First let me start by saying I am not an aromatic guy, but there are a few gems out there and I believe this is one of them. I was hesitant when I read licorice, but I must say it compliments this blend well. Upon initial light I was hit with a sweet... Read More tang. That gave way to a robust and smooth Virginia. I can't say I really Tate the licorice in this but that may be because the nic hit threw me for a loop. I won't be scrambling for this tobacco again but if it comes my way I will be anxious to get back into it. Read Less
I'm not really an aromatic guy, but I really enjoy this. I love the taste and the room note. I can't place the flavor I'm getting, but I'm not sure it's licorice. Maybe it's because I've never been a fan of licorice and didn't know it could be so goo... Read Mored.? Read Less
Think of Ramsgate as an aproximation to the blending ways and style of Samuel Gawith and Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.
If you are expecting an experience of licorice -in your face- this wouldnt be. This is pure straight virginia with delicate and sublimate... Read Mored undertones of licorice, rich soursweet grassy flavour and mid strength virginia body with a very subtle addition of the character of an aromatic.
It comes in beautiful stoven broken flake, a bit oily and demanding rubbing exercises, the smell is pungent and piquant while on pack. A bit of ferment and mildly vinnegar note circumvented by a little licorice note.
In its first ignition presents a dense white smoke that comes to the palate as a very mild virginia, the licorice is very distant yet distinguishable, astringent smoke with a dry mild sweetness properly associated with pure virginias.
As it advances its character defines more the body of a robust and fermented virginia, aproximately to the league of "Lakelands" yet, never as floral, a lot less subtle in aroma but with all the strong body of a typical aged and stoved flake, mid strength in the nicotine department and electric blue smoke. The virginias will denote its more characteristic grassy and soursweet qualities by the mid of the bowl and decreasing onwards when it will become more a mild virginia with a vague licorice aroma.
This is a very potent and exciting blend, it gets better by aging, softening its smokey and robust temper. Apt for a day of intellectuañ endeavours or a large lunting. Read Less
I really like the extra flavoring in this. It has more than Blackpool, and this does require slow smoking, or you'll get bit. But the taste is very unique to me, and I enjoy a break from time to time from my burleys and virginias. Licorice? Every now... Read More and again. I'd say marzipam moreso. Don't try to light it without several days of drying. Read Less
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