|Tobacco||Black Cavendish, Virginia|
|Room Note||2 - Mellow|
Peter Stokkebye No. 9 Vanilla Creme uses flue-cured Virginias in two ways - as a simple loose ribbon and also as a Cavendish. The subtle vanilla essence is applied with a light hand to allow the flavor of the tobacco to come through in the taste while making the room note pleasant and gentle. A perennial best-seller, No. 9 Vanilla Creme is one of the smoothest vanilla blends you'll ever try.
This is one of those blends that I fell in love(lust?) with years ago, where I met it as Crown Royale. Years later, here I am revisiting it. I still have a great fondness for it, the aroma in bag is a crowd pleaser, and as far as vanilla blends go(and gods, aren't there a ton?), PS 9 has a soft and easy way about it, despite being a heavier vanilla flavor than many. One might get the feeling that the tobacco itself drank some vanilla, then proceeded to be topped with more, and aged in a vanilla bean. Okay, so enough hyperbole, down to brass tacks. The vanilla flavor comes across solidly and consistently, but it smokes cooler than many other vanillas. Tobacco flavor is very mild and understated, if noticed at all. I loathe the idea of a 'beginner's blend' but if you were to introduce someone new to pipe smoking and/or aromatics, this is a nice place to start. Some may find it a nice dessert smoke, others a 'first thing in the morning' type. Of note, I've never had this tobacco bite, in spite of some heavy gulps and overzealous sipping. That's not to say it can't or won't bite, but this is a rather forgiving blend, and that adds to the charm. Its strong vanilla taste is not overly sweet either, so if you had the PS 6 but it wasn't bold enough, or you like Mac Baren's Vanilla Creme but found it too bitey or dense, or if you like the McClelland Vanilla but didn't care for the goop at the end, this is your huckleberry.