|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|StevieB (1861)||Medium||Very Mild||Medium||Pleasant|
Charatan - Four Leaf.
Firstly, I've not piped the original for many years, so can only go from my notes.
Well, I and many other reviewers thought very highly of Dunhill's Aperitif. So like the other Charatan clones of Dunhill blends, this has big shoes to fill! How does it compare? Let's see!
Popping the lid reveals a blend with a few correspondences to the original. Same colour, same cut, same decent hydration, and the same aroma; a definite inclusion of Latakia. A bowl fills easily and ignites without a hitch.
The flavour's synonymous to the original. The first equivalent to jump out is that the Latakia adds a clear 'seasoning', but isn't too headstrong. On the whole, the tobaccos are really well rounded. There's rich Virginias (not too grassy, but quite fruity), piquant Orientals, and sweet Cavendish. I note, with Four Leaf, the first part of a bowl has a light sweetness from the Cavendish, but as the bowl progresses it seems more reminiscent of a light casing; honey, perhaps. It isn't the coolest burn; not 'hot', but above medium if pushed. However, it doesn't bite.
Nicotine: medium. Room-note: nice.
Four Leaf? Even though it can become slightly above medium in temperature, it's still fermionic enough to deserve four stars:
Pipe Used: A few. Altinok Lee Van Cleef whilst typing
Age When Smoked: New
Purchased From: GQ Tobaccos
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