|Ahh,, looking for diamonds in the rough I tried this blend knowing nothing of it. I was not disappointed. I have come to realize that I rate tobaccos based first and foremost on simply this - "Did I like it or not" that simple.
Now, the nuances of flavor that we all like to mention with pleasure, or to criticize, I think are based on "did I like it?" This tobacco is hard to find but worth the effort. It is a medium VA - almost straight VA.
Don't let the tin description listed here mislead you with Cavendish being listed first. It is a minor component, with light brown to blond VA being the dominant ingredient. 90% I estimate.
Opening the tin I was greeted by a light fruit note and an immediate nose of quality VA. The flavoring is just light enough to tell one that this is quality pipe tobacco.
This tin was well aged as I could tell from the scuff marks, dents, and staining of the internal paper. (no date or numbers of any kind on the tin)
Packing was as usual - as good as the packer - and lighting brought out the light fruit essence with classic VA tang/tingle - wonderful! Perfect moisture content helped in this regard. Just moist enough to be pliable - great.
An overly dry VA (in my experience) is a deadly blow-torch bite, which this blend was not!
As the bowl progressed, I tasted the light fruity VA with sweet flower notes occasionally. The flavouring dissipated somewhat but I was not disappointed. The straight VA flavour began to dominate the with baked cookies notes and noticeable satisfying tobacco taste.
I have never liked the dottle (bottom of the bowl etc.) in any blend and don't smoke it. I find it bitter, strong and anticlimactic - in short, it gets dumped. Period. My palate doesn't agree with it - ever. On a side note, I just purchased a "Senior Pipe Reamer" - this is the best pipe tool I have ever used, I highly recommend picking one up to clean your pipes. Excellent!!
VA lovers, this is worth a try, at least once if you can find it.
A medium to mild VA that could be an all-day-smoke. Ilsted is apparently a renound Danish pipe-maker who had this line made for him, not unlike Erik Nording's line by McClelland etc.
I have the feeling that this mixture no longer in production, but who knows?
Good draw to you, Sincerely Ethan "Glorfindel" Dickey