Great care is taken in slow-stoving beautiful, sugary Virginia until it is jet black; then, it is mixed with high-sugar bright Virginia to achieve a perfect balance. Never sharp, always mellow and rich, this exceptional blend has the qualities necessary for perfect aging.
Notes: No longer produced. Reproposed by McClelland under CORPS Series.
|Brand||Levin Pipes International|
|Blended By||McClelland Tobacco Company|
|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Pipestud (1004)||Medium||None Detected||Medium||Very Pleasant|
For the Virginia lover, I can highly recommend Sophisticate if you can find this old, no longer produced classic. The contents demanded long-term aging and my tin was about 20-years old. When I popped the top the smell was so wonderful, I couldn't decide whether to smoke it or eat it. I did finally opt for the former and went through the tin in a hurry. I really don't know when I've smoked a smoother, more flavorful Virginia blend. Just enough strength to keep me interested, and just enough flavor to make this one a candidate for multiple bowls in the same day... and in the same pipe as it smoked to a gray, dry ash with each bowlful.
I compare this one favorably with the first and less sweet 1983 Crop McCranie's Red Ribbon.
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