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A blend conceived in the heart of Northern Virginia where many of our founding fathers spent hours in contemplation. If the writer of our beloved Declaration of Independence did smoke a pipe, it might have been filled with something like this. A sultry blend of Virginia and Burley tobaccos with a slight touch from the Orient.
Blended ByJ. Dement
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
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None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Kilmarnock Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kilmarnock Piper (233)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A fine blend. Granted, a bit too burley-forward to be a regular smoke for me*, but I enjoy the occasional bowl. I do like the idea of the addition of a wee bit of Latakia-seems to bring it together, making it not "just another burley." This arrived quite dry, and after a year in the jar, is at exactly the same level of dryness, which is to say, perfect for smoking right out of the jar. Taste does not seem to have been affected in any way. Even though I prefer Virginias, I can't give this a bad rating. It's like a more elegant version of a "codger burley!"

Nevermind that burley wasn't around in Jefferson's time.

Edit 11-17-13: Finally smoking some more of this, and it continues to improve. Very earthy, honest tobacco, with no faults. JMP (J. Dement) has posted (on CPS) tonight, and it prompted me to see how the blend was coming along, so bumpsies! I'm still not sure how to describe it. It's a blend with no bad qualities, but nothing to make it stand out in a way that can be floridly elucidated upon, but that's not a bad thing. I just wonder about five years down the road. There are fine clarets that taste like plonk (not that Jeffersonian tastes like plonk!) when they are first bottled, but develop unimagined subtleties over the years. Right now, getting on two years old, the blend is just a good, dependable blend, but I still have the feeling that it will get more complex.

*starting to change my mind on this point...

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Katharsis Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Katharsis (39)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Sultry is a good word to describe this. The burley (or Kentucky?) makes this blend seem quite buttery to me, which I very much enjoyed. It took a few bowls of this for me to appreciate this, as it seems to be a little picky on how lightly it wants to be puffed. It wants to be puffed gently, but not too lightly, and steadily. I found the ingredients to overall go well together, but I felt like there should either be more latakia or none at all and just add more Turkish. Then again, I usually prefer more latakia in a blend if it is going to have it at all.

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