Insomnia. Even the word sounds insidious. And, I’m an insomniac.
Insomnia is why this review took so long to reach you. Yesterday morning at 6:00 AM, I found myself up all night, unable to sleep, with a full day ahead of me. So, I promised a review, filled my pipe with the Drew Estate Central Park Stroll that I received last week, lit up, and sat down to do the review.
The only good thing about insomnia is that at 6:00 AM the house is totally quiet, and I can enjoy my pipe uninterrupted. However, it also makes our brains stupid. So, I sat for about 2 hours trying to wrap my head around the review, and getting nothing done. After 2 hours my wife got up, and we began our day and the review got forgotten. By the time I made it home after all the errands at about 3:00 PM I was tired, doggedly tired, and I went to lay down for a nap. Next thing I know, it’s 6:00 AM this morning, and we have a festival to go to. No review again.
So, to get into the mood to do this review tonight, I packed two pipes with Central Park Stroll, and packed no other tobacco with me to the festival, spending the whole day smoking nothing but the Drew Estate.
Now I must say I had a very enjoyable day, and the pipe was most satisfying all day.
To start with, Central Park Stroll is very moist in the tin. So I find that his best to let the tobacco air out for about half an hour before smoking it. However, the tin note is incredible. The rich smell of chocolate, vanilla and caramel permeates the dark Cavendish/Virginia blend and you get whiffs of it as it is airing out.
The ribbon cut tobacco packs easily into a pipe, once aired, and lights with absolutely no fuss.
I find that with many heavily cased tobaccos, they plug the pipe with wet dottle about halfway through the bowl. Not so with the Central Park Stroll, though it did get a little wet in my Brigham, that is possibly due to the fact that I was smoking outside and it was raining. As a matter of fact, Drew Estate Central Park Stroll smokes, for the most, part cleanly and leaves very little dottle to have to be cleaned out.
And what can I say about the taste? I find that in cold weather, many Cavendish blends take on a sour taste, but in this blend it is mellowed out by the Virginias and the taste is simply incredible. The closing makes the tobacco taste of chocolate and nuts, even though there’s no nut casing in it.
Both the room note and the tin note had been described as the smell of chocolate and bread pudding, and I can’t disagree with either of the people who said so. It really does smell of bread pudding, and I find that smell delightful.
Which brings me to the only drawback that I can find with this tobacco. That is, it is mild, very mild. Too mild for me. That is the only thing that will keep this tobacco from being a regular part of my rotation. I smoke too much, and therefore have to smoke more of this tobacco than I would of stronger blends.
Ultimately, when I want to treat myself to an aromatic, I will probably grab a tin of Drew Estates Central Park Stroll.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!