|This is one of my favorite Heavy English blends. Dick has created an absolute winner and I hope more of you get to know this blend. The thing that makes this stand out from the rest of the English jungle is that to my senses, right from the bag it tastes like the tobaccos used are well aged. After letting them marry together for a while, I can see this continuing to improve in flavor. This is one to cellar for sure!
The quality of leaf and balance of flavor is absolutely superb. And no matter how hard I puff I can't get anything but smoothness, no tongue bite.
|I clearly recall first trying this blend about 12 years ago. I was new to Latakia at the time and my first few puffs very nearly put me off the stuff for good. But halfway into that first bowl the magic took hold, and for years this has been my favorite smoke.
BBB is heavy on Latakia, make no mistake about it. The "nose" is quite rich, but the sweeter note of the Virginia tobacco is clearly present, giving this blend a complexity and richness that I've appreciated year after year.
It keeps quite well; I have a batch that's nearly 12 years old now. It's proven to be stable, richening by subtle degrees over time.
There are tobaccos I've enjoyed more from time to time, notably the late, lamented Bengal Slices. But there has never been a steadier companion. If you appreciate a truly full English blend, this is highly recommended.