basically flue cured, i believe african, and a small amount of dark fired. medium-strong. some 20 years ago it was blended by mcconnell, but as they're made now by k&k, i guess this one is, too. the original "62" contained perique, and was full strength. this version has no perique, i believe, and is only medium-strong.
09/04/2007: update: yet another k&k tobacco which pales when you start smoking real tobacco like sam gawith's. downgraded.
04/13/2007: here's another of those tobaccos that need some home stoving to become interesting. a couple of days in the oven at c. 60 C will change it from rather raw and light brown, to rounded and dark brown. quite appropriate, as it's also called "dark virginia flake"...
this review is of the "baked" version.
tin aroma: sweetish figs and raisins, a whiff of smokyness from the dark fired. the flakes are easy to fold and fill into the pipe.
taste: straightforward virginia sweetness with some of the typical dryness of the kentucky. not a complicated nor complex smoke, and it's quite nice right to the bottom. some tongue bite from the virginia if smoked fast, though it's toned down by the dark fired. i can detect no additives - excepting, maybe, a very neutral sweetener. all in all, a very fine late afternoon smoke.
smoked right from the shelf it's only a two star experience, but the "baking" changes it radically, to a four star tobacco. 10 years of fermentation will probably bring out a lot more, so i've laid down five tins for the future.
alas, it seems to be sold only by a few danish tobacconists.
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