The bright Virginias provide a fair amount of tart and very tangy citrus, grass, some earth and wood, light bread and floralness along with a few grains of sugar, a drop of honey and a pinch of spice. This blend was pressed into a cake and then placed in a holding press for a month. As a result, the brights are mostly very dark with streaks of bright throughout the plug. This process smoothly rounded out the flavors and eliminated most of the rough, sharp edges and most of the acidity usually associated with bright Virginias. It also imbues a richer, deeper, smoother, mellower, matured, lightly fermented quality to the experience. The sweetness gets a little richer by the half way point. There’s no chance of bite or harshness present. The strength is a couple of steps past the center of mild to medium, and the taste nearly reaches the medium mark. The nic-hit is a rung below the strength level. The plug is moderately moist, and is ready to smoke when you open the tin. No matter how you prepare this easily broken apart plug, it burns cool, clean and a tad slow with a very consistent, lightly creamy, mildly sweet and very slightly savory, floral flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste and room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires some relights. Can easily be an all day smoke.
Not sure when this blend was introduced, but I am sorry it took me this long to find it! Straight Virginia's are a narrow field in my opinion, especially with the exit of McClelland from the tobacco world. What I mean is that from Samuel Gawith to Orlik or Capstan you don't get a wide range of flavor differences until you add perique or a top note. This is a first rate Virginia and does separate itself form the pack with respect to complexity and depth. Tin note is typical: hay, grass, some citrus and a honey like sweetness along with a little earth. The "plug", which looks more like a crumble cake to me, is easy to rub out or cube and pack. It is a little moist and can bite if pushed, but I believe it is perfect to smoke if you do not puff too hard and fast. The flavor is initially similar to SG FVF with grass and citrus but quickly develops to more earthy flavors: Leaf mulch, mineral, rye bread and even some burnt toast. This continues to progress down the bowl but there is an interesting sweetness that develops just past the midway point: something like burnt brown sugar or a well done toasted marshmallow crust. I won't go as far as to say that this is one of my favorite Virginia's, but it is certainly a stand out in a crowded field. I find this to be best after a meal with coffee or if you want something stronger, a brandy. I'd say a must for any VA lover. 3.5 for me
Individual reviews are the opinion(s) of the
contributor and don't reflect the opinion(s) of Tobacco Media Group. Published review content of
this website is considered the copyright intellectual property of the reviewer and Tobacco Media
Group and may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of Tobacco