Set the WABAC machine to 1962. A first yearman toils into early morning over tomes of substantial heft and formidable content. Term papers will soon be due and the parties have been numerous. The midnight oil burns, along with bowl after bowl of Nightcap to keep the lids aloft for cramming. The Balkan Sobranie would have sufficed earlier, but as the hours wear on, more nicotine is required to stay alert.
And it's still great stuff, even though the Latakia is now Cyprian instead of Syrian and who-knows-what-else has changed. It still tastes as close to how I remember it as my memory hardware supports. In days of yore, I wasn't versed in nicotine content of different tobaccos, but I knew what I liked and those tobaccos are generally rated medium and strong, rather than mild, these days. Quite frankly, nicotine content never came up until I started posting to these forums and found tobakrevs and heard that people actually had nicotine overloads. Not that I wasn't aware that it could happen, what with stories of dads forcing kids to smoke multiple packs of cigarettes non-stop until they puked as punishment for smoking, it just wasn't something that happened in the normal course of events. (Speaking of which, my first ever nicotine overload came with Happy Bogie a while ago.) For whatever reason, Nightcap has this scary high nicotine aura about it, one of the "Strong" tobaccos on tobakrevs, but it's no Royal Yacht or Irish Flake, which have the same rating.
The next good thing about Nightcap is the Latakia level. If you are going to smoke Latakia, you should have enough of it in there to make people complain about the smell, but not much more, and Nightcap has the perfect amount for me. I haven't cared a lot for other Latakia blends I've smoked recently. Frog Morton is a very fine smoke, but it doesn't stink up a room like Nightcap. Maybe it's the perique, "...added to enhance the bouquet." I never think of perique having a room note, but I suppose that could add to Nightcap's ambiance. Maybe Latakia alone doesn't smell that bad?
I really love Nightcap, I really do, but if I smoked it like I did in college, my domicile would smell like I was heating from an open fire pit in the living room. I will definitely be ordering some more, though. For my money, it's tied with Royal Yacht as my favorite Dunhill.