Wow, this blend does have an intriguing complexity as somebody below has stated. This blend feels like a fine wine, with many layers coming through at different puffs. It is medium in body and the Latakia is just an aid to make the blend unique and ... Read Moregive the Burley something to play with. I get cigar notes at times and the orientals pop here and there making this blend feel oh so classy. I love the room note as I get a rich deep cocoa and dirt. It packs and burns easy, I bought a bunch and sat on it for 7 months and it was better as time went on. The perique is there but in the background. Such a smooth cool smoke. Be careful because the nicotine can sneak up on you like it did for me one morning on an empty stomach whilst drinking my black coffee. Great for an after dinner or late night bowl. Read Less
Big and Burley puts me in mind of Junk Yard Dawg (my current favorite blend), but sweeter and not as dark. Has substantial vitamin N. I find that I have gravitated to such mixtures that are no nonsense, rich and satisfying. Indeed, a great find.
I don't usually smoke Burley's, at least not as the main component, they tend to be alittle to warm on the tongue. But I bought this to use as a mixer. I had to at least try it as is to see what exactly I could or couldn't pair it with. My initial th... Read Moreought was add to a mellow aromatic, to add some nic-kick. But I was pleasantly surprised that I like this blend...a lot, as is. It doesn't get too hot if you don't huff and puff, and I like the taste. Kind of toasty if that makes sense...? The Nic-Hit is pretty strong but it pairs nicely on its own with a cup of coffee. I think I'll leave it as is for now. I am happy with it! Another C&D winner!
Pipe: Stanwell Rhodesian
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I bought an ounce about a year ago in an effort to wade into burleys, and after the first bowl I put it away with the thought that I did not like burleys. I held onto it after reading that this blend requires a bit of time to smooth out. That is, in ... Read Moremy opinion very true. It sat there for 1 year and 3 months and my how it has changed. It still has a slight bitterness but the taste of a butter soft nut comes through the most now. As I neared the bottom third the flavor began to shift to a very slight cocoa taste. The best way to describe it is nuts very lightly dusted with baking chocolate. The nicotine level is up there but I paced myself this time and managed to avoid that throat knot that I had experienced before. I'm an English smoker at heart (HH vintage Syrian, fusilier's ration, MM965, etc.) , but I think as an evening smoke I may have to start reaching for this more often. Also I can hardly detect the latakia and the perique is only noticed in the nose ever so faintly. But I can pick out all but the most minute additions of perique so you may not notice it. Definitely recommend giving this a go but if you're a new pipe smoker I'd hold off a year or so till you have your smoking ritual/technique refined . Read Less
My first impression on lighting this blend was that this is simply Haunted Bookshop with a little latakia, but it's more complex than that. As the bowl progressed, I couldn't help noticing that the room note was akin to a fine cigar, and I held that ... Read Moreopinion to the vanilla-kissed finish of the bowl. This blend has an intriguing complexity that I was unaware a burley could have and I struggle to describe. I am no nicotine lightweight, but be forewarned, this blend is stout. Not "nic-cups" strong, but unexpectedly stout. This blend is definitely worth a try for burley lovers. Read Less
This is a beautiful blend! The Latakia, Turkish, and perique are truly used as condiments, and while I pick up a slight spice from the perique, mostly these just play a supporting role for the burlery, which is of a very high quality. Overall, this i... Read Mores a slow and cool burning blend with a great, full burley flavor that doesn't turn harsh. This also has a decent amount of nicotene in it; I'm not particularly sensitive to Vitamin N but I definitely feel it about midway through a bowl of this. Its not a complex blend, but it tastes good and is very satisfying. Read Less
burly! big! lite tasting. i get no condimental flavours but the nic hit is sneaky. i wasn,t expecting that. it is somewhat the same as edgworth ready rubbed. although it has been many moons since i,ve had that old blend. maybe i,m too wimpy and old b... Read Moreut a big pipe seemed overwhelming. it,s jarred now so some age maybe is the trick.a small bowl maybe the answer. no bitterness so quality is there! Read Less
Burns quickly,take it easy.Interesting flavors if you go slow.Will put mine in Ball jar for a while,if I don’t smoke it all first.Aging should change things a bit.The Latakia is there at first light,but quickly joins forces with the other tobaccos.U... Read Morese a wind cap if smoked out of doors.Does have some nicotine.Packs nice and springy.Smoking mine in a pipe that hasn’t been used in a long time,so the flavors come front and center sooner.Wold be interesting as a flake.I think this would go well in a large bowl.Will check back in later after further experimentation. Read Less
Normally I smoke C&D Crowley's Best, but because my driving partner is sensitive to latakia, I had to look for something a bit lighter in that department. This is the one I discovered. Really, there isn't a lot of anything but burley here...LOTS of b... Read Moreurley. It is strong and flavorful. Very good alternative to my normal blend. Read Less
A great blend - strong and stinky and an all-dayer for the right kind of veteran pipe smoker. This is my main muscle blend since the Tarler kid took “Kelly's Coin” away from us. Just purchased 5 lbs. of this rocket fuel on sale so I'm set for the nex... Read Moret 6 months. Caution to all you A-Fibbers out there - this one could really get your ticker scattin' and boppin'. Read Less
This is a fantastic blend for those of you who are lovers of all things burley but tend to shy away from anything with an English bent. There are very few hints of latakia, Turkish and perique which are just minor players in this sweet, rough cut bur... Read Moreley which is at the forefront. Really the main flavor is an earthy, dark chocolate burley that is absolutely beautiful in it's simplicity. My best advice is to buy some bulk, jar it for 6 months and get ready for a wonderful experience. If you smoke it too young you'll definitely be turned off of this one. Patience pays off in the end! Read Less
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