I should preface this review by saying that I was overwhelmingly biased towards this tobacco before I ever sat down to ponder a bowl on paper. This blend ranks in my top 5 favorites and no matter how long I take between bowlfuls it never loses it appeal. I recently bought an 8oz bag (I’m finding it almost impossible to buy 50g tins of the stuff) and when I was transferring it into the mason jar I stole a few pinches to enjoy in the present. One I smoked in a meerschaum to focus and record my thoughts, the other pinch was layered with Bob’s Chocolate Flake to make a delicious parfait.
Why do I love this stuff so much? Firstly is the consistency, cut, and fragrance when I open the package. The thin ribbons need not be aired out prior to packing, the odor of the tin is mildly sweet and actually quite underwhelming for an aromatic. Once lit this weed comes fully into its own… The flavors are subtle, yet clearly delineated from one another. The honeydew is most obvious when sipping my pipe, whereas the vanilla tends to come through more with the retrohale. The Virginias are bright and crisp, which can almost distract you from the muted toppings if you choose to just puff away like a locomotive. When I experiment with the smoke I get new experiences such as French inhaling and getting a flavor like a freshly baked sugar cookie. I have no problems with it burning hot or producing tongue bite (though I’ve admitted to smoking it far short of aggressively).
While experimenting with different blends is one of my favorite aspects of pipe smoking, I have to admit that I cannot imagine ever being without a stash of this weed. I especially recommend it to anyone who has had a bad experience with aromatics and is interested in making one more go at them with a more expensive and delicately crafted blend.
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