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Jim's Lane Vanilla Black Cavendish Review.

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  1. jiminks

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    The black cavendish offers some brown sugar, and seems to have a little toasty quality to it. The deeply rich vanilla also seems to have a touch of caramel. The nic-hit is very light. The strength level is a hair past mild, while the taste is closer to mild than it is to medium. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no dull moments. The tobacco is quite moist, and may need some dry time, though I saw no need to do so. Burns cool, clean, and a little slow with a moderately creamy sweet, consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl, but no goop. Requires some relights, and the number depends on whether or not you give it any dry time. Has a pleasant after taste and room not. An easy going all day smoke that would make a good mixer, too. Four stars out of four.

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  2. cosmicbobo

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    Jim, thanks for the review. Weird that it is one of the few Vanilla Cavs I haven't tried. Most have bombed out. If I don't go with Lane's 1-Q or toasted black cav, I'll hit this next.

    Be that as it may, it probably never was...
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  3. chasingembers

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    Weird that it is one of the few Vanilla Cavs I haven't tried.

    I think it's fairly new.

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  4. weezell

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    Jim, 4 out of 4 from you is an impressive review!!...

    "the weez"...
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  5. jiminks

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    Cosmicbobo: it's a new release.

    Weezell: I don't give out many four star ratings, but I felt this is a very good contemplative blend. The toastiness of the tobacco pushed it to four in my mind.

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    "but I felt this is a very good contemplative blend."

    Jim, this is an unusual descriptor of a tobacco blend (to me at least). Just so as I can understand it fully might you name a blend that is the polar opposite, as in a 'non-contemplative' blend? Failing that, perhaps you might define which particular attributes a blend must have to be considered a contemplative blend?

    Words and the way they are used fascinate me

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  7. jiminks

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    Some mixtures you can smoke no matter what you do, e.g. Smoker's Pride Mellow or their Rich Taste blends. Others seem to do better when you're just relaxing and enjoying the moments you smoke.

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  8. fitzy

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    Thanks Jim. I'll have to pick some up.

    It's this one correct:
    https://www.smokingpipes.com/pipe-tobacco/lane/Vanilla-Black-Cavendish/product_id/231441/bulk

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  9. jiminks

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    Yes.

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    Jim discovers and rediscovers blends many of us would be reluctant to review, and this is a great example. Someone recently asked for a recommendation on a vanilla aromatic, and here it is. This is a great recommendation for members who'd like an aromatic in the rotation that is an easy smoke. As always, Jim, thanks for new insights.

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    "Some mixtures you can smoke no matter what you do.... Others seem to do better when you're just relaxing and enjoying the moments you smoke."

    Cheers for clearing that up Jim. I think I get your drift, I (for some obscure reason) tend to smoke my stronger blends whilst reading and my medium blends the rest of the time. Then again I will break out my rarer blends when I wish to do nothing but just 'switch off' and smoke.

    Never really thought about it before today.

    Regards,

    Jay.

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    Rats - another blend I'll add to my list of want-to-tries given my enjoyment of aromatic blends.
    Personally I find wines and pipe tobaccos to be analogous. Some wines you just want to have an enjoyable drink while others are meant to get lost in the complexities. Some pipe tobaccos you want to focus on the nuances and uniqueness of the blend while at other times you simply just want a good smoke.

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    Just picked up a pound for $20 at P&C. Damn you Jim, you made it sound so good I had to buy it. WHAT THE????? I don't even smoke aros but about once a year....

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    I've been debating it too, but it's been out of stock everywhere.

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    $1.25 an ounce. I'll pay now and wait for it to come back in stock...

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    OH it's definitely on my list of blends to buy. Just haven't gotten around to it yet.

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    Sounds like an excellent hedge against new regs and rising prices. Cavendish is an often overlooked pleasure. It's a process, not a leaf, but usually gives a nice voluminous smoke and dependable flavor, and mixes well, "plays well with others.'

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    I mix VBC (or BCA) with Carter Hall....roughly 20/80, and I get something that I think Captain Black Original was trying to be....a nice vanilla flavor that doesn't lose its tobacco taste....something that I just never was able to find in CBW.

    Although, I can't really recommend mixing CH and CWB to salvage the CWB. That was just so-so, where the CH/VBC mix was very pleasant.

    The only clouds I punch through today, come from my pipe!
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    After reading Jim's review, I ordered a pound from P&C a couple of months ago when it was back-ordered. I noticed it is back in stock on the P&C website, but my order has not shipped. Have an inquiry in with P&C, but was wondering if any one else was still experiencing a delay?


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    If you used paypal to pay, after 30days of not being fulfilled paypal does not pay. That happened to me and got an email from P&C to call them and make other arrangements to pay. I said the heck with it I didn't want it that bad...(no slam on P&C, that's just how PP works)

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  21. mso489

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    Various companies offer vanilla Cavendish, but few get it right.

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    Jim, is this your favorite VBC?

    "If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer; it just seems that way."
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    Aquadoc: Yes, it is. It's the richest vanilla only flavored BC I have smoked.

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    OK, I hope your happy now Jim! I just re-ordered a pound because I couldn't stand it any more. Jeesh...

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    Thanks for the review Jim. I think I'll pick some of this up as a mixer for those times I want to add a bit of Black Cav and Vanilla flavor to a plain blend

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    -Apologies to Master Yoda
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    Thanks, Jim.

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    Thanks for another great review Jim. I've done a few BCAs and they've all bombed with me. But Lane's is a "go to" for me. Sitting out on the verandah in the early evening, this is a top smoke. It's the only BCA I do now. Highly recommended.

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    Picked up a few oz. Good stuff. While it's good alone, it make a wonderful mixer to sweeten a blend I find blah.

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    I finally got some while it was in stock and I have to say Jim hit the nail on the head. I don't smoke a lot of aro's anymore but this one is great. I can't wait to get home tonight and light up a bowl.

    I'll have to pick up a pound when I see it on sale.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    I wonder if this would be a good mixer with Old Joe Krantz?
    What do you folks think?

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    Does it taste of baked/cooked raisins?

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  32. mso489

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    Another good point from this review -- simplicity in a blend, if done well, can be a great attribute. Noting fancy here, nor any created complexity, but a fine and interesting smoke, definitely on my list.

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    ha ha Hunter. No it doesn't not taste like raisins.

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