No. 109 used to be the tastiest VA available. Unfortunately someone at K&K thought it would be a good idea to change the flavor profile by adding a dressing that tastes like soapy wildflowers. IMO, a big mistake on the part of K&K. They ruine... Read Mored a great tobacco. Gone are the chocolate, honey and raisin notes. All that's left is a flavor I can only describe as "blah".
Also, it's no longer packed in a moist and oily ribbon cut but comes as neat, little dry rectangles in a square tin.
I'm so sad. Read Less
I recently opened my first round tin and loved it. Opened a square tin a few days ago and indeed the blend's aroma and flavor has changed. The creamy and cocoa notes are replaced by something more like Cut Virginia Plug, sort of generalized sweetne... Read Moress. It's nice, but NOT the blend I was so enjoying! Hope K&K find a way to go back to the old formula!
Update 10-21-16 I've given this reformulation a number of attempts over the past 3-4 weeks. I guess I was hoping the sweet topping would evaporate or something, but no such luck. My unavoidable conclusion is that whereas the old 109 was easily my favorite Virginia, I don't like this new version and will likely give up on it. If I'd known this was coming I'd have bought all the round tins I could get hold of. So sad--if it wasn't merely pipe tobacco, I'd call it tragic . . . Read Less
I have no idea what reviewers who talk of strange tastes and toppings are thinking, the round tins I have been smoking over the last years have no added flavourings. What you do get is a very high quality medium VA flake which is ideal for its purpo... Read Morese; a solid fuss-free and satisfying smoke which is not too strong for any time of day, but which still has strength. I often use it in a short pipe when walking in the countryside of by the sea, and never rub out the flakes. Each to his or her own of course, but if you don't like this then you are not interested in a plain, high-quality VA flake. Read Less
I've smoked through a tin of the new round tin version of Astley's 109. It no longer has the icky sweet topping that the square tin edition did, and that's definitely an improvement. But on a direct comparison with a pipeful of the old round tin th... Read Moreat I've been hoarding, the new blend loses out. The old blend had brighter overtones and more highs. The new version is mostly low notes, and is not as interesting. I have bought several more tins of the new stuff though, so don't get the wrong idea. It's a perfectly good smoke, even if it isn't the killer blend it used to be. Read Less
From the looks of these gorgeous flakes, ole #109 started off life as an excellent quality tobacco. Then someone sprayed it with a top dressing of what tastes like a mixture of nutmeg, and soap suds. I know both flavors well, one, from sprinkling ... Read Moreon my Tom & Jerrys, at Christmas time; the other, from Tourette-like outbursts in front of my mother, as a youngster. I was hoping some of this casing would burn off as it burned, but no such luck. When it descended into burning rubber, I dumped the bowl. They say your taste buds die as you age. I guess I’ll keep this around until I’m about 98 yrs old, and try it again. Maybe, by then, enough taste buds will have died, or I will have become nostalgic for the old Lifebuoy. Read Less
This is quite simply the best tobacco to smoke when you want a really full Va flake . Strong but really delicate in it's own way . The ideas tobacco for walking the dog on a cold winter night in new York . The dog loved it too .
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