|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DenizBeck (175)||Medium||None Detected||Very Full||Pleasant to Tolerable|
HOLY MOTHER OF THE TOBACCO-GOD! First: Excuse the lenght of this review, but it deserves to be reviewed in depth, so much to see, to taste and love! I have a english language review... or more so rave on this on a forum with a lot of photos of the tobacco, this here is the "shorter" version. You can find it here: https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/motzeks-highland-balls-and-a-raving-deniz-pic-heavy.531003/
This is the best tobacco I ever had... not only in presentation, but also in taste! Lots of Burley, lots of Orientals, some Virginia...this is my most favorite tobacco, I'm stocking on this like beserk! The cut is a joy for itself, but the taste is outstandingly good! I knew I was ordering sth. special when placing the order... but what came today overwhelmed me and topped the high expectations I had even more!
Inside the bag, there are three kinds of tobaccos, all seperate and "stacked" ontop of eachother. I'll start with the top, getting to the bottom, as it came in the 100g bag. At first I was perplex, didn't know how to handle this beautiful melange of various cuts... but once opening a "Praline", I got the idea... You got:
Whole "Tobacco Pralines": They are the complete mixture. The rough leaf as wrapper, inside the loose-cut and ready-rubbed tobaccos. 1 Praline is enough for 1 giant, or 2 medium-sized bowls. It contains the whole blend as stated above. As every praline has a different wrapper, each one is unique, not only in appearance but also in taste profile! 7 of them were in my bag, on top of the roughly torn leafs and underneath those, there was the loose-cut tobacco. It's a joy to handle it... the pralines are too big for putting into a bowl, just rip them open, and kinda rub the wrapper leaf out to your prefered size
Then there's the loose parts, so I call them Seperated ingridients of the "Pralines": a) Rough cut whole leafs of Oriental tobacco: Some of them fill half of my hand... it's all Oriental leafs in different shades! b) The fine-cut tobacco with ready-rubbed parts (Burley and Virginia; ready rubbed and ribbon-cut parts)
So once you smoked all the pralines, you can smoke the sepearted parts. Or keep the pralines as rare treats and use the seperated ingridients for daily-smoking! Take some rougly torn Oriental leaf, some ribbons- and ready-rubbed... there you go! You can choose which of the rough torn Oriental-varietals to use then. You can choose how fine or rough you want the Oriental leafs and what ratio they should be with the fine(r) cut tobacco (ribbons and ready-rubbed). But I attend to get the same ratio as the pralines, as they are GENIUS in taste...really.. the best thing I ever smoked, not only due to the lovely appearance!
The taste The taste is outstanding... just as the bag-note. In the bag-note you get some slight fruitiness, lots of exotic spices and spiciness, ethereal-oils, nuts, herbs (thyme is one I could name)... very savory, with a decently sweet note to it.
In the taste you find lots of Burley goodness in form of sweet- and tart-nuts, dark cocoa notes. The Orientals are sublime... exotic and peppery spices and spiciness, different herbs, ethereal oiliness, very excotic and intense flavours. Virginias add slight sweetness to keep everything in balance, but this blend has a very tangy (spicy), herbal and rather dark aroma in general. Some malty notes, some earth.. very, very complex and lots of flavours to explore and savor.
Medium in strenght, but very full-bodied in flavours! Burley and Oriental dominate the taste, whilst the Oriental is a tad more prominent. This is not only for Oriental lovers, but also for the Burley-Aficionado, and everyone, who likes a very spicy, herbal, ethereal and full-bodied smoke with insane depth and most refined aroma. Gentleman... I'M IN LOVE!!!! I feel like coming home with this tobacco...I was a huge Motzek fan before.. but Tom Darasz (the head and head-blender of the company...basically he is the whole company, he has only 1 co-worker for production) really hit the nail on the head for my personal taste with this blend. It fits 100%ly my taste...not 98, not 99...100%! I could easily smoke nothing else but this for the rest of my life, this is my "lonley island tobacco", it has it all! Nutty, chocolaty and cocoa, exotic spices, ethereal... wow..., just wow!
The taste paired with the lovely, lovely appearance of the tobacco makes for an uncomparable smoke. For me, as a plug, twist, crumble cake and flake FANATIC, this is the icing on the cake cut-wise.
Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars
Purchased From: http://dein-tabak.de/index.php (Motzek)
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