|I bought two aged tins of this a while back while on an "experimentation binge". Although I do not usually purchase or smoke aromatics, the description (high in Perique content) and price enticed me to give it a whirl. After 1 tin, here are my thoughts.
Tin Aroma: Very distinct sweet stewed fruit, particularly plum scent. No real tobacco smell.
Visual: Rough cut tobacco ranging from milk chocolate brown to black. Attractive.
Texture: Tobacco is moist, and I have to scrape away at the tin to loosen enough up to fill my pipe. Attempted to lift coffee filter out of tin, but it was "rust glued" to the bottom of the tin. I don't know if this affected the taste or not.
Pack/Pipe: After loosening enough tobacco from the tin to fill a pipe. (Usually a large Alpha Israeli Galaxy Virgin Finish full bent), I gravity fed into the pipe and tapped to settle. Did this twice more, pressing lightly, and lit.
Light/Burn: Once match to char, and another to get rolling easily. This tobacco burns at an astounding rate. The bowl on my Alpha is approx. 2" deep, and I normally burned through the first 2/3rds of the bowl in about 20 minutes! Nice light fluffy ash that does not stick to the walls. Needed 2-3 more matches to finish, and burns a little wet. (2-3 pipe cleaners on avg.)
1st 3rd: The stewed fruit notes play right up front here. Cool big mouthfuls of white smoke. Can easily take multiple draws without too much heat. This portion of the bowl passes by quickly.
2nd 3rd: Occasionally experienced some ashiness here, and often needed a relight at this point. (I think due to tamping down a third of a bowl of ash in ten minutes!) Lose a little of the top note fruitiness, but it still lingers strong in the background. I feel some of the nicotine here.
Final 3rd: As usual, burn rate slows a bit here, and more often than not, I am not getting much flavor other than ash, with a stewed fruit aftertaste. No problem smoking to bottom of bowl, however, always seemed to leave a bit of unburned tobacco at bottom. (Could just be the pipe). A bit of a buzz from the nicotine content as well.
Notes: Overall, not a bad aromatic. Quality leaf, clean burning and easy to smoke. The flavor is just not there in sufficient quantity for me, and the Perique never really makes its presence known. I guess I'll hold on to the other tin until I find someone interested in a trade.
Stogie rating of 6 Mild Macanudos