|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|JimInks (2387)||Medium||None Detected||Medium to Full||Pleasant|
The dry, floral, woody, earthy, spicy, fairly sour, lightly buttery sweet Orientals take some of the lead over the other components. The red Virginias provides tangy dark fruit, wood, earth, grass, lightly tart citrus, a hint of floral, touches of spice, stewed fruit, sugar, acid, bread and fermentation in an important support role. The nutty, earthy, woody burley has minimal sweetness, but adds some depth, body, and extra nuances to the mix and is as noticeable as the red Virginias. The raisiny, spicy, plumy perique is an significant condiment. There’s a small amount of unsweetened cavendish that provides a slight caramel and light sugary note to tone down potential rough edges. There are no toppings present. The strength is medium. The taste starts out around the medium mark, but walks across that line by a step or two around the half way point. The nic-hit is a rung below the medium level. No chance of bite or harshness, but it’s not quite a smooth blend either. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a mildly creamy sweet and rather savory, spicy, lightly campfire, consistent flavor with well balanced obvious and subtle complexities. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. The after taste does linger some. The room note is pleasant. Despite its potency, it can be an all day smoke for the veteran smoker, and repeatable for the less experienced. Three and a half stars out of four.
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