Review by themightypen
A Harmony Hidden in Smoke
It is easy to say Frog Morton is an easy english or a good introductory english, but to do so skirts the issue of the success of this blend. As far as Englishes go, Frog Morton is easy and good as an introductory english, because it is delicious.
To someone who has not smoked or smelled other english blends, upon opening the tin you will find a smooth, sweet tobacco smell with compositional undertones that you will want to define with some familiarity but may have difficulty pin-pointing. There is something earthy here, something woodsy, something definitively tobacco-y. Frog Morton is an easy smoke, yes, much like Penzance is an easy smoke, because it does something, if not everything right. It is a masterpiece. There is nothing overpowering in this blend, nothing to question, nothing to fight; there is only pleasure to be had here.
There are very quiet whispers of wood-incenses here, and soily, earthy aromas and flavors. There is very little overwhelming in the arena of spices here, nothing that scratches or bites at the tongue. The spices that present themselves do so in such a harmonious chorus that the unity functions as a fluid whole rather than a cachophany of flavors--the flavors that compose this harmony are of aromatic woods, slight leathers and oils, and sweet grasses, each presenting themselves at the smoker's will. Seek a specific tone or note you had found in the smoke earlier and "wait?"--"it has never left. Here it has been throughout the entire smoke!"
To one who has smoked many blends, here is a mellow, all day smoke that, though somewhat more subtle rather than demanding and overwhelming, sates the want of complexity without requiring a focused devotion to strong flavors which sometimes own the palate. This is not a heavy, beefy smoke but, rather, an arousing tousling of the hair. It has all the flavor without burdening the smoker with a sense of gluttony. However, I have to say, if you have burned or over-smoked your taste buds or have a need for a nicotine fix, then this might not be for you, but for all others, here is a perfect example of a masterful blend.
I have to say it, as far as pleasing, easy, enjoyable, complex, and honest smokes go, this one sits at the top of the heap with few others. This is one you will crave. It's no wonder other celebrated blends have been built upon the canvas of this absolutely sublime blend.