Dan Tobacco's Salty Dogs was released in Europe last summer, and we first encountered the blend during this year's IPCPR in New Orleans. I immediately knew that this hearty plug of Virginia and Perique would satisfy my desire for bold flavor and medium-full strength.
This tobacco burns coolly and slowly, with a ton of spice and tang from the first light, and continues to build in both flavor and strength as the smoke progresses. I forgot to mention in the video that towards the middle of the bowl, a distinct mesquite flavor emerges and also amplifies to the end of the bowl. Cured meats and pepper are inherent from what I suspect is a healthy dose of Perique, while smoked vanilla, clove, and allspice are present from the addition of Caribbean rum.
I found the name to be very appropriate. It's a blend that evokes the type of tobaccos that sailors would have enjoyed many years ago. Plug lovers will absolutely adore this blend, and those who favor Virginia Perique blends will be rewarded for taking the additional time to prepare the flakes or cube cuts to exactly their preference of thickness and degree to which they break or rub out those flakes.
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