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Four blackened tobaccos with streaks of fragrant African shag.

Three distinct blackened varietals (Kentucky, Virginia, burley) cased lightly with a mix of traditional flavors. Condimental African varietals of Virginia and burley in shag form. The blackened Orientals (Latakia) are used lightly in the Scottish tradition, but this mixture defies classification.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Kentucky, Latakia, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Vanilla
CutShag
PackagingBulk
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant
3.0
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JimInks (2575)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

The smoky, woody, earthy, musty sweet Cyprian Latakia is the lead component by a small margin. The various non-stoved African Virginias and Malawi burley offer a lot of earth, nuts and wood, bread, some fermented tangy dark fruit with a little tart and tangy, sugary citrus and cocoa along with strong floral, vegetative, herbal notes, and a few pinches of spice. They play a close second place as well as above their percentage in the mix. The earthy, woody, herbal, vegetative, floral, toasty, lightly sugary, slightly spicy, stewed nutty Kentucky is in a potent secondary position. The fermented, sugary stewed, tangy dark fruity, earthy, woody, bready, stoved Virginia participates in a lesser support role. The dark chocolate and vanilla toppings moderately sublimate and smooths out most of the rough edges. The strength is a step over the medium threshold, while the taste is a rung higher. The nic-hit is close to the medium mark. No chance of bite or harshness. A mildly moist shag cut, it burns cool, clean, and a tad slow. It has a complex, slightly inconsistent, deeply rich, sweet and moderately floral, savory, light campfire flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste, and sweeter room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Not an all day smoke, but those experienced in stronger blends will find it easily repeatable. Three and a half stars out of four.

-JimInks

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