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A beautifully aged Red Virginia like no other. Brimming with rich, mellow flavor as only nature can provide. A special allotment of prime 1996 crop North Carolina leaf has been secured for our discriminating pipe smokers. The softest, most enjoyable straight Virginia we've ever smoked. With a light vacuum seal, the tobacco will continue to mellow with age.

Blend TypeStraight Virginia
CutReady Rubbed
Packaging50g tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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Mild to Medium
Extremely Mild
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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O'Confrère Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
O'Confrère (40)
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Medium Very Pleasant

At the light: enticing fruitiness balanced by fine tannins, with slight earthiness, light to medium body. Soft and delicious.

Middle third: develops richness, more depth. Fruitiness modulates, becoming darker, but is still very present. What was earthiness emerges now as nuttiness, toastiness. The tannins, the well embedded tanginess, harmonize beautifully with the richness, balancing the whole.

Last third: herbal elements emerge and a certain earthiness returns (hints of underbrush or forest floor), leaning toward the woodsy. The original fruitiness is there, but darker still. The smooth nuttiness continues, balanced now by increased spiciness, yet the smoke is exceptionally creamy!

Nicotine? Subtle. As Tennyson wrote in another context: "There is sweet music here that softer falls than petals from blown roses on the grass."

Harvested in 1996, tinned in 2005, and savored today, 2013, this is one of the most delicious tobaccoes I have ever had the great good fortune to enjoy!

Pipe Used: Several. All reserved for Virginias w/out topping.

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