The mildly tangy, dark fruity, earthy, lightly sugary stoved red Virginias form the base of the blend. The dry, sweet and sour, fairly floral, woody, earthy Turkish plays between being a condiment and a supporting player. The spicy, raisiny, plummy perique is a background player. The unsweetened black cavendish adds a smoothing quality to the mix. The strength is just short of being mild to medium, while the nic-hit sits squarely on that level. The taste is a step closer to medium than it is to mild, mostly due to the Turkish. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent flavor all the way through as it easily burns to ash. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste. Can be an all day smoke.
I popped this the other day, and didn't have time to write my review, but, I like it. I always find it tricky when the only review to date is by JimInks, he's always covered everything! But, for what it's worth, here's my experience:
It's a coarse ribbon, mainly medium brown, and was too wet when I opened it. The tin-note is fresh, and a little fruity.
The most conspicuous flavour of the smoke is a sweet, fruity one. This, from the Virginias, forms the prominent flavour. The Perique stokes up this fruity trait, with some plums, and figs. I don't get much from the Turkish, nor the black Cavendish. It burns well, not necessitating much attention.
Got this sample from Martin "Over A Pipe" on youtube. Nice blend of stoved reds playing with the turkish. The perique plays in the background till you get deeper into a bowl. NO Bite. Was kinda wet. Dried well this smoked amazing. Wet, it had a slight topped flavor going on but it was really mild and didn't transfer to the smoke. Would need to sample alot more to pin it down. The sweet/sour/tang/wood/slight sugar/earthy etc really got along together.
If you enjoy red VA and oriental/turkish this is worth trying.
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