|I came across a tin of this that I bought in the 70's. I didn't like it at the time. It would bite me, or I was smoking it in such a way as to make it do so.
To rehydrate, I steamed it for 30 minutes, and then pressed it over night under the weight of a very heavy transformer. I wondered if I would find a pug under there this morning, but I didn't.
The tin(foil) note is very much like Grousemoor. In a Cobb cob pipe it is similar to 1792. It tastes like several VA flakes that have a mystery topping. I detect no honey flavor. More mysterious like tonquin. Almost scary, but the finish is VA tangy.
It is quite nice, actually, under these circumstances. I have a tin of Lombardo, and a little Como (I must have liked Como) that I may rehydrate. I don't know that I am motivated to buy a tin of new Umbria, but maybe.
07/27/09 UPDATE: I am revising some of my reviews. I have given out more 4 star ratings than anything else. That practice is probably not helping. So, I am reducing Umbria to 3 stars, not because I like it less than I did before, but because I am limiting 4 stars to fewer than 25% of all my reviews. One day I may use the 4 star rating to designate my top five.