Spending an afternoon at Dan Pipe's shop in Lauenburg, Germany, I tried a few of their blends that were unknown to me before, among them this one.
The label is not much to look at (as with all Four Seasons blends). The blend as such reminded me more than a little of Von Eicken's Springwater: it is a wide, squarish cut best suited for wide bowls, with good amounts of Black Cavendish and Virginia in there and a beautiful, fruity topping that does not vanish during the first few puffs. Nor does it overwhelm the taste of the tobacco.
Lighting was easy, keeping things running also, and the smoke was nice, tasty and pleasurable. I, personally, could have used a little more power, but it's still a really good smoke. The room note is purely great.
Unfortunately, it seems that the entire Four Seasons line is about to be dropped unless sales pick up markedly... I heard that the unattractive label design was blamed for the slow sales. It certainly cannot be the quality and blend of tobacco that is responsible, because this is really good stuff.
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