|The Owl Shop is one of the few real tobacconists in Massachusetts. They do all their own blending onsite for their proprietary blends. WB#3 was my first purchase from them.
WB#3 is mainly a burley and latakia blend. All the Owl Shop blends are on the dry side and packing is very simple - no 3-step process required here, just pack and go.
The burley provides a warm, hay-like flavor that is the main component. I believe there is also a VA component present, but if so, it is decidedly far in the background. Latakia is prominent, but definitely plays a supporting role. The former handles the high notes and midrange, while the latakia handles the bass notes. Together, this is a flavorful and satisfying blend. There is a pungency and warmth that feels hearty.
Aside from packing easily, it smokes easily. Puffing hard it can get hot, but it takes alot of effort to do so. Accompanying the flavor is plentiful clouds of smoke for those who like such things.
The flavor does not change significantly through the bowl, but for me it is of little consequence since from the get-go it is full-bodied. When I finish a bowl, I immediately consider having another. This could be an all-day smoke for some particularly since it is not fussy about packing, lighting or smoking procedure. I think it works best in a tall pipe.
However, there is one caveat: this blend packs a real nicotine wallop. Smoking it on an empty stomach leaves me dizzy, much moreso than Esoterica's Tilbury, for example, does to me.
I rated the room note as Tolerable. This could go either way: for some (including me), the hay-like lingering aroma might be pleasant, while for others the aroma from the latakia component may be offensive.
It took me awhile to take a shine to this blend (as I'm not particularly drawn to either burley or latakia), but as time goes by I have found I reach for this blend more and more.