|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|JimInks (2664)||Medium to Strong||None Detected||Medium to Full||Tolerable|
The vintage, fermented Basma, Samsun and Black Sea Soukhoum Orientals provide earth, wood, floralness, herbs, vegetation, some spice, mild buttery sweetness and a fair amount of sourness. They are the lead components, and are much more potent in this manufacture than the Orientals are in the original. The smoky, woody, earthy, musty, leathery, floral, moderately sweet Cyprian Latakia is a strong second lead. The red Virginia offers tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, and light sugar in the third position. The lemon Virginia dishes out a lot of tart and tangy citrus, grass/hay, some sugar, mild floralness, toast, and light spice. It is just above being a noticeable condiment. The aspects of the earthy, woody perique include raisins, plums, figs, and some pepper in a condimental role. The strength, nic-hit and taste levels are a couple of steps past the medium mark. Won't bite or get harsh, but it does sport a few small rough edges, which is typical of blends in this genre. Well balanced, complex, and nuanced. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a mostly consistent, deeply rich, mildly creamy sweet and more savory, sour, spicy, zesty campfire flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a bit stronger. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl. Requires an average number of relights. It’s not an all day smoke, but it’s repeatable during your smoking day. It’s a little stouter and more complex than the original. Four stars out of four.
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