|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DK (826)||Mild to Medium||Very Mild||Medium||Pleasant|
Mostly dark black ribbons with some light brown included. As with the original, some light gingerbread in the nose with an almost clove-like aroma well underneath.
I liked but didn't love the original, as crossover Balkans just aren't my preference. Still I loved the concept and the execution from a more objective sense. This one takes my heart as well as my head. All of my minor complaints of the original are addressed here. The Syrian latakia lends a more exotic spice here that doesn't overwhelm the other components. I'm not quite sure what the aged perique does here but I can't argue with its inclusion! There is some aromatic-type essence in both the taste and the room note but this is no flavor-challenged aro. It's very spicy and naturally sweet but with a touch of what Cavendish smokers find so enticing. Where the original was a crossover that landed squarely between aro and non, this one leans towards the non without eschewing the aro. Consequently, I was bound to prefer this one. Fairly complex, doesn't need a lot of drying time and this has "jump factor", meaning it's not an all-day, working in the yard affair. Unfortunately, this is going to be as rare as hen's teeth when it comes into the market. Act fast or not at all! :) Ernie is an inventive blender with an eye towards the tradition as well as innovation. Strong 4 stars!
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