This blend just tastes like chemicals to me and has a tendency to bite even when dry. The burleys are good and the virginia too, just really don't like whatever they added to it. It doesn't blend well. Rather than a homogoneous flavor, its like i can... Read More taste the burleys and virginias, but then there's just that other thing on top of it that is pretty unpleasant. I won't be buying more. Read Less
This is a jewel in the crown of C&D. A perfect VaBur aromatic. It is difficult to find a real aromatic boasting the strength and depth of John Rolfe Match, especially without latakia or DFK. The Virginias are very forward — sweet, grassy, figgy, brea... Read Moredy — while the burleys add depth, structure, and a bit of complexity. The moisture is just right, even straight from the tin or bag. The brandy topping is salient but not overpowering, never cloying, never hiding the beautiful tobaccos present here, and definitely not even a bit “medicinal”, as some aromatics can be. This blend may be a bit tough to keep lit, especially if you sip slowly to get the best enjoyment without the bite, but that is not a hard problem to solve. Use a wide bowl to allow for the evaporation of moisture, or use a system pipe or reverse calabash, anything to allow for a slow burn and to mitigate the collection of too much moisture.
To sum up, this is an A1 aromatic: delicious, classic Virginias and Burleys; a room note you would pay to have floating around inside your home; no bite, fuller bodied than most any other sweet aromatic; you just cannot beat it. Perfect as a dessert smoke, a nightcap, an accompaniment to pancakes or sweet coffee, or as an anytime all day smoke. Full marks. Read Less
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