My first review, I'm a newbie to pipe so please forgive the limited perspective. This was smoked in a Brigham Mountaineer - my only pipe. Vanilla Cream is a ribbon cut Virginia and Black Cavendish tobacco cased with vanilla flavor. When I opened the tin it may have been bordering on too moist and the smell was very strong. I've read elsewhere that it smells like "vanilla compost", I wouldn't go that far but there is a sort of thick fruity smell when the tobacco is in the tin. I used what I call the "Lazy Frank" to fill my bowl (gravity fill, push in an addition good-sized pinch by rolling thumbs over the bowl - not being concerned with Franks technique or "side pressure" - thus "Lazy" - works very well for me) The flavors that come off the char light are very very good. The vanilla really does take a leading role in the char light and is accented very well by the tobacco. When the real light comes it gets a bit tricky, this blend is a fire-cracker! It burns hot very fast and stays hot for a long time, and when it gets hot, it gets peppery and bites!! The best real light for this blend is closer to what I would do for a re-light: a couple quick, short draws. When the smoke is cool the vanilla settles into the background giving this full bodied blend a really smooth taste. The room note is probably my favorite of all the tobaccos that I have tried and here again, the vanilla really comes through like a champ! It's kind of a smokey, mild version of the tin note, very nice. This is meant for a relaxing smoke, a bowl can last me up to an hour and a half. Vanilla Cream demands the patience and time of being smoked at the edges of going out because it is an unforgiving and ruthless blend; and this is my main problem with it. If it gets too hot, it's over, my mouth gets drenched in peppery tasting smoke and when it finally cools down that sweet smoke is masked by the peppery taste that's already in my mouth. This is especially frustrating for a newcomer to pipe smoking as I'm still learning. Despite this, when paced right and smoked cool throughout this can be one of the most relaxing smokes, especially when one gets wisps of the room note in between sips. Rating: Cautiously but Enthusiastically Recommended. I'd love to hear others thoughts on this blend.