In checking the Tobacco Review database, I noticed that Bufflehead Decoy had not yet been reviewed. For several reasons, I decided to be the first and purchased an half pound.
First, it bears the name of the company, so I thought they would put there best foot foward with their namesake. The description says it is a Virginia for the smoker who enjoys the taste of Perique and I do. And finally, I have had good fortune with Bufflehead blends previously.
As an aside, our database shows that there are a number of Bufflehead blends that have not yet been reviewed. In my experience, they use high quality tobaccos and produce very good blends. And their customer service towards me has been excellent and even personalized. Give one of their unreviewed blends a try.
The eight ounces came in a sealed can, like a large soup can. And I needed a can opener to open it. This would be great for someone who wants to put some of this up for long term storage.
In appearance, Bufflehead Decoy is a broken flake, darker in color than McClelland 2015. The scent of the tobacco in the can reminds me of a dark, semi-sweet chocolate, with a musty, earthy component. There is Perique there.
I tasted a piece of Bufflehead Decoy on my tongue and compared it to the taste of McClelland 2015 on my tongue. 2015 is definitely sweeter to the taste than the former, which is has a flatter, dry, slightly bitter taste. That may be of interest to those who intended to use one or the other for chew, but there you have it.
It rubs out well, packs nicely. To the touch, the moisture level is just about right. But towards the end of the bowl, I began to detect some condensation in the heel and stem of the pipe.
It is apparent from the first light that this blend has Perique. It tickled my tongue and caused my nose to tingle. The bowl required one relight. It draws easily and burns nicely. The taste is that of a full, rich, quality dark Virginia with Perique. The smell of the smoke is also darker, richer, fuller, that 2015, without the cedar campfire scent that I like with 2015. I do, however, enjoy the rich, dense tobacco smell and taste of Bufflehead decoy.
Summation: If you like quality Virginia flakes and REALLY like a Virginia flake with a strong Perique component you will like this blend. If you don't, you won't. I am really enjoying this tobacco and intent to continue smoking it.
I am something of a one trick poney when it comes to tobacco. Aside from MacBaren's London Burley Blend, I have found nothing that captivates me like a good VA/Perique. This is a good one.