Ken Byron Ventures Nakatomi
Similar to Zen Pants and Mountains of Madness, this mixture should have a smooth profile despite the high amount of Latakia. It uses a different combination of Virginias dressed with fruit brandy blended with Balkan Orientals for a touch of incense.
Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Pleasant to Tolerable
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Medium to Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming
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|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
||Dec 16, 2019||Medium to Strong||Very Mild||Medium to Full||Pleasant to Tolerable|
The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia is the lead component. The very floral and spicy, earthy, woody, dry and fairly sour, smoky, tangy Balkan Orientals do sport a “touch of incense” as a supporting player. The various Virginias provide a lot of earth, wood and tangy dark fruit, some tart and tangy citrus and grass with a light stewed, sugary fruitiness. They form the base of the blend and play a slot - sometimes, two slots - behind the Orientals, as their potency does vary at times. The fruity brandy very mildly sublimates the tobaccos, taming some roughness, and cohesively melding with the varietals to create a moderately complex, mostly consistent, lightly creamy, mildly sweet and more savory, floral, campfire, rich flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The strength is a step past the medium mark. The taste level is a rung past the center of medium to full. The nic-hit is medium. Won’t bite or get harsh. Burns fairly cool and very clean at a reasonable pace. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke.
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