1792 is my definition of an old school aromatic - except for the strength, it has all the characteristics I was hoping to find from a strongly cased tobacco.
You are right that the flavours are completely melded into the blend - I would say that it takes quite a bit of aging to go away...
Ironically I have no idea what tonquin bean smells or tastes like but it was EXACTLY like I imagined. It was almost uncanny when I lit it up for the first time.
I find 1792 to have a strong cocoa element with hints of vanilla and kitchen spices thrown in. There is some sort of muskiness to it as well - I have not encountered anything like it. I can see where one might find a few attributes of whiskey in the blend, particularly sweeter scotch-like tones, but I never thought to describe them that way.
The downsides with 1792 are definitely the moisture/oiliness that makes it hard as hell to burn and the the heavy strength and also a charcoal-like taste that I get upon relights. Harsh and not inviting.
On the whole, I like it as a change of pace. If I had BBF or FVF soaked in tonquin like 1792, though, I'd smoke it all the time. The strength and hassle of keeping it lit is just too much for me to make it a regular option.
Mike I apologize for derailing your thread: I have not had the Louisiana Flake but I hear the Lakeland scent is noticeable and that the perique content is much lowered in comparison to St. James flake...
St. James is a beautiful Virginia Perique blend, however, with a considerable dose of perique and a full complement of rich and sweet flavours. It is the classic figgy and raisiny tobacco with noticeable spice in the background but with a little less grassiness than some other Va/Pers. I love the beautiful sweet mustiness found in this blend, especially - I find it in a lot of VAs but St James and FVF and Escudo are my favourites for this reason. They really got me to love the caramelized smell of burning Virginia tobacco to the point that I even enjoy the fleeting smell of cigarettes around here to some degree! (Even though they don't compare quality or intensity wise, it sends me back in time to a good bowlful of one of my favourite VAs - reminding me of one or more of those "nirvana" smokes and I start to wish I had a pipe handy)