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Summary: an OTC style blend with old school spice topping on a sweet mixture of gentle Burleys and Virginias.
"Windy City" evokes memories of old barbershops with its topping, which seems to be cinnamon with vanilla and perhaps some rosewater or cocoa; it is hard to tell what flavors are from the leaf, and which come from the topping. The scent however is discernible out of the package, and remains a strong influence on the flavor throughout the bowl. The smoke itself melds the sweetness of Virginia, broadened by Maryland and Burley, then given a caramel flavor by Gold and Black Cavendish, with the spice of Perique for an entirely old-school OTC experience. Perique content is low and serves mostly to pick up the pace on this smooth-smoking, mild tobacco, which seems to be mostly ribbon-cut low-Nicotine Burleys with the Virginia, Maryland and Cavendishes coming through as most of the flavor because of the chameleon nature of Burley, which also gives a heartier note to the flavor and avoids it from being sickly-sweet. Your enjoyment of this blend depends entirely on whether or not you like old school OTCs of this type, but for my vote, it is as good an example of this style as one is likely to find, and a surprisingly addictive smoke that it perfect for slightly-distracted all day sipping.
Thanks to PipesMagazine forum member "dadgy" for this sample.
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