Review by cortezattic
Savinelli Special: try this for the amazing tin note if nothing else; cigar-like
As you open the tin a wonderful buttery tobacco aroma emerges to arouse the appetite. It's the sort of tin note you want to linger on, inhaling deeply and insatiably. You realize this is your only chance to savor the splendid organics as they dissipate and are forever lost to the angels. It is at once boozy, woodsy, and a little brandy-like (raisin-peach, I'd say). And there's a hint of spice -- perhaps some oils of clove and bergamot. In a way, it is redolent of the resins and esters released by a fresh cut of cedar. You consciously weight the pleasures of this olfactory ambrosia against your desire to begin smoking it. It is a difficult choice.
The blend is a mix of honey and brown tone ribbons, 3-4mm wide, and square cuts of something a little darker. It is a bit on the dry side, but supple and springy, and optimum for immediate smoking. It is easy to pack, light and burn; and it produces a dry, cool, high density smoke. Small diameter chambers will muffle the flavor of this blend; but it will really sing in a large diameter pipe (15/16"). This blend needs to smoke at full throttle.
The Virginia has a bright, soft, fruity sweetness (as opposed to sugar, caramel, etc.) that works very well with the toasted Burley. It has a spicy background taste and a peppery sensation through the first half of the bowl. The taste of cigar leaf is quite unmistakable throughout, although I have no idea how that's achieved. It is by-and-large a very natural tasting blend, very much reminiscent of Hearth & Home's L J Heart Burley for its expansive Burley flavor and cigar-like finish. I think it is an ideal after dinner smoke, especially while relaxing before the fireplace during winter weather. Smoking this on a hot, humid day will produce a thin, washed-out flavor and overly moist smoke stream.
This is a smooth, medium strength, full flavored smoke with full body and good balance. Cigar lovers should enjoy this one without reservation; others might want to try this for the amazing tin note if nothing else.