Appearance: Mostly medium red and brown color. Combination of ribbon and small cubes.
Aroma: Pleasant aroma of nicely aged Virginia and Burley. There is a slight fruity hint here, but this might be from the Burley, which can often emit a slight hint of prunes.
Packing: Packs easily int any bowl size or shape. Needs a gentle hand to avoid overpacking.
Lighting: Lights easily, sometimes with one Vesta and a tamp and no further relight.
Initial flavor: A soft blend , but with enough flavor to keep your interest. Sweetness of Virginias mingle well with the nuttiness of Burley.
Mid-bowl: Occasional hints of strength make me think some of the Burley is dark fired, but no cigar note. Very pleasant and a good companion for working or taking a walk. Stays dry and cool, even when smoked outside. Not a very contemplative blend.
Finish: No surprises, just a bit stronger in flavor at the bottom.
Summary: If you like Burley and Virginia combinations at all, this is worth a try. Not as full as Tilbury, or Cumberland, which are more of an evening smoke IMHO. This is a good all-day blend for someone who isn't actively seeking Latakia.
A solid, approachable blend that is instantly flavorful and winsome at first light. I would like to try this with a bit of perique substituted for the Burley, but a nice, warm-weather or indoor blend all the same. I do not DGT this blend, as it tends to become bitter towards the end if allowed to sit in the bowl too long.
P&W should definitely get out more and be visible: Carole (if she is the blender) has got the goods. I haven't had a bad one from her yet. I'm working thru a 6-pack sampler of my own choosing, and every one becomes my darling for a week. By all means, get yourself a sampler. She has something for everyone.
With so much flavor, it's hard to believe this isn't sprayed. It isn't: it's pure tobacco. I like this best in a big wide-bowled Brigham tooth-puller straight out of the bag. It seems damp but lights right up and keeps delivering, true to P&W's form.
Barclay doesn't really evolve as it smokes, other than intensity; the components are perfectly balanced. It gets quickly to and stays in the zone for a good half hour at five puffs a minute; a fine half hour it is. Even the last of it stays true: sweet and spicy, rich, cool and fragrant. Think G. L. Pease's Barbary Coast with less perique.
This is a toned-down version of Dummerston, another favorite. This stuff is what I came for. I like VA's and burleys, and this bests anything I've been able to mix on my own. It has enough nicotine to give me a buzz but it never numbs my tongue, nor does it bite. Vermont's best kept secret.
Barclay Mixture is a terrific half-and-half that seems to be lightly sweetened. Wonderful cut, burns well, frgrant, cool, tasty. I'd add this to my rotation but for two problems: 1) it suffers from a bit of the Burley curse and can turn bitter toward the end; 2) like many Burleys, this tends to irritate my throat towards the end of the bowl. If you like Burley, or if you are a fan of half-and-halfs, I don't see how you can go wrong with this.
This is another fine entry from Pipeworks & Wilke. I enjoy this blend of burley and naturally mildly sweet Virginias. The tastes balance and enhance each other providing a cool smoke which produces good flavor and tobacco taste. This is a good indoor/outdoor basic blend year around, and can easily be smoked all day, producing absolutely no bite. This is a staple item in my tobacco arsenal.
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