Originally prepared as the 1993 Christmas blend, Rumcake proved so popular it was made available year round. This Jamaican rum laced blend is based on a mixture originally made for actor Basil Rathbone. This is the finest rum mixture offered anywhere!
2oz. 9.75 4oz. 18.25 8oz. 35.25 16oz. 68.00
There's a slight hint of vanilla that plays well with the lightly spicy, rich rum flavor, which is moderate in strength. I suspect a touch of coumarin or deer tongue is present, too, which would account for the floral notes and vanilla. The rum sublimates the tobaccos without drowning them out. The Virginia is hay-like, grassy, lightly sweet, and is of the flue cured variety. It takes a little of the lead over the sugary black cavendish. The strength is a couple of steps past the mild mark, while the taste is just past the center of mild to medium. Has a very mild nic-hit. Won't bite or get harsh, though if you puff like your life depended on it, a harsh note may exist. Well blended, it burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves almost no moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. The lightly lingering after taste and room note are sweet and very mildly floral. That very mild floralness distinguishes it from the P&W Rumcake, which used this as starting point, and adds a nice complexity to this blend. It's a little more noticeable when dry. An all day smoke, one which was favored by actor Basil Rathbone.