The rather floral, herbal, woody, buttery sweet and rather sour, earthy, moderately spicy Turkish yenidje takes a little of the lead. The very smoky, earthy, woody, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia plays above its percentage in the mix, and is almost a supporting player. The Virginia provides some tart and tangy citrus, grass, honey, light earth, tangy dark fruit and wood, and a slight floral note in a competitive third slot. The natural cavendish offers tart and tangy citrus, grass, and a light cognac topping in a condimental role. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a rung below the medium mark. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, though it does have a very light rough edge. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent, mildly sweet and sour, savory, light campfire flavor that translates to the lightly lingering after taste. The room note is a tad stronger. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke. Four stars out of four.
I have smoked many times before writing this review, but I could not write a coherent impression. It's floral, herbal, and a bit sweet, but not as floral or earthy as Presbyterian, and it's not a mellow smoke. However, it's a rather subdued smoke to describe as a bright blend, so I'm confused as to how to describe it. I prefer No. 111 in these Wilke's Oriental blends, but that is not to say that No. 222 is a bad blend. It's a well-made, carefully crafted blend that, like the Burley-based TC Ebony and Safari, offers subtle flavor variations depending on the tastes of the individual pipe smoker. Try it and choose.
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