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Flavor  rated 4/5   Recommend It?  rated 3/5   Room Note  rated 4/5   Tin Aroma  rated 4/5  
Brand: CAO
Blender: Orlik Tobacco Company A/S
Tin Description: Vanilla & cherry black cavendish.
Country of Origin: DK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Black Cavendish
Flavoring: Cherry, Vanilla
Cut: Ready Rubbed
Packaging: 50g tin

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# 2/4/2011 User rated 5/5
Review by romeowood

This cherry is the bomb.

If you enjoy aromatics at all then you will love this blend; it's that simple. It's truly everything a tobacco lover's aromatic should be: smooth, no bite, flavorful and based on the highest quality tobacco. Although the casing is thorough and strong, it does not merely use the tobacco as a delivery system; it is married exceptionally well to the taste of the fine Cavendish used to make it. I've got dozens of cherry blends in the cellar, from OTC to high-end vintages, and this is the one that I consider to be the gold standard.

Tin: On opening the tin one is immediately regaled with a rich, sweet cherry liqueur bouquet (Bob's 'Kool-Aid man comparison is not an embellishment). After a bit of drying time, and some time in the opened tin, the vanilla will become more apparent as the casing mellows and the sweetness is a bit tempered.

The dark chocolate- to tar-colored ribbons are not overly moist, but a small amount of air drying will deliver the best results less than half an hour should suffice for the portion you will smoke. There are no lumps or gummy deposits; the tobacco is neatly manicured and leaves no residue on the fingertips, a problem with many of the stronger cherry aromatics. To note, the ribbons are stout cuts of the leaf; there is no stringy end-leaf or stalk apparent.

Char: The first light speaks of this blend's actual mildness, which is almost surprising considering the strength of its initial aroma. A few minutes to cool and a light tamp is generally all that is necessary to allow the rest of the bowl to burn smoothly through with few relights until the very end.

Top: The first impression is again of surprising mildness for such a strong-smelling blend, like a cherry wine spritzer or Italian soda. I believe the vanilla keeps it grounded, though it's thoroughly cherry flavored. Very pleasant on the tongue, and not dangerous with proper cadence you won't even think about bite. As the bowl warms it becomes very confectionery, but never unpleasantly so. With more drying a little bit of pepper comes to the nose on the exhale.

Mid: As the burn progresses, the cherry calms down a little and the vanilla smoothness starts to come through, along with the rich flavors of the smoky Cavendish. Faded cherry bubblegum or black cherry soda, and a very light toastiness, dominate. Vanilla also becomes more readily apparent in the room note.

Finish: The cherry, ever present, has transformed from a very upfront sweetness on top, through a mellower cherry soda, finishing again with a pleasant softer sweetness by the end. The aftertaste it leaves is really quite good, sugary rather than acidic, although it may be a detractor for some that it will linger for some time. It will likely require a relight, averaging 4 matches, or perhaps a couple more in larger bowls. It seems best suited to smaller, slightly conical bowls filtered Medico pipes are a perfect match for this, as are MM cobs. In a larger, unfiltered bowl there will be a bit of moisture, but no more than many VaPers or straight Virginias. A detractor for some may be its staying power, however it will definitely linger in your pipe, so be considerate of your choice in that regard. Alternating chocolate blends with this, however, can be very rewarding.

Room Note: The cherry in this blend is one of the most pleasant I've ever smelled, both while smoking and for those around me. While strong, it's never overpowering, and not so overly-cased as to make the tobacco smell become rancid I reiterate that this is quality tobacco perfectly married to its flavoring. The scent will linger in the room and on your smoking jacket as a pleasant memory.

Overall: Contrary to many reviews I don't find it a one-dimensional smoke, albeit not extremely flexible; if you pay some attention to it you will be rewarded with some great character and depth for such seemingly standard fare. Having said that, it's also a great time pass that you can enjoy without fear of being bitten. I've never been able to smoke just one bowl; I generally enjoy three in succession, in fact. Great tin packaging as well rounds out this blend's many attributes.

RATING: 4.75 stars

For presentation, flavor, burn, room note, finish, and availability.

Minor points lost for price point, lack of flexibility, ghosting.


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Tin Aroma -  rated 5/5
Flavor -  rated 5/5
Recommend It? -  rated 5/5
Room Note -  rated 5/5
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# 5/5/2011 User rated 4/5
Review by bobt

One of the Best Cherry Blends

This was a fresh tin with no age on it at the time of review.

The tin aroma of this blend smells, to me, exactly like cherry Kool-Aid powder. The cherry aroma is quite strong and it doesn't smell medicinal at all. The moisture content was perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed.

Right from the start the cherry flavor was very noticeable and it was a pleasant cherry flavor, unlike a lot of cherry blends that are out there. The flavor reminded me of cherry Jell-O.

At the mid-bowl point the cherry flavor is still going strong. However, from this point on, the cherry flavor starts to fade as the bowl progresses. Although the cherry flavor starts fading, it never totally went away and remained through to the end. I never tasted much, if any, vanilla flavor.

This is a really good blend and, in fact, is one of the best cherry blends that I have ever smoked. It smokes cool, dry, didn't bite, and didn't leave a goopy mess in the pipe. It never got bitter or tasted like medicine. If you are on the search for a good cherry blend, or you enjoy smoking cherry blends, I suggest giving Cherry Bomb a try.

I Recommend it.

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Tin Aroma -  rated 4/5
Flavor -  rated 4/5
Recommend It? -  rated 4/5
Room Note -  rated 5/5
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# 1/12/2011 User rated 0/5
Review by spartan

Overbearingly Strong

The tobacco looks almost all black cavendish but there are still some brown specs that made it through with their color. Basically black.

The tin aroma of this blend is amazing.  Smells like rich sugary cherries that were baked in the oven and cooled. If that makes any sense.  Regardless it smells wonderful and I bet the room note is just as good, but I smoke outside so I cannot comment.

My overall rating of this tobacco...  Let's just say if I could go to my local cemetary and borrow someone's arm just to give this three thumbs down I would.  I can't grasp why anyone would think that this would be something to put out on the market and be proud of.

Imagine a jar of concentrated cherry flavoured syrup with a packet of one of those koolaid mixtures without the sugar.  Now drink that.

This is just way too much cherry that it almost isn't cherry anymore.  It's a very chemical smoke.  I could barely see any real tobacco flavor through the rancid cherry flavoring. 

Looking for that perfect blend of cherries that makes the crowd and the piper happy?

Keep looking and save your money.

If you do happen to come across some ( may the stars shine brightly on you) then you can salvage it by blending a SMALL amount of this stuff with something nuetral. Perhaps a simple sweet Virginia.  I mix'd it with some Lane 1Q (1/5 or 1/4 Cherry Bomb 4/5 or 3/4 1Q)

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Tin Aroma -  rated 0/5
Flavor -  rated 0/5
Recommend It? -  rated 0/5
Room Note -  rated 0/5
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# 14/2/2012 User rated 5/5
Review by surfnspy

Like smokin' Cherry Coke

This was my first tin of pipe tobacco I ever bought.  I recommend it for new pipe smokers who want an aromatic containing quality leaf.

It is defnately one-dimensional - straight forward cherry. Although I won't be purchasing any more based on my evolving tastes, I can recommend it to new pipe smokers and cherry lovers not interested in OTC tobaccos. 

The tin aroma and room note are crowd pleasers for sure. This blend passes the girlfriend/wife test with flying colors!

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Tin Aroma -  rated 5/5
Flavor -  rated 5/5
Recommend It? -  rated 3/5
Room Note -  rated 5/5
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# 12/7/2012 User rated 5/5
Review by jamesintexas

My only cherry(sort of).

This blend was used in a 3/4 inch gauge calabash to give it ample  fermentation room.  I personally have never found a "cherry" with flavor in abundance and I have tried about 8 or 9!  However, the fermented Cavendish yields a good overall flavor and I smoke it just for that!  I don't worry about ghosting as I have a dedicated pipe for it.  A cavendish in a calabash and a cushy chair - doesn't get much better than that!

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