An honorable mixture of burley and Latakia, spiced with a prudent amount of perique, and sweetened with a conservative touch of broken Virginia flake, this blend should serve you well when there's plenty on the docket.
The burley and Latakia play nicely and the perique and cavendish play nice. The Virginia’s do show up but on the back end. It’s a fun English blend. Easy enough to smoke all day but doesn’t leave you wishing for flavor. Can smoke very quickly so you’ll need to watch it and not get too hot.
Otherwise, I love it. It’s in my standard rotation.
Please remember this is only MY opinion. LOL, you may smoke it and extrapolate a completely different view! However, for what it's worth, I don't like it!
The majority of it's medium ribbons but I can see a few rather coarse pieces. There's more brown tobaccos than black. The aroma suggests natural, raw, tobacco; it isn't sweet, or fragrant. My tin's too dry.
The Latakia's the main player, but it doesn't hog the flavour with a bitter smokiness. The Burley prevents it from doing so, by giving a coarse, austere, ruggedness to the smoke. These two are running the show, the others take a lighter stance. The Perique raises its head as the bowl's smoked. I'm not talking a spice-bomb, but it gives a vinegary touch as the smoke progresses; this is quite unpleasant and reduces the rating. I struggle to identify the Virginia and black Cavendish; the other leaves have enough fortitude to keep these restrained. The burn from it's of a poor quality. It goes fast and too warm.
Nicotine: above medium. Room-note: not nice.
Old Court? I don't like it and I won't recommend it:
While perhaps not for beginners, this could be a great all-day smoke for veteran English lovers.
Latakia is prominent here along with Burley and a nice spicy kick from the Perique. The Virginia is here.....somewhere.
Easy to lite, burns slow and clean with no dottle or gurgle. There's nic here but not too much to do damage. Room note is what you would expect from this type of blend. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this outdoors or alone lest you endure the wrath of your significant other.
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