G. L. Pease - Bankside 2oz
Excellent First Showing for Zeitgeist
After sitting with this tobacco for several smokes now, I can confidently say it's damn good. The dark fruit and bread notes of the red Virginias play the dominant role, occasionally touched by some citrus from the brights. The quantity of perique is perfect, adding it's own spicy fruitiness more so than pepper in this blend. The latakia is definitely present and accounted for but never rises above a condimental role, lending the whole experience a gentle, smoky warmth aided by the dark-fired Kentucky, which I believe is more responsible than the perique for what pepper there is to be had. The latakia's influence ebbs and flows between supporting and augmenting the Virginias, and I enjoy their interplay as the balance subtly shifts back and forth. I smoked mine fully rubbed out with a bit of dry time and it behaved very well in the bowl with minimal relights and a steady slow burn. It never bit and remained tasty from top to bottom. I would compare this tobacco to a very good mulled wine; warm, spicy, and smooth. If, like some folks, you enjoy your virginias and vapers more so in the warmer months then I would call this the perfect cold weather vaper. It's also probably a good blend to introduce English fans to Virginia tobaccos. An easy 4.5 stars, and with a bit of proper age I'd wager a solid 5. It makes me excited to see what else Mr. Pease has in store for this new series.