|The tin aroma of this mixture of fine ribbon and finely broken flake chunks is of lemon, raisin, and spice, that aromatically reflects the lemon/pepper visuals of this beautifully fabricated blend. Of course, the typically McClelland, silage-like tang is in full force.
This is a "half and half" mixture of brighter virginias and black stoved virginia. The gold virginias, varying from a richly deep gold to painfully bright lemon, are of impeccable quality, penetratingly sweet and fragrantly nutty and without trace of harshness. The black virginia, being essentially Dark Star, needs neither introduction nor further accolade.
By amply rewarding deliberate and attentive puffing, Sophisticate's contrast of depth and delicacy satisfies on all levels. Though, in the final count, it may be seen as little more than yet-another McC virginia variation, this one, by providing the "bright and black" analogue to the ubiquitous "red and black" genre, is deserving of especial attention. This went best in narrow gauge chambers.