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Sparring Match

P&C's Battle of the Blends pits two tobaccos against each other, and you get to vote for your favorite by submitting a review. Best of all, you get both tobaccos at a bargain price. We'll tabulate the votes and announce the winner at a later time.

We present to you in this Battle of the Blends, Sparring Match. Taking two highly sought after pipe tobacco pouches and bringing you the chance to tell us who you believe is the favorite. Whether it be Villiger Export Jamaica which transplants you to the Islands or Captain Black Grape that gives you a sweet grape note. Take both of these blends side-by-side at one low price and tell us who should come out on top of this Sparring Match. 

Sparring Match Bout includes: 

(1) 1.5 oz Pouch of Captain Black Grape

(1) 1.5 oz Pouch of Villiger Export Jamaican 

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Overall Rating4.27 out of 5 Based on 82 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Sparring Match”

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5 out of 5
Definitely grape!
I was intrigued by the reviews for this and decided to give it a whirl. It really smells just like grape kool-aid or grape soda! The taste isn't as strong as the smell in the pouch and the room note is mild, but there. Definitely not something I'd smoke daily, but it is good for a sweet treat!
5 out of 5
Excellent
A mild smoke with pleasing room note. It provides a natural taste with hints of fruit and nuts.
5 out of 5
Thoroughly enjoy this tobacco and
Thoroughly enjoy this tobacco and will order more. Great scent.
5 out of 5
Kind of fast burning grate
Kind of fast burning grate smell
5 out of 5
great taste-good smoke
I have purchased all of the Villiger aromatic tobaccos. This and the New World Export are my favorites. Th flavoring combination in this, as well as the tobacco cut and type make for a smooth bite-free smoke. Altogether, a good line of aromatics.
4 out of 5
A tasty blend...
Captain Black's Grape blend is a pleasant smoke. The flavor is reminiscent of grape soda, and there is little complexity in the mix. It certainly does not rank with the great aros out there, but it is a nice little addition for the aromatic fan.
4 out of 5
Jamaican Export definitely
Picked up the sparing Match. I was pleasantly surprised with the Jamaican Export. Just enjoyed the smoke and would pick more up from time to time. The Grape Captain Black smells of grape Hubba Bubba Gum as a youth. The grape smells better than it tastes.
3 out of 5
Good but dry
It smokes well, smells great, and has a good flavor. My only complaint is that it was dry. Cavendish is always moist, this wasn't, which makes me wonder how long P&C had it.
4 out of 5
Captain Black Grape
very nice aroma, easy to smoke
2 out of 5
Capt Blake Grape
Didn't like it.
4 out of 5
A Simple Go-To
Fairly pleasant! Others have told me that the aroma definitely smells of grape and I've received compliments from those in my vicinity when lighting up. Not a bad smoke.
5 out of 5
Captain Black Pipe Tobacco /Grape
I really like it
5 out of 5
Very pleasant
Not overwhelming. Interesting change of pace.
4 out of 5
I had heard good things
I had heard good things about it,so I had to try it myself. I does smell like a fake grape but when you smoke it , it's not at strong. Wife liked the room note. You can taste the flavor but not to much.
5 out of 5
A Fine cut above
It’s very fine and I found that flakes were very easy to pass through the pipe. I recommend using a pipe with filter unless you like spitting out tobacco flakes. Other than that it smells so good. It’s better than any other car fresheners I have ever tried. Tasted a hint of the Grape at the finish that is pleasant. A+ love it.
4 out of 5
Captain Black goes Purple!
If you are in the mood for a mild lightly flavored very aromatic tobacco, then this is for you. Many good comments from those around me about how good it smells. I will definetly buy more.
5 out of 5
Another Great Flavor From CB
This reminds me of the original captain black, with a pretty profound kick of grape flavor. Overall, an enjoyable smoke.
5 out of 5
Hubby loved it!!
I always order for my husband! He loves Captain Black. I thought he would like the grape and he absolutely loved it. It reminds me of the bubble gum “tape” I used to get as a child. 😀
3 out of 5
Its different
Its not bad, its grape for sure-big league chew. It will ghost your pipe so I would dedicate a cob to it.
5 out of 5
Love the grape
Not a bad tobacco at all and the smell when you open the pouch takes you straight back your childhood when you would open up a pouch of grape Big League Chew. It's mouth watering! I have to be careful because I almost forget I'm holding a pouch of tobacco and not bubble gum because the smell makes me want to pinch some off and start chewing it.
3 out of 5
it was an ok smoke
it kind of felt like a smoke that i could get from the local shops from here. it's ok but not my type of smoke
5 out of 5
Grape flavor
This is one of the few aromatic flavors that I could actually taste. It also smells like grape. Although I am enjoying smoking it. I would buy it again
4 out of 5
Surprisingly not repulsive.
It’s pretty decent. Just beware it will leave a ghost in your bowl. A few smokes of Lane 1Q, the grape flavor is gone. Not a bad smoke. Very different though.
5 out of 5
Eightrack
It’s a good tobacco especially in my corncob pipe!
2 out of 5
not the best of rum cures
i almost tasted the chicken. smells like vanilla, tastes like molasses, it can't be too bad but it's not as good as i expected it to be
5 out of 5
Tart and Tangy
i really enjoy wine black and mild cigars. the closest pipe pouch middletons has is cherry and to this day middleton's makes my favorite cherry pipe tobacco but i think that captain black grape may have just surpassed the wine black and mild tip
5 out of 5
A Fine Smoke
I love ribbon-cut tobaccos. This is an enjoyable, mild smoke. Stays lit with no bite. I also love their Chico cigars!
5 out of 5
Grape pleasure
Great tasting great smelling tobacco wether in the pouch or in the pipe this is my new favorite.
3 out of 5
i guess ok
They always said I would grow out of 1Q still my go to, 25 years later. That being said I thought grape, why not? Opened the pouch nice smell, packed the old cob, not to dry almost no stems, lit it up and almost no flavor. Could be my pallet but very week. The wife said the room note reminded her of hubba bubba grape chewing gum. Not one I'd put in my rotation.
5 out of 5
Must Try
Very good only seccond to Captain black cherry. TRY GRAPE!
5 out of 5
My new favorite captain black flavor!
Love captain black tobaccos in general but grape is my new favorite. I tried a pouch of it and just ordered a tin! The most distinctive fruity flavor ever. Better than bubble gum!
5 out of 5
A wonderful aromatic surprise!
I'm embarrassingly new to pipe smoking, but thought I'd try this unusual flavor. To my surprise, this grape is the best (IMHO): smokes cool, holds the grapey-ness throughout, no bite, becomes floral almost. Most pleasant! Great room note, too. What's not to love? Surprised and delighted!
5 out of 5
The best. Bar none.
Absolutely my new favorite tobacco. Understand, though, that grape was always my favorite Swisher Sweets when I first started. I always called it "dessert". This tobacco is sweet. It smokes like it smells. My wife doesn't like the smell of most tobaccos, but she will come sit with me when I smoke this. 100% my favorite. Wish I could have an unlimited supply.
5 out of 5
Pleasant Aroma
This is the real deal if you enjoy a sweeter smoke. It's very smooth and burns evenly. I've tried many different pipe tobaccos on P&C and this is my favorite.
5 out of 5
Grape Deliciousness
This is absolutely delicious tobacco! It's unique - unlike any other aromatic I've smoked. The scent of the tobacco instantly brings nostalgia. As a kid, I drank a lot of grape Fanta soda. Can't do that anymore but this is the next best thing - yet without the sugar and carbs. It also holds it's flavor to the bottom of the bowl - smokes just like it smells in the pouch. This will be my go to summer tobac.
5 out of 5
Personal Favs
Wow incredible Captain Black Cherry and Grape Personal Favorites!
4 out of 5
/Nice Aromatic
Just not for my taste but I appreciate whatever method they used to flavor the blend. No stickiness or perfume taste real grape flavor and the tobacco used was was still tasty. I guess grape is not for my taste. Would also like to thank you for the great service.
5 out of 5
Outstanding
I just received Captain Black Grape in the mail. I can't say enough about this blend. It's outstanding, I will be ordering more in the future. Great stuff
5 out of 5
Captain Blake Grape
Great flavor.
5 out of 5
Grape Capt blk
This smells just like grapes and smokes great. Ive have all the flavors and cherry, grape, original are my favorites. Give it a try can't beat the price and P and C customer service is the best
5 out of 5
Surprisingly Good!
I love Captain Black products. All of them have their own place in my collection. I wanted to add grape and did so. My wife loves the room note, I like the flavor and how easily it is to light and stay lit. This is a must have for any Captain Black fan!
5 out of 5
Captain Black Grape
Smells like Bazooka Joe bubble gum!
5 out of 5
5 Stars
Wonderful taste and smell. Goes really well with my brand new Cobbit...
5 out of 5
I wish I could give this six stars
If you are looking for an Aromatic pipe tobacco which has flavor through the roof, this is it. I can't say enough about how good this is - when you open the sealed bag, its like a grape punch in the face. Smells like a grape lollipop from when you were a kid. Great tin note, outstanding room note, and the taste is out of this world. Perfect balacnce of the grape flavor and of the tobacco! Home run, Captain Black!
2 out of 5
Captain Black Grape
It is much too sweet for my taste
5 out of 5
Great value
Great value and service!
5 out of 5
OMG
The grape 🍇 flavoring was so very dominant that there is no way you could be wrong with your smoke experience!! Must have!!
5 out of 5
Captain black grape
Not bad at all👍
5 out of 5
It's OK!
I am not a big fan of aromatic.
5 out of 5
Grapelicious!!!
Candy smoke!!! great change of pace!!! I like!!!
5 out of 5
It's great !!
I will be buying more !!
5 out of 5
My new favorite pipe tobacco.
My new favorite. It does need to sit for about a week after taking pouch out of the cellophane wrapper. Has AWESOME room note and flavor and is easy to smoke. My wife likes that my mustache and beard smells like grapes after smoking after smoking a bowl too.
4 out of 5
Different but good
I enjoyed the sweet flavorful change from the ordinary. Will purchase again.
4 out of 5
Captain Black Grape...welll worth the try!!!
This was another good smoke from Captain Black but it was just a little too strong for me. I probably could have cut it down with something smoother to make it a better smoke for me. Kind of like the cherry, just a little more overpowering. As far as aromatic, it's very aromatic, but those aren't the kinds I'm terribly into. Still, I think it was totally worth the try and am still a Captain Black fan, but the white is still my favorite...
3 out of 5
Captain Black Grape...
A pretty good flavor in my opinion, but a little too strong, overall, to me. Maybe if I cut it with something a little more mellow, it might be a great smoke...even better than cherry, but even Cherry for my is a little overpowering anymore. Still, it was well worth the try!!!
4 out of 5
Pleasantly nice
I was expecting a sweet, goopy taste but instead got a mild, lightly sweet taste. To me, it's not like any other Captain Black. While I don't think I could smoke it all day long (I'm an English blend guy), it is a nice, light, and change of pace tobacco.
5 out of 5
Capn Grape
This tobacco is exactly as others have said and it seems like smoking a Grape Nehi. I mixed it with a bit of captian black orig
5 out of 5
Good stuff
I found this to smoke well ,and will buy again.
5 out of 5
Awesome service
Great tobacco and promo it was a short term loss in cost for the company but a gain in a customer!
5 out of 5
Grape Aromatic
Excellent, great sweet taste for those who enjoy a good aromatic. This my new favorite!
3 out of 5
Decent
It smokes and burns well.. but unless the idea of packing your pipe with grape bubblegum appeals to you, I wouldn't buy it.
5 out of 5
Can't mistake the flavor!
At first, it was way too potent, almost nauseating. It took a couple of days of "airing out" and now I find it most appealing. Not an every day smoke for sure, but a very nice treat for a change of pace. No bite and by far, the most aromatic of the Captain Black line of tobacco.
5 out of 5
Great!
My Dad really enjoyed the flavor and I enjoyed the scent!
3 out of 5
Very Unusual Blend From CB
Very Unusual Blend From CB
4 out of 5
Very Tasty
Bought this tobacco as a last minute item. Did not expect much from this, I was wrong to think that. Great flavor, lit and burned well, didn't get goopy at the end. Smoke it a tad bit slower than normal or it may bite. If you like the other Captain Blacks, go ahead and give this a try.
5 out of 5
CAPTAIN BLACK GRAPE
Captain Black Grape was an unexpected surprise. It is as "grapey-favorable" as the Captain Black Cherry is Cherry-delicious from the pouch to bottom of the bowl without to flavor-goo. Both blends I plan to buy the 12 oz when they are available. I mainly prefer English Blends, to please my wife, I rotate & enjoy Captain Black’s aromatic blends to bring balance in room aroma.This speaks highly to be approved by her. Keep the sales coming! Thank you!! I rate this Grape blend @ 4.5 stars. --------- HD
1 out of 5
Not my favorite!`
Too sweet, and a bite. Not my favorite tobacco. I will not be buying any more.
3 out of 5
nothing to brag about
flavor strong taste ok
5 out of 5
Captain black grape
Very satisfied
3 out of 5
Quite unique, give it a try but be warned it may ghost...
Unique, good however, not amazing. The smell is very potent out of the bag and in a sense reminds me of swisher grape cigars. The taste to me was very pleasant and had that same"Regular" blend goodness with a tart berry taste that did last throughout the bowl. This blend does tend to ghost your pipe so I would dedicate a particular pipe if you are not used to this blend. Not an everyday smoke but I would say it is quite a zesty treat every now and then. I will definitely order more.
3 out of 5
If you like grape other than wine :
It's a tobacco that's a grape effect and the second pipe ful smoked better than first. It's worth a try I say. ...
5 out of 5
Best rum tobacco
Smooth burning tobacco with no tongue bite. Sweet tangy taste and great room note. Will definitely buy this product again.
4 out of 5
nice smoke
Mild cool smoke; nice flavor, not overwhelming; burns well.
4 out of 5
What a GRAPE Surprise!
I have to admit it, I was a bit apprehensive about this blend when I first ordered it. I've always been a fan of the Captain Black products and have a special fondness for the Original blend as well as Royal and Gold. I never tried either the Dark or Round so I purchased the sampler which included the Original, Gold, Royal, Round, and Dark (at a great price I must add). I'm a bit of a completest about things so to round out the collection of Captain Black blends I also ordered both Copper and Grape which were not in the sampler. When the order arrived I immediately gravitated towards the Dark, Round, and Copper - holding off on the Grape until the end - not expecting much. But once I cracked open the pouch and got a whiff my interest piqued and a wave of nostalgia washed over my body ... it smelled like a bag of Jolly Rancher grape candy. And once I lit it up it tasted exactly as it smelled. The folks at Lane Limited must have soaked the Captain Black original blend in a vat of NEHI Grape Soda. And it has a distinct grape room note as well. Now I'm sure fans of English blends will be gagging at the very thought of this ... but for the aromatic pipe smoker looking for a quirky change of pace from your favorite vanilla. chocolate, or maple blend ... this is a refreshing possibility. Not something I'll smoke on a regular basis - but as an occasional smoke this fits the bill. I probably wouldn't highly recommend it ... but might nudge the adventurous aromatic smoker to give it a shot. You too might be pleasantly surprised.
1 out of 5
Not For Me
Least favorite of the Captain Black blends. Grape aroma is strong from the pouch. This blend did not suit my taste. I prefer the Royal and the Black Cavendish blends.
5 out of 5
"Sweet as the Grapes on the vine"
I find this blend the same as others from Lane LTD except it's scrumptious aroma! It a shame Pipes and cigars will not be selling it any more! ILove the flavor, no bite, burns great,delightful room note. It makes me want to smoke the hole pouch at once! So... now I'll have to search else where for this delicious Grape tobacco!!$
5 out of 5
Grape stuff! Wait....I mean, GREAT stuff!!
The Captain Black tobacco varieties are all very good, but this one is awesome! Its like a grape cigarillo times ten! So tasty! I will definitely be ordering more!
4 out of 5
Very Tasty - Better Than Expected
I recently purchased the Captain Black Sampler and decided to make it complete by buying a pouch of Copper and Grape as well ... really not expecting much from the grape. Well to my surprise the grape turned out to be exceptionally pleasant. It was a nostalgic blast from the past ... like sipping on a bottle of NEHI Grape soda. Sweet and refreshing. It taste exactly as it smells in the pouch and leaves behind a very nice room note. As with most Captain Black tobaccos they tend to dry out my mouth a bit more than the Sutliff aromatics I usually smoke. But all and all the Grape Captain Black was a great smoking experience.
1 out of 5
Not For Me
Not good. This taste is not the best for a pipe tobacco. Great air freshener without lighting up. I don't know if I even want to mix it with another tobacco. I will stick with the White, Black, or Royal.
1 out of 5
YUCK!!!
Just take a bunch of grape lollipops, add tobacco and there you have this mess. My wife the smell and the taste is over powering. Capt. Black really drop the ball on this one!!! This they kept and dropped Midnight Gold. Go figure.
5 out of 5
Capt. Black Does it Agaon!
Ok friends of all baccys aromatic...here goes....think of that grape popcicle on a hot summer day. after your done you might take a lick at the stick just before you trash it...ok i gave this blend a good 90 minute workout in 2 different MM's so here goes.....I LOVE IT....out of all the many fruity and flavored blends i have had in these long 44 years of piping this flavor stands out with the best of them. I even had a thumbs up from the better half on the room note, as she described...it smells like a kitchen cooking grape jelly. Now i will say this, like many heavily flavored aro's it will nibble at your tongue if you try to smoke it too fast. just ease into it..you may have to relight a couple of times as i did, but once you get the pipe going it is a very pleasant smoke. actually had near perfect ash in the first pipeful after 40 minutes. The grape taste is oh so prevalent and to me it was like finishing that grape popcicle. The taste does stay with you and i can still whiff the room note lingering...all grape!!! I know even some in the Aro-Crowd have varied tastes so remember mine is just a 1st person experience and thats what makes all of us pipers a fraternity....different strokes for different folks , that's the beauty of this hobby of ours. Captain Black has never let me down in all these years and i recommend this blend unless you do not like Grape. I also suggest anyone who gives this blend a test...use a pipe that your not afraid of a ghost in. Enjoy this great Sunday friends and keep the fire burnin!
5 out of 5
It's not cherry, it's not apple or exotic fruit, it's GRAPE
Grape. Weird. I just did a search for grape on P&C and only two options came up. This and something else. In any case I give this a 5 because well it's as advertised. It's smooth and tastes like grape. I'm willing to bet that a lot of people will think it's too sweet or medicinal/syrupy tasting but I think it tastes like grape soda and/or candy. In a way I find this blend innovative as it's simple, a common flavor in many things but not in pipe tobacco. Captain Black set sail to a familiar shore and came up with this. It's actually pretty tasty and is exactly as advertised. 5 stars for honesty, quality and simple innovation.
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