Review by kyrob
Royal Cajun Dark
I recently smoked a five year old tin of this. Opening the tin gave view to loose coarse cut ribbons in various sizes. As one would expect it was dark black throughout with traces of light brown. The tobacco was dry to the touch and smelt of cedar and spice.
After lighting it, the first thing I noticed was a subtle milk chocolate sweetness. As I progressed down the bowl I noticed a slight sour taste I could not put my finger on mixed with the subtle chocolate flavor. At times I could almost pick out a light peaty smokiness with hints of black pepper and at others an almost floral note mixed in with the chocolate. The room note was pleasant leaving behind a mild sweetness in the air. All the tastes were very subtle to me through multiple bowls in briars, cobs, and meerschaums. I would like to think this blend may have been a bit too complex for my limited palate to notice everything that was going on, but it may just be a milder smoke than I am used to having.
If you like a mild smoke with quite a bit going on, then this blend is for you. My tastes of late have been toward blends that are more in your face so I may have to revisit Royal Cajun Dark somewhere down the road. I gave it two stars for flavor as it is not my cup of tea. As of now, I probably will not be keeping any more on hand as it did nothing for me. I neither love it nor hate it.