The 1920s Jazz Age changed America. The new music moved people. New Orleans, The Great Gatsby, prohibition, radio and a national urge to cut loose. Music and cultures mashed together. Our Virginia Perique starts with 10 year old mature red Virginias blended with a good amount of Cajun tobacco Acadian Perique. Add some tasty stoved Virginia pressed and crumble cake cut. Virginia Jazz is an exceptional smoke and music to VaPer lovers. As Louisiana locals say, pass a good time, cher!
Notes: Seattle Pipe Club's Virginia Jazz is the third release within their Signature Series line of tobaccos, and its name hearkens back to the 1920s Jazz Age of American music and culture. The blend itself is a robust Virginia/Perique mixture that comprises 10-year-old matured Red Virginias blended with a good amount of Acadian Perique. Stoved Virginias are added for extra flavor and nuance, creating a rich mixture that's sure to appeal to VaPer lovers, showcasing nuance and complexity in line with its musical theme.
When one thinks of jazz ones mind wanders to those smoky jazz clubs of old, dark and smoky with music both sweet and spicy and that’s what comes to mind with this blend. Pop the lid and you’re greeted with thick slices of crumble cake, brown of the 10-year-old mature Red Virginias with the occasional streak of more gold, then some darker streaks of the stoved Virginia and Acadian Perique. The scent that greets you is a tad tart and spicy and the scent of baked dark bread. It rubs out nicely to a nice consistent medium to coarse texture. The moisture level is about right for most folks but I found for my taste it was better after 20-minutes or so spread out to air, it also helped it to stay slit and saved a few relights. So try as is and dry as needed as your mileage may vary.
This is a very Virginia rich blend with the Virginian making up the majority of the flavor. The Virginias chosen give it a bit more that average complexity. Upon lighting your greeted with a mix of flavors and tones including dark fruits with a touch of tartness, raisins, dark bread, rich herbal grass and a touch of vinegar and spice and everything nice in a solid medium taste level. There is a definite sweetness but no hint of a top note and the casing if any is neutral. The Perique is definitely there and enhancing the Virginia and brings the nicotine up to a nice almost medium level. It to is likely part of the dark fruitiness of the blend but it’s hard to pick between which leaf is adding what but what matters is the taste is good. The Perique adds it’s bit of spice more so with drying but smoothly so. One thing I look for is mouth feel, how the smoke feels in your mouth, this has a nice feel. It’s not as thick as say a blend with burley in it but it’s denser than most VaPers which I like. Room note is hard for me as I live alone but I would say it’s pleasant to tolerable and the after taste is mild and not persistent.
The ten year old matured red Virginias provide a lot of tangy fermented dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, some floralness, vegetative grass, mild tart and and tangy citrus, sugar, light vinegar, spice, peat and a touch of herbs. They take a small lead. The Acadian perique offers a fair amount of plums, spice, earth, wood, mild figs, raisins, and light sugar in an important support role. The stoved Virginia produces a moderate amount of stewed, fermented dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, sugar, very mild floralness and spice in the third slot. The strength, nic-hit, and taste levels are medium. A little smoother than expected, the rough edges are very minimal. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. The easily broken apart cut crumble cake slices are mildly moist, and as per my custom, I did not dry them. Well balanced with some depth, it burns clean, cool and slow with a very consistent, zesty, piquant, richly fruity, sweet, spicy, mildly floral flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a bit stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and repeatable for the less experienced. Three and a half stars rounded up to four.
Tin note of pungent sour, spices and sugar. Tobacco is a Krumble Kake of yellowish brown with a few dark brown and tan spots. Moisture content is great, maybe a little dry. Takes a little effort to rub out, results are a course cut. Burns slow with a few relights. The strength is medium and nic is mild. No flavoring is listed, but there is a sweetness I think comes from the stoving. It diminished a bit but never goes away. Taste is medium and mostly consistent, with complex notes of tangy raisin, spices, bready, floral, stewed tart dark plums, wood, very savory, earthy, sugar, rich, spicy, vinegary fermentation, buttery, mildly salty, a sweet herbal grass background note, and a retro that is sometimes peppery and sometimes smooth. Virginia is leading with Perique providing support, mostly in the background, but at times Perique was more pronounced. Room note is pleasant to tolerable, and aftertaste is great.
Pipe Used: 2016 Northern Briars Regal Rox Cut #4 Pot
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