Review by The German
My flavour and tin aroma ratings do not seem to blend in well with my overall recommendation: let me explain.
The Bracken is, for me, a somewhat weird undertaking. There is rather a lot of KY in the blend, and Burley, and the overall strength is on the upper end of the scale of blends one can buy where I live. So this is strong stuff. I like that about it. The tin note on first opening, though, is rather chemical to most of my friends and myself. Reading that a "chocolate essence" is supposed to have been applied, I must shake my head and wonder whether they and I have a fundamentally different definition of "chocolate" than Sam Gawith does. Over the chemical smell, I can still make out the DFK in the tin note.
Peeling off a slice and a bit and folding/twisting/stuffing into my smallest pipes, I get a very satisfying taste (still no chocolate, though) and enough nicotine to make sure that I do use my smallest bowls; this blend is one I tend to use as my day's last, lay-me-down-to-bed smoke.
The room note, again, is rather chemical for my tobacco-purist friends and myself; I would not want to light this blend up in mixed company. But at home, alone, and late at night, I feel I can get away with the guilty pleasure this 'baccy provides, and so I can recommend. I still wonder, though, what this blend would be like without the sauce. I'd like to try that.