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Introducing the next entry in the Cult pipe tobacco lineup - Cult Abacus. After the incredible success of Blood Red Moon last year, people were wondering what Cult would do as a follow up. The answer is Abacus, a smooth, easy smoking blend of especially mild burleys, zesty Virginias and steamed black cavendish with a soft and warm combination of cocoa, vanilla and hazelnut for a mellow, intriguing flavor and a crowd-pleasing room note.

Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Nuts / Beans, Vanilla
Packaging1.75 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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FenneckFox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
FenneckFox (9)
Mild Medium to Strong Full Pleasant

As a huge fan of their first offering, Blood Red Moon, which is my favorite aro, I can say that this is a good follow up. It tastes very similar to Blood Red Moon in the sense that you taste all of the same quality tobaccos they used in the original. This one however is a little less in your face cherry cordial casing, which even though it was intense, managed to taste chemical free and artificial flavor free. This one is more of a subtler, nuttier, cocoa like flavor. I do prefer their first offering but this one is a must try if you liked the original. Very similar but more natural and toned down, and that may be just what someone is looking for. I commend Cult for their ability to blend high quality tobaccos which you can taste and still deliver delicious flavor.

Pipe Used: Various briars, cobs.

Age When Smoked: brand new

Purchased From: PipesandCigars

Similar Blends: Cult blood red moon , just less cherry and in your face casing with a nutty cocao flavor..

15 people found this review helpful.

guitar2mw Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
guitar2mw (92)
Mild Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I loved Blood Red Moon, so I now have to try everything that Cult releases. This one (along with the newer Conspiracy) does not disappoint. It is an excellent all day smoke. What do I mean by that? It packs well, isn't too moist right from the tin, stays lit, has an excellent flavor (cocoa, nuts, and maybe a hint of some spirits), and doesn't bite if smoked hard. Even though they pack a lot of flavor into this blend, you can still taste the quality of the leaf that they use. I highly recommend this blend for anyone with a taste for a good quality aromatic.

Pipe Used: Various briars

Age When Smoked: Fresh, aged 1+ year

Purchased From:

9 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2076)
Mild to Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Pleasant

Cult - Abacus.

The aroma from the tin exemplifies a well cased aromatic. But, what's not 'the usual' for a stronger aromatic is the quantity of black Cavendish. Sure, its presence is unquestionable, but there's far more brown ribbons than black. Another unorthodox trait for a heavier aromatic is the moisture: it's perfect.

The smoke: exactly what I anticipated from the tin-note: heavily cased. But not too heavy. The toppings work nicely with one another, the smoke isn't monopolized by the vanilla; which commonly occurs where vanilla's found! The hazelnut's stronger for the inaugurate part of the smoke, it leads the flavour for the first quarter. After this it calms down clearing the way for the creamy vanilla and chocolate combination. I get the most tobacco flavour from the nutty Burley, the Virginias and Cavendish are a little way behind. These two form a honey-sweet, slightly fresh, flavour. It burns well, and is fairly dry. Tongue bite doesn't happen.

Nicotine: mild to medium. Room-note: pleasant.

Cult Abacus? Although it's good it would need me to want to add it to my afternoon aromatic rotation for full marks. It's nice, but not nice enough to make the rotation! Three stars:


Pipe Used: Ben Wade Champion

Age When Smoked: One month

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8 people found this review helpful.

Philo Beddoe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Philo Beddoe (221)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Think of a warm cup of cocoa, with a light drizzle of hazelnut syrup, all on top of some pretty decent tobacco. This is how my first two bowls of Abacus tasted, then on my third bowl I got this weird chemical taste on the sides of my tongue mid bowl. For the rest of the tin, I got alternating flavors, some bowls I got warm hazelnut cocoa and some bowls I got a chemical/plastic taste. I recommend you try it out, maybe you'll get lucky, on the cocoa flavored bowls it really is quite a nice tobacco.

8 people found this review helpful.

ColinK Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ColinK (15)
Mild Mild Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

A smooth and subtle aro that is a refreshing break from the Englishes and Virginias. Flavors are natural and enjoyable and complement the tobaccos without overpowering them. A truly pleasing blend and one to add to the rotation. Everything in this blend is complimentary and comes together to form one that is worth taking a look.

Pipe Used: MM Cobbit

Age When Smoked: Immediately Out of Tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

Similar Blends: Like nothing I have had previously..

8 people found this review helpful.

TwelveAMnTX Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TwelveAMnTX (28)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Cult ABACUS is a good aromatic you can "count on" to deliver a satisfying smoke.

I bought this tobacco because hazelnut was listed as one of the flavors, since I really enjoyed Nording Labrador. Unlike Labrador, it does not have a dominant hazelnut flavor. That is apparent from opening the tin, you get a mellow cocoa/vanilla scent with a slight bit of hazelnut. The taste is more of a balanced blend of the three flavors, which is really tasty. It could use a few minutes dry time, but it's not a goopy smoke, it burns pretty consistent, maybe a couple relights. The flavor lasts as you smoke through the bowl & sometimes ends with a little bit of moisture in the bottom. The room note is very pleasant & non-smoker friendly.

Overall, this is a good tobacco manufactured by STG for Cult.

Pipe Used: MM cobs & hardwoods

Age When Smoked: fresh to couple months old

Purchased From: P&C & smoking pipes

7 people found this review helpful.

fishfinder21 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fishfinder21 (2)
Mild Mild to Medium Full Very Pleasant

I've been smoking a pipe now for about a year or two. I started with aromatic blends and tended to lean towards vanilla flavored tobaccos. I then ventured to english blends that had a little bit of sweetness before diving head first into the stong english spectrum.

I stopped by a local tobacco store looking for some more aromatics since I was out. The tobacconist recommended I try Cult Abacus since it was relatively new. Boy, was I in for a suprise! Opening the tin reminded me of cookies baking....yum. The false light not only tasted just like the tin note, but smelled better! After lighting a second time, it only got better. The tobacco burned all the way down with a nice white ash without many relights. The first third of the bowl, I could taste cocoa, vanilla, and an almost nutty flavor. Exquisite! The second third of the bowl, you could taste the tobacco, but still maintained that wonderful flavor and aroma.

I usually don't smoke my pipes to the bottom of the bowl just because I tend to not like the strong flavors of the condensed tobacco and nicotine build up. However, I ventured on since the tobacco tasted so good. It never bit or gave a bitter taste. I highly recommend this to aromatic smokers. It is a favorite of mine and will keep a tin on hand at all times!

Pipe Used: Peterson Aran

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Edwards; Lakeland, FL

7 people found this review helpful.

Old German puffer Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old German puffer (106)
Overwhelming Strong Overwhelming Overwhelming

I was given two tins of this last month. I opened one, smoked two bowls and stuck the rest in the jar. First of all it leaves a strong smell right out of the tin. The tobacco is slightly wet and feels very oily. Reminds me of the old Walgreen ' BLENDERS GOLD. I let it sit for several hours. It did not get better. I did not feel like throwing it in the oven so I stuffed it into a pipe and lit it. Three match later it lit. I smoke slow and this burned hot and fast. I tend to smoke in this pipe for an hour or so. I got less than 20 minutes. I had lots of gurgle and after putting a pipe cleaner in it was brown soup. Room note was strong. I brought the jar to my pipe club. About 4 people tried it as well. All had the same results. It smokes. But it has a very chemical feel and smell. It left my mouth feeling like I ate cheese. I have Jared the other tin and I will give it a year and retry. This one was not a win in my book.

Pipe Used: Comoy

Age When Smoked: fresh tin

Purchased From: WASH. DC W. Curtis Draper Tobacco

7 people found this review helpful.

dbl-bbl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
dbl-bbl (45)
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

I begin my review with the following disclaimer because me thinks an aromatic guy should more fairly judge aromatics & a natural tobacco guy is going to do the same for those blends which are low or lack casings & top notes. But when all is said and done .... personal tastes are well "personal". I've been a fairly dedicated aromatic pipe smoker for 35+ years (although I occasionally like a VaPer or mild Latakia blend for a change of pace). I really enjoy Cult's first offering Blood Red Moon which is my usual go to smoke so I was compelled to try Abacus. The taste and smoking quality is good, but not quite as remarkable as BRM. The cocoa/vanilla/chocolate casing is there but not quite as pronounced as the cherry/chocolate flavors in BRM. Overall, it's a good quality tobacco blend to enjoy and I plan to use it in my rotation of aromatics.

Pipe Used: Briars & Meerschaums

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

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5 people found this review helpful.

Prado1200 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Prado1200 (5)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Very Pleasant

A very nice smoke. Good flavor, smokes really well. Just a really nice tobacco. If you have tried BRM you will notice the same quality smoke. Can't wait to try their next flavor.

Pipe Used: OMS, Dagner, Peterson, MM Cob

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: P&C

5 people found this review helpful.

HeavyMetalPiper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HeavyMetalPiper (64)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

If you've had Cornell & Diehl's Nutty Irishman, this is very similar but not as strong, flavoring-wise.

This has a definite nuttiness in general throughout the smoke. There is some vanilla type flavor as well. It burns a bit hot, but also burns fairly well for a moist aromatic.

You can see my video review of this blend here:

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Pipe Used: Savinelli 320 KS

Age When Smoked: 3 Months

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Nutty Irishman.

4 people found this review helpful.

Rustedrailsmokes Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Rustedrailsmokes (293)
Mild Strong Medium Pleasant

I received a sample of this in my box.

This to me is probably a great tobacco to have with a morning cup of coffee if you like aromatics.

The taste I got was cocoa/coffee with a def hazelnut topping. It burned cool in my radiator with the normal amount of moisture/goop trapped in the tank. The tobacco seems good quality and the moisture level was fine without drying from my sample.

I'm not sure I'd buy more when my sample is up, but it is a good blend.

Pipe Used: Radiator Pipe with Bones Bowls

Age When Smoked: Unknown

Purchased From: Box

3 people found this review helpful.

JustinCarcerated Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JustinCarcerated (99)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Bought thus upon a lightning quick finish of Blood Red Moon, a fantastic unique aro that presented it's flavoring with clarity and depth.

Not so much of that here, specifically I believe in the interaction between the vanilla and the hazelnut, which muddled up the works; where BRD allowed an orchestral dance between the Virginias and the cherry, this blend is akin to 90's grunge - especially the gobbly-gook of lyric that genre displayed. This Toby is too mixed up flavor-wise for me too get a liking for it...and it burns through so fast I initially thought I'd only halfway packed it. That was very odd.

Gonna work through their other blends just in case there is another Blood Red Moon out there, but won't be checking this aro out any further.

Pipe Used: Meers small and large

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Purchased From: Pipes&Cigars

3 people found this review helpful.

Bbrown626 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Bbrown626 (150)
Very Mild Very Mild Mild Pleasant

Very moist out of the tin. Above average tin note, somewhat enjoyable smoke with nutty highlights, but the real story here came after the smoke when I ran a pipe cleaner through my Kaywoodie Drinkless. It took two cleaners to get all the goop out. At first, I thought I forgot to clean it out after my last use, so I lit up again and then cleaned it out afterwards and got the same result. In some of my more traditional pipes, there would have been gurgling! Nothing unique about smoking this, and it might be best to let it dry out before smoking.

Pipe Used: Kaywoodie drinkless

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From:

3 people found this review helpful.

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

I once had my knickers blown off by the sheer topping power of Cult's Blood Red Moon, so I braced myself opening this tin... surprisingly, it was a run-of-the-mill Aromatic. The aroma was similar to a classic chocolate/sweet mixture along the lines of Lane's 1Q, but with a sour cardboard blandness that developed over a few days.

The cut and moisture was immediately ready to make the jump into the bowl and required little attention once rolling. The lit flavor was unassuming at first, but eventually some of the expected sweetness developed, though the Burley and Cavendish remained hidden, so I wasn't sure what the point of smoking it was. At times, I also got a mild bite from what felt like a chemical burn, which was odd since the nicotine level was very light.

Everything about Abacus was doable, it got the job like a bagged lunch with the same sandwich you've seen before.

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2 people found this review helpful.

TheGCDoc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TheGCDoc (8)
Mild Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

I'm a fan of anything hazelnut, so had to give this blend a try. The initial PN reminded me of Cult's vanilla blend, Anonymous, as the cocoa and vanilla notes are right up in front. I was a little concerned that the smoke would be similar which wouldn't be the worst thing, but was looking for something with more body and some tobacco taste. True light brought the chocolate and vanilla toppings which was ok. The smoke had good consistency and mouth feel was smooth. I didn't taste too much "hazelnut" until after a relight where I then got the nuttiness from the Burley which helped coax out the hazelnut topping. There was some flares of citrus rind from the Virginia which compliments the dark chocolate nuttiness. I enjoyed this blend a 1/2 star more than anonymous based on more tobacco notes and a deeper more complex flavor note. 3.5 stars from me

Pipe Used: Missouri Pride Bent - MM Cob

Age When Smoked: 6 months

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2 people found this review helpful.

Satc001 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Satc001 (67)
Very Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

This is a good product. I found the moisture content was correct for an aromatic when I opened the tin. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tobacco was not too tightly packed in the tin which is a consistent problem in circular tins of this size (in my opinion). The tobacco is visually appealing and has a lovely sweet aroma. I think freshly baked cookies accurately describes the tin aroma. This tobacco is mild and presents the common characteristics of good all-day American blends. The flavoring is present, but not overpowering. There are hints of vanilla and cocoa, but a hazelnut flavor dominates the experience. It provides a pleasant, sweet fragrance. This tobacco does not bite and remained pleasant as I smoked three bowls while doing yard work. I did not clean my pipe in between bowls and it continues to smoke dry and provide a mild, sweet, fairly monotone flavor. It leaves a sweet tobacco scent in the mustache. Not a show-stopper, this is still a good offering and I will happily continue to work my way through the tin although I’m not convinced this will enter my regular rotation alongside Amphora, 1Q, and MV1000.

1 person found this review helpful.

Breck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Breck (3)
Mild Mild Medium Pleasant

I am really enjoying this blend, I was really hoping it wasn't going to be too "aromatic" ( syrupy ), and I was not disappointed. It has a nice sweet nutty flavour. It is also nice and mild. Definitely an after dinner bowl, or probably anytime a day smoke. Try it

Pipe Used: Unknown briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh for tin

Purchased From: Smoking

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Der Pfeifenraucher Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Der Pfeifenraucher (71)
Mild to Medium Medium Full Very Pleasant

Abacus is my kind of aromatic. when you open the tin it looks like tobacco, not something dug from the swamp. It has a soft and pleasant aroma of chocolate cake. It doesn't demand anything from you but will satisfy when you ask it to. Abacus smokes very nicely and will leave you satisfied if you don't ask it to be what it isn't. This weed is best smoked while engaged in other endeavors. If you start to analyze this one you will start in on the woulda shoulda couldas leaving you less satisfied with what you have. This is the best tobacco for tinkering while smoking, or vice versa.

Pipe Used: grabows and cobs

Age When Smoked: new to 4 months

Purchased From: PandC

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