Frederick Tranter-Scholar's Mixture. I think I've stumbled across a little gem here!
In the pouch the mixture looks quite rugged, there's one or two coarse broken flakes in there. Smelling it is a very raw and natural deal. It oozes classic nuances of 'old school' tobacco. It should have been around in the 1800's!!
When I've got my pipe filled and initiate the smoking I notice a small problem: Because the blend is fairly coarse it needs a good flame to get it burning. I try my zippo but that's not powerful enough so I have to use a jet flame to get it going. Once the burning has begun it gives quite a fair/non-demanding burn that only needs sporadic maintenance.
I enjoy the smoke, it's got a taste that's pretty full. It's not too much but all the different kinds of tobacco really give something to the blend.
I find that the Burley takes the strongest position. Then it's the spicy/fruity Perique and Virginia with the Cavendish being the lightest throughout.
I have to disagree with the description where it states it's mild in strength. I find it a lot better suited to the category 'medium to strong'. But nicotine amount it subjective I guess!
The smoke doesn't bite me any but the temperature can be a touch warm if it's strained. For optimum enjoyment I sip gentler.
Scholar's Mix has a very small amount of low points but for me they don't reduce it from four stars!
Opening the pouch of this mixture, the aroma is stunning, fresh citrus notes mixed with a freshly-baked bread scent. It is a beautiful scent indeed.
Appearance-wise, this tobacco is again very impressive, a mixture of cuts including bits of broken flake & coarse-cut tobacco, predominantly brown (a range of brown shades), with a hefty admixture of black (the Cavendish, I assume) punctuated with plenty of bright yellow Virginias, too. It is very attractive.
I loaded this into my oversized Illenhall freehand & it loaded easily. It can be loaded straight from the pouch, but I rubbed it out a bit to make the cut a bit finer & smooth out the bits of broken flake - with hindsight,this was perhaps a mistake, and I should have left it more intact. It packed with ease, no problem at all.
The light was taken easily, and maintained itself with little maintenance throughout the bowl.
The taste is zesty & fresh, this is a great summer tobacco, with the Burley strength playing second fiddle to the sweet & fruity Virginias. The Cavendish makes itself known throughout & the Perique is, for me, the least prominent of the tobaccos, it does complement the Virginias with a nice spicy hint, but never really shines on its own. There may be some added seasoning (honey, perhaps), but it may just be expertly blended tobaccos. The mouthfeel is full & the smoke is thick, but still has a lightness to it. It did bite me a couple of times, but this is perhaps because I rubbed it out too much.
The nicotine is mild/medium, I think as I smoked it in a massive bowl, but never felt any negative effects from the Vitamin N.
The room note is pleasant, sweet, fruity & not overpowering.
I really like this blend, and will but some during the spring/summer months every year for as long as it's available, I will give it 3 stars, as despite i being nice, it did bite me once or twice (as I said, though, this could be my fault for over-rubbing it). I would recommend this tobacco to anyone, and goes well with almost any beverage, barring spirits.
Very nice blend, which has a fabulous fruity pouch note. Took a little effort to get it going, but once lit it behaved well. Classic Va/Per flavour, a real old-school experience. I can imagine sitting in an Oxford College quad, puffing away on this and considering the knotty questions of the world.
I am fairly new to smoking, but in my limited experience I would say this is a stronger tobacco than the "mild" description. It can be a bit bitey but I think that's the perique, which I havent smoked before. This was recommended to me, and at first I didn't think I would finish the 25g I bought, but now it has grown on me and I will be going back for more.
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