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The First Amendment to the Drucquer catalog in 40 years, this blend celebrates the collective right to free expression with an enduring formula of red and bright Virginia tobaccos and fine air-cured leaf, seasoned with Cypriot Latakia and Louisiana perique, then pressed and aged in cakes and sliced. First Amendment is rich and satisfying, with notes of dark chocolate, malty Assam tea, black walnut, hints of a deep, earthy sweetness, and a complexity whose nuances are as endless as those of our time-tested and essential freedoms.

BrandDrucquer & Sons
Blended ByG.L. Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
FlavoringNone
CutBroken Flake
Packaging100 grams tin
CountryUS
ProductionCurrently available
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Strength
Medium to Strong
Flavoring
None Detected
Taste
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2904)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The bright Virginia provides plenty of tart and tangy citrus, grass, bread, some sour lemon, floralness, sugar, light vegetation, tea, spice, and acidity. It’s a little more obvious the tangy dark fruity, earthy, woody, bready, mildly sugary, lightly spicy red Virginia. The red also has a slight essence of vinegar. The Virginias take a small lead. The air cured white and dark burleys offer plenty of earth, wood, nuts, some cocoa, mild sugary molasses, sourness, very light spice, and a small, sharp roughness. They have an important supporting role. The smoky, woody, earthy, leathery, very floral, lightly sweet Cyprian Latakia isn’t quite a secondary player. The spice from the mildly raisiny, plumy, earthy, woody perique is its most obvious aspect. That spice competes with the aspects of the Latakia. The strength and nic-hit are a slot past the medium mark. The taste is a rung past that. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. There are a few small rough edges, but less than a blend in this genre usually sports. The broken flakes are mildly moist, easy to break apart, and need no dry time. Well balanced with some complexity, it burns cool and clean at a slightly slow rate with a fairly consistent, tangy, nutty, spicy, very floral, rather mildly sweet, sour campfire flavor that translates to the lightly lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is a tad stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke for the veteran, and easily repeatable for the less experienced. Three and a half stars out of four.

-JimInks

7 people found this review helpful.

Badbrude Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Badbrude (16)
★★★☆
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

A rich and complex melange of tobaccos that contribute equally in their own way to the overall taste. Well balanced, Replacing the orientals/Turkish with burleys and perique reshapes the flavor of the latakia resulting in an American variation of the English standard.

It reminds me of Ed's Special blend from the original Tinderbox on Wilshire in West L.A., decades ago. That blend was unique (it originally had a pinch of deertongue herb to add a indescribable piquancy).

I needed a change of pace from Blairgowrie, which I've been smoking for a few years, and this does the trick.

E pluribus unum

Pipe Used: Savinelli, Duncan Hill

Age When Smoked: Newly purchased

Purchased From: Smokingpipes.com

5 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2048)
★★★★
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant

Drucquer & Sons - First Amendment.

The flakes have been sort of ''half broken'', if that makes any sense. Some of it still appears to be in flake form but at the lightest touch a ''flake'' will break apart. The tin-note has a slight mustiness to it, from the Latakia, but it doesn't give the impression that this is a Lat bomb. It isn't damp, nor too dry, so smoking can proceed right from the opening.

There's plenty of sharp lemon and grassy flavours from the bright Virginia and a good amount of juicy fruits from the red Va; the red comes through clearer at about the halfway mark. The Burley acts as a platform for the rest, it's presence is unequivocal; nutty, fairly rugged, and a little ''dry''. The Latakia acts congruently to the tin-note. Yes, it's there, a tad smoky, very woody, but it isn't the leader of the pack; very tame. The Perique is similar. It gives a spot of vinegar, a definite sour note, but I don't find the smoke awash with pepper. It burns steadily, not necessitating much maintenance.

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not too bad.

First Amendment? Easily receives four stars:

Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Various Altinoks

Age When Smoked: 05/27/21

Purchased From: Smokingpipes

4 people found this review helpful.