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Ivan the Terrible is a Virginia/Perique with a massive serving of Louisiana’s finest leaf drowned in a mixture of blood red Virginia.

BrandSt. Basil's Tobacco
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
None Detected
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2458)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The red Virginia has a mild tangy dark fruitiness with a bit of earth. It forms the base of the blend. The perique content is around forty percent; spicy and plumy with some fig and raisins. The strength and taste are closer to medium than they are to mild. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium, a couple of shades less than the strength and taste levels. Won’t bite, and has no harsh or dull moments. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a very consistent spicy sweetness from top to bottom. Burning it to ash is very easy. Requires few relights, and hardly dampens the bowl with moisture. Has a lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is sweet and spicy. It’s not an all day smoke, though the experienced VaPer aficionado would find it a repeatable one.


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fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (367)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The blend is a combination of mostly short ribbons of variable width. It is maybe 2/3 tan and 1/3 dark brown. Tin note is slightly sweet and hay. There is a whiff of silage in there. Moisture content was good.

This was an easy smoke. It packed easily and burned without drama. The Virginia in this is very good. It is a little heavier than some and is sweet and tart with a little hay. The perique was tasty and presented mostly as plum with some pepper if pushed. Taste was a low medium and was consistent through the bowl.

This is easy to recommend.

3 people found this review helpful.