Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tobacco Review: Stanwell Melange

This blend arrived on the American scene after I left Just For Him (2007-2008 I believe). Stanwell pipes have long been a favorite of mine; I remember buying Stanwell Majestic pipes back in 1992 for $35. Other great finishes, like the Brazillia and the Brass Band, are no longer being made. You can find them occasionally on eBay, but for much more than the prices of the early '90's. Also, Stanwell had this weird habit of discontinuing all their best selling shapes (I never could understand that). Oh, how the times have changed! Sadly, Stanwell pipes may be going the way of the dodo.

Still, the Stanwell Melange is pretty tasty. Here is the manufacturer's description:

A modern approach to a traditional mixture. Black Cavendish, toasted Burley, Orientals and bright Virginia are gently mixed with apricot and natural sweetness. Soft and mellow with a pleasing aroma and a delicate taste. MSRP: $7.95 50gm tin.

The tobacco is a mixture of bright yellow flakes, medium brown ribbons, and Black Cavendish with a wonderful aroma of apricot and caramel. It burns well into a light fluffy grey ash, although it is a little drier than I like. Certainly the fruity apricot is at the foremost in both aroma and flavor at first but this does fade throughout the smoke and a satisfying nutty-caramel emerges toward the end.

This is a good, smooth aromatic blend that offers some complexity with a stellar room note. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser but it does fade towards the end. If you like 1Q, Moontrance or some of C&D's aromatics, give it a try.

Rating: 3 Puffs out of 5

-Safari Bob

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