OK time for me to report a couple of thoughts on this baccy. I bought the stick form, an had been smoking it dry as a bone. You see, I was kinda lucky in the one (out of 2) that I opened, a large chunk from the outer ring fell off. I was able to simply cut this up with a pair of scissors for smoking. Now smoking this baccy like this was good, however, in it's dry state it has a real unpleasant musty odor, that in a small way imparts this flavor to the baccy when smoked. What do you expect, this baccy is aged in huts for at least 5 years before it's sold.
Then I did the steam treatment to the rest of the stick. Holy sh*t this woke this baccy up! Wile it still had some notes of flavor from the previous way of smoking it( none of them include any kind of musty taste or smell) the musty smell is totally gone. The baccy itself has a texture very much like animal hide in the process of tanning. With a very sweet non-descripte smell and flavor.
I'm glad I had latex gloves on. They were permanently stained yellow from the high levels of Nic in this baccy. This stuff is nothing to play around with. Far better to be safe than sorry in this case.
Smoking it after the steaming process, it doesn't want to bit but keep your head about you. If you are not paying attention it will kick you in the ass with it's nic levels. In all honesty, half a bowl and I put it down. Not that I am sick or am having bad reactions to the nic, but just because I've had more than my fill, and am ready to set er down to be revisited later.
All in all, this is a very good, smooth baccy that reminded me of a time when I used to primarily smoke cigars. It is not for the faint of heart or the weak in spirit. Tambo WILL PUT HAIR ON YOUR CHEST!