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BrandD & R Tobacco
Blended ByMark Ryan
Manufactured ByDaughters & Ryan
Blend TypeStraight Virginia
Packaging6 ounce tub
ProductionCurrently available
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D & R Tobacco - Blenders Bench: Bright Virginia Leaf.

Bright Virginia? They're not kidding. Never in my life have I seen such a bright Virginia. The current picture here does it no justice. That's the first shock, the second one goes to the cut: another first, never have I seen ribbons as big. Don't think ''aw, bless, he's got a broken flake/coarse cut and got confused''. Buy a tin and see. They're definitely ribbons, exceedingly thin, but just so damn wide! The moisture of the fresh blend's decent, so on with the smoking.

The flavour's nice, some hay from the Virginia, but not just hay alone. There's a sweetness and fruit, both of which get stronger throughout. The one thing which irritates me about this, despite the moisture being good, is the burn. It requires furious puffing and a strong flame to begin with, and then, should the pipe be puffed a little less than rapidly, it goes out: re-light, tamp, re-light, tamp, re-light, tamp, and so fourth. But when it is burning the smoke hasn't got a bite in it!

This would be a great tobacco for removing any enmity and hostility from a blend without going down the Cavendish route.

Nicotine: not much. Room-note: pleasant.

The only reason I'm reticent about giving this much of a rating is the burn. Somewhat recommended:

Two stars.

Pipe Used: Peterson St Patrick's 2014 #03

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Cup O' Joes

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