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One of our most successful blends. Flue-cured tobaccos from the fields of Zimbabwe and Malawi. Blended with sweet processed Black Cavendish and mild Burley tobaccos. A cocktail of fruit and vanilla flavours gives this blend its unique taste. One of our bestsellers list.

Blended ByMac Baren
Manufactured ByVilliger
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringFruit / Citrus, Vanilla
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2465)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

The light and brown Virginias have some earth and dark fruit along with a little grass and citrus. The burleys are mildly nutty with some molasses, and a touch of cocoa. There’s some vanilla black cavendish in the mix. The rich toppings are a mix of a little vanilla, and several very sweet fruits, some appear to be citrus, and I also notice the berries (black and raspberry come to mind, particularly the latter). No chemical notes to found. They do tone down the tobaccos to a fair extent, though the toppings slightly weaken in the last quarter of the experience. The nic-hit is mild at best. Slightly moist, it burns at a normal pace with a fairly consistent, very smooth and creamy flavor that leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. No harsh or dull spots, and it won’t bite as it burns very cool and clean. The after taste lingers a little, and it and the room note are very pleasant. An all day smoke.


6 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1903)
Mild Medium Mild Pleasant

Newminster - No. 31 Optimal Choice.

The note from the pouch is a bit misleading, it smells strongly citrus, but the flavour's not as one dimensional. Among the ingredients citrus is an obvious inclusion (a little stronger for the first quarter), but there's also some more charismatic fruit traits, and a touch of vanilla; some of which may emanate from the black Cavendish. The tobaccos' give a laid-back flavour: a chilled out black Cav', Burley one. It burns cool, giving off a fairly thick smoke.

There isn't a great deal of nicotine in Optimal Choice, and the room-note's quite nice.

In my opinion this is a three star blend.


Pipe Used: Peterson Harp #05

Age When Smoked: One month

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3 people found this review helpful.

Smoke_Ring Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Smoke_Ring (158)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Newminster - No.31 Optimal Choice;

Star Rating = 3.25;

Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;

Pouch Note = 9;

Room Note = 9;

Flavor = 8;

Bite = 8;

Burn = 8;

After Taste = 8;

Raw Score = 50;

Rated Percentage = 83%;

Comment = Smooth, Mild, slight Fruity but no Vanilla Flavor, a little Bitter on Finish

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28795)
Very Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

A nice fruity blend for the smoker who appreciates his aromatics.

1 person found this review helpful.

Halford Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Halford (4)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

My 2oz. sample isn't going to last long. I don't find this aromatic to be overwhelming like a dessert tobacco or a flavor bomb. There is subtlety in a bowl of this beneath the artfully combined casings, and the room note is quite agreeable to those that have been nearby. All tastes vary. Mine prefers a mostly fruity note with a bare hint of cavendish, and that's what Optimal Choice seems to present, at least to this guy's sensibilities. Giving this one five stars.

Pipe Used: "Author" style brier

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CoreyR Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CoreyR (28)
Mild Very Mild Very Mild Tolerable

I purchased 1 oz of this to try and have smoked two bowls, both from cobs, one a CW. First, from the bag it did not have a lot of smell. Kind of flat but with a tad of just basic "tobacco." It lit easy and burned all the way through with occasional tamping but no relights needed. Good amounts of "puffy" smoke. Real easy to "puff" and keep lit. The tase is supposed to be a "cocktail of fruit and vanilla." perhaps I missed that? It did leave a bit of a fruity after taste, long after I was finished smoking it but not much "vanilla." truth be told, I did not really find myself thinking of this as an "aromatic" at all. More of just a simple Burely. Kind of like cigarette tobacco. I am afraid I do not care for cigs so I do not really recomend it though, if I was out of every thing else, I would probably smoke it. There are a few things I would choose this over, Smokers Pride maybe, but that is about all I can say for it. I shall not be purchasing anymore.

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