|I have quickly developed a strong liking to Stokkebye?s tobaccos, at least to the non-scented ones. While they are not something out of the ordinary, the tobacco grades used, and Stokkebye?s pressing/processing techniques, produce very mild yet flavoursome blends, naturally tasting?with that toasty flavour another reviewer referred to, and which I particularly appreciate?and with a very pleasant and unobtrusive room aroma.
Luxury Curly Cut is an excellent natural smoke. There si no other element but straight Virginias: no Perique, no Burley, just a plain, rich tasting Virginia leaf(Southeast Usa and Zimbabwe), very similar to Navy Flake, perhaps a little bit darker in colour, and very tasty. It packs easily (some of it comes in small coin like disks, and some of it comes in long ribbon strands), and has a wonderful burning rate. As with all Virginias, slow puffing is advised. Though I personally did not suffer any tongue bite from Curly Cut, it did get slightly astringent after the mid bowl mark, and tended to taste slightly sour. Then again, it?s a straight Va, isn?t it? By the end of the bowl I perceived some flavours that hit the lower taste range: toasty, dark, almost peppery undertones that mingled beautifully with theprevious inconspicuous sourness, providing a delightful tang.
Different from the Dunhill/Rattray/Gawith Vas? range, this tobacco is as good as McClelland?s Bulk 5100-Red Cake (in fact, IMO it is even better); it is also sold in bulk form, but with the advantage of not having any of that BBQ-acidic-vinegary smell. I highly recommend it as a good Va. that can easily be included in every rotation.