Please welcome the next review from Jose and Kat Ruiz
Welcome all; I hope everyone’s having a great day! For your viewing pleasure today’s review will be on Mac Baren’s Vanilla Cream – Loose Cut.
Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman corncob
Tobacco Blend: Virginia, Burley, Cavendish
Tin Note: The aroma of vanilla with a hint of nuttiness reminds me of crème brulee. Very inviting!
Strength: Medium/Medium light
Room Note: A nice vanilla aroma that was a bit off-putting to some in the room. There were complaints of it being too fake vanilla for those just sitting in the room.
Taste: The Burley adds a nice nuttiness while the Virginia and Cavendish lend sweetness. The Vanilla topping is smooth and mild, not overpowering.
Notes: Out of the tin it’s ready to pack and light. Make sure to pack it lighter than normal for a better smoke and smoke it slowly. I did get some gurgling, but I find that normal for aromatics, just run a pipe cleaner thru the stem and your back in business! It stayed lit with only a few tamps. I enjoyed the nutty notes from the burley to compliment the vanilla. The taste wasn’t overly sweet, and remained consistent throughout the smoke. Towards last 1/4 bowl it was getting a bit bitter and acrid on my tongue. Was it a good smoke? I think you will enjoy this one!
Rating: 3 out of 5
The Wife’s Review:
I love vanilla in cakes, cookies and other baked goods. That said, I never ever buy vanilla scented candles or potpourri or incense because they smell nasty. And quite frankly, this pipe smells like those. If I wanted to get smacked in the face with a vanilla incense stick, I’d go out and buy one and proceed with self-flagellation.. And now that you have that image seared in your brain.. good luck smoking this one without choking on the mental image of some middle-aged weirdo beating herself with vanilla incense sticks. I would 100% prefer my husband to pass on this one unless I was out working an overnight shift like I sometimes do…
Sorry honey, this one is a no-go in my book!