|This is a nice, mild to medium blend of different Virginias, some in broken flake form and the rest ribbon cut. There is a nice contrast between red, tan and black leaf. In the sample pouch I received from Vegas Smoke the aroma was similar to some McClelland blends, but not as pungent or offensive. The tobacco comes rather moist, with an oily texture, but it is not gooey or sticky. It was fairly easy to pack and after the second light it smoked pretty well.
As I slowly progressed through the bowl, I first experienced a subtle BBQ-like taste (tangy, sweet and sour), followed by a typical Virginian zest, quite agreeable and smooth. It did not burn hot. It reminded me of Brindle Flake, but not as spicy. Eventually it smoked remarkably like McClelland?s Red Cake, but not as sweet and perhaps with a bit more of body.
An uncomplicated and fairly balanced smoke, easy going and palatable. Virginian simplicity at its best. I wouldn?t mind this as a change of pace when in the mood for a mild, down-to-earth Virginia smoke. Recommended as a courteous introduction to straight Virginias.