Any review titled as golden standard is for a reason. If you love virginias you will not find a better one without reds. It has a mild body a sweet maltyness that beats all others. A true pleasure to enjoy!
Since there are no reviews I'll share my impressions after a few pipes. For the batch I received it required very significant drying time. I don't think I've ever spread out a shaggy cut overnight for more than 8 hours until now. After 12 hours I... Read More think this could have been dried at least another 6 before I would call it dry. The casing and topping remained quote fragrant even after this time. Make no mistake there is a very noticeable casing/topping of what I perceived to be sugar and honey topped with a not insignificant amount of licorice. With each passing puff and retrohale the aroma was quite distinct, but pleasurable. A noticeable florally note is there also. The flavor of the tobacco itself was delicious, and standard for brighter VA varieties, with grass and hay prevalent. Nicotine was there but mild, or maybe medium if you're sensitive. Smoked like a dream down to fine white ash with no relights. Best results in my meerqueen, with the Virginia flavors really shining. In comparison to Brighton and Tilbury I think Cardiff is the least enjoyable of the bunch if you're looking for a pure Virginia smoking experience. Brighton gives the pure Virginia flavor, and cardiff is a sweet blend, exceptional in its own right. If you enjoy licorice and sweet floral qualities then you will enjoy this over Brighton in my opinion. Tilbury is my favorite of the bunch, with less added essence and stronger body to satisfy. Why 3.5 stars? Clearly it's a high quality blend. With the casing /topping it has I had some mild discomfort while smoking, but it did not evolve into bite. Nonetheless it makes it harder to enjoy. Paired with the extraordinary prep required and somewhat misleading description, I was left a little underwhelmed. You may not feel the same discomfort and enjoy it more. Definitely worth are try. Read Less
Such a light, sweet, clean smoke. An absolute favourite when fresh. The tin note is haunting. Reminds me of grandma's canned strawberry jam, sugar cookies, and smelling a stick of Juicy Fruit gum before popping it in your mouth as a kid. I wouldn... Read More't specifically call it an aromatic though. The real down-side of the blend is that it weakens considerably over time(if in a container frequently opened for smokes). Buy it by the tin and you will never know what I am talking about.
Can be an all-day blend, though I would get bored after a day of nothing but. Can also bite if you go hog wild on it. Read Less
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