The gold Virginia is lightly grassy and citrusy while the red Virginia provides some dark fruit and earth as both varietals form the base of the blend. The red is a little more obvious. The nutty, molasses sweet burley offers able support. The sugary black cavendish may have a little vanilla as it underscores the experience. The vanilla and mild spice toppings have some richness, and are more noticeable than the cocoa. While they tone down the tobaccos a little, they tend to work in tandem to create a fairly smooth, very consistent flavor from start to finish. The nic-hit is mild. The strength is mild, and the taste level is a step above that. Won’t bite or get harsh even when pushed. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean, and burns to ash with few relights. Leaves little moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasantly sweet and mildly spicy after taste and room note. Can easily be an all day smoke.
Man , what is not to like about this !? I really enjoy this blend . It's a cavendish with a good assortment of color from black to bright . The flavoring is like a soft coconut caramel chocolate [ ? ] Actually , I'm not sure what the flavor is as I suck at figuring them , but I know what like and this stuff is very nice . This is one of those blends where you taste what you smell [ in a room note ] and maybe even more so . The room note isnt as lovely as the flavor , which is usually the opposite . I think it would be difficult to get it to bite and it burns clean and cool all the way . Yeah , it's one I'd like to see in bulk and it would make an all day smoke with no problem . If ya like aromatics ... this is no doubt one to try . Dont be a knob and smoke aromatics in your lamest pipe ... fill one of your best pipes with this and youre gonna enjoy it . Somehow this blend retains some of the burley flavor among what going on in it ... this blend is a gem
Pipe Used: Killer mastro de Paja and an old French full bent
I had Robert McConnel's Original Oriental in mind when I popped this, so thought it was a similar type of blend. Wrongo! An Oriental it isn't!
My pouch contains hardly any black pieces, the ingredients are mainly medium and dark browns. They're a touch coarser than a standard ribbon, with an intriguing sweet, nutty, aroma. The moisture's just right.
The smoke has quite a formidable amount of additives, and tastes a little 'naughty'! The flavour: there's sweet Burley, deep Virginias, but mine tastes more like a brown Cavendish, as opposed to black. The flavourings work well together: there's a gentle spiciness, but this is smoothed and tamed by chocolate, caramel and vanilla. It burns at quite a slow speed, creating a cool smoke. But, for me, it can be a bit of a biter.
Nicotine: maybe a jot above mild. Room-note: nice.
Villiger Original Export? A nice tasting smoke, but not a good enough blend to have four stars. Recommended:
When pulling open the cheap-feeling OTC pouch you are greeted with a wonderful aroma that nearly fills a room. I can’t identify the smell but it reminds me of caramel or butterscotch. The appearance is lacking any black and quite wet with light ribbons/shreds and darker brown chunky shredded golden cavendish. By wet I mean this stuff is wet, but not in a natural sense. It reminds me (in unnatural oily stickiness) of Sutliff Molto Dolce in that regard. Never truly seems to dry out. It loads fine and lights oddly easily for how wet it is, and burns rather quickly and goopily down to ash. It may leave some saturated mummified pieces of tobacco in your pipe. I can taste whatever preservative or anti-mold agent is present quite easily and it nearly ruins the experience for me. This could be a great tobacco if they could get this under control. The room note is amazing and it doesn’t have very much nicotine at all. When I first opened the pouch I was excited because it smelled so good, but that quickly faded when I experienced the chemical nature of this tobacco... it had initial potential, though. It’s better than a one star tobacco I suppose........
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