Well I got hold of a few tins of the 2022 release of this ever so tasty blend and it’s as good as it maybe even better than last year’s release!!! Maybe it’s just because I ran out of last years long ago and I am nostalgic about it but this is as good for sure which means it’s great. To me this blend is the essence of “Autumn”! I remember late peaches and apples and cider as a kid, going to the local orchards, this reminds me of those fond memories. Yes it’s definitely got a peach 🍑 note but it could pass for sweet apples 🍎 too. It’s definitely worth getting hold of if you like aromatics that aren’t too sweet or soppy and that have a real tobacco back flavor this is for you. But act quick as I’m smoking out of tin #1092 out of the 1800 tin limited run.
Below is my review from the 2021 release, I see no need to change it as it says what 2022 is like:
Another fine VaBur Crumble Kake from Sutliff that has been aged for 90 days in a peach 🍑 brandy barrel and I must say that Orchard Mist gives me a nice soft fuzzy feeling 🍑
The Virginias and burleys used are of high quality and lend that lovely mix of sweetness, lemony, grassy slightly bread notes from the Virginias and a rounded more brown sugar and deeper and a touch spicy and a bit sour note from the burley. The time in that freshly decanted peach brandy barrel has added a mist of peachy goodness! It doesn’t over power the tobaccos nor is it all gloopy or icky sweet, it adds a very refreshing and mouth watering peach flavor with a dash of that brandy note too.
I smoked as crumbled straight from the tin into a fresh, and as long as my supply lasts, dedicated cob. It smoked cool and dry and smooth with a few delights and is basically a delight to the palate and the nose. Grab a tin if you can’t find it and give yourself a peach treat!!!
Dave da Dragon
Pipe Used: MM Country Gentleman, Stanwell 2022 PotY
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