|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|JimInks (2028)||Medium to Strong||Strong||Full||Pleasant|
The tropical citrusy tart toppings in the Match are by far the star flavors - lemon, orange, peach, pear, etc. - possibly with a little pineapple thrown in. I get a heavy sense of plum that reminds me of the topping in Dunhill’s Royal Yacht. It’s like answering the answer of “What would happen if Juicy Fruit chewing gum met Mrs. Plum Tree?” Tangy sweet with a couple sour notes, some sugar, and a little floral, this strong, highly aromatic tobacco could easily ghost a briar. The grassy Virginia is a little noticeable, but not always. The black cavendish adds a small amount of vanilla. There’s a minor hint of anise, too. The nic-hit is closer to medium than it is to mild. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns fairly cool at a slightly less than moderate pace with a very consistent flavor. Leaves some moisture in the bowl, followed by an after taste that’s as intense as the smoke itself. Needs some relights. Not an all day smoke.
The original seems to have the same toppings, though they aren’t as intense as the Match, which is a little more plumy prominent, too. It’s a shade less floral, and the Virginias in the original are more hay and grass-like than the Match. They say there’s no pineapple in the topping, but something is giving it that tang effect. The black cavendish has the same effect in both versions. I notice a little anise/licorice that is a little stronger in the original. Both have the same sour note. The original burns a little hotter than the Match. Both leave just a little moisture. I gave the original two stars.
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