Thanks! I think some aromatics will be too much, so I just want to dip my toes at the shallow end first and see. I definitely agree that a mildly flavoured/sweetend black cavendish would probably suit me, so I want to try something like that.Ruffinogold wrote: ↑Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:18 amMaybe aromatics would be too much if you're not into flavorings so much but a simple black cavendish with a mild flavoring you might like ? Smokers pride black cavendish , Sutliff b20 black cav , lane BCA etc ... stuff like that
Or burley stuff . I'm no fan of HEARTH and home , GLP and C&D burley blends but many think they are good . I'd second what's been said of MacBaren Golden Extra and symphony , though Wessex Burley Slice and Solani are kinda where it's at for a burley flavor , imho .
The Vaper stuff ... just go for it . Obviously Escudo is a benchmark and is usually available thankfully. There's a ton of vapers out there but they are in vogue atm and hard to find . McConnells Scottish Cake is delishious , but like so many blends being scarfed up for cellaring, it's impossible to find
The thought of an " aromatic English " would have made me puke in the past but sutliffs aromatic english is a damn wonder ... its not to much english and not to much aro with mostly cavendish
Whatever you do , no doubt try 1oz samples from bulk where you can . It's cheap and fun . Good luck and enjoy
I think my idea of what constituted a sweet aromatic was quite skewed from what a seasoned pipe smoker (particularly one form the US) would think. It seems that St Bruno and other OTC, mild lakeland blends that were popular in the UK would be considered by many as quite sweet and aromatic. But to me St Bruno tastes less sweet and aromatic than I imaged it would based on the room note I remember from my childhood.
So I think I need to look for something quite a bit sweeter and more aromatic than I first thought but probably not that much sweeter and more aromatic than St Bruno or Rich Dark Flake. It's tricky to say though as this is all very new territory for me. I'm enjoying the journey though. It's very interesting to sample all these different blends. I'm learning a lot. I'll definitely be sticking to small samples for a while to keep it fun.