I smoked some of this last night and thought I would give a review. Blackjack is a ready-rubbed Virginia blend tobacco produced by Fribourg & Treyer. It smells very sweet when you first crack open the can. It’s not the same kind of sugary sweet you smell with bulk aromatic blends. Instead it almost had a citrus smell to it. I’m still not sure if I like the smell or not. As far as handling goes, it was easy to pack because it’s already been rubbed out. It seemed to light up well, though I had a hard time keeping it lit toward the bottom. It was a little wet, but not nearly as wet as an aromatic mix. I might try letting it dry for an hour or so next time before I light it up.
The flavor was nice but very mild. It was hard to pick out any individual flavors as standouts. The smoke was not real heavy either. Skip Elliot over at The Briary said that it was a good tobacco for someone just making a foray into non-aromatic blends. I’m assuming the mildness(almost to the point of being bland) is the reason for that. It was definitely better than Presbyterian Mix, which was the first tinned tobacco I ever tried. I think I am going to like it but at this point I don’t see it becoming a favorite just because of the mildness. I’ll post an update later when I have a chance to smoke some more of it. I’m dedicating a pipe to it so my opinion might change as the pipe gets seasoned with it.
- Here is it’s review on Tobaccoreviews.com