For those who enjoyed the cut and leaf of the old (brown tin) Special London Mature, but would have favored more aroma, Robert McConnell now has an answer. Using what is, as far as we can tell, the identical ready-rubbed, high-quality dark Virginia, they've topped this smoke with a sweet, exotic star anise aromatic.
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This is a nice and tasty smoke. The licorice topping is subtle but assertive. The tobacco is dark and comes Ready Rubbed. It's a bit on the moist side so I choose to dry it out for a good 30 minutes before I lock and load. There's nothing too excitin... Read Moreg about this one but it never really gets boring. It's not a "sit and contemplate" smoke but more of a chore blend in my opinion and it sure beats the hell out of most characterless American aros. The nicotine is about medium so it will satisfy your nic cravings and the room note is very pleasant. This would be one of my choice smokes if I was worried about non smokers around me (which I never am) but I think most people will find the aroma to be quite pleasing. I will happily smoke both the tins that I picked up but once it's gone I don't think I'll be getting more. It's pretty much a "middle of the road" blend and average on every account but sometimes that's exactly what I'm wanting. Read Less
I was looking forward to this tobacco for a while and let it age several months when I got it. I'm a Virginia fan and also a fan of a lot of topped tobaccos ( University Flake, Kendal Flake, and Epiphany, especially). I also like many anise topped to... Read Morebaccos (SWR, CH). However, I found the topping on this to be a bit too much. I feel that the topping impedes the flavor of the tobacco and seems, to me at least, to drown the tobacco. I've given it many bowls in different pipes and with different packing techniques. It's just not for me. If topped Virginias are your Nirvana, please try it. The tobaccos, from what I can tell, are top notch. It just isn't what I expected and I found little to enjoy.
Oh. And it will most def ghost your pipe. Read Less
The anise scent is there right out of the tin, but it fades in the mason jar. It lights well, stays lit, but does produce a bit of gurgle halfway through. The anise taste really doesn't come through, though, just a cloying touch on the tongue, and no... Read Moret all the time. Read Less
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