|I must start out saying that if you were a potty mouth as a kid and got your mouth washed out with soap this is one for you. It'll take you back to those days. Soapy, floral, strong. A friend gave me some Condor Bar. Having already had some Condor reddi-rubbed and found that I tolerate the soapy floral scents and taste, the Bar was simply another version.
A brick to say the least. It's hard and very dense. A scalpal to cut slices wouldn't be asking too much. Since the stuff is hard to get anywhere I was rather miserly with it. first I knocked of a good chunk to put away for posterity then on to slice the rest for smoking. While slicing I thought this might, since it's so dense, serve as a lasting chew also. So I cut a couple slices in very small 1/4" squares to set between my lip and gum.
I did choose to dry the slices a bit under a desk lamp for a while to facilitate decent burning otherwise charcoal lighter may be necessary. I filled a small bowl with my broken flake and fired it up with some very tiny specs on time for ignition. AWESOME! A very rich, full, strong smoke indeed. A real mouthful of smoke! I see it as a great pick for after a meal. This stuff has no bite and burns a long time, much longer than I expected from my small bowl that I choose. I can't comment on the room note of the Bar but others in the house said Condor smells like Comet Cleanser for scrubbing bathtubs and whitewall tires, if you get my drift. So I smoke it when alone.
I don't recomend it for folks still trying to find their first good tobacco early in their pipe smoking career. Nor for the intestinally weak! This stuff is a definite 5 star in my opinion!
|Mom: You say that again, and I'll wash your mouth out with soap.
Me: Oooh, I'm a scared.
Dad: You say that again, and I'll make you smoke some Lake District Virginias.
Me: Okay, I'll be good.
Conversation, my house, circa 1966
This is a bold, flamboyant blend that will probably make more enemies than friends. So be it. It's a big world, and all tastes must be accomodated. I must say that I, unexpectedly, did not dislike this blend as much as I would have thought. It's not without charm, something I can't say for many far more famous blends. Still, it's a bit much for me. Glad I tried it, though, and I'll probably revisit this nugget, which may well outlive me.
Addendum, 10/04- Another year, another bowl of Condor. Open the windows, honey, and get some fans in here. Whether you find it flamboyant or outrageous, this is one you'll not soon forget. Should be sampled at least once.