This may be the one for me. I normally smoke a wide assortment of different tobaccos throughout the day, but after opening a tin of Tilbury I found myself going back to it and back to it until I had to dig the can I had stashed out of the cellar and order more.
Right out of the tin it screams quality tobacco, which seems consistent with Esoterica offerings. Ribbons of light and dark tobaccos with chunks of broken flake scattered throughout. The tin note is that slightly sour figgy smell that I have come to associate with good aged Virginias. It's somewhat similar to Anni-kake or the H&H Mature VA that Mac Baren puts out, but while I like both those blends a lot the comparison doesn't do Tilbury justice.
Moisture level seems good right out of the tin. You could dry it some, it's not crispy, but I smoke it up with no trouble fresh.
Pack good, char good, taste heavenly. It's easy to light, and has smoked well out of every pipe I have put it in. Today it's smoldering in my calabash shaped Cassano, which is maybe 10 bowls into the break in (probably 5 of those were Tilbury, it may be VA dedicated at some point).
It smokes great. The more I smoke the more I understand the comparisons people make between this and Stoney. VA's up front and tasty, definitely a hint of burley in there with it's nuttiness adding depth to the VA. No casing that I can detect really, although at different times I seem to taste hints of chocolate and occasionally cinnamon.
The taste seems to stay consistent throughout the entire bowl, perhaps seeming a little stronger near the bottom but still delicious. This is one of the few tobaccos I seem to smoke to an ash more than not, but that may be attributed to how delicious it is, I just can't put it down.
Overall, it's a mellow tasty smoke with an above average hit of nicotine. This blend has become my go to smoke morning and night. I am sure my palate will continue to change, but Tilbury is going to be seeing my cellar and my rotation for a long time to come. I can hardly wait to taste what it will be like after a couple years jarred up.