The very spicy perique provides plenty of earth, wood, raisins, plums and dates as a lead component. The Virginias offer a burst of sweetly tart and tangy citrus, grass/hay, sugar, bread, some earth, wood, sugar, floralness, vegetation, light darker fruit, a couple pinches of spice, and touches of tea and acidity. One of the Virginias is dark fired, and its potent aspects are a lot of earth, wood, spice, bread, smoky, some tangy dark fruit, sugar, vegetation, floralness, a mild herbal essence along with light barbecue. While the basic qualities of the Virginias make them supporting players, the spice, barbecue, herbs, and floralness from the dark fired compliment and compete with the perique for attention. There’s a light honey topping which doesn’t tone down the tobaccos much. It does reduce the rough edges to a minimum. The strength and nic-hit are a step past the medium mark. The taste is a notch past that. No chance of bite or harshness. Burns cool, clean and a tad slow because of the curlies and moisture content of the tobacco. The deeply rich flavor is very consistent with a very spicy, fruity, mildly sugary, smoky floralness that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires some relights. The room note is pleasant to tolerable. Not an all day smoke, but the sweetness makes it more repeatable. Four stars.
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