|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|StevieB (1506)||Medium to Strong||Very Strong||Overwhelming||Tolerable|
James Barber - Rich Dark Aromatic.
The description for this on the J. Barber website is quite vague. Also, I find the name Aromatic can be a bit misleading sometimes; to me, the singular word Aromatic imminently conjures up the image of something too floral and perfumey. Is that the case here? Let's see:
There is, without doubt, that floral asset that often goes hand in hand with the word Aromatic. In all fairness it doesn't taste too bad at first, but it becomes stronger as the bowl burns down: at first it's a pleasant embellishment, but after a short while it becomes far too much; this causes it to ghost a pipe like you wouldn't believe.
Regarding the tobacco's, I wouldn't say it's a blend that contains only Virginia. Because: A. The mix is far too dark, and B. Forgetting the floral taste, it has a deep flavour. I'd say, as well as Virginia, it includes Kentucky/Burley. This is reflected in the nicotine content also: a straight Va's normally below medium, yet this is medium to strong.
If the flavour I got for the inaugural part of the bowl lasted for the whole pipe I'd rate this highly, but seeing as it doesn't it's getting a lonely star!
At the start I wondered if this was going to be the expected floral/perfume situation. Was it? Yes.
Pipe Used: Savinelli Siena 320KS
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: J Barber
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