|For years I have been trying to like Virginia blends. Either they bite, don't stay lit, come in flakes that take too long to smoke, or they are doctored up with frou-frou or perique.
It was a hot summer's day over here when I received a packet of Quad Va from Richard. Getting on for sundown, I packed it in a Sasieni and settled back.
JP says this is four Virginias: you can see different colours in the bag. Like other Patton blends, this is cut rough, with large pieces of leaf -- as if someone went into the storage barn and clipped some off the leaves hanging there.
It came fairly dry from Richard, and crackled a little on packing.
The familiar Virginia tang is there, but muted and biteless. Packed fairly tight it gives a good puff cloud and the flavour builds as you get further down the pipe bowl. Mild, but definitely has a presence. It has that typical JP harshness about it which I like.
I would rate this right up there with just about all the Va blends that I have tried, and would recommend it to anyone. It will be my regular Va from now on, until JP comes up with a replacement.