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High grade Brazilian flue cured tobaccos make the base of Newminster's blend No.9, Rich Vanilla. Gently transformed into a loose and mild cavendish. The sweetness of the cavendish tobacco together with the vanilla flavor gives a delightfully mild, sweet vanilla smoke.

Blended ByMac Baren
Manufactured ByMac Baren/Villiger
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cavendish
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium to Strong, Strong
Mild, Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Mild Strong Mild Very Pleasant

Newminster - No. 9R Rich Vanilla.

Oh, what a contentious moron I feel when reviewing a blend with only one review to date where the writer loathes it and I like it. C'est la vie!

Rich Vanilla has an entertaining appearance, most of the ribbons are as pointy as nails, there's some small ones, and one or two broken flakes. The aroma's one of vanilla and it's in need of a short airing.

The black Cavendish gives the blend some gloop, yet the Virginia Cavendish creates a honey-grassiness, which kind of placates the gloopiness. The vanilla topping requires no looking for, whatsoever: right away it's presence goes without question. But although there's no equivocation regarding the vanilla I don't find it too strongly flavoured. It's aromatic but not sickly; but, anyone who's ever bothered to read one of my reviews will know I like a heavy vanilla aromatic! So, objectively speaking, strong the added flavour is! The burn from 9R's slow, cool, and the smoke's comfortable on the palate: thick and bite-free.

Nicotine: mild. Room-note: lovely.

No. 9R Rich Vanilla? It satisfies my craving for a vanilla aromatic nicely! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Morgan Blackjack

Age When Smoked: One month

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romaso Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
romaso (45)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium Tolerable

I find this vanilla flavoring tastes fake and 'chemically', even more so than their #9 Creamy Vanilla. Its the Villager copy of Stokkebye French Vanilla. I'd highly, highly suggest Mac Baren Vanilla Creme instead.

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canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (337)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Calling this one "rich" may be a stretch. It doesn't have the sugary high of Lane's BCA, nor a heavy fake topping that screams artificial left turn ahead, it's just a middle of the road vanilla. Similar to opening a bottle of baking vanilla while taking in it's cardboard box smell as well.

The Cavendish hasn't been overly processed, so you don't get a bag of jet black sticky stuff. Light in texture; packing is made simple. With little bite or nicotine, this is a mild easy smoker. Keeping with the reserved tin note, the smoke is also dialed back in vanilla. While light, it still comes across as an Aromatic, and your saliva finishes with a sweet sheen.

Neither a cheap smoke, nor an indulgent delicacy, No. 9R is fine for all day smoking, but not an after dinner dessert.

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