Selected orange Virginias are used in this blend to give it a lighter smooth taste and aroma compared to the other plug brands. Despite being processed in the same manner it provides a mild strength and background aroma of spicy cognac tones.
A mild strenght and background aroma of spicey cognac tones, is not how I experienced this foul plug. More perfume than a tuppenny tart would be a better description. Never have I encounted a more unnatural chemical and artifcial tobacco. You have been warned...
Notes: I smoked this old blend in the version made by W.D. AND H.O. Wills, before the brand was sold to the Gallaher conglomerate. Further, I recently chanced upon a sealed tin from the 1920's, and the blend certainly improved with age. I can't say much about the Gallaher version, except that it is not as good, with a higher concentration of topping. Perhpas with a few years age in the tin, and then some airing out, it would be an enjoyable smoke. As it stands the new version is a bit too aromatic. I found it best in a small tall billiard.
Appearance: Deep red and dark brown cruly cut coins of tobacco, covered with crystals.
Aroma: Rich, sweet-sour vinegar and unripened plum, fig leaf, kirsch, white cake, clean tobacco aroma.
Taste: Sweet and mellow, easy burning, smooth. The topping is present as a faint "duck sauce" sort of flavor, rather nice, with figs, plum, oatmeal, white cake, milk, and whole grains.
Comparisons: Rather like the OLD Imperial's Gold Block with a different topping. Akin to a milder Dunhill Light Flake without the bite, or perhaps (a bit of a stretch) Three Nuns without the perique.
Bottom Line: A mellow medium to full contemplative flake for those who seek good Virginia flavor withou latakia.
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