|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|ManMeetsPipe (4)||Mild||Extremely Mild||Mild to Medium||Pleasant to Tolerable|
I am new to pipe smoking and new to Virginia tobaccos-- so, please take what I say here with a grain of salt.
By the numbers: Flavor: 1.5/4 Burn: 3/4 Room Note: 2/4 Value: 2.5/4 AVERAGE: 2.25 = **
My first voyage into the land of pipe smoking has been a short tour of Boswell blends. I placed an order where I attempted to purchase as wide a variety of tobaccos as possible for as little money as possible. To represent the Virginia variety, I went with Boswell VA Slice.
I like all the Boswell blends I purchased-- except this one. Now, I have no way of knowing if it's just a matter of not liking Virginia tobaccos (in which case you can't really fault it for being what it is), or if this is just not a good representation of the tobacco type. Since I have no other reference points, I have no way of knowing.
Nevertheless, my experience of this tobacco is as follows.
The tobacco came to me in kind of a broken flake form. In the bag (and now the mason jar) I am met with a pleasant sweet aroma-- not unlike dried fruit. I rub the flakes out a bit and use the air pocket method-- which seems to work pretty well for me as my pipe stays lit just fine. As I draw, I get a distinct sour taste as the smoke jets across my tongue. Not sweet or grassy or hay- like (which I are terms I have heard in connection with VA tobaccos). Just sour. Some might call it "citrus-like," but I just found it unpleasantly sour.
This blend also seems to bite more than the Boswell blends I have tried. Quite a bit more, actually. This is not to say that I had a lingering biting sensation after smoking-- just that while drawing in there was a kind of burning tingle. Again, not something I particularly enjoyed.
As for the room note, I found it a bit cigarette-like while smoking, but after leaving and returning to the room, the note was pleasant and toasty.
I do not enjoy this tobacco, but, again, this could just be that I am not fond of VA blends. I am not sure. At any rate, I will not be purchasing this again.
I award a third star only in the effort to give the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps someone with more experience with VA might say it's a fine blend.
I have smoked this flake a few more times since writing the above review, and I am sad to say that I personally do not find much of anything pleasant about it. Again, this might be a fine Virginia flake, but whether it is a fine VA flake or not, I know I am not a fan. There is nothing in the flavor I find appealing (though the sour taste bothers me less than it did before). This tobacco stings my mouth from the first draw to the last. And the room note leaves something to be desired. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the stuff. I don't have enough to bother gifting it to someone. I don't really with to mix it with any of my other tobaccos. I don't want to just toss it out. But, I know I don't really care to smoke it again.
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