Review by The German
Strong Stuff... but very, very tasty
Another blend I had come to know from my holiday in England a few years ago, I have been chasing it ever since, with obviously little succes until I could talk an importer to bring it to my home country.
Obviously, I got a tin as soon as it was available. And a few gripes by the people running the store that this stuff does not burn well, is overwhelming, etc. And that the piece of rope in the tin looked like a turd.
Well, the optical impression aside, the tin note is somewhat like BBQ sauce with a touch of mint. In the tin is a pretty large-diameter rope, almost black as the name of the blend already implies. I use an extremely sharp kitchen knife to slice off a few very thin, er, slices, rub those out and let them dry for at least an hour. Then, I stuff the result into my smallest pipes and light up.
The 'baccy tries to escape, so at the very beginning, a few good tampings-down are necessary. The smoke starts out with a very nice, toasty-sweet taste, with a good part of beef in there. The room note, I would say, is very much a matter of taste: your other half may or may not approve of it. Probably not, though.
The taste is a complex dance of sweetness, beefiness, BBQ smokiness; the occasional re-light is necessary, and be warned that this concoction is quite strong! I enjoy very small doses of Black XX as my last smoke of the day, and not every day, but taste, room note and vitamin N content leave me highly satisfied. My favourite tipple to go along would be an Islay Single... the more peat, the better.