The nutty, earthy, woody toasty dry burley is a team player that allows the other components to have their say, even though there’s more of it in this blend by percentage than the other varietals. The woody, earthy, musty, smoky, mildly sweet Cyprian Latakia plays a supporting role. The fairly tingly, spicy, plumy perique takes the third position in the mix. The grassy, mildly citrusy Virginia flake just rises above being a condiment. The strength and taste levels are a step past the center of mild to medium. The nic-hit is a hair below that center. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns fairly cool and very clean at a reasonable pace with a mildly smoky, savory and lightly sweet and spicy, consistent flavor from top to bottom. Hardly leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a pleasant, short lived after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke.
A quality English blend... If you're not a fan of the Wood Creosote-like scents found in typical English blends, 10 Downing Street fills the gap. (Basically, this type of aroma is either undetectable or non-existent in Wilke's English blends.) I consider this blend to be the most "typical" of Wilke's English blends. Personally, I think that recommending 10 Downing Street would work better than recommending 965 or other English blends to beginners. In other words, it is plain delicious.
-2021/02/17- As I have come to understand after smoking a few times, I tend to love blends like this one. Blends that are neither too complex nor too simple. I am not a pipe tobacco epicure. It's a pain to smoke only blends consisting of Virginia or Burley every day. This is a delicious blend that is just right for those fickle pipe smokers.
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