Review by Schmitz Bitz
An amazingly complex yet subtle blend.
Based on 2010 production.
On first cracking the seal on this tin, I catch the slightest hint of McClellands characteristic "ketchup" smell, however the dominating aroma is a slightly tangy, smoky richness. As the blend is allowed to breathe, this undergos a wonderous change, bringing hints of apricots and apple-cider.
I found that this blend smokes its best for me when still slightly moist; and as such, was perfect right out of the tin. Presented as a coarse-cut ribbon; the blend packs nicely and takes a flame fairly well.
The flavour profile of this blend is extremely complex; at times offering up a smoky-sweetness, underpinned by the herbal flavours of the Oriental leaf; while at others bringing the incense like smokiness of the Syrian leaf to the forefront.
As the bowl progresses, the Latakia leaf itself seemingly undergoes a change, with notes of green-tea leaf and anise coming through.
This is a great blend to cut ones teeth on Syrian leaf, or when simply looking for a change from the usual brash Cyprian offerings.
A very welcome addition to the cellar.
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