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Brand: James Fox
Tin Description: Pure Perique, derived from tobaccos smoked by American Indians in their pipes of peace, has been added to a base of coarse cut Virginian mixture to give a distinctive flavour to this hand blended mixture.
Country of Origin: DE
Curing Group: Air Cured
Contents: Virginia, Perique
Cut: Coarse Cut
Packaging: 50g tin

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# 12/8/2012 User rated 4/5
Review by Cortezattic

Dorisco: A fine Latakia blend -- not the VaPer I was led to expect

When I see a tin of tobacco on the shelf, or in an ad, a vague feeling of angst comes over me as I confront the unknown. I always have the feeling Iím looking at another $10 black box. There could be anything in there, and I often wish I had a reasonable description of what to expect. This blend proves that one canít always rely solely on the tin description; and Iím writing this review in the spirit of being informative rather than to provide a critique or to relate a gustatory experience.
I opened a 2 yr. old tin of Dorisco Mixture and found a beautifully compressed tangle of brown and black ribbons cut to about a 2mm width. Its bouquet is sweet and smoky and redolent of camphor. This is not what I expected from the tin description. Obviously this blend contains a generous portion of Latakia, and is not the VaPer I was led to expect. I would call this a full English blend, as it doubtless has some Oriental seasoning in the mix.

Well, I smoked one bowlful, which confirmed what my nose had diagnosed. I donít feel qualified to critique Latakia blends as I have rigorously avoided them for years; but I can state that it is a very high quality, sophisticated blend based on a sweet and silky mix of Virginias. For me, the Latakia was a distraction, and I really couldnít focus on the Perique; but the blend was smooth, ďplumyĒ tasting, and moderately strong. It is easy to pack and light, and it generates a great volume of smoke with a luscious mouth feel and, unfortunately for me, a lasting finish of sweet campfire smokiness. There is no inclination to bite, and it smokes sweetly, coolly and dryly down to a fine grey ash.

If youíre a devotee of sophisticated English blends, I think you will enjoy this immensely. Sometimes I wish I could smoke Latakia blends, because this one is capable of delivering a lot of nuanced flavor if one is willing to spend some quality time with it. This is not something to smoke if you are distracted by other tasks.

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