Mac Baren - Plumcake 3.5oz
Put off at first, but...
Being a new pipe smoker, I was looking for something that was sort of a cross between an aromatic and an English blend. Based on reviews I read, Plumcake seemed to fit the bill. When I got it home, I opened the tin and was immediately struck by what I recognized as a strong green olive smell! I was a bit put off and disappointed. The first pipe full smoked slowly and the taste and room note still exibited that olive smell. I tried drying out some of the tobacco (it was very moist) and that improved all aspects of the Plumcake. It is now remarkably better tasting, smelling and smokes evenly. Very enjoyable! This may seem like a no brainer to more experienced smokers, but as a beginner, it was a revelation. The only negative is that I purchased it at a B&M and paid $22 for the 100g tin. I'll definitely buy more and order it here, $8.96 is much easier to swallow.