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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:20 pm

Today's blend...Milan Reflections in an Alpha Handmade Briar full bent Freehand.

Amid the mix of blends in this March of insanity there are sweet Aros, semi Aros, non Aros (no top dressing)...this one is a no apologies full bore sweet aromatic. Milan described it as having vanilla, caramel, sweet cream, nutmeg, and gentle spice. I won't disagree with any one of those.

It's doesn't have enough sugar to stick together when pinched, and it packs and lights very easily right out of the bag. I get some mild cocoa aromas from it...but that could be the vanilla and spice mix. Whatever it is, it's very, very pleasant. This is what an Aromatic should be call about... Easy & Delicious. Not a long slow burn, but not hot and Bitey either. Seems fair.

Perhaps the name comes from the fact that it's so easy that it allows reflection.

It's a very smooth and delightful blend.

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:25 pm

Sounds very nice
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:25 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
Today's blend...Milan Reflections in an Alpha Handmade Briar full bent Freehand.

Amid the mix of blends in this March of insanity there are sweet Aros, semi Aros, non Aros (no top dressing)...this one is a no apologies full bore sweet aromatic. Milan described it as having vanilla, caramel, sweet cream, nutmeg, and gentle spice. I won't disagree with any one of those.

It's doesn't have enough sugar to stick together when pinched, and it packs and lights very easily right out of the bag. I get some mild cocoa aromas from it...but that could be the vanilla and spice mix. Whatever it is, it's very, very pleasant. This is what an Aromatic should be call about... Easy & Delicious. Not a long slow burn, but not hot and Bitey either. Seems fair.

Perhaps the name comes from the fact that it's so easy that it allows reflection.

It's a very smooth and delightful blend.

Glad to hear it! I actually have an ounce or two arriving this week with two other Milan blends. This sound like something I will be enjoying for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:55 pm

And the excellent flavors lasted ALL the way down the bowl!

Note: two big boxes found their way to my porch today.the Lane Aromatics listed on top here hit home. How fun.

Gee! These dang things really DO smell good, eh?

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:37 pm

Like a bowl full of candy
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:26 pm

You aught to know!

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:57 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
You aught to know!

Are you intimating that I may be familiar with aromatics?
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:01 am

No I wasn't. It was the bowl of candy thing!

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:05 am

I'm having a Werther's as we speak........
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:27 am

....ah, grandpa's favourite.
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:40 pm

Stick wrote:
....ah, grandpa's favourite.

A man of impeccable taste........
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Mon Oct 12, 2015 11:03 am

Today's tasting will be Lane RLP-6.

Some initial reviews...

Pipestud from 2010: A solid four stars on the aromatic chart for me. RLP-6 is called Ram at my local tobacco shop and is the shop's number two seller. It produces a nice sweet taste (chocolate/vanilla), and absolutely will not bite. A slow smoke produces little dottle. Rev up your smoking cadence and you will need to swab the lower deck with a paper towel once the tobacco has been consumed. The cut is rather thick (broad cut), but it burns very evenly and stays lit extremely well for an aromatic blend. If your veins hunger for nicotine you'll starve them with this blend.

Drums & Beer, 2014: RLP-6 is a solid all-purpose aromatic, and one that I have come to appreciate even more as a mild cool-burning, sweet summer-smoke. Not only is it enjoyable by itself, itís also a very flexible mixer. The flavor hints at raisins, vanilla and just a touch of chocolate. At the core is a mellow uncomplicated tobacco flavor. RLP-6 is sweet but itís not cloying or overwhelming. Simple, but good.

Jimlnks, 2014: You've read this before, but I'll write it again: this is not Captain Black White. The vanilla is a little less pronounced here, and this is much fruitier than CBW. The honey (which I just notice in CBW) comes from the gold cavendish, though it may be aided by some from the toppings, too. The burley is molasses sweet with a very few nutty notes. The nougat is obvious all the time, more so than in CBW. The gold Virginia isn't that noticeable, but I do get a sense of grass and citrus from it. The chocolate is light, much lighter than CBW. Unlike CBW, this burns cool and doesn't bite, nor does it have any of the harshness associated with CBW. The flavor is consistent throughout the smoke, and it leaves just a slight bit of moisture at the finish, but it's not goopy. There is a little PG in here despite what is claimed, but it doesn't get in the way of the flavor or how it performs in your pipe. A very pleasant all day smoke in any type of weather.

So, now that I know all about it, why smoke it myself? Cause I WANT to! Of all the bags in my growing hoard of aromatics...this stuff smells the best. More soon.

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:09 pm

Lane RLP-6. It has a really excellent pouch aroma. I wish that carried over more into the smoke. I give this a 'good' rating...3-4 out of 5 stars. Great pouch aroma, easy to pack and light and burn. Good manners. Doesn't smoke wet. Doesn't smoke hot. Nice and smoky. If it just didn't smell so good in the pouch I wouldn't be disappointed. But I am, just only in that regard.

The Milan Reflections had all the same mechanics going for it PLUS the flavors carried right on through to the end of the bowl...therefore quite superior.

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:25 pm

And now...Scottie's Butternut Burley.

Moist and fluffy in the pouch. Packs and lights easily.

Pipestud: The mostly ribbon cut Burley leaf was not goopy when I gathered up the tobacco to put into my pipe. The smell from the bag was of butterscotch. That smell transformed into a butterscotch flavor on my tongue, but what impressed me was the fact that it also tasted like a quality Burley tobacco and had a pleasant hit of nicotine. The blend does get a tad bitter toward the bottom of the bowl, but it smoked dry all the way down. For lovers of this type of aromatic, it's a 4-star bell ringer.

Jimlnks: It's a little sweeter than I generally prefer, but from time to time, I need that in my smoking life. The earlier comparisons to 1Q and old sweaters are rather appropriate. I like it better in a cob than in a briar; I taste the sweet, nutty burley a little more that way. The honey topping is very complimentary. A very good all day smoke for your sweet tooth. It has a pleasant room note and after taste. Burns well, but leaves some moisture at the finish.

strongrish: I have been smoking the blend off and on for about 18 months. I finally decided to review it. First off, I think one has to like aromatics to like this blend, just being a burley smoker is not enough as it is very mild and has a definite butter pecan tsste. This could easily be an all day blend and can't and won't wear out the tongue. It is what it is and that's a mild aromatic that does not have tongue bite, it smokes clean, has a great flavor and aroma and makes a great blender. This tobacco comes in bulk and when opening the bag it has a scent of Simores. It smells good enough to eat. It is a somewhat moist blend and has a mixed coloring from light to very dark in a rough cut ribbon. It does have a little stickyness to the touch but it packs easily in the pipe and it lights and stays burning very well. It emits a nice, very creamy cool smoke, not overpowering nor cloying at all, just the good butter pecan flavor and wonderful room aroma. It burns down to a nice grey ash with very little dottle and does not leave a bunch of moisture in the bottom of the pipe in spite of it being a moist tobacco. This is not one I want to smoke all day but it could easily be for some, but I do find myself reaching for it a lot with a cup of coffee. I also smoke it when around people as they tend to like the aroma. This would be a great blend for new smokers as it won't bite their tongue and it tastes good. I highly recommend this but not to purists. One must like an aromatic to enjoy this blend or at least be open to them.

BH - I smoked this in a MM cob General. Good Match. This can get hot if puffed aggressively. Be ware! Great candidate for a churchwarden with a full sized bowl. Thinking that the mid sized MM Cobbit pipes. The Elf & Hobbit sizes, would be excellent. Good B Scotch flavors, clouds of thick smoke, no bite. Other than that, my experience matched those above. Very, very good and well loved blend. Many stars, esp to a Burley lover.

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:27 pm

I received my Milan order today with an ounce of Reflection... "an ounce of reflection", I like that. Anyway, it really smells good! I can't wait to give it a try later based on your observations. While you're doing the aromatic testing, it would be great if you could sample some of The Country Squire's aros. I'd really be interested in your thoughts on them. I've only tried Parson's Blend so far, but it is one of the nicest aros I've had. I'd be happy to send you a sample, but I'm rather low at the time.
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:36 pm

If you order more of the Person's blend in the next couple of months and want it included in this event by all means send me an ounce. At this point, after several hundred dollars worth of weed, I'm tapped out. Thanks for your suggestion.

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:38 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
If you order more of the Parson's Blend in the next couple of months and want it included in this event by all means send me an ounce. At this point, after several hundred dollars worth of weed, I'm tapped out. Thanks for your suggestion.

Will do. I'm sure I'll be ordering more before the month is out.
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:02 pm

Oh! In that case...make it TWO ounces!



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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:11 pm

lol! pirat
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:14 pm

Arrrr. Be a tobacco pirate, sez I.


Really though, never heard of that B&M before. It sounds like that blends is really done right there, not a Lane or C&D item. Glad to learn of the pkace as online ordering looks easy.

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:28 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
Arrrr. Be a tobacco pirate, sez I.


Really though, never heard of that B&M before. It sounds like that blends is really done right there, not a Lane or C&D item. Glad to learn of the pkace as online ordering looks easy.

Yea, I just happened up on them about a month ago. But you're right, they do their own blending. They have some really nice sounding blends.
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:35 pm

Life is short. Ordered the following 2 oz bags:

Cherokee (Virginias and Steamed Cavendish)

Parson's Blend (Fruit and Burley)

Rivendell (Nutty, Woodsy, Cocoa)

That should give a good cross spectrum of flavors.

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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:43 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
Life is short. Ordered the following 2 oz bags:

Cherokee (Virginias and Steamed Cavendish)

Parson's Blend (Fruit and Burley)

Rivendell (Nutty, Woodsy, Cocoa)

That should give a good cross spectrum of flavors.

cheers †Sound like good choices. I'm also very interested in trying their Pirate's Alley which is a new VaPer blend, (non-aro, of course)...
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:41 pm

After hearing you two chat about this company I checked out their website. While not an aro and there for not appropriate for this great experiment, I must say the Faulkner Flake has me intrigued.
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PostSubject: Re: The Great Best of the Best of the Best Aromatic Project   Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:43 pm

Via what? There wasn't much description there about it.

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