The sugary black cavendish and toasty Virginia cavendish are mostly disguised by the mellow chocolate and vanilla toppings. The whiskey is sweet, background player. Has very little nicotine. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns clean and cool at a reasonable pace with a very smooth, consistent flavor. Requires few relights, and leaves a little moisture in the bowl. Has a very pleasant after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke. Also known as Lane’s BCA.
Fader's Shops in Maryland have been around since Moses crossed the Red Sea (well, almost), and their house blends are always appreciated by me. I have smoked many of them over the years and went back to my notebook for some, but others are recent "smokes" when my local pipe club had a "Fader's Night" at the Tobacco Bar a year or so ago.
Point IV is, simply stated, Black Burley Cavendish soaked in Vanilla Extract and processed so that it would burn dryer than say, Captain Black, and with a little more true tobacco flavor, too. Still, way too much Vanilla for me to enjoy fully, but I did make my way to the bottom of the bowl without getting any bitterness although I did need to swab the deck with a paper towel after smoking.
I usually just write reviews on the blends that I like and this is no different. Just a really good and simple blend that a pleasure to smoke and a pleasure for those around you. At times there are some really nice flavors that seem very easy to distinguish (vanilla and smokey chocolate/cocoa), but at other times it seems I get an odd or unexpected note of something I just can't put my finger on (maybe raisen or fig), not bad taste just was'nt expecting it.
Fader's in Baltimore has a very nice enviroment and facilities. The staff seemed very knowledgeable (ask for Mike, he was very helpful), and extremely friendly. They even opened the store a little early to accomadate me.
Need to try their Irish Pub, Heaven's Scent, Unique, Vanilla Maple, and Black Cordial.
I can describe this in one word, craptastic! Moist from the bag and didn't dry much after leaving it sit out for 3 hours. Had to relight numerous times. It has a nice room note and is nearly impossible to make it bite. Bottom of the bowl had a decent knot of goop in it. It had a decent vanilla flavor but not worth the effort. It might make a good mixer for something dried out you want to add vanilla flavor to, but on it's own it's pitiful.
According to the manager at Fader's, this is straight BCA from Lane. It is a finely chopped tobacco, very uniformly black in color, heavily cased with vanilla. It does not dry well when aired out, and this may indicate the presence of PG. There are a lot of stems. It's my wife's favorite and it never bites, which are two factors in its favor, but it smokes very wet and gurgles a lot.
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