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This is another very versatile component. Green River burley is treated with sugar water and toasted until the sugar caramelizes and the tobacco is almost black. It has a mild brown-sugar flavor and a slightly sweet note. In Latakia blends, it will mellow the flavor. In Virginia or Virginia/perique blends, it adds a warm softness, and it can sweeten burley blends without adding flavoring. Moderate in nicotine, average burn rate.
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBlack Cavendish
FlavoringSweet / Sugar
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Extremely Mild, Very Mild, Mild
Very Mild
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Gentleman Zombie Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Gentleman Zombie (729)
Mild Extremely Mild Very Mild Pleasant

By itself: Very nearly flavorless with mild body and just the slightest amount of sweetness.

As a blender: It doesn't work very well adding sweetness to a blend. It does smooth out blends that are rough around the edges and that is the only use I've found for it.

Comes a bit dry with no stickiness. Burns well. Mild in body. Very mild in flavor.

Pipe Used: MM Diplomat 5th Ave, MM Patriot

Age When Smoked: fresh bulk

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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30116)
Very Mild Mild Very Mild Pleasant

This was recommended to me for blending, as in the past whenever I needed a black Cavendish for my home blends, I used BCA and dried all the vanilla flavoring out of it. This is a dark black chunky cut with a slight scent of something I can't place. The person that recommended this to me sent me some later that may or may not have been from the same blending house but any differences escaped me.

As a straight smoke, this is unremarkable. A very slightly dark sweet character with some mellow roundness. Bordering on tasteless but with some caramelized sugar. In my muddled blending experiments, this is exactly what I wanted. It added some body and a bit of sweetness to oriental/perique blends but where I preferred it was mixed with red and stoved Virginia, orientals and light latakia in what I would call a Scottish mixture. It didn't add much but it was the cherry on top of the milkshake, as it were. Without it my blend was closer to ordinary. I spent many an hour working this into some pre-made blends and it usually didn't do much that I noticed but on my homebrew Scottish, it provided the perfect rounded counterpoint. Nice stuff!

1 person found this review helpful. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note (225)
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Summary: add a warm maple syrup flavor to sweeten blends with this versatile component.

Green River Black Cavendish (GRBC) proves a favorite ingredient of many blenders. Burley is sprayed with sugar water and roasted to caramelize the sugars. This mimics the "second half of the bowl" effect where Virginias get heated and become gently sweet. In Burley blends, this adds a background sweetness, and in spicier blends, it blunts the edge and smooths out the flavor profile. A small amount works wonders. For fun, mix this one part to four parts dark Burley and one part white Burley, then heat some vanilla beans in 70-30 distilled water and Everclear and spray it over the top. This gets you the classic smell and taste of drugstore or house blend tobacco.

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