The nutty, molasses and sugary sweet, earthy, woody Tennessee burley has some richness and is the lead component, but barely so. The brown sugary, lightly toasty black cavendish is a close second. The grassy, citrusy, lightly dark fruity, woody, earthy Virginia is a secondary player. The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia is just above being a condiment. The strength is just past the mild level, while the taste is a tad stronger. The nic-hit is mild. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no roughness. Well balanced, it burns cool and clean at a slightly more than moderate pace with a very consistent flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste. An all day, comfortable smoke.
I have had great luck with Wilke tobacco. Smoked at least 4 blends(Commander,Pipemakers Choice, Vermont Maple Cavendish, Chocolate) and all have one thing in common; quality!
Commander is a Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia, Latakia blend that smokes cool, dry & flavorable without bite regardless of how you puff. Every tobacco in this blend will show itself but it's the Latakia that shines. Toasty and great on a October day.
Leaves the bowl dry, burns to the bottom with no dottle. Needs no drying time, moisture is spot-on. Only wish Wilke was sold in tins.
As our friends across the pond will say, "Have a go with this one!"
Pipe Used: Meerschaum Depot Lattice Medium
Age When Smoked: Fresh
Purchased From: John Brandt of Wilke Pipe Tobacco
Similar Blends: Dunhill Early Morning Pipe but with more Latakia punch..
The direction of the blend gives the impression of an alternate take on No. 524, with Commander being more grassy and emphasizing the citrus notes. With each puff, I could detect a hint of Latakia, and in Retro hale, I could detect the presence of Tennessee burley. the grassy bitterness from Black Cavendish forms the contour of the blend and is consistent. perhaps because the Latakia content is low, its The characteristic aroma is perceptible, but it does not overly mellow the smoke itself. I would describe it as a bright English blend, but not so bright that it quits being full-bodied.
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