By Bob Tate
In the tin aroma of this blend I am picking up on vanilla, bourbon, a very slight twang to the nose, and a smell that reminds me a lot of cherry cordials. I know that there is no cherry flavor or anything cherry in this blend, I am just telling you what it smells like to me. The vanilla was the predominate aroma. I picked up no scent of baked apples at all. The tin aroma is very Christmassy and reminds me of the Holiday Season. I like it a lot! The moisture content is a little on the moist side and some drying time would help out quite a bit.
I loaded my pipe using the two step method and left the pack a little on the loose side because I did not dry out the tobacco. On the charring light I was greeted by a very nice vanilla flavor and aroma. I did not pick up on any baked apple or roasted almond in the flavor or aroma of the charring light. I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for the smoke.
Right from the start, the vanilla is up front and center stage with a hint of the bourbon. I can detect other flavors very far in the background, but they are so light that I can not tell what they are. Around the 3/4 bowl point, I started picking up on some hints of what could be baked apples, but it was not pronounced enough to say with any certainty that is was definitely baked apples. The flavors were interesting and lasted through out the bowl and they were accompanied by a slightly sweet taste. Vanilla was the predominate flavor and the other flavors, while interesting, never stepped forward enough to stand up with the vanilla and they never came forward enough to be distinctly noticeable to tell what they were.
This was a pretty good blend. It smoked cool, dry, didn’t bite, and didn’t leave a mess in the pipe. If you get it too hot, the flavors will get lost in the heat. So make sure to slowly smoke this blend to maintain the flavors. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed because I was expecting more of the baked apple and roasted almond taste, but they never really showed up. It could be that the pipe that I chose didn’t bring out all of the nuances of the blend, but it still tasted good and is a crowd pleaser with the room note. Although I was a little disappointed, I am not upset about buying it and have no qualms about finishing the tin.
I have seen some people complain that it cost too much. I paid $21.00US for the 100gr tin, so the cost is about on par with other blends at about $10.50 per 50gr. It is a little bit more than some other blends, but it is a limited edition holiday blend, so I say splurge a little. It is the holidays after all!
It does have a holiday essence to it and if you like special holiday blends that are aromatic, I think that you will like it. I can’t wait to see what kind of Christmas/Holiday blend Peterson comes out with next year! I Recommend it.
Blend: Merry Xmas 2009 and a Happy New Year
Description: Our first winter tobacco with a fantastic aroma and taste. Red and golden Virginia, combine with two kinds of Black Cavendish. A delicious and intense flavour of baked apples, roasted almonds and bourbon vanilla make this a lovely blend pleasing to the senses.
Tobaccos: Virginia, Black Cavendish
Taste: Vanilla, Bourbon, Slightly Sweet, Various Other Flavors (indistinct)
Room Note: Very Pleasant