One of the great humblers...
A dictionary reference to "tonquin" refers you to: tonka bean - fragrant black nutlike seeds of the tonka bean tree; used in perfumes and medicines and as a substitute for vanilla
Tobacco Reviews (http://tobaccoreviews.com/blend_deta...PHA=1&TID=1004) says a tonquin flavor is added to Tanzanian leaf that has first been baked and pressed; contents include VA and oriental - is the oriental the Tanz? I don't know what's what with this stuff but I finally bought a tin and, after the first five minutes I was ready to dump the bowl before I ruined my pipe. Dag.... what a strange taste. Lakeland-ie floral running parallel to a kick-ass stoved VA punch.
Before I pitched it I slowed down a bit and gave it a little more thought; it isn't like anything else I ever smoked. Kind of "wow" and weird. The flake, folded and stuffed, was flexible but not moist. The light was easy and the burn was steady. Only a tamp or two was needed to smoke the bowl to ash. Scads of smoke if you want it.
Over the next half hour the weird gave way to the wow factor.