5 out of 5
Received in a CT sampler. I thoroughly enjoyed this blend. On the fuller side of a CT blend. Supremely enjoyable. Nice rich creamy smoke. Still a mild smoke, but not "weak". It's a full flavored mild... if that makes sense.
Construction was impeccable. Due to my style of smoking (Always on the move) I tend to be hard on sticks, and generally I wind up chewing too hard on the end to be able to finish the nub. The construction on this withstood me and I only put it down when I found my fingers burning, there was nothing left.
Flavor profiles are everything you'd expect in a CT, only more pronounced and refined. Cedar, spice, cream, nutty and a nice rich ever slightly sweet natural tobacco flavor.
I usually smoke CT's early in the day, this is bold enough to satisfy at anytime. Not to be confused with a power house - that this is not, but the flavors are ever present and forward.
Lastly - I generally find CT's get a bit harsh near the end - this did not. The flavor profile was consistent from start to finish. The only change I detected was the natural sweetness increased enjoyably towards the last 1/2 to 1/3.
As a pipe smoker as well, this reminded me throughout of a very nice VA flake. Consistent, subtle flavors with tobacco taking the lead remaining consistent in flavor, only gaining in sweetness and natural tobacco flavors.