- Kevin Godbee
- Jul 14, 2009
- 1 min read
Here’s another tobacco that gets the description right on the tin. It’s described there as being very mild in taste and that’s what it certainly is … mild in just about every way. Even others in the room with you will find the aroma of this blend to be mild.
If you’re an aromatic smoker then you won’t be disappointed and if you’ve never tried an aromatic before then this is a good one to start with. It’s certainly a fine blend that leaves no unpleasant notes on your tongue.
Seasoned aromatic smokers may find that this blend is a little too mild to smoke continually but if you’re one of those who like to rotate through several different blends then a tin of Danish Mixture is something you may think of adding to your rotation.
The tins that I’ve smoked of Danish Mixture have all been quite dry and that means that they’ve been easy to light in the bowl and easy to keep alight too … in fact you may find that it burns right to the bottom without having to relight it … even once. However, don’t be surprised if your tin is not as dry as mine have been … some friends have told me that their tins have been quite moist although that seems to have been more the case a few years ago than it is now.
Honey seems to be the predominant taste here along with some vanilla and a hint of something else that I haven’t quite identified just yet.
If price is an important consideration for you and you expect price to be an indicator of something that’s going to grab your taste-buds and give them a good shake then this may not be the tobacco for you. It does cost a little more than most and the blend’s mildness means that your taste-buds aren’t going to be violated.
However, if price isn’t a bother and you’re looking for a very smooth smoke then Danish Mixture is something you might think of trying.
Tin Description: Zino Davidoff’s Special Blend of the finest tobaccos.
Country of Origin: DK
Curing Group: Air Cured
Packaging: 50g Tin
Flavoring: Mild to Medium
Taste: Mild to Medium
Room Note: Pleasant
Written by Kevin Godbee
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