The tobacco is mostly a medium ribbon with a few fish flakes of black. It is primarily black and dark brown. There are a few thin tan short ribbons. The pouch note is a slight sour with campfire. Hydration was good - perhaps slightly on the dry side. I smoked it as delivered.
Smoked, this is a pleasant but unremarkable. The latakia is the star here, and it is fairly mild. There are a few oriental sour notes. The Virginia is grassy and adds some sweet. Smoking qualities were very good and it was an easy smoke. My impression is that the component tobaccos were very high quality.
This is probably a 2.5 on my scale. I could smoke a lot of it, but I think there are better choices in this corner of the blend "world." It would make a great introduction to latakia for someone hesitant about being overwhelmed. It is basic and not too complicated. There is no topping I could discern, so it is not a "crossover."
The smoky, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is a lead component that doesn’t drown out the other tobaccos. The woody, dry, buttery sweet Turkish also has mild earth and sour notes in a support role. The bright Virginia offers some citrus and a bit of grass. There’s also a fermented dark fruit sweetness and some earth (besides what the Turkish provides), so a small amount of matured Virginia must be present. The familiar “vinegar” essence is extremely mild, and disappears very quickly. The Virginias form the base of the blend. The nic-hit is mild. Burns at a moderate pace, cool, clean, and smooth with a consistent flavor that lacks depth in most every department. Requires few relights, and leaves just a little moisture in the bowl. The after taste and room note are pleasant, but short lived. An all day mild work and play smoke. It could make an entry level English, too. Two and a half stars.
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