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Bright Virginias, black cavendish and some burley tobacco, matured under heat and high pressure. This blend gets its unique bouquet from the aroma and taste of California oranges. A smoking experience giving you an inkling of the California sun.

Notes: Planta's Tobacco of the Year for 2013. Also given the sobriquet California Dream. Still available in bulk from a number of online tobacco sellers.

Blended ByPlanta
Manufactured ByPlanta
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Medium to Strong
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant, Tolerable to Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2813)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

The nutty, earthy, woody burley also sports light molasses and a touch of spice, and is the most obvious component. The citrusy, grassy bright Virginia plays a support role. The sugary black cavendish is almost a supporting player. The mildly sweet, light in strength orange topping does sublimate the tobaccos a bit, but allows their inherent aspects to make their presence known. A touch of some peppery spice is also added. The strength is just past the center of mild to medium while the taste does reach the medium threshold. The nic-hit is mild. Won’t bite or get harsh, but fast puffing can warm your tongue a mite. Burns slightly fast with a very consistent flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and needs few relights. Has a short lived after taste. An all day smoke that’s a little less sweeter than your usual aromatic, though the smell the tobacco indicates otherwise.


9 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2030)
Medium Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

Planta - Anno MMXIII (California Dream).

It's more of a mixture than plain ribbon. My pouch includes some chunky pieces and a few leafy ones. Obviously, being as this was supplied from bulk, the moisture of a tin becomes moot. However, I did find my pouch dry. The aroma from the blend gives a clear indication of the smoke about to present itself: strongly aromatic.

Of course, the ignition of MMXIII couldn't be easier; too dry. From word 'Go' the oranges rule the roost. I don't find them as bitter, sharp, or astringent as could be the case, but they are in charge. The tobaccos taste more like a simple VaBur, I get hardly any black Cavendish; mind, due to the appearance being mainly brown and minus many black pieces I expected this to be the case. Because of the dryness a problem soon raises it's head: it burns fast and hot. So, the number of relights becomes a redundant topic!

Nicotine: about medium. Room-note: quite strong.

Anno MMXIII? Rubbish mechanically, but the flavour is a slight salvation. Somewhat recommended:

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Caminetto

Age When Smoked: New

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4 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (169)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Pleasant

Good but not great. I was expecting more of a summertime blend, but the orange flavor comes across more like an orange liquor than fresh oranges. almost a fall blend.

3 people found this review helpful.

t-rexxx Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
t-rexxx (5)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Very smooth...similar to Q more flavor...burns very well,but unlike Q drys out very fast..I pack it then let it sit for 30...perfect.cant go wrong with this one

Pipe Used: Dunhill. Castello

Age When Smoked: None

Purchased From: Cup of joes

Similar Blends: Q...but drys out faster...packs note very pleasing...cost reasonable,but not as good as Q...can't go wrong with this one....

2 people found this review helpful.

maigret fan Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
maigret fan (76)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

The first special edition from Planta that I try and I like it!

Tin note is strong with the fruity flavoring quite noticeable.

A nice cool smoke with the orange addition well balanced, not too strong but leaving a good smell in the mouth.

Room note may be a little strong: something to smoke outside which will be appreciated when the weather is hot and one looks for something special and fully different from other aromatics: quite a change from the cherry or rhum aromatics.

2 people found this review helpful.

canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (326)
Mild to Medium Very Strong Medium Pleasant

So, who put Sour Patch Kids into the pouch? Because the orange zing really comes through. This isn't just some citrus flavoring, you will get a sour squirt in the eye if you squeeze too hard. In all seriousness, these large, mostly blond (Burley I'm guessing) leaf bits are seriously topped, so walk away now if you are looking for anything natural tasting (unless you want an orange of course).

I'm not a huge fan of packing a bowl with such large pieces (akin to fish flakes), as it tends to compromise air flow and cause a wonky burn rate. Even fire will not detract from the overwhelming flavoring once the bowl is lit. It reminded me of the incense smell when walking into a head shop, and it comes across as a candy product targeting college kids. No bite and not much nicotine, so again, it may be for the kids.

If the idea of orange tobacco interests you, you will get exactly that experience in the warm California sun here..

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