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Officer's Club combines Virginias, burleys and black cavendish with rum, gentle spices and creamy vanilla that will make you think of a decadent dessert.

Notes: Introduced by K. Hansotia & Co. (which makes Gurkha cigars) in 2015.

BrandEast India Trading Co.
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured ByK. Hansotia & Co.
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
FlavoringRum, Spices, Vanilla
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Mild, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant

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canvas Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
canvas (332)
Mild Very Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

This stuff smells amazing! It was obviously topped with melted Werther's candy, so sweet you can taste the butterscotch (or vanilla rum as per the description).

The trouble is, it is sooo drenched you HAVE to let it dry out for a day or two, since that which has thoroughly stained the paper doily, has a hard time burning straight from the tin. This can be to your advantage however, as it makes an unbelievable air freshener, causing any passersby to immediately crave dessert. Once dried, it remains quite soft and very packable.

Once lit, the flavor lost much of the initial wow factor and there was an almost evaporating alcohol taste (perhaps from the topping burning off) that had a slight chemical bite. It was smokeable, on the milder side of things, but tasted cheap.

I felt bad giving such a pleasant air freshner 2 stars, but in the end, it has to be smokable, and in there was a mutiny brewing in this Officer's Club.

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4 people found this review helpful.

Appalachian Chef Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Appalachian Chef (52)
Mild Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Excellent aromatic if you like black Cavendish with a healthy dose of vanilla. Upon opening, the paper liner was saturated with moisture but the tobacco itself was relatively dry. It took light easily and remained lit all the way through with just a slight tamp about a third of the way down. Thick rich smoke with a strong flavor of the casings coming through. The burley is just enough to keep things rounded while the Virginia and Cavendish are the real stars of the show! Excellent blend!

Pipe Used: Moonshine XXX El Capitan

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

4 people found this review helpful.

atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (76)
Extremely Mild Mild Mild Unnoticeable

As a previous reviewer accurately described, this blend arrives quite moist in the tin and must be allowed time to dry. There is definitely a window where everything works out perfectly. I think I caught it a couple of times. But it’s a narrow window once the tobacco has dried a bit. If you miss the window the tobacco will lose all flavoring and the scent that was in the tin will remain there, or in your pouch. What’s left will certainly pack well and burn evenly to a fine ash, but the taste will be chemical in nature and nasty. I’m just not interested in pursuing this finicky blend. Can’t recommend.

EDIT: 2/5/20. I had to bump it up one star because I was reluctant to toss this blend as it was a gift. So I trained myself to find "the window". It's a bit broader than I originally thought, so I am enjoying the tobacco when I catch it on a good day. Simply don't leave too much of it in the pouch for too long. There is also something to be said about a tobacco that does have good burn characteristics. Somewhat recommended.

2 people found this review helpful.

michaelc Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
michaelc (40)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

I just opened my second tin of this tobacco. The first I purchased was very wet, the second not so much. I call this my dessert smoke. The flavor is very good and it has no bite. It's not my everyday smoke but nice in evening listening to some good music out on the patio. The flavors last from top to bottom. It lights easily and stays lit. It's a nice mild sweet smoke.

Pipe Used: Jost J202 Olde English Supreme

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Pipes and Cigars

2 people found this review helpful.

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

I like good aromatics, and I figured I'd give this one a shot. The description sounded as if it would be pretty tasty. After receiving the tin, I popped it open and was immediately hit with a coffee/chocolate/vanilla aroma. It showed signs of being saturated with moisture, as the white paper in the tin was stained brown. The tobacco was not overly moist though, and was a bit sticky to the touch. They really turned the casing up on this aromatic! It packed fine and actually took a flame immediately. I didn't have trouble keeping it lit either, which was rather surprising. It produces a pretty thick and rich smoke. The room note is wonderful, and the taste isn't bad at all. It never bit me nor got too hot, but I will admit that I was using extra care to avoid it, as I'm sure the topping would cause it to get pretty hot. I get a "warm vanilla" flavor from this, and I could pick out the tastes of eggnog, cocoa, and marshmallows. I wouldn't smoke it every day, but it certainly wasn't a "bad" aromatic by any means. I'd recommend it to aromatic smokers.

Pipe Used: Various briars,

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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2 people found this review helpful.

Alhaji Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Alhaji (33)
Mild Very Strong Mild Very Pleasant

I am smoking this 'guy' now as I write this piece. When the tin arrived it was so so soggy that a brownish coffee like stain lined the bottom of the tin as well as the lid. The whitish wrapper inside the tin containing the substance was sopping wet and brownish in colour. The whole thing reeked of coffee and cocoa and processed chocolate combined with a certain sweetness that made me taste the tobacco raw before drying it out. Needless to say it needed quite some drying to prepare it for smoking. Luckily, I live in a sunbelt region that made drying easier within a short period. The actual smoke itself was very pleasant and gave out a very pretty aroma. It has a mild taste without tongue bite. It burned well and did not need to be re-lit several times over to keep it going. The moisture level remained moderate throughout and it did not leave an unpleasant aftertaste. It could be the dream of aromatic lovers. I can't say for sure but it may well turn out to ghost a pipe because of its very strong flavoring.

Pipe Used: Dr Grabow Starfire

Age When Smoked: Newly purchased

Purchased From: Online from

2 people found this review helpful.

Stinkypipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Stinkypipe (155)
Mild to Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

It's yummy! That is my first thought in smoking this aromatic. Such a really nice flavor. Very complex flavors go through my mouth as I smoke this blend. Really nice sweet taste that varies as you go through the bowl. I would strongly suggest you leave this open to air for several days to help dry out the blend a bit. You will get much more flavor this is the best of the three East India Trading Company aromatics by far. Burns pretty cool if you don't puff it up and smoke and room note are pleasant. Just an all round top notch aromatic.

Pipe Used: Peterson P-lip

Age When Smoked: Seven days open tin for drying

1 person found this review helpful.

HobgoblinTA96 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HobgoblinTA96 (45)
Mild Medium to Strong Mild Very Pleasant

One word: Kahlua!!!! A lovely vanilla cavendish with rum kahlua poured over as a top note. Vanilla, coffee and rum, what's not to love. A brilliant dessert tobacco, moderately cased with a heavy top note that stays with the blend even after opening. The aroma of this Nancy is just as delicious as the flavor, if that is even possible. A true aromatic for those with a sweet tooth. Cheers.

Pipe Used: Comoy's Zulu & Safari Billiard

Age When Smoked: Fresh from tin

Purchased From: Pipes & Cigars

Similar Blends: American Style Aromatic.

1 person found this review helpful.

Sir Pipealot Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Sir Pipealot (8)
Medium Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

Deliciously vile gloppy stuff... Captain black meets boozy eggnog. The kind of thing you hate to love, like bananas fosters or pancakes. I smoke it when I want to feel vesalgic and decadent.

Pipe Used: Cob

Age When Smoked: Soppingly so

Purchased From: Gift

1 person found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Tolerable

I already had smoked EITC Cellar Reserve and found it to be both good and good in micro blending. The two blends are somewhat similar but have their differences. Both were very wet upon opening, though, OC was slightly less than CR and dried out a little quicker. Both have a reddish brown and black appearance but, then, begin to diverge. OC has less black leaf and increased reddish brown leaf; that is to say, less black Cavendish and more red Virginia. As a result, OC smoked less soft than CR and is a stouter blend - quite stout for an aromatic. OC smokes with a higher register than CR and is somewhat spicier. When freshly opened you get the spice aroma strongly, but it was the first thing to fade in the air out. One could also detect a citrus-like aroma and this did not fade significantly in airing out. So, you are left with the rum/vanilla aroma plus the citrus. I found this combo of aromas to be just OK in smoking straight out of the tin and the citrus does not work as well for me in micro blending. Still, all in all, not a bad smoke and I recommend it to you for a somewhat unusual smoking experience - three stars.

Pipe Used: Rich Lewis 2014 "Custombill"

Age When Smoked: current

Purchased From: pipes and cigars

Similar Blends: somewhat like EITC's Cellar Reserve, but spicier.

1 person found this review helpful.

Whiskey1 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Whiskey1 (1)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Very Pleasant

Well I guess I'm the lone dissenter on this tobacco. Yes it is moist but I have no problems lighting it. I find it smooth and delicious and detect no chemical taste whatsoever. In fact this is one of the best tobaccos I've smoked in 40 years. I just ordered another tin. Y'all are welcome to send me yours.

Pipe Used: Peterson

Age When Smoked: 57

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