A healthy, potent dose of stewed fruity (plums, dates, figs and light raisins), earthy, woody, spicy perique is the lead component. The Virginias provide a fair amount of tart and tangy, sour citrus, vegetative grass, bread, sugar, mild tangy darker fruit, earth, wood, floralness, light spice, and a small touch of acidity. They are secondary supporters, and don’t quite offer full support. The strength and nic-hit are a couple steps past the medium mark. The taste is a couple of steps past the center of medium to full. No chance of bite or harshness, but it does have a few rough edges. May need a light dry time although I never do that when I review. Rich, punchy and rather zesty, it burns cool, clean and a tad slow with a very consistent spicy, mildly fruity, sugary, sour, floral, savory flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires some relights if not dried a mite. Not an all day smoke, but it’s certainly repeatable for perique lovers. I recommend a smaller bowl for those who aren’t used to strong perique blends. The room note is tolerable. Four stars out of four.
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