Review: Drew Estate Central Park Stroll

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

Style: Aromatic

Tobacco UsedBlack 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 

 

Quick Note: We're working out a rating system, so stay tuned...

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.

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Comment by 302JH (Jose) on March 23, 2015 at 7:05pm

With the Tsuge pipes, are you packing the bottom chamber in the same manner you would the upper bowl?


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Comment by RobbyRas on March 23, 2015 at 7:13pm
good question... The idea behind the second chamber (I think of WuTang ever time I hear or say the word "chamber") is to collect moisture, so I leave the tobacco very loose in there... So I don't "pack" it in there...
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on March 23, 2015 at 8:07pm
I even dig this aromatic.

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Comment by 302JH (Jose) on March 23, 2015 at 9:49pm

Thanks Rob


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Comment by 302JH (Jose) on March 23, 2015 at 9:53pm

Do you know if Tsuge simply designed their lower [Wu-Tang] chamber only for the collection of moisture and you discovered this cross flavor experience accidently or if this was a added feature from the start?


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Comment by RobbyRas on March 24, 2015 at 10:55am

Honestly, I don't know... When we talked with the DE guys on Pipe Dummies Episode 1, they were on board with the idea of using different tobaccos in the bottom WuTang, so I think it's a common practice for them... i would say the main objective was to deal with moisture and "The Gurgle" and the addition of flavor is a nice side bonus... but that's just a guess

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