|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|DenizBeck (303)||Medium to Strong||None Detected||Full||Tolerable|
This is very compareable to "Sailing City", "Warp 17/12" and "VP Plug No. 3" b Motzek. They build up a "ladder", from, "Va/Per with some Kentucky" up to "Kentucky forward with some Perique". And they all share a "sweet-nuts" note to them. Warp 17/12 being the sweetest one with most intense sweet nuts, most Va/Per-ish one; Sailing City in the middle, spicy and sweet nuts; and VP Plug No. 3 which is tart, less sweet and more bold; Nordwind takes the lead in terms of strenght, boldness and Kentucky presence. Va/Per/Ky is for me the best composition of tobaccos, i refer to it as "The Trinity of Tobacco Blends"..! It just works so good for me. I like Va/Pers, I love Burley/Kentucky blends... this compromises both and creates a unique, very intense taste-experience.
Back to Nordwind: Pouch note is of earth, tart- and sweet nuts, with a splash of lemony-sweetness to it. All four of the ones named above (besides the plug one obviously) are coarse cut, with finer ribbons inbetween. Broad ripped tobacco leafs in it.
On first light Nordwind gives a very rich Burley/Kentucky aroma. Walnuts, earth and wood. The "sweet-nuts" note joins is, but isn't as present as in the other ones, yet noticeable. It has lots of spice, also pepper from the Perique, as well as a minor fruity note. It's this "sweet-nuts" aroma, which I love so much about these blends. For me it has the sweet-spot in Nordwind. It has this note present, but is dominated by the decently bold, very earthy, very tart and spicy taste. Decently "buttery" and creamy in smoke texture this leaves a very pleasant aftertaste.
For me it takes the first place, even though all four of them are wonderful, lovely blends, and is closely followed by VP Plug No. 3. Nordwind isn't too complex, but honest, bold and rich in flavours. A must-try for Burley/Kentucky lovers, and it might also appeal to Va/Per fans.
Update: After having this blend stored for several months in a mason jar the flavor(s)/flavor profile has dramatically changed, if not to say: The flavors are lost! (This one has this odd fructouse-ish sweetness, that drowns all the other flavors) I've noticed the same phenomenon (that quite baffles me..) with several other Motzek/TAK blends. A pity, as I have 200-400g of several TAK-Blends jarred up.. half of which I had to dump in the trash, as they taste totally different.. some of them are fructous-ish sweet, nothing else.. some have lost their flavors and are "flat"... some turned sour... sorry, but I'll have to downrate and recommend: If you smoke this within a short period of time (1-4 months) this is just fine and a wonderful Burley Cake that lacks competition in Germany imho.... but sadly this 'flaw', the loss/dramatically change of aroma/flavors foreces me to downrate..
|| Personal rating: 2-stars (4-stars, when fresh) | Attempt of an 'obective rating' : 2-stars (3,5-stars when fresh) ||
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