Review by kyrob
Much Vanilla, Little Apple
Opening my 1 year and 7 month old jar of this blend revealed rich mahogany ribbons with some black flecks of Cavendish scattered evenly throughout. It was very loose to the touch with moderate amount of moisture, but not sticky, after being jarred 18 months ago. When I first opened the jar I got a nice spiced rum smell, and deeper sniffs brought vanilla Cavendish and chocolate to my nose.
An unlit sip produced a pronounced vanilla flavor from the topping, as did the initial light, and that flavor dominated throughout the smoke. Notes of brown sugar and cinnamon were also present, and I did detect a faint taste of apple on rare occasions. The finish was short on the palate, but the moustache note was one to savor. As I lay down to sleep at night it felt and smelled as if caramelized brown sugar was in my nose, these were very warming and sleepy sensations. It was almost like having a sleep inducing aromatherapy candle smoldering above my lip. According to Herself, the room note also had this caramelized brown sugar scent with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. She described like the smell of a warm bowl of seasoned oatmeal or a homemade pie crust cooling on the sill. It had her approval.
All in all, the odors of this blend are more pleasant to me than the taste. I really enjoyed the mustache note effect, and that it was a blend that was pleasant for others to smell. The taste didn't really do anything for me, and I had a tendency to burn this one hot if I wasn't paying attention. It did taste fair in a Savinelli 320 KS, so maybe a broader chamber bowl is in order to get the most out of this blend. I probably will not be ordering any more of this blend, though I wouldn't turn it down if it were gifted. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a nice vanilla aromatic with a crowd pleasing room note.