Much like Mississippi, Delta Honeydew is complex, mysterious, and offers a few surprises. This Virginia-forward tobacco has the subtlety of high grade yellow leaf, while combining it with a small kiss of fruit topping. Additionally featuring the allure of various small-batch condimental tobaccos, Delta Honeydew is a blend that you’ll find yourself reaching for often, but won’t always know why!
I've smoked a number of blends from The Country Squire and this is my favorite. If you like light aromatics/VAs this is one to put on the list.
Besides my love for well-crafted aromatics and Virginia tobacco, I love this tobacco because it's so unique. There's a flavor that I can't quite put my finger on but every time I slowly puff I'm rewarded with a sweet fruit taste that's sublime.
Not only is this my favorite Country Squire blend, this has been in my top five tobaccos list for a couple of years.
The Country Squire aromatics I've tried have all been sticky, and Delta Honeydew is no exception. However, this is an absolutely exceptional tobacco. If you are an aro lover and you want to try only one CS blend, this is the one. High quality virginias are the base of this mixture. There are some dark bits here, as well, but the only hint at what they might be in the description is "condimental". A sweet melon topping completes the picture. I am convinced that what makes this mixture so amazing is the interplay between the components. The virginias are honey sweet rather than grassy, and the melon topping gives that sweetness a fuller "mouth feel". The condimental tobaccos, though, are the secret weapon. They extend the aftertaste of the sweet components and give tue same lingering effect of a perfect bite of honeydew melon. I've talked to the inventor of this blend - he shall forever be named Papa Disaster, and he isn't a "pipe guy". This mixture was his mistake. But oh my! what a beautiful mistake it is. I absolutely highly recommend this blend.
To give you a hint from where my below impressions are coming from; I favor aromatic blends (vanilla being my favorite), although I am finding I enjoy English/Scottish blends more frequently, which I could not stand when I first started smoking a pipe. I have been trying more of the English/Aromatic combo blends, which I have found being more and more of that I am reaching for for my everyday smoke
Opening the bag what I smelled was sweetness, something fruity? Hard to tell, but none of the tobacco...
The flavor I tasted was sweetness, but what was unique was the aftertaste, it left a fruity at first then a distinct citrus taste in my mouth. I cannot say if I like this or not, but the room note was very pleasant and it was something different which I am not surprised with the blend description going in. As the bowl burned down, the fruit became less pronounced and the flavor of the Virginia became dominant (but the aftertaste would not go away).
It arrived semi-moist, no drying time was needed. Was able to light this without issue and needed a few relights. I did have some tounge-bite with this blend.
Have recently started to taste these Country Esq house blends. While all have been very good, this offering has something that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I continue to come back to it and when away from it too long do have thoughts of filling a bowl with this high quality aromatic.
The initial interest was to find a high quality low nicotine tobacco as my current regiment strength was to high and leading to noticeable palpitations. This can definitely be an all day smoke as the nicotine level is very mild and I have started to track nicotine level by how high my Pulse goes up when the nicotine kicks in. This would be for me a low nicotine blend as my pulse never exceeded 89 BPM when smoking (resting pulse is 48). Medium blend can easily take my pulse to over 100 when the nicotine kicks in. Trying to add some empirical data to back some of these rankings. Individual folks MMV.
This is not a strongly flavored tobacco. The fruit toppings only occasionally poke through, and the overall flavor is a gentle complex taste. It eludes description, but it has the fullness of mouth feel that reminds me of either dark fired or a Latakia leaf. So the overall flavor is sweet fruity with a smoky dark flavor that at times takes the lead over each other. The fruit topping when it pokes through makes you want more, but as it fades into the background and the earthy flavor comes to the front you are not disappointed, but intrigued waiting for the next cycle of flavors. I will need to update this as I smoke more and can define it better for those that have not yet tried this blend.
If the story is true that a non pipe smoker made this blend, then we’ll done Sir! This is an intriguing blend that is mild enough to allow for a large bowl and multiple experiences throughout the course of the bowl, throughout the course of the day.
Not overly sweet, but sweet enough, not overly earthy, but just deep enough, but not enough to stop the topping interplay.
This may just be one of my favorites as it is never boring. Leaves a fantastic smell in the beard and my daughter, who doesn’t like the smell of almost all my pipe tobacco states that this smells really really good coming out of the pipe, so the room note has passed a very biased critic’s nose. The pouch note is fantastic, slight fruit earthy and hay.
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