|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|O'Confrère (31)||Very Mild||Mild||Extremely Mild (Flat)||Pleasant|
Called a 'loose cut' by K&K, the Virginia is a fine cut ribbon with somewhat wider and shorter ribbons of burley. This is very beautiful tobacco! Gold with gold! And very easy to work into the pipe.
Tin smell: fruity. They swear there is no top flavor, so this is casing, and very present.
The smoke is very light with a wee bit of tar providing the counterbalance to the light fruitiness of the casing which is the mainstay of this blend.
Surprisingly it does convey a bit of nicotine.
Innocuous at best, I find little to recommend this tobacco beyond its spectacular appearance and easy workability.
Although K&K produce many first rate tobaccos, this one is somewhat of a mystery to me. Many will question its inclusion in their British Collection.
Summation: harmless. One star.
After writing the above I bumped into an old acquaintance in town who has also been smoking 'English' mixtures for over 40 years. Gave him a sample of Compton's #21 which I was smoking when we met. He handed over a mixture he had just made and said he used a good portion of a new blend from Rattray's, Macbeth, that was just too flavourless alone. He had added some Latakia, a bit of Orient etc. Later I smoked his mixture and it worked well, so there's an argument. It has potential as a mixer and that ups this recommendation to two stars for now. Perhaps it will develop with age.
Age When Smoked: three weeks (new on the market)
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