The topping in the Match lacks some of the anise of the original, but it has the same - but milder - light fruitiness with fewer cocoa notes. It also sublimates the tobacco flavor a little just as the original does. Like the original, I get a slight sense of the spice and wood from the Oriental/Turkish, and virtually nothing of the Cyprian latakia, which is probably about one percent of the mixture. The honey from the cavendish is slightly more prominent in the Match, and the grassy, citrusy Virginia is about the same. The cut is the same, as is the burn rate, which is moderate. I noticed inconsistency of flavor in the original. Sometimes, it was bland and sometimes not, from pouch to pouch. Won't bite, and has a very mild nic-hit as does the original. Both leave little moisture in the bowl, and need an average number of relights. The Match has a slightly better after taste, but it's nothing special. Both are all day smokes. This Match is fairly close to Sail Green at its best with a little less strength to the topping, and is consistent in flavor. I rated the original at two stars because of the variance of its quality from time to time. This gets two stars.
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