C&D Sunbear Black Locust

Pedro

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It'll be fine. When the folks who gobbled up all they could and finally get some in a pipe I'd wager those other tins will filter into the population through trades.

It is C&D after all.
🤣…I don't bother buying limited edition. With such a variety of tobaccos, I prefer to buy those that last over time (classics) than to get hooked on tobaccos that will only be available for a while and you have to fight them ...
 

McWiggins

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Been smoking Sun Bear Black Locust here and there alongside and back to back with Sun Bear…… original? Yellow label? Whatever anyone calls it, I’ve been comparing them. Personally, I find Black Locust to have a tin note that reminds me of honeysuckles with a hint of wild flowers along with the general expectations that come with the tobaccos used. The first quarter of the bowl reflects the tin note and after that, both versions of Sun Bear taste the same, to me at least. I enjoy them both and happy to have them in my cellar.
 

Ozark Wizard

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Been smoking Sun Bear Black Locust here and there alongside and back to back with Sun Bear…… original? Yellow label? Whatever anyone calls it, I’ve been comparing them. Personally, I find Black Locust to have a tin note that reminds me of honeysuckles with a hint of wild flowers along with the general expectations that come with the tobaccos used. The first quarter of the bowl reflects the tin note and after that, both versions of Sun Bear taste the same, to me at least. I enjoy them both and happy to have them in my cellar.
They are a bit of alright I'd say.
 

kschatey

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Here are my thoughts on the Sun Bear: Black Locust (2021)...

After receiving my tins, I popped one open and let it breathe for a couple weeks until the aroma changed from being a bit sharp to something more inviting. I then had a bowl a day for five days straight when the weather was cooler here a couple weeks ago. The flavor of Sun Bear is a bit subtle at first, but interesting and complex. Since it's still fresh, it starts somewhat astringent as the alcohol topping burns off, but it's definitely sweet throughout, even on the lips. There is honey and malty flavor for the first 25%, then more its more like granola, woody, and cedar during the middle, and finally bit more floral toward the end. This is one that the smoke aroma/room note is creamy and sweet as it hangs in the air. I've used the "sweet" descriptor a lot, but it's not super sweet like candy. The blend just has a pleasing level of sweetness and isn't bitter at all like some tobaccos can be, especially fresh or toward the end of the bowl.

My overall impression is that I like it better than last year's batch, but I need to revisit that because it there may be several factors involved, such as: technique has improved, tobacco palate has improved, this year's batch with the alternative honey is actually noticeably different, etc. Also, repeated smokes of the same tobacco seems to really help learn and understand the blend. I am also basically drying half of the tobacco for the bowl to a crisp and then mixing it with other tobacco that is only dried for a moderate amount of time (e.g., 10-15 minutes). The result is that this tobacco will easy burn for an hour plus with only 1 or 2 relights toward the end. I really like this blend a lot and look forward to enjoying it over the years as well as revisiting last year's batch of Sun Bear along side this one to see how it's changed and how the two versions differ.
 

baublitz

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Does anyone have any of this to spare? Sample or tin, I'd buy either. Somehow I missed the train. Perhaps someone who bought multiple but it didn't warm up to them as much as they thought. Thanks in advance.
 

kschatey

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Does anyone have any of this to spare? Sample or tin, I'd buy either. Somehow I missed the train. Perhaps someone who bought multiple but it didn't warm up to them as much as they thought. Thanks in advance.
I really like Sun Bear a lot, so I don't have a spare tin. However, I'm happy to send you a sample to try before you go on a quest to find a tin. Shoot me a PM with your address, if you're interested.
 
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