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Molto Dolce, Initial Thoughts

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  • Started 5 years ago by fadingdaylight
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  1. fadingdaylight

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    Ok, so it took some doing, but I found a way to get my hands on a tin of Molto Dolce. Heralded for it's room note, I thought it would make a good blend to keep around. My wife doesn't care for too many blends, so I had high hopes for this one.

    It did not let me down.

    So first off, the blend is listed as vanilla, caramel and honey. An interesting combination, but it works well. The tin note is nice, not amazing, and if you linger at it for a minute it becomes reminiscent of Play-Doh. It is a bit sticky, or oily in the tin, and sizzles a bit when you light it. No real issues there, seems to burn fine once lit. I'm on my second bowl right now, and the taste is very pleasant. No where near as strong as you would expect from the tin. It is quite enjoyable actually.

    But it makes it's money in the room note department. I brought my wife outside while I was smoking it so she could get a whiff. We have been doing that lately, I have her smell everything, both in the tin/bag, and while smoking it. She tolerates Virginias and VA/Per blends, but she hates latakia. She has been acceptant of a few aromatics, but with this one she actually said, "Wow, that smells good." May not seem like much to you guys, but it is great news for me. Means I can smoke it in the car without worrying about the lingering scent bothering her. Means she will actually sit out here with me while I smoke. And it means she might let me smoke inside occasionally.

    So, yeah, I am happy with it. Tastes good, burns surprisingly cool for how damp it seems, and the room note is a winner. I might have to dedicate a pipe to this stuff, and I definitely have to keep it around. Many thanks to everyone who recommended it.

    - Jason
    "Lost in thought and lost in time... While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted... Outside the rain fell dark and slow... While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime..."
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    Others that might appeal to you, although maybe not quite so fragrant, are Altadis Casanova, and their
    Queen Anne's Revenge. Casanova is a Va/bur/Cav blend, and Queen Anne's Revenge is the same with
    rum flavoring. Both are designed not to offend our domestic partners. In case the second name puzzles
    you, Queen Anne's Revenge was the flagship of the infamous pirate Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard,
    the pirate connection being the rum flavoring. I might have to try Molto Dolce, although it sounds like it
    might be a tad sweet for me. Mostly, I like Sutliff; they bring in some pleasing blends at reasonable prices.
    They are part of Altadis. Both blends I recommended are sold only in bulk.

    The actual ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, has been found in the shallows at the N.C. coast and is being
    carefully recovered by experts. I think any doubts that this is the ship have pretty well been dispelled.
    Lots of experts and technology have confirmed it. It looks like Teach scuttled it for some reason, probably
    while being pursued.

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    I can agree on the room note, Molto Dolce did well there. For me though, the stuff just flat out tasted vile. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood when I tried it or something. I know you should give a blend several bowls to really see how you like it but this was a one and done for me.

    When I want aro, I'll stick to my Ennerdale. I'm weird like that

    Mike
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    It's funny ... I've offered up my MD, CB Royal, Newminster, etc. a few times now.
    Either the people I've offered them to are scared to give me an address or just don't care for free tobacco! lol

    Fading ... if you want my tin of MD just PM me your address.
    You seem like a great guy and I would like it to go to a good home.

    Sincerely,

    Darin

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    I actually love MD, wife, she don't like anything with tobacco involved, but the dog did come over to sniff my pipe

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    I didn't care for MD the first couple of bowls but after that it began to grow on me... Nice dessert smoke. In fact, I'm enjoying a bowl now.

    Enjoying my days on earth.

    Tim
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    Thanks for the recommendations, and the cool back story, mso. I will give both of those blends a shot. If she enjoys the smell, and I can enjoy the taste, the whole experience is better. You know what they say, if mama ain't happy...

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    I admit I was hesitant about Molto Dolce. Call it crazy, but the tin art didn't appeal to me and I looked at the tin for 3 weeks before opening it.

    The smell removed all doubts. My wife had the open tin on the coffee table while she was reading - great air freshner.

    My first smoke was a little wet and needed frequent relights, but was still smooth. Now I remember to dry out the tobacco before lighting and don't have that problem.

    Fantastic smoke - not quite, but a relaxing, smooth smoke - most definately.

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    Russ' blend of the month for March smells and tastes just like Molto Dolce.

    I'm sorry I can't remember the name.

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    I discovered Molto Dolce a few months ago, and both my wife and I enjoy smoking it from time to time. For me, after a few bowls, I found the flavor a little too strong, so I ended up blending it 2:1 with Lane 1-Q. This mellows it a little but still allows all the flavors to come through. I also tried McClelland's No. 401 Darkest Caramel, which has a similar flavor, but not as sweet, and I found it burns much hotter and will bite, so it needs to be smoked slowly like a lot of flakes do.
    Just my opinion on the blend. Keep on truckin.....

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
    "Fried food, hard liquor, and tobacco, that's the holy trinity!"- Stacy Keach
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    Good for you! I enjoy an occasional bowl of it myself, especially on date night or while out in public. It tends to draw a crowd.

    Michael
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    Nice little review - thanks!
    My initial impressions were similar. While I was mildly put off by the stickiness of the tobacco from the tin and the sizzle when first lit, the room note was outstanding and it was much more flavorful than expected. Definitely a keeper & for me worth buying another tin.
    Can't wait to try Barbados Plantation...

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    I've gotten through a couple tins of it. Pretty solid blend. Definitely a crowd pleaser.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    One of my favorite blends.

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    I have been smoking English blends for a lot of years, and viewed aromatics with disdain. About two months ago I tasted a bowl of Molto dolce, and the first thought that went through my mind was: "where have you been all my life?" I'm still not sure where the love is coming from, but I turn to a bowl of MD at least every other day. Go figure. I guess we could subtitle this "English smoker gone bad." In fact, I may have to develop a thread on the very subject of changing tastes.

    Eric
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    I'm glad you've found something your wife likes! I'm still at a point where my girlfriend refuses to kiss me after I've been smoking because the smell makes her gag. I'll have to invest in some of this to appease the ol' lady. Thanks for the review!

    "Never laugh at live dragons."
    -J.R.R. Tolkien
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    I've had it jarred for a year or so, but never smoked until a few days ago. I have to agree it's a wife pleaser, and the sweetest tasting aro I've ever had.

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    I enjoy MD as well, with my only complaint being how sticky it is. When using the air-pocket packing method, I literally have to put the pipe down after twisting the tobacco in to go wash my hands and then finish packing. i give it a day or so to dry in the bowl and it is delicious. I also don't experience the crackling people talk about when I give it a day to dry...I really can't imagine smoking this right out of the tin.

    Good review BTW, glad it is working for you and your wife. Madman, how was the stickiness after a year of jarred?

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    I was really looking forward to Molto Dolce but it was the most repugnant chemical tasting tobacco I have yet tasted. Extremely wet! I let it dry out for a couple months and I tried it again. Now it smells like artificial carmel (but not even close to what it was fresh out of the tin) and tastes like air. A huge disappointment to me.

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    When I opened my first tin of Molto Dolce, my initial thought was to get a spoon, and eat it. I thought it smelled like cheesecake or flan! Like others have stated, it makes a nice blend to smoke when the wifey is joining me on the back porch for light conversation.

    RLTW!
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    I always find it interesting how taste buds differ, and like to see the variety of opinions. Thank God we don't all like the same thing!

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    Agreed plateauguy, can you imagine how hard it would be to get your hands on everyone's favorite blend.

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    Good job, fadingdaylight!

    I sure want to try it, but... I've got so much tobacco right now I'd have to give a ton away before buying another ounce!

    Course, don't know many folks who'd reject me giving away tobacco(and I'm one of those possessive jerks who drools over his stash and grins about being the one who gets to smoke it all.)

    A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. -- Carl Jung
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    Pups, you're like the pipe tobacco grinch, lol! Haven't tried it yet but just bought a tin from Stig today, so we'll see.

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    I got a sample tin from Sutliff when they were doing their freebie giveaway last year, and I'm finally getting to the last of it. I'll probably need to get some more - it's one of three "wife-approved" blends I've tried so far, so I plan to stock up on those.



    "De gustibus non est disputandum."
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    Molto Dolce is probably the most aromatic of the aromatic tobaccos I have smoked. Now, in my book, that’s not always a bad thing. I smoked a bowl of Molto Dolce straight form the tin and here are my impressions.

    Humidity: some have said that Molto Dolce comes too wet and goopy, but my experience was different. The tobacco was neither wet, nor goopy. Some other tinned aros (like McClelland’s Holliday Spirit) are much more wet and goopy.

    Nose: Distinctly dominant whiff of vanilla and caramel – in that order. Heavily cased. The manufacturer listed honey as the third note, but I could not taste any of it.

    Char: lights well and emits rich, thick smoke right at the outset. Didn’t notice any major initial crackling as some did.

    Middle: creamy, balmy sweetness is released with every draw. Exceptionally smooth with no tongue bite whatsoever, even when I tried to puff more aggressively. Had to relight a few times. No change, but no complexity either – the same sweet, somewhat syrupy notes continue throughout.

    Bottom: Some slight chemical taste crept up towards the end – can’t put my finger on it, but it was there. Nothing overpowering, but present. Quality aros should not have such stuff. Didn’t like it.

    Room note: Outstanding. Smoked it in my study with full approval of my non-smoking guests.

    Bottom line: If you are used to smoking good ol’ Balkan Sobranie and such, Molto Dolce is quite the opposite: the tobacco gets lost in the heavily cased additives and you don’t even taste the tobacco. If you are really into sweet aros, this might easily be your holy grail. And yes, Molto Dolce will really ghost your pipe, so if you don’t plan to smoke it, better a corn cob.

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    GF loves it, meaning that's all she smokes! I agree with piperator heavily cased and no tobacco taste. Me I'll stick with P&W, she can stick with Molto Dolce but not in MY pipes, no share and share alike here.

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