The grass, citrus and slight dark fruit from the Virginias form the base of the blend. The smoky, woody, mildly sweet Cyprian latakia plays a second lead. The nutty, earthy molasses sweet burley is a supporting player. The unsweetened black cavendish provides a little brown sugar for some creamy smoothness in the background. Won't bite or get harsh, and has a mild nic-hit. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a mostly consistent flavor. Leaves little moisture in the bowl and requires an average number of relights. Has a nice, slightly lingering after taste and room note. An all day smoke that doesn't wear out its welcome.
This almost falls into a grey area that I call "tobacco shop blends," those big-jar offerings where you can lift the sealed lid and get a pleasant whiff. On opening the unpretentious 100g 'paint can' style container (coin or screwdriver needed to pop it with each opening, actually a good, tight seal with excellent moisture retention), you get a warm, inviting aroma of latakia-enhanced Virginias with a the noticable sweetness from the Maryland. It almost seems as if it could have some sort of sugary, cavendish-like touch but that is most likely the Maryland talking, a leaf that I'm quite inexperienced with.
I need to find a method for assessing 'room note'...until then, I can't say much about that in my reviews.
The charring light produced for me a light bite, a wee bit harsh at first, but soon after settling into a pleasant, mild sweetness with the latakia married nicely to the other elements; I'm able to puff away for a good while when it reaches this groove. I found that this blend presented me with a slightly harsh beginning, a pleasant middle, and the return of just a little bit of that harshness again when reaching the dottle; one of those blends that you might not feel too badly about tapping out before smoking straight down to the heel of the bowl ...
Peter Heinrich's 164 is great if you seek rather mild, sweet-ish 'Anglo-American' blend, to borrow the very accurate phrase in the blend's initial description above. It could even be good for an aromatic fan seeking to test the waters of Engish-type tabacs. I'll enjoy this whole tin over a few months' time and may end up purchasing some more again in the future, though I won't be rushing out instantly to get more.
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