The Natural American Spirit Mellow Menthol is an overall pretty decent cigarette. This is the light green Spirit box. These are essentially light menthol cigarettes. Thin paper and a very perforated filter allow for plenty of air to dilute the smoke making for a very smooth, mellow smoke. The menthol on these can be a bit overwhelming. Since American Spirits never adds anything to their tobacco they instead use a natural menthol substance in the filter. The smoke and air pass through the filter bringing the strong menthol with them. The menthol in these is similar to the Camel Crush Bold cigarettes. A bit more than i would prefer. However they do still have a good tobacco taste to them (unlike the Camel Crush cigarettes). They use the same blend of tobacco that is in the standard blue pack of American Spirits.
The taste of these cigarettes is a very strong minty menthol with a background taste of American Spirit tobacco. The menthol is a little overwhelming and leaves a odd after taste so for that reason i will only give these a four out of five. Since there is no menthol added to the actual tobacco the aroma is the same as standard Spirits. A good sweet and nutty scent, eight out of ten. The burn quality is the same as all Spirits, a good smooth and long lasting even burn. The burn is a solid nine. The draw on these cigarettes is very open and smooth. However, the thin paper and the perforations dilute the smoke too much for my tastes, if you like light cigarettes then I’d say its around an eight for draw, but, this is an opinion based review and since I prefer stronger smokes I only give the draw a four out of ten. The smoke is simply too airy for me. Nicotine content is also a bit of a soar spot for me. When the smoke is diluted by air it also loses some nicotine. Though I don’t like a ton of nicotine in my smokes I do like to feel it. With these I just don’t. That being said I am not a light cigarette guy so these may be good for someone who is but I am only going to give the nicotine content a four out of ten. Pack design however i do like. The pack is light green (indicating light menthol) with the standard American Spirit design. Overall for my personal tastes I give this cigarette a five out of ten. Too light and too strong of a menthol for my tastes.
Natural American Spirit Mellow Menthol
I happen to be a big fan of American Spirit cigarettes. I like the fact that their cigarettes are additive free, all natural whole leaf tobacco. They seem more pure than other cigarettes, more like i feel cigarettes should be. The perique blend is special. They mix the standard American Spirit tobacco with perique tobacco. Perique tobacco is something special. It is only grown in St. James Perish, Louisiana. Being a pipe smoker i greatly appreciate the use of perique tobacco. Some of my favorite pipe blends are perique blends, turns out to be the same for cigarettes. The perique adds a spicy flavor with hints of very dark fruity sweetness. Perique is described as pepper and plum. This comes through well with these cigarettes. These being the medium bodied version of the black box of perique Spirits they have a perforated filter. This allows air to mix with the smoke making the gray box much smoother and easier to smoke than the black box perique blend. I have also found that the perforated filters allow for a much easier draw that Spirits are known for. The added air also seems to enhance the sweetness of this blend holding off the dark peppery taste until the exhale.
The Flavor on these cigarettes is very unique and very good. I’ll give the sweet pepper plum flavor of these cigarettes a solid ten out of ten. Aroma wise, they remain at the same level of excellence. The smell these cigarettes put off is very woodsy with a peppery quality to it. The burn quality also is very good, even, and slow. One of the reasons i love American Spirits is the length of the smoke. If I take my time and really relax and enjoy my smoke these last a good ten to fifteen minutes. I give the burn quality a nine. The draw on these cigarettes is fantastic as well! The perforations make for a easy smooth draw with very little harshness in the back of the throat. Draw gets a ten out of ten! Nicotine wise these hit the mark as well. If smoked first thing in the morning or on an empty stomach it may be leaning toward a bit much but, in regular situations is a great daily smoke, eight out of ten. The packaging is also pretty good, simple grey box with the standard American Spirit graphics will get this box a modest seven out of ten. So overall you can probably guess that i love this cigarette! This gets a ten out of ten all the way! Its unique, tasty, sweet yet robust, strong and very high quality, and excellent smoke!
Natural American Spirit Grey Box : Rich Perique Blend
Earlier this week i picked up a pack of the hard to find Lucky Strikes. Introduced in 1871 Theses are the definition of a classic. Lucky Strikes were distributed to our troops in WWII and remains popular to this day among military members. Luckies were also the best selling brand in the 1930’s and its not hard to see why. First off the packaging is great. Just a simple classic white soft pack with the black red and grey Lucky Strike logo, the way its been for over a century. Then, there is the tobacco. The tobacco in Luckies is a classic blend of toasted burly and viginia tobaccos. This blend gives Luckies their unique sweet and nutty flavor.
I give the flavor of Lucky Strike a ten out of ten, simply fantastic. Sweet, nutty, full flavored and very full bodied. The aroma on Luckies is also quite fantastic. They smell very woodsy with a slight hint of sweetness to the smoke. I’ll give the aroma a nine out of ten. I will give the burn quality of Lucky Strikes a seven out of ten. They burn nice and even but as with most unfiltered cigarettes they burn faster than i would like. I was very pleased with the draw on these cigarettes. Being unfiltered the draw was very free and smooth. I also don’t seem to get tobacco flakes in my mouth near as much with Luckies as i do with Camel Unfiltered. Draw gets a ten out of ten. Luckies are VERY full bodied and put of a ton of smoke, i personally love a good smokey cig so i’ll give that a ten as well. Then there is the packaging. As i stated above i think the package is great. Just good old classic American cigarettes. Nothing too fancy just simple, to the point and elegant in an odd blue collar way. I give the packaging another ten out of ten. Finally there is the nicotine content. Luckies pack a punch! Yet not in the same way as Camel Unfiltered. These give you a nice kind of background nicotine buzz. Not overpowering in any way but you will feel it for sure. Just a nice relaxing classic that taxes you back to the good ol’ days of five and dimes, beautiful cars and the Rat Pack. Overall these get a very solid nine out of ten. A fantastic classic.
Lucky Strike Unfiltered soft pack
Crooner by Cornell and Diehl is a blend that i have been wanting to try since i first heard about it. I love a tobacco with a good story behind it and this has a great one. Crooner is Cornell and Diehl’s recreation of a blend originally blended for the original crooner, Bing Crosby. Being a Crosby fan myself i was very exited and had high hopes for this tobacco. I was not disappointing. Crooner is a strong blend of dark and light cube cut burlys with a healthy dose of the herb deer tongue. The deer tongue adds a very earthy, sweet almost minty vanilla flavor to the blend. Out of the jar it had the wonderful smell of the forests of norther Minnesota. This blend brings me straight to my happy place, sitting by the fire on a chilly summer night camping in the Boundary Waters.
The dark and light burlys give the blend a strong dark spicy flavor with a hint of sweetness while the deer tongue adds that extra something special that puts this blend into my regular rotation. Flavor gets a 10 out of 10, full, robust just the way i like it. Aroma gets a 6 out of ten, Crooner smells fantastic to those who enjoy a dark burly but this is not a blend to smoke in public or around any non smokers. To them this would hit them like a two by four. The burn Quality of this blend is great once you learn how to smoke a cube cut tobacco. With cubes you simply fill the pipe with tobacco, light it, tamp it, light it again and your set. Tamping this tobacco or doing the three pinch pack method will pack it too tight and it will become a constant battle to stay lit. Also, you are going to want to be careful when puffing on this blend. The nicotine content is through the roof on this one so if you puff to fast it will knock you out! I give the nicotine content a 8 out of 10. it simply has too much nicotine to get a higher rating but if smokes cool and slow it is perfect. Overall, i give this blend a 8 out of ten. However when smoked out of a Savanelli Bing’s Favorite, with a tall glass of ice tea and some Bing playing in the background….its the greatest experience a pipe can offer.