This is an interesting crossover/aromatic tobacco. Just enough Latakia to let you know its there, but no more. Wilke No. 5 is an old style blend that I think falls more into the aromatic side of things all though some may feel its a crossover. Either way it's one of the better one's in this grouping. The blend isn't interesting enough for me to smoke often, but is a nice change of pace. As with all the P&W blends, it is made with high quality leaf that burns cleanly (with a little pre-smoke dry time) and isn't cloying. No. #5 will please aromatic smokers and English smokers looking for something a little different. Recommended.
The burley is nutty, earthy and woody with a little molasses, and is one of the star components. The lightly earthy, mostly grassy, citrusy Virginias competes with it, and is occasionally settles for being second best. The woody, lightly smoky, earthy, musty Cyprian Latakia is a secondary player that you’ll always notice. The sweet Royal Scot topping does mute the tobaccos just a little. The strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the mild mark, while the taste is in the center of mild to medium. Won't bite or get harsh, and has few rough moments. Needs a little dry time, but once you do that, it burns cool, clean, moderately mellow and very smooth with a consistent sweet and savory flavor from top to bottom. Requires some relights. Leaves some moisture in the bowl. Has a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and room note. An all day smoke seemingly designed for an entry English-aro smoker. It’s lack of depth and complexity relegates it to two and a half stars.
For those who enjoy aromatic English blends, this one is a treat. Jar note of Latakia combined with that unique sweetness that can only be the Royal Scot. The aromatic English category is a difficult one. How to harmonize the blend without sacrificing the unique characteristics of the constituent tobaccos? Carole Burns nails this one.
Takes a match easily and burns evenly if it's allotted some drying time. The Latakia is seamlessly interwoven with the soft sweetness of the Royal Scot, the sweet and savory notes perfectly balanced. Neither vies for dominance here. Smooth, smooth, smooth.
The flavors are consistent through to the end. Again, this is a difficult style to pull off, with many offerings goopy with black Cavendish or overly dominant in Latakia or flavoring agent. The mixtures often go awry with weird flavor profiles and a hot burn. There is none of that here. An excellent all-day blend with plenty of flavor that is also generous to those around you. For best results, I strongly recommend packing this one loosely.
This is a masterpiece of the English Aromatic style, an aromatic for those who dislike aromatics.
(Edit 2016: Three years later and I'm really surprised this wonderful blend has only five reviews. This one's worth a taste and a big recommendation to those who enjoy aromatic English blends.)
This is a nice, spicey-sweet, American English from this venerable blending house. The top-note is very pleasant, and underneath is a smooth composition of Burley, Virginia, and just enough Latakia, to let you know it is there. The tobacco is top quality, and this burns dry and clean. It reminds me a bit of Peretti's No. 102, but I prefer this. Another pleasant companion perfect for an afternoon drive. I love these old style blends, and this one is indeed a nice change of pace.
Very nice blend. Just enough Latakia for me.... Not overpowering....... For me this is an all day smoke that leaves your taste buds able to function when the food arrives. Very high quality tobacco in Pipeworks blends, and this is no exception. Packs well, stays lit, and does not leave an after taste.
The Cavendish pulls the different components together and combines into a lovely smooth and sensual smoke. Not as exotic as number 10 but a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Totally without bite and almost hypnotic. Much smoother than the Frogs.
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