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Notes: Made with bright Virginia, Balkan Orientals, and perique.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
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Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

The bright McClelland Virginias provide an exceptional amount of tart and tangy citrus, some lemon, grass, honey, a few pinches of sugar and spice, and a slight floral note as the lead components. The Basma and Yenidje comprise twenty-five percent of the blend, and offer a lot of earth, wood, spice, tangy sweetness and a little dry sourness. They are rather floral, herbal, vegetative and incense-like, and are strong supporting players playing a little above their percentage in this product. There are times where they equal the bright Virginias in effect, and on rare occasions, surpass them by a step . The raisins, figs, dates, plums from the perique have a mild stewed quality, although the spice is minutely more obvious. The perique is almost a secondary star. The fermented tangy ripe dark fruity, earthy, woody, bready, lightly sugary matured red Virginia also sports a pinch of spice and is just above being an ever present condiment. The fermented, tangy stewed dark fruit, earth and wood from the stoved Virginia underscores the experience. The strength is a couple of slots past the medium mark, while the taste is in the center of medium to full. The nic-hit is medium. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a mostly consistent, complex, sweet and slightly savory, punchy flavor that translates to the mildly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant room note. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable.


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