One of my early favourites. I remember it as being sweet and not really a biter. Since i have discovered tinned Virginia and Va/Per blends, i find it impossible to go back to the Old blends i started out with.
Nothing wrong with it though. I remember i used to mix it with about 30% black cavendish ( the thought of it makes me pucker up now, but at the time i really enjoyed it )
I guess for a newbie it will be a good smoke because it works well in all pipes and builds a cake very well.
For the record, i do remember it as being delicious.
When starting out smoking a pipe, i was looking for blends that had some VitN. As far as i know, most pipers start out with blends like these and it is here that i learnt the art of packing, tamping and taking it slow.
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The lead component is the very floral Turkish, which provides a fair amount of buttery sweetness, bitter sourness, smoke, earth, wood, vegetation, some spice, herbs, and light incense. The very nutty sweet, earthy, woody, bready, burley is almost a supporting player. The matured Virginias offer some tart and tangy citrus, vegetative grass, sugar, bread, floralness, mild earth, wood, spice, honeydew with light dried darker fruit and acidity. They are a step above being a condiment. The sweet topping appears to be sugary apricot. It mildly tones down the tobaccos, and weakens a mite by the half way mark. The strength and taste levels start out as being a couple of steps past the medium mark, but as the topping weakens, they rate as being just past the center of medium to full. The nic-hit is a notch behind that from start to finish. No chance of bite, but as the topping weakens, you may risk a harsh note by fast puffing. Has a few rough edges. Deeply rich, it burns cool and clean at a reasonable rate with a very consistent sweet and sour, floral, spicy, mildly nutty, lightly smoky, rather savory flavor that extends to the moderately lingering, pleasant after taste. The room note is a little stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Not an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.
A very pleasant smoke. From the first light it had a good flavor with a slighty sweet taste. Enjoyed it allot and would recommend it as a good beginner tobacco. Will try it in a brier and edit if needed.
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