Briliant blend if you are a lover of Latakia. Once you open the tin you're greeted with a smell similar to that of a new pair of shoes. It smokes very smoothly, burns evenly and slowly and oddly enough, it remains fresh well until the bottom of the bowl. When you relight you'd notice a pleasant coco nutty smell. I'd definitely reorder it and highly recommend it.
Full marks to Brigham for the Canadiana presentation with this series, some of the best looking tins on the shelf, very nice indeed.
Smells great from the tin; however, combusting in the chamber it's ho-hum. Burns well, somewhat full flavour, and steady all the way down, it does leave the back of the throat a bit dry; not keen on that. There's simply not enough interest to beckon me back for another pack I'll finish the tin and move on, merely okay like a baked potato without the steak and salad.
There are plenty of other blends which captivate me more: many from S. Gawith Commonwealth comes to mind, many from Cornell & Diehl, Dan, McClelland, and more . . .
I bought this as it is Brigham's attempt to mimic Nightcap, and I can no longer find any Nightcap in Canada. The upshot is that it isn't a very good mimic, but it's not a bad smoke in itself. The tin doesn't smell quite right, and there are more black shreds than I remember from my last lamented tin of Nightcap. It came with the right degree of moistness and packed and lit very easily. The smoke lacks the creaminess of Nightcap, and the perique is much missed on exhaling through my nose - no spicy tickle. It stays lit and is mild on the tongue, even if smoked a bit hungrily. It doesn't have quite as much nicotine, but I don't mind that at all. Nightcap had a "more-ish" taste that always left me wanting more, as if there were some unidentified but intriguing flavours in there that I might understand if only I could get enough of the stuff. Just like the Queen of Narnia's Turkish delight!. Don't get that here, but my pipes have just finished off some over dry 965, which gets a bit sour when dry, so it may yet appear. Until Dunhill gets resuscitated once again, I'll probably stick with this and Brigham's version of 965 (Heritage). I'll probably report in again once my pipes have become more soaked in its flavours.
Addendum: This stuff has stayed the same, and I see exactly what a reviewer below described as one-dimensional. I'm not normally a fan of messing with the careful blending done by someone with a great deal more experience than I have - the old adage about mixing apple pie and cow pie comes to mind: you don't improve the cow pie and you ruin the apple pie. But, here I have found something that is wonderfully good - mix half and half Aurora Borealis and Heritage, and you get a sweet, mild smoke with flavours that aren't apparent in either of the parents. For example, I get a noticeable grassy hay taste rather like Gold Block It's well worth trying in my view and I'll likely continue to consume them mixed together.
While attempting to mimic Dunhills stronger English blends, this one falls flat. It has ample latakia, to be certain, but no balanced sweetness from the virginia's. It has a great tin note, but smokes nothing close to what you would expect.
It loads and packs well, lights fine, and stays that way the whole way down. I am no stranger to latakia blends, but this smoke is one dimensional. The latakia note implies fullness of flavour, but is very tame to the bottom of the bowl. The virginias never seem to make an appearance, leaving you dazed and confused as to what they were trying to accomplish with this blend.
I have been a pipe smoker for 35 years, (strong English & Oriental forward blends and VaPers) but this is simply one of the worst I have ever tasted.
What a nice smoke this is. I have always loved LatVa blends and this one is a pure pleasure. The Lat is one of the smoothest I've encountered. A nutty, woody, spicy and mildy smoky variety. Smooth and mellow yet rich in flavor. The Virginias don't have as much influence as I normally like them to have, but what they do offer works very well here. The sweetness is very mild accompanied by an extremely mild caramel-like note that I find very appealing. Just a great smoke.
Medium in body and taste. No added flavoring. Burns very well.
Pipe Used: MM Little Devil Cutty, Little Devil Acorn, Marcus
Nice tobacco blend. Fairly complex for a Virginia Latakia mixture. Easy to smoke, not easy to keep lit though. I do like the Virginia and latkia used in this blend. There is leather, oak, honey, and a lovely smokey sweetness to this blend. But it will not become part of my rotation. Peace.
A poor clone of Nightcap but a superb tobacco in its own right. This blend is a true Lat bomb, but the Latakia is some of the softest I have yet sampled, with Virginia adding a good backdrop of sugar. Va/Lat blends are sometimes criticised for lack of complexity, but that is not the case here. The quality of leaf used assures a depth of flavour, whose nuances invite (and reward) close attention from first puff to last. Honestly, a real winner for Brigham, and at $10 cheaper than a tin of Nightcap, it is great value also.
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