The burleys offer plenty of rich cocoa, toasted nuts, earth, wood, some molasses, mild spice and a continuous undercurrent of vanilla. They take a small lead. The aspects of the potent 1990s Turkish are earth, wood, floralness, buttery sweetness, mild sourness, peaty vegetation, herbs, and spice. It is an important second lead. I’m sure Smyrna is in the mix of Turkish. The bright Virginia provides a burst of tart and tangy citrus, grass, floralness, bread, some sugar, vegetation, sour lemon, light spice and a touch of acidity. It sits in the third position adding a strong accent to the production. The creamy, sugary Green River black cavendish and another vanilla black cavendish add sweetness and a little balance as well as taming potential roughness. The stoved Virginia produces sugary stewed dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, and a small spice note. It’s a condiment. The same can be said for the spicy, raisiny, plumy, earthy, woody perique. I sense a slight vinegar/wine-like note that accentuates the experience which likely comes from the chemistry created by the marriage of the varietals. The strength almost reaches the medium threshold. The taste is medium. The nic-hit is a step below the strength level. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. Barely has any rough edges. Well balanced, very complex and nuanced, it burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a mostly consistent, fruity, creamy, sugary, mildly sour, spicy, cocoa, vanilla, and molasses, floral, deeply rich flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke. Four stars.
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