This blend has Cavendish, Burley, and black Cavendish. This is quality leaf; there are no stems or midribs to speak of. This tobacco also has some vanilla casing; it takes considerable time to dry it out for smoking. With only 30 minutes air time, my first bowl was good and interesting. Interesting in that the second half of the bowl was better than the first. First lighting is tough, as the blend is moist. First impressions are of the smell of a fruit basket, briefly. The black Cavendish provides the structure and backbone of the flavor; the burley fills out the body with a little nicotine muscle, but not much. Impressive is how dry this and the other Milan house aromatic tobaccos have smoked for me, in spite of feeling damp when loading the bowl. I only had to use one pipe cleaner per bowl smoked in briars and no pipe cleaners with the Missouri Meerschaums.
Pipe Used: Ben Wade bent bulldog, MM Country Gentleman
The burley is mildly nutty sweet, The gold cavendish is grass, citrus, and touch of honey. The black cavendish has a little vanilla. The topping is vanilla with a smattering of caramel. The tobaccos are mostly sublimated by the toppings, though the burley lightly seems more obvious than the others. Has almost no nic-hit. A little moist due to some PG, but doesn’t need any dry time. Burns cool, smooth and slightly creamy at a slow to moderate pace, though I do get a chemical note at times. It does require a few relights due to the moisture level of the tobacco. Won't bite. Leaves the bowl with some dampness. Has a nice after taste and room note. An all day smoke.
I had two ounces of Black Gold from a sampler and decided to smoke it all on Christmas Day while I was at the Bellagio here in Vegas. I have always enjoyed the Burley and Black Cavendish mix whether purchased or made myself from BCA and Granger, the cool and aromatic BC plays off the nutty Burley and the latter adds flavor and nicotine. The old ladies playing the slots complimented the aroma with the usual "my husband, Uncle etc. smoked a pipe...." Delightful as an all day smoke.
(Please bear in mind that I'm a novice at rating tobacco).
I purchased this as part of a sample package. The first couple of bowls were smoked out of doors, and I wasn't sure whether the taste etc. was being dissipated because of such. The third bowl was indoors and the results were the same. I found this to be a very mild tobacco. The room note was slight, and perhaps best described as a caramel. Nothing especially stood out but I regard that as a positive because neither was there anything unpleasant at all about it. It seemed to want to be smoked. After a few lights it burned very, very, easily. This was a mild smoke that I appreciate as such and will return to. Thank you.
Starts off decent but quickly turns to getting weird chemical taste every few puffs. as with most Milan blend's you have to let it sit for awhile and even then be prepared for at least 1/3 of the bowl to be waste - gooey and a wet mess. reminds me along the lines of a few lane blends, so if you like them stick with that because this isn't much better if not slightly worse
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