Exploring New Blends
I'm quite fond of Mac Baren's Navy Mixture. After smoking the junk my local tobacconist had to offer, most of which were blends of his own cracked invention, I decided to branch out and try something else. The only 'name brand' tobacco he carried was Mac Baren. So that's where I started, with a 100 gram tin of Navy Mixture. At this point I had been smoking exclusively those blends I would later discover to be termed 'aromatic'. Navy Mixture was a big departure.
The tin reads that "this complex mixture consists of over 30 different raw tobaccos, and is a masterpiece of blending. Ready rubbed Virginia and Burley tobaccos, loose cut Virginia, Burley and the original Mac Baren Cavendish blended with small pieces of flake tobacco ensure a slow and cool smoking pleasure." Upon opening the tin I was excited to find an obvious and nearly overwhelming variety of different tobaccos. Here's an instance where a tin description beautifully matches up to the product at hand, which as you likely know, isn't always necessarily the case.
Admittedly, because of where I was coming from as a smoker, this blend took a little while to grow on me. Subsequently, however, Navy Mixutre has become for me an extremely reliable, all-day smoking fixture. The fragrance of the smoke is wonderful, the taste is clean and dry,the tobacco packs easily and isn't fussy about staying lit. Another perk? It's not deliriously popular and therefore always available. While this 'advantage' may only amount to a hill of beans for some of you, those still sitting on their hands in anticipation for Dunhill and Sam Gawith tobaccos know what I'm talking about.
At last count there was approximately one gillion (yes, I've done the math) different varieties of tobaccos from at least a zillion (these are industries terms, mind you) blenders and manufacturers. Explore, experiment, get out of your comfort box. Surprise yourself. Just don't start buying up all my Navy Mixture.