The fermented red Virginia provides some tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, sugar, mild floralness, and light spice as the lead component. The perique produces a lot of spice, earth, wood, some raisins, mild sweet plums and figs as a supporting player. The gold Virginia offers some tart and tangy citrus, bread, sugar, mild vegetative grass, floralness, and light spice as a condiment. The strength and taste levels are a step past the medium threshold. The nic-hit is a notch behind that mark. Won’t bite or get harsh. Has a few small rough edges. The mildly moist flakes easily break apart, and need no dry time. Burns cool, clean, and a little slow with a mostly consistent spicy, moderately fruity, rather spicy, lightly floral, savory flavor that extends to the lightly lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is slot stronger. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires some relights. Not quite an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Three stars.
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