|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DK (839)||Mild to Medium||Mild to Medium||Medium||Pleasant|
Mostly light tan but with some mahogany and black chunks, this is a chop cut with some wide ribbons and a sweet aroma of what appears to be coconut and perhaps some kind of alcohol, with a dark fruit scent underneath. The smell was pleasant but forbidding, as it reminded me of various pipeshop aromatic house blends which usually result in a less desirable smoking experience.
In the pipe this is indeed an aromatic but with the tobacco flavor front and center - not buried in flavorings and humectants. The aromatic essence was noticeable but, as usual, I couldn't tell what it was. It was a mild enhancer but I could have done without it altogether. The dominant flavor was a tangy, tart red Virginia with some additional lemon VA sweetness. The spicier stoved flavor was well underneath but provided some balance. There was a moderate amount of complexity, particularly in the last half-bowl or so when the flavoring backed off further and the lemon and red Virginias melded nicely into a coherent whole. It became almost buttery at that point, and "creamy" would be a good descriptor. Not much nicotine, and it also took and held the match wonderfully. Once dried out to allow the tobaccos to shine, I don't think I relit this more than once through the entire tin. Not enough flavor depth (gauged through snorking, which is the only way to ascertain a blend's full measure) for my personal taste but recommended to Virginia smokers looking for some added flavor and scent, as well as to aromatic smokers looking for more tobacco flavor and less goop.
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