C&D recognizes and salutes the heroes of 911 for their bravery and selfless dedication to others with First Responders — a blend of red, bright, and stoved Virginias with a dash of Perique and toasted Cavendish.
According to the producer this is a re-release of the former “Tribute” under the new name of “First Responders”. Reviewers in several blogs report about differences, though. Since I have never smoked “Tribute”, I cannot compare. FIRST RESPONDERS is s... Read Moreupposed to be a Va/Per with toasted Black Cavendish and no added flavouring or casing. In my over 30 years of pipe smoking I have come across of literally all sorts of Cavendish, Black Cavendish being the most prominent, but I cannot remember having smoked “toasted” Cavendish. Just to make it clear: Cavendish is NOT a species of the tobacco plant, it is a PROCESS of tobacco treatment. BLACK Cavendish is sauced, cased, steamed, pressed BURLEY, in difference to other kinds of Cavendish. Now, let’s light up this blend and see what happens.
Very good smoking mechanics. Virginia seems to be the backbone of this mixture, donating hay, grass, earth, some tanginess and sweetness. Although this obtrusive, astringent tanginess may come from that toasted Cavendish. To me, smoking this blend is like smoking an AROMATIC Mixture. It is not what one expects from a Va/Per. Before toasting this Black Cavendish it must have been heavily sauced or cased. It is definitely too much for me, as it covers up too many natural aromas. Even the Perique drowns. This mixture is not for me. I would only recommend this blend to Aromatic or Danish smokers. Read Less
Having Received a somewhat unpleasant tin of this blend from C&D (No fault what so ever to smoking pipes.com) I contacted smoking pipes customer service, they explained to me what had happened to my tobacco in transit and the changes that may have oc... Read Morecurred within the tobacco itself due to temp and air pressure resulting in unpleasant gases being produced by the tobacco. I wish i could of given a proper review of this tobacco, hopefully I will be able to once again in the future when I order more.
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