This is like Peter Laurie attempting to be Rick. The nutty, sugariness of the Burley and Cavendish are paramount, with the Latakia fighting to get through. It does make it and you end up with a confused concoction. I see a sailor, in the thirties, promenading the shores of Beirut, seeking out a girl ( or boy), wafting plumes of vanilla into the warm Mediterranean air. Am I butch or a pansy, tonight, he ponders. Well, this baccy gives you both, but not the best of. The burn is mid to long, unlike the Wilkie Balkan, which has a burn rate of an inch a minute. Burns fairly hot, keeping my ageing hands warm in the cool English evenings. Overall, pleasant enough, but not my cup of tea or rum.
The very nutty, earthy, woody, lightly molasses sweet Tennessee burley is the main component. The smoky, woody, earthy sweet Cyprian Latakia is an important condiment. The brown sugary black cavendish also has a touch of toast, and plays just below the level of the Latakia. The strength is a step past the mild level, while the taste falls just short of the center of mild to medium. The nic-hit is mild. No chance of bite or harshness, and has a light rough edge here and there. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with very consistent nutty sweet and mildly smoky, campfire flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. An easily repeatable all day smoke.
Tennessee burley smells like Hojicha (roasted Japanese green tea). Interesting. Sweet, nutty, a bit earthy and woody, the Hojicha is more pronounced in the Retro hale, but there is a mellow sweetness from the Black Cavendish and a bitterness that ties the blend together. It is recommended for pipe smokers who find the aroma of a match burning pleasant.
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