Review by Cortezattic
Vaper on the sweet and fruity side
Prairie Wind is one of those blends that I think have been overlooked yet deserves high praise. It is a natural (non-aromatic) tasting dark leaf blend with some brown and gold tone leaf, in a rough, or short irregular cut, sold in bulk form. It packs, lights and burns quite well because there's sufficient air space between flakey particles. The moisture level is textbook correct; but I prefer to air dry it a bit, or let it DGT for a little while after the charring light. It produces a good volume of luxurious smoke with good mouth feel. My guess is that this has a red and stoved red Va base with perhaps some Va brights for accent; and the Perique quality and quantity is right on target.
It produces a medium sweet red-Va currant or dark raisin taste with the merest hint of something approaching unsweetened black chocolate, both of which meld nicely with the "dry" fruity Perique. The tingle for which Perique is famous (notorious?) is barely perceptible, more spice-like than peppery. While on the subject of the Perique in this blend, I recall McClelland describing their blending Perique as tasting somewhere between musty mushrooms and stewed fruit. The Perique in this blend is the closest to that description of any I've ever tasted.
The excellent balance between body, strength, and flavor makes for a smooth, pleasurable smoke. This is a cool, slow burning, satisfying smoke, so don't overload your palate with too large a serving. No goop, no gurgle, no dottle, no bite; medium vitamin N. For most of the year I've been sampling Vaper and Perique-forward blends, and this is the best yet -- by far. If you like Haddo's Delight, by G L Pease, you'll enjoy Prairie Wind too!