I received it from a visiting American colleague from North Carolina and I wasn't really sure what to expect: I never heard of Davis and Sons before.
The leaf was surprisingly dry on opening the packet but the leaf aromas were nicely fresh. I could not detect any humectants like glycol which even a big-name tobacco brand might use. For that reason alone this Davis blend gets high rating from me. They got the moisture content 100% spot on. The blend is a fine short ribbon with a mix of light and dark tan leaf. It burns coolly with no bite at all. Needs no re-lighting, and the briar stays clean and dry after smoking. The ash dottle is very fine and powdery, which is common in blends with a lot of latakia.
After about a month of smoking it (once-twice a week, in rotation) I am pleased to give it four stars. It is a subtle "American" style English with a solid base of virginia and possibly maryland, and a nice amount of latakia. There might be some oriental leaf. I suspect there is something else there as well, possibly a touch of perique, and my guess is that the latakia might actually be Syrian rather than Cypriot as it is super smooth. Well done, Mr Davis.
Pipe Used: Savinelli bulldog with 9mm filter
Age When Smoked: fresh
Purchased From: Davis and Son
Similar Blends: Possibly Squadron Leader" but actually Trafalgar is in a class of its own..
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