|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|StevieB (1963)||Mild to Medium||Strong||Mild to Medium||Pleasant|
Smoke King - Christmas Mixture (2016).
It's a shame that due to the new EU regulations companies such as G.Q. Tobaccos, Gauntleys and Smoke King find it difficult to manufacture their own blends, as having reviewed most of the blends from these companies I know what we'll be missing; how the 'powers that be' love to ruining things eh?!
Smoke King Christmas 2016 is every bit as good as some of the festive treats from the bigger companies. The blend is presented as more of a mixture than a straight forward ready rubbed blend: it contains ribbons, shag pieces, and obvious broken flakes. The tin isn't factory-sealed shut- requiring 'prizing open', instead it's just clipped shut with the tobacco sealed in a bag inside.
I enjoy the flavour from this: it's aromatic, quite sharp and sweet, but not too cloying or sticky from the chocolate. The orange comes through quite prominent in the smoke, and can be easily identified as being orange, not just some form of nebulous citrus addition. The brandy gives the smoke some sharpness; working well alongside the orange, and the chocolate gives a luxurious richness; in all fairness, it takes until about a third of the way in for the sharpness from the orange and brandy to abate and allow the chocolate in. Christmas 2016's burn can't be faulted, but the smoke can give me a bite when strained.
The nicotine's not too mild for this type of blend: mild to medium, and the room-note's very aromatic.
Every bit as good as some of the Christmas blends that cost twice the price.
Pipe Used: Altinok Lee Van Cleef
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: Smoke King
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