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A Latakia mixture with Italian dark fired and whiskey. A tangleweed of shag and ribbons.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Cigar Leaf, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The smoky, woody, earthy, mildly musty, sweet Cyprian Latakia is the main component. The Italian dark fired provides wood, smoke, spice, some barbecue, a few floral notes, and some dryness as an important supporting player. The mildly floral, grassy, tea-like, cedary cigar leaf also sports light citrus, pepper, and wood is a secondary star, though once in a while, it equals or slightly surpasses the dark fired. The raisiny, plumy, figgy, spicy perique rides shotgun through the proceedings as it’s a couple slots below the dark fired and cigar leaf in terms of effect. The tart and tangy, lemony, citrusy, grassy, lightly bready bright Virginia is almost as obvious as the perique. The mildly sugary black cavendish serves to tame some of the rough edges. The whiskey topping has a little richness, and mildly sublimates the tobaccos. The strength is medium, while the taste just passes that mark. Both start out at a little lower level, and gain some potency by the half way mark. The nic-hit is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, but the spice content may tickle the tongue of a fast puffer. I recommend a slow puffing cadence. Burns fairly cool and very clean at a reasonable rate with a mostly consistent, mildly tartly sweet and rather savory, very spicy, rich, deep, complex flavor that translates to the long, lingering after taste. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Three and a half stars.


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