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This bulk blend comes as a sort of fine broken flake, light brown in color. A pretty nice and fairly mild maple syrup and hay scent.
I have been smoking this stuff on and off for over a year, but never gave it much thought, other than that it hit the spot once in a while. It's lightly sweet, burns without a fuss, and has a moderate nicotine content. As such, I usually smoked it when I was in a rush or active, on the mower, cutting wood, walking around, and almost always smoked it in one of my cobs that sometimes doesn't quite make it out of the weather, occasionally gets a fresh filter, and is well ghosted by all manner of Virginias, English, OTC blends, and various aromatics. In other words I don't give it much of chance.
But back to the smoke. A fairly light but consistent sweetness and a lightly toasted component. It never seems to really hit the nuttiness of some burleys but maybe a hint of coconut sometimes. You hit it a little harder and anise pops up, as does some propylene glycol even though moisture content always seems spot on. At times it seems like a rich cigarette, which is little surprise given that this is burley. The smoke quality is pretty decent, probably due to PG, but it is fairly smooth.
What is this then? I think ultimately it is really a scaled up version of some of the OTC blends made better through the quality of the tobacco and less reliance on the chemistry set. I guess ulitmately it is probably closest to a Prince Albert but lacks the nutty and cocoa notes of that tobacco. This is just good enough to maybe rate 2.5 stars, but suffers from the synthetic burn and a rather one note profile.
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