These are one of my favorites. Strong, full bodied, clean, and tasty. The taste of these cigarettes is as simple as it gets. Just great tobacco flavor. The pack design is great as always with American Spirits. The only downside is that these take your breath away…. literally….. I like to stay in shape and go for runs regularly and while smoking this pack I could feel it. Normally smoking doesn’t affect my breathing as long as I run regularly but this pack did. American Spirits do have a higher tar content than most cigarettes so this doesn’t really surprise me, but, that being said these are still a great smoke.
Flavor gets a 8 out of 10. Pure, natural tobacco taste. Aroma is also great. A slight chocolaty scent. 9 out of 10. The burn quality is a 10 all the way. Slow and even. A good 10 minute smoke that i love! The body of these cigarettes is very full. A strong throat hit and a lot of smoke. 9 out of 10. The pack design is a 10, standard American Spirit design in yellow. Very nice. The nicotine content is high like all American Spirits. A little too high but still nice. 7 out of 10. Overall these are one of my favorites. A good go to cigarette. 8 out of 10!
Natural American Spirit Mellow
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