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Ripe dark Virginias and Maryland burley are refined with dark fired Kentuckys and Louisiana perique. Full bodied, rather powerful and cool smoke.

BrandVogel's Tabakstube
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Perique, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Very Full
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DenizBeck (184)
Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Pleasant

I got aware of "Vogel's Tabakstube" (Tabakstube = tobacco barrack room), when a fellow pipe smokers recommended me "Massimo" as a "natural, Burley forward blend". Further more he said "Massimo is the definition of a good Burley blend" ! So I diddn't hestitate and ordered it as a sample to try it out, as I like Burleys from any sort.

Massimo's (=italian for the Maxium/ultimate/utmost) the apperance is appetizing and intensly brown, with brighter spots to it. The smell from the sample-baggie isn't that much Burley forward. It has a underlying sourness, just a whiff of sugary-sweetness, as well as nutty scent. Decent spice is already lurking in the smell of the backy.

Handling the tobacco is a joy. Ribbons, mixed with ready-rubbed pices. Comes rather moist and needs 30-60 minutes of drying. Some may prefer ever longer drying times.

Lighting Massimo up reveals it's genuine, very tobacco-ey taste. A gentle, almost Oriental-ish sourness is present throughout the whole smoke and the first thing I notice when lighting the bowl. You definetly notice the Perique in this mixture, with it's slightly peppery spice that also shares hints of (sour-)fruits. Kentucky adds body to the blend, as well as offering decent spice and forms together with rich and intense nutty, molasses Burley the core of the flavour-profile. Earthy- and woody notes are lurking and come through by times. A honey-ish sweetness helps balancing the power of this tobacco. It's not overwhelmingly strong, but more on the strong than the medium side.

A top-notch Burley-forward blend! Even tho the smell from the sample-bag diddn't hint towards it having such a rich and intense Burley and Kentucky flavour, but once under fire Massimo shows it's feral nature. The name is really suitable, as it has a fiery character with intense flavours.

No artificial flavouring I could find in this blend - very natural and tobacco-ey taste!

I have to agree to my fellow pipe smoker who recommended me this one - this is a true Burley-forward blend, that's far from being monotonous or boring. It has enough depth and so much character....This one sets the standard for Burley-blends to me! Wow, where has this blend been all my pipe-smoking-life?

4/4 stars, and it really deserves every one of them! A must-try for anyone who likes Burley-forward blends, or anyone whom prefer a full-bodied tobacco with intense flavours, but no artificial flavourings added.

Pipe Used: Clay Pipes / Various Briars

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