The casing on this blend is interesting, a sort of perfumey, flowery, molasses concoction. Some nuttiness from the burley comes through, and the casing edges towards overkill. Despite this, you can tell it's a burley. I would categorize this blend as a crossover rather than a straight aromatic.
This isn't the best burley out there, by far, nor is it the worst. I wouldn't normally purchase a blend like this, but the Tinder Box I purchased it from didn't really have a wide variety of blends (much to my surprise). I went in to purchase a tin, but all they had was Dunhills (no longer my thing).
Floral and slightly earthy, I'm a bit surprised at the weakness of the nutty, molasses flavor in this earthy burley blend. The topping must be hiding that, and there is one even if the description claims there isn't. I also get a little distracting syrupy taste. No complexity to speak of. Has very little nicotine. Won't bite, but can get just a little warm is puffed fast. Burns a little slow, but fairly dry with a consistent taste. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and needs a few relights. Doesn't have the best after taste. Certainly not something for anyone wanting to try a burley for the first time. Can be an all day smoke.
At the shop, the jar smelled like instant ice tea mix. Always looking for something different, I thought "I'll give it a try." I'm not a cube-cut fan and this experience will keep me away forever. This was some of the worse stuff to work with. Hard to light is an understatement. When I finally got it going, the room was filled will a strong incense smell. Tolerable, but not my choice for incense, let alone pipe tobacco. I even threw this stuff in food processer and, much to my surprise, it wouldn't breakdown!
I have been making a lot of trades lately and am trying blends that are all over the map as to kind and type. First off this does smell kind of flowery in the bad, a cube cut for sure, burley which I like and it filled very easy into the pipe, I gravity packed it as I knew it would be a slow burner. And it was, very slow, very hard to light (my sample was very dry) and for me was hard to keep lit. But what a great, smooth velvety, and very flavorful smoke. I smoked before bed and it has left a great taste in my mouth. The burley nuttiness really never presents itself as the flavor is very intense. Natural flavoring, I don't think so. I get a peach like flavor and the aroma was great. Very gentle to the tongue, I mean really gentle, but the flavor lasted all the way down with no gunk at all. I really liked it. I will mix a neutral style burly that burns fast like PA with it next to see if I can keep it lit better. But, I could live on this stuff if I had too. Much softer than the Mix 79. If you are an English smoker this is not for you but if you like non vanilla aromatics, I highly recommend it.
Indeed, this may very well be Mixture 79. It packs easily, burns well, and has that cool, floral, soapy quality you either like, or you don't. I don't care for it, but it isn't a low quality blend. Just a bit too odd for me.
This is a blend I've been smoking for years. It's now a standby for me and I recommend it for the burley crowd.
To the eye it's a uniform dark brown, with a smattering of lighter browns, in what is a real cube cut burley. If theres much else in there, I don't see it. In the jar it smells a bit like licorice. Being a cube cut, it load easily and with only a bit of tamping. I've smoked entire pipefuls after lighting with just one match. Burning characteristics are superb: a slow, easy puffing cadence yields a very cool, very dry smoke. When first lit, there is a moment where the topping seems quite strong, and I have to admit, at first I wasn't at all certain that I was going to care for this blend. I would describe this as being a "floral" aroma. But after only a minute, it settles down and throughout the rest of the pipe, the flavoring stays subdued and it's a good burley experience. I find it a nice change of pace that I always keep on hand. I've never been bit by this, and it's never gooped up a pipe. It builds cake very quickly.
I recommend this not because it will knock you socks off, but as one of those quiet, dependable smokes that has all of the good characteristics of a quality burley.
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