Monticello had all kinds of Virginia variety but the combination attempted by the blender left this VaPer a little flat to me. The Perique could be noted okay, but there was no richness of the Virginia leaf to boost what Perique really benefits from; well aged Virginia. I should have checked before doing this review as I am not sure it is still being offered.
Well, this is not a real review, but a curiosity! Seems C&D slipped the wrong blend in the tin all those years ago, or somehow managed to confuse Latakia with Perique! Here is some dialogue I posted on another site:
=I'm about to open a rare one: Uptown's Tobaccos Monticello (C&D) from 2000, which is discontinued. "Sweed aged Red and Yellow Virginias, Perique and stoved Red Virginia."
I wanted to scan in an image, but my computer doesn't seem to be recognizing my printer right now...
I may do a first bowl, first impressions mini-review later. I debated opening this, but these old-style C&D tins aren't the best for aging, and it is already aged, of course.
Anyone know about this one? A bit of forgotten C&D history, it seems. Uptown doesn't even seem to carry C&D anymore at all.
Good call on opening this tin. Dry as a bone, and I will have to try to rehydrate it. Also, despite the tin description, this has Latakia in it, or I'm a fool. Wrong blend in the tin? I do see red and yellow Virginia; in fact that's all I see, other than the many black strands. If that's all Perique, this would be a Perique-bomb, so I'm guessing it's the Latakia I smell. Smells like Squadron Leader or a similar medium English.
Wow, bit of a mystery here! That's OK, I like mysteries! I don't know if I can really smoke it as dry as it is right now, but I'll hit it a couple times to see if I can tell if it's spoiled, or can be brought back!
OK, smoking a little. It's dry, but fine, or will be with a little moisture. That's definitely Latakia, but it's light. Strange that they messed up the tin description, or put the wrong blend in the tin.
I recommend opening any C&D tin from this period. Despite the plastic tightly wrapped around the tin, they do not retain moisture at all. The tobacco inside is in a sealed bag, which also does nothing to preserve the tobacco. C&D was so low tech in 2000!
Just got around to smoking a bowl of this. Though I rehydrated the tobacco, it dried back out to crispy pretty soon after I broke out the bowl. It is very much a light-medium English, kind of like Squadron Leader to my tastes. Very nice, but glad C&D has come along since 2000. Those tins they used back then were useless for storage, and how could they mess up so bad as to use Latakia in place of Perique, or maybe just slip the wrong blend altogether in the tin? Still, whatever this is I'm smoking (I guess I will never know other than that it's a nice basic English blend) is fine, and will be quite the curiosity in my collection. Mystery C&D blend from year 2000!=
Well, when I have had more than one bowl, I'll add a few more thoughts on this mystery C&D blend. First pipe impression is of a solid yet not outstanding medium English with no topping I can sense. It may have suffered a slight bit from the overdrying in that awful early-period C&D tin, but is fine if I go slow. The Latakia tastes possibly Syrian, but I'm no expert, just has that winey taste! I wonder if any users have tried this, and if the tin contained a VAPER mixture as described or an English?
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