|I was very interested in trying this tobacco. It seemed so historic in the way it was processed, etc. Well, sometimes progress is a good thing.
Trimming the rope and rubbing-out the tobacco was easy. Packing was easy. Lighting was not bad.
The flavor, however, was too strong and one-dimensional. No spice, no VA sweetness, a hint of rum-casing. It sort of reminded me of a so-so Maduro cigar. Or for those of you who have smoked the inexpensive dry-cure cigars (Toscano, Pedroni, etc.), similar to that. It has its place, but not in my pipe.
The smell was fairly strong too. Definately more like a cigar and not like a pipe.
Really big nicotine hit. Downright unpleasant. And I'm a guy who can chew tobacco.
So while I was happy to try this, it does not work for me. You should still try it for kicks. You might like it.