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Notes: This is a match of GQ Chocolate & Vanilla from the UK. Americans cannot order these tobaccos from overseas where they [are sold as] 'blend your own kits." This version is remastered to use Syrian Latakia since I think it works better with in this blend.

This is composed of heavily of stoved Virginia, Syrian Latakia, and a mixture of African Virginias & burleys. It is your typical Scotch, Lakeland, English mixture, and isn’t a chocolate/vanilla aromatic. The original name was more figurative than descriptive.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringAlcohol / Liquor, Other / Misc, Vanilla
CutShag
Packaging2 ounce pouch
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium, Medium to Strong
Flavoring
Very Mild, Mild to Medium
Taste
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2575)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

The smoky, woody, earthy, musty, wine-like Syrian Latakia is the lead component though it never dominates. Occasionally, it ventures toward being a team player. The fermented, sugary, stewed tangy dark fruity, earthy, woody, bready stoved Virginia plays a strong support role. The various African Virginias and burleys (Malawi is one of them) offer a lot of earth, nuts, bread and wood, some tangy dark fruit with a little tart and tangy citrus and cocoa, along with strong floral, vegetative, herbal notes. These Virginias and burleys are right on the heels of the stoved Virginia in terms of effect and at times, surpasses it a little. They pack some punch due to their strong floral aspects. The African varietals (and only them) have a light vanilla topping. In regard to toppings, I sense a very light chocolate. They mildly sublimate and help smooth out the varietals. The strength is a step over the medium threshold, while the taste is a couple of rungs higher. The nic-hit is close to the medium mark. No chance of bite or harshness, and barely has any hints of rough edges. Burns cool, clean, and a tad fast with a complex, fairly consistent, rich, mildly sweet and moderately floral, savory flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste, and room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires few relights. Not an all day smoke, but those experienced in stronger blends will find it easily repeatable.

-JimInks

7 people found this review helpful.

Criblo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Criblo (8)
★★★★
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I never had the tobacco that the recipe is based off of, but I'll say this is without a doubt my favorite Byron blend yet. The syrian Latakia melds with the mild topping perfectly. I just wish there was more availability.

4 people found this review helpful.