Although I am way too new to articulate the nuances and characteristics of this tobacco, What I can say is that I will give it a shot. I liked it a lot, from start to finish. My only point of reference is the pouch of CBW that I have almost burnt through. 1Q has a great tin (bag) note, not completely unlike CBW, but subtly different. Even after it's baggy trip from New York, it remained noticeably moist and pliant. Maybe a little less raisins and brown sugar, similar and sweet, just more subtle. The cut is a lot more fine shag (similar to a RYO like Drum) and the tobacco mix is more consistent and fine than CBW. Captain Black seems more bits and pieces and twiggy, whereas the 1Q is a texture that could easily be rolled into a cigarette (not that I plan to). The burn is a lot easier. Not that I didn't relight, just that it burns easier, cleaner and more thoroughly than the CBW, more ash and less crispy dottle. Flavour is one that I do not know how to aptly describe being such a rookie. But 1Q seems to provide more in flavour and gives the smoker an actual taste of the room note. Where I find CBW to taste good for the first 1/3 of the bowl, then quickly go downhill, the 1Q seems more consistent throughout the bowl (which obviously I found more enjoyable). On the topic of room note, I had my evening smoke after a big dinner with my girlfriend and her daughter (21 y/o, just FYI so nobody calls Child Protective Services) and both agreed that it smelled good to them. They also both got a good sniff prior to me loading the pipe and agreed that the tobacco smelled quite good unburnt too. I let it dry for just shy of 1 hour and it felt good to go. However upon smoking, I did note a significant amount of moisture in my stem. Not enough to cause a gurgle, but because my MM Legend has a transparent stem, I could see the steam condensing. So all in all a good smoke, probably my best yet (in the 3+ weeks I have smoked a pipe).
Next time I will dry it up to the verge of crispy and see how it does that way. I may even try blending a little with some CBW (before I run out) and see how that is.
Once again, thanks so much to Jim and his kind generosity. Sorry for the bumbling newb review, but everyone has to start somewhere. My order from P&C is now only about 5 hours away from me. With any luck I will see it delivered today or tomorrow. I am not used to having choices...I won't know what to do with myself with 4 pipes and 4 tobacco's to choose from.