|From a purely aesthetic point of view this is a wonderful tobacco. Jet black Cavendish intermingled with golden strands and reddish leaf, not only elegant, but visually very enticing. There is Peterson quality here alright. Short ribbon cut and tightly pressed, I was surprised to find this is a tobacco with lower moisture content than Irish Oak or Old Dublin.
Tin aroma is very sweet, in a nauseating-borderline-kind of way. It is not Captain Black Royal, but there is no mistaking as to the deep cased nature of this mixture: virtually no real tobacco smell, the basic impression is that of a heavily vanilla cased leaf, with some other sweetening ingredients added (presumably, a very muted honey and walnut essence).
Flavour wise, you really have to be an aromatic lover to enjoy this mixture. It is exceedingly sweet (albeit not in a goopy or steamy form) from the moment you light it up to the last strand in the bowl. Though less aggressively, it does remind me of Captain Black and Middleton's Sweet NuttyVanilla, two mixtures I have smoked in the past due to the scarcity of other blends. However, the added honey/walnut essence tends to temper the excessive sweetness, and somewhere near the mid bowl mark I am able to taste an ever so mild tobacco flavour that almost makes the experience worthwhile. But no sooner do I taste it than the vanilla flavour settles down again, unfortunately ruining the whole thing.
Due to its low moisture content, this tobacco smokes rather dry (not cool), and it should be noted that it does have the virtue of not biting, unless you puff enthusiastically. This is certainly a crowd pleaser, as the room aroma seems to have a hypnotic effect on those around you. The ladies don't seem to mind it, to the point that they may even look your way, with a smile and wink. Other than that, I would not recommend this blend except as a beginners' tobacco or to those who have yet to experience the heavenly simplicity of a pure Virginia flake or the earthly grandeur of Latakia-Oriental mixtures.