I've been a big fan of the Rattray's Virginia blends for years. From Brown Clunee and Old Gowrie, to Marlin Flake and Hal O' the Wynd, there is something for most occasions (as far as strength and flavor go) for the dedicated VA smoker. However, there did seem to be one gap on the lighter side of things, which is why I was particularly excited to find out that Rattray's 40 Virginia is a blend of bright, loose-cut leaf, and nutty-sweet cut plug and cube cut bits. The result is a mild-yet-flavorful blend with ample amounts of sweet honey and grassy notes. This one burns well and satisfies right out of the tin, but I'm betting my bottom dollar that this will age incredibly well. It has also arrived just in time to serve as an outstanding warm-weather smoke!