Ken Byron Ventures Mycroft 2023



Brand Ken Byron Ventures
Series 221b
Blended By Ken Byron
Manufactured By Ken Byron Ventures
Blend Type Other
Contents Kentucky, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country United States


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

3.33 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Mar 22, 2023 Strong None Detected Full Strong
The fire cured African Kentucky offers an abundance of earth, wood, spice, nuts, vegetation, some barbecue, floralness, sourness and mild sweetness with a few cigar notes as it takes a small lead. The Izmir and Samsun provide a wealth of earth, wood, vegetation, incense, herbs, floralness, a fair amount of spice, dry, bitter sourness and light buttery sweetness in a strong support role. The fragrant dark Virginia produces a moderate amount of earth, wood, dry dark fruit, bread, floralness, tart citrus, a little vegetative grass, sugar, and spice in the third slot. The strength and nic-hit are bountiful. The taste is full. No chance of bite or harshness. Has some rough edges. Well balanced, deeply rich and punchy, it burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent floral, spicy, nutty, incense, sweet and mildly sour, barbecue flavor that extends to the pleasantly lasting after taste. The room note is very pungent. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a tad more than an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke. Four stars.

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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
May 09, 2023 Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable
This is my second KBV blend to try. Almost a shag cut, behaves pretty well. The Virginia's sit behind the smoky barbecue of the Kentucky and the spice of the Orientals. More sour than sweet, but in a good way. A nice surprise.
Pipe Used: Savinelli 316
PurchasedFrom: KBV
Age When Smoked: 2 months
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Apr 16, 2024 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Ken Byron Ventures

Blend notes: “Dark Virginia, Samsun, Izmir, and an exotic Kentucky varietal make for a deeply engaging blend. Originally based on a blend from Liverpool England, Mycroft made the crossing and has been adapting since.  Straight tobaccos with no added fragrance.”

Mycroft is a medium strength combination of Orientals, Virginia and Dark-Fired Kentucky. The Orientals seem to take the lead — sour notes, some spice, a bit of dry earthy almost loamy taste. The Kentucky adds some mild Kentucky-esque smoke — some people get BBQ, I don’t, but I always appreciate KY in a blend. The Virginia seems to take the back seat with very mild dark fruit and just a hint of bread.

At times I wonder what I am talking about. Trying to come up with words to dissect the flavor profile of a blend of pipe tobacco. Writing reviews is a privilege and at times scary.

It’s an interesting blend but not outstanding. Mycroft is an easy, pleasant smoke. I appreciate the Samsun and Izmir and enjoy that sour, spicy flavor profile, and always enjoy KY. I suspect the Virginia was used to fill out and bring balance.

3 out of 4 stars.
Pipe Used: IMP Meerschaum
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