Review by Excav8tor
This is a blend of air cured, ribbon cut Orange and Red smoking leaf,
Brazilian Burley and Virginia Mysore Indian tobacco. The blend
originates from the 19th century.
When I opened the tin the aroma of dried fruit was the first thing
that hit me. The tobacco was densely packed, but was not sticky or wet
and has a very soft texture and is a very nice light golden colour. The
cut is quite fine which can cause problems if packed too tight. After
lighting and tamping it down, it re-lit evenly, and burned uniformly
down to the bottom of the bowl. There are no strong flavours and
strangely this tobacco tastes very much like it smells. It is quite
mild, with a mouth-watering sweetness that isn't too sweet. I have
smoked the whole 50g and have not had any bite although strangely I
found that if I smoked bowl after bowl it becomes a little bland which
left me yearning for something with a little more punch.
It will not feature in my list of regulars, but it was a good
experience trying it out. I would recommend this to new smokers and
those that prefer a mild to medium flavour and strength tobacco.