|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|JimInks (2231)||Mild||Mild to Medium||Mild to Medium||Pleasant|
The grassy, lightly tangy citrusy Virginia has fair competition from the woody, earthy, nutty, slightly sharp and spicy burleys, which occasionally takes the lead. Age has brought some savoriness to the burleys, one of which is white. A sprinkling of latakia offers a smoky, woody push to the taste. The topping is sweet, but has faded a bit with time, and hydration could not restore it to full effect. I’m not able to discern exactly what it is, except for a little fruitiness and a bare hint of vanilla. I’m certain something else was added (perhaps caramel). The strength is mild while the taste level is a step or so past that level. The nic-hit is very mild. It’s not bitey like many Middleton blends tend to be, but fast puffing can still tingle the tongue a tad. Burns slightly warm and clean at a reasonable pace with a little inconsistency in flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste. An all day smoke.
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