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The First Amendment to the Drucquer catalog in 40 years, this blend celebrates the collective right to free expression with an enduring formula of red and bright Virginia tobaccos and fine air-cured leaf, seasoned with Cypriot Latakia and Louisiana perique, then pressed and aged in cakes and sliced. First Amendment is rich and satisfying, with notes of dark chocolate, malty Assam tea, black walnut, hints of a deep, earthy sweetness, and a complexity whose nuances are as endless as those of our time-tested and essential freedoms.

BrandDrucquer & Sons
Blended ByG.L. Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
CutBroken Flake
Packaging100 grams tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2760)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The bright Virginia provides plenty of tart and tangy citrus, grass, bread, some sour lemon, floralness, sugar, light vegetation, tea, spice, and acidity. It’s a little more obvious the tangy dark fruity, earthy, woody, bready, mildly sugary, lightly spicy red Virginia. The red also has a slight essence of vinegar. The Virginias take a small lead. The air cured white and dark burleys offer plenty of earth, wood, nuts, some cocoa, mild sugary molasses, sourness, very light spice, and a small, sharp roughness. They have an important supporting role. The smoky, woody, earthy, leathery, very floral, lightly sweet Cyprian Latakia isn’t quite a secondary player. The spice from the mildly raisiny, plumy, earthy, woody perique is its most obvious aspect. That spice competes with the aspects of the Latakia. The strength and nic-hit are a slot past the medium mark. The taste is a rung past that. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. There are a few small rough edges, but less than a blend in this genre usually sports. The broken flakes are mildly moist, easy to break apart, and need no dry time. Well balanced with some complexity, it burns cool and clean at a slightly slow rate with a fairly consistent, tangy, nutty, spicy, very floral, rather mildly sweet, sour campfire flavor that translates to the lightly lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is a tad stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and easily repeatable for the less experienced. Three and a half stars out of four.


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Badbrude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Badbrude (16)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A rich and complex melange of tobaccos that contribute equally in their own way to the overall taste. Well balanced, Replacing the orientals/Turkish with burleys and perique reshapes the flavor of the latakia resulting in an American variation of the English standard.

It reminds me of Ed's Special blend from the original Tinderbox on Wilshire in West L.A., decades ago. That blend was unique (it originally had a pinch of deertongue herb to add a indescribable piquancy).

I needed a change of pace from Blairgowrie, which I've been smoking for a few years, and this does the trick.

E pluribus unum

Pipe Used: Savinelli, Duncan Hill

Age When Smoked: Newly purchased

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