I sold a large tin of this old blend on my website a few years ago and kept the other one that was sent, mainly for the tin art. But, last year I decided to give it a try. It had a roller key lid and when the seal broke there was a long hiss as the tin passed gas... I loved the smell of that tootie as there's nothing more wonderful than the smell of fermented tobacco. Wish the smell matched the taste, which was very light. Some Virginia with no bite but no depth, and a lot of Burley that was likewise bland. But boy oh boy, I still remember the wonderful odor of that tin fart.
Reviewer below (who always beats me to the punch reviewing the old weeds I send him!) pretty much said it all. This is not a knock-your-socks off blend, but it is amazing how well it has held up for more than half a century in the sealed 8 oz can, sitting on someone's bookcase! Mild unflavored black cavendish dominates at this age. I think there was a topping at some point, but it is very muted by now. Very smooth and creamy if not pushed, but push it (to a point) and one gets a bit more complexity, and can sort of taste the Virginias and burley. What a conversation piece! I will choose this blend, my oldest smokeable tobacco, if I smoke my pipe in public, and I really don't think it would offend anyone very much.
First off let me say a special thanks to Kilmarnock piper for the gracious sample he provided me. This sample is provided from a tin from the 1950's. The tobacco on presentation is mostly dark with some tan strands through out. To date this is the oldest aged tobacco that I have smoked and there are some interesting observations made. I dont know if it is from the age or the leaf used in this blend but some of the low end bass kind of flavors are more subdued. The burley instead exhibits some of the brighter flavors that a burley flavor may contain. I suspect the virginia component may have been on the lower end of quality but was not poor in quality and the cavendish was used to smooth it out. I did notice about half way through the bowls that the virginias started to come through more and the burley took a back seat even though it was always present. The description claims that it does not bite - It can be pushed to bite and is best smoked slowly. The room aroma is pretty good even though Im not normaly concerned about this. This is a true Old Codger blend. Are there other burley blends that are better? There are many - but how often do you get to smoke a blend over 50 years old? If you can find this I suggest trying it if not just for the experience and thus my reason for recommended.
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