The perique offers earth, wood, some dried plums, and a fair amount of spice as the lead component. The burleys provide plenty of earth, wood, nuts, some sharp sourness, toast, with a little spice, pine and vegetation, along with hint of molasses, and a small floral note as a supporting player. The strength, nic-hit and taste levels are a couple of steps past the medium mark. The taste is a notch past that level. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, but there is a little roughness present which is typical for perique-forward blends. Burns cool, clean, and a tad fast with a very consistent, nutty, spicy, floral, rugged, savory flavor that extends to the mildly lingering, pleasant after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a spicy room note. Not quite an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Three and a half stars out of four.
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