|Bob Gregory of the Samuel Gawith Company located in Kendall England blends Midnight Lace. The blend is offered in 50-gram tins and is distributed by the Hermit Tobacco Co. who also originally formulated the blend.
The tin aroma is full and smells of Latakia. The aroma is made individual by liberal amounts of added flavored Cavendish tobacco. A slight mint chocolate dimension can be noticed. Midnight Lace is composed of Latakia, Turkish, and sweetened Cavendish tobaccos. The color of this blend is mostly dark with additions of red/brown and pale green.
Although advertised as a flake, Midnight Lace is more of a rough ribbon cut with small pieces of broken flake included. Midnight Lace packs decently enough. The moisture level is slightly above average and no large amount of dehydration adds to any of the blend?s attributes.
Midnight Lace has a fairly quick initial light but the resulting burn tends to concentrate towards the center of the bowl. The ash of Midnight Lace is dark and is ridden with dottle. After smoking Midnight Lace, the pipe bowl walls are not left clean but instead become rather sticky. Midnight Lace also has the ability to make a pipe quite odious for some time after its smoke. The room note of this blend is quite strong. The aroma is not overly pleasant and imitates the smell of burning steaks on the grill.
The flavor of Midnight Lace is thick and tastes of sweetened smoke. The flavor does not vary as the smoke progresses and in time becomes overbearing. A harsh aftertaste of badly grilled meats is left behind after the smoking of this blend. The Cavendish of Midnight Lace is cased a good deal and seems to only add the acridity of the blends flavor and aroma. The blend smokes moderately cool but does have a substantial nicotine kick, which can make finishing a larger bowl of the blend a daunting task. Midnight Lace produces ample smoke.
Midnight Lace, although composed of decent grades of tobacco, seems to be a haphazard blend and fails to impress on any level.