[Tin/Bag - Delicious! Sweet, rich, black and some blue berries. So deep at times, almost like a syrup. Way deep inside there are some hints of mild leathery tobacco. Very dark, traditional ribbon cut, black Cavendish. Comes with some moisture. ... Read MoreLet it set out to a nice easily malleable dryness, and then no stickies on fingers or clumping.]
Retrohaling Wonders! Tastey on light with some of the nice sweet and tangy berries in the retrohale. You will miss most of the experience without retrohale, thus employ it with nearly every puff. Gives some mouth watering at the slight tingly tart spots here and there, which build at latter part of the start of the bowl. Very faint aromaticness dances around in the berry barrel of dried fruit. The little tart spots continue give a little mouth watering sour amongst the sweetness of the berries. Just a tad bit of almost a maduro leaf flavor at the very end while there is still some berry in there too.
Burns great, very-long and slow. Easily managed, with no relights needed after the charring light. Take care to manage puffing away at a high cadence while enjoying the different nuances of the berries rolling around through the flavors, or it can get hot, but keeping a nice slower cadence doesn't produce any abnormal hotness. No gurgles, no bunches of goop left at the bottom of the bowl, and flavorful to the end of the bowl.
Not often does the moment to Aromatic overtake me, but when it does this is a topper for me! Others I do enjoy a bowl of in those infrequent moments every 3-4 weeks are Lane 1-Q, BCA, Sutliff 1M & Vanilla Custard, HH Scottie's Trout Stream and Taxman Cometh, but the go to is going to either be No.23, 1-Q, or BCA. Most of the other ~40 Aromatics I have tried will never be ordered again. I will keep a pound or two of No. 23 Blackberry Brandy on hand in case it ever goes out of print, but the pound+ I have should last several years and hopefully does not lose any of the delicious, sweet, or tangy flavors. ◄8.2/10✠Skulls► Read Less
I had hoped that this would be pretty good, but it exceeded all expectations. An amazing blackberry taste, right from the start. Smooth, rich, sweet and creamy smoke, with great flavor. I wanted to smoke this all afternoon. I can't wait to light ... Read Moreup my second bowl of this delicious blend. The lingering room note was outstanding even an hour after smoking. Read Less
I like all tobacco-aromatic, English, Vapers, it’s all appealing at different times of the day, week or mood. This blend I kept aged for over a year without ever trying it. Well, yummy! I was surprised as aromatics can go wrong quickly from my perspe... Read Morective. But this one: one of the first aromatics that legit taste like blackberry and brandy. It is sweet, so avoid if you don’t like sweet tobacco. But if you want a tobacco that holds true to its name then you’ll enjoy this tremendously. Read Less
I found that this one shouldn't air dry too long. 15 to 20 minutes is perfect for me. Tin note is amazing. Room note is very pleasant. Pleasant smoke with hints of fruit and liquor. On the sweeter side, but it's not candy. At times it is creamy, but ... Read Morenot as consistently as your finer aromatics. I suspect I'll order it again some day, but I've got too many aromatics to explore before I get it again. Read Less
I found this much harsher than the the Lane Limited. This one did have a bite. I toned it down by adding it to the Lane Limited with a 2 to 1 ratio. 2 oz of Lane for every 1oz of Newberry. This toned it down considerable and actually made a good ... Read Moresmoke. I think next time I will just try the Newberry Blackberry without the Brandy. But as I said. I do like the mix I made. Read Less
I realized after my second smoke that I just don't care for the blackberry/brandy flavor, but that is on me not Newminster. The tobacco has a smooth smokey burn. I tended to puff on it too quickly, but never got tongue bite. If you think you would en... Read Morejoy this flavor then you should definitely try it out. Read Less
Blackberry Brandy has always been my winter time tipple, so I decided to try this. I liked it right off, but then, with friends around, I naturally shared some. Every single person with whom I shared it liked it as well. One day I was smoking an E... Read Morenglish mixture and my buddy and his wife were smoking this, I he said: "Try this next to what you are smoking." I was suddenly aware of what 'sweet' could really mean in tobacco. Really a first class delight, particularly in winter when I need a little warming up. Read Less
This smoke is definitely worthy of a place in my cellar for a good aromati... In the morning it is a refreshing clean smoke, it does not boast a taste of chemicals... The sweetness is very clean and mellow on the palate the aroma is very pleasant and... Read More neat... To me it is a smoke for all times of the day after meals... A night smokeis definitely a pleasure of mine and BB no. 23 fits well... Stoke and smoke well Read Less
I received a sample of this around a year ago and never thought much about it. I just put baggy and all in a mason jar and put it with the rest. A week or so ago I rediscover it and gave it a try. Very, very aromatic. Not so much that it's unpleasant... Read More, but rather just the opposite. Room note is unbelievable and the taste is fairly pleasant, but it will bite some if puffed too fast. It's now available in a tin so I bought one to have around for when I want something different other than my usual navy flakes. If you haven't tried this, give it a go. Great berry tin/room note and slight berry taste with a hint of brandy. BTW this is wife approved ;) Read Less
The overall complexity of this blend is excellent. At times I smoke this blend straight but I also use this too make my own special blend. Get a sample and give it a try. Not to moist and goopy, you pipe smokers know what I mean. No tongue bite.
Yes, very aromatic and wonderful smelling.
After smoking 2 ounces of this tobacco, I have
discovered that keeping it in an air-tight container is VERY important. Dried out-it is very plain and not nearly as delicious. However, fresh and moist...... Read Moreevery puff is pure joy for me! Fruit notes explode your taste buds! Read Less
There is no question that this potent mixture smells true to its name. As a matter of fact, it is so potent that its fragrance could be detected outside the shipping container! I agree with other reviewers that the flavor evaporates soon after lighti... Read Moreng. That said, it is a pretty smooth smoking experience. A warning though, to all natural tobacco pipe smokers-- Beware, the ghost of Blackberry Brandy! I will smoke it occasionally. Read Less
I purchased the Blackberry Brandy based on the favorable reviews and I wanted to try the Newminster brand. This blend is almost a full Cavendish with slight hints of brown Burleys/Virginia peeking through. The tobacco smells great, it smells exactly... Read More like Chocolate Crumbled Rum cake to me. On initial light up and puff it tastes great but starts to taste slightly bitter and bland from then on. This tobacco may be great for others but I prefer sweet, strong cased aromatics and this, in my opinion, is on par with drugstore brands such as Captain Black. I have to take into account that this is an inexpensive bulk tobacco though. I blended this with tobacco's I had on hand such as MacBaron 7 Seas Red and Peter Stokkebye Peaches/Creme and it turned out much better. Blackberry Brandy may be for you but I prefer Sutliff Vanilla Custard and McClelland Three Cherries Blend over this. I would buy this again as there is not many Brandy flavors out there but I would blend this with Sutliff and McClelland tobaccos. Read Less
This is one of the nicest-smelling tobaccos I've ever had. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to light it or put it on toast. Yes, it smelled THAT good.
Once lit, however, it doesn't live up to that first impression. I'm sure it smells great to those a... Read Moreround you, but the flavor is just too sweet to me. It also burns quite hot. I'm going to keep it in reserve for those times when I'm around non-pipe smokers. Read Less
This tobacco arrived as a sample from SPC--the other offering was a Tom Eltang that I had already tried. It has been quite some time since I smoked any aromatics--but my journey into pipe smoking many decades ago began with them.
The bag aroma is qu... Read Moreite nice and not terribly overwhelming--but it is very full and obvious. As with many aro blends it was moist, but not sticky. The blend loaded easily in a Washington MM, and did not compact too tightly limiting the draw. A prelight started the bowl well, and there was no rise that required a lot of tamping.
For me, the taste of the Virginia came through immediately. Typical notes of hay and the sweetness of that tobacco--quite distinct from the sweetness of the blackberry and brandy. At first, the taste of the blackberry was a bit subdued--but began to take on greater character moving into the first quarter of the bowl.
At this point, the richer burley takes a center stage from the VA, as does the level of nicotine! It has a bit of a "tang" that is not quite a bite--but the mouth feel that is associated with a good burley. The smoke itself is a nice body--but not heavy or thickly creamy. This is quite satisfying for those of us who chase the tobacco tang of English/Balkan blends.
Halfway into the bowl and moving down, the blackberry fills in the balance from the earlier VA and burley steps--melding with each and making for a quite satisfying smoke. The nicotine remains moderately full, and the aroma of the blackberry and brandy FILLS the room--but not unpleasantly or cloyingly so.
The finish strengthens toward the bottom with some loss of the initial distinctions--a bit monochrome if you will--and the moisture levels damp but not too problematic to cause gurgling. I left a bit unsmoked--as is my custom even amongst my regular English/Balkan rotation. I had hints that the very last of it was not going to be pleasant. On the second bowl later, I smoked it in stages--returning several times to relight and enjoy. There was no significant degradation of the blend--nor any harshness from resting.
All in all, I found this blend quite enjoyable--and will add a few ounces on a regular basis to my cellar. A thing to note though. Pick a pipe you smoke similar aro's in or dedicate a briar or cob. Once you pass a couple bowls through--it is going to move in and stay. It will also dominate a room--and depending upon the sensibilities of others may become a good or bad thing. Smoke responsibly! Read Less
Newminster - No.23 Blackberry Brandy;
Star Rating = 5.00;
Rating Scores - 10 is the Best and 0 is the Worst;
Pouch Note = 9;
Room Note = 9;
Flavor = 9;
Bite = 9;
Burn = 9;
After Taste = 9;
Raw Score = 54;
Rated Percentage = 90%;
Comment = ... Read MoreSmooth, Very Mild, nice mild Berry Flavor, this is a very enjoyable smoke Read Less
Tastes exactly like Blackberry brandy, which is outstanding. Tends to become less distinct in flavor for the last third of a bowl, which is a bit disappointing. Best to reserve a single pipe for this blend - the ghost haunts with a vengeance.
I could smell this while it was packaged in the box, it's that strong! A great smelling blend, good tasting too, definitely a good anytime smoke. Like most serious aromatics it can become a bit of a wet smoke.
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