Coupe Moyenne - Pur Semois
Notes: Coupe Moyenne/ Middle Cut (tabac pour pipe naturel/ natural pipe tobacco)
|Blended By||Vincent Manil|
|Packaging||100 or 250 gr pack|
Medium to Full
Tolerable to Strong
|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Mister Moo (11)||Very Strong||None Detected||Medium to Full||Tolerable to Strong|
Wow. The 100g compressed block of Belgium's finest cut shag arrived wrapped in gold foil paper, ribbon-tied. It had a smell like no other tobacco; it didn't seem like it would go well for me at first glance. The smell was weird, the color was weird - dark, almost to gray. Not pretty. It smelled weird and wasn't pretty. What would you expect?
Easy fill and an easy light; doesn't call for relights. Even with plenty of moisture this springy fine cut tobacco wants to burn quickly if you don't uber-compress it and sip. Taste? It tastes great if you like, say, perique +5. Until I learned that there is one small area in Belgium where tobacco has been grown for over 100-years I guessed this leaf was from Africa or Asia or St. James Parish, Louisiana.
Semois river tobacco from the Ardennes region of Belgium is unique and, to my palate, very enjoyable. Spice-like with a serious nic-kick I smoked this happily from a smallish group-2 briar. Not too hot and not too much.
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