The smoky, woody, earthy, musty, highly incense-like, sweet Cyprian Latakia is the lead component. The woody, earthy, smoky, floral, buttery sweet and sour, spicy, tangy Orientals are strong supporting players. The red Virginias provide tangy ripe dark fruit, earth, wood, and slight grass, sugar and citrus notes as a secondary star. The spicy, raisiny, plumy, figgy perique takes the fourth slot in the proceedings, and is a a little more than a condiment. The sugary brown cavendish acts to tame a few of rough edges, but not all of them. The strength and taste levels reach the strong and full thresholds respectively. The nic-hit is a couple rungs past the medium mark. Won’t bite. Fast puffing might get you a harsh note or two, so I recommend a moderate puffing cadence. This is not unusual for strong lat-blends. Burns fairly cool and very clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent, deep, rich, mildly sweet and very savory, spicy, floral campfire flavor that translates to the lingering after taste and room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.
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