|Blend Packaging: Bulk, I received a 1.5oz sample pouch
Pipe: Pipe 1: Virgin Cob for first smoke. Pipe 2: Same Cob for second smoke (new filter) Pipe 2: Savinelli Bulldog for 3rd smoke. Fresh balsa insert.
Initial Impression Unlit: 1st opening(pipe 1): very berry, almost bubble gum like and very sticky. 2nd opening(pipe 2): (after 3 days loosely folded in pouch for slow airing), almost minty in smell. 3rd opening(pipe 3): like salem cigarettes.
Lighting: Takes charring light well,
Bowl 1st 3rd:
Pipe 1: No tobacco taste, loads of steam, smelled like Bubble Yum gurgles in a cob.
Pipe 2: No tobacco taste, fluffy white smoke no gurgling this round.
Pipe3: Light tobacco taste, bit like hell.
Bowl 2nd 3rd:
Pipe 1: Bit like hell, steam settled. Vapo-Rub note overpowering the VA's. Burley quietly attempting to hang on.
Pipe2: Burning Vapo-Rub, Burley bite rearing: VA's retreating .
Pipe3: Would not stay lit. When lit Burley without flavor, No VA note Vapo-Rub aroma (medicinal)
Bowl Bottom 3rd:
Pipe 1: Hot, darkened dottle that was very wet. Would not burn to bottom of bowl.
Pipe 2: Hot, less and lighter colored dottle. Not quite as wet. Burned to a non-fluffy light grey ash.
Pipe 3: Cooler, some light and moist dottle. Burned to a non-fluffy light grey ash.
Not too sure how to call this one. The difference after drying was quite evident. There is appears to be some PG on this tobacco, and although dryer after 3 days loosly wrapped for slow drying, it is still fairly moist. The ?fruity note? disappeared after 3 days and was replaced by a hint of menthol like aroma. This tobacco went from bubble yum to vapo rub. I will not try this again.
This tobacco would appeal to a younger smoker who is seeking a lighter tobacco that has some aromatic qualities. It is a step-up from the standard drug store fare. This tobacco needs to be kept sealed to retain the topping notes however. There is little tobacco taste even in the third round of tasting. The VA's seem to be suffering a bit under the Burley's, however they are present for duty. Without them the tobacco would fall flat.