An English blend created in America with dark smoked Latakia and sweet Turkish. Rounded out with the finest matured Virginia, This full mixture is aged in the old style in order that it may "marry" together and form a satisfying smoke.
I don't know how my review can top the insightfulness of the last one, but I'll give it a try. (-;
I believe Coyote to be more Virginian in taste than Latakian, but the latter certainly is there in a noticible amount. Is Coyote a McClelland's tobacco? It may be as I sure detected a vinegar smell in the pouch along with the various leaf.
Coyote burns very easily. It is also a very mild English blend. It is not offensive in any way and is even a bit sweet without the usual "leathery" flavor I associate with a true English blend.
I recently tried this as my first English blend on the recommendation of one of the guys at McCranies. After getting used to it, I've had some very enjoyable smokes of this, including some out of an old Venturi pyrolitic graphite pipe (I know, I know).
I'm continuing to try other Latakias, some of which are more interesting, but I think this one does what it's supposed to; it has a full flavor and smokes cool. The smell in the bag is like campfire embers with none of the ketchup-y smell common with other Englishes.
The room note ranking comes from the comments of my wife, who said it smelled like burning leaves (what's tobacco smoke supposed to smell like?). She actually closed the door to the porch mid-bowl, which doesn't happen often (ah, silence). A good tobacco, particularly as a starter English. But not a crowd-pleaser.
f you are looking for an Oriental/English for social times, this is not your tobacco. If you are looking for a smoke that you can enjoy in peace and solitude, and want something with a bit of body this is your tobacco. While not as good as LondonBlend 1000 it has a similar body and texture. The oriental is not as pronounced as I would like but about the last 1/3 of the bowl, it comes into play. My big complaint is all the crap pieces that showed up in my pound I purchased. There were plenty of stems and other misc. garbage parts that had to be sorted out. It also seemed a bit tricky to pack. I do enjoy this tobacco but with many other blends that do the same type of thing for me, I will only be able to say that it was worth a try but, will not replace some others in my rotation.
I too wonder if this is the exact same thing that McClellands offers as Bulk 5125. I think it is, if not it is too damn close to call it anything else. It looses a star for that in its self.
I believe this tobacco is miscategorized. This is an offering by McClelland and not McCraines. With that said, this is a nice oriental mixture. I find that I enjoy the aroma more than the taste of this particular blend. It has a wonderful caramelized, smokey aroma but the taste left me wanting more. I added extra latakia and some perique and this really hit the roof for me. I like this a good deal. It burns very well, is not overpowered by the virginias, and in bulk it is a very good deal. If you would like something that is a little dryer than the typical VA based balkans then give this a try.
An interesting play off of preconception vs. reality. The name Coyote suggested to me a slightly rough and raw blend that may just sneak up and bite you. Something a grisly prospector would clench between his teeth in a corn cob...
Quite to the contrary: first samples indicate it is a mellow and sweet/nutty latakia blend with a bit of VA for body. Quite different than what I expected. A bit huskier towards the end of the smoke with a fine musky flavor. But never sharp or nasty.
McCraine's really surprised me. For the "home grown" company feeling of their site, this blend ranks up there with other English/Balkan styles I've tried. Is this blend particularly mind-blowing or arcane? Not really - but it was a pleasant 45 minute Latakia smoke that could be all day if you like this sort of tobacco.
Good burning qualities - even and substantial -very little in the way of hotspots or bite. Abundant flavor and sweet aroma (but not artificially so).
After two months of drying and maturing, and periodic smoking - I've found Coyote to be a truly pleasurable smoke. It is very deep - perhaps even rivaling Nightcap in that area. It is not however as complex and full bodied as that and other more well known latakia powerhouse blends. Sometimes, however, you feel like a pleasant predictable ride, instead of a journey into uncharted territories.
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