Out of the tin this is really nondescript, smelled like leaves in the fall and the first smoke was bland and ashy. Decanted the tin to a half pint mason jar and let it sit 2 weeks and what a change. Tin note now reveals a nice burley cocoa with a v... Read Moreinegar back note from the va. Smokes very well rubbed out or stuffed in a pipe with a flavor reminiscent of the old Edgeworth Slices. While not an everyday smoker for me, I do like it as a diversion from my normal rotation. Read Less
Wow...this blend is Manly and as strong as a rope. The tin note is woody and musky with a hint of cocoa. The mechanics are perfect, loose set flakes ready to smoke. And let me tell you, it smokes like a dream. Powerful walnutty burley, with brilliant... Read More notes of bitter coffee, espresso, cigar and leather. The virginia offers just enough sweetness to balance it all... but not consistently. There's an occasional flit of harshness that gets more frequent as the bowl progresses. It's kind of forgivable as in the last half of the bowl, notes of dark chocolate develop, the bitter espresso cigar note goes nuclear and the nicotine punches you in the back of the throat. A howling wind couldn't drown out the flavor or the ember. As for the nicotine, gentleman, this is a strong tobacco. Even on a full stomach the nic hit slaps you across the face in the first 1/4 bowl. This stuff is badass Read Less
Burley’s are nutty, grassy and deeply earthy – good representation of light to dark spectrum. VA is sweet and bready. It’s a traditional solid VA/BUR, and has a good old-timey flavor smoked slowly, which is perhaps too organic or pure. Resembles Pega... Read Moresus in a Flake form. Solani Silver is better, but it also has a topping. It’s a little rough, as with most C&D, and this, as VA/BUR goes, is average and doesn’t warrant shelf space in the cellar. Not as stout as #1 and #3. Medium-strong nicotine, flavor and body. Read Less
Well...you can smell dark chocolate and Virginia and you can taste them too but with lots of strength. Not overpowering but you should take some time and have a slow smoke. Otherwise it kicks your a**.
Just finished another bowl. Great flavor,smooth and satisfying.Delightful aroma and naturally sweet.I highly recommend this #2 blend,but take your time and enjoy the flavors of the Virginia and Burleys marriage.Also leaves a nice ash at the bottom of... Read More the bowl Read Less
Okay, so, I'm a Virginia smoker, both reds and brights; but, I thought I'd give this a try since it was on sale. To be honest, burley in general just doesn't have the flavor a Virginia does, so this would never be my go-to smoke, that said, hold on t... Read Moreight because the nicotine will kick your butt. I appreciate that about this blend. I also appreciate the fact that it was nice a fresh and good quality leaf just like most all of C&D and Low Country. So, even though in general, it's certainly not my favorite flavor wise, I gave it 5 stars because of its quality and butt kicking piece of nicotine whoop-ass. Read Less
This blend when you first open the tin does not have a very strong order smell but after it's been open for a while it has quite a earthy fermenting tin a Roma. To me the dark fired Kentucky is only used in a very condimental way the focus is mainly... Read More the earthy white Burley and the slightly sweet fermented flavor of the red Virginia some chocolatey Coco notes do show up as you smoke it from time to time smell coming off the bowl is quite chocolatey compare the taste as you smoke it. It is quite a peppery mouth fuel to this blend especially in the Retro Hale. Nicotine content is quite High. Read Less
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