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A fine tobacco of a special kind: spicy latakia and smooth black cavendish, seasoned with a pinch of burley and golden Virginia. Terrific topped off with the sweet aroma of bourbon vanilla. Fine English mixture, extremely pleasant with a smoky touch.

Blended ByVauen
Manufactured ByVauen
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringVanilla, Whisky
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong, Strong, Very Strong
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2016)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Vauen - No. 22 English Blend.

This is an idiosyncratic, individual, 'odd', English.

Before I talk flavour, let's discuss the unlit blend. Removing the tin's lid reveals a blend that's mostly black and well rubbed, with a few coarser, light, Virginia pieces. The moisture's good, the lid popped with a hiss, so it must have been perfect upon tinning and the airtight seal's maintained that. The smell from it differs from what I'd expect from a blend titled English; it smells sweet, and a little aromatic.

I've been smoking this today and it's a blend I find strange. Firstly, for this, the name English doesn't really apply. There's nowhere near enough Latakia! The hearty amount of black Cavendish stops this qualifying as an English; IMO. The Burley and Virginia aren't recognisable. It's mainly black Cav with a SPLASH of Lat'. Then we have the toppings. The whiskey gives some astringency and the vanilla gives a slight stickiness; not an English flavour! On the positive it burns nicely; cool, even, and well.

Nicotine: for an 'English', weak. Room-note: not nice.

No. 22? Simple: not nice, I've smoked it today to review it, and now it's going in the bin. Not recommended:

One star.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

4 people found this review helpful.

3000DK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
3000DK (7)
Very Mild Very Strong Mild Very Strong

The vanilla flavouring in this blend is way too much for my tastebuds. Was given a tin of this - luckily, I didn't pay for it. It has nothing to do with an English mixture. It is just a typical, German over-flavoured insult to your pipe. Should you want to try this blend - perhaps out of curiosity - please use a pipe, which you had planned to throw out anyways. This blend will 'ghost' your pipe - rendering it unusable for anything but vanilla tobaccos.

3 people found this review helpful.

Skoma Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Skoma (28)
Medium Mild Full Strong

This is a unusual one! English mixture consisting of Latakia and Cavendish plus some other tobaccoes with a Vanilla topping... Very easy to smoke and keep lit. The taste is coming smooth and easy at first then the latakia is clearly making it´mark with a sour cream feeling. Very balanced and never over the top. There´s also a little more nicotine content then in most aromatic mixtures but much less then in most english ones. The vanilla topping seems to be mostly in the room note and you can still smoke your pipe at your favousite bar without offending people.... Highly recomended for smokers that are slowly heading from aros to english mixtures or people that enjoy unusual blends that offer taste but are not too strong either. Also perfectly accepted by bystanders in your local pub...

Pipe Used: various

Similar Blends: nothing I tryed so far....

3 people found this review helpful.

albfneto Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
albfneto (184)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

This is a good, balanced and complex English Mixture. The Orientals are slighly dominant. The latakia flavour and taste may be scented, but not so strong. Recommended, specially for People that enjoy mild english mixtures, but not want to get tobbacos with strong latakia amoount and taste.

3 people found this review helpful.

Old Shrink Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Shrink (21)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

VAUEN: No. 22 English Blend: A tobacconist in Germany recommended this to me & I fancy it. The blenders @ Vauen have courage to offer us something unique in an English Aromatic... the spicy Latakia & Black Cavendish present in a very well behaved & balanced creamy smoking experience. The Burley is a foundational part & the Virginia comes in with subtle hay & citrus. There is a liquor & vanilla topping apparently... it is enjoyable but allows the tobacco to shine. It is tinned @ perfect humidity & has no “bite”. It all comes in a ribbon cut. This is an easy & enjoyable light English aromatic - something that was new for me. It needs few re-lights; smokes to a proper white ash. It is a sumptuous smoke; evocking very positive comments from those abouts. I expect it will moderately ghost a briar. I recommend it to you if you want to explore the English family “lite” & enjoy a smooth smoke.

Pipe Used: Briars:Brigham, Northern Briars, Comoy’s

Age When Smoked: 4 yrs

Purchased From: Tobacconist:Baden Baden, Germany; SmokingPipes.

Similar Blends: Iwan Ries: Three Star Blue is the closest I can put it..

1 person found this review helpful.

HeavyTrees Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyTrees (68)
Mild to Medium Strong Medium Tolerable

With a pipe manufacturer claiming that many traditions one could easily expect them to have a good hand on tasteful tobaccos. Taking a look at their spectrum of blends shows that they mostly serve the fans of aromatics so I was glad that (besides the no.14 VA flake) there’s another natural tobacco on the menu. By its name...

Opening the tin offers a strong smell of vanilla and black tea so I had to read the tin description again where no topping is mentioned, instead: a mix of BC, strong Latakia pinch of Burley and Virginia. Can see very dark leaf with golden sprinkles and everything very moist and almost sticky.

Had to dry it out for quite a time and then got too inpatient and packed it in a medium sized bowl. Packed well and took flames after second or third lighting.

First third of the bowl is dominated by cavendish with a not at all decent vanilla topping. BC is definitely the main player of this Blend I can only taste another ingredient after half of the bowl I think cause that’s the moment when the aroma of artificial vanilla flavor gets less (tasting a bit more like black tea) and a bit of spicyness shows up from time to time. Still not a hint of Latakia detectable. Sweet, yes. Burley? Orients? It’s all buried under that heavy aroma. Last third of the smoke is bearable and I can finally taste something that reminds me of tobacco. Still no Latakia.

By definition this is NOT an English blend. The misleading name is not the only fauxpas about this tobacco. Whoever’s behind that one at Vauens manufacturing is apparently not knowing much about the definition of this type of blending. Maybe two stars without the name.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: From tin

Purchased From: Local dealer

Similar Blends: Any Vauen BC with vanilla.

1 person found this review helpful.