If you know me then you know that I’m not a fan of heavily cased tobaccos, being more of an English fan, or lightly cased flake (referring to the tobacco, not a self-analysis). But, because of that, I’m not giving you a lot of reviews on aromatic tobaccos lately, and I suppose that isn’t fair.
So I decided my next review would be on a cased tobacco, and Ian at Tobacco Land recommended a nice, dark Cavendish mix.
Interestingly enough, I’m not usually Cavendish fan either, but the smell of the tobacco in the jar was totally intriguing and reminded me of brandy and plum pudding.I immediately bought an ounce, and brought it home to review.
As I said, the tin note is delightful, warm and friendly, and made me want to fill my pipe immediately.
Ian warned me, and was quite correct, that this tobacco, Brigham Solitude, was exceptionally moist. I found that if I let the tobacco air for about an hour it took care of most of that moisture problem. So after the first bowl, then left the bag of tobacco open for the night and by morning it was completely smoke-able. Furthermore, the bag note had permeated my smoking chair, so when I went to go to this review I was met by that same delightful plum pudding smell.
So, even though I tried to start this review last night, I really didn’t get around to it until the second bowl, this morning.
When I set out to do the review last night, I packed the bowl, lit up, and began to collect my thoughts. I discovered, after half an hour, that I got no writing down, and my mind was now contemplating The Leather Library‘s last post on Tolkien books. I was totally off the review, and set down the thinking path. I was ecstatic, I’ve never encountered an aromatic tobacco that could make me go off on that path like that. I decided to put up the review, reread Stevens post, and head to bed, resolving to do this review in the morning.
So, here I am in the morning sitting down to do the review. I pack a new bowl, the tobacco dryer this time, light up and prepared to collect my thoughts.
An hour later, I am contemplating my martial arts training and watching my wife work out, rather than writing the review again. Maybe there’s heroin in it (no I’m just kidding).
In any event, I’m again delighted by this tobacco’s ability to set me off thinking.
So after spending about an hour lost in thought, I’m back to finish the review.
The room note of the tobacco is incredibly delightful, mild and aromatic it leaves the room with that lovely plum and brandy aroma.
The smoke is heavy, and thick and satisfying. So heavy in fact, that I do not recommend inhaling this tobacco. I’m an old cigarette smoker, so I generally smoke a pipe with a few puffs and inhale. Totally not recommended. I found myself choking on the smoke, and it almost ruined the pipe for me. When I recovered, I smoked the rest of the pipe without inhaling and found that it was satisfying.
The taste is just incredible, as the smoke rolls around in my mouth, I find myself lost in the sensory feelings.
Though in all actuality it’s meaningless, the tobacco reduced mostly to fine white ash in the bowl, excepting of course for the obvious wet plug of dottle that pretty much all aromatic tobaccos leave behind.
As I said before, when the bowl was finished it took me awhile to collect my thoughts about it, and I sat totally satisfied for about an hour or so.
Overall, a great aromatic tobacco, and I’m sure I will try this one again in the future.
As a Canadian tobacco, it is not much available in the U.S., but there are few Canadian distributors, and Tobacco Land ships anywhere in British Columbia.
Smoke ’em if you got ’em!