I think it's fair to say that the Drew Estate Central Park Stroll was the first pipe tobacco that really got my attention. I was exposed to all the DE pipe tobaccos (made by Scandinavian Tobacco Group) during IPCPR 2014, but I didn't really sit down and fire up a bowl for a few months. As luck would have it, the first tin of DE pipe tobacco that I opened was the Central Park Stroll.
Drew Estate Central Park Stroll
Brand: Drew Estate (Scandinavian Tobacco Group)
Package: 1.75 oz Tin
Tobacco Used: Black Cavendish
Casing: Chocolate & Vanilla
Cut: Ribbon Cut
Bowls Smoked: Quite a few
Date Purchased/Received: July 2014
Pipe(s) Used: DE Tsuge Robusto
Price Point: $8.40 per Tin
Sample provided by Drew Estate and I have purchased additional tins
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Tin Note: When I cracked a fresh tin of Central Park Stroll I was bombarded with scents of rum, caramel and chocolate. Like all aromatics, the Central Park Stroll has a strong smell right out of the tin.
Tobacco Strength: Mild
Room Note: It smells like someone is baking a chocolate cake and melting caramel sauce. The word "scrumptious" comes to mind.
Flavors: The Central Park Stroll takes like a melted chocolate sundae. There are notes of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and rum. The only thing that is missing is the cherry on top. With that in mind I decided to go Next Level. I got some Drew Estate Heirloom Cherry (any cherry aromatic will do) and filled the bottom chamber of your Tsuge pipe (pic below). Then I packed a bowl of Central Park Stroll and blew my own mind. I've done this a few times and it really does make a difference.
Conclusion: The Drew Estate Central Park Stroll was the "gateway" pipe tobacco for me. My tastes for pipe tobacco have changed since I started out, but I find myself going back to the Central Park Stroll often. If you like a good aromatic, then this should be in your rotation.
Rating: I was given a sample tin of the Central Park Stroll at IPCPR 2014 and I have gone through two additional tins since. It's one of my favorite aromatics and I highly recommend it. If it were available in bulk, I would pick up 5-6 ounces and be a happy man.