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Matured Virginia Flavored With Orientals. This tin contains thinly cut ribbons, primarily medium and dark brown but with a few lighter strands sprinkled in and some very dark, rubbed-out flakes evident throughout.

Blended ByKohlhase & Kopp
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50g Tin
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Mild to Medium, Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Extra Strong

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RCUSElder Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
RCUSElder (244)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tis is another blend made by one of the larger blenders and repackaged and relabeled for Ferndown. This is a very pleasant blend overeall but is "plain"

Appearance and Tin Aroma: the musty slightly pungent aroma typical of matured va's is apparent,plus some orientals that I quite can't identify in a fine ribbon presentation. It is mostly darker leaf with the ocassional browns and reds.

Packing and Lighting: This is very moist out of the tin and benefits from drying. Lighting is 4-5 lights when tin is first opened, but 2-3 after some drying.

Initial Flavor: Slightly tangy matured va tempered with I think is macedonian leaf, maybe some turkish too.

Mid-Bowl: does not build much strength. Just a smooth smoke with tongue-bite far away.

Bottom of Bowl: No real build of of strength, finishes easy, no ashiness. Leaves lots o' moisture in the shank though.

Overall: This is a smooth, no-nonsense smoke with enough flavor to keep you interested, but nothing that makes you go wow! After this tin is finished, I won't buy more. I have enough of these style blends to last me for a few years....

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium None Detected Medium Extra Strong

This is another so-so blend "bottled" under the Ferndown name. Unlike the pipes, there is nothing special about this weed.

Red & Orange is similar to Dunhill's The Aperitif, but less classy. It is strongly Oriental in flavor. It is very difficult to pack without first whirling the long, stringy leaf in a blender. It is way too moist in the tin. It is difficult to keep lit even after drying. The room note? In a word, it stinks. (Okay, two words.)

I do think the Oriental forward crowd may like this one as its not bad.

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