|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DenizBeck (238)||Mild to Medium||Extremely Mild||Medium||Pleasant|
Intriguing looking and smelling tobacco. Fine cubes, some ready rubbed parts and ribbons. Black, brown, gold... as well as a appetizing aroma. I don't really get licorice from it, but a fruity note. Reminds me of HU's Red Sparkle, which is also said to have a licorice flavoring and smells exactly the same as Fred the Frog does. I start to belive it's the same flavoring-agent used.
Besides the fruiy flavoring, I get some honey, sweet Virginias, as well as hints of Latakia.. that's what's ment with "english touch". But really just a touch of Latakia, this will also appeal to smokers who don't like Latakia, or only like Latakia as a very small condiment in their blends (like me).
Grabbed my clay and filled it, handling is a joy and easy. Just grab a pinch, gently stuff it into the bowl, let gravity to the work. Don't pack too tight, it'll burn slow and cool due to the various (well crafted) cuts.
On first light I immediatly noticed a whisp of Latakia, but in a very pleasant way! Some smoky, spicy undertone that seasons the rather natural taste of this blend. Sweet Virginias, with honey, some fruit-notes and minor earthy qualities. The Perique is only a tad more present than the Latakia and in interplay with it, it creates a smoky, peppery and delicious spice, that is rather mellow, but pleasant! It may also contribute to the fruity feeling. Whilst I noticed a fruity flavoring in the tin aroma, there's none to be found in the taste! Either it's so light handed applied, that it's just for the room-note, or blended so skillfully, that it really only underscores the natural fruit qualities of Virginia and Perique.
Creamy smoke, with pleasant spice, decent, buter never overpowering sweetness. Very well blended, I like this! One of the few DTM blends, I'd re-order! Worth trying for Va/Per fans who like some "english touch" to their blend (really just a touch!!), English lovers, who want a sweetish and environment friendly smoke for inbetween, as well as for Latakia newbies who want to get a grasp on what it may taste like.
Definetly 4/4 stars worthy, well done Dan Pipe!
Pipe Used: Clay Pipe
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