For Peter Heinrich's Curly Special, rare Virginias are spun into "twist" then sliced to the size of small coins. Each disk is a complete blend. Costly to produce, this spun cut can be smoked for its slow burning classic Virginia flavor or mixed into a favorite blend for a change of pace.
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My first Peter Heinrich tobacco, and long awaited. I have yet to smoke it fresh, but I can say with certainty that Curly Special is amazing with five years of age on it. Spicy, earthy, fruity, slightly tangy, and a touch of hay are all present and ... Read Moremake for one hell of a smoke. It says there is only Virginia and Perique in this blend, but I would love to know what varietals are used because the earthiness and spice is amazing. It seems like there is a very light touch of fire cured virginia in this blend, but I could be way off. Closer to mild than medium in body in my book, and closer to medium than mild on flavor, there is plenty to keep you interested here. From what I read there are some rough edges when fresh, but there are close to zero rough edges to be found when aged. Dry out 15-20 of these little coins and load them stacked into your favorite pipe for a long, glorious smoke that just gets deeper and more flavorful as the bowl goes on. This method is what pushed this blend over the top for me, and I want this in my cellar at all times now. Once I have the money I'll be cellaring a tin of this and the curly block. This is my kind of VA/per. Still moist after five years in the tin also. Read Less
Yes this smells like DLF out of the tin, and the red an golden virginias look promising. But in a pipe and when lit; we're talking a whole new experience here! First of all. This stuff is loaded with peppery perique. Secondly and probably most import... Read Moreant:it is a wicked, wicked clove-bomb! In DLF it was balanced and subdued during smoking, but in No 2, we're talking almost asian clove cigarettes.
Seriously folks: the clove topping, be it naturally og synthetically (eugenol), actually numbed my tongue and palate. Dentists use it as a mild anaesthetic, and apparantly so does Astley. This was a very, very weird experience in a pipe smoking perspective. Read Less
This tobacco is for the skilled piper. Does have a sharp edge to it fresh. 6 months of age has made it better. Also seems to like a bent pipe over a straight pipe. I think maybe a long Canadian would be the only straight pipe I’d enjoy it in. I have... Read More a bent Caminetto with a deep 20 mm chamber it sings in. Peeps easy and has just the right moisture. I’ll say now that My friend is right that it will really sing after 2 years of age. Even after 6 months it has toned down quite a bit. If you rush it it will bite. No question. But it is very enjoyable if respected. It might seem like I’m being negative but I plan to age some because I know it has serious aging potential and will be stellar. Read Less
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