I've been smoking it for a couple days now, and it seems to get a bit better each time. It wasn't terribly moist out of the tin, but I do reccomend a little dry time. It seems more of a crumble kake than a plug to me, which I found odd, wasn't exactl... Read Morey expecting that, but I treated as a plug all the same slicing thinly through the layers to create a shag cut.
The latakia is a bit more mild than other English blends, certainly not a "lat-bomb". The earthy Virginia comes through enough to be noticed, bit it too isnt over bearing and compliments the orientals well with a touch of sour earthiness.
Overall it's an enjoyable mild english plug, not much utterly remarkable about it but it's good. And imagine it will only get better with age. Definitely worth a try if you haven't, but be patient with it and give her time to breath. Read Less
The first couple of bowls I was on the edge if I really liked this or not. Then I switched to a meerschaum pipe and the full flavor came through. This is great for a person that likes full English blends. I would recommend giving it a try and I perso... Read Morenally will be adding several tins to my stock.. Read Less
Excellent blend! I love the Captain Earle’s selections and this one is my favorite. It’s consistent and great from the very start to whenever you can force yourself to put it down. The best way I can describe the flavor is warm, buttery, sooty, chewe... Read Morey bread with a hint of sweetness. Great balance of sweet vs. savory. And it just gets better the further down the bowl you go. Full flavor but not overpowering and no bite. Read Less
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