Since I’ve never seen a review for the original production of EGR, I thought I’d do it for the historical record as I have been fortunate to try this particular production. The nutty, earthy, woody, lightly molasses sweet burley was the lead component. The gold Virginia cavendish provided some tart and tangy citrus, grass, and a few drops of honey as a supporting player. The unsweetened black cavendish was a brown sugary sweet condiment. The Cyprian Latakia offered smoke, wood, earthy, light sweetness and a hint of mustiness. It was around one percent of the blend, but seemed a tad more obvious than the current version (which is one percent), so maybe there was an extra pinch added. The mild fruity plum red wine topping moderately sublimated the tobaccos. The same was true of the cinnamon, though there was a little more of that in the original production than there is now. The spice from the cinnamon was a little tongue tingly, and fast puffing could result in a little bite. The strength level was in the center of mild to medium, while the taste was a couple of steps past that center. The nic-hit was a couple of slots past the mild mark. These aspects were a little more potent back then. Had a few small rough edges. Burned fairly cool at a reasonable rate with a very consistent sweet and spicy flavor that translated to the lightly lingering after taste, and room note. Left little dampness in the bowl. Required few relights. It was an all day smoke. I gave this three stars instead of four as I did for the later Sutliff manufacture because of the bite potential.
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