Matured bright Virgina flakes deliver a bouquet of natural flavors — bread and hay with a subtle citrus undertone and a gentle, amiable spice. This toasty, artfully sweet smoke charmingly showcases what the bright, flue-cured leaf is all about, delivered through an easy, cool burn.
The multi-continental, matured, darkened bright Virginia flakes provide a moderate amount of tart and tangy citrus, bread, vegetative grass/hay, some sugar, mild floralness, honey, spice, wood, earth, peat, sour lemon, and light smoke along with a light graham cracker note. Has an extremely mild sweet casing, and no topping. The strength and nic-hit are a step past the center of mild to medium. The taste is a notch more potent, and doesn’t reach the medium mark. There’s no chance of bite, acidity or harshness. Has a few very minute rough edges. The mildly moist flakes easily break apart, and don’t need any dry time. Burns cool, clean and a bit slow with a very consistent flavor. The after taste pleasantly lingering for a short time. The room note is pleasant as well. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. An all day straight Virginia with enough character to hold your interest. Three and a half stars rounded up to four stars.
While I am unsure about being Ordained smoking this limited run blend, but I am certainly blessed with a very pleasant tasting blend. I do enjoy all sorts of blends but don’t smoke a lot of straight bright Virginia’s for several reasons including it’s tendency to burn hot and bite, thin smoke…I like to blow smoke rings, and they are typically lacking complexity. Just know non of the above applies to Ordained the blessed blend!
These beautiful thin golden brown flakes fold and stuff beautifully and come with a good to go moisture level, though I intend to try it dried just a bit. The Virginia leaf that went into them is well matured and of course pressing into blocks for slicing into flakes helps too. Slice is a good word here as it definitely has some really nice bready notes, from nice fresh bread to darker toastier loaves. Think great lightly toasted bread with a dab of lemon marmalade as there are some nice gentle citrus notes and definitely some sweetness. There are some nice delicate hay flavors as well. It somehow makes a bit denser smoke than I expected with tiny touch of spice, not black pepper but more the slightly herbal floral notes of white pepper, just enough to make this a pretty complex blend for a straight Virginia. No signs at all of the negatives I noted above, cool, sweet, smooth, mellow and bite free. Strength is the mild side of medium, I sense no added flavoring and taste is medium or slightly above. A very pleasant room note and easily an all day smoke. 4 out of 4 for my tastes at least, try it and see what you think.
The flakes are quite thin, medium brown in colour and speckled with light pieces, with a great amount of hydration for smoking straight away; well, my tin's moisture was this way. Being as the flakes are thin they crumble with a delicate touch.
A simple analogy, for me, is to say it's like smoking buttered toast! I don't get too much citrus, grass, sharpness, but I get an absolute load of a doughy/bready flavour. The matured Va also has a delicate creaminess to it; the butter on the toast! The touch of spice mentioned in the description misses me, it must be very delicate! I've smoked 8 bowls of this in a row, since yesterday, and each has burnt well, without an issue. It gives a medium temperature smoke, without tongue bite.
Nicotine: medium at a push. Room-note: nice.
Presbyterian Ordained? A fairly unique Virginia blend, I think it earns 4 stars:
Right out of the tin, the smell is light and bready, maybe a little hay-like.
I broke up a flake and packed it down into my MM Charlestown Cobbler and lit up. This blend is mild, mellow, and does not demand your attention.
Flavor notes are reminiscent of corn whiskey, thin pizza crust, and just a little bit like golden raisins. I’d imagine this might pair really well with a full-bodied white wine, cream soda, or green tea.
Room note, per the girlfriend, is good.
Overall, it packs well, behaves well, does not bite, and offers an overall relaxing, if simple, smoke. I’m excited to see how these do with age.
Moisture level out of the tin was perfect. Aroma of sweet hay and grass as I put my nose to the opened tin, as expected. I rubbed some of the flake out to my desired consistency (which is quite small), and packed a bowl.
Stayed lit wonderfully. After the 2nd initial light I never needed to re-light. I lightly tamped a couple of times to repack, but it never went out so I just kept it as it was. I lightly drew on this, same as I do most VA blends, and it never got too hot.
This had more citrus notes in it than most straight VA's I have smoked which made it quite pleasant. I liked it, but am more excited to cellar this and see what it can turn into.
As far as straight VA's go this is very nice indeed.
Pipe Used: Dickens straight billiard from the 1930's
If you were lucky enough to get some of this wonderful straight VA, you know that you've got a bar-none top of the line blend here. Its like smoking a warm summer afternoon. If you like straight VAs, see if you can find some out there, you will not regret it. It's incredible with only 3mo of age on it, and I have 3 tins that I can imagine are only going to get better with time.
Tin note of fresh hay and earth. Tobacco is a flake of marbled yellow, tan and brown. Moisture content is good, few may want to dry it a bit. Burns slow with few relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild. No flavoring detected. Taste is mild to medium and very consistent, with notes of very woody, fermented vegetation, dry hay, spices, very bready, very earthy, floral, slightly spicy, zesty, mild vinegary, leather, citrus peel, a semi-sweet grassy background note, and a peppery retro. Room note is pleasant, and aftertaste is good.
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