Well, I am definitely a traditional English blend guy, no doubt about that. I've gotten a couple of the most popular burley blends (Tobaccoreviews.com) like Solani 656 and pipesandcigars butternut burley, and that just doesn't do it for me and folks around me are not too fond of them, either.
Capt Black is always popular with the non-smoking crowd, but does not please me, either. I tried mixing CB 3-1 with Dunhill Standard Mixtuer Mellow, and while that made me happier, mixing an English with Capt Black does nothing for the crowd, no help there. I tried MacBaren Vanilla Cream and that is a crowd pleaser for sure, but is simply too boring for me. What to do?
Well, tonight I popped the lid off a tin of McClelland Club Blends: CORPS Vanilla Ice, and WOW! I think my problem is solved! It only has 3 reviews at tobaccoreviews.com, but all positive. I actually enjoyed this and think I could make this my crowd pleaser without adding anything to it! I loaded right out of the tin, though I thought it might need some drying, but it burns very dry as is, even in my new Pipa Croci which has not yet been broken in. I've decided the Pipa Croci flame billiard will be my 'Sunday go to meetin pipe'.
I'm not experienced enough to pull this out of a tobacco myself, but I agree with a reviewer, there is a hint of butterscotch in this stuff. It is mild, but complex enough to keep me interested throughout a bowl. Well, half-bowl anyway, still breaking in that pipe. If I were a betting man, I'd put money on this being a real crowd pleaser, although I have not tested it with anyone yet. I think I'm done with my compromise blend for smoking around others and can go back to concentrating on what really pleases me.
Anyone else had any experience with this stuff? If you are a vanilla smoker you really should try it, I think it's outstanding for the type. Air cured cavendish and virginia, ribbon cut. Amazingly, NO bite at all, and though I thought it would need drying, it smoked dry right to the bottom of the bowl right out of the tin.
P.S. Later edit: I don't want to sound too wildly enthusiastic about this, I'm still not an aromatic smoker, I just dislike this less than any other I've tried thus far in my quest for a crowd pleaser. I'm mainly curious to see if anyone who has had experience with this one has found a vanilla blend they like even better. I'm only excited because I feel this may end my chore of smoking stuff I don't really enjoy to find my crowd pleaser.