The flue cured Virginia is fairly grassy with some citrus, and little spice that may come from some lemon Virginia or the Dutch-style processing. The burley is nutty and toasty with a drop of molasses as a secondary player. The cavendish is citrus and just a little honey in a minor role. The spice tends to tingle the tongue a little and in general burns a little warm, so I recommend that you sip it a little to avoid bite. I’m not sure about the topping (caramel?), but it adds a very mild sweetness. The nic-hit is in-between mild and medium. Burns well with a very consistent flavor and a mild rough edge. Requires few relights and leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl. Has a pleasant sweet and spicy after taste. Can be an all day smoke.
As I have found with most of Finck's tobaccos, this must be sipped very slowly or it becomes quite hot, harsh, and bites hard. The ribbons are cut long enough that packing the pipe became a bit of a chore. I can't tell if the tobacco has been cased, but it tastes like it might have been. If you can keep the burn cool, there is a definite sweetness with a caramel-like flavor, and a light and sweet nuttiness.
I have tried this tobacco in a cob and in a briar, and it was equally difficult in both to keep the burn cool enough to enjoy. The flavor is quite enjoyable, if you can master the technique of keeping cool enough to stop the harsh bite - I couldn't. Maybe if it left in the jar for a few years it will mellow, but I'm not holding out much hope.
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