Natural American Spirit Mellow – Cigarette Review

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

Natural American Spirit Mellow

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Marlboro Red – Cigarette Review

Marlboro Reds, unlike Marlboro Blacks are fantastic! Very classic, straight forward cigarette. A strong woodsy tobacco taste that is smooth, tasty and satisfying. A very simply, classic pack design and a straight forward cigarette design. I love these.

Flavor gets a 10, very full, dark and woodsy. These are like the chicory coffee of the cigarette world. (by the way those two make a great combo!) Aroma was also great. Smelled like a bonfire with a slight sweetness to it. 10 out of 10. The burn quality was also what you’d expect from the best selling cigarette in the world. Nice even burn. Burned a little fast for my tastes but still very nice. 9 0ut of 10. The pack design also gets a great rating. 10 all the way. A classic. These are also very full bodied. You can feel the smoke go down and I love that. The cigarette puts off a ton of smoke and is just very relaxing. 10 out of 10. The nicotine hit goes hand in hand with the rest of this review. Not too much, not too little. Just perfect. 10 out of 10. Overall i’m gonna go ahead and give these a solid 10 out of 10. I can see why these are the best selling cigarette in the world.

Marlboro Red

Marlboro Red

Marlboro Black – Cigarette Review

Well, I’m not even gonna bother with giving these my typical criteria based ratings. They had so much chemical taste, they tasted like burnt plastic, smelled like burning hair and just made me feel sick. The filter seemed to be made of plastic, it stuck to my finger when I tried to drop it into the ashtray. They did burn well and I liked the pack design but overall these get a 2 out of 10 for me. Just not for me.

Marlboro Black

Marlboro Black

Camel Wides – Cigarette Review

Camel wides are a very unique cigarette. They are the only cigarette I have came across that is wider than most cigarettes. They are an average king sized cigarette with a thicker ring gauge making for a richer, stronger smoke. The body on these cigarettes is huge! They put off a lot of smoke, just like I like it. They flavor is a bit more richer than standard Camels but still had that sweet flavor to them. Very strong, very full and a very robust cigarette. Not for a beginner to cigarettes. These are the kind of smokes where you not only feel the hit in the back of your throat but you feel it all the way to the bottom of your lungs. Beautiful in my opinion but an acquired taste for sure.

The flavor of these cigarettes is pretty good. Very rich and very full. Slightly sweet with a strong cigarette tobacco flavor. 8 out of 10. The aroma of these cigarettes is pretty smokey but not in an ashtray way. More of a woodsy bonfire smell that I love. 10 0ut of 10! The burn quality is also fantastic. I don’t know if its the thicker gauge but they burn very slow and very smooth. Perfect 10! The nicotine hit is huge on these. You get so much more smoke per draw than standard cigarettes and each cigarette has more tobacco in it than most other cigarettes so the nicotine content is pretty high. For me its an 8 out of 10. The pack design gets a solid 10 on these. Camel always dose a great job but this pack I love. A very large camel on these with WIDES written in bold across the top. Very unique. Before I get to my overall review I should tell you that these are one of my favorite cigarettes. A go to smoke when I want that Camel sweetness. These are by far my favorite smoke made by Camel. Something about the wide cigarette makes it such a unique, flavorful, strong cigarette. Fantastic! 9 out of 10 all day everyday!

Camel Wides

Camel Wides

Parliament Full – Cigarette Review

The Parliament Full cigarette is a great smoke. Its gotten a bad reputation as of late for being popular among the “hipster” crowd. However I tend not to really buy into classifications like that and decided to go ahead and purchase a pack regardless of the stereotypes, and I’m glad that I did. Parliament is made by the Phillip Morris Tobacco Group and therefore can be expected to be a high quality cigarette. I was not let down. They are basically a Marlboro Red at a premium cigarette price (here in Minnesota). You may ask “why don’t just buy Marb Reds?” Well, to that I would say Parliament cigarettes have something special that to me warrants the higher price. The unique feature of Parliament cigarettes is their recessed filter. The filter on Parliaments is set back about a quarter inch into the cylinder. Its a simple thing but I love the way it keeps the dirty filter off of my lips. Its not normally a problem but when I am busy with my hands or its too cold to have my hand out then I clench the cigarette in my lips. In those cases the recessed filter is great. With standard filters I tend to get a dirty ashtray taste in my mouth when I clench the cigarette. However, with Parliaments I don’t get any unwanted tastes because the recessed filter keeps the filtered out tar and chemicals away from my mouth. This feature was originally intended for WWII snipers who clenched their cigarettes and I can definitely see how these new filters would have been appreciated in that situation. I myself enjoy smoking Parliaments while out hunting. So for those who like to clench their cigarettes the recessed filter is well worth the extra 50 cents.

As for the ratings I’ll give the flavor of these cigarettes a 8 out of 10. They have a great, slightly sweet cigarette taste to them but can get a little bland toward the end of the pack. The aroma of this cigarette is also very pleasing, a solid 9 out of 10. Very sweet and woodsy aroma to the smoke. The burn quality of Parliament Full is very good. I think the paper may be a bit thinner than the paper used on Marlboro Reds because the cigarette itself is a bit lighter and the cigarette burns quite a bit faster. The cigarette burns very even which makes up for the faster burn so overall I’ll give the burn quality of this cigarette a 7 out of 10. The pack design gets a solid 9 out of 10. Very clean, very simple and very classy. Nicotine content of this cigarette is also pretty good. First thing in the morning it gives you a nice buzz. Throughout the rest of the day it give you a pretty average buzz, not overpowering but you definitely feel it. 10 out of 10, very satisfying. Overall, this is a definite buy again pack for me. I’ll give Parliament Fulls a 8 out of 10! They are a pretty decent cigarette flavor, aroma, burn, nicotine and design wise but the recessed filter for me pushes these a bit further for me. In my opinion these are great cigarettes.

Parliament Full Flavor

Parliament Full Flavor

Natural American Spirit Mellow Menthol – Cigarette Review

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

Natural American Spirit Mellow Menthol

Natural American Spirit Rich Perique Blend – Cigarette Review.

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

Natural American Spirit Grey Box : Rich Perique Blend