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No really, it's me, not you (Davidoff)

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  • Started 2 months ago by papawhisky
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  1. papawhisky

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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)... 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!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. warren

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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.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    ^^^ this

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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.

    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.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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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

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    Posted 2 months ago #
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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...

    Posted 2 months ago #

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