|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|JimInks (2552)||Mild to Medium||Mild to Medium||Medium||Pleasant|
The dry, barely buttery sweet, woody, earthy, sharp, spicy, mildly smoky, very floral, herbal, vegetative Izmir is the lead component in terms of effect. The bright Virginia provides a lot of tart and tangy citrus, grass, bread, floralness, a little wood, and a few small drops of sugar and honey as a fairly close competitor. The potent vodka based whipped cream topping sublimates and cohesively works with the varietals, taming many rough edges, and offering a very consistent mildly sweet, creamy flavor to the sweet and savory tobaccos. The strength almost reaches the medium level, while the taste barely reaches that mark. The nic-hit is nearly as potent as the strength threshold. It does gather a little more potency half way through the bowl. Won’t bite or get harsh, but the spice content may tingle the tongue of a fast puffer. I recommend a moderate puffing cadence. Well balanced, it burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a deep richness. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and doesn’t require many relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste and room note. It’s almost a semi-aromatic, and is a comfortable all day smoke with some depth and body. Three and a half stars.
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