A black cavendish with a brilliant, mild flavour. The best from burley, Virginia and Orient Blattgut, specially broadly cut. A black cavendish, for a long time matured and black tobacco diamonds loosely pressed, provides for brilliant, mild flavour.
Notes: This blend is a re-branding of the classic Stanwell Black Diamond. Same tobacco, different print on box.
I waited several years to smoke this tobacco, which I only saw on european catalogues. The tin is impecable and luxury. Upon opening the tin you will find thick ribbons of black, brown and yellow tobacco. The smell is sweet, with a notes of bread, lemon, and honey. This is a true cased aromatic, in a good sense.
Packing can be a challenge because of the cut. My tin came a little dry, but once remoisturized it wa all ok.
The tobacco is very nice, easy to smoke and sweet to the palate. This is one of those mixtures that taste as they smell, with the adition of a nicotine sting. This can easily be an all day smoke, never boring the puffs.
The sugary black cavendish is one of the main components. The nutty, earthy, woody burley gives it fair competition. The floral, woody, earthy, spicy Oriental is the third most important varietal. The grassy, citrusy, lightly honey-ish bright Virginia is mostly a condiment. The chocolate and vanilla toppings have some richness, and are a tad more more obvious that the nut and very fruity orange additives. The latter two toppings are always evident (especially the orange), providing an omnipresent undercurrent of flavor. The toppings do sublimate the tobaccos to a moderate extent. The strength is just past the center of mild to medium, while the taste just hits the medium mark. The nic-hit is almost in the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns a tad warm and clean at a reasonable pace with a mostly consistent taste that lightly lingers when you’re finished. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not quite an all day smoke as it seems a little more filling than expected.
When this blend first came out, it was a somewhat shamefully-admitted Stanwell blend: there was no branding on the tin, it just said "Black Diamond." That out of the way, I find little difference between the first tin of this I bought back in the late 1980s when it first came out, and today's version by Scandinavian Tobacco. They shifted the branding around, but thankfully, in this case, not the recipe. So…
…the tin contains a plastic bag with lots of Black Cavendish and a good amount of sweet VA. There is a vanilla sauce on top of it. This is something you may want to use your wider bowls for: the BC and VA both are cut to almost squares, and wide ones at that. Lighting up from a fresh tin may be a little challenging, but it still works. Once lit, Black Diamond just keeps glowing gently down to ashes, no dottle in my experience, and a nice, sweet flavour throughout, with the vanilla sauce coming through occasionally, set off by the BC bread and treacle notes.
When I got my first tin of this, it was a then-new blend. It turned out to be one of the better ones introduced at the time, and I can still imagine myself buying a tin, if I run out of my other BC blends.
Pipe Used: Stanwell 111, VAUEN Luxus
Age When Smoked: Ranging from new to several years
Out of the pouch the tobacco smells very sweet. The mixture between Burley, Black Cavendish, Virginia and Orient is good. The cut of the tobacco is wide cut. The tobacco burns very well and cold. The taste is very mild. But I can't taste any of the described Flavouring. Only a little bit of sweetness. There are no tongue bites. The roomnote is very good. But the taste not. For me the tobacco is not so good as the Danske Club Black and Virginia.
Pipe Used: Briar Half Bent Dublin & Full Bent Apple
Nice and sweet aromas in the tin, some peach, oranges, caramel, and chocolate. Pleasant smoke, with a very nice room note. It burns very well, does not bite at all, and is very easy to smoke. Recommended for a relaxed long smoke full of sweet flavors.
This is really easy to talk about this 100 gm tin after your first smoke. The room note is so nice, everyone will feel the chocolate smell. No tongue bite. The taste never change till end if you smoke slowly and let it cool. Highly recommend.
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