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Brand: 4noggins
Blender: Rich Gottlieb
Tin Description: Ripe Virginia tobaccos, Black Cavendish, & Toasted Cavendish are combined to create a complex, mild smoking experience. The aroma is an elegant vanilla with a hint of cherry. Toasting the Cavendish locks in the natural sweet tobacco flavor and eliminates any tongue bite. A great mild aromatic as well as a wife pleaser.
Country of Origin: USA
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Cavendish, Black Cavendish, Virginia
Flavoring: Cherry, Vanilla
Cut: Ribbon
Packaging: Bulk

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# 30/1/2011 User rated 3/5
Review by cortezattic

The wife will love it... you may too!

In the interest of full disclosure, I fancy myself a tobacco snob -- disparaging artificially flavored tobaccos with abandon. This doesn't mean, however, that I don't continue to search the field, hoping to one day be surprised. Catamount comes pretty close.

It is a coarse-cut mix of golden, brown tone, and black leaves with a sweet, raisin-like pouch aroma. My supply was almost at an ideal moisture level and needed just a few seconds under a hot air blower to dry to the level I personally prefer (it seems I do that with most any tobacco.) I smoke this blend in a Brigham briar with a rock maple inner-tube filter.

The charring light is all that is needed to get a bowl going; and it produces a sweet and slightly saline taste that quickly evolves into a taste like Luden's Wild Cherry Cough Drops. It is not a strong, cloying cherry flavor that eclipses the underlying tobacco -- but just enough to make the point. It also has a noticeable vanilla component that works well with the cherry.

It smokes dryly, without bite, and produces a great smoke volume that fills the room with a wife-pleasing aroma (the only tobacco my wife ever complimented!) Although it's quite mellow, and a pleasure to work with the palate, nose and sinuses, it provides almost nothing in the way of nicotine satisfaction.

The underlying tobacco flavor is pretty nondescript -- almost generic-tasting; but I suppose one doesn't select a cherry flavored blend because of its nuanced tobacco flavors (ahem).

Just as people can be divided into two camps: those who can tolerate the artificial sweeteners in diet colas and those who can't; so too, I think, are those who can tolerate the chemical aftertaste produced by aromatic blends, and those who can't. Catamount goes a long way toward blurring the line dividing aromatics smokers from tobacco purists. It ranks pretty low on my scale of artificiality. So, I'll keep a small supply on hand for those moments when I think I'm missing something that a nice cherry blend can provide; and I'll even smoke a little now and then just to stay on good terms with the War Department.

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Tin Aroma -  rated 2/5
Flavor -  rated 2/5
Recommend It? -  rated 3/5
Room Note -  rated 5/5
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