Exhibiting a fragrance redolent of the exotic mysteries of the east, a blend of well-aged Virginias, cool burning Burleys, alluring Latakia and Macedonian leaf, Savinelli's Essenza Cipriota is a fascinatingly nuanced, medium bodied smoke.
Tin note: Grapes (an aromatic type of smell, not fake or cloying, and not “raisiny”) and campfire/bonfire (latakia of course, but quite faint). Pleasant.
Color and consistency: Not too moist, and not dry either. Seems well hydrated, but not too much... Read More that it needs drying. Mostly a light golden assortment of ribbons, wouldn’t have guessed it was an english without smelling it.
Pipe(s): Savinelli POTY ‘13 straight billiard - rusticated, Eric Klodt Freehand Dublin - smooth.
Times smoked: Once from each pipe, seems very little, but very similar experiences from both pipes and I don’t expect my opinion to change. After a decent meal.
Lighting methods: Bic lighter and matches.
Room note: Surprisingly more aromatic than smokey. I got a bit of cocoa and marshmallow in the smoke.
I took some notes, and I’ll write a bit about those here. The charring light showed no signs of bite, nor did the second light, and throughout the bowl. For an english/aromatic, very little bite if any at all. Immediately noticed how light this blend was, in flavor, that is. Super mellow, not very smokey - just mild. Stayed lit very well, I’d have to say it’s good to smoke right out of the tin, although it lived in a mason jar for a short while before smoking. First five minutes of the bowl is a tinge smokey, no nuttiness, fruitiness, sweetness, or the like. After that, the latakia is met with some sweet. A light taste of sugar through the smoke, but more-so on the nose. I wrote in big letters, “MELLOW”, to remind myself how this stands up to my simple palate. I tasted some natural tobacco, a bit of smoke, and a slight sweetness. This persisted until about half the bowl was smoked, and then I was hit some leathery tastes and a bit of spice. The leather wasn’t barnyard or hay, but more of a new leather smell. This was coming through only on the tongue, as sometimes smells turn into tastes when reviewing pipe tobacco… No bitterness anywhere in the smoke, nearing the end of the bowl, there is however, more spiciness as the sweetness dwindles. In a part-VA blend like this, especially considering the “grape” tin note, I was expecting some fruitiness, but was met by none - which is more than acceptable for me. The very end of the bowl, just before you’re smoking ash, I noted some toasted bread flavor, maybe just like burnt toast, but still retaining some wheat-y flavor. I’m not a huge fan of / nor am I terribly knowledgeablel on burleys, but I have had burley dominant blends, and this blend didn’t seem to feature the burleys in the smoke, maybe on the room note a little.
Now to address and respond to the tin description - fairly accurate. This blend is certainly not full-bodied, more like medium leaning to light. Cool burning burleys, well I can’t speak to the burleys as I’ve said, but the smoke delivered zero bite, all the way through. Enjoyable to puff on slowly or quickly. Nuanced, indeed. A bit smokey, a bit sweet, rich and pleasant room note. Throw in some spice and some leathery depth halfway through, and I’d say it has lived up to its’ description
I don’t care for nasal exhaling or retrohaling, but I tried both, and enjoyed neither, as with any tobacco, but the nasal sting on the exhale was not as bad as most - that is - for me.
This isn’t really comparable to frog morton english aromatics, as those are more oaky and smokey (I’ve tried a couple of them, forget which though). More of a mellow tobacco flavored smoke with a shadow of latakia.
As someone who seeks latakia heavy blends, this meets some requirements, and falls short on others. Yes, it has that smokey flavor that I like, but not a lot. Easy to smoke, to say an “all day smoke” is cliche but I think it suits this blend. This would be good on your way to work at the crack of dawn, to an after-dinner/dessert smoke. I have a relatively low tolerance for nicotine, as in I can’t make it through an entire cigar without having issues, and this didn’t hit me as a really stout blend in that manner. No sweating, no upset stomach - peachy. Speaking of stout, this blend is the opposite, flavor-wise. As I noted, it is incredibly mellow, not bland by any means, but a nice balance of flavors that I found satisfying. None of the tobacco’s I found were pronounced. Symphonic, if you will.
Rating: 7/10. Could have used more latakia, maybe some more VA’s as I found the burley muddled those a tad. A very decent, any-time, smoke. Would I recommend it to someone who likes strong latakia bombs, maybe not. Who I would recommend try this blend are - burley smokers, english/balkan/oriental smokers (other than heavy lat), and aromatic smokers. I know plenty of people who really dig the straight VA’s and VaPers - this is not for you. If this blend sounds like something you’re into, don’t take any notice of my rating, that is purely according to my tastes, give it a try, it may be just what you’re looking for. All said and done, well-rounded smoke, certainly something I’d smoke again. Read Less
I have been experimenting with mixing my own blends for about a year. Ever once in a while I have to step away and smoke a commercial mix and this one is pretty much my base-line. I like a gentle smoke with a light aroma which burns smoothly but no... Read Moret real hot. This tobacco comes close to what I am attempting to blend and helps me remember where I am headed. Good price and well worth it. Read Less
Received as a special gift to purchase a Savinelli pipe ( a beauty), it was a really good experience of a smooth tobacco, not bitter at all, right humidity.
Much better than the Dunhills that I tasted.
Give it a chance.
This blend is another great example of an unexpected new era in Savinelli tobacco prominance (at least for me). This delicious, medium bodied blend is happily more English than Aromatic. The ready rubbed, ready to use (no dying needed) exotically f... Read Moreragrant tobacco packs easily and burns well. It has the perfect level of slight sweetness and I found it quite addicting. I can't decide whether Doblone d'Oro or this is my favorite (it depends on the particular day) of the three new iterations, but all three are great. Highly recommended!! Read Less
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