A fine mild to medium strength English style mixture. This is a blend of several tasty Virgina leaf together with two different burleys, some turkish ribbon and a touch of Latakia. The result is a fine all day smoke.
|Brand||Chief Catoonah Tobacconist|
|Blended By||Dick Silverman|
|Contents||Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia, Latakia|
Mild to Medium
|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|SteelCowboy (500)||Mild to Medium||Very Mild||Medium||Pleasant|
Being from the Litchfield area, I had to grab a sample of this tobacco at the Chicago show a couple of years ago. Now, going through many samples on hand, I can see why Dick Silverman won the John Cotton throw down that year. Given that this review is based on a four bowl sample, take it for what it's worth. This well blended “American English” shows its Burley flavor right up front. I am not normally a fan of Burley added to English blends, but this one seems to work for me. Shortly after lighting, the Burley moves back a bit and the other component tobaccos move forward. What makes this blend for me is actually the added Turkish. The amount of Latakia is fairly light and only plays a supporting role throughout the smoke. There is some complexity to this blend and some sweetness too. I am not sure where the sweetness is coming from as I don’t think it is a result of the Virginias or a specific Oriental. My sense is that it is manually added, but only lightly. The sweetness in Litchfield Mixture reminds of what some might call a “cross-over” English. Those that like sweeter English blends like FMOTT or Northwoods would likely find a home here, but I enjoy this more than both of those blends.
Purchased From: Chief Catoonah http://www.chiefcatoonah.com
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