For the year 2014, W.Ø. Larsen presents a refined mixture of different Virginia and Tennessee burley tobaccos in numerous cuts. The black cavendish has undergone a double fermentation process which emphasizes its mellow and sweet smoking experience. The composition is completed with various aromas supporting the intense passion fruit flavour.
The Virginias offer a little citrus, grass, and earth, though they fight for attention with the topping, and come out second best. The same is true for the black cavendish, although some vanilla underscores the flavor for the entire smoke. The topping is fruity and I consistently get an alcohol taste with it. I'm wondering if one or all of the toppings are fruit flavored brandy? There are a few sour notes from how it's topped which get a little stronger after the half way point to the point of near bitterness. I wouldn't consider this to be an all day smoke. Burns slightly fast and cool with no bite, and little nicotine. Leaves some moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. I kind of lean toward two stars, but the after taste is a little cloying and while not unpleasant, isn't attractive as it should be.
Well this is the annual contribution from W.O. Larsen to special editions. I have been following them for several years. Some where outstanding, most of them just on the average. The 2014 edition is rather on the average side.
In the tin there is a fruitful aroma mostly redcurrant or blackcurrant. Smoking it is rather nice, room note satisfactory (that is no complaints such as 'are you smoking jam?'). Nothing much to say about it. Worth the money for a good aromatic but one would expect something more with a special selection.
Sorry, I forgot the design of the tin: some where rather lousy in the past, this one is rather distinctive and will be much helpful for paper clips or that kind of things.
This blend is not good or bad. It's only a conglomerate of whatever they have good around. W.O. Larsen - Limited Edition 2014 has nothing particular unfortunately IMHO but, maybe that's not the point..... For me is an every day use ARO tobacco. Sry, I don't recommend, but I'll left some to age 1-2 yrs and I'll update my comment, who knows!@#$%^&*()_+.
Opening the fresh tin revealed an even mix of brown and black ribbons in various cuts and sizes. The moisture level was about right for me, and the only smell was of passion fruit. Both the unlit sip and charring light brought the taste of passion fruit to my lips and this taste dominates and lasts through the whole bowl. Every so often there was a hint of vanilla, but it was barely noticeable. It was pleasant when smoked slowly, and reminded me of a mango blend I purchased from a B&M once. The finish was short, but it left a cocoa aftertaste that I found strange. It also left one of the thickest gray ashes I’ve ever come across. The room note was pleasant enough and over all it was a pleasant aromatic. Unfortunately, the flavor profile was just not for me. If it can still be found, aromatic fans should give it a try and see what they think.
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