Hearth & Home Marble Kake
Blender: Russ Ouellette
Description: "We have wanted to
produce our own Virginia-based flake or Krumble Kake, and the result is Marble
Kake. A firmly-pressed blend of Bright and Red Virginias, it comes as a solid
piece which can be broken or sliced and rubbed-out, and the flavor changes
depending upon how you prepare it. One of our knowledgeable Virginia fans has
compared it to Hamborger Veermaster as a smooth, but tasty Virginia
blend." Available in 1.5 oz. and 8 oz. tins as well as bulk.
Packaging: This is a 'krumble
kake' and my 8 oz. tin didn't come as a solid piece, but 'pre-krumbled', broken
into small chunks and shreds. The tobacco was on the dry side, however the
blender informed me that it is packaged up on the dry side, which
makes sense. For a krumble kake to actually krumble, it would have to be. Dark
to medium brown in color.
Tin Note: Earthy and fermented
with a deep, natural tobacco aroma.
Room Note: Because I'm forced by
SWMBO to smoke in solitary confinement outside in my workshop, the aroma is
just fine by me.
Packing: I simply crumble up the
chunks and lightly pack it mixed with the shreds leaving a small air pocket in
the bottom of the bowl.
Lighting: Because of the dry
nature of the krumble kake, it takes a match light readily.
Strength: On the mild side with
low nicotine content.
Flavor and Body: This
is where Marble Kake really delivers for me as an everyday smoke. The flavor
isn't complex, but fuller and deeper without the sharpness and bite of a
gold/yellow VA as can sometimes occur.
A touch of the sweet red VAs occasionally comes through and, if properly
smoked, has no bite at all. This is a real accomplishment without using a
darker, stronger leaf. Marble Kake, as presented in the tin that I bought, can
become hot and harsh because of its crumbled and dry nature, so I use a slow,
measured VA cadence. With patience, I'm rewarded with a full richness that is
unique to this tobacco and maintains an even flavor, burn and finish. I didn't
notice any change in flavor profile as noted by the blender's description
because the way that it was packaged in the tin.
Last Look: If Hearth & Home
Marble Kake is supposed to be a solid piece, my tin appears to be a quality
control problem unless the cut and packaging has been changed. Regardless,
Marble Kake is a terrific tobacco for smokers wanting a fuller flavored VA
without the fuller strength…another H&H home run!