I bought this one on a whim. A big, black, 7 ounce can for less than $15. It's the epitome of an "under the radar" tobacco. Six reviews on TR, none bad, all positive. Hmmm. I was looking for a burley, a step up from OTCs, one that wasn't an aromatic, but not just straight burley, either. I know many disagree, but to me, straight burleys are bore-ringgg. LOL. Wessex Burley Broadcut is made in the USA (maybe why it's so reasonably priced?)
OK, opened the tin and it smells sweet. Real sweet. Ah, molasses? What do we have here Edgeworth on steroids? Well it is well developed, I mean it's not itty-bitty cubes and there's no powder -- this here, folks, is broken flake -- sort of looks like McClelland's Blackwoods Flake in appearance. Supposedly, besides the burley (very forward), there's also some black virginia cavendish in here, which is one of the reasons I bought it -- a good Va/Bur, to me, is a good thing. The smell and the casing, though tell me this is not Silver Flake, or Old Dark Fired, although dark, like Fired Kentucky would be (maybe it's the molasses).
This blend is a bit moist. Not wet. So I took some out and broke it up in pinches into a dish -- just enough for this bowlful that I'm smoking now. After 15-20 minutes, it was ready to ride. I drop fed it, packing a bit tightly, into this old Barontini rustic canadian. It took a few chars and longer to true light than usual, but then I've been smoking Wal-Hall, so in all fairness, given the cut, topping and prep of this Burley Broadcut, I really wasn't surprised.
The first puffs deliver unusual flavors. Leather, earth (what? this isn't a cigar ) it's also sweet -- not sticky aromatic sweet though, a very slightly bitter molasses sweet. The nuts are certainly in evidence, walnuts, from the quality burley I'm sure. This Burley Broadcut burns slowly, doesn't smoke hot at all; it's smooth and a bit creamy, with nice, full flavors and zero bite. The sweetness tones down noticeably half way through the smoke, but still there as a touch of pepper comes into play. It burns surprisingly dry, all the way to the bottom of the bowl.
It's not Edgeworth, but it is what I would call a crossover burely blend and I don't think there's anything else quite like it. It probably won't get better with age, but should hold it's own well and for a long time. I will get more.