|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Ehrling (94)||Mild to Medium||None Detected||Mild to Medium||Pleasant to Tolerable|
This is an interesting and slightly curious blend that highlights the exotic and ethereal personality of the Katerini varietal. Miskatonic squarely targets those who favor Turkish/Virginia blends that place a greater emphasis on the Turkish element. There’s only a dash or so of Perique and Black Cavendish and they hardly intrude or alter the basic Turkish/Virginia nature of the blend.
Miskatonic smokes very smoothly providing a bright and clean taste with some subtle spice notes and a soft sweetness. The smoke aroma displays that pronounced mustiness of Turkish tobaccos. While this blend is not what I would classify as overly complex, it does display some nuance. Strength-wise it falls about midway between mild and medium, perhaps leaning somewhat closer to mild. It’s a mix of light-to-medium brown tobaccos with only a few scattered darker strands and bits presented in a cut somewhere between a fine-to-medium ribbon. The tobaccos burn at a moderate rate and there is absolutely no harshness.
The overall flavor is dominated by the Virginia and Turkish elements with a little more coming from the Turkish. (The Turkish is more impactful than what you find in Oriental Silk, for example.) The Virginias are hay-like with no grass, only a hint of citrus, and not much earth. The Katerini contributes touches of allspice and a creamy quality while the Perique and Black Cavendish work very much in the background providing only whispers of their presence.
If you find the smoke aroma of Turkish tobaccos to be a distractor, you will most likely be distracted with this one—it’s not over-bearing, but the Turkish mustiness is rather distinct.
This is a very entertaining mixture that is well worth the side trip.
Pipe Used: Mostly Meerschaums
Age When Smoked: Relatively Fresh
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