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A blend of two types of burley with red Virginia and long cut Virginia topped with Latakia and perique.

BrandWilke Pipe Tobacco
Blended ByJohn Brandt
Manufactured ByJohn Brandt
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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suitou Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
suitou (38)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

As JimInks recommends, I smoked it using a pipe with a wide chamber (in my case, I used Savinelli's 121KS). I was certainly able to detect minor nuances, the presence of Perique and Latakia, but I don't know what to compare the entire blend to. I'd venture to say C&D's Oak Alley, but it doesn't seem as woody, earthy, or sour as this blend. As a whole, the main sweetness comes from the vague Virginia and Burley, followed by fine nuances of grassy and earthy.

Purchased From: Wilke Pipe Tobacco

Similar Blends: Cornell & Diehl - Oak Alley (Cellar Series).

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3022)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The smoky, woody, earthy, leathery, floral, incense-like, sweet Cyprian Latakia is the lead component, but not by much. The very nutty, earthy, woody, spicy, toasty, slightly molasses sweet and quite sour, sharp burleys also sport a bare hint of cocoa as strong supporting players. The red and lighter long cut Virginias offer a burst of very tangy ripe dark fruit, lightly tart citrus, earth, wood, bread, some grass, a little floralness and sugar along with a couple drops of honey. The Virginias are secondary stars. The very spicy, raisiny perique is just above being a condiment. The strength, nic-hit, and taste levels are medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, and barely has any rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a very consistent, well balanced, complex, mildly sweet and rather spicy, sour, floral, savory flavor that translates to the lightly lingering after taste. Has a light campfire quality, too. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires an average number of relights. Not quite an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. I suggest a wide bowl to capture all the nuances as well as the more obvious aspects this blend can deliver. Three and a half stars out of four.


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SiChange Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SiChange (45)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

The mostly white, high quality burleys and red Virginia provide a creamy smooth and slightly sweet foundation. The Latakia and perique are lightly applied condiments which add contrasting smoky and spicy-sour flavors. The whole works well as a distinctive mild-medium English style blend - one without Orientals, however. A satisfying early day and afternoon smoke. I can’t think of a close match but Stokkebye 306 comes to mind for its smooth mouthfeel and moderate Latakia.

Age When Smoked: Fresh

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