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Matured red Virginia (2000 Carolina Red) and stoved Virginia with condimental exotic dark Virginia and Kentucky.

A very light tonquin-like dressing is used sparingly.

Notes: Limited edition.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeVirginia/Burley
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
FlavoringTonquin Bean
CutRibbon
PackagingBulk
CountryUnknown
ProductionUnknown
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Mild
Flavoring
Mild to Medium
Taste
Mild, Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant
4.0
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2634)
★★★★
Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

The potent, fragrant, fermented African Dark Virginia provides a lot of tart and tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, vegetation, bread, floralness, a little grass and spice, some tart and tangy citrus, light sugar, and a hint of cigar leaf. It is a lead component in terms of its floral effect, and not by its percentage in the blend. The year 2000 matured East Carolina red Virginia offers a burst of tangy ripe dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, sugar, some tart and tangy citrus, grass, floralness, very light spice, and vinegar ends up in as a second lead even though it’s half the mixture. In a secondary position is the very sugary, stewed tangy dark fruity, earthy, woody, bready stoved Virginia. The characteristics of the zesty, very floral African Kentucky are earth, wood, nuts, spice, and some molasses. It is just above being a condiment, though its floral quality conjoins with that of the African Dark Virginia to be one of the principal features of this production. The vanilla and floral notes from the light tounquin bean topping mildly sublimate the tobaccos as much as they synergistically help form a cohesive, very consistent, sugary, fermented, tangy sweet, floral, rugged, spicy, savory flavor from start to finish. The strength is a couple of steps past the medium threshold. The taste is a slot past that mark. The nic-hit is very close behind the strength level. There’s no chance of bite or harshness present. While the topping does tone down some rough edges, a few exist here. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. The pleasant after taste and room notes linger a little. Despite its punchy, deep richness, it’s a repeatable smoke during the day, though not quite an all day smoke. Four stars out of four.

-JimInks

7 people found this review helpful.

JohnnyMcPiperson Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JohnnyMcPiperson (115)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This stuff, I have to say, is a near perfect masterpiece. I haven’t liked all of his blends, but this one hits the mark! Packs well, a bit on the moist side for my tastes, but easily remedied, ribbon cut. Still, it stays lit fairly well, smokes clean. It is a slow smoker, don’t smoke this when you aren’t prepared to sit and slow down and enjoy it, she’s a sipping tobacco with a soft, smooth sweetness, it almost reminds me of those strawberry creamsavers that lifesaver used to make, jammy notes of strawberries and cream, smooth dark kentucky and va swirl around in my mouth and all I can say is YUM! Get some of this, and then send it to me if you don’t like it. That’s all I have to say.

Pipe Used: Karl Erik Freehand, Cobwarden

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Ken Byron Ventures

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4 people found this review helpful.

Tim D Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Tim D (10)
★★★★
Mild Mild to Medium Mild Pleasant

One of the best masterpieces in the KBV portfolio! I am going to keep this short and sweet! If you have the chance to buy it, steal it, borrow it then do it! Simply good shit!!

Pipe Used: Eldritch tall slenderman

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: KBV

2 people found this review helpful.