|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|JimInks (2158)||Mild to Medium||Medium||Medium||Very Pleasant|
In both the original and the Match, the deeply rich raspberry, red wine and strawberry (?) flavors dominates the tobacco. It reminds me of Amphora Red, a little more so in the original than the Match. There a definite floralness in the topping of the original that reminds me of the floral note in Amphora Red, but it's a little stronger there, and isn’t present in the Match. Some burley peeks out from the topping every so often (especially after the mid-point). There's a slight suggestion of vanilla from the black cavendish in both. Can’t really say I notice the Virginia much in either production, except for a little grassiness. In the Match, the tobacco is a little more obvious toward the finish, but the toppings make it to the last puff without a hint of chemicals. The original does have a light chemical, syrupy taste that shows up occasionally. Has very little nicotine and won't bite. Both burn cool (the Match a little more so) with very little moisture in the bowl, few relights, and a very pleasant after taste. An all day smoke.
I rated the original at two stars. This is two and a half stars.
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