Super mild black cavendish from Virginia leaf, double fermented. The flavours are mainly those of dried fruits and flowers, but there is also a spiciness of white pepper. An aromatic that doesn't bite the tongue, and can be smoked easily and pleasantly.
Upon tin opening, the smell is instantly noticeable. Lovely aromatic cavendish with hints of vanilla and faint caramel. Smoke is very pleasant although the smell does get a little lost in translation to taste. Every 10 or so puffs you get one that will really taste, a reminder of just what the tin smelled like. Very cool smoke, perfect for a beginner. Room note very pleasant indeed, always getting compliments on it, even from non-smokers! Very vanilla-y.
Another re-write of an early review. Note: based on a fresh tin.
The blend has a far higher proportion of black Cavendish than any other leaf. The smell from the tin is strongly aromatic, mainly involving a floral/perfumey/sharp flavour. The blend includes some really coarse pieces, of which most are the lighter Virginia, the Cavendish is made more of ribbons. The tin isn't air-sealed shut, there's only a piece of sticky tape wrapped around the lip to prevent the top coming off. Moisture's great.
To be fair, the smoke from Black Magic is cool, but not icy, like some blends heavy with lots of black Cavendish. The burn from it can lean more towards fast if it's not sipped with ease. I get no tongue bite and the smokes consistency is thick. Now, the important part, the flavour: there's a definite floral note, this is the leading attribute. The other additions meld together to form a sweet and spicy base, but aren't as strong as the florals. Of the tobaccos I get far more of the vanilla black Cavendish than I do Virginia; this calms the florals. I don't find the taste as sharp as the tin-note, floral yes, but more flavour and less piquancy.
The room-note's a little too much, and the nicotine's very mild; suits me!
Years back I gave this four stars, but after sampling a lot more blends I can only give it two.
My tin of Mc Lintock Black Magic was an old one. On the top label the descriptive said, "Made in West Germany," so, the tobacco was produced before the German unification of 1990. A very light blend of Burley and Black Cavendish supported by some quality Virginia leaf. The flavoring was deep in the background and had probably faded over the years. I tasted a sort of caramelized Maple flavor with a hint of fermented figs which really made the experience enjoyable. Nothing like well aged tobacco with a misting of natural flavors that added to rather than detracted from the smoking experience.
Brown and black in appearance, mainly black. Coarse cut. The smell is strong and pleasant - sweet, heavy, spice and dried fruit. The taste is floral and spicy, but not as heavy as the smell suggests - indeed, a little lacking in body, which is why it only gets two stars.
Upon opening, this is a rather ordinary if quite pleasant aroma. It is a coarse cut Cavendish tobacco in the main which packed and lit fairly easily, and it stayed lit. It is really a very mild and not particularly flavourful tobacco with less than subtle vanilla and citrus added flavours which like the tin note is certainly far from unpleasant and actually not too sweet. But it is almost completely unmemorable.
The most memorable aspect is that it did tend to burn quite hot with a little bite towards the end. And coinciding with the bite starting the taste began to get a little less pleasant. Maybe not surprisingly it was quite wet and sticky at the end.
For such a mild tobacco the room note was really quite a strong Cavendish (and key word for today) not unpleasant.
Unfortunately, not unpleasant is just not what I’m looking for. I can’t really recommend it and won’t be buying again but there is worse out there.
Dark tobacco leaves in coarse cut (rough cut). Black Cavendish is dominant in the blend. It is a light, sweet aromatic pipe tobacco, but it is not an overly sweet. The flavors are mainly those of dried fruits, flowers, but there is also a spicy sensation of white pepper. It is an aromatic who does not bite the tongue and can be smoked easily and pleasantly.
The tobacco quality is good, but as a blend is not particularly complex. Leaves no liquids in the bowl and aroma in the room is pleasant. It will be definitely liked by smokers of aromatic pipe tobacco, while also can be a nice smoke once in a while for pipe smokers who do not smoke aromatic blends.
As a new Pipe smoker I am trying all types of Tobacco to find a favorite, after reading reviews and trying many different aromatics, this was rather a good one! I am finding it hard to define all the different flavors etc however I could taste the sweet vanilla and was a great mild smoke, looking forward to trying others!
Black Magic is a bit of a misnomer - the tobacco is neither particularly black,nor particularly magic - just pleasant. In appearance the blend is a good mixture of light and dark tobaccos, but with a predominance of very dark cavendish. It is certainly aromatic, but quite dry, which in my experience means of fairly decent quality - not gloopy at all. In the tin it is very aromatic, slightly sweet but really indefinable, and this aroma is translated well in the taste. Ribbon-cut,it packs well and lights easily.The taste is mild and sweet, but it lacks a bit of body for my taste and the after taste can be a bit sharp and cloying. There is very little bite unless you puff it too hard and then the typical aromatic bite makes it's presence felt, but it's never a huge problem. The room note is very pleasant and drew complmentary comments from my wife. All in all a pleasant if not outstanding smoke, easy to live with but lacking any outstanding characteristics. Aromatic gurus will like it,heavy virginia smokers will not love it so much, but a quality aromatic all the same - just not one that I would reach for every day.
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