|Appearance: Definitely an American cut, a mixture of cubes and granulated pieces (sometimes called flakes by American blenders). The color is mostly ?burley brown? with some variation.
Aroma: Burley smell with some sweetness evident, and a very noticeable presence of what I think is Deer Tongue.
Packing: This blend does not like to be tamped, except at the top and that only slightly. Just scoop it in and smooth out the top.
Lighting: : Lights easily, but not too quickly. The usual two matches will get it going nicely
Initial flavor: Good nutty burley taste with a bit of sweetness, and the herbiness of the Deer Tongue. This always reminds me of Tarragon. Nice mouth feel.
Mid-bowl: Not very complex, but tasty and satisfying. Burns slow and cool and is great for being outdoors. Moderate nicotine level felt by me, YMMV.
Finish: Just a tad stronger at the end, but clean. Does leave a residual aroma in the pipe, but its not too persistent.
Summary: An excellent outdoor blend, particularly in warm weather. Maybe better in a cob than in a briar, if you?re worried about the lingering aroma.