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Festivus 2021 is a mixture of bready Virginias, black cavendish, and perique with some familiar seasonal baking spice essence applied lightly.

Over half of the mixture is a salad of aged Virginias that are no longer sourceable. Some sweet 2000 Carolina red Virginia and a healthy portion of perique are added for extra body. A chunky rich black cavendish is added to keep things smooth and balance the strength of the perique.

The room note is pleasant for a Virginia and perique mixture but the casings just enhance the bready Virginias on the palate versus smothering due to being lightly applied.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeVirginia/Perique
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Perique, Virginia
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Unnoticeable, Pleasant
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2934)
Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

The various Virginias provide a burst of tangy ripe dark fruit, earth, wood, lots of bread, sugar, vegetation, floralness, some tart and tangy citrus, grass, a little sour lemon and stewed fruit, along with light acidity, vinegar and spice. The earthy, woody, spicy, plumy, figgy, lightly sugary perique is more of a secondary player than a supporting one. The sugary, lightly toasty, chunky black cavendish sits in the third position as it helps smooth out the blend. The baking spices have a little potency. Though they moderately sublimate the tobaccos, they also serve to help create a synergistic, very consistent sweet and spicy rich flavor that extends to the lightly lingering, pleasant after taste. The strength, nic-hit and taste levels are medium. No chance of bite or harshness, and barely has any rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant room note. Three and a half stars rounded up to four.


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HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (385)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

This is a late review for me as I was going through my note pad and noticed that I was able to try some of this back in December from a friend of mine that is a big fan of his blends. This is a very smooth tasting blend with indeed a spicy note from the topping that is added. Not really much to add, in honesty I think I only had a bowl or two but can’t think of a blend as of yet that I have not liked from Mr. Byron.

1 person found this review helpful.