Need help identifying a blend

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Arkie

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My local B & M sells a heavenly blend that I love (one of the very few aros I like.) I'm very sure it is a renamed bulk blend but I can't figure out which bulk mixture it is. I do intend to continue buying it from him but I would like to know the name of it in the event he ever goes out of business or something like that happens. It has a delicate vanilla flavor along with something that might be carmel and/or orange (the flavor is so subtle it is difficult to determine.) It has a faint pouch fragrance and room note of vanilla/orange/carmel as well. It is ribbon cut and it is a mix of light brown, dark brown and a bit of black. It isn't sticky to the touch and it doesn't leave any goop in the pipe so it has very little or no humectant. It's very mild and doesn't bite. Does anyone have an idea what it might be?
 

Arkie

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Ask him. I have a b&m near me and they don't mind telling me what the real name is and who blends it.
I think he is afraid I'll start getting it entirely from on-line and quit buying it from him. Several years ago I asked one of the kids who was behind the counter if they blended it themselves and he said they did. However, they run out of their stock of it frequently and each time they say thay will be getting a supply of it delivered soon.
 

Arkie

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Sounds a little like Stanwell (?) Melange, which I absolutely love.
Melange (which tastes like apricots & cream to me) is one of my favs but this stuff is very delicate by comparison and he sells it by bulk rather than tins. I've never seen Melange sold by bulk.
 

bubbagump

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Stokkebye blends are the norm at my local B&M's.

How about this one? Peter Stokkebye Sweet Vanilla. Here's one review that jumps out to me (compared to Black Vanilla...which is pretty goopy, to me).
The name is a bit of a misnomer. It is not as sweet as the name may imply. Yes there is a nice subdued underlying sweetness but not the gloppy overly sweet mess that might make you afraid to try this blend. You actually taste real tobacco particularly some nice Virginias. The vanilla is also lightly applied and adds more to the aroma than the taste. Over all this is a very tasty blend that will be enjoyed by all except the anti-aromatic snobs and the nic-heads. Smokes dry with no bite and is not overly mild. I could easily see this being an everyday smoke for many.I smoke mostly Va/Pers but this is a very nice change of pace and it's dirt cheap to boot. Enjoy!
http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend_detail.cfm?ALPHA=S&TID=2003
 
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