|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Bear (24)||Strong||None Detected||Full||Pleasant to Tolerable|
Ok, This is the third tobacco I have tried in the Stone Pine Line, and I am beginning to see some similarities , which I'll make mention of as we go along. "An unlikely marriage of an Oriental varietal and a New World tobacco prepared by indigenous people in Latin America." is how the Producers explain the tobacco... Ummmm.. ok. A couple of distinctly different tobaccos are presenting themselves, both shredded in the irregular Stone Pine style, I have come to know. The tin scent (I swear) is dead on Pouched Red Man chewing tobacco (not that there's anything wrong with that......). A bit off putting at first, but kinda grows on ya. Good moisture content, as all of the blends have demonstrated, pack well. Let's rock. Flame hits weed releasing clouds of smoke simultaneously wonderful and terrifying. Wonderful, in that it has some elements of one of my favorite tobaccos, Hamburger Veermeister, though harsher, less refined. There are honest tobacco flavors with some cigar hints in it. Terrifying because there is a touch of earth, grass, and ammonia that whisked me back to when I was playing Rugby for the Fort Bragg team, and had my head stomped into the newly fertilized grass so hard, I was pulling tiff out of my teeth for a week. The room note is very "cigar", not the overwhelming "just walked into a smoke shop during a tasting" gag, but more like "just walked into a fine hotel and there was a Gent enjoying a Cigar a few minutes ago" whiff. The rather pronounced nitrogenous aspects have ameliorated somewhat, and the second third of the smoke is enjoyable. The tobacco is young, and the partners are new to each other, there isn't harmony, but I think some cellar time might give the newlyweds a chance to become a real couple. End bowl. This is a full smoke, and is becoming a tad harsher at endgame, then again, most tobaccos do. This would make an interesting after dinner smoke, an accompanying beverage would be a must, otherwise the bite might not be manageable for most. Conclusion: Recommended with reservations. Acceptable now, though young, wild, green, and somewhat harsh. Allowed to age and marry, hopefully the "green" aspects will fall away, leaving a novel and full after dinner smoke. Rating: 6 out of 10 Bearclaws.
-- Bear Graves
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