Shortcut To Greatness
I ordered the Middle-Earth Pipeweed Sampler from Just for
Him and it is from this sample pack that I will make my reviews of each of the
five blends. I have also decided to smoke each sample all the way through,
without smoking anything else in between. The samples, while large enough to
decide if one should purchase more, are a bit on the smallish side. I must
admit to being somewhat disappointed.
The pouch note of Shortcut To Mushrooms is quite an
adventure. It is smoky and lightly sweet. The smoky aroma is just what you would
expect from a good perfectly aged Latakia. The sweetness in just the right
balance is from the Black Cavendish. It
definitely has a creamy quality that makes one feel as though you can take a
bite out of the smoke. I must point out
that I associate the word "earthy" to blends that contain Perique. This
is an "earthy" smoke, but has no Perique. It almost (IMHO) qualifies
as a Balkan, but not as strong, however; just as rich, smooth, and cool. The
Nicotine content seems high enough to provide for a very satisfying smoke.
As mentioned in my Treebeard review; I'm smoking Shortcut to
Mushrooms in my TRG White Ringed Volcano, as well. I am impressed with the
Black Cavendish and Latakia concept. It
is unusual to find only these two types of tobacco in a blend. However; the
blender Bob Schafer pulls it off beautifully
in this most impressive blend. While each puff is smoky, rich, and creamy it is
also at one and the same time smooth, cool, and earthy.
The Char Light was all it took to get a good solid light. The
War Department has not complained about the Latakia. So; the room note has to
be at least tolerable.
It seems that even the small size of the bowl in my pipe is adequate
for a 45 minute smoke of this wonderful blend. Frequently blends are described
as leaving only white ash. That assertion is valid when made of Shortcut To
Mushrooms. I have finished my second
bowl and neither time was there so much as a single piece of unburned tobacco
left in the bowl. Incredible! Of the two bowls only once did I have to relight,
and that was due to a distraction from one of my kids.
As mentioned in my review of the Treebeard blend; I had
intended to smoke the entire sample prior to writing a review of a Middle Earth
Pipeweed Series sample. But, having just finished my second bowl of Shortcut to
Mushrooms, I am so excited and satisfied with the smoke, that I feel compelled
to express my opinion. I still have about half of this sample remaining. These characteristics
when combined with its price per pound, represents a very good value and a will
be an excellent "go to" smoke for those who prefer English blends,
and great must-have cellaring blend for those of us who prefer Aromatics but
enjoy an occasional English smoke.
I've heard that the Middle Earth Pipeweed Series is
comprised of cross-over blends, maybe so, maybe not. Shortcut To Mushrooms is exactly what, in my book, an English blend should be.
I highly recommend this to everyone, Aromatic smokers and
those who prefer English blends as well. Four and five stars all around. I will
definitely add a pound to my cellar.