Cascadia Pipe Co. - Vertical Limit sets a new, high bar for folks who enjoy full-bodied pipe tobacco. This robust plug is made of earthy, spicy, dark burley, smoky, bold, dark-fired Kentucky, and sweet, smooth Virginias, with a mellow and deep top note to give it a rich, satisfying flavor. This is a blend best-suited for experienced smokers and is ideal for an evening repast after a hearty meal as a precursor to winding down before bed. If you're a veteran pipe smoker who looks forward to a good hefty bowl at night, set your limits high with Cascadia Pipe Co. - Vertical Limit.
The very potent sweet and sharp burleys provide a blast of earth, wood, nuts, and a little molasses along with a mild sourness. They are the lead components. The dark fired Kentucky offers a lot of earth, wood, spice, herbs, vegetation, floralness, and some sourness as a strong supporting player. The floral Virginias produce plenty of tart and tangy citrus, grass, bread, vegetation, some sugar, tangy stewed dark fruit, earth, wood, and a few cigar notes. They are secondary players in the third slot. The topping seems to be creamy anise. It’s very strong with a filling taste, and a robust nic-hit. It won’t bite or get harsh, but it does have some rough edges. The plug has some density, but cuts easily enough to suit your preference. May need a light dry time, although I did not do that. Burns cool, clean and very slow with a very consistent nutty, creamy sweet, bold, rugged, deeply rich flavor. Leaves a little moisture in the bowl. Requires a lot of relights. Has a long lingering after taste, and stronger room note. It is not an all day smoke. Four stars.
It says it sets a new, high bar for folks who like a full-bodied pipe tobacco? No kidding there!
The plug is dense, a sharp knife and a little patience are required. Once sliced, the tobacco gives quite a sharp aroma off; anise. Mine has a decent hydration, no airing is needed.
From first puff the word power comes to mind. The fire-cured Kentucky and robust Burley form the leading tobacco flavour. Very potent. The Virginia is much lighter in the mix, it adds a delicate sweetness, but not much fruit/grass. The anise is a definite flavour, for me. Strangely, the top-note has a touch of cool mint to it, also. The burn is slow, giving a smoke that's free from bite. I find it to be medium in temperature.
Nicotine: loads. Room-note: not good.
Vertical Limit? It's good, but too headstrong in strength and flavour for a full house; IMO. Three stars:
I got a few Cascadia tins as a Christmas present, and I was pleasantly surprised. They're not something I would have bought on my own, but I did end up really enjoying them. Opening the Vertical Limit tin... there's a pretty solid brick of tobacco waiting there for you. I had no problem slicing off some flakes, though. Tin note is... sweet, some rich anise smells but also it seems like a bit of fruit. First few puffs... it's a very robust burley blend with some sharp almost cigar-like flavors. JimInks review seems to hit the nail on the head. Nice earthy burley flavor, some spicy and a bit floral Kentuckys... and dark fruit of Virginias further back. Definitely a strong blend. It burns nice and slow, even for a fairly fast smoker like me. The anise flavor did seem to fade quite a bit... but that's ok, because the natural tobacco flavors are powerful.
Bottom line: It's not something I'd smoke every day, but once in a while, it's really a very nice, potent, enjoyable Burley blend.
-=UPDATE=- When I finished the most recent bowl, I updated the strength rating from "strong" to "very strong". Yeah. It's potent stuff.
Tin note of acai berries and mild vegetation. The dark brown tobacco plug is very dense. A sharp knife is needed to cut thin flakes. Rubs out with a little effort. Moisture content is on the dry side. Burns slow with few relights. The strength is strong and nic is strong. Flavoring is medium, with notes of acai, flavoring starts off a little strong but fades to the background. I don't taste the licorice/anise. Taste is full and very consistent, with notes of toast, wood, molasses, sweet bread, earth, floral, quite spicy, mildly bitter nuts, sour vegetation, citrus peel, a mild tart fermented dark fruit background note, and a very peppery retro. Burley is leading with Virginia and Flavoring supporting. Kentucky is half supporting. Room note is tolerable to strong, and aftertaste is outstanding.
Cascadia Pipe Co makes 3 plug that I’ve tried with this being the strongest by far. It’s good to eat a meal before smoking this or ya might find yourself one-eyed-wondering what the $&@“ just happened….With that being said, this is a very good pipe tobacco not for the faint of heart. Smoky , sweet, earthy, spicy, cool smoking, non biting and very satisfying. If I want to tone it down a bit , I’ll mix it with some straight Virginia flake. I’ll buy this on occasion because I know what I’m getting myself into. Try it and good luck.
Pipe Used: Various
Age When Smoked: 1/21
Purchased From: Smokers Discount World in N. Windham Ct
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