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BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeOriental
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Vanilla
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Medium to Strong
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3005)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The fragrantly floral Izmir provides plenty of earth, wood, vegetation, herbs, some sharp sourness, spice, incense, and a hint of sweetness as it takes a small lead. The aromatic Samsun is very earthy, woody, floral, herbal, vegetative, mildly sour, and spicy. It is close to being a co-lead. The matured red Virginia offers a lot of tangy ripe dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, mild sugar, light tart and tangy citrus, grass, floralness, and a pinch of spice as a supporting player. The blackened burley cavendish offers a little earth, wood, nuts, and sugar. It is a slot below the effect of the red Va. The rich cocoa topping along with a few drops of vanilla very mildly tone the tobaccos, and many of the rough edges. The blend gathers a little more potency by the half way mark. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the medium threshold. The taste is a notch short of medium to full. No chance of bite or harshness exists here. Well balanced with some nuance, it burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent sweet and ruggedly sour, floral, spicy, savory flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is pleasant to tolerable. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran piper, and repeatable under any circumstance. It’s stronger than the previous version. Four stars.


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