HomeHome  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log in  
 

 Aros

Go down 
AuthorMessage
Segovia

Segovia

Age : 68
Location : Atlanta
Registration date : 2020-06-06

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Aros   Aros EmptyWed Jun 24, 2020 11:04 pm

When I recently went through my tobacco collection, I came across a couple of McClelland aromatics that I had forgotten all about, Town Topic and Holiday Spirit. Both were from 2014 and each had been opened and just sealed with the plastic lid for the 50g tin.

Against all odds, each was at a perfect moisture level after all these years and still had plenty of maple on the one hand and dark rum/pecan/cocoa on the other. But they were also still really good smokes because the underlying tobacco was the high quality that McClelland insisted on. So much for "aros don't age well" internet wisdom. If you have any of the McClelland aros around, you are in for good times.

I don't generally like aros, too many taste artificial and are masking crap tobacco. But I am also good with the various W.Ø. Larsen blends and some of the Solanis, less good with Mac Baren and Dan.

As what I consider a different category, there are flavored blends that are also first class. Samuel Gawith Firedance Flake and Gawith Hoggarth Top Cherry are both excellent assuming that you like the taste of blackberry and black cherry, respectively, but are not what I would call true aros.

Anyone else find aros interesting from time to time?
Back to top Go down
DrumsAndBeer

DrumsAndBeer

Age : 48
Location : Northern, CA
Registration date : 2012-04-04

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptyThu Jun 25, 2020 3:41 pm

I enjoy an occasional aromatic here and there, but much like you, some I can smoke and others I can't.

Most recent I have been enjoying Rattray's Exotic Orange and Solani Mango Flake. E. Orange is a German/Danish aro all the way, with subtantial flavor for the style and a nice aroma. Mango Flake is more in the realm of Sam Gawith Firedance in the sense that it smokes more like a lightly topped quality Virginia and it's not goopy.

I agree that Top Black Cherry is probably the best cherry flavored Black Cavendish aromatic available.

Wilke 191 is very good, as is Country Squire's Parson's Blend.

I am sure there are others that I have enjoyed from time to time, but typically I smoke natural tobaccos and several Lakeland made products.

Most American style aromatics may smell nice, but are too mild for my tastes, drug store burley blends included..
Back to top Go down
Brewdude
Moderator
Brewdude

Age : 67
Location : Arid-zona
Registration date : 2011-05-04

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptyThu Jun 25, 2020 7:05 pm

I'm not much for aros but BH posted a pretty good thread on aros that were worth considering-

https://brothersofbriar.forumotion.com/t31593-the-great-best-of-the-best-of-the-best-aromatic-project


Cheers,

RR

_________________
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" - Benjamin Franklin


Aros Purple11x 3Aros Bombx10Aros Bombx10  Aros D6bddf10 Aros 44902965465_19121c84ed_s_d Aros Cowboy13Aros 4G80VIc

Site moderator and BoB Bomber's co-commander.
Back to top Go down
http://www.randereed.com
Corncobcon

Corncobcon

Age : 70
Location : From the prarie of KS. to Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
Registration date : 2017-10-15

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptyThu Jun 25, 2020 7:21 pm

I don't lean too much towards the aros, but I do like Mc Lintock's black cherry once and a while. Holger-Danske Original Orange ain't too bad either.
Back to top Go down
Brunello

Brunello

Age : 61
Location : Fauquier County, Virginia
Registration date : 2020-01-01

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptyThu Jun 25, 2020 8:24 pm

I'm not sure, but pipers like Segovia and DrumsAndBeer and myself, who take the hobby seriously (compared to the casual OTC smoker) and also enjoy the occasional aro, may be in the minority. I've always had a feeling there is an unspoken thought in the piping community that beginners start with aros and then outgrow them when they learn what real tobacco is.

From the beginning, I always enjoyed variety, and the 80's my rotation was between three very contrasted tobaccos: Royal Yacht, Balkan Sobranie (white), and Borkum Riff. Just like with food, I may crave something salty, something sweet, something savory.

But, the food analogy only goes so far. I love fresh strawberries and cherries, yet despise anything that even hints at berry flavors in my tobacco. I popped a 6-year old tin of Firedance and found that it tasted like blackberry jam on burnt toast, and I haven't had the gumption to try it again. Conversely, I'm not wild about fresh plums, but really enjoy that flavor in my tobacco! And don't get me started on rum, I love my Rummy and Yummy Black Frigate!

So, I'm hoping somebody here has some insight as to why food flavors that I like do not translate to smoking enjoyment. Maybe tobacco is more like wine than food? I don't think I could stomach a strawberry wine either! What a Face
Back to top Go down
Blackhorse
Moderator
Blackhorse

Age : 72
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
Registration date : 2010-10-23

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptyFri Jun 26, 2020 9:47 am

In my elder years I have come to appreciate a good aro much as I appreciate a good VA, etc. Good is good.

For me...no to cherry in general. Just sumthin about it that makes me a little queasy.

My current go-to’s are Rivendell (all that is good in an aro) and Gawith Firedance (Raspberry Creme in an otherwise excellent flake).

Have fun you guys.

_________________
Council Member, Trading Post & General Site Moderator.
Founding BoB Bombers Squadron Commander, Un-Ret
Aros Puffy

Aros D6bddf10Aros 29400910Aros 114e6110Aros Ddb39b10Aros Cf77ce10Aros Dd692012Aros Cowboy13
Back to top Go down
Brunello

Brunello

Age : 61
Location : Fauquier County, Virginia
Registration date : 2020-01-01

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptyFri Jun 26, 2020 4:08 pm

As Segovia said in the beginning: "assuming you like those favors." The search for a good aromatic should take into account flavors that one is inclined to like. Since I know I don't care for cherry flavor in my baccy it would be a thankless task for me to evaluate the 10 top-rated cherry blends just to see if maybe one of them was halfway decent. I'd also probably hesitate to try a banana pudding baccy.

Like with food, if you know you are not wild about oysters be weary of somebody who tries to sell you with this idea: "You haven't tried oysters until you've tried these, the best you'll find anywhere .... genuine Rocky Mountain Oysters!" What a Face
Back to top Go down
D.L.Ruth

D.L.Ruth

Age : 39
Location : NC
Registration date : 2018-10-03

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptyFri Jun 26, 2020 5:18 pm

I'm kind of half and half between aros and non-aros. Like Blackhorse, Rivendell is one of my go-to aros, I also enjoy Second Breakfast and just picked up two new Country Squire aros (Tres Leches and By The Fire) so will be trying those out.

I usually smoke non aromatics in the morning on the way to work and aromatics on the way home.
Back to top Go down
ftrplt

ftrplt

Age : 73
Location : Split between Raleigh, NC and OKC, OK
Registration date : 2007-12-15

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptySat Jun 27, 2020 11:27 am

I fully admit that early in my piping years, aros were a big deal (Middleton's Cherry Blend, John Rolfe's Peach, plus many others!) 'cause all the girls loved the aroma Wink Wink Wink I soon outgrew aros. To this day, I only enjoy on occasion Bob's Chocolate Flake and The Mayor's Chocolate Flake. Only smoked in my cobs, cherrywoods, maplewoods, etc. FWIW cheers FTRPLT
Back to top Go down
Segovia

Segovia

Age : 68
Location : Atlanta
Registration date : 2020-06-06

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptyTue Jun 30, 2020 10:15 pm

Interesting responses guys. It sounds like most here will smoke an aro now and then on a selective basis. That's where I'm at and have been for a while.

But as was mentioned, it is (or at least was) very common for somebody to start out with an aro mainly because they always sound like a good idea. That doesn't generally last too long, especially for someone who is trying to move away from cigarettes which is just not going to work.
Back to top Go down
Brunello

Brunello

Age : 61
Location : Fauquier County, Virginia
Registration date : 2020-01-01

Aros Empty
PostSubject: Re: Aros   Aros EmptySat Jul 04, 2020 4:38 pm

Maintaining a 4th of July tradition with me: Peter Stokkebye Heather Honey in a 40-year old King Cob.  Back in the 80s I used to occasionally enjoy a Niemeyer blend called Scottish Heather. In the 90s this PS blend, now long discontinued, was the closest thing I could find. I do like honey or nut tones in aros, and have even made my own blend called Honey Nut. Anyway, I trot this big cob out once a year just for this blend. 90 degrees out so keeping some ice cold water handy for hydration. Hope you all have a good 4th!

Aros Bob-ju10
Back to top Go down
 
Aros
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Brothers of Briar :: Pipes & Tobacco :: The Tobacco Jar-
Jump to: