|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|TallPuffO'Burley (567)||Mild to Medium||Medium||Medium||Pleasant to Tolerable|
I was given a good sample of this from a friend in Germany. He was not too crazy about it as he is really not into aromatics, but he explained to me that it was his father's favorite blend. I added this blend to the site and in the interest of full disclosure, I do not know the exact contents of the blend, so those listed are a guess, and are basically the standard mix of an aromatic. A web search gave me many listings for the shop, but I do not believe they have a website, so it is likely the only way to get this is to physically go into the store.
On to the blend itself, I really liked the blend. It is a smooth smoking aromatic with a licorice/brown sugar type topping. The topping is generously applied, but this does not goop up your pipe or anything such as that. True to many European aromatics, this does seem to have a generous Virginia content to the mix. The topping does hang through to the end though and does not allow a lot of the underlying tobacco flavor to carry through.
The important thing about the underlying leaves is that, whatever the combination, they combine with the topping to provide a completely bite free smoking experience regardless of tempo, something less common with the European aros, IMO.
As topping so often dictates the pleasure the smoker will derive from an aromatic, it goes without saying that if you like this topping you will love this blend. I liked the topping, so this is where I am at with it. Surprisingly, I really don't enjoy black licorice, so it amazes me that I do like this. There is something more to it, that is making this one more palatable to me. Hopefully someone with sharper tastebuds will add to this and help solve the mystery. My guess is brown sugar and/or maybe honey.
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