The base of the blend is the grassy, tangy citrusy Virginia, which is processed in the cavendish style, and also offers a few drops of honey. The nutty, earthy, woody, molasses sweet burley plays a support role. The unsweetened black cavendish provides some brown sugar as a secondary player. The exotic fruit toppings are hard to define, but I notice mango, strawberries, blackberries, pineapple, and kiwi along with something sour. I also detect a pervasive mild floral note. The toppings mostly sublimate the tobaccos. The taste level is just shy of medium, while the strength level in mild to medium. The nic-hit is mild. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a rather smooth, lightly tart and sour/sweetness, though the topping does lose just a tad of its potency in the last quarter of the experience. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, slightly lingering after taste and room note. Not quite an all day smoke, mainly due to the floral quality of one of the toppings, though it’s certainly a repeatable one.
It's definitely my favourite aromatic at this point and I doubt I will ever ditch it.
Special Reserve no.8 has an outstanding smell both out of the pack and when being smoked. It's sweet, full of different fruity aromas, as well as honey, nuts, that all come together nicely. The taste reminds me of raisins and grapes, althought there is an interesting, seductive soury note towards the end, which only adds to the amazing experience. The moisture level has never disappointed me with Special Reserve and the tobacco packs nicely and snugly. It also burns well.
Fairly palatable aromatic from the Amphora range. Not as sickly as some I have had the misfortune to try, but not the best either.
The pouch aroma offers a fruity, yet not overly floral scent, and is giving me the fragrance of apples or pears. This seems to be the predominant theme here and I would liken it to Larson's more fruity blends like or Stanwell's Green and Indigo. I have to say this is rather pleasant and best taken in a larger bowl and dipped into occasionally ; this doesn't strike me as an all day aromatic.
The flavours persist throughout the smoke, with the occasional nod from the virginias. It doesn't seem to leave a nasty aftertaste although I wouldn't use this is your briars unless you want the inevitable ghost, but then that is so for most aromatics.
I didn't buy this, it was part of a Spanish lot gifted to me by my son, who knew I liked aromatics. If I saw it in a British tobacconist I wouldn't pick it out of choice.
There was also a 'No 2 Reserve' in the packs he gave me, which I have yet to sample ; it will be interesting to compare the two.
Pipe Used: Meerschaums and Meerschaum-lined only
Age When Smoked: New (but slightly aged)
Purchased From: Gifted from Spain
Similar Blends: Stanwells Green & Indigo. Larson's fruitier blends/.
This is a pretty good aromatic. The topping is well applied and perhaps, overshadows the underlying leaf a little too much, but does not overwhelm the palate. It smokes pretty dry and cool leaving no biting or tongue issues. The flavor of the topping is instantly recognizable as fruit and there is maybe a touch of vanilla.
An odd thing about this one was the tin note, or bag note since I received a sample, did not smell good at all to my nose before lighting. In fact, I thought it kind of smelled rank. But when I lit it up, I really enjoyed it and found that that was when the fruitiness really came out. As for room note, I don't think I was in the company of anyone when I smoked this sample, so I have no unbiased opinion on this. I like to think it was divine as that was how the sidestream smelled to me.
It is a good aro, but probably won't rise to the level of one of my favorites. Three aromatic stars.
I am absolute rookie pipe smoker as I have just started off... Please don't be too harsh on me if I do the review incorrectly...
I have decided to ditch the cigarettes for health (not inhaling, just puffing) and financial reasons (yes I know there is a capital outlay initially, but after that much for affordable than cigarettes)...
Anyway here is my review:
We have a lovely tobacconist in my town and the young man behind the counter is very helpful and knows what he is selling. I bought a few tobaccos and went home to start enjoying my smoking experience. One of the pouches was Amphora Special Reserve No. 8.
I filled my pipe and lit the bowl and started puffing. My first impression was a mild and smooth smoke. (I enjoyed this tobacco with a Jack Daniels on ice)... There was no tongue burn and the taste was not overpowering, although satisfying... I can't exactly explain the flavour but it was almost like a mixture of slight fruity maybe caramel flavour... This would be a wonderful Sunday afternoon or a "now and then" choice..
Very upfront, very simple and absolutely delicious.
This blend overpowers any leaf with the strong casing it is given. It does not give the negative taste of chemical aromatics, yet resembles some of the industrial esters we all know. The pouch note is sweet with strong fruity notes. This also translates well on the palette and the dominant fruit flavourings seem to be green apple and grape.
I smoked a bowl halfway, left it overnight and took it up in the morning only to discover the casing clung to the leaf.
Definitely not an all day aromatic and is, as the name suggests, reserved for special occasions.
From cheap tobaccos is probably the best choice. For beginners, the most ideal option. Without unnecessary flavors, very light but creates an amazing fruit atmosphere. last week took a chance taking it from the store shelf and did not regret. But not recommended for long-term smoking because it leaves an ash-like taste after 30 minutes of smoking.
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