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Yoshimi’s first straight mixture is a blend of top grade brights from Canada and Balkan regions with two of the brighter Orientals: Yenidje and Basma.

The tobaccos are marinated in a honeysuckle and honeydew vodka casing before being married at fermentation temperature and dried to a perfect “ready to smoke” humidity. There is no top note applied to the final blend.

Notes: Warning: for fans of Yoshimi’s aromatics, this is not one. This is a Virginia/Oriental mixture that is meant to be sipped versus puffed. The casing is almost unnoticeable since it works with the natural flavor of bright Virginia.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron and Yoshimi
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeOther
ContentsOriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutRibbon
Packaging2 ounce pouch
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Mild to Medium
Flavoring
Extremely Mild, Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2645)
★★★☆
Mild to Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The fermented bright Canadian and Balkan Virginias offer a burst of tart and tangy citrus, lots of bread, grass, vegetation, light floral, sugar, spice, honey, tart lemon, earth, wood and a few acidic notes as the lead components. The earthy, woody, herbal, incense-like, floral, vegetative, fairly dryly sour and lightly buttery sweet yenidje is a supporting player. It also sports a little of the “unflavored soda note” that I generally associate with this varietal. The fragrantly floral basma provides herbs, earth, lots of wood, spice, vegetation, mild sourness, light sweetness and smokiness, and isn’t far behind the yenidje in terms of effect. The honeysuckle and honeydew vodka have a little richness as a light complimentary addition to this mildly complex, and at times, subtle mix. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a slot short of medium. No chance of bite or harshness, and barely has any rough edges. It burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent sweet and dryly sour, grassy, floral, vegetative, rugged, zesty flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste, and slightly stronger room note. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl. Easy burning, it requires an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars out of four.

-JimInks

4 people found this review helpful.

gamzultovah Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
gamzultovah (2)
★★★★
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild Very Pleasant

I have smoked quite a few of KBV’s blends and one thought always comes to mind, ‘Truth in advertising’. Out Shine tastes exactly how Mr. Byron describes it.

To me, smoking Out Shine is like sipping on a cool Vodka tonic with a slight splash of honeydew...delicious! This blend fills a niche in my tobacco bar that I didn’t know was needed. I hope that Out Shine becomes a staple in their line of fine blends. Hats off to you, Yoshimi.

Pipe Used: Becker Morta Dublin

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Ken Byron Ventures

2 people found this review helpful.