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BrandJohn Cotton
Blended ByRuss Ouellette
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsKentucky, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging1.75 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong, Strong
Extremely Mild
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable to Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3008)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The earthy, woody, floral, spicy, rather dry, sour, nutty, tart dark fired Kentucky is the lead component. The earthy, woody, tangy dark fruity, mildly citrus sweet Virginias are a secondary player. They are a couple of notches below the support level. The sweet burleys provide some earth, wood, and nuts. They are as obvious as the Virginias. There is a mildly tart vinegar/barbecue casing. The strength is a couple of rungs past the medium mark. The taste level is a step past that. The nic-hit is medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, though there are a few small rough notes. The plug is fairly easy to break apart, and may need a light dry time. Burns cool, clean, and slow with a very consistent, deeply rich sweet, spicy, floral, campfire flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. Leaves little moisture in the bowl. Requires a fair number of relights. The room note is pleasant to tolerable. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable.


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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

John Cotton - John Cotton's Double Pressed Dark Fired.

Note: this was from and arrives in a black tin, marked John Cotton's Double Pressed Dark Fired. Unlike the tin pictured here.

My tin held a single block of kake, dark brown in colour, a few brighter specks, and a wonderfully tangy aroma; very reminiscent of the McClelland ''ketchup'' aroma. A course ribbon, very coarse, can be achieved with a delicate touch, and then it's ready to go!

The smoke? PERFECT for cooler weather; suiting the onset of Autumn. The tangy, BBQ-esc, slightly astringent Kentucky accounts for the majority of the smoke; unequivocally, IMO. I notice a far lower proportion of Virginia. If ''deliberately'' looked for there's a very subtle fruit nuance, maybe a little hay, but nothing that seems particularly preeminent and jumps out; the Kentucky rules the roost! On a whole the smoke has a pleasant, to me, touch of vinegar; making it vibrant and fervent. How does it burn? Perfectly; slow, even, cool. I doubt it'd bite anyone!

Nicotine: quite strong. Room-note: also quite strong!

Double Pressed Dark Fired? After a quarter bowl I ordered another few tins to cellar! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: Three Months

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