Why this is called “Virginia Pride” is odd since they don’t mention Virginia in the description. I believe a little is here because I get a very mild grass and citrus note on occasion, so I’ll say this has some Va. The burleys are a little nutty, though they are controlled by the sugary, vanilla black cavendish and rich vanilla topping to a great extent. They do peek out some, and just a little more in the last third of the proceedings. I get a light spice hit which I believe comes from how the fire cured black cavendish is processed. There’s also a very light fruitiness which leads me to suspect a little is added from toppings. No nicotine as you might expect from most highly sweet aromatics. Won’t bite even if pushed, and has no harsh or dull moments. Burns at moderate rate with a cool, clean, very smooth and creamy consistent flavor. Doesn’t need many relights and easily burns to ash. Leaves a little dampness in the bowl, but no dottle. Has a very pleasant after taste and the room note will make you friends with most everybody.
My bag of Virginia Pride is fresh from the store. I aired some of it out overnight and have smoked three bowls so far in two different pipes: a Sunrise Canadian and a Captain Black billiard. My first impression is that this is a Virginia/Cavendish blend rather than the Burley/Cavendish blend that is in the description on TobaccoReviews.com. Checked the Milan Tobacconists website to get more information and couldn't find it listed there; it has apparently been discontinued. Of the five Milan tobaccos that I have smoked in the last two weeks, this was my favorite. There is a vanilla flavoring that is a little sweet to the lips at times. One of the reasons this is my favorite of the five that I have tried is that it has more tobacco flavor. At times, after the initial aromatic effect wore off, I was imagining tasting GLP Sixpence with the added slight sweetness of Amphora Cavendish. Close examination of the tobacco revealed that there were no stems or midrib sections to cull out, it is a quality product. This smoked well; it was relatively easy to light and keep lit. Although I only had to use one pipe cleaner per bowl, there was a little moisture left in the bowl after finishing, as might be expected. Easy enough to dry with a paper towel if you wanted to reload. I enjoyed this tobacco! The part I particularly enjoyed was the middle 2/3rds; there was a good body of tobacco flavor that was not too bold or too wispy, just right. I thought I was tasting mostly red Virginia, Burley and Cavendish.
Pipe Used: Sunrise Canadian, Captain Black billiard
I smoke about 80% aromatics, both for aroma and change of pace flavors. This one has made it it into the top five rotation. I keep comparing it to myself with P&C's 'Trout Stream', swapping caramel for vanilla. Both are flavorful, mild and very enjoyable. The tobacco packs and lights easily with little needed attention to get through the bowl. Most people complimented the room note. Little ticks of sweetness with every puff, but still some tobacco flavor.
Nothing alarming here and it's not going to give you a buzz, but it is one that will be enjoyed, not savored. This would be on the island as one of the best everyday light-ups.
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