|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DenizBeck (286)||Medium||None Detected||Medium to Full||Pleasant|
This piqued my interest albeit I'm not really a lover of Cavendish and those blends built on the base of it. But somehow it tempted me enough to try it at Lohmar Pipe Show yesterday and after a Corn Cob full of it I grabbed a 100grams bag.
The tin-, or rather bag note is that of restrained sweetness, mild, yet zesty spiciness and delicate notes of chocolate and nuts. As with a lot of Motzek blends this is a mixture of ribbons and coarsely cut tobaccos and it feels comfty in pipes with wider bowls.
In the pipe it's silky smooth, yet full of character and a pleasant spiciness. A nose-tingling, almost peppery spice is present all the way and intertwines excellently with the naturally sweet, slightly caramelly and toasty Cavendish base. I was expecting this to be much sweeter, but actually it rather is a tart and spicy smoke. The burleys are the backbone for the blend and not only contribute rich body and decent earth, but also a slight nuttiness and minor chocolaty notes. In the 2nd half it gains intensity and spice while being consistent in its flavors.
Rich and full-bodied flavors ensnare my palate - this blend really struck me as a surprise. I was highly sceptical, but got enchanted by this well composed blend and its synergetic harmony of savoury spiciness and mild natural sweetness. Not overly complex, but has a certain depth to it that makes it entertaining for conscious smokes and a delight for for a smoke inbetween.
Lower end spectrum of 'medium strength', but full in its aroma. Natural tasting with a pleasant room note. I'd love to see how this blend ages!
Truly a speciality and in my daydreams this is what the "old days" must've felt like. A 'codger blend' that deserves 4-stars for my taste and is on the way to become a favorite of mine.
Pipe Used: Clays, Cobs, Briars
Purchased From: http://dein-tabak.de/index.php (Motzek/TAK)
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