This is a discussion on FREE Pipe tobacco!!!!! WOOT!!! within the General Pipe Forum forums, part of the Pipe Smokers Forums category; Originally Posted by dmkerr
I received three samples, all of which offended my palate to one degree or another. I ...
I'm in the same boat as all of you...several months have passed, and I finally got the same 3 blends (wish I had signed up a few years back when they were sending 16(!) pouches! Dmkerr I'm curious: Which was the blend you liked the most?
For what it's worth, here's my reviews of each blend (copied from my reviews at Tobacco Reviews):
Fox & Hound:
So...I receive this in a sampler pack (with two other tobaccos) from Altadis, and I immediately notice that this is the only one that isn't an aromatic. Naturally, this is the one that I fill my bowl with.
Out of the pouch, it smells sweet, with an undercurrent of wood smoke. Very pleasant. The tobacco is moist, but not so much that gurgling occurs while smoking. Lighting is easy, as is the first draw. And that's where it all goes south.
All I can taste is propylene glycol. It's absolutely overwhelming. And it's a damnable shame. This could be a terrific smoke, and I'm at a loss to understand how Altadis feels that more of this blend will sell over time with the horrible preservative flavor, then in a shorter amount of time without it.
I'm saddened and frustrated. I love Red Virginia, and I'm a solid fan of Perique and Burley. I'm even developing a taste for Latakia. This is a blend I so desperately want to try...if only I could actually taste it.
Altadis, I beg you: give us a 'companion' pouch without the preservative. These fine tobaccos, and your customers, deserve it. That, or replace the actual tobacco with much cheaper pencil shavings and sawdust and really increase your profit margin, as smokers will never be able to tell the difference. As it stands now, I'm marking Fox & Hound 'avoid at all costs.'
I received this and two other Altadis pouches as a sampler. I was expecting great things, as I am a fan of their cigars. What I *wasn't* expecting was that these are all drug store blends, with propylene glycol added. Nevertheless, I'm muddling through them (at least one bowl), and I have to admit: Blue Note surprised me, and still surprises me with each new bowl smoked.
This is the first time I have ever tasted a preservative that actually works *with* the blend. It's weird, but it somehow compliments the flavor, instead of overpowering it. If you've ever smoked a drug store blend before, you'll know that there is often an oiliness left behind in your mouth, along with a chemical taste. In Blue Note, the texture still remains, but the flavor doesn't. That's a very good thing.
It's a mild blend, and I have to admit that I'm perplexed by those reviewers who have experienced gummy residue left behind in the bowl. I've smoked about five bowls, and have yet to have anything left behind besides grey, clean ash. It smokes cool, with no bite or gurgle, and the cavendish really shines through.
I can't believe I'm waxing poetic about a drug store blend, but Blue Note is not only a good tobacco blend, it's actually a pretty great drug store blend. In today's economy, it's certainly worth a shot.
As I'd already reviewed, with mixed results, the other two pouches that came in my Altadis sampler pack (the others being Blue Note and Fox & Hound), I figured I'd bite the bullet and fill my bowl this morning with the one I was dreading the most: Wild Cherry. I was dreading it because I'm not a cherry fan (in fact, I pretty much hate it. I love cherries, but cherry flavoring tastes as much like real cherries as banana flavored candy tastes like real bananas. Think about it.), and also because the smell coming from the pouch was so strong it was actually a bit stomach-churning.
Filled it, lit it - surprise! Where's the cherry? Strange. The overwhelming medicinal odor coming from the raw 'baccy changes as it burns into a very mellow, fairly pleasant and *mild* cherry aroma. The taste has even less cherry in it. In fact, it has very little flavor at all.
Once again, Altadis has managed to create an aberration among drug store blends; in fact, even the preservative (which should be stomping all over this one) seems to be lacking. Oh, I know it's in there, I just can't taste it.
Wild Cherry isn't a horrible blend, but it's hard to recommend with no real flavor to the casing or tobacco.
Last edited by Nurse_Maduro; 03-15-2010 at 06:18 PM.
I got one of these the other day too. Orange, which is my least favorite artificial flavor of them all. Not even sure what I'll end up doing with this. I have been seriously thinking about going down the hookah road, but I don't think I'd like to start with this.
Incidentally, what makes this so terrible? I mean, does it taste bad, burn bad, gunk up a pipe, etc? What differentiates qualities in moassel?
P.S. Still haven't received the samples I requested in, wait, January? I don't even remember now when I submitted the request. I think it was early January though...