With the introduction of more, and higher quality Burley dominant tobaccos, Wessex is at the top of my list. This tobacco doesn't get talked about much, and I haven't seen any reviews, dedicated to this slice, and that is a shame. Beginning with the ... Read Moretin note this slice compels, with the aroma of burnt sugar, straw smoke, and a soft but detectable anise aroma when rubbed out. On first lite, the typical, over tumbled popcorn scent, that all good Burleys share, fills the nostrils. On the palate, from the first sip, Wessex separates itself from the field, immediately developing a creamy mouth feel, and flavors of black strap molasses, and toasted hazelnuts, with an underlying, but detectable roasted pear essence on the retro-hail. Thats, only the beginning. In the second third of the bowl Wessex Burley Slice develops beautiful depth, with flavors of freshly picked mushrooms and earth, toasted hazelnuts and molasses always there, but slightly muted as the bowl progresses. The last third of the bowl is an unexpected epiphany, of flavors. At the point where most Burley flakes take a turn toward the smokey, burnt grass characteristics of Solani Aged, for example. Wessex developed a more intriguing character, steamed corn husk, brown sugar and charred lemon in the background. True to its Burley character, the toasted hazelnut, and slight sweetness of molasses and burnt sugar was ever present, but this particular flake presented a depth of flavor, mouth-feel, and sophistication that one might expect from a well aged VAPer. I rubbed this out, and gave it about 30 minutes of drying time. I smoked it in a Savinelli Miele 111. The tin spent about six months in my cellar. Read Less
I'm going to be one of those few people who prefer this over Solani ABF, but I do prefer it. Opening the tin, you see a couple sets of dark brown strips that smell of burley and sweetness. I think that it is the molasses/treacle that has won me over ... Read Moreand I think that any lover of Burley would be remiss without trying this one. I smoked this and ABF side by side and Wessex Burley Slice was definitely the winner. As I smoked it, I imagined warm, toasted pumpernickel or a dark, molasses-rich beer-bread. If Guinness is liquid bread, then this is combustible bread. Nutty, bready, a little sweet, and rich bass notes. This is just a great tobacco all-around, but I do have to qualify that with the fact that I love almost all Burley blends.
As for the room note I don't think you'd be dragging people out just to comment about it, but I kind of like the way that it smells. Of course, I like most tobacco room notes other than those that are very strong. This also has the perfect amount of nicotine for me in a smoke. I don't smoke often, but when I do I like to know that I have smoked. I found that cube cut for WBS seemed to bring out more flavor and also help with the burn rate.
Would I buy it again? Heck, yeah I would and I will. I just wish that there was a way to get it in bulk. I guess I'll just have to settle for the 50 gram tin for now. I smoke this at least once a week now and sometimes more, but this has been my weekly special time smoke. For times I know that I won't be bothered with anything and I don't have to pay attention to anything. This, in my opinion, is some seriously great stuff. Read Less
Way to much humicant, the flakes are literally glued together and you end up with a massive amount of "goop" at the bottom of the bowl like you would expect with a heavily cased aero. The tobacco it's self is good burley blend. Maybe I got... Read More a bad tin, but being submerged in humicant ruins it. Read Less
This is hands down my favorite Burley flake and it's a just notch above Aged Burley Flake in my opinion. I don't smoke many straight Burley blends but when I do this is the one I always choose. It's sweet and rich with plenty of depth. I get molasses... Read More, chocolate and honey in the retrohale. I don't detect any artificial flavorings, what I pick up on are the natural subtleties that come through with high quality tobaccos. The nicotine is a little lower than I usually prefer but it works great as a change of pace. For best results I like to rub out the flake and let it air dry for 15-30 minutes before I lock and load.
Note* I get a very odd flavor from this one and ABF for the first few minutes of lighting it. It’s almost tastes like an artificial topping and I am not too fond of it. Fortunately it levels out a bit once I get going but that’s the reason why it gets a three star instead of a four. Read Less
I saw this had some high ratings so I bought a couple of tins. Dried a couple of flakes out to the point it would break if bent in half, but just barely.
Packed nicely, lit rather easily. Immediate hit with whatever casing is on it and the flavor di... Read Moredn't agree with me at all. It overwhelmed the tobacco. I would never buy again. Read Less
You have to be careful how fast you smoke this one. It's given a sting in 4 different pipes I've tried. But a patient smoke yeilds a marvelous burley experience. High quality leap in a nice bright flake. A great room note which manages to avoid the c... Read Moreigarette-like scents of lesser burleys. Read Less
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