Pfeifenecke consists of dark and red Virginias, burley, black cavendish, and a hint of Kentucky. These well-coordinated tobacco varieties form the basis for the subtle flavor of tonka, amaretto, and barely noticeable cherry. A taste that does not crush the great tobacco, but gives the blend its idiosyncratic, pleasantly sweet character. An aromatic tobacco specialty that appeals to both the natural smoker with an occasional penchant for snacking and the aroma fan who wants to enjoy real tobacco from time to time.
The red and brown Virginias provide a lot of tangy ripe and dried dark fruit, earth, wood, some tart and tangy citrus, bread and grass along with a light floral note as the lead components. The woody, earthy, floral, dry, lightly nutty sweet and sour, herbal, smoky, spicy dark fired Kentucky is an important supporting player. The nutty, earthy, woody, lightly molasses sweet burley is a competitive secondary star. The brown sugary black cavendish is a condiment. The amaretto and cherry toppings are the lead toppings. The vanilla-ish, floral Tonka is mildly obvious. The toppings moderately sublimate the tobaccos as they synergistically meld to create a harmonious, very consistent, richly smoothly sweet, lightly creamy, spicy, tangy, floral, complex flavor that translates to the short lived, pleasant after taste and room note. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, while the taste is medium. The nic-hit is a slot below the strength level. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no rough edges. Well balanced, it burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights as the product is a tad moist. I did not see the need to give this any dry time. An all day smoke with some depth and character. Three and a half stars out of four.
Not my favorite HU offering, though I am sure it would be an excellent addition to someone's high-quality aromatic tobacco list. Unfortunately, cherry flavor and amaretto combination make it hard for me to truly like this blend (specifically, cherry ruins it for me). Black Cavendish does its job and delivers aromas and flavors. Kentucky is very, very subtle and barely there. The nuttiness from Burleys and bread-like malt & hay tasting Red Virginias are in the middle of all and very prominent. Due to listed qualities of this blend, both natural and aromatic smokers may immensely enjoy Pfeifenecke. Recommend, but truth be told, I wouldn't buy a tin for myself.
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