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Notes: The blend name was inspired by the first test smokes which made the blender think of the yearly blossoming of cherry trees in Japan.

This is a base of sweet Virginias and sour Orientals cut with a unique blend of stoved tobaccos to soften the blend and infused with a light cherry and floral essence.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsCavendish, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringCherry, Floral Essences
Packaging2 ounce pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Medium to Strong
Mild, Medium to Strong
Mild, Medium to Full
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2934)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium to Full Very Pleasant

The deeply matured red Virginia provides a burst of fermented tangy dark fruit, some tart citrus, earth, wood, bread, floralness, mild grass, light sugar, spice, vegetation, and a few vinegar/barbecue notes. It takes a small lead. The aspects of the fermented stoved Virginia are sugary stewed dark fruit, earth, wood,floralness and sugar, while the stoved black cavendish burley adds a nutty, earthy, woody, sugariness. They compete with the red Virginia for attention. The dry, sour, incense-like Turkish varietals offer a lot of earth, wood, herbs, floralness, spice, vegetation, rugged sharpness, and a hint of sweetness. They are almost supporting players. The obvious floral, flowery essences along with the light cherry and prune toppings considerably sublimate the tobaccos. The strength and nic-hit are a step past the medium mark. The taste level is just shy of the center of medium to strong. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, but there are a few minute rough edges. It’s mildly moist, but doesn’t need an dry time. It’s deeply rich, and well balanced with a lot of complexity. It burns cool, clean and a tad slow with a very consistent tart and tangy sweet, sour and floral, flowery, mildly spicy, savory, punchy flavor that translates to the distinctly pleasant, long lasting after taste and room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Not an all day smoke, but the veteran aromatic/Lakeland smoker may find it nearly is for them. It’s repeatable for the less experienced.


10 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (385)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

A friend of mine invited me to the pipe club the other day and wanted me to try this. He liked it so much he ordered more. This is a moist tobacco with a light touch of cherry. To be honest I did not smoke a lot of this but what I did I really enjoyed. I have had stronger cherry aromatics but this one was expertly done. The tobacco flavors were there along with a cherry essence just strong for you to know it is cherry. If you like cherry this is a must have.

Age When Smoked: New

6 people found this review helpful.