Fragrant, cool, slightly sweet Cyprian Latakia, softens this blend of ripe red, mottled orange and bright lemon Virginias. Then, naturally aromatic, mellow mountain Basma adds exotic fragrance. This is not just another Latakia blend. It is a star.
Notes: Originally introduced in May, 1996 for the Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers, is now part of the Club Blends Series.
|Contents||Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia|
|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DrumsAndBeer (56)||Mild||Very Mild||Medium||Pleasant|
Tin Aroma - Smoky, sweet, honey-like, slightly spicy, and somewhat citrusy.
The cut of this blend is it pretty wild. There are some lighter lemon and tan colored strands that are long and thin and more shag like, and the rest of the darker leaf is a combo of ribbon and chunky course cut.
The charring light brings forth a swell of sweetness along with a touch of a sour contrast with a slight hint of a coffee-like flavor. Cyprian Star is very smooth, but I wouldn't classify it as creamy. The first portion of the bowl carries a very pleasant sweetness, and a the slight sour twang that builds as the bowl progresses. I also detected a hint of clove that is very reminiscent of a Djarum clove cigarette. The latakia is very subtle and much more background than I expected given the smoky intensity of the tin note.
About ten minutes in the sour flavor intensifies and overwhelms the balance a bit. Like I mentioned the Latakia is very subtle and one could almost lump this in with the Frog Morton products. Honestly given the component tobaccos at play this is really a better tasting and more complex version of Frog Morton on the Town, and the complexities are most likely achieved by the unique cut.
Around the half way point the sweetness returns along with a nice spice kick and the smoke is more full and less dominated by the aforementioned sour flavor. Some slightly heavier Cyprian Lat flavors begin to come forth but none of the more intense pine pitch flavors of bolder blends are represented.
Towards the end of the bowl the flavors become a touch more intense but compared to more complex Lat mixtures there's no big crescendo. However, what Cyprian Star does well is give the piper a smooth, mild, sweet, smoky flavorful experience that is the hallmark of top-notch McClelland latakia blends. Cyprian Star has no bite whatsoever. When smoking this my pipe remained just slightly warm and the moisture level was perfect with just 10-15 minutes dry time.
This is quite a nice smoke altogether. I could easily smoke several bowls of this a day and not tire of it. It's smooth, flavorful, and well behaved.
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