The Virginias provide a little tart and tangy citrus, bread, grass/hay, sugar, floralness, spice, tart lemon, and a touch of acidity as the lead components. The burley offers some nuts, earth, wood, bread, and sugar as a supporting player. The creamy, sugary, bready black cavendish is not far behind the burley. The sweet and bitterly sour, citrusy sea buckthorn topping leads the sweetly tart cherry by a small margin. The cream topping reduces some of the sourness of the other additives. The toppings have a strong presence although they don’t drown out the tobaccos. The strength is a couple of steps past the medium threshold. The taste is in the center of medium to full. The nic-hit is a notch below the overall strength level. Won’t bite or get harsh, though fast puffing may result in a light tongue tingle. Has a few small rough notes. Burns cool, clean, and a tad slow with a very consistent sweet and sour, floral, spicy, mildly bitter, lightly savory flavor that extends to the lingering after taste. The room note is pleasant. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke. Three stars for the sweetness, and two stars due to the distracting bitter notes.
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