The grassy, lightly floral, sugary, very tart and tangy citrusy bright Virginia forms the base of the blend, though its effect is as an important supporting player. The two more obvious components are the woody, dry, slightly buttery sweet, sour, herbal, floral, earthy Turkish, and the smoky, earthy, woody, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia. The Turkish also sports a hint of spice. Both it and the Latakia have some richness and depth as they compete for the lead in regard to what you experience. The unsweetened black cavendish adds a little smooth sugariness to tame any potential rough spots. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is step past the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent, sweet and smoky deep campfire flavor that translates to the lingering after taste. Requires a few more than an average number of relights. Not quite an all day smoke, but veteran smokers may consider it to be one.
This is another one I ordered in a group with the 20% off discount. This is a Scottish Blend and from what I have read online is basically an English blend with Cavendish added. On a side note an American blend is an English blend with Burley added. This has a pleasant mild tin note and smokes smooth, easy and pleasant. This produces a lot of white billowing smoke probably due to the Cavendish. Here is a link to an excellent article that goes into more detail. https://www.smokingpipes.com/smokingpipesblog/single.cfm/post/closer-look-cavendish-tobacco I swear this is one of the few blends that the more I smoke the more I cannot get enough of. I suppose we all have a blend or two that we have experienced like that. From my limited experience with Wilke tobaccos they have not disappointed. If you like smooth blends for a change of pace then this is one you should not overlook. Not really much more I can add, not into describing blends much with all of the fruit, herbs, woods, and other descriptors. Four thumbs up!
Pipe Used: Peterson's Hand-Made Large Rusticated Billiard
Really smooth creamy. The small amount of Black Cavendish makes this a bit more Scottish than straight spicy Balkan. I like that it sets itself apart that way. Not a latbomb,well balanced. Harmonious. Stays lit. Smokes easy. Brilliant.
The Wilke English blends I have smoked have always had a spicy BBQ taste to them, and in No. 436, this spiciness is somewhat diminished and reduced. The overall impression of the blend is, as the description says, a delicate blend, almost like a toned down version of High Hat or Crystal Palace. The aroma is more spread out, making it easier to understand the characteristics of each Tobacco leaf throughout, while the less sweet Black Cavendish makes the whole blend mellow. That said, this blend is not weak enough to be called "mild" or "medium". If anything, I have a strong impression that this blend is more like a full-bodied and strong blend.
for me this is nice first pipe of the day or night , all the components are nicley balanced and it sets me up for another bowl of one of many of my favorite WILKE blends. easy to keep lit and has nice room note for social distanced outdoor events.
This is yummy. It has just enough cavendish so that Cyprian Latakia and the orientals are perfectly balanced. The Virginia’s are like the whip cream on a sundae. While it isn’t mild, it is so balanced that you simply get caught up in the pleasure of smoking a pipe. I don’t like to gush, but it is marvelous. 4 stars and buying more.
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