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papawhisky

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Jan 29, 2019
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Full disclosure, new pipe smoker of about 6 weeks. I've been trying out a range of styles to see what I like (for now)... :wink: So far I like English and Aromatics best.
Anyway, I made a TAD order of a variety of blends, two of which were aromatics: Davidoff Red Mixture and Dobie's four Square Aromatic. Now I love Davidoff Cigars, so I was pretty confident about this one, plus it got many good reviews. No reviews at all on the Dobie's, so I was just taking a gamble.
Tried the Davidoff first and was really disappointed. The tin smelled fantastic, but in the pipe - very soapy at first and artificial tasting, then utterly bland and tasteless. Hard to keep lit. Also, some tongue bite from a supposedly biteless blend according to the reviews. 3 bowls in, and I've learned to REALLY dry this out before smoking - much less bite, but then it's entirely bland and tasteless throughout the bowl.
The Dobie's four square; 180 degrees different! A really wonderful smoke. Nice flavor, no bite, can taste the tobacco along with complimentary vanilla/caramel/apricot notes. Already thinking of ordering another tin to cellar.
That got me curious so I went back through the reviews for the Davidoff. All the positive ones were from 2017 and before. Maybe they changed the blend/formula? Or maybe my palette is not sophisticated enough yet to appreciate it?
Your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!

 

warren

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Sep 13, 2013
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Or, possibly, most likely, your palate isn't identical to the various reviewers'. Once you find some blends you like find some reviewers with similar tastes. Now you have a bit of a bench mark.

 

papawhisky

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Jan 29, 2019
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Austin, Texas
Or, possibly, most likely, your palate isn't identical to the various reviewers'. Once you find some blends you like find some reviewers with similar tastes. Now you have a bit of a bench mark.
Yep, I agree and realize this is a journey and my taste will change along the way. Just hoping anyone who has recently smoked either blend will contribute their experience so I can progress along my path.

 

dmcmtk

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Aug 23, 2013
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Try Davidoff Scottish Mixture. I quite liked it, for what that's worth...
http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/441/davidoff-scottish-mixture
:)

 

blackadderlxx

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Jun 17, 2018
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Try Davidoff Scottish Mixture. I quite liked it, for what that's worth...
Interesting how everyone has different tastes. I was just coming here to say that this specific blend put me off Davidoff. I didn't think it was bad, just expensive for the quality of it. But different strokes...