|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DenizBeck (212)||Medium||None Detected||Medium||Pleasant to Tolerable|
Tabak-Kontor is one of the lesser known shop here in Germany. At least I never heard of it before, until I was researching for new, and tasty blends for my rotation. On top of the three samples I ordered, I got granted two more by them. They came in a well designed Mylar-bag by "John Aylesbury".
No. 4 is a flake from VA/KY/PER - which I like to call "the Trinity of tobacco blending" - and has a medium-brown colour to it, with golden-yellow and orange spots to it. The smell from the bag is very natural and mild. Gentle sweetness, slight fruitiness, a bit spice to be noticed. The flake came in perfect smoking condition, but some guys may want to dry it out for at least 30-60 minutes. Yet it is smokeable right off the batch.
On first light a well married composition will spoil your palate. Bready notes, a slight floralness, gentle, but ever-present sweetness are contributed by the Golden and Red-Virginas. The Kentucky is applied light-handed, yet noticeable and adds a very nutty, slightly woodsy and earthy dimension to the smoke. The nuttiness harmonizes perfectly with the bread-ish and floral-sweet notes of the Virginias. Even tho they say "a pinch of Perique" it's definetly noticeable throughout the smoke. Together with the Virginias it develops a rich aroma of (stoved-)fruits which are reminiscent of plums, tangerines and figs. The Perique-ish pepper is there, but rather mild, yet together with the tangy spice of the Kentucky it forms a pleasing and satisfying spiciness, that's never too much, nor overwhelming at all. I also perceive a fermented quality in the flavour, which I find very pleasing.
The three componentes are melted into one delicious flavour that builds up in intensity throughout the smoke and gains a bit of strenght and spice at half-way-point through the bowl.
Burns flawless, doesn't bite and no harsh or dull spots.
I'm really impressed by this one, this has "top-notch"-qualities and doesn't have to fear a comparison to other Va/Ky/Per blends. No. 4 is well balanced and the compontens come in just the right ratio. They hit the "sweet-spot" here to me.
Definetly a well made and composed blend I'll be reaching for again. Shares similarities with McConnells "Scottish Flake", Gawith's "St. James Flake" and Motzeks "Hallo Twist". No doubts - this is a 4 stars-worthy blend!
Pipe Used: Clay Pipes / Various Briars
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