Rattray's - Exotic Passion 100g
I admit. I don't think highly of aromatics, but was curious since this has attracted much attention. I hate to say it, but I simply adore this aro. It's beautiful beyond discription. The tin note, construction, moisture content.. everything. I have zero complaints ☹️ Please, don't tell anyone.
Fribourg & Treyer - Cut Virginia Plug 50g
Worthy Of The Hype
I agree with the deserted island reviewer. When it comes to straight Virginias, this is as good as it gets. I tried it a few months ago and fell in love, only to discover it was impossible to find. Suddenly it shows up here today and I ordered 10 and would've ordered more had I the cash. If you love straigh VA, order this stuff!
Solani - Virginia Flake - 633 50g
Oh Sooo Fine
Everything about this leaf screams top shelf. It's packaged beautifully. They come in beautifully colored sheets of tobacco. The moisture level is perfect straight from the tin. It burns perfectly. The taste... it's all a VaPer should be and more. I've yet to find a more perfectly balanced blend. It's just sweet enough, not over the top and the taste improves just when you think it couldn't possibly. Great stuff! I burned my way through two tins in a couple days. I'm VERY curious as to how this stuff will age because as it stands fresh, I can't fathom it being even better. Yum!
Esoterica - Penzance 2oz
Why some are giving bad reviews based on their inability to buy it, I'll never understand. It's a tobacco worthy of your time to seek it out. I get an email and respond immediately and always get it. Win some, lose others. That said, it's a brilliant tobacco and is hard to find for a reason. When it comes to the finest, in any product, it's supposed to be hard to find. It's a silky smooth flavorful mottled flake that ages like a very fine Bordeaux. If I was comparing to wine, I'd say that Penzance is Chateaux Petrus. It's a worthy comparison, earthy, a wine like character. A hall of fame blend if ever there was one.
Esoterica - Margate 8oz
The Definitive English
The cut, the moisture level, the note, and most importantly the taste... what I imagined an English blend tasting like before I'd ever tasted an English blend. I've tasted quite a few but always come home to Margate. It's burn is flawless, leaving a nice gray ash. It's just sweet enough. Needs to dry a bit, but I prefer it as such. In my eyes it's the perfect English benchmark.