A simple as can be, Captain Black is a straight, pure, 100% black Cavendishes aromatic, providing plenty of flavor and sweetness, though with a fuller body as well, thanks to the use of Green River Burley as one of the source leafs involved in the creation of its Cavendish components.
Along with Captain Black: Royal, Dark is one of my favorite Captain Black tobaccos. It is my go-to when I'm in the mood for a Black Cavendish. I guess most pipe smokers who enjoy Black Cavendish have tried Lane Limited: BCA, which makes that a great ... Read Morecomparison tobacco. Dark is different in several ways. For starters, Dark is rarely as wet and gooey, which is not to say it isn't moist, most Black Cavendishes are, but it lacks the over saturation. Without the goop, Dark manages the mechanics of packing and lighting much better too. Dark is also a substantially fuller smoking experience. Since it is made from Green River Burley, it gives you a more robust and hearty feeling both in mouth-feel and billowing smoke. Dark also has a slightly different flavor than most Black Cavendishes. Most who've tried it will tell you it's got a vanilla flavor or maybe caramel, and that may be true, but I think the Cavendish process brings out a natural sweetness that is often mistaken for vanilla. I've always detected a dark chocolate aroma and taste with Dark. It's not like milk chocolate; it is more like Dutch cocoa powder used in making chocolate cake or brownies...very rich. In fact, it has been my experience that the older this tobacco gets, the more pronounced the cocoa flavor becomes. I once found a forgotten pouch of Dark that had waited in a coat pocket for Winter to come around again and I was surprised at how chocolaty it had become (it stayed relatively moist in the pouch too!). Whether you get vanilla or cocoa (or both), Dark is definitely a sweet smoke that should please any aromatic fan. It just happens to please dark chocolate fans (like me) too. Enjoy! Read Less
First off, I like all-cavendish blends, so keep that in mind when you read my comments. This is fairly moist right out of the pouch and will gurgle easily if you don't allow it to dry a bit before smoking.
Lighting, for me, never requires a char li... Read Moreght - this will stay lit well, and while it is rare for me to get an entire bowl without a relight, this does not require excessive effort in that regard unless you try to power through it while it is moist.
It takes a lot of effort to get this to bite, and under normal circumstances I never have any issues with that. The flavor is nice, mild, and fairly sweet, but no specific flavor comes to mind. I find that this is best rotated through with other options as it does leave me with a bit of an aftertaste if I have three or more bowls in a row.
Your pipe will smell quite nice after smoking this, but as far as I can tell there is no appreciable ghosting - if I smoke another blend after this there is no hint of it in that bowl, or anytime after. I've smoked this for a week straight an not had any long-term scent or flavor carry-over.
While this is not my favorite all-cavendish tobacco, I do like it fairly well and plan to keep it in my modest selection of tobaccos. Read Less
delightful tobacco! I don't know... it's like captain black white (regular) but "upgraded" and much more aromatic. I Recommend it for everone who loves captain black white... it's like change of view... very tasty, delicious...
Nothing to write home about. This is a very mild BC with absolutely no tongue bite. It's a simple and very linear taste; think yeast rolls rising... not baking, bordering on the bland side. Sweetness only exists mildly, as yeast bread has that slig... Read Moreht sweetness. It's not a sweetness you taste, but rather a sweetness you associate with yeasty bread. The aroma is good; light not heavy and akin to stale raisins, white bread and faint leather. It's a good inexpensive tobacco for folks that like to puff a lot, aren't chasing a true tobacco taste, and are mindful of others being offended by the smell of smoking. It smokes incredibly smooth, the smoothest of any tobacco I've ever smoked... I puffed and puffed and it simply wouldn't bite. I'm keeping a large tin as I like the simplicity of the aromatic, the smoothness on the tongue, and the yeasty taste. If you like aromatics, I think you'll like this for the simplicity and smoothness. If you enjoy the complexity of English or Balkans... you might not appreciate the linear taste. Read Less
An enjoyable aromatic that I have shared with new pipe smokers and is universally enjoyed by them. Tin (pouch) note is sweet and pleasant but may be a bit too vanilla for experienced smokers. Room note is favorable to wives and other finicky beings.
Captain Black - Dark (1.5 oz pouch)
Star Rating = 5.00
Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst
Pouch Note = 10
Room Note = 10
Flavor = 10
Bite = 9
Burn = 9
After Taste = 9
Raw Score = 57
Rated Percentage = 95%
Comment = Very Smoo... Read Moreth, Very Mild, Mellow, No Bite, delightful Black Cavendish Flavor, this is a delightful smoke Read Less
The best Captain Black yet. Good flavor on the palate. Good aroma. Nice cool smoke, no bite. I've been smoking Captain Black for some time and always found the blends to be very satisfying and on the mild side. A good all day everyday smoke. An... Read Mored like the late Billy Martin said, "There's never a bite in the bowl." Read Less
Captain Black - Dark; Star Rating = 5; Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst; Pouch Note = 10; Room Note = 10; Flavor = 10; Bite = 9; Burn = 9; After Taste = 9; Raw Score = 57; Rated Percentage = 95%; Comment = Very Smooth, Very Mild, No ... Read MoreBite, Mellow, has a delightful Black Cavendish Flavor, this is a very nice smoke. I love Green River Burley tobacco Read Less
I got a sleeve yesterday. I have smoked about 4 or more bowls. It is fuller than other captain blacks. It isn't too sweet. It kinda reminds me of dark decadence but not as sweet and doesn't have that sugary goop. It has little bit and can be smoked a... Read Morelmost to a complete ash. Read Less
This is the pouch I would see in my dads car. I dont know what was in the jar in his room,wish I did. Thats why I purchased this when I eas feeling nostalgic. I like it very much. It is also a great smoke in between rich heavy English blends.
As a man who has smoked a pipe for 40 years, I have picked up a couple things that may be helpful to the beginner piper. First, pipe smoking is a personal thing that each person enjoys for different reasons and in different ways. You will read and wa... Read Moretch all these well meaning reviewers tell you how to do this and how to do that, don't smoke this or do smoke that. You smoke what tastes good to you and smoke it whatever way you like. Our grandfathers smoked one pipe. They didn't rotate pipes or tobaccos. They smoked one or two brands because that was all that was available. Was their smoking experience less because they didn't do things "the right way." No, they enjoyed their pipe for a lifetime. Enjoy your pipe or pipes with whatever tobacco or tobaccos that you enjoy and in whatever way you like. Second, one of the best tips I ever got was to drink tonic water or a citrus drink while smoking. It cleans the mouth so you can enjoy every sip of the pipe. Third, you can't go wrong with smoking Captain Black blends. They have been around for a long time and taste just fine. They might not meet the criteria of some smokers, but once again if you smoke it and you like it, don't be afraid to buy it. I started out smoking Captain Black Gold many years ago and still smoke it along with other brands. You will find that Captain Black Dark is a nice smooth Black Cavendish that packs well, tastes good and will satisfy your smoking needs. Read Less
I like the Captain Black Gold but had not tried the Dark. The Gold would give me a tiny bit of tongue bite smoking it. However no bite what so ever with the Dark. Having recently gotten back into pipe smoking I am far from being up to date on much... Read More of anything. I have some stronger tobacco in the CVaults that I also smoke when I want a kick, but, to just relax with a very cool smoke that stays lit to the bottom, C.B.D. does the trick for me. Give it a try, just because its sold off of the shelf in some stores does not mean its a bad smoke. Read Less
A lot of people like to put down captain black, call it a drug store brand, but I've found it to be very pleasant. It's pretty smooth, smells great out of the pouch, and can be easily smoked right out of the packet or jar. I would recommend this to... Read More anyone who likes black cavendish. Read Less
I had purchased some Squadron Leader because I wanted to branch out into English blends plus I really like the tin. Well I found the tin note as well as the porch note (I'm only allowed to smoke outside) to be something akin to the South end of a nor... Read Morethbound mule. The taste was not any better . So I decided to buy the Captain Black Dark and add it to the Squadron Leader and see if the straight Cavendish could mask the assness. I smoke a pipefull of the Captain before mixing and WOW! Great plumes of billowy, white, cool, tasty, fragrant, smooth smoke. One relight took it all the way down to light powdery ash. I tugged away at it daring it to bite my tongue but it wouldn't. It was simply brilliant tobacco. No way was I adding this stuff to the barnyard. I cellared the Squadron Leader hoping it would get better or my palate would improve making me appreciate a fine English blend that SL truly is. I ended up blending the Dark with some Cult Blood Red Moon. Holy Cow what a blend. I'll but then together going forward. And yes, I'm an unashamed lover of aromatics. Read Less
I must say...CB Dark is the best pure black cavendish I’ve ever had (and I’ve had A LOT of different black cavendish). It’s not goopy, wet, or overdosed with casing. It’s got a very subtle vanilla flavor and a bit of nuttiness and brown sugar, like a... Read More blackened sweet burley with no tongue bite at all. Right when I lit it, the first flavor and aroma was unmistakably toasted marshmallow. Burns down to a white ash with no dottle.
I’ve always rolled my eyes about Captain Black, but no more. CB Dark is going to be my new all-day smoke. I just love everything about it. This is absolutely my favorite aromatic! Read Less
Captain Black Cavendish is one of those comfort smokes for me. When I just want smooth and easy, CB Dark does it. The scent is akin to vanilla but the taste is a nutty (hazlenut?) sweetness. I have never had an issue with tongue bite. It will burn h... Read Moreot and fast, so you have to slow your cadence with it, but it is about slowing down for me anyway. For the price and product, I don't think you can come close to CB Dark. Read Less
To smoke a pure black cavandish means you are partially satisfying your needs, yet you still miss something. I advise you to have it but never count on it alone. you may smoke it between your daily pipes just to change the tobacco bites (if any) with... Read More this zesty and very mild flavour. It smells excellent, no after taste, and burns very very cold. Read Less
The tobacco it's self is hevily cased and gums up not only the pouch but the pipe as well. that being said the flavor is tolerable yet leaves a bad taste in the back of my mouth after i've finished. The only extraordinary thing about this tobacco is ... Read Moreits availability in that several non fine tobacco shops carry it. i just hope it doesnt ghost.
Update- if you could smoke a neworleans cemetary, it wouldnt ghost this bad. Now, to find out how much latakia it will take to exorcise my pipes. Read Less
Pleasing aroma when burning and in the pouch. As black as its name suggests. Packs and lights well, though is a tad harsh at times. Burns a bit hot; the cob I used for the first bowl got a little uncomfortable to hold about 3/4 through.
This blend, like most OTC blends, tends to be a rather harsh burn. It taste like a chemical burn on the tongue and produces a sweet couple puffs then taste like a fertilizer blended and sold as tobacco.
My wife loves the aroma of a black Cavendish, but I've had a hard time finding one that I like. Captain White is too mild, Dark Decadence is too sweet. Countless others have been too wet or plain. I think that this is the best balance I've found s... Read Moreo far! A little moist, but not too bad. Flavorful but no tongue bite. The wife loves it! On sale? Oh yeah, I have her permission to stock up! Read Less
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