I like my toast black about the edges, so this is enjoyable enough to me.
Puff more gently, and the Latakia will calm down, and other flavours have room to move, the tangy spice of the Perique, and the very subtle hint of sweetness from the Virginia will peek out through the smoke.
Yes, this isn't the same animal from 30 years ago. And yes, some of you had the same experience I have had: You opened up a tin of the new creature, found a lot of bright Virginias, some sassy periques and some rather vinegary-tasting latakias. Don't settle for fancy lever-seals or ceramic jars, they will disappoint you. Requires few relights, and leaves just a little dampness in the bowl. In my native country of Pakistan, it seemed like nearly all the pipe tobaccos sold were English blends.
Some of you even tossed it out as being too brash, too tart, not the knockout article you'd been led to expect. This was unfortunate because I enjoy the more aromatic American blends, which were hard to find.
A word- let the tobacco age/weather a bit before smoking it.
This will help to cut down a bit on the strength of it and will reduce the bite/aftertaste it leaves.
) Some folks do not like this tobacco, but I think many of them do not know how to smoke it properly- it has to be smoked slowly, in order to burn cool, and in a pipe that is suitable. This has to be smoked in a pipe that retains some moisture.
When I first opened a tin of this, and took a huge sniff at the midnight-dark contents, my head reeled, and I experienced something approaching fear!The smoke is full, puff hard and you will blow smoke rings that last like no other, they seem almost ready to sail out of the window and wander off on an adventure of their own!When you puff more rapidly on it, the Latakia will dominate all other tastes, a flavour almost like very well cooked toast may develop.The huge Latakia smokiness was there, richer than I had ever smelt it before, but stronger than this was a mysterious fermented, almost yeast-like smell.
I can only compare it to smelling one of those powerful cheeses that one can find in Brno, in the Czech republic. I like these cheeses though, and was only put off for a moment. Make sure it's a screw-top lid-seal jar just like granny made pickles and preserves in. Come back in another 2 weeks and give it a good shake. The Oriental/Turkish adds some smoke, wood, and dryness along with a pinch of salt and pepper in support of the very consistent flavor. Has some complexity, and burns at a moderate pace, clean and mostly cool. Not an all day smoke, but it’s certainly repeatable, unless your better half hits you in the head with a rolling pin for smelling up the house. It seems about the same to me, though I thought the Murray’s version had a little more depth by a hair.