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A few years ago, when Russ was still pressing tobaccos himself, he made a new blend based off 10 to Midnight, but with some perique and black cavendish added to it. He had made up a large batch, but for some reason, it never wound up being put on the website. When we rediscovered it, samples were passed around the office and we knew that we had to make it available. In fact, Eric enjoyed it so much, he said we should name it Tastykake. There's a limited amount made, so you'll want to get some right away if you love latakia.
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2028)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Virginias and matured Carolina form the base of the blend, though the role they fill is just above being a background player. They provide some grass, citrus, dark fruit with a light tanginess and a “barbecue” fermentation along with a touch of earth. The deeply rich, smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia takes a light lead over the smoky, woody, earthy, spicy, floral, buttery and dry sour Turkish and Orientals. The spicy raisiny, plumy perique competes with the spice from the Turkish, and its last two attributes offer some added nuances. The sugary black cavendish adds a light smoothness. The strength level is just past mild to medium. The nic-hit is just shy of the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite, and has no harsh or dull moments. This krumble kake is very easily broken apart to suit your packing preference. Well balanced and more nuanced than its brother blend, Ten to Midnight, it burns cool, clean and a little slow with a rich sweet and savory, mostly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Has a pleasant, lingering rich after taste. Not quite an all day smoke, but close enough than an experienced smoker may consider it to be one.

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