The fermented, savory, rugged dark fired and dark air cured Virginias provide a ton of earth, wood, tangy ripe and dried dark fruits, plenty of smoky barbecue, spice, vegetation, floralness, leather, some tangy stewed fruits, herbs, grass, bread, light tart and and tangy citrus, and a few sugar, tea, cigar and sour notes as the lead components. Very strong and extra full in flavor, the nicotine level is very potent. It won’t bite, but it has hints of harshness and plenty of rough edges, even though the creamy quality of the Virginias does tame them a mite. It needs some dry time, and a sharp knife to cut it. Well balanced, it burns cool and clean at a plodding pace with a very consistent, boldly deep and rich, mildly complex sweet and savory flavor that translates to the long lingering after taste, and pungent room note. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires a fair number of relights. Not an all day smoke by any means, and I suggest a small bowl for this one. Three and a half stars.
High nicotine content? You're not kidding, I think this will satisfy the toughest of smokers! Now, on to the rest of the review. The blend contains quite a few small coins so they need a slight rub prior to smoking. It's of a great amount of hydration so it can be rubbed and smoked right away. The smell from the mix has Virginia in the lead but also there's a musky/smokiness there as well. It lights up well and straight away it begins to leave behind an arctic white ash. As I said, nicotine content is high in this one, there's not really anymore to say about that! The smoke can become too warm if it's strained but seeing as there is a very high volume of nicotine and a full taste there doesn't seem to be any reason for doing so. I notice that it does need quite a few re-lights but providing the burn is well looked after it produces a large quantity of smoke. I won't hide the fact that this won't suit everyone, it has a lot of points that will suit the more 'hardened' of smokers.
I wouldn't refer to myself, by any means, as a hardened smoker but I really enjoy it nonetheless! Four stars.
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