Ken Byron Ventures Mycroft 2021

Orientals, African Kentucky, and dark Virginia shag in a powerful yet engaging blend.
Notes: The Orientals in the 2020 version were heavily skewed towards an Izmir varietal that we can no longer source. We looked at it as an opportunity to make the blend even more enigmatic by using different Orientals with a bit more exotic taste.


Brand Ken Byron Ventures
Blended By Ken Byron
Manufactured By Ken Byron Ventures
Blend Type English
Contents Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Shag
Packaging Bulk
Country United States
Production Currently available


Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Medium to Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

2.50 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 21, 2021 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable
The tart and tangy, very floral Orientals provide herbs, vegetation, earth, wood, some spice, dry sourness, and light sweetness as they take the lead. The floral, sweet and sour Malawi Kentucky offers plenty of earth, wood, nuts, vegetation, and a little spice as a supporting player. The aspects of the fermented, floral, tea-like cigarish dark Virginia are tangy, sugary ripe dark fruit, earth, wood (with light cedar), bread, vegetation, along with a light tart citrus and a few blades of grass. It is a strong secondary player. The strength and nic-hit are in the center of medium to strong. The taste level is a notch past that center. No chance of bite or harshness, though it does have a few small rough edges (a little more than the earlier version does). Burns cool, clean, and a tad fast as shag tobacco will. The bold, deeply rich, mildly sweet, fairly sour, nutty, spicy, and savory, very floral flavor is exceptionally consistent from start to finish that extends to the lingering after taste, and pungent room note. Both latter attributes are a touch stronger in the 2021 Mycroft. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. It’s not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. This production is less sweet and spicy, and more dryly sour and floral than the earlier Mycroft manufacture.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 25, 2021 Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable
KBV- Mycroft 2021

Shag cut tobacco, ready to smoke out of the bag, let mine dry a little extra. This one has a fantastic bag note from the Virginias and Kentucky.

I suspect it is the orientals in this one that were drier than any wine i'd ever tasted and left my mouth feeling like sandpaper, I can't attribute this to myself as I drink a gallon or more of water a day. I hadn't felt that way since I did a 12 mile hike after a night of drinking.

I wanted to really enjoy this one however, and I really do enjoy the shag cut however I found the bag note itself more pleasant than the actual smoke. The rest of the blend just didn't come together for me. I will revisit this with a few months in the bag and see where it takes me.
Pipe Used: Chacom billiard, Rossi 320
Age When Smoked: fresh from the bag
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