This one is very similar to Astley's No. 109. Top quality VA leaf, natural sweet taste, nicely matured, good burn qualities, won't bite anyone but unfortunately way too mild in the nic-department. My tin was 15 years old, but the ageing did not make this one worth very much... I'll stick to my stronger VA's...
The original version of this was sub-titled "Ripe Brown". With a name like that you just have to try it. It was my first taste of Dark shag cut Va., and it was heavenly. Very rich, full bodied flavor, with a fair strength. A more refined Royal Yacht. Generally smoked cool and dry, unless puffed too fast. I hope the new version is the same quality, but I haven't found any yet.
Dobie's Red, as I usually call Ready Rubbed Flake), was a generously mild flake of mostly Virginias with an Oriental element that added a touch of spice and sweetness. Rare to find leaf of this quality anymore, and with all the aging the impression is bound to be... well, impressive!
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