Germain's Plum Cake

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Germain's Plum Cake

Post by Michael Kindt » Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:16 am

Of my most recent TAD purchase, I am finding Germain's Plum Cake a very nice smoke. I asked for advice before pulling the trigger from fellow CPSers and even took some of it. I also broke my self-imposed limits on TAD purchases, and my wife was totally fine with it.

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Plum Cake is a delicate ribbon cut of mostly lighter colored tobaccos. Tin note is delightfully fruity with a darker hint of wine. Delicious smelling, like a high-end dessert. The smoking differs from the tin note quite a bit. It is rich and dark with hints of fruit popping in and out, certainly more tobacco forward than the tin note suggests it will be. It's a surprisingly complex and subtle smoke. Floral, fruity--dark, dried fruit, noticeable Virgina sweetness, an intriguing spiciness, which with the dark fruit, suggests perique. Very intriguing.

The Germain website says the mixture is four Virginas blended with cavendish and a "specially prepared black tobacco". Hmmm.

Nicotine-wise, it's on the medium to mild side (YMMV). It is weaker than Grousemoor, which also came in my shipment, but stronger than most American-style burleys, which I've also been smoking quite a bit of.

A civilized, fascinating, and well-done pipe tobacco, it certainly goes on my ORDER SOME MORE WHEN I RUN OUT list.
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Re: Germain's Plum Cake

Post by Irish-Dane » Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:16 am

A perfect example of how different tastes are... I hated the stuff. Hated it. Couldn't get it to pack correctly, couldn't keep it lit, it burnt the roof of my mouth, had little to no taste, etc. So funny how the same tobaccos react so differently to different people. Glad you liked it MK.
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Re: Germain's Plum Cake

Post by Michael Kindt » Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:28 pm

There's no accounting for taste!
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Re: Germain's Plum Cake

Post by saltedplug » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:49 am

So there's red wine in this tobacco?

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Re: Germain's Plum Cake

Post by SlowToke » Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:20 pm

I don't know what's in it but I'm sure enjoying it too. I think it's a great winter tobacco for folks who don't care much for latakia blends. At least it is for me. I'll definitely keep it around. I'll bet it ages well too.
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Re: Germain's Plum Cake

Post by FredS » Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:10 pm

I wonder, SlowToke, if you're conflating Mac Baren Plumcake with Germain Plum Cake? TR doesn't list latakia as an ingredient in Germains Plum Cake.

I've never tried the Germain & Sons stuff, but I enjoy the Mac Baren blend.
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Re: Germain's Plum Cake

Post by SlowToke » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:57 pm

FredS wrote:I wonder, SlowToke, if you're conflating Mac Baren Plumcake with Germain Plum Cake? TR doesn't list latakia as an ingredient in Germains Plum Cake.

I've never tried the Germain & Sons stuff, but I enjoy the Mac Baren blend.

No, that's what I'm saying Germain's Plumcake doesn't have latakia. A lot of folks like latakia blends in the wintertime. I don't smoke much latakia but this tobacco seems to work nicely in the winter for me for some reason.
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Re: Germain's Plum Cake

Post by Joshoowah » Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:15 am

This stuff is fantastic. Delightful shag cut, exquisite taste, easy pack, easy light, stays lit.
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Re: Germain's Plum Cake

Post by A_Morley » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:21 am

I've always thought Plum Cake was rather nice as well. Something about tobaccos that implement wine into the blend I've always found agreeable, such as Peretti's Scottish Flake.
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