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Aromatic Virginias and double fermented intensively colored Black Cavendish are manually rolled and then cut into fine slices: The so-called Curly Cubes. A special top flavour with extracts from fruits and old Bourbon Whisky gives the mixture its typical taste.

BrandKarl Erik
Blend TypeUnknown
ContentsVirginia, Black Cavendish
FlavoringFruit / Citrus, Bourbon
CutCurly Cut
Packaging50g Tin
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Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild, Mild to Medium
Room Note
Very Pleasant
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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Mild Medium Mild Very Pleasant

The Karl Erik blends came out a couple of decades ago and had a good following. The old Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris Magazines had one issue that had some "coming out" info on this one but I gave up on trying to find it after going through half a dozen back issues.

In any event, they were all Danish style blends with light Virginia and heavily fermented and moderately cased black Cavendish. Number 17 was totally different in its presentation with discs of alcohol infested Black Cavendish and Virginia that offered what I thought was a really heavy wine like taste. The blend had a wonderful smell according from my notes back then, but I also wrote to myself that the smell did not transfer to the flavor as the heavy leaf got pretty bitter toward the end. The first half of the bowl was a nice aromatic.

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smoking-rob Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
smoking-rob (78)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Very Pleasant

From the manufacturer's description you would think this to be a blend that is dominated by curly cuts but, alas, this is not so! It consists mostly of course cut brown and black leaves, some very small cubes and only a spun disc here and there, not a lot! The tin aroma is delicious with fruit and Bourbon and the moisture level almost perfect, certainly not too moist.

Packing easily enough, on lighting there is that unmistakable taste of Bourbon and the fruit flavour in the background and also, surprise, tobacco flavour. Not cloyingly sweet as some, the flavour remains true to the end of the bowl and it doesn't leave any goopy residues.

A very nice aromatic that burns well, tastes good if you like Bourbon and does satisfy the palate. It isn't a high-end mixture but at the price of ?11.75 for a 100 gram tins, it doesn't need to be.

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