|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DenizBeck (296)||Mild to Medium||Extremely Mild||Medium to Full||Very Pleasant|
On my journey of exploring - and finally appreciating straight Virginia blends, I came across No. 33. This is supposed to be Kontor's No. 3, but with 3 years of aging on it. Who would buy No. 3 then? No. 33 only costs 1€ more, I'd always choose the matured one over the fresh one. Maybe that's just me, but I think most people will think same.
Reading the description I was highly sceptic, if this really is unspoiled and natural. After sticking my nose in the sample-baggie I'm quite sure it is unspoiled, natural tobacco, with only a very mild casing, no obvious top-flavorings!
The rather fine ready-rubbed mixture has a orangy-red, medium-brown colour with slight golden speckles. It's un-burnt smell is very tempting and matches the description from Kontor. Rich (full-rye) bread, a (bright-toned) fruity dimension that's reminiscent of apricots, peaches and tangerines, as well as a malty quality lurking in the back. Rich spice already in the smell. This one really has a complex and deep smell, but it all seems natural scents to me.
Comes in perfect smoking condition right away. I form balls of the ready-rubbed and stack them in the bowl. Alternative you could also rub it further out to a shag. Takes the light like a charm and burns steadily, cool and flawless.
Lighting up No. 33 instantly hits me with a rich bready flavour, that's underscored by a malty quality. In the first quarter of the bowl the flavour-profile builds up constantly and a bewitching (slightly fermented) fruit tone joins the taste. Apricot and Peaches describe it very well. Its fruit-aroma, I find to be bright" in character, unlike many Va/Pers who I find to have a "dark" and more stoved fruit-character. Slightly sour and citrusy dimension is whispering in the back and makes this even more refreshing. In the 2nd half a note of hops joins in, which merges with the malty quality to make it even more tasty. The sweetness of this blend is very honey-ish, slightly caramell-ish and harmonizes very well with the decent (almost peppery) spice that's in this blend. I think this is as "full-bodied" as a straight Virginia can get.
Very good composition to my perception - admitedly I haven't smoked too many straight Virginias by now, but this is easily in the Top 3 of the ones I tried.
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