|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|BrokenRecord (57)||Mild to Medium||Medium||Medium||Pleasant|
Visions of Celephaïs: A complex grape aromatic
Well then...this blend definitely pushes the genre of an aromatic blend. The most prominent flavor in the tin note and smoke is the topping. I pick up mostly grapes (leaning towards an artificial flavor) and some wine with a hint of ginger or some other baking spice. The topping permeates the entire smoke, yet the subtleties of the tobacco are still discernible.
The Kasturi leaf is the next most noticeable ingredient—adding a pleasant depth, earthiness, and spice. The Virginia varietals are grassy—adding a crispy edge to the smoke—and slightly tangy. The dark fired leaf mostly lurks in the background but adds a little nuttiness and slight oak smoky undertone. I did not find any black Cavendish in my tin or in the smoke, though the content list on Smokingpipes includes it.
Visions of Celephaïs definitely fits in with the other blends in the Old Ones series in terms of flavor profile and use of Kasturi. While I will not hoard this blend, it is a pleasant departure from my normal rotation.
N.B. 1) The casing is quite strong right out of the tin. If you don’t like grape flavored tobacco, you probably won’t like this blend. Letting the ribbons dry out for thirty minutes lessens the intensity of the grape flavor and shifts the overall flavor profile of the smoke from the topping to the Kasturi.
2) The grape topping will ghost a pipe like no other tobacco. I now have a cob dedicated to this blend.
Similar Blends: Mix Captain Black Grape with Awakened Elder.
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