|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DenizBeck (213)||Mild to Medium||Medium||Mild to Medium||Very Pleasant|
The third blend I got to smoke from the Treasures of Ireland Series. A great series by DTM, Killarney and Limerick are great. Donegal is a bit different, as it's aromatized.
The tins are beautiful and classy... small in diameter (approx. 2/3 of the usual tin size) and are of sturdy, thick metal Donegal's design is neat and intriguing to me. Inside there's the typical cover-sheet with the compass on it. Ready rubbed tobaccos of mostly brown color, with some black and bright parts inbetween.
Tin note is different than I expected it to be. Clearly aromatized and certainly not only cased, as they claim, the flavoring reminds me a lot of Vauens TAB150. Honey, fresh and juicy fruits, something alcohol-ish, maybe wine more so a fruity liquor or Brandy. Not really too much tobacco aroma to detect here. Comes perfectly conditioned tho, not wet at all it's crispy and ready to smoke right away from the cracked tin. A good sign for me, that this tobacco isn't overly sauced.
In the pipe the flavoring is very apparent, but not obtrusive. Though I tend to call this an aromatic blend, more than a "Semi-Aromatic" one. The flavoring dominates with its frehs fruitiness, underlying honey-ish sweetness and a touch of fruity-liquor to it. The Burleys make their presence more known than the Virginias, lending the blend a nutty, slightly earthy and decently spicy backbone. The Virginias sport a minor citrusy aroma and maybe a whiff of grass and hay. Has a slight toasty-dimension to it, whilst having a creamy mouthfeel.
Quite palatable, fans of aromatic tobaccos will love this, of that I'm sure. For me as a smoker that prefers unflavore tobaccos, this a bit too much flavored - yet it isn't drowned in flavoring! The flavoring is skillfully applied, to leave some room for the tobaccos, without being too sweet or goopy. Still this is more for the "Aromatic-Guys" imho, even tho it's a neat little treat for times I get a sweet tooth.
Not bad at all! 3/4 stars, might even be 4 star worty for some aromatic lovers, as it's a high-quality aromatic tobacco.
Pipe Used: Clay Pipe
Similar Blends: Very similar to, Vauen - TAB 150 Jubiläum (Jubilee).
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