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BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsPerique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
4.0
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2552)
★★★★
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

The tangy, dark fruity, earthy, woody, sugary, bready fourteen year old red Virginias take a very small lead over the other components. The stoved Virginias provide a lot of sugary stewed fruit, wood, earth, and some tangy dark fruit as a strong supporting player. Even though the mildly tart and tangy, grassy, floral, slightly acidic bright Virginias play a secondary role, they aren’t far behind the stoved Virginias in terms of their effect. The spicy, stewed raisiny, plumy, earthy perique has a little force, being twenty percent of the mixture. The strength is medium, and the taste level is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is almost medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. The combined tobaccos spent some time in a fermentation chamber before they ready for market. Well melded and balanced, you’ll notice virtually all of the aforementioned nuances in every puff. It burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent tangy sweet and spicy, lightly floral flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and repeatable for the less experienced.

-JimInks

12 people found this review helpful.

Spartacus Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Spartacus (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

This is a Virginia / Perique mix with the perique at 20%. I’m not a huge fan of strong perique blends but this is fantastic. The Virginias take the lead and their sweetness mellows the perique out considerably and gives it the right amount of balance. This is an all around enjoyable smoke. The taste last throughout the bowl. Usually strong Perique mixes will burn my nose when I retrohale but not here. I would definitely add this to my rotation if I can acquire some more.

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Ken Byron Ventures

9 people found this review helpful.

samwiselikeafox Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
samwiselikeafox (4)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The leaf is a medium cut ribbon with light tan-virginias mixed with dark, almost black perique. It has the ideal moisture right after opening. The jar-note is reminiscent of a deep balsamic vinegar with undertones of acidic fruits. Packed medium density it lights pretty easily and the flavor is consistent all the way to the end of the bowl. From the first puff it's a flash of sunlight, a pop of sweet berry and plum flavor on the tongue. I'd compare it to the smell-taste one gets after eating a home-made berry pie. It does not require any retrohale to experience this flavor but using this method the balsamic note from the jar comes through and the experience is a little more savory. It takes me back to those road-side produce and baked goods stands that would pop up in the New York countryside during the summers.

I got zero bite from this despite some hard pulls and the smoke is quite light on the tongue. You could conceivably smoke several bowls back to back equally as enjoyably. It burns evenly and to a fine ash which taps easily from the bowl.

Until recently I wasn't a huge VaPer fan preferring range of Latakia blends and a few straight virginias. This changed my mind, if you can get it: buy it. Ken Byron is emerging as a blender whose products can compete at the highest levels of quality, complexity and just straight forward pleasure. This is aided greatly by his use of very high end, pre-aged tobaccos. I don't think he could scale this kind of quality up due to sourcing issues but he seems to just focus on creating the best product he can and I'm happy he remains, for now, a hidden gem. This blend is no exception.

Pipe Used: Morgan Bones Stubby Pot, Castello Sea Rock Dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Ken Byron Ventures

4 people found this review helpful.