A cleverly harmonized composition of selected Virginia and burley tobaccos, the best tobacco leaves are saturated by hand in vintage port for the unique soft aroma. The tobacco's tones are gold, reddish brown and black.
A couple of tins of this long gone blend came through my shop a few months ago and since I'd never tried it, I bought a tin for myself and just tried it. The tin was undated but had to be a decade or so old. The Virginia was super rich and mellow due to all the aging. Maybe the wine flavoring had faded over the years, or, maybe it was discreetly added from the get go. In either case, the port did not interfere with the natural flavor of the leaf, but didn't really add to it either, IMO. A fun smoke but not enjoyable enough to smoke the entire tin, so I took most of it to my local pipe club for the tobacco bar and the guys seemed to really like it, too.
I was firstly attracted by the logo (English soldier with a churchwarden) when I was in a duty free store in HKG airport. That is the beginning of my pipe hobby. I bought my first pipe two weeks later... OK, right to the tobacco it self. I bought a pouch of this from a local tobacco store. Familier logo in the red background. stored it in the temp-con humidor for a month maybe before I opened the pouch. I was once again attracted by the tobacco, this time because of the flavory. It packed very tight in the original pouch but given some pressure from the finger, it separates easily. I packed it into my first pipe and lit it. I liked it.
One month later, I ordered a tin of Sunday's Fantasy, it was even better. So for Classic Port, I vote 2-stars.
This review is sparse at the moment, as this was one of the first blends I EVER smoked, nearly two years ago or more...
Sadly now UNAVAILABLE in the UK... I have a small sample kindly given to me by my tobacconist at Uni (McGahey's in Exeter, GB).
I shall do a proper review after the Christmas period when I intend to smoke some of the last few grammes of the stuff in Britain!
January 2004 Ok - Mission accomplished - I have smoked all that I had.
It was not as nice a smoke as my memory promised, the last time I tried this was a couple of years ago in my Upper Sixth year. This smoke was damp, hot and over-cased, the smooth fruity tones of Port I was expecting never materialised, the flavour in this sample was chemical and subdued so that one couldn't place the exact taste - and by the end of the smoke it became an irritating factor. I partially blame this on the quality of the tobacco - it felt odd when packing and I wonder if it was slightly mouldy or past its best - strange since it had come sealed in a Radford's promotional tin-foil package.
Either way, I'm not too fussed it's not available otherwise I may have been tempted to waste some money and time giving it another try. Ah well - never revisit the delights of youth, they are usually dashed by the more discerning attitudes which we all adopt as we age.
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