|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Telling it how it is. (73)||Mild to Medium||None Detected||Medium||Pleasant|
This is another wonderfully versatile tobacco from Planta. Just like its counterpart Akropolis it is a very old pipe tobacco recipe which also is useable for cigarette smokers. It's cut is a very fine shag cut, think rolling tobacco fine, which demands small to tiny pipe bowls. And due to those tiny bowls it is the perfect smoke for a break at work. Usually you will have 10-15 very tasty minutes of joy. Or, should you fancy those, a very nice cigarette break.
Upon opening the tin you will be greeted by brown Virginias without any topping or flavouring. Unfortunately out of the tin it does not offer any great olfactory experiences, but it does not smell bad or stale either, just very faint.
Packing, or rather non-packing, needs some practice as with all shag cuts that fine. It is incredibly easy to overpack and have hard lumps formed in the tobacco strands. But after a couple of bowls you will have packing down and then it's all easy going. Lighting is a cinch and burning properties are excellent.
The tobaccos used are of excellent quality even for us pipe smokers. The cigarette smoker will have to walk many, many miles to find something even remotely comparable in quality. There was a time when all cigarette tobaccos had this high quality level. Good old times, long since gone.
Taste is on the sweetish and honey side of virginias, not so much on the grassy side. For the pipe smoker this is a full tasting virginia with nothing at all to be missed. I wish they would offer this blend in flake cut as well, because it would be a marvelously good tobacco. But for the cigarette smoker this will be a sweet, gentle and very flavourful smoke. The only drawback for the cigarette smoker is that this is the kind of virginia prone to be smoked to hot and then nipping your tongue. This, for me, was no issue when smoked in pipes. But as cigarettes i had to really restrain myself from puffing to hard. But if you can manage to smoke it slow enough then you will be hard pressed to find anything that offers that much fun in cigarette form.
So do i recommend this blend? Yes. And with a capital "Y"! I do recommend this blend for pipe smokers and virginia lovers. I do recommend this blend to cigarette smokers. And especially i do recommend this blend to all crossover smokers - go for quality and get this blend. Also i do recommend this blend for the beginner if he owns a pipe fitting in size. Because ~15 minute smokes can be a treat for a newcomer who otherwise will have to battle through an hour or longer with larger pipes and other blends.
Pipe Used: Use only small to tiny bowls.
Age When Smoked: They don't print production dates on it.
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