- Jul 21, 2015
A really tasty blend, "Mellow Virginia" has been enjoyed quite a bit over the last few days here. This is one of those fire and forget blends that remind me of everything I like about OTC pouches, namely that they are designed for non-fiddly all-day enjoyable smokes.This classic mixture -- Virginia, Burley and some dark-fired leaf -- forms a spicy and tangy mixture on its own. The "mellow" in "Mellow Virginia" is that this blend produces a full-bodied smoke bursting with flavor but lowers the tang, despite having topped the rubbed-out flake with what tastes like honey, citrus or apricot, vanilla and a faint floral essence. The Virginia rises on the tongue with a sparkly vinegar-sweetness, but then the Burley and dark fired rise as a counterpoint, picking up the sweet flavor and melding it into the caramelizing Virginias. This creates a toasted nut and grain flavor where the toffee-like top note takes a background. It loads easily with a dump and tamp, burns slowly and is remarkably bite-free, giving a long-lasting bowl of gentle but flavorful smoke. Wish this were available in the states.
Thanks to Pipes Magazine Forum member "mawnansmiff" for this sample.