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Live Wire is a shag cut Virginia mixture using bright and dark grades grown on several continents. It is accented by a citrus and lightly rose dressing. The rosewater note is light and supports the tobacco versus smothering it. The shag is not sourced from the Germains or Gawith blending houses, so it should not have the same tastes you get in their offerings

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeVirginia Based
FlavoringFloral Essences, Fruit / Citrus
Packaging2 ounce pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
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JimInks (2575)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The bright and dark Virginias provide a lot of tart and tangy citrus, grass/hay, some sugary fermented tangy dark fruit, mild floralness, vegetation, a bit of earth, wood, bread, a few pinches of spice, very light vinegar, acidic, lemon notes and a bare hint of cigar. The strength and taste levels start out a couple of steps below the medium threshold, but reach that position about a third of the way through the experience. The nic-hit is a step behind the medium mark. No chance of bite or harshness, but there are a few small rough edges. Burns cool, clean and a tad fast as shag cut blends will do. The tart and lightly sour, acidic citrus and rose water toppings moderately sublimate and synergistically meld with the tobaccos to create a very consistent, deeply rich, earthy sweet and mildly floral, sour, lightly acidic savory flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste, and room note. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Despite its inherent punchiness, it can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars out of four.


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