A few years back I too a trip down memory lane by smoking some of the late Jay Jones Holiday Blends and his 2003 edition tasted very similar to another of his blends that I can't remember the name of. Anyway, this was a light Virginia/Perique that had a top coating of what I swear was Licorice. The combination was great fun to smoke. The only downside for me was probably an upside for others; the Virginia in this one was very light and mild and the Perique was just barely there.
Found this blend on the sale rack at one of my local tobacconist. Couldn't resist trying it.
This smoke opens with a chorus of Virgina sweetness with perique chiming in low at the very end. The chorus continues, developing hintys of nutty vanilla near the end of the first third of the bowl.
Little gurgle here, but nothing mister pipe cleaner can't manage. Probably due more to my drool than the tobak.
In the second third of the bowl, the blend settles down. Not gaining any complexity per se, rather becoming richer and fuller to the taste. Virginias and perique singing in a sweet harmony.
As the bowl dips into the final stretch, the blend gains some strength. Developing an almost woodsy flavor and perhaps a hine of anise.
Not terribly too much nicotine here, but enough to keep it interesting. This smoke had a little bite to it, but I'm an "enthusiastic puffer" as it were. Once I trottled down my draw, it was cool and sweet.
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