- Feb 1, 2010
Had an opportunity to pick up 4 tins of CAO Bella Vanilla today for just $20 and as a bargain hunter, I had to go for it despite some what being disappointed in its brother vanilla from CAO, Moontrance. Unlike Moontrance which is a mixture of different tobaccos, Bella Vanilla is a slightly rubbed out Virginia flake with a sepia monochrome look to it. Opening the tin and taking a whiff is a delight for the senses. Your nose is filled with a sweet Madagascar vanilla scent this time lacking the exotic fruit scents of Moontrance. It also lacks Moontrance's desire to bite. Bella Vanilla wants to smoke smoothly and it does smoke smoothly. It will bite if rushed but at an even, slow pace, Bella Vanilla smokes with smooth vanilla flavor. It retains that smoothness throughout the bowl, never varying much in taste as the bowl smokes down. Don't mistake that for a bad thing. BV very good and one of the best vanilla's I've tried and its well worth sampling a tin.