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Virginias in various cuts are rounded off with roasted black cavendish (30%) and form the "heart". A whiff of white burley with roasted Virginias form the decent "head" The "base" compromises the flavors and adds finest, nutty burley.

A rounded tobacco, not only for fans of old recipes and cavendish-lovers.

Notes: Spicy, full bodied Virginias, unflavored black cavendish, white burley and mature nutty brown burley make for a strong character, yet beautifully soft mixture of the "old school". Creamy smoke, full of grassy, flowery, chocolaty notes make for a pleasure in the vein of past days. Was, is, and stays good. Released 02/2018.

Blended ByTom Darasz
Manufactured ByMotzek / TAK
Blend TypeCavendish Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
Packaging100 grams pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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DenizBeck Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DenizBeck (296)
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!

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