Golden Blend is a pipe tobacco that is quite similar to MacBaren Harmony, which I really like. The characteristic taste is a bit weaker, but it is still dark and venerable. If you smoke a lot of any tobacco with a strong characteristic taste in a short period of time you get fed up with it, so milder characteristic tastes have their place. Golden Blend is a ready rubbed flake, which, nevertheless comes in such huge pieces that a cigarette smoker must rub them smaller before smoking.
For an everyday cigarette, Bonus Red is a good enough rolling tobacco.
Black Ambrosia is again one of those so aromatic pipe tobaccos that they are almost candylike. It is very, very sweet. It is a bit more refined than Sweet Killarney, but definitely very candylike. I would not want to smoke this kind of tobacco all the time, but it is nice now and then.
Back in the old days when I was too young to smoke legally, I used to smoke Marlboro Red cigarettes. Almost every guy in our class did. Later I tried Smart cigarettes, which had a much softer taste and changed brands immediately. Then I switched back and forth between factory-made Smart cigarettes and RYO Smart until I found my current smoking habits. When I saw Marlboro Red rolling tobacco in a tobacco store, I decided to refresh memories. It tasted just as I remembered the cigarettes tasted, dry and stingy. It has a too strong stingy taste to be mixed with most pipe tobaccos, but Black Ambrosia is aromatic enough so that the Marlboro flavour does not taste under it. So I do not have to throw the Marlboro pouch away.
Hamiltons is a pipe tobacco that has a dark, if quite basic taste. There’s no sweetness, and at least my modest taste buds could find no other flavourings than tobacco. It’s of the style I like, although I think that it is not as good in this style as Westmorland Mixture. It lacks character to make it very special. It’s Danish, and it’s the first pipe tobacco I have encountered that I could not find in Tobaccoreviews.com.
For a weekend cigarette I chose a bit better rolling tobacco, Smart.
A good smoke, but not excellent.
English Mixture pipe tobacco has a quite basic and mild flavour. I tried it first in a cigarette with 50% English Mixture and 50% Manitou Gold, rolled like an ordinary hand-rolled cigarette. It tasted simply of nothing. So I had to tweak the proportions of the tobaccos a little, and roll a thicker and a tighter cigarette. Then I could get a nice, if quite ordinary pipe tobacco taste. There’s nothing wrong with English Mixture, but given its high price I expected something more.
Manitou Gold is simply the best rolling tobacco to mix with pipe tobaccos. It is additive free Virginian tobacco, and it tastes simply of nothing. Were it not so damn expensive, I’d use it exclusively. Its use in this cigarette was justified, since with other rolling tobaccos, there is a serious risk of masking the aroma of the pipe tobacco.
I did not have high expectations with this one, but I was positively surprised. I used Brown Sugar Cognac & Honey flavoured rolling paper. I guess Brown Sugar is the brand, and cognac and honey are what it is supposed to taste. Honey tasted clearly, cognac less so, but you could sense some booze-related aroma. With these papers you basically get the same effect as with 50% cheap booze-flavoured pipe tobacco, such as Caravelle. I could be nice to try these papers with 50% some extremely neutral pipe tobacco such as Peterson Sherlock Holmes. There’s no point using these papers with any pipe tobacco that has a dominating aroma in itself.
The downside of these papers is that they are so thick that they are difficult to manipulate. It is practically impossible to roll a tight cigarette with them. Also, due to the thickness of the paper and the weakness of the glue, getting the glue stick was quite difficult. The papers are also a bit pricey. In this cigarette, the paper costed a bit more than the tobacco itself.
Since we are not expecting any gourmet smoking experience, Bonus Red is a good enough rolling tobacco.
OK, this was an excellent cigarette. Smoking it was like smoking a cigar in the cigarette format. Harmony pipe tobacco has a dark and mysterious flavour. It brings to mind blue cheese; the package says that it has been matured long, maybe that explains the association. It is easy for me to imagine gentlemen in the 1950s in a fine club, playing skruuvi (an old Finnish bridge-like card game) and enjoying this taste.
Since the aroma of the pipe tobacco dominates, inexpensive rolling tobacco Bonus is good enough with it.
Last Friday when I blogged about University Flake pipe tobacco for the first time, my sense of taste was playing me tricks. That night all the tobacco tasted bad (except for that one Irish Whiskey -cigarette, which tasted just as I remembered.) So my first review was overly negative. During the past couple of days, I have tried University Flake several times, and it is still not the tobacco-related orgasm Samuel Gawith Balkan Flake is, but Uni Flake is a rather inoffensive tobacco with a nice taste of forest fruit.
Since University Flake is a bit expensive, I chose a little bit better rolling tobacco, that is, Smart, to accompany it.
I still do not know what happened to my sense of taste last Friday. I had been eating nothing special, except for strong chili-flavoured foods.