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Mature bright Virginia, basma, yenidje, perique, and a dash of KBV Yana-2 Blackened Burley.

BrandKen Byron Ventures
Blended ByKen Byron
Manufactured ByKen Byron Ventures
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBurley, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
Very Mild
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
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Medium to Strong Very Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

The fermented matured bright Virginia offers plenty of tart and tangy citrus, grass, vegetation, some floralness, sugar, sour lemon, mild spice, and a touch of acidity. It is the lead component. The fragrant basma and yenidje provide a lot of earth, wood, vegetation, herbs, floralness, moderate spice, dry sourness, and mild buttery sweetness in a support role. The spicy, earthy, woody, extra plumy, mildly raisiny perique is a secondary supporting player, and its spiciness intermingles with the Orientals to elevate the content of that aspect. The earthy, woody, sugary, mildly nutty, lightly chocolatey Yana-2 blackened burley is a condiment. The continuous undercurrent of chocolate helps tame some rough edges as it helps harmonize the experience. The strength and nic-hit are in the center of medium to strong. The taste is a step past that mark. Won’t bite or get harsh, but there are a few small rough notes. Well balanced and complex. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent sweet and sour, fruity, floral, rather spicy, zesty rich flavor. Barely leaves any dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a little stronger. Not an all day smoke, but it is repeatable. Four stars.


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