I guess that if you want to try just about every major type of tobacco in one single blend then you should try Pease’s Odyssey because it comes with red and black Virginias, Latakia and Orientals so you’re getting a bit of everything packed into one small tin.
With that sort of mixture you can expect the taste to be rather complex and you might even try cutting it down just a little by blending in some other tobaccos if you find that you’re struggling to cope with all those tastes. However, if you can handle this blend then you just might find that you’re going back to the store for more because it is a blend that tends to make the others seem a little less appealing.
You may find that it’s a little moist straight from the tin but it can be lit and smoked immediately if you’re prepared to run through a few matches to keep it alight. Personally I prefer to wait about an hour or so till it’s dried just a little and then I find that it burns quite readily but I have smoked a few bowls where the stem has needed some robust cleaning afterwards.
I have read some reviews of this blend that suggest that others in the room tend to like the aroma of the smoke this blend produces but that certainly hasn’t been my experience. And don’t let the aroma that you smell when the tin is opened fool you. That aroma can be quite strong but the flavor when you smoke it is really quite mild.
If you spot this blend in your favorite tobacco shop don’t be afraid to ask for one of the tins that has been on the shelf the longest. There’s nothing like letting someone else do the maturing for you … that way you can take it home and try it straight away.
Brand: G. L. Pease
Blender: Gregory Pease
Tin Description: Odyssey is huge the biggest of the Pease blends. It’s loaded with Latakia and harmonized by exotic Orientals. Wonderful red and jet-black stoved Virginias provide a perfect counterpoint.
Country of Origin: USA
Curing Group: Fire Cured
Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Oriental
Packaging: 20z Tin
Strength: Medium to Strong
Room Note: Tolerable