|Tobacco||Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia|
|Room Note||3 - Balanced|
Peter Stokkebye No. 9F French Vanilla uses a base of Stokkebye's traditional Cavendish, made of Virginia and Burley that has been pressed, sliced and tumbled out. This blend uses a larger dose of vanilla flavor than No. 9 Vanilla Creme, but the aroma is pleasant, and the taste is much more subtle than one might expect.
Nice mellow flavor. No bite. Easy to light and keep going.
I was somewhat disappointed with the French Vanilla that I received. I had previously ordered a one-ounce sample, and it was very good, which is why I ordered a full pound next. But the tobacco I received seemed to come from the "bottom of the barrel", so to speak. Much of it was stiff and hard to get into the pipe, as though part of the stems of the tobacco plant had been included, not just the leaves. It also seemed to burn much hotter than the sampler I had previously tried. The flavor has some vanilla to it, but it is by no means overpowering. It has a good aroma, but that doesn't make up for the other drawbacks. On my next order, I plan to revert to the Stokkebye Black Vanilla, which I now realize I much prefer over the French Vanilla. Maybe I just got a bad batch, but I will probably not order the French Vanilla again.