From Dan Pipe catalogue: When things just won't go on, the Jolly Joker is brought into play to bring enjoyment and relaxation. A vividly coloured black & gold Mixture of velvety smooth black cavendish, brown and golden Virginia and a pinch of burley, seasoned with delicious flavours of marzipan and hazelnut with a whiff of vanilla. Creamy sweet-tinted smoke with a fine note of roasted candied almonds in both taste and smell - a real delight!
Tin note: marzipan (really strong), after while goes to vanilla and chocolate
Comes in proper moisture, packs well, burns well. Tastes nothing like the flavoring, you get only tobacco: a sweet nutty taste. Sometimes tastes harsh. Very one dimensional.
Room note is amazing though.
It's a shame that you can't taste the flavoring, meanwhile the tobacco is nothing special, it is just OK. I think you smoke this tobacco for enjoyment of others rather than for yourself, as the room note is the best thing about this blend.
I love marzipan and that’s why I bought Jolly Joker even though I am not very fond of aromatics apart from Lakelands. Now the tin note smells definitely of marzipan, but it also smells of nuts and faintly of coffee or chocolate. So, tin note is as promised, me however although I as I said I love marzipan, I do not like the combination very much. But that’s just a personal taste, others might relish the fragrance. It comes in short and narrow ribbon cuts of blonde, red, deep brown and black colours. The tobacco seems a little dry to the touch but it smokes nicely, not too hot, not too fast.
As far as the smoke goes, Jolly Joker actually tastes like …tobacco. It is of medium strength and nicotine and has a nutty Burley-esque flavor with just a touch of sweetness. If attentive you can actually taste the marzipan but only faintly. So although this tobacco has a pronounced tin aroma, in reality it almost tastes like an unflavoured one. Casing has to be considerable but it translates to an almost plain tobacco taste.
It’s not what I expected – I bought this expecting a full blown aromatic - but it’s a very fine all-day smoke nevertheless which I quite like. Perceived flavouring is only mild and I could give it four stars being a little generous… To sum up it’s a tasty tobacco that I believe will appeal to both smokers of Danish blends as well as straight Burley fans.
I also quite like the tin-art which I did not receive as it seems that DAN tobacco is in the process of relabelling and I ordered before the process has been completed.
As for room note, it leaves a scent of marzipan together with nuts exactly like the tin-note...
The Jolly Joker came to me just a little dry I thought, but filling and lighting was effortless. With the description saying marzipan, nuts and vanilla, I expected it to be sweeter, but now I like that it’s not. When I exhale through the nose, some hazelnut/almond becomes noticeable. After a couple of puffs I am also starting to get a nutty, mid-dark chocolate taste on the palate, that feels I bit like enhanced Burley taste in that respect, only milder.
Verdict: Jolly Joker is a good quality and rather satisfying aromatic for those who like it not overly sweet. Since Dan Tobacco designs their blends mainly for filter smokers, you’ll be able to get more taste on the palate without filter, but have to watch the temperature more carefully for it not to bite.
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