First off, this stuff is very slow drying. I had it inside, in the sun, on a small plate, spread so that it was openly scattered...AC on so the Rh is low...maybe 70F. Half an hour, stuff is warm to the touch, but didn't dry much. Multiple relights to Kindle a smoldering smudge pot burn. Nice and smoky though. Finally, the multiple lights have driven enough moisture out so that it behaves.
So - what's it like? Hmmm. Remember now, these are initial impressions and not any kind of experienced perspective.
While it does have a mildly Cinnamon like aroma in the pouch I can't say that carries over much in the bowl. Especially when aggressively puffed. Moreso when sipped. It's just that, you know the scent of Cinnamon...if you're looking for that same experience when you light this up...I don't think you'll get it. Maybe this is what Cinnamon smells like if you burn a pile with your Bernz-O-Matic. Haven't tried that as yet. Anyway, you know how the Sweet Licorice Twist doesn't taste like what many think of as licorice? But it tastes really, really good? It takes the harsh edge off the Brown Twist like it's supposed to? Well, this is the same, but instead of tasting really really good...it tastes, um...pretty good. It lets more of these "brown" base flavor through. Or something. Very subdued kind of spice something. So with this one, it is interesting and very nice in and of itself, unique, a bit spicy...but not a Cinnamon bomb at all. Very unlike the "spirit" blends like Rum, Whiskey and Brandy which smell and taste like their names. Unlike the Maple that really has a deep, gorgeous Maple flavor down there. A bit more like the Licorice that tastes wonderful but not like what most think of as licorice. This one is... different. But different is good. I'm thinking that there are a whole lot of Gawith guys out there that would find this spot on to what they like about Gawith...real tobacco flavors from leaves of excellent quality deftly handled by a company that does pretty much everything right. IMHO.
OH, and I should add...handle with care...if you're used to smoking firecrackers...this is C4!
Thus far, in my journey through my TAD ropes and twist orders I would pick the Rum, Maple and Licorice Twists. Of these, the Rum and Maple are readily available in the USA...which is good as the prices here are SO much better. The Licorice I will order via GQ in the UK when I get low. The others? Good for the experience, but the others will do me. The Plum stood out, but I can let it go as I much prefer the Rum & Maple.
So...sorry AJ. I doubt this is the Cinnamon blend you were hoping it would be. I might stick the rest of this Cinnamon in an envelope and send it your way out in Carey. You can be the judge. But I think you'll agree.