Strong Full Pleasant

I get more of a butterscotch than vanilla flavor here. This is heavily cased and heavily PG'd, to excess, way overboard. I know PG isn't suppose to have a flavor, but it has a mouth-feel or something because after a certain point it spoils the tobacco & experience (and most of the Sutliffs I've tried have been this way). For vanilla lovers I'd suggest Mac Baren Vanilla Creme or Capt Black Gold (Lane MV1000 in bulk).

9 people found this review helpful.

Stutter818 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stutter818 (51)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This is my favourite aromatic so far. It is rich - the bag smell was eggy custard, with rich vanilla. Smoke tastes the way it smelled - sweet, rich, dessert. Great for after dinner, late night smoke. Left a white ash, no dottle, and barely a smokey leftover taste in the mouth. No need to brush after this one! Also nice thick smoke.

Pipe Used: Missouri meerschaum pride

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and cigars online

7 people found this review helpful.

pacman357 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
pacman357 (15)
Very Mild Strong Medium Very Pleasant

I have to admit, vanilla isn't (by itself) a flavor I normally care for in an aromatic. Many are either too one-note, boring, or chemical-tasting for my taste. Some suffer a combination of two traits or even all three. However, since I sell this stuff, I figured I better try some to be able to (somewhat) intelligently discuss it with customers. To my surprise, the custard aspect really elevates this beyond just another run-of-the-mill vanilla pipe tobacco. While I have not yet had a chance to try the Mac vanilla cream, I'm not exactly running to it after having tasted this. This is super-sweet stuff, but I have a sweet tooth, so when the mood strikes me, that isn't a problem. And while I'm sure it has PG or some agent to keep it moist, and isn't heavy enough to ruin the taste for me. It's also pretty fun to open the jar at the store, because the smell (which is quite pleasant) just swarms the room, and just about everyone who smells it has a look on his/her face like a kid having just discovered the big candy treat at the bottom of a Christmas stocking. Sure, it isn't for everyone, but I can't think of a single pipe tobacco which suits every single person. If you don't care much for aromatics, run the other way. If you do like aromatics, at least take a whiff. We only started selling this stuff about 4-5 weeks ago, and already have trouble keeping it in stock.

5 people found this review helpful.

JoeMan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JoeMan (7)
Mild Medium to Strong Very Full Strong

I've been smoking Vanilla Custard for nearly 2 years now. It's not just a crowd pleaser...this is some ridiculously good stuff, and is a go-to aromatic for me. The tin note is amazingly creamy vanilla, and it does not disappoint in the pipe. To say this has the aroma and taste of cookie dough or cake would be accurate. If you like sweet flavorful aromatics which smell and taste like dessert, you don't want to miss this one.

Pipe Used: Grabow, Wally Frank, Alpha, Peterson

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

5 people found this review helpful.

doc'spipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
doc'spipe (231)
Mild Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

My review is based on a free pouch sample I received along with a recent tobacco order. I originally asked to have this blend added for review and described it as a coarse cavendish cut with some black. After fingering through the pouch I noticed a bit of ribbon and some partially broken flakes (very minimally on both counts). The first thing noticed upon opening the pouch was a very pleasing, but strong buttery-vanilla aroma. The use the term “buttery” first since that was very overwhelming, however, after lighting, there is no true butter-like flavor. There is a very prominent but pleasing vanilla taste throughout and a bit candy-like. It was very different from other vanillas I have smoked over the years. I would have preferred the buttery aspect that I noticed in the pouch aroma to translate more in the taste.

I suspect that due to the very strong, sweet-tasting vanilla, there was little hint of tobacco flavor. There was no bite throughout the entire smoke, and only a minimum of moisture/gurgle present while smoking. Surprisingly, with the very prominent vanilla casing, I expected more moisture along with a hot, bite-y smoke. As stated, there was none. There was some chemical taste as the bowl progressed along with an ammonia-like smell to the burning tobacco. This smell was most evident after putting the pipe down for a bit and smelling the wafting smoke. In spite of this, it was not much of a turn-off. As the bowl progressed it became a bit bitter, but without harshness to the mouth or throat. For those aromatic-exclusive smokers, you would be hard pressed to find a better vanilla. As such, easily a 3 star smoke. For those like myself, if you want more of a tobacco flavor in your smoke along with some cased aromatic flavoring, Mac Baren does it better with their Vanilla Cream and Honey Chocolate blends, as does Dan Pipe with their Milonga. That being the case, my personal rating for Vanilla Custard is 2 stars. For those who want a more natural tobacco experience, this one will not suit you and therefore I would not recommend this blend for that group. An on occasion smoke for me at best.

5 people found this review helpful.

Gripsholm Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gripsholm (25)
Mild Extra Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

Vanilla Custard is way to rich for me. For anybody who has ever tried gourmet jellybeans, the buttered popcorn flavored one is exactly what this tobacco tastes and smells like. The tin note, the room note, the flavor, everything. It is very rich to the point of being nauseating. The worst part about it is that the room note lingers, I can come back an hour later and still smell it. I enjoy most aromatics, but this is one that I cannot recommend.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

3 people found this review helpful.

Grich242 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Grich242 (1)
Extremely Mild Extra Strong Overwhelming Tolerable to Strong

I really wanted to like this blend...I enjoy tobaccos across the board, in search of a "dessert" like occasional smoke I expected this one to be sweet and heavily cased from the reviews I've read. P&c lists it as a top selling arrived and did not diss appoint the smell permeated the entire box like vanilla cake batter. I excitedly packed a bowl and the first light was terrific. This is what I was looking for a bulk I can grab a few on ounces of and pull out on those occasions when I get a "sweet tooth" with a good cup of coffee in the I relight my elation was torn from me before I even knew what happened.,I was hit by a horrible chemical taste mixed with ash like I was cleaning the inside of my bowl with my tongue. I press on and begin the pipe smokers checklist of self doubt I'm smoking too hot, to fast packed it too tight in my eagerness etc. you know the thoughts. I spend the rest of the bowl chasing that first taste like a crackhead chasing his first high, and while I get wisps of cool creamy smoke every so often, they are few and tobacco flavor, no vanilla, no cool creamy smoke,. About as pleasant as having a sweaty butthole all day. It needs to be fixed it your all dressed up and in public there's nothing you can do about it. I smoked close to an ounce in several pipes treating it like many of my aros leaving it in the ziploc bag it came in to "dry" a bit before storing it properly. I packed it light smoked half bowls but the result was the same every time.. Rancid chemical smoke with a room note that turned sour as quick as the bowl. Maybe I'll sprinkle it under the seat of my car and use it as an air freshener.. And although it's probably my ph I can't recommend anyone share in this experience... I'll press on to find another...

Pipe Used: Several

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

BROBS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BROBS (66)
Very Mild Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

This has way too much humectant. My pouch was incredibly old as it’s been at my B&M tobacconist for years, and was still moist and sticky! The pouch isn’t even sealed internally so no natural substance could behave this way. I still packed a bowl and I should have known better from my opening experience. The pouch note is amazing so I had to try it. I honestly can’t taste anything besides the tinge of the PG. The bowl sizzled and crackled as I lit it! I cant even hardly smell the room note through all the chemical laden smoke. Burns hot but it doesn’t bite... I still dumped out the last half of the bowl. I will echo an earlier review and if you want vanilla done right try some Mac Baren products. What a waste of my time and money! I won’t be fooled or intrigued by another Sutliff product. Leaves the aftertaste of mothballs.

Pipe Used: Peterson

2 people found this review helpful.

A. Morley Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
A. Morley (97)
Extremely Mild Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

This is a boy's tobacco. There's nothing wrong with that. At the same time, it's also a grandpa's tobacco, but he's a bland, boring, and somehow wholly ingratiating grandpa.

This is aromatic tobacco taken to its logical extreme. It's all aromatic, virtually no tobacco. It smells wonderful in the pouch. You almost want to keep it in the pouch and keep your pouch nearby. Smoking Sutliff Vanilla Custard doesn't produce much of an effect on the smoker. You'll barely realize that your pipe is lit. Puff, my sons. Puff to your heart's content. This won't bite your tongue. Not even if you give it a reason to.

You'll barely taste a thing, but, boy howdy, will anyone and everyone around tell you how good your pipe smells. Compliments? Yes. Any lingering taste or nicotine? No.

Not that there's anything wrong with with a tobacco like this. I'm not saying there's anything right with it, either.

Pipe Used: Mostly cobs

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1847)
Very Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Sutliff Tobacco Company - Vanilla Custard - Z92.

This is one of those blends that's so indulgent the fear of weight gain arises after a bowl!

The coarse cut mix (with more brown Cavendish than black) smells decadent beyond belief, it screams vanilla custard! To be fair, even though the nose made me expect a blend that felt heavily cased, and wet, there's no issue there.

That word again: indulgent. That could be the review! The topping in this rules the flavour, leaving little space for many tobacco nuances. Sure, there's some of the usual Cavendish traits, but these have nowhere near as much volume to them as the vanilla. The burn from it's without fault, as is the temperature: cool. The texture of the smoke's quite heavy, but I can't see people minding that as it smells great! And finally, the nicotine suits me for an afternoon aromatic: very mild.

Vanilla Custard: makes it into my rotation! Four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: 4noggins and

2 people found this review helpful.

usafvol1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
usafvol1 (16)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Not sure about the vitriol in the reviews for this tobacco, or why reviews on this website tend to be significantly lower for all tobaccos compared to other site, for that matter.

It smells delicious in the bag--my stomach started growling. Perfectly cut, perfect amount of moisture. No bite. Flavor while smoking is a deep, cooked/lightly burned vanilla flavor. At times was reminiscent of old fashioned kettle corn. Creamy, thick smoke that surround your head and hinders your vision.

Great stuff. So far, my favorite vanilla-based tobacco.

Pipe Used: Erik Nording Signature Standard Long Pipe #05

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: P&C

2 people found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (43)
Very Mild Extra Strong Extremely Mild (Flat) Overwhelming

Four stars??? Honestly???? I did not even have the nerve to subjugate my most inferior pipe in tasting this blend. God, can you imagine the ghosting. Fortunately I keep a supply of disposable taster pipes for blends such as this. How might II put this gently? Abhorrent, horrible, ghastly, and atrocious come to mind. If I were to fill a pipe with the most inferior Burley that I could find, then soak it in Vanilla fragrance oil, it would be very close to what this blend is like. Honestly, I think the good folks at Sutliff/Ataldis forget to read the warning on the back of the air refresher, "Not to be inhaled"

Pipe Used: Disposable Taster Pipe

Age When Smoked: Fresh to One month

Purchased From: Local Tobacconist by a friend

Similar Blends: Cheap American OTC.

2 people found this review helpful.

rattdogg99 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rattdogg99 (24)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Let me begin by stating that I like vanilla topping in my aromatic blends. Vanilla Custard is VANILLA! I don't smoke VC daily but.when I crave a sweet creamy mild smoke its my go to blend. No rough edges on this smoke its as smooth as glass. The flavor remains consistent throughout the bowl with no bitterness on the bottom. I've found VC pairs exceptionally well with hot black coffee and ice cold dark Mexican beer.lf you love vanilla aromatics as I do VC is a must try blend. If not I caution you to stay far, far away.

Pipe Used: Various Canadians

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

Delta Bravo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Delta Bravo (5)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Complete Aromatic Smoker here. You get what is advertised. This blend smells great out of the bag with an equally great room note. It smokes cool to a white ash with no bite. Very few relights with a light and sweet taste that doesn't overwhelm in my opinion. I smoke aromatics for the flavor and this is flavorful but mild. Would purchase again and will have no problem finishing what I have left.

Pipe Used: Stanwell pipe Silke Brun 232

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

1 person found this review helpful.

bearded_cavalier Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
bearded_cavalier (11)
Extremely Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Wonderful stuff, and smokes better with age. The thing I like about this aromatic is that it actually tastes pretty much as it smells when loose. Lovely, creamy taste with the vanilla really coming through mid-bowl. No bitterness nor loss of flavour towards the end and absolutely no tongue bite, even when puffed aggressively. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: various

Age When Smoked: new

Purchased From: smokingpipes

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28789)
Mild to Medium Medium Very Mild Pleasant

This blend has the same artificial chemical taste as found in the bargain brand bagged tobaccos one would find at a Walgreens. I strongly suspect this is due to the amount of humectant used.

While the vanilla flavor is present, it is not enough to overcome the artificial flavor. It can only be described as cheap flavored tobacco that has no business being sold as a premium smoke.

Smoke slow. It can bite as well.

1 person found this review helpful.

Godzillapunk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Godzillapunk (1)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium Pleasant

One of the first Pipe tobaccos I tried after asking the local tobacconist for a second suggestion , the smell for this is amazing if it were food you would want to eat it right away.

Pipe Used: Country Gentleman Corn Cob Pipe

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Randy Tuggle Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Randy Tuggle (39)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

I actually liked this one. With aromatics, many fall short of keeping flavor once lit and puffed a bit - but Sutliff is one of those companies that produces very good aros. Vanilla Custard is everything you would think of by the name. Great tin note (although I bought this is bulk), great flavor that lingers long into the pipe smoking, and a matching room note to boot. I would say this one is a winner for those who are looking for a good vanilla blend.

Pipe Used: MM Devil Cutty, various cobs and briars

Age When Smoked: fresh - bulk purchase

Purchased From:

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UncleSquinty Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
UncleSquinty (27)
Extremely Mild Strong Full Pleasant

Sutliffe Vanilla Custard Z-92 We all have an inner child breathing within us. Even those of us who look to strong English or Balkans or who smoke only natural tobaccos have this inner child inside us. And sometimes dammit, that little bastard screams, pouts and throws a tantrum for a sweet vanilla dessert. And if that inner child also has behavioral problems and hyperactivity disorder, he'll seek out Sutliffe Vanilla Custard.

To say this is heavily topped is the understatement of the century. Whatever tobacco is there is unrecognizable, heavily laden with something that tastes exactly like a rich, slow-baked vanilla custard. Rich. Sweet. Tooth-rotting delicious. Intense. This may be the most heavily flavored tobacco I've ever smoked. And yes, it's wonderful.

Go, you purists back to your G&H flakes, your Peas Maltese Falcon, your 965 or whatever "pure" tobaccos you like... but when that inner child starts flipping out from lack of sweets, try a bowl of this. But do yourself a favor. Smoke this in a throwaway pipe, or a cobb or a meer that is used exclusively for vanilla flavored tobaccos.

Mechanically this behaves like any heavily topped, PG-laden mess. It is soaking wet from the humectants/PG, it hisses, it gurgles and at the end leaves a horrid goopy mess in the bottom of the bowl. Drying the tobacco beforehand only somewhat mitigates the problem. I found this to require a typical number of relights for a heavily topped aero. Slow smoking cadence and gentle puffing are essential for enjoyment of Sutliffe Vanilla Custard. BTW, I bought this from P&C during a 20% off sale on Sutliffe bulk. At $1.68/ounce, it was a bargain.

Nicotine? Full, rich, sweet vanilla and a room note that will give your housemates the munchies? In spades. Pack it loosely, puff it slowly and you might really enjoy this. I did, which is why despite its numerous drawbacks, I'm giving this a solid 4/4 stars. Highly recommended for aero lovers and for stodgy traditionalists who want to indulge that inner child.

Pipe Used: Cobbs and other pipes I'm not afraid of ghosting.

Age When Smoked: Fresh bulk

Purchased From: P&C

Similar Blends: Jello slow cooked vanilla pudding.

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N.H. pipe smoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
N.H. pipe smoker (4)
Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

I usually don;t smoke aromatics , a friend gifted some z92 for me to try....its damn good stuff,i had to order a few ounces..It smokes and taste the same at the beginning as it does at the end of the bowl with a little moisture..

Pipe Used: Savinelli capri root

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Purchased From: cup of joes

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Hunter Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Hunter (53)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

A very pleasant, top-notch vanilla Cavendish blend. This may be a bit moist for many people, so allowing it to dry a bit can help. Even at that, it burns clean, with little gloopiness.

Aroma is sweet, with a noticeable eggy-vanillay-custardy aroma and flavor, without being candy-like.

Fully aromatic with little tobacco flavor. No bite. A good all-day smoke. I buy this by the pound!

Pipe Used: Meer, briar, cob

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: MacBaren's Vanilla Creme.

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Jason h. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jason h. (51)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This stuff is absolutely great!!!!!! It smokes good, and tastes exactly like it smells. This is one of the tastiest tobaccos I have ever smoked! I would HIGHLY recommend this one.

Pipe Used: Ropp Canadian

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

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Blerrell's Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Blerrell's (5)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Sutliff Vanilla Custard is AWESOME!. The smell is like a vanilla bakery on steroids and the taste well it tastes just like it smells.You need to have this in your rotation if you love vanilla or aromatics period. Smoked very well for me a little warm but that was me i couldn't get enough of that wonderful vanilla tast. Try it you wont be disappointed.

Pipe Used: Nording

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

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guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Full Very Pleasant

My all-time favorite tobacco. An excellent all-day smoke. Yes, it's sweet, but that's why I like it. The pouch smells of rich vanilla custard, and the smoke tastes almost like Boston cream pie. Notes of chocolate come out after it is lit, and it makes for a wonderful combination. The room note is amazing! The smoke is so rich and thick, yet it burns cool even without drying. I keep at least 8 oz of this stuff around at all times, and carry a pouch with me to work on a daily basis. It is sure to please everyone who is lucky enough to be within range of your cloud as well. I have received numerous compliments from strangers while smoking on the porch of my favorite local pub. This tobacco pairs well with nutty, brown ales such as Newcastle. We all have our blends that we could smoke all day, every day: mine just happens to be cheap. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good, sweet, flavorful aromatic to keep around.

Pipe Used: Gran Castel Freehand, John Hines

Age When Smoked: Fresh, and aged 1+ months

Purchased From: Tobaccotown, Beaver, WV

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jozmo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jozmo (1)
Very Mild Very Strong Very Mild Very Pleasant

Sweetest smelling blend I've encountered. Didn't even taste like tobacco. If you really like the smell of vanilla, this one's for you. If you like vanilla a lot, don't miss this. I'll pass however.

Pipe Used: Cob

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: Vanilla cupcakes from the bakery..

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28789)
Mild to Medium Strong Mild Very Pleasant

As this posts, I've only smoked for less than a year. I want sugary flavors. This is an ice creamy vanilla charged gurgly blessing for me. In the bag it's an air-freshener, that smells,... well reeks like cake batter in a very good way. I've heard people say it smells like cookies. In your choppers it tastes like very smoothe cremey vanilla. Vanilla Cubed! Like that other post says, the bag smell, and the smoke taste are different, losing the butteryness, but it IS Candy, deliciously so.

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28789)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

This is the most pronounced vanilla flavored aromatic I've tried. Wonderful taste.

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