The Virginias sport a lot of earth, wood and fermented, tangy ripe and dried dark fruit, a little grass and tar and tangy citrus along with a touch of floral, herbal vegetation as the lead component. The burleys are toasty, nutty, earthy, woody and very mildly sweet in a supporting role, nicely contrasting with the sweet Virginias. The strength is medium, while the taste is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is almost medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, but it does sport a few rough edges. Burns cool, clean and slow with a moderately smooth, very consistent flavor. No cigarette or dull notes no matter how fast you puff. May leave a little moisture in the bowl, but no dottle. Requires some relights. Has a pleasantly lightly lingering after taste and room note. Not an all day smoke.
I have been guilty lately of demanding "more" from my tobacco. More condimental leaf, more flavour, more nicotine, just...more. So I've been making a conscious effort to bring back the pleasure I always found in...less.
Best brown u/s is simple tobacco. If I hadn't read the description, I would've thought it a pure virginia flake. Which accounts for the good, but not intrusive, sweetness. Burley must be the reason for lack of bite.
I've smoking this absent-mindedly, while doing chores: very enjoyable. But when I can sit and slowly sip at the smoke; well, it rewards the effort.
I try to be conservative when it comes to rating a blend as highly recommended; it should be reserved for something that's an exemplar of its type. I think Brown Flake deserves that recognition.
Age When Smoked: Fresh from the shop
Similar Blends: Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake, Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bright CR Flake.
Right from the beginning I can see that this is going to be a straight forward smoke. The flakes themselves are your typical run of the mill in their build, it has a decent moisture amount and the quintessentially standard Va-bur aroma.
The moistness allows for simplicity igniting it, I like to rub my flake to a finer consistency, this usually makes them easier to light up, o.k they do burn warmer than if folded but I tend to sip my flakes gentler as to saver the taste. The smoke from Brown Unscented is very much "no-nonsense" in taste: a very fair Virginia Burley split with no underlying characteristics, only the named tobaccos are conspicuous. The burn is pretty even, it only requires a re-light if I allow myself to digress from the pipe and talk too much! Nicotine is quite discernible, more so if inhaled, not especially strong but if you enjoy "N" this would be a good choice. Another "middle ground" point is the room-note: not heavy, not light but the archetypal Va-bur one. This would make a great regular smoke: it's not too flashy, not too boring, not too hard to prepare but a very stereotypical Va-bur flake.
After rubbing out steadily,and drying,not so much,becomes a solid,fragant and powerful smoke.Icould describe it like a rainy day in the almost desertical corner of Europe where I dwell,that is monotonous perhaps but wonderful.Burley make a trustable companion soothing the harshness of Va but not killing the flavour.I like it between Latakias and Periques,fine triunvirate,IMHO of course.If we look for a flaw,it´s a little hot burning,nothing is perfect.Not for high&narrow bowls.
Brown unscented is good tobacco. If and when you want straight, smooth tobacco, without the 'notes' of fruits or flavors calling for attention, then this one should work. It has enough character to be rewarding. It does not cloy. It should be appreciated by the frequent smoker who does not want to become sated by his other favorite blends. But it is more than a 'take a break' tobacco.
Nova Bee Briar First 15 mins: Sweet, floral, smoked paprika, earthy and nutty. Floral notes are more obvious when sipping as opposed to using the breathe method. Nutty, earthy, Paprika smoky and mild sweetness in the profile is obvious using breathe method. Retrohale: fairly peppery and quite enjoyable
15+ mins: floral notes are more profound using the breathe method. Smoky, spicy, earthy and some nuttiness is present all along. I can taste some chocolate creaminess at this stage as well. Retrohale: fairly peppery with added creaminess... Yummy
Country gentleman corn cob First 15 mins: floral, earthy, sweet and slightly less smoky spicy profile. Retrohale: smooth peppery but not as strong as in the briar.
15+ mins: similar notes as first 15 mins mark with nutty and creamy smoothness. Retrohale: same as 15 mins mark.
Note: I only had 2/3 of the bowl filled with baccy in the corn cob
Overall: Needed a few lights initially. Burnt at a nice pace, slightly hot but that could be due to wind and my cadence. No harsh spots and won't bite.
I found it very enjoyable and I am confident age will make it even better. Smoked better in the briar IME Taste: 4 Strength: 3
A great everyday earthy tobacco with excellent sweet Virginia background. Easy to smoke, A good slightly above medium strength, no casing and a good tobacco room note. Have it in a smaller pipe with a good dark no sugar espresso. Back to the roots with a highly recommended tobacco.
Pipe Used: any smaller bowl
Age When Smoked: 1 year?
Purchased From: Switzerland
Similar Blends: Kendal cream without flowers/mint?.
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