Layered and pressed whole leaf of tangy Virginias, rare Latakia, aged Turkish with a hint of St. James perique compose the newest flake version of Joe Lankford's iconic Mississippi River Special Reserve,
The fermented red Virginia provides fair amount of tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, and light touches of barbecue, sugar and spice. Along with the other Virginias, it forms the base of the blend. The stoved Virginias have a fermented sugary dark fruitiness, earth, wood, and bread as it almost competes with the red for attention. The rare flue cured Virginia offers some tart and tangy citrus, grass, vegetation, floralness, light sugar and spice notes in the background. The earthy, woody, floral, spicy, vegetative, herbal, moderately sour Orientals are supporting players. The smoky, woody, earthy, mildly floral, musty, incense-like Cyprian Latakia is right on the heels of the Orientals in terms of effect. The aspects of the very plumy perique include earth, wood, spice, and a slight raisiny hit as a condiment. The strength is medium, while the taste level is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is a slot below the strength threshold. There’s no chance of bite or harshness, and has few very small rough notes. The mildly moist flakes easily break apart to suit your preference. Well balanced, deeply rich and complex, it burns cool, clean, and a tad slow with a very consistent tangy, creamy sweet, floral, mildly sour and spicy, campfire flavor. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires a few more than an average number of relights. Has a lightly lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is a notch stronger. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and easily repeatable for the less experienced. Four stars out of four.
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