Ken Byron Ventures Live Wire

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


Brand Ken Byron Ventures
Blended By Ken Byron
Manufactured By Ken Byron Ventures
Blend Type Virginia Based
Contents Virginia
Flavoring Floral Essences, Fruit / Citrus
Cut Shag
Packaging 2 ounce pouch
Country United States
Production Currently available


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 23, 2020 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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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Sep 29, 2020 Mild to Medium Mild Mild to Medium Unnoticeable
A friend of mine from the Pipe Club has purchased quite a few of his blends and I was lucky to be able to sample some of this. This is a really moist shag cut of tobacco which I like smoking cause you can cram a lot of it a bowl if you prefer. This is a good smoke with a nice floral essence about it. I am not going to lie I did not smoke a lot but what I did was really good. I would say the topping was lightly applied.
Pipe Used: Meerschaum
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jun 10, 2020 Medium Mild Medium Pleasant
Upon opening pouch, nice sweet aroma, more like an aromatic than Virginia. I like the smell of aromatics, but, usually dislike smoking them. Visually like high grade cigarette tobacco. Separated and let dry about 2-3 minutes. Nice bright virginia flavor first 1/3rd f the bowl. A bit tangy, the casing was not noticeable unless puffed heavy, and then flavor soured a bit. No bite, even when puffed heavily. Casing disappeared to my palate about 1/3 down unless puffed heavy, and darker virginia's in blend began to show. Slow to medium puffs really brought out the flavor of the virginias, The casing was not overpowering, melding well with the tobacco, and came and went. This did not taste like an aromatic. A big plus for me. Not the type oftobacco I normally reach for, but an enjoyable smoke, I'll return to

2nd bowel 90 minutes later- a Design Berlin 9mm charcoal filter pipe. The difference- More flavors of the dressing came through

3.5 stars

Pipe Used: 1st Blatter Select (Thick walls) no filter.
PurchasedFrom: Ken Byron Ventures
Age When Smoked: New
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