Joel P.

Cornell & Diehl - Mountain Camp 2oz
A lesson in tastes and palettes...
I was very much looking forward to this blend...the proportions of the tobaccos, according to the description, seeming to be "about right". Well, I just didn't care for it, and I couldn't put my finger on why. I put it away for a year in a mason jar. I tried the blend again just yesterday, and not much has changed. It all seems so one-dimensional to me. It's not too strong...nicotine is a constant in my life, and I enjoy the stronger blends like Gaslight, Peterson Irish Flake, and Five Brothers, but Mountain Camp just doesn't do anything for me. In fact, I find myself anticipating the end of the bowl so I can move on to something else. I re-read all of the reviews. There is one which describes the blend as "hitting you all at once"...and maybe that's what is happening with me. I just can't taste anything but smoke. It's not enjoyable to me at all. I have...what I think to be...an appreciation for loads of different blends. I adore EMP and Chelsea Morning. I love MM965 and Quiet Nights. Even the decidedly one-dimensional profile of Five Brothers is tasty to me, but this blend just tastes like a campfire...and not in a good way. This blend has taught me a valuable lesson: as in all things - to each his own. I don't think I have a particularly good palette - neither strong nor delicate...so, I'm not saying that at all. Our palettes are all different and we like different things for reasons we cannot quantify - it's just the way it is. Gaslight's tin note smells like a dumpster to me, and I must confess that upon opening the tin, I thought I had made a terrible mistake. However, from charring light to finish, I absolutely LOVED the taste and aroma of that wonderful plug! Coke or Pepsi, Scotch, Canadian whisky, or Bourbon - I had to TRY all these things to know WHAT I like...and there is no absolute rule to any of it. Some things, I like - some, I don't...and there is often a very fine line between the two. I love Hefeweizens and Stouts as a rule...cannot stand IPAs...EXCEPT I know of two Hefeweizens that taste rotten to me, there is at least one Stout out there that tastes like dirty feet, and there are two IPAs that I absolutely love! Mountain Camp - a full English in the Scottish vein - is a blend that I should love...but I don't. It opened my eyes to what I might be missing by judging other tobaccos prior to trying them. The great thing about this particular blend is that it is available in bulk. Try a bit - you may like it!

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