The old belt North Carolina red Virginias and stoved, fermented Brazilian Virginia provide a lot of tart and zesty citrus, tangy dried dark fruit, vegetative grass, bread, floralness, some tartly sour lemon, sugar, earth, wood, mild spice, acidity, light vinegar, and a small hint of smoke. The strength and taste levels are a step past the medium mark. The nic-hit is almost medium. It won’t bite or get harsh. Has a few small rough edges which is typical of untopped straight Virginias. The easily broken apart crumble cake is a little moist, and as per my custom, I did not dry it. Your mileage may vary on this point. Burns cool, clean and slow with a mostly consistent sweet, fruity, floral, mildly sour and spicy, tingly acidic, piquant, deeply rich flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a notch stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights if not dried. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Should age well. Three stars.
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