Review by Schmitz Bitz
Cool smoking, light aromatic
The blend is presented as a cube-cut golden brown burley, with the cubes measuring 1-2mm in size. Several hours of drying time was required for the pouch I received, as the cubes have a tendancy to trap moisture. Fortunately, they can take abit of abuse, and don't crumble to dust like some others I've smoked.
The pouch aroma is one that I've come to associate with Sterling offerings, and provided olfactory pleasures of vanilla, and dried fruits (namely rasin, date, and fig) with just a touch of maple in the background.
Being a cube-cut, loading is ridiculously simplistic, however, care and attention needs to be paid to the ember, to ensure an even burn.
The flavours of this tobacco are reminiscent of the pouch aroma, which is something that I cannot say very often - certainly, the nuttyness of the burleys come through, however the vanilla and maple takes center stage here, with a touch of the figgy flavour coming through, particularly as the bowl burns from 1/4 to 3/4.
Beyond the 3/4 point, I have found the burleys really begin to come to the front of the flavour profile, while the casing slips into the background, providing what to me can only be compared to Hazelnut coffee meets vanilla pudding ring. Sadly, these flavours never do really jump out at me, like they do with other blends, but rather remain very subtle and mild throughout.
The room-note on this tobacco is quite pleasant, with the wonderful aroma of vanilla and maple dominating.
Nicotine level is low here - not much of a surprise though, as most Aromatics seem to follow this trend.
Smokes cool, clean, and dry - not something that I would pick up every day, but for a once in awhile change of pace, this fits the spot.