The Country Squire was given the honor of crafting the 2023 UPCA blend for the slow smoke contest for the Chicago Pipe Show. We designed a Virginia Burley mixture that offers a naturally sweet smoke with tasting notes that are bready, oaky, citrusy, vinegary, vegetal, and savory.
Now that I have entertained a series of bowls on this limited-edition release from The Country Squire, I thought I’d share my first-off impressions. This is a medium bodied Virginia/Burley concoction specifically created for the Slow Smoke contest of the Chicago Pipe show.
This handsome collection of generously ribbon tobaccos arrived optimally moist, ready for immediate smoking. The feel of the mass of assorted strains within is very supple and inviting to the touch to say the least. Visually the blend presents a rich assemblage of beautifully dense golden-yellow, copper, and brownish cultured tobaccos. The pouch wafts a bright tartness, some lively spice, and a decidedly woody character on initial encounter.
The flavor profile tenders as a consistent medium-full venture. It is well rounded in projecting reasonably solid depth overall. Characteristically UPCA 2023 endows a gentle native sweetness but most prominently the tobaccos configure as woody in demeanor. It is the Red Virginia that seems to provide the biggest push of flavor, offering a sweet herbal, very vegetal, classic seasoned woodiness. However, the ensuing registration revealed some nice sugary citrus tang on the upper band that superbly garnishes the dominant darker Virginian tone. Furthermore, I did record that wholesome sweeter “breadiness”, and a stream of embellishing tart per The Squire’s official billing. A very nice Virginian experience I must say.
As for the Burley, it seems to ride along as a slightly step-downed complement. It tends to be exceptionally spicing and earthy in temperament. On the retro hale this noted feature is self-evident. Again, woodiness seems to be the Burley preferred venue as there is a nice aged “oakiness” indeed to its base profile. Highlighting seems to take the form of some toasty walnut-like influence, a faint hint of anise and some noted molasses renderings.
Overall, this blend is hands-down very mellow and gentle in its presentation. A great slow sipper which stands to reason given its intended purpose. The smoke produced charters as thick and creamy leaving a general lingering essence of deep native wooded spice. The tobaccos hold nice mechanical properties as to burn and abiding coolness, thus proving to be an incredibly satisfying and savory experience on the whole.
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