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Savinelli's Janus is an ambrosial mixture of bright Virginias, Orientals, and Perique, fascinatingly nuanced and exotic.

Notes: Savinelli's Janus unites bright Virginia leaf with vintage Orientals from Turkey and Greece for a cool, smooth and elegant smoke

Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging2oz Tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2575)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The spritely bright Virginias provide a lot of tart and tangy citrus, grass, light hay and floralness, bread, some tart, acidic lemon, sugar, and a pinch of spice as they take a small lead at times. The rather floral Orientals offer earth, wood, herbs, vegetation, a fair amount of spice, some sourness and light sweetness, a few small sharp and rough edges as a competitive player. After the first few puffs, they mostly rise a tad above the Virginias. The spice from the raisiny, very plumy, earthy, woody, figgy perique intertwines with that from the Orientals to rise this aspect a step beyond moderate. The other characteristics of the perique reveal themselves just above the condiment threshold. The strength and taste levels barely reach the medium mark. The nic-hit is a slot and a half behind them. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, and overall, sports very few rough notes. The flakes easily break apart, and need no dry time. Well balanced, mildly complex and nuanced, this blend burns cool, clean, and a tad slow. It has a fairly consistent sweet, mildly sour, spicy, floral, rich flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste, and slightly stronger room note. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires a few more than an average number of relights. Despite its inherent depth, it can be an all day smoke. Four stars.


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Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (111)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Savinelli Janus is a really attractive flake that is a pleasure to work with . Packs and lights like a dream . Usual tin note of this type of blend , very oriental forward. The smoke is enjoyable though not too complex , Plenty of oriental flavor but the perique sort of gets lost , not much fig and prunes here . The Virginias , though young , stand up nicely providing some grassy bulk to offset the Orientals . Overall this is a decent smoke but I cannot give it 4 stars when comparing it to HU Joschi's Oriental Sunrise or G.S. Pease's Cairo or Embaecadero . It simply does not work with it's partners well enough. Not to say that it is a poor smoke , quite opposite . I simply think that , when compared to other tobaccos in it's class it falls a little short . Not an oriental bomb ,but it does come a little too close for me .

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