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Originally, this blend was a custom blend for a customer of Steve's back in 1985, under the name "Stumpy Gump", which later was renamed "Renaissance". It is a full Scottish Mixture, lightly and naturally sweet, consisting of: 48% Cyprian Latakia, aged Old Belt Red Burley & Malayan Red Burley, 5 Turkish Varietals, Red and Bright Lemon Virginias, with White Burley. Steve has brought this blend back, after 5 years, now that all of the blend components are available.

Notes: Steve Books is Oregon's Master Blender and can be found at the House of Calabash; 214 7th St., Oregon City, Oregon

BrandHouse of Calabash
Blended BySteven Books
Manufactured ByHouse of Calabash
Blend TypeScottish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
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Very Full
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Medium to Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

With the high Latakia content you would expect a strong Cyprian leaf presence in this blend, but that isn't the case. Perhaps is is the mediation that the aged Malayan Burley provides in bringing the components into harmony. This blend fairly sings with a chorus of flavors that provide a medley, if tastes can be seen as providers of music, that speaks of sunlit fields of Autumn's coming harvest. It is very smooth, with a buttery quality that makes itself known from the first puff to the last. This is what Steve likes to say is a classic Scottish Mixture, in the old sense of the term. The sweet notes of the Lemon Virginia are well matched to the Turkish varietals, with no hint of bite, despite the absence of Perique. I recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a full flavored experience of smooth character and style. Smoke it slowly. You will not be disappointed. Meerschaum Man, smoking an old CAO Bacchus.

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