|Tin Aroma: Figs & Dates, meaning to me that the Perique and the Virginia are present in roughly the proportions I most enjoy. Nothing special or noteworthy about this blends tin aroma, just honest tobacco smells.
Physical Characteristics: A very pretty sliced plug, which seperates into individual flakes much easier than some blends I have smoked. Darn near the exact amount of moisture I prefer. Rubs out easily and packs nicely. Swells a bit more on the charring light than I expected, but that is such a minor thing, really. Burns very slowly for such a sugar-rich Virginia, and leaves behind a nice helping of dark grey ash.
Notes: This may be the first tobacco blend that I have smoked exclusively in a meerschaum, so keep that in mind during the rest of the review. I chose this tin from the cellar to color a new meerschaum because I prefer the golden hue that Virginia tobaccos impart during the coloring process to the more pinkish tone engendered by Latakia and Oriental rich blends. Lucky for me I did, as this is really a spectacular blend, in my opinion. The tin boasts of six grades of Virginias in the blend, and though I do not doubt them, it is awful hard to pick out individual expressions in the overall round and soft character of the flake. The Perique provides a nicely spicy edge to the flake, and keeps me from becoming bored with the monotony that is so many Virginia flake tobaccos. I have enjoyed this best with a nice glass of Iced Tea, both outside and inside, where it has been remarked that this has perhaps the nicest room aroma of anything I have smoked on a regular basis, which really isn't too hard to accomplish, seeing as most of my favorite blends are a little heavy on the Latakia.
Verdict: A keeper! This goes right to the top of my (very short) list of good Virginia flake tobaccos, with Orlik's Golden Sliced, and Reiner's Long Golden FLake.