Even though my tobacco arrived on Tuesday, I spent a few days curled up with my Cornell & Diehl Byzantium before moving on to the aromatics. So I didn’t get around to writing this review until Sunday, and then was met with the choices of which tobacco to review. Well, I only have one Churchwarden it happened to be Churchwarden Sunday. Being a McQueen Wizard Churchwarden, I reserve it for the sweetest of aromatics, and good hobbit pipeweed, so I pulled out my three aromatic blends to compare them.
The bag note of the Berries and Cream is so sweet that I can hardly believe it is tobacco.
The tobacco is a Black Cavendish and Burley blend, topped with vanilla and blackberry brandy, and they did not skimp on the casing. Being totally honest with you, I’m tired of trying to claim that I am neither a Cavendish nor a cased tobacco fan. Lately, each time I try them, they prove me to be a liar, and I find myself enjoying them. So, this time we’ll see…
Despite that, the tobacco is not too moist and has no need to be aired before packing in your pipe. The Churchwarden loads easily, and I tamp it with a wooden tamper that came with the pipe.
With my limited mobility, Churchwardens are difficult for me to light, but I always enjoy a good smoke from them. This is where the title comes in. The room note of this tobacco is so pleasing, that it would impress your in-laws even if they came from Lothlórien.
And the taste? Well, let’s just say I can’t believe it’s tobacco. It tastes like candy. I can sincerely see the elves of Rivendell importing tobaccos like this from Bree and other places in and around the Shire. I wonder if this was what Tolkien was smoking as he put pen to paper to describe the various elven palaces in Middle Earth?
The pipe, well, I love this particular Churchwarden to death, and it always gives me a good smoke, even if that smoke is always a dreaded aromatic. And the tobacco? Well, at least this time I’m not a liar. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to the next bowl.
The gurgle and the dottle were nowhere near as bad as I feared and the bowl smoked coolly with no need to re-light and not even a hint of tongue bite. Smooth as Irish cream, and sweet as honey nectar.
The only thing that I could say that could be considered bad about this tobacco is, it’s Cavendish and Burley! In other words, though smooth and enjoyable, there’s no oomph, no power! It just doesn’t satisfy that nicotine urge! But, if you’re not hoping for that nicotine rush, this tobacco is great, and I thoroughly recommend it.
And if you’re someone who believes in fairies, be they Sidhe or Alfar, bogguns or dwarves, it can’t hurt to keep some around for offerings, and who knows? Elrond went somewhere, maybe it was to your house. It would be nice to greet him with a bowl for his pipe when he gets here wouldn’t it?
Also, I doubt he has Visa, so you will have to order it for him from smokingpipes.com, HERE, for $2.00 to $3.34 USD per ounce depending on quantity ordered. He’ll want a lot, so you might want to order the 16 ounce bag, so that you’ll get some.
Great tobacco! <shrug> still can’t get over my changed tastes.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!
By: Erin McRoy
Erin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Smoking Jacket Magazine. He began smoking a pipe a few years ago and found it a relaxing and invigorating experience that he really enjoyed. As a gentleman and an aficionado, he has spent the last few years perfecting his technique and studying the different nuances of pipe smoking, cigar smoking, hookah smoking and smoking in general.