OK, it was time for my next sample sent by Indigosmoke. I really have been intrigued by ropes and was looking forward to trying this one.
The smell was very sweet, hard to believe it is an untopped, uncased tobacco. The presentation in the little ropes is just cool (I understand if you buy it by the pound, the presentation is complete with a nail to hold it all together).
I cut it into 3 small coins just under 1/4" thick and then broke them up before packing it into my pipe. The three small coins packed my new pot shaped Mario Grandi to somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3 full. I packed my pipe and then went to McDonalds for a late lunch, so I let it sit for about 30min or so before I smoked it.
On first light it tasted a little hot (it is a pure VA so no real surprise with that). For the first 5 minutes or so I wasn't 100% sure if I liked it or not. It just tasted like hot, toasted tobacco, and none of the sweet flavors I have come to associate with Virginias. However, as I got more into it I really started to like it. More and more of the sweetness and flavors of Virginia tobaccos started to come out. The flavors weren't particularly subtle, nor were there a lot of flavors coming at me other than pure tobacco. It did not taste at all like cigarettes, maybe a little cigar like, but it really just tasted like, well, tobacco. After the first few minutes I did get some of the Virginia sweetness I expected, but not too much so it should be a good tobacco for people who don't like it too sweet.
It lit and stayed lit pretty well. I may have had to relight it 3 or 4 times in the 30 or so minutes I was smoking.
I smoke outside so I can't really comment on the room note, but I did try to smell some of the smoke coming out of the bowl. It is definitely not an aromatic, it just smells like good tobacco, something to keep in mind depending upon who you are smoking around and what you want your room to smell like if you smoke indoors. The strong, straight, tobacco flavor would probably make it a great tobacco for those just coming over from cigars.
One thing I read about and thought I was prepared for, this stuff has a strong nicotine hit. You may want to save it for after a larger meal than something off the McDonalds menu. After my 1/2-2/3 full average sized bowl I definitely had a nicotine buzz going- headache, a little light headed, etc. Best for after a full meal, and accompanied by a drink.
I definitely enjoyed this tobacco. I am an aro and English smoker so it won't be an everyday smoke for me, but I do plan to keep some around for when I'm in the mood for something different.