Do you consider the term "Old Fashioned" to be positive or negative? I can certainly think of many positive connotations for the term Old Fashioned, and W.Ø. Larsen’s Old Fashioned is certainly one of them. This is a good ole fashioned, dead-on Virginia / Burley blend where the high quality tobacco flavor comes through loud and clear. If you like Virginia and Burley blends, (and even if you think you don’t) W.Ø. Larsen’s Old Fashioned is a must have for your smoking rotation.
I have to admit that I was a little skeptical at first, but that is because I had been smoking Latakia blends for two weeks prior. The first bowl of Old Fashioned was good, but it wasn’t until the 2nd and 3rd bowls that had me reaching for Old Fashioned for the rest of the week. I would actually start to reach for one of my favorite Latakias out of habit, and then my hand moved to the right and grabbed Old Fashioned off the shelf. This stuff just gets better and better.
Please note that I will not be doing any more reviews for the rest of the year because I just want to smoke W.Ø. Larsen Old Fashioned. Ok, I am kidding, but this one sure romanced me into falling in love with it. The funny thing is I was talking to our Associate Editor, Bob Tate, on the phone while I was smoking my first bowl and he asked me how it was. I told him it was ok – good, but not great. Scratch that Bob. This stuff is excellent! This is another example of why you should smoke more than one bowl of any tobacco before you decide what you think of it.
The tin is extremely handsome. When you open it, you are greeted with an upscale looking golden pouch that is hermetically sealed to keep in freshness. Open the pouch and you are greeted by the lovely sight of golden, brown and black ribbon cut tobaccos. They say Burley is nutty. Well now I know exactly what they mean. Unsealing the pouch inside the exquisite tin of W.Ø. Larsen Old Fashioned provides delicious aromas of sweet nuts, like a pecan pie.
|W.Ø. Larsen Old Fashioned Hermetically Sealed Pouch||W.Ø. Larsen Old Fashioned Tobacco
(I sacrificed my pouch for the picture by tearing it at the edges)
|W.Ø. Larsen Old Fashioned Tobacco Close-Up
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Technically, this tobacco is classified as an aromatic because it does have some "top flavor" added, but it is very slight. Aromatic and non-aromatic smokers should both enjoy this tobacco. The flavor is mild and will be best enjoyed after refraining from heavy Latakia smokes for at least a day or two. The flavor is nuts, caramel, tea, and fresh tobacco. Smoking this transports me into the middle of a tobacco field. It is a great blend for English smokers that want something a little mild that is not heavily laden with casing. This could actually pass for a straight non-aro Virginia / Burley blend.
So, "Old Fashioned" can mean outdated, but it can also mean "retro", which is usually hip, cool and good. Old Fashioned can also mean the better way they used to do things before they got all messed up by "modernization". The two best "Old Fashioneds" I can think of are the drink made with whiskey or brandy, along with Angostura bitters, a piece of lemon-peel, and a small lump of sugar – and the other one is W.Ø. Larsen Old Fashioned tobacco. As a matter of fact, I am going to mix up an Old Fashioned Cocktail right now to go with my W.Ø. Larsen Old Fashioned Tobacco. I must have been a good boy lately, and if you want to treat yourself as well, I highly recommend the same.