|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|SteelCowboy (523)||Mild to Medium||Mild||Medium||Pleasant|
Hans Schurch has been blending tobacco since the 1960’s and he has created some of my favorite English blends. He also has a line of blends that he calls “Modern English” style blends. Azurite is one of the Modern English blends of his I have been smoking on and off for about a year. At the end of the day I would define all of the ones I have smoked thus far as English Aromatics. The description of this blend is pretty accurate. It is definitely a mixture of sweet, sour and bitter. It needs to be dried some before smoking and I do find this to be a little less aromatic than Marcassite and Unakit. There is a slight berry taste that is found in greater proportion in Lapis. Like all of the Schurch blends, this is a high quality tobacco that I think would be great without any added flavoring. I get the bitter and sour in the beginning and more sweet through the rest of the smoke. I needed to smoke Azurite slower than a typical English blend as any pushing caused the flavor to really suffer. As with the other Modern English blends, I can’t smoke this on a daily basis. While Azurite is an aromatic English, I would not lump it together with other aromatics. Actually, I wouldn’t lump Schurch aromatic blends with other aromatics either, as Schurch seems to be in his own dimension. As a point of reference, Sillim’s Black, another popular aromatic English, has far more casing than this blend. This won’t ghost a pipe like Sillim’s, but I would be hesitant to smoke it in a favorite briar reserved for your favorite English blends. As a group, I find Lapis more favorable, but that is just a matter of taste. All in all, Azurite is a nice change of pace and a nice bridge for aromatic smokers that are looking to step into the English realm.
Purchased From: Synjeco
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