The peppermint and menthol, together, are delightful in their own right. But the quality of the base tobacco is also utterly superb, warmly smokey and comforting. For me, after the peppermint and menthol settle, the base tobacco smells uncannily similar to a long-gone uncle's pipe tobacco jar. Five stars. Also the tap box is an excellent size for pockets and the sailing ship is outrageously cool. It lends a very "Master & Commander" vibe to the product.