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A classic English Virginia mixture with a fairly high amount of Syrian latakia, Former's Jubilee 50th Anniversary blend is full-bodied and spicy, yet soft and mellow with the typical natural Virginia sweetness.

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Manufactured ByDan Tobacco Manufacturing
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Virginia
Packaging50 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild
Medium to Full
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StevieB (1772)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Former - 50th Anniversary.

Quite a robust looking ribbon, comprised of dark brown, medium brown, and yellow pieces. It's all concealed under the type of foil seal you find on instant coffee jars, not like, say, the heavy ring-pull lid on G. L. Pease or Cornell & Diehl tins. The moisture looked exemplary.

The Syrian Latakia forms the leading taste, unequivocally. But, it doesn't seem like the archetypal 'bomb', it's not caustic enough. The flavour from the Lat's rich, smoky, woody, but quite smooth, and the overall taste is given a tangy, dark fruitiness from the Virginia. After about a third the smoke becomes suggestive of a light casing: a sweetness not quite natural enough to emanate from Virginia, alone. The quality of the burn goes without question: cool, even, to a pure white ash. This was my Sunday morning smoke today and after a few bowls in succession I can conclude that it doesn't bite me.

Nicotine: medium to strong. Room-note: nice.

50th Anniversary? I'll happily rate this with four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Peterson Christmas 2017 #03

Age When Smoked: One month

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