|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room 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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