|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DK (880)||Mild to Medium||None Detected||Medium||Very Pleasant|
Typical "English" blend in color, with shades all up and down the tan to black line. This ribbon has a bag aroma of spicy middle eastern leaf with a basic crisp lemon Virginia scent. The latakia was very light in aroma. My thoughts are based on half an ounce, which is all I could get. Unfortunately, this was a limited edition blend and no more is forthcoming... although, I hope Ernie reconsiders!
This is a traditional Scottish blend with the addition of perique and some fire-cured leaf. The buzzword for this one is "balance". With so many constituent tobaccos in the mix, this could have turned into a foggy mess. However, each tobacco plays its part masterfully. The various Virginias are not "too" anything, they are nice and mellow with no attention-diverting heaviness in any category. The perique and fire-cured tend to add a slight spice and robustness that, again, does not shout but rather purrs. The latakia and orientals are also conservatively added but their presence lends the spice to counterbalance the fire-cured and perique's sharper edges. Balance. Think Red Rapparee but with lemon Virginia and without the sharpness. And finally, a word about the room note. Absolutely sublime! This is one I would add to my rotation if it were readily available. Half an ounce didn't provide me the handle I would have hoped for but I definitely know that this is one I would smoke a lot of. Ernie needs a nice Scottish blend in his stable and I hope that it is as good as this one. I'd smoke this one even if it were only for that wonderful room note!
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