I received just enough of this for a bowl as a sample with the first pipe i brought, a cheap briar. I smoked a couple of other blends before trying this, though was by no means experienced.
The tobacco looks good, and packs fine, the aroma isn't anything special, but is not at all unpleasant. Unfortunately everything really went down hill from there for me. It lights well, but burns very hot and gave me the worst tongue bite i have ever experienced to date. It was a real struggle to finish the bowl, and I was glad when the experience was over. It's really hard to find anything good to say about this tobacco, I certainly couldn't recommend it, and would have to be in dire straits before smoking this let alone buying it. That said I was very inexperienced when smoking it, so perhaps it could be interesting to revisit at some point out of curiosity to see just how bad it is, or if I was completely wrong.
Inside the pouch resides a medium brown, simple ribbon cut blend. The smell coming from said pouch is ever so slightly aromatic; sort of fondant and sweet. The moisture's good and as it's from a pouch the blend isn't all compressed together. Due to this it's total bliss to load and fill with.
Sometimes I've stumbled upon a lesser reviewed blend that's absolutely awesome; e.g. Orlik Royal Club, other times I light up a less popular blend and imminently see why it has very few followers.
On the plus side, it's easy to light. After that, it's all down hill: firstly the smoke's far too hot, it's like sucking on a furnace. There's a sort of added flavour that comes through but it's really mild and I can't quite tell if it's from alcohol, nuts, or something sweet. The burn's fast, really fast and it bites like absolute hell; to the point of becoming unbearable. The point I'll finish on is the room-note: horrible.
This is quite an interesting blend, and for an OTC blend, it is quite excellent.. It is a pouch blend, with moisture on the wet side, but nothing major. I dry it for 10-15 minutes and smoke it directly.. and jarred it after a few days as it got to perfect moisture. The aroma from the pouch/jar is like hay or freshly cut grass, it is in thin ribbons which makes it a breeze to light and keep lit. It has to be smoked slightly slow to enjoy it, as it tends to overheat but it never bit me. Flavour profile is as simple as follows, it is peanut butter. All along the bowl, all through the pouch. It is a burley blend, simple as that. Virginia is just a condiment here, but I haven't felt its presence apart from the pouch aroma. But the whole taste profile is nutty, buttery burley. And it passed the family room note test with flying colours, so no issues there. It is a high quality OTC blend that can be an all day smoke for a cheap price
I was pleasantly surprised with this tobacco. I received this and the american mixture as gifts and wasn't giving these much thought, but one whiff of the rum flavouring and my interest was piqued. The rum flavour and aroma is the star of this tobacco. The sweetness compliments the flavouring nicely. While the natural tobacco flavour is masked a bit by the casing, I don't have any problems with that. I enjoy it and recommend it to people who want a flavourful aromatic. I definitely enjoy this one more so than the American mixture.
This blend of rough-cut gold and brown leaves is probably my favourite over-the-counter tobacco. It has a nice rummy/caramel scent in the pouch, lights easy, burns clean, and yields a slightly sweet and mild-tasting smoke that is pleasant for both the smoker and anyone else in the room. It is relatively cool and dry, and burns down to a medium-fine white/gray ash that coats the bowl nicely. I enjoy this blend both for its smoking qualities, and for breaking in a pipe (new or cleaned) after lightly coating the clean bowl with a thin layer of honey or agave syrup. This seems to establish a nice, neutrally flavoured cake fairly quickly.
Availability note: In Ontario, I have found this and the Colts American Mixture for sale at some convenience stores and smoke shops, which is nice if I don't have the time to visit a specialty tobacconist.
This stuff is alright. Smells nice in the pouch that reminds me of fresh made wafer cones in an ice cream parlour and the smoke smells nice. Got nice compliments from people when I smoked it sitting at a hotel picnic table. I find it leaves a lot of moisture in the bottom of the bowl in a briar pipe and can't smoke it all the way to the bottom. I prefer this from a cob. It's worth a try at least once. After going through two pouches I won't be buying it anymore. Captain Black gold is a better option.
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