I have a jarred batch of Billy Budd close at hand. It is some of the best use of cigar leaf in a blend. I've enjoyed it for years. Now I have to have some right away. Good review, and thank you for reminding us of the literary reference of the name. I think it noses out another C&D favorite Old Joe Krantz, but it's a photo finish.
GLP Robusto and Key Largo are two definite favorites of mine, that share somewhat of a lineage of Billy Budd. Those two though are meant to be aged and sipped like a fine wine, whereas I enjoy the anything-goes abuse one can put Billy Budd through. When I'm working at my shop, I usually don't have time to sit, smoke and chat with the regulars, so I have to speed-load a portion of Billy Budd, usually in a cob, on the drive there. It'd be a shame to cook off all the finesse of Robusto while I'm paying more attention swerving through traffic and throwing middle fingers. No, Billy Budd is a much more apt co-pilot in such scenarios!
"Does this particular Billy Bud contain much of Latakia in it?With cigar leaf I'm ok, but latakia is something I dont care too much about."
Yes it does contain latakia. I received 2oz of it Monday and ordered another 8 oz Thursday. It really punched a few buttons for me.