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Virginia flakes, cube cut burley, and a hint of latakia.

Notes: Deer tongue used to be an additive, but was replaced by a similar topping.

BrandTed's Pipe Shoppe
Blended ByMarc Clymer
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2575)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The rather nutty, earthy, very molasses sweet cube cut burley takes a small lead over the other components. Deer tongue is no longer an ingredient, but what replaced it is woody, earthy, lightly minty and spicy, vanilla-like, and a little herbal, and is a supporting player. I suspect couramin is one of the toppings. The grassy, citrusy Virginia tends to be condiment for the most part. The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is a background player. The strength and taste levels are medium. The nic-hit is just shy of medium. No chance of bite or harshness, but the couramin does offer a hint of sharpness. Burns cool, clean and tad slow with a deeply rich, mostly consistent sweet and lightly savory flavor that translates to lightly lingering after taste. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and needs a few relights. Can be an all day smoke for a more experienced smoker.


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Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (28806)
Medium Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The Deer Tongue makes this blend well off the beaten path, giving it a cinnamon note on the front of the tongue and nutmeg further back. I swear I can smell a bit of cinnamon in the room note as wellagain, the Deer Tongue? Blended on a virginia flake and cube cut burley base, with a hint of latakia, this is an old-fashioned blend made to be gravity fed (it simply wont respond to Hannas Air Pocket Packing Method). Its also a smooth, nutty, sweet smoke for those who (like me) normally reach for tinned Virginias, Orientals, and Balkans. It was blended by the late Ted Kanaley (of Teds Pipe Shoppes, Tulsa, OK), and as such dates back to the early 1960s. Give it a try in a well-caked bowl to savor its intricacies. I would give it =, but the deer tongues uniqueness moves it up to ==. (Note: Pipes & Cigars has a mixture with deer tongue called Old Tartan, but with cavendish and w/o the latakia and virginia flake; they also make a deer tongue mixture with perique instead of latakia called Capitol Stairs. Cornell & Diehl makes a replica of Bings mixture with deer tongue, but w/o the virginia and latakia. That would seem to make this blend unique.)

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