From Ashton, Winding Road is a mellow mixture designed to bridge the gap between aromatic and English style blends. Comprised of golden and dark brown Virginia with a sprinkling of Black Cavendish, this excellent blend bears a natural fragrance accompanied by subtle notes of caramel and apricot.
Ashton has a way with evocative names for their tobacco blends - unfortunately this one almost ruined the Beatles song for me. I really wanted to like this blend - tin aroma was nice - a definite apricot aroma just as the label says, along with what... Read More I would call a nutty aroma (probably the caramel). The Winding Road went careening downhill from there. The tobacco was extremely moist and sticky in the tin, so much so that I had a hard time scraping it off the cover card. I found it very hard to light and it was truly impossible to keep lit without puffing constantly which quickly overheated my pipe and gave tongue (and throat and gum and roof of mouth) bite. I've tried every drying and packing method I can come up with to get a good smoke from this, including drying for an hour in the pipe, and letting it sit overnight on a paper towel. Even dry as a bone it would not stay lit without constant puffing, it burns incredibly hot and it still gave nasty tongue bite, plus it lost all its top flavor. It also leaves a nasty chemical coating in my mouth.
If you want a pleasurable tobacco that was truly "designed to bridge the gap between aromatic and English style blends", try Savinelli's new Essenza Cipriota, which is a mild but flavorful blend of Burley, Latakia, Orientals and Virginias with a touch of the grape - a true English Aromatic. As another reviewer said, there is nothing "English" about Winding Road - this "bridge" led me to a dead end in the middle of nowhere. Not worth the effort in my opinion. Read Less
There is nothing "English " about this blend. And I certainly would not call it a cross over blend either. It's 100% aromatic and a terrible one at that. Bites the hell out of the smoker and leaves a bad chemical aftertaste. The one star is... Read More for the tin art and the somewhat pleasant room note. There are some great tobaccos out there, but this is definitely not one of them. Read Less
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