|The Schurch?s blends I have tried taste like nothing else I have ever smoked before. Last year I did not even know such a house existed. But after lurking and posting on ASP for a while?through the wealth of information disseminated, particularly by one maestro Ursus?this is what I got to discover.
Moschita is one of Schurch?s New English Blends, meaning that its ingredients are not restricted to Virginias, Latakia, and a whiff or two of Orientals. This blend has a touch of RR Burley.
On initial light up, there is a good deal of sweetness (on the tip of the tongue). Schurch uses Virginias that are very fruity. I do not think that the Virginia in Moschita is cased, but it has a slight caramelly (but not sweet) taste that I love. Latakia kicks in almost immediately after the fruit?but the sweetness (not the fruitiness of the Va) keeps lingering on. The Latakia starts mild, but you are definitely aware of it. You are also aware that you are puffin on a very creamy blend. Then comes the finish and the kicker. I assume that the finish is the result of the RR Burley. It is a somewhat astringent, metallic flowery taste; not sweet at all, on the contrary, a very pleasant and palate cleansing taste tops the first few puffs.
This blend is to pipe tobacco what Earl Grey is to tea. The RR Burley is like Bergamot except that I do not particularly like Bergamot or Earl Grey and I do like Moschita and RR Burley.
By mid-bowl the fruitiness of the Virginias are completely gone, and you are smoking a typical English blend, somewhat sweet (still on the tip of the tongue) but with an extraordinary finish. Also beginning to develop are woodsy and minty qualities. The woodsiness wins over, but there is quite a nice little battle that goes on for a while.
Toward the end of the bowl, the Latakia and creaminess dominate, but the clean finish is still there. I find many of the Schurch Latakia blends to develop a certain saltiness toward the end of the bowl?Moschita is no exception. The saltiness, however, is never overpowering or obnoxious.
I like this tobacco very much and smoke it often. It goes well with ordinary dark English style teas, but not coffee. I have not tried it with spirits but think it would go nicely with full bodied, dark, and chewable beers. I give it four stars for originality, but only a seven out of ten because I cannot smoke more than two bowls in a row.
Last but not least, this is a very pleasant smelling tobacco. If you want to convert anyone to pipe tobaccos, this will do the job.