Recently I ran a poll discussing people’s opinions of cherry aromatic tobaccos. I postulated that most people have firm opinions about cherry aromatics. Love them or hate them, I suspected that nobody would be on the fence about it.
Apparently, I was wrong! Fully one-third of the votes were right on the fence about it, ranking cherry aromatic tobaccos at a solid three out of five. However, fully a third was definitely in the hate them camp, ranking them a one or two out of five, and over 20% of them refused to smoke cherry aromatic tobaccos at all. That left only about 11% of the vote who enjoy cherry tobaccos.
Now, I’ll be honest; I fall firmly into the camp that tends to hate cherry aromatic tobaccos. I can count the number of them that I have enjoyed on one hand (which is good because I only have one).
So, when one of my good friends on Facebook (you know who you are) suggested that I give Rattray’s Terry Red a try, my initial reaction was not one of enthusiasm. As a matter of fact, it was one of those tobaccos that I put down at the bottom of my list, and figured I would get around to, when I got around to it.
(OK, in case you haven’t figured out, I get a lot of suggestions for tobacco reviews and since I’m an idiot, I never put down who recommended them, and then I forget.)
Well, it’s been a few months and I finally got around to it. I figured, what the hell, and threw it on my last order from pipesandcigars.com.
Terry Red is a most unusual aromatic. This mixture or Virginia and black Cavendish is enhanced by notes or rum, ginger and cherry adds a gentle zest to the flavor and creates a wonderful aroma.
A pleasant blend of light Carolina, Virginia and Black Cavendish. Rum, Ginger and Cherry gives a mild flavor for everyone will enjoy. This mixture burns very well and dry in the pipe.
Well, intriguing, but it makes you wonder if English is the first language of the people who wrote these descriptions…
So, when it arrived I immediately fell in love with the tin design! It comes in a plain, red, old-fashioned “pop top” can with very little flair, but being possessed of a description that seems to be written in English;
A pleasant mixture of bright Virginia tobaccos from North Carolina and Black Cavendish, the composition of rum, ginger and cherry gives a smooth flavour that will not only delight yourself, but also your companions. Due to the different cuts of 1.8 – 2.4 mm this tobacco burns very well and dry in the pipe. A smooth smoking pleasure. I guarantee the quality of these fine tobaccos with my signature.
A can is then, apparently, signed by Charles Rattray.
OK, so I load a pipe, after popping the top and being met with a fine, sweet smell of ginger and cherry, with a slight alcoholic undertone. However, this candied tin note does not overpower the slightly sweet, grassy smell of the North Carolina tobacco.
Cherry aromatic? Sure, I guess.
The pipe lights easily, as the tobacco is not too moist and I am puffing away like a steam engine.
Well, it takes me about 15 to 20 minutes before I realize, “THIS TOBACCO DOESN’T SUCK!”
Seriously, the cherry and rum are not overpowering, and the ginger adds a zing that makes the blend very interesting.
Also, the tobacco doesn’t bite. I mean, it has a little zip, but no real bite. Very unusual in most cherry aromatics.
All in all, I found Rattray’s Terry Red to be an excellent smoke. People may be on the fence about cherry tobacco, and I may be a cherry hater, but Terry Red gets placed on the short list of good cherry tobacco.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!