I had been disappointed in this blend...I found it to be muddy and bitey, especially the first part of bowl. There was also an oily character to the smoke. But, yesterday was a cool (60F) and rainy day and I figured why not give it a try again; it was classic Seattle weather!
Perhaps that made the difference, or a few months of aging in the jar, but it really was like smoking a different tobacco. The first few puffs after the charring light were a bit muddied in flavour, but it soon sorted itself out. The further I got down the bowl, the better it got. At the end, it was an enjoyable smoke that fit in with a cool and rainy mood.
I will say though, I received a bulk order and it certainly wasn't cake like or pressed. But, I can ascribe that to both bulk bagging and international shipping.