The smell of the peach bandy flavored tobacco is a little more intense than it is in the smoke. Not much tobacco taste, but that’s not the point of the blend. The same goes for the original, where the peach brandy taste is stronger and a little sharper. The Match burns cool and smooth whereas the original loses a little of the flavor at the finish, and is bitey if puffed fast. The Match doesn’t have that problem. I found the peach in the original is slightly chemically with a sour note whereas the Match avoids those characteristics. Has virtually no nicotine. Burns at a reasonable pace, and leaves a little moisture in the bowl, as did the original. Needs an average number of relights. The after taste is okay. Not quite an all day smoke. I gave the original one star.
John Rolfe Match smells amazingly like its topping, peach brandy. Medium brown and lighter shades make up the evenly cut ribbon. I've tried a handful of these Sutliff Match tobaccos, and have been pleasantly surprised by almost all of them.
Rolfe Match is shipped with the optimum smoking humidity. Packs well with some spring.
Initial lighting definitely brings forth the peach aroma. No problem detecting that one! It has the right amount of sweetness without being cloying. Puffed slowly and sipped, this sweetness with remain throughout the bowl. If puffed too hard, it can sting the nostrils and get cigarette-ish when exhaled through the nose. Can get bitey if pushed. Leaves an off aftertaste, but a great room note. 2.5 stars from me,
I haven't had the opportunity to smoke the original, so I'm basing this review on this blend's merits alone. Excuse my brevity as I don't post wordy reviews. The tobacco itself reminds me very much of Carter Hall with the exception of the flavor. The peach brandy is there but not at all cloying. It smokes well and provides a very pleasant experience. I will buy it again.
I had it in my head that this was an English, that couldn't be further from the truth!
Anyhoo, the presentation of it's coarse, and blimey, it smells strong of peach brandy. The moisture's how I expect a blend supplied from bulk to be, it's smack on.
MJR takes to lighting with only a few quick touches. The flavour? The way the peach brandy comes over is with a 'WHACK!' of very sharp peaches; quite natural, and not overly alcoholic. The tobaccos, although pushed aside by the topping, have a pleasant enough taste; a little mundane, maybe, a VaBurCav, but are perfectly inoffensive. The burn from MJR is a good one, sitting in the middle with temperature, and the smoke only bites when forced to do so.
Nicotine: mild. Room-note: pleasant.
Match John Rolfe? A decent aromatic, but not a great one. Two stars:
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