The Virginias offer some grass, citrus, and a little dark fruit and earth as they form the base of the blend. The nutty, earthy, toasty,lightly spicy burley is mostly a condiment. The lightly sugary, toasty black cavendish adds a slight smoothness in the background. I’m not sure what exotic fruits are present, but I sense a little pineapple and mango, but I think there’s something else added as well. They all suffer from lack of depth though they do tone down the tobaccos a bit. The strength and taste levels are a step past the mild level. Has a very mild nic-hit. Won’t bite, but freight train puffing may cause a light tongue tingle. Burns clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent, lackluster flavor that translates to the weak after taste. Requires an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke.
I've read a few highly appealing descriptions of this on the internet; wow, this sounds amazing. I suppose, the problem is, when a blend is surrounded by such hype, it's got a heck of a lot to live up to.
The note from the tin suggests there's a little more than a 'gentle layer of exotic fruit', as it currently says on a few websites. The first problem attests, to me, that this has indeed got more than a smidgen of fruit in it: the tongue bite's crazy. Okay, that's more of a subjective thing, so on with some of the objectives: The fruit comes over about medium-to-strong in the smoke, and I can't argue with the contents list, it does have an exotic pineapple-esc quality! Sadly, this makes the tobacco nuances slightly superfluous; it's not because the added flavour's that strong, it's more because the taste from said flavouring's so piquant.
The nicotine's mild to medium, to me, but I guess we can sometimes differ with our views on N.
Does this justify all the hype? No, not for me. I'm sure many folks will disagree, I can hear it now; "it's got a wonderfully exotic taste, what are you on about?". But I'd expected a mind blowing aromatic, and instead got a fruity smoke, that bit my tongue beyond belief.
Two stars instead of just the one, as I know many folks will adore it.
This tobacco is a Christmas present from my other half. Perfect timing as I was about to finish a tin of W.O.Larsen "UK Special". Now I'm no expert, all I'm going to say is I like it, not too strong not too weak, once again quite a difference between the smell in the tin and the flavour when smoked, I agree with StevieB regarding the tongue bite, you better smoke it real slow... Other than that, the main flavour I detect is... pepper! Merry Christmas 2016 to all!
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