The smokey, woody Cyprian latakia takes a mild lead over the other components. The earthy, tangy dark fruit sweet red Virginia is the base of the blend, and is crowded out just a little by the earthy, nutty, molasses sweet burley. The buttery sweet, lightly sour and musty Smyrna underscores the experience. There a couple pinches of plumy, spicy perique in the mix as well. There’s a slight sweet topping, perhaps sugar, but it doesn’t tone down the tobaccos much at all, and is barely noticeable. The nic-hit is mild. The strength and taste levels are mild to medium. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a rather smooth, very consistent flavor all the way through. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a pleasant, smoky sweet after taste, and the room note won’t displease anybody, which is not always the case for an English blend. Three and a half stars out of four.
The blend is made of medium to large sized ribbons and includes an equal dissemination of each variety of tobacco. The moistness of the blend is as I like: slightly moist but smokeable straight away.
The smoke: to me, at the risk of sounding obsequious towards Gentleman Zombie, his line about every component being near equal sums it up perfectly. The flavour's quite impartial with the constituents, without having a heavy smokiness, strong sharpness, or tangy sourness. Although there isn't a topping of any sort I get a buttery/creaminess in the smoke. The one thing that reduces the rating is tongue bite, it starts out as only a nip but gets stronger as a bowl progresses. The burn's consistent but I find it a bit fast.
The room-note from E.E. is nice, and the nicotine sits just below medium.
If it weren't for the tongue bite English Export would be highly recommended but as it is I think it deserves three stars:
For a $4.99 pouch I can’t complain too much. If I were to compare it to some of the other English blends out there that I’m fond of, then it would be crap. That being said it isn’t a terrible smoke and one that you puff on rather easy. Doesn’t seem to get hot but has a faint casing I think. There’s a sugary sweetness present that I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be there. Regardless the flavor is ok, room note is friendly and it’s cheap. Is it great? No, not at all, but it’s not terrible either. No component dominates, but I wish one did, Latakia is quite muted here.
This is the third American English in a pouch that I have encountered in the last two weeks making comparisons inevitable. All three blends have some similarities with each other due to falling in the same genre. There are real differences as well. John Bull Royal English is more Burley forward. Super Value English Mixture has the most Perique making it the spiciest. Villiger English Export is the better balanced of the three. I'll spare you, and me, a listing of all the flavor nuances here. JimInks did a great job of that in his review. I'll just say that every component here has near equal influence making this a real pleasure to smoke. I actually love all three of these blends, but have to say I prefer the Super Value because I just love Perique. That won't stop me from giving this four stars though. This is a fine smoke and very budget friendly as well.
Mild to medium in body and taste. Has a lightly added sweetness. Burn is excellent.
Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus
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