|Reviewed By||Date||Rating||Strength||Flavoring||Taste||Room Note|
|Wallenberg (11)||Medium to Strong||None Detected||Full||Pleasant to Tolerable|
Pouch aroma is of very good Burley. As the producers claim, you might catch a whiff of finer notes, hay flowers most definitely. There is a small humidifier in the pouch. Still, the tobacco comes out rather dry - but it can and should be smoked like that, much like Landtabak or Semois. Lighting and burning reflect the low moisture. I tend to pack these blends tighter than regular ribbon cut Virginias, for example, to get a slower-burning smoke out of them.
The smoke is a delight! A Burley, claimed to be naturally grown, delivering with its spectrum from Macadamia nutty to cigar smoke (taking you from Java to Habana and back) with a natural nicotine punch to the ribs. As with many Burley based "country tobaccos" like Belgian Semois or Austrian "Landtabak", in my very personal opinion, there are three very definitive acts through which the blend takes you. One, where you encounter the occupant in the bowl of your pipe only to find it a really good smoky smoke - less like dark-fired Kentucky, but very much hay-like, maybe citrusy. But really, s m o k y. Two, where now the blend is brought to shine - in all its colours; this is the time for it to show you a variety of possibilities. What a pleasure! All the while making for a full-bodied, strong, but mild to the tongue smoke. Also, leading over from act one, this is also the bridge to Three - Macadamia nuts, chestnuts fresh off the stove. Nutty indeed!
A must for Burley lovers. A must for connoisseurs of European country blends. I am very proud of Austria.
Pipe Used: Stanwell Billiard, Butz-Choquin Flamme Extra Apple
Age When Smoked: Fresh from the (recently manufactured) pouch.
Purchased From: Tabak Gausterer, Schwechat, Austria
Similar Blends: Landtabak Spezial, but much more refined and nuanced, adding that extra cigar leaf taste, Motzek - Highland Balls, but without the Orient and Virginia. The Burley used to wrap Highland Balls and also as a filler is very similar in my opinion., Windels - Half Grove Semois is somehow similar..
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